Spurred on by the arrival of the new Perry plastic 1866/1870 Prussians I thought this week’s game should act as a kick up the bum for me to finish the unusually for me not too numerous figures I have in the lead and plastic mountains for this period. We shall see…..
Anyways, Conrad, Richard, Neil, Nigel and Paul arrived not knowing what I had in mind and were launched into a wholly fictitious and probably unlikely scenario set in the Western theatre of war, with Bavarians, Hessians and a few Austrians were trying to hold up the advance of a mixed Prussian and North German Confederation corps to buy time for the rest of their forces (VII and VIII Federal Corps) to concentrate and then overwhelm the outnumbered Prussians. Mmmm?
We used Black Powder 2 with several house rules better to reflect the nature of the tactics and weapons of the period and the character of the troops and their commanders. Not saying they’re right but they are more satisfying than using BP2 as writ.
|Let’s get rid of the sentimental puppy shot straight away. Nigel enlisted Fudge as his aide and military advisor, which could explain why his troops behaved as if they were commanded by a 12 week old Shitzu! But they did fight doggedly.....
|The battlefield from the east, with the Hessians and Bavarians deployed waiting for the arrival of the Prussians. Several units were hidden from the Prussians
|Nigel ordered three battalions of Prussians to drive the Bavarians out of the church.
The battlefield seen from the West.
Prussian reinforcements arrive in the form of a brigade of cavalry.
|Fierce fighting around the church as a regiment of Prussians makes several attempts to expel the Bavarian defenders.
|Meanwhile Paul’s Prussian brigade which had arrived the previous turn is following his dragoons around the enemy flank.
|The Prussians survived long range fire as they manoeuvred around the flank of the Hessians, and when Paul ordered a 'follow me' they also survived the closing fire, taking only one hit!
|The Prussians overran the Hessians who were cut down and broken (the picture shows their dice scores for the melee).
|Conrad had been reinforced by a Federal cavalry brigade of a regiment each of Hessian and Baden Reiter. Both brigades charged and in the melee the Federal cavalry were driven off or shaken, but both Prussian regiments were also shaken and forced to withdraw in a case of 1866-style MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction!)
|On the other flank the Bavarian cuirassier had been defeated, but the Prussian hussars were about to meet their match in the Bavarian chevau legers, who broken them. Unfortunately the Bavarian cavalry were now 'spent' as both cuirassier regiments were shaken, and had to retire.
|An Austrian infantry brigade arrived in the nick of time to shore up the wilting Bavarians, and went straight onto the offensive.
|Richard’s Austrian infantry brigade pushing forward to relieve the pressure off the beleaguered Bavarians. The Prussian battalion in the sunken road (between the house and the church) was broken.
|Neil pushed his remaining Confederation battalions and a full brigade of Prussians forward to attack the Hessians on the ridge.
|Neil's assault on the ridge was very photogenic.
|The Hessians are broken.
|The Hessian brigade has been driven off and the ridge secured by Neil’s victorious Prussian brigade.
|General von Clawswitz surveys the aftermath of the battle.