(Below: various views of the French 'Position Magnifique')
The Prussian were supposed to march onto the table, throwing randomly for each brigade to see which road each would enter on. Over the half of them ended up entering the road facing the French right while the other two were due to enter one in the centre and the other against the French left. Well that was the plan. Paul used his C in C to try and get all his troops on table and managed a mere one move. This meant that as the other Prussians were too far away the Prussian turn was over as the C in C is the last commander to give orders. Paul still managed to cause some casualties on the French holding the wood and disordered a regiment in a cornfield.
(The Prussians arrive....eventually)
The French didn't need to do much in their turn except for throwing a regiment out onto a hill on the far right flank. Their command throws were quite bad anyway. They did manage to disorder and shake a Bavarian regiment with long range Mitrailleuse fire which was fun. At the end of the turn we threw for reinforcements and on a score of a 6 were destined to enter on the left flank in the following move.
(French cavalry reserve lurking out of sight)
(Above: French infantry, artillery and mitrailleuse batteries in support, on the left flank)
(Above: The Baden brigade make their entry. Below: French reinforcements slowly arrive on their left flank)
(The Prussians about to get stuck in and attack the Tirailleur Algeriens holding the French left)
Sadly, that was when I had to leave I remembered I'd left the iron on in my Metz apartment. In truth I I had a very early start on Friday so hopefully someone can fill in the detail and report the outcome of the battle in the comments section of this entry. Figures are all Foundry from the collections of Nigel and Conrad.