…well, if you’ve listened to the last podcast, or been following me on Twitter, this hasn’t actually been very secret at all. Following the release of Sharp Practice 2, I’ve been looking for what scale and period to play. I’m a huge fan of the ‘Sharpe’ novels, and really fancied collecting a 28mm French force … Continue reading The “Secret” Sharp Practice 2 Project →
Posts Tagged ‘Napoleonic’
Originally, I wanted to publish this review last year, what with the anniversary and everything. Everyone seemed to be busy painting hundreds of Imperial Guard miniatures and Waterloo games were all over the place. Even I succumb to the buzz and managed to read two books: The first being the excellent The Battle: A New … Continue reading Waterloo in 15 Minutes →
The latest game at Reject HQ (AKA the Shed-o-War) saw four of us squaring up in a Napoleonic battle that tested our metal as well as our wits. Postie presented us with the closing stages of the north of the Battle of Eckmühl (also known as “Eggmühl”) during the War of the Fifth Coalition of the Austrian Empire and the United Kingdom against Napoleon’s French Empire and Bavaria.
The entire battle took place on the 21st April and 22nd April 1809 but we focused just on the action near the town of Luckenpaint on the 21st. Posties version of this action brought together the two sides in a non linear encounter battle which quickly developed into a cross between a complex and cerebral chess game and a blood soaked slugging match.
|Postie explains the opening deployment to Richard|
The French are marching fast towards the Austrian positions. Off table the French 2nd Cavalry Division under Gen Montbron is hastening towards the battlefield. Across the table the Austrian Advance Guard the 1st Brigade is partially in position with the 2nd Brigade marching up the road towards the position. The Second Austrian Reserve Corps under Gen Kunmayer is at the far end of the battlefield with a long march ahead of them. Behind the hills on the right of the picture the Austrian 2nd and 3rd Cavalry (Curassier) Brigades remain hidden.
|The French take advantage of their +2 bonus on initiative to move quickly towards the Austrians. Meanwhile the Austrian advance guard quickly take up position to hold up the French.|
|Richards 2nd Corps starts it long march across the battlefield towards the enemy.|
|With the Austrian Advance Guard holding the central hill the 1st Division turn off the road and line up behind the ridge, ready to change formation into line if the French dare to advance.|
|Meanwhile the French 2nd Cavalry Division under Gen Montbron arrives.|
|The Austrian advance guard have taken position in the hill and in the narrow gap across the road. They look terribly outnumbered as French units converge on their position from all sides.|
|The fight for the gap becomes congested as French regiments push back the Austrians and exchange fire. So far the French seem to be suffering the most casualties as my dice rolling proves to be above average for a change.|
|A wider shot the same scene showing the mass of French units crowding the gap and seemingly ready to pour across the ridge at any time.|
|The Austrian Cavalry sweep down around the flank of the French but a hail of well aimed volley fire brings both Brigades to a juddering halt right under the French guns.|
|As well as the Jagers the Austrians also pick off French casualties with a Horse Artillery unit seen on the hill on the bottom right of this picture. The French have pushed through the gap but at a cost.|
|Its getting congested around this gap…|
|Seeing on opportunity the Austrian 5th Chevaulegers charge the disordered French in the gap.|
|A wide shot shows the slow realignment of the Austrian lines diagonally across the battlefield. The gap is temporarily clear but the Austrians are now falling back on the left flank.|
Even taking into account my deplorable handling of the Austrian reserve cavalry I was very happy with the way the Advance Corp handled themselves. Both sides had taken a severe mauling but it definitely felt that the French had had the worse of the battle so far. Despite concentrating their whole army on a narrow front they had not been able to sweep the Austrians away without a tough fight.
|To my surprise Postie awarded me a special prize for the spectacularly successful charge of my Chevaulegers against the French in the Gap.|
|A couple of Happy Wargamers!|
Everyone had a great game and despite the tough fight we all felt that the battle was one of the best we had played for a long time. The French had cleverly decided to concentrate their attack on a small section of the Austrian lines but stubborn resistance by the advance guard had blunted the hammer blow. Even the failed Divisional Morale Check had played into the hands of the Austrians allowing them to fall back in good order to their pre determined second line of defence.
An excellent game enjoyed by all the players on both sides. A pretty good result for all concerned.
While away on holiday I have tried to take the odd opportunity for some hobby related shopping in some small but perfectly formed independent shops. One of the nicest was a very small but exquisite model shop in the East Sussex town of Rye. Soldiers of…
Just when I thought I’d decided what we were doing for Sharp practice 2… I will be collecting a French force for the Peninsular War, and so I thought that I’d price up my initial purchases from AB Figures (From Fighting 15s) Including 4 units of Infantry, a couple of units of Voltigeurs, and unit … Continue reading SP2: 15mm or 28mm? →
Hi guys2 more entries to the Napoleonic Miniatures Museum, please follow the blog if you are interested in the Napoleonic era, the only way I will keep building it is if it generates interest.More pics herehttp://napoleonicminiaturesmuseum.blogspot.com…
Hi guysA couple of more updates on the Napoleonic Miniatures Museum, please follow that blog if you like the Napoleonic era, I am trying to build a site with at least one entry for all the various uniforms of the era, for all wargamers/modellers to go …
Now this gentleman has 250,000 of these tiny troopers for the battle. He has spent an lot of time and effort doing this. My Hat is off to him for trying to recreate the battle.
