The scenario was simple. Both sides needed to gain control of the three bridges across the river, the French to safeguard their flank and the Prussians to threaten said flank of the main French army. The bridge on the extreme Prussian right was a wooden one in a state of disrepair. On reaching the bridge whoever did so would have to throw a dice to see if it was ok to use, in need of several turns' repair work or totally dilapidated and unusable. The French had two brigades of infantry (11 btns) a brigade of cavalry (3 rgts) supported by two cannon and a mitrailleuse. The Prussians had two brigades of Prussian infantry (9 btns), a brigade of cavalry (3 regts) supported by 4 guns. and a brigade of Bavarians (5 btns) with a gun and two regts of cavalry attached.
We used suitably modified Black Powder 2 to try and reflect the period in terms of weapon effectiveness and tactics.
John took the French and I had the Germanic hoards. As usual I will let the dodgy photos taken during the game tell the story of how the battle panned out.
|The Prussians advancing from the right. Champagne Farm on the left.|
|Chasseurs in the vineyard adjacent to Champagne Farm.|
|The Prussian 1st Bde on my left.|
|The rather less than enthusiastic Bavarians|
|I miscalculated and my bold move to advance my artillery to be in a position to pound the French from close range failed, leaving them in a very vulnerable position. One gun is quickly disordered and the other takes a hit.|
|The Prussians on the left advance.|
|The exposed position of the Prussian artillery. Sitting ducks!|
|A Zouave battalion on the French left.|
|My Prussian cavalry brigade on the extreme right. They were supposed to cross the river and pin the French while I attacked in the centre.|
|John launched a furious attack over the bridge to try and take out my artillery. Thankfully the French column didn't quite make it, leaving two battalions stuck on the bridge.|
|The Prussian cavalry advance towards the righthand and possibly usable bridge.|
|French cavalry on their left.|
|The French left.|
|The creme de la creme of the French cavalry|
|The Prussian 2nd brigade advances in the centre.|
|The Bavarians are also advancing through fields of largely standing crops.|
|Zouaves and Chasseurs on the French left advance to the riverbank.|
|In the centre the Bavarian cuirassier (Austrians standing in) break under long range Mitrailleuse and Chassepot fire.|
|The Prussians in the centre cross the river under heavy fire. The brigade of four battalions tried to drive the French away from the hedgerows but are shot down, one battalion breaking.|
|Back on the Prussian left the French are broken.|
|Sadly the Prussians also suffer reverses, a battalion facing Champagne Farm breaks back across the river.|
|In the centre another Prussian battalion covering the retreat of the brigade is broken. The remaining units are already shaken and the remnants of the brigade had to retreat.|
|The French hurling insults and blowing raspberries at the Prussians.|
|The mitrailleuse and cannon on the French left were very effective in helping pin the Bavarians across the river.|
|A battalion of La Garde defending the orchard.|
|The Zouaves crossed the river supported by the Turco battalion.|
|The Bavarians were quite happy to remain in the fields safe behind the hedges.|
|John pushed his cavalry up the the river's edge, supported by a battalion of Chasseursthus blocking any opportunity I might have had for crossing.|
|The situation at the end of the game. The Prussians had been held all along the line.|
What a great little game played in good spirit and to the period and not to the rules. BP2 (with my amendments) worked really well and I look forward to getting these figures on the table again. Maybe the Austrians next time? I may even paint up some more from the big box of unpainted figures I also received as part of the purchase.