|The battlefield seen from the Allied left, Bagration's column in the foreground.|
I don't like all the extra re-rolls and the like that one gets in BP, so have dropped them in favour of a few tweaks to the unit stats. For example, the Russians are not 'stubborn' but have a stamina of 4, and what were 'crack' troops are given a better morale save. I've applied these factors in earlier FRW games when I last fielded the Russians in the Alps and it worked well, as it was to do in yesterday's game.
I also am a big fan of a battery being represented by more than one model. I know cost is an issue to some players but I like the look of three of four models side by side, representing six or eight cannon, with limbers making an impressive footprint on the table. However, giving each model the same stats as a single gun makes the battery a killing machine, with combined stats for a three-model battery of 9/6/3. I've reduced this so each model in the 'battery' shoots with 2/1/1, as do single gun sections representing two cannon. Guns 'in battery' and firing as such also get a single extra dice for the battery as a whole at medium and long ranges and two at close range.
We threw for sides, highest getting the French, which resulted in Paul taking on the guise of General MacDonald, while I was adopted a split personality, being part Suvorov and part Melas, the latter acting as a mini CinC for his Austrian column commanded by Ott.
|The French centre deployed to attack.|
|The French right hand brigade of General Watrin.|
|Marshal Suvorov and his trusty Cossack aide.|
|The Austrian column under Melas and Ott on the Allied right.|
|The Russian central column, supported by Austrian artillery, dragoons and, off table, Austrian grenadiers.|
|The Cossacks started early.|
|The French left under Victor. Paul decided to hold this veteran very strong brigade back and trust in his planned attack through the centre being successful.|
|The French centre was led forward by their CinC who immediately fell victim to a stray bullet. I allowed the Paul to 'promote' Victor to the role.|
|The Lombard Legion led the French attack in the centre.|
|The surviving Russian battalion was positioned in the walled gardens and allotments and were to hold off several French and Lombard battalions for a number of turns.|
|More French poured over the river in the centre. The Allied reserves had not yet arrived (I forgot them) and the nearest Russians were busily engaged with more Frenchmen crossing further down the river.|
|This heroic Russian battalion held the French commander's attention for a couple of turns and although forced to take two successive break tests, passed them both.|
|On the Russian left Paul sent two brigades across the river supported by cavalry and artillery. As was usual in this game, Russian fire was a waste of time and one defending battalion was forced to retreat.|
|It was full on for the French as they pushed a regiment of chasseurs a cheval across the river facing the Russians, who yet again failed to cause any damage with their musketry.|
|On the Allied left things were getting messy as I threw my Russian grenadiers at the approaching Frenchmen, having given up trying to shoot them. Suvorov was right, the bayonet is king.|
|With the French in front of them in retreat the Russian left wing advanced.|
|While over on the right, the Austrians had finally got themselves sorted out from their muddle and preceded by a battalion of Grenz were advancing en masse towards the enemy.|
|At last the Austrian reserve grenadier brigade arrived, just in time to plug the large gap in the centre.|
|As the setting sun cast long shadows across the battlefield the Allies were secure in the knowledge that they had given the French a bloody nose.|
|Austrians on the right flank crossing the river to attack the French.|
|A Hungarian regiment engaged in an exchange of fire with the French occupying the seminary.|
|Over on the Allied left my cavalry had crossed the river, broken the French chasseurs a cheval, ridden over the section of horse artillery and forced the retreating demi-brigade legere into square. Not bad for an afternoon's work.|
|Back on my right the Hungarians finally decided to advance.|
|The Polish Legion look a little outnumbered and exposed.|
So a great game played in good spirit. I'm happy with the rule amendments and all I need to do now is work out a scenario for the next engagement in northern Italy, the Battle of Novi.
PS while I am happy with the amended BP rules I do want to try out General d'Armee sometime. Anyone local to me who's familiar with them and would be willing to coach me through a game is very welcome to visit.