Sunday, August 28, 2016

Napoleonic Black Powder

Today, three of the local crew here got together for our first Napoleonic "Show and Tell". This idea was conceived about 5 years ago by a few guys. Since then, some have come, some have gone. I, personally, have been involved for 3 years. The idea is to have a 'big' game every 3 months - each quarter - and everyone add something in between games. This is the first time we've had it on the table as we were all starting from scratch. We wound up throwing some dice as it was just too hard to resist gaming with that much lead on the table. We didn't spend any time figuring points or with deployment, we just started from where we had set stuff out. I took a few pics.





These first pics are looking down the French/Polish line. 9 battalions of foot, 4 guns and a lancer regiment.






The Russian/Austrian line. I believe there were 11 battalions of foot, 4 guns, and light cavalry.


Russians step off first

Russians charge, bringing support.

Poles advance

And are disordered by Russian fire

French move in to attack the flank of the Russian advance

Fighting breaks out on the far right with the Austrians

Russian view of the action

Poles charge an exposed Russian battalion

Bloody fight in the center

Poles sweep aside the Russians, form line, and continue to advance

Polish troops turn the Russian right flank

21st Uhlans charge in for the Coup de Grace


Polish line enfilades Russians

Center is bloody for both sides, but Russians withdraw


It was a fun first outing. We were on a 4 x 8 table. While it was large enough, it was only just. The Russian/Austrian side would've been hard pressed to add any more units. It was big, beautiful, and dramatic. I look forward to doing it again.