Paul and Conrad offered to come down for a game today (Tuesday 6 Sept) so I ran a very slightly modified (just the orders of battle) version of last week’s game, plus we’re were going to use Paul’s own set of rules for a change. It would be interesting to see if a changes in rules impacted on the outcome of the game.
I played the French while Conrad was the Anglo-Russian commander, a certain Duke of York.
|The battlefield. French on the right.|
|The Russians on the Allied left ready to advance against my left, which was held by cavalry and a lone horse battery.|
|The British Footguards just marched forward into the teeth of a hail of musketry and cannon fire, just soaking up the punishment without pausing.|
|On the French right all my cavalry was facing the bulk of the Russian contingent which was happy to attract my attention so I ended up being unable to redeploy my superior numbers of cavalry elsewhere.|
|The afrench centre poised to take on the Guards.|
|My left wing advanced almost unopposed as there were no Allied troops between the roads and the sea. I was able to swing round onto the flank of the British, driving off a battery and some light dragoons in the process.|
|Russian infantry in square on the right. I launched several charges against them but even when the squares were disordered my dragoons either refused to charge or bounced off. Fair do I guess.|
|One of Conrad’s battalions of flank companies charged a French light battalion, driving it back.|
|Back on the right/centre my other cavalry brigade had more success in attacking the Russian infantry, breaking g one battalion and bundling the entire division backwards.|
|Solid Russian columns advance.|
|A French counter attack in the centre had a moment of success as it drove back the Guards, but eventually the advance was bogged down and halted. Bum! (in French)|
|The large Russian battery thankfully did little damage to my cavalry and was to spend several turns going backwards and forwards due to morale checks.|
|A flank attack on the Guards. It still failed to break them.|
So, the outcome of the game was almost identical to the earlier version played using different rules a few days previously. What does that suggest? I guess that is the subject of a post all on its own. Anyway, both games were great fun, and I even got to play in the second one. The