The outnumbered Russians (me) split their forces evenly between both banks, with their best troops (four grenadier battalions) holding the centre and awaited the French attack.
|The right wing of the Russian army, eight battalions of infantry, a large battery of cannon and three regiments of cavalry. With a pair of 'dithering' commanders!|
|The French appear in the centre.|
|Despite having orders to advance the Russian right wing failed to do so!!!|
|Instead they just lined up and looked splendid!|
|As did these dragoons.|
|On the other wing the sole regiment of Russian dragoons were about to face a load of trouble as the next French brigade appeared and started taking pot shots at them with their horse artillery.|
|The French centre. Six battalions of infantry, two batteries of 12pdrs and swarms of skirmishers.|
|Those 12pdrs! Thankfully they were to be underemployed for most of the battle.|
|Seen from the French right, Russian infantry have occupied the village and a regiment of dragoons has just exposed itself to fire from the horse artillery battery.|
|My dragoons taking a pounding from the enemy artillery. They were force to retreat, which for me was good.|
|The French pressing home their attack in the centre, with their skirmishers trading shots with Russian jager. My artillery just out of shot to the right was also causing a fair bit of damage to the advancing French infantry.|
|Still in the centre, one of the Russian hussar regiments almost caught a battalion of French out but they were able to form square in time.|
|A view of the Russian right advancing towards the village and the fight for the centre in the background.|
|Peekaboo! My remaining hussar regiment wishing it were somewhere else no doubt.|
|The Russian left decided to attempt to drive off the French facing them. A brave move but ultimately a futile one, other than it pinned the enemy in position.|
|Russian grenadiers begin their attack in the centre.|
|While Russian hussars try and stem the advance by the French cavalry.|
|The Russians continue to pile ton he pressure on the right wing.|
|My hussars were forced to retreat but not broken, and the chasseur a cheval regiment they'd been fighting, already weakened, had been broken. The troubles that I now only had a battalion of jager protecting my advancing grenadiers.|
Well, that worked rather well. A few more tweaks may be needed to try and get the difference of linear old-school armies fighting against more fluid French, but it had been a good idea and a great experiment.
Notes about the rule amendments:
1. Infantry charged by cavalry had to throw 1d6 to see if they formed square, requiring 3+;
2. Squares were treated as BUAs when shooting, and columns received a minus one when shooting;
3. Squares and columns attracted a plus 1 modifier to artillery shooting at them, and columns moved at the march column rate;
4. Each French brigade had a skirmish screen deployed as a distinct unit. If charged they would try to evade. If they failed they were removed from play permanently. If they were forced to retreat having suffered 4 hits they would disperse permanently, likewise when they became ‘done for’;
5. Russians were classed as inferior for shooting and superior for melee. I had thought about making them superior for being shot at to reflect their renowned stoicism under fire but forgot. Russian batteries were classed as large units;
6. I fiddled with the rules covering formation changes etc to try and reflect the more rigid Russian approach. However, an earlier French army would be beset by all sorts of problems if they tried to move out of column, but thats for another day;
7. I think we busked a few things as they cropped up but nothing major except for a new element in the command and control phase where brigades were given orders that could only be changed by sending an ADC.
I have a game on Saturday so watch this space for the report.