Today, Too Fat Lardies have given us a preview of the layout for Sharp Practice 2, and very nice it looks too. From what we can see, this appears to have a similar look & feel to Chain of Command, which is not a bad thing at all. The anticipation grows… If you want to know … Continue reading First look at Sharp Practice 2 layout →
Hi guysI have always wanted to make a 15mm Napoleonic miniature museum in a display cabinet in my home, but never got around to doing it, I am helping Erik a customer/friend of mine to do one for himself so I decided to start my own, however I am going…
UMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Bill Gilchrist, Hugh Wilson
1. Forces. Siły.
2. The game. Gra.
3. Links. Linki.
Hi guysThe Wurttemberg light Infantry and Artillery finished to add to the Grand Duchy of Warsaw force, all lovely AB email@example.com
Hi guysFirstly I must apologize for the picture quality, it is early morning and I haven’t had my coffee yet, hands are a little shaky, so some pics are blurry, and the light isn’t the best.This is 70% of a combined Grand Duchy of Warsaw and Wurttember…
UMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Donald adamson
1. Forces. Siły.
2. The game. Gra.
3. Links. Linki.
Hi GuysNext up we have some Chasseurs a Chavel and Lithuanian lancers of the Guard, for the 15mm Napoleonic unit display collection, all comments firstname.lastname@example.org
It appears that one of the classic “true 15mm” manufacturers is now under new ownership, with Naismith / Roundway being bought from Navwar and now running independently – and with a proper web ordering facility too!Whilst I’ll no doubt miss the sporadi…
Hi guysA bit of a mixed bag here today, all 15mm, firstly the 28th Orange-Nassau Regt, some French foot artillery, the 2nd French Dragoons and some French command, Ney and others, all but the Dragoons are ABs, not sure who make the Dragoons, they are O…
Hi guysThe 2nd instalment for the French collection, Red lancers and Gendarmes de Elite, the Gendarmes are conversions adding visors to the bearskins and an extra saddle email@example.com
In 1806, 23-years old Nadezhda Durova ran away from home and joined the cavalry in order to escape the “sphere prescribed by nature and custom to the female sex”. Durova was the daughter of a Russian hussar officer and was brought up among soldiers. She was a very able rider and had her own horse, … Continue reading The Cavalry Maiden →
W ostatni czwartek Bill zaprosił nas do jego gry z użyciem zasad Black Powder. Był to scenariusz Obrona Cuidad Espanola z dodatku Albion Triumphant. Ten scenariusz jeszt częścią kampanii rozgrywanej przez Billa i Campbella, a że ten drugi nie mógł w tamten wieczór być w klubie, ja zająłem jego miejsce.
UMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Bill Gilchrist
1. Forces. Siły
All OdB can be found on Bill’s blog:
Cały OdB możecie zobaczyć na blogu Billa:
2. The game. Gra.
That scenario is very hard to win for the attackers. French (Michael Schneider) and Poles (myself) lost few turns to cross the river. The special rule for crossing the river during this game is extreme hard. Despite the given order, it could be done only on 6 on D6. However finally we managed to do it. As the French has been stopped by British (Peter and Angus Konstam) troops just on the other river shore, Poles managed to moved further. They attacked Portuguese (Angus Konstam) positions and with some difficulties managed to destroy two of their battalions, but then they had been charged by British cavalry and had to withdraw. The game was still not resolved, so I decided to push my forces to the final and decisive assault. My units attacked the defenders, they survived the first turn, but failed the second and all our forces had to withdraw. This time the French and Polish troops lost the battle.
Ten scenariusz jest bardzo trudny do wygrania dla atakujących. Francuzi (Michael Schneider) i Polacy (ja) stracili kilka tur na przekroczenie rzeki. Zasada specjalna do forsowania rzeki podczas tej gry jest bardzo trudna do wykonania. Oprócz rozkazu trzeba jeszcze uzyskać 6 na K6. Jednak w końcu udało nam się tego dokonać. Jednak Francuzi zostali zatrzymani przez Brytyjczyków (Peter i Angus Konstam) na drugim brzegu rzeki, jednak Polakom udało się ruszyć dalej. Zaatakowali Portugalczyków (Angus Konstam) i z pewnymi problemami udało im sie zniszczyć dwa ich bataliony, ale wtedy zostali zaatakowani przez brytyjską konnicę i musieli się wycofać. Jako że, gra nie była jeszcze do końca rozstrzygnięta, zdecydowałem się przypuścić ostateczny atak na miasto. Moje oddziały zaatakowały obrońców, przetrwały pierwszą turę, jednak przy drugiej zostali pokonani i musieli się wycofać. Tym razem siły Francuskie i Polskie przegrały bitwę.
3. Links. Linki.
My gallery on Flickr:
Moja galeria na Flickr:
Hi guysI have a customer who has commissioned me to paint the French part of his display collection using AB figures, he is collecting a few figures from each different unit, starting with the Cav, I will post these in 2 unit batches, first up, Grenadi…
On Sunday Posties Rejects congregated in the shed-o-war to play a large sea battle based on the Battle of Brest 1798. Two Squadrons of French warships are sailing to join with a squadron of Spanish ships and their combined fire-power could prove disast…