After the first outing of Sharp Practice 2 over at the Wyverns where the British suffered a major defeat after being mugged by several volley’s of unanswered French fire another chance to rebuild there honour.We played the encounter scenario with the B…
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Hi guysFinished a batch of AB 15mm Napoleonic figs, bit of a mixed bag, we have foot Dragoons from a mix of units, line horse gunners, Guard horse gunners, line foot gunners in bicorns, and guard foot gunners, all comments firstname.lastname@example.org
Now then,My Austrian I Korps is complete, the Advance Guard Brigade and the 10th Hussars have now been rebased and sorted out too.The Advance Guard Brigade.This is a mixed unit, with line infantry, cavalry and Jagers. They have a good skirmishing abili…
Now then,Here are some more of the troops that will form my Austrian army I Korps for Blucher. This time I have the more interesting infantry units, a nice change from painting white!I have included the Korps artillery support which comes in the form o…
Now then,Here is the line infantry that will form the backbone of my I Korps (in my fictional/generic) Austrian force.It consists of 3 line regiments, each 3 battalions strong. There are 2 German Regiments and 1 Hungarian Regiment.IR 44 BellegardeI hav…
Now then,I have started a new page for my ongoing 6mm Napoleonic saga. I have re-based most of my Austrians onto new big bases, and I have even started the French!There isn’t a great deal on there at the moment but as I get stuff finished off the page …
Hi guysA heap of AB French Marshals, ADCs and officers finished on commission, all comments email@example.com
The great update of the blog: March/April games. Wielkie uzupełnienie bloga: gry z marca i kwietnia.Gilchrist
GAME 1st. GRA 1.
UMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Angus Konstam
1.1. Forces. Siły.
1.2. The game. Gra.
|100% realism of the game! 100% realizm gry!|
|Fleets are going to meet soon! Za chwile floty się spotkają!|
|HMS Lion in the middle slowly sinking. HMS Lion powoli sobie tonie w środku.|
|HMS Inflexible explodes! HMS Inflexible eksploduje!|
1.3. Links to that game. Linki do tej gry.
GAME 2nd. GRA 2.
UMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Michael Schneider
2.1. Forces. Siły.
2.2. The game. Gra.
|Initial setup. Rozstawienie początkowe.|
|Campbell’s French moving forward. Campbellowi Francuzi maszerują do przodu.|
|Spanish cavalry preparing for charge. Hiszpańska kawaleria przygotowuje się do szarży.|
2.3. Links. Linki.
GAME 3rd. GRA 3.
UMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Bill Gilchrist
3.1. Forces. Siły.
3.2. The game. Gra.
|For most of the game it was all about cavalry. Przez większość gry liczyła się tylko kawaleria.|
|Horse artillery played its role too. Konna artyleria także miała swój udział.|
|Artillery duel. Pojedynek artyleryjski.|
|Russians push the Allied to withdraw. Rosjanie zmuszają Sprzymierzonych do odwrotu.|
|Last Russian cavalry regiment, the victorious one. Ostatni rosyjski regiment kawalerii, ten zwycięski|
3.3. Links. Linki.
Hi guys2 Napoleonic vignettes finished, the first is Perry’s 28mm Secure the colour vignette, and ABsThe 69th Foot lose a colour to the 8th Cuirassiers at Quatre Bass vignette, both done for my mate Scott of Trailapes wargame lightings a bit…
…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 →
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 firstname.lastname@example.org