The scenario lasts for 14 turns. There was no way we would be able to fight the entire battle to completion on the Saturday afternoon, so we pushed through the first 7 turns of the game.
Below you can see the initial table setup. There are two bridge crossings on the French side of the table. Additionally there are two fords making it 4 crossing points. Only skirmishers can cross the stream, all other units must cross at bridges or fords.
You may be asking, where are all the troops? Well, nothing starts on the table initially. The Russian note their brigade deployment positions, then the French attempt to scout the brigades. If a brigade is successfully scouted, it is immediately deployed. After the scouting, the French deploy two of their brigades, with the rest entering the game in later turns (as space permits). Then the Russians deploy their non-scouted brigades. A fun little pre-game event.
I took some nice pictures of the table setup with my zoon lens before the game started ...
So far the Russians are doing well. That being said, the French have just finally finished crossing the river with all their forces. The 2nd half of this game is going to be very interesting. The Russian cavalry continue to be a major problem for the French, but the French cavalry just crossed and can now start fighting back the Russian cavalry on at least one of the flanks.
Next up below are some pictures from the end of "part 1" of the game. Lots of French infantry squares are under threat. While there are some Cossacks running around, they can't charge formed units to the front so they are mostly annoying to the French at this point - BUT, the French need to be careful as with so many units now concentrated in the center the Cossacks may find an open flank to charge.
Pictures below using my nice camera and zoom lens ...
Here are some "in progress" pictures, a combination of a larger lens on my SLR with a flash (not a fan of those results) and my phone pictures. You can see the initial phases of the French crossing and Russian brigade deployment ...
I'm looking forward to the conclusion of this game. I recall can't tell you at this point who will likely win. I think the Russians enjoyed most of their success so far due to the French river crossing and difficultly coordinating the bridgehead, but that has effectively come to and end and the remaining French forces are ready to start pushing hard to Rocken.
This is just magnificent. Well done sir!ReplyDelete
Very enjoyable presentation, thanks for taking the time to put all of that together.ReplyDelete
Most welcome Norm :-)Delete
What a wealth of pictures! The set up looks aspirational and I look forward to part 2. I like the ruleset you're using and will be interested to hear something of what you think of them and how they're enabling the game.ReplyDelete
The river is unusual in having the dramatic rocks and i like too the older bridge with its grassier roadway.
As for the figures - there are lots of hussars so who couldn't be happy.
Thanks for sharing,
Thanks Stephen, I really like General d'Armee. There is a 2nd edition coming in the early summer that I'm looking forward too as well. I think they provide the right theme and feel of a Nwpoleonic wargame versus say a more generic set of rules applied across a broad range of periods. Hussars are the best :-)Delete
Wonderful looking game!ReplyDelete
Great setup of the table and minis! It all looks great. Who is the manufacurer of the bridges?ReplyDelete
Hi Jan! Those bridges are from ebay:Delete
Lovely looking battle 👍ReplyDelete
Really great looking table, figures and photos Jay. This is down on my “to- do” list as well so I’m particularly pleased to see your refight.ReplyDelete
Oh excellent! I would like to play through the entire campaign. Roy is bisy finishing the Prussians. I have all the French, Russians, and Austrians needed already done. Would love to hear about how the battles go for you.Delete
I’ll keep you in the loop on that too Jay.Delete
What a fantastic looking game Jay…ReplyDelete
I don’t think I would are if I won or lost playing with all these lovely toys…
Actually as it’s me… I would probably lose 😂
All the best. Aly
Lol, sounds like you have my luck :-) Thanks Aly!Delete
Impressive table and minis! I'm curious about the size of the table: 240x120cm? and also about the nice fur mat you use, seems so natural ;) Vive l'Empereur !ReplyDelete
Thanks! The table is 8 foot (243.84cm) by 6 foot (182.88cm). Fur mat is a custom job ... although several people out there seem to be making them now.Delete