Franco-Prussian War


Adventures in North West France, 1870 ...

Keith and I continued our small Franco Prussian War games using Frank Chadwick's Volley and bayonet rules. The games are small because... well, we just haven't yet painted sufficient forces to fight larger battles, despite having bought a fair swag of figures more years ago than we care to admit. We fight our battles at half scale, using our 6mm armies built using figures from the Heroics and Ros range,This scenario was formulated using an abbreviated version of the Road To Glory scenario system. Each of us ended up with a deployment that saw us remove our left wing after our first moves.Initial deploymentThe Prussian centre remained, with the army commander visible centre leftThe French advanceThe French commander launches an attack on the left of the Prussian centre. The aim was to get in before troops had established themselves (gone stationary)The French first attack was repulsedThe Prussian commander pushed resources across the river, clearly determined to similarly attack the French leftEach commander h

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The ebb and flow of battle - A Franco Prussian War game

These smaller Franco Prussian War games are proving very appealing, and most challenging. We are able to play a game in a couple of hours (depending on the yarning and beer drinking), creating a most engaging distraction from busy work lives.This was last week's tussle, again using our Heroics 6mm armies. The French began with a division on table and stationary, with reinforcing divisions to come on at random turns between turns 2 and 4.The Prussians entered the fray with one corps (two infantry divisions and a reserve cavalry division) turn 1, and the second randomly between turns 2 and 4. Prussian entry had to be within a fixed distance of their Line of Communication, hence the relatively constricted looking position at the end of their first turn.The battlefield from the Prussian perspective. The French have deployed in the centre right, occupying the town sector. The Prussian Corp has entered with two infantry divisions left and right, and the reserve cavalry to the rear.The French occupying the town sect

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Small Franco Prussian games

A simple series of photos of a small Franco Prussian war game last week with Keith using the Volley and Bayonet rules. The armies are Heroics and Ros 6mm, Keith's French vs my Prussians. This is the second game we have played with small forces, on a 3'x2' surface. Despite the small forces, the games are interesting and challenging. Keith's AAR can be found here.

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Good things take time ...

Well... we estimate 14-15 years. That's when Keith and I bought the figures for our 6mm French and Prussian armies for Volley and Bayonet Franco Prussian War. I painted up about 2/3 of the figures I bought at that time. They have sat in the box since. Keith similarly has had his painted figures sitting in a box unused for a very long time.Tonight .. finally... a small game ... fascinating.  I leave Keith to do the AAR. Here are just a few photos from the game.. a teaser. The figures are Heroics and Ros, the Prussians mine, the French Keith's.

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