Monday, August 31, 2015

Battle of the Saturday

Here are some pics of the latest battle of Black Powder we had at our gaming club. I commanded the french, as usual, and a fellow gamer, Geraldo, got to lead the british and their allies.

On the top of the pic bellow are my forces, on the bottom, the despicable british.

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british infantry and artillery ready to march

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Some portuguese and spanish at the sevice of the english


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As I had an entire brigade on the opposite side of the river, my first movements were directed to secure a bridge head, by advancing my centre brigade, and pushing my regiments of horses forward.

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Wellington observes the enemy's movement and dispatches his orders


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Columns of british line infantrymen make visual contact with the french and prepare to reform into firing lines

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The centre of the french forces were lead by the Emperor himself, and kept advancing at fast pace on their ominous attack columns, screened by their skirmishers.

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Portuguese Caçadores face off against french skirmishers


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The british lines open fire at the advancing french columns

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The british horses cross the river to face the french cavalry, but are caught by it while disorded. The Scot greys received a charge by the Grenadiers à Cheval while in attack column, and should had been smashed to oblivion, had we remembered to apply the -2 to their Morale saves! (we only remembered to reduce their attacking dice...).

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The french centre brigade finally makes contact with the enemy, a regiment of spanish, which are soon put to run!

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Once the spanish line breaks, the french columns continue pushing forward and put the portuguese regiments to flight as well. Now, the british centre brigade is broken, and things start to look grim to the allies.

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The british brigade on the left flank is holding the french columns over there, but with the centre of the field now in the hands of Napoleon, both flanks are at risk of being outmaneuvered. At this point, we had to call it a day, as we both had to go. Although technically still indefinite, the outcome of the battle would most probably turn in favour of the french, had we had the time to play out a couple more turns.

7 comments:

  1. Great Report. However, the British never would have fought this type of battle. Especially with the troop mix they had. So they losing was a forgone conclusion.
    Cheers

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  2. Great report! Are these are 1/72 plastics? They look great. If so, what size bases do you use?

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    1. They are. I use 6cm x 4cm bases for infantry, with 4 bases making a medium sized unit, and 5cm x 5cm bases for cavalry.

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  3. Thanks. Once gain, they look amazing. The painting and basing are really superb.

    Two last questions if you don't mind:
    1. What material are the bases made of?
    2. How do you store your troops when they aren't fighting? (This one is always a challenge for me.)

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    1. 1. If you mean the bases proper, those are laser cut mdf. The basing I do with a technique I've shown in one of the tutorials on this blog. You might want to check the tutorial index for that.

      2. I have an entire room filled with cabinets to store my armies. It helps when you are single living in a big house, but every now and then I select some stuff to sell, to keep the pile under control.

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