|The Battle of Novi, by Alexander Kotzebue|
|Field Marshall Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov|
|General Barthelemey Catherine Joubert|
|The Battle of Novi, with the French at the bottom holding the heights and the walled town of Novi.|
|Austrian uhlans on their left flank.|
|The town of Novi, garrisoned by a demi-brigade of French. Novi was a walled town.|
|Conrad's infantry brigade advancing on the Coalition left, preceded by a screen of Grenz skirmishers.|
|The Grenz can be heard shouting "sheep! sheep!" as they neared the enemy.|
|On the other flank the cavalry of each side was itching for a fight.|
|Two regiments of French chasseurs a cheval crash into Austrian hussars and cheveau-leger forcing both enemy units and their supports back in retreat.|
|French horse artillery supporting the advance of Mike's heavy cavalry in the centre.|
|Conrad played a 'forwards' order and his brigade advanced rapidly. Being Austrians they spent the next turn pulling back from their slightly exposed position.|
|Neil ordered his six battalions of Russian line infantry to advance. They took heavy casualties from French artillery on the heights outside Novi.|
|Mike then ordered his battered chasseurs to charge the Austrian artillery that had been peppering them with canister. In another predicable outcome the French recoiled, by now only one hit away from dispersing!|
|Austrian dragoons advanced behind their Grenz then charged the French skirmish screen, driving them off.|
|Polish legion in the village.|
|The Russian infantry in the centred to pull back due to the French superiority in cavalry in this sector.|
|Conrad's Austrians advance on the French skirmish screen, forcing them back.|
So that was it. The French had won a tactical victory but had failed in their objective of weakening the Coalition forces sufficiently to enable them to escape the noose that had been closing around them. The Coalition forces had prevented the French escape but the latter were still very much a force to contend with. I know how I would have played it, but its easy to say that in hindsight, so shall keep my own counsel.
It was a great game and everyone expressed their enjoyment, which is always good. The rules also got largely positive feedback, which is also good as I intend to use them as my rules of choice for the FRW until/unless something better comes along. There are some things we/I still got wrong but we are on a learning curve of ill-defined and flexible curviness so onwards and upwards till the next time.
Vapnatark in York next Sunday, which is always a good show and a good day out where I will no doubt buy more stuff I didn't know I needed and talk soldiers all day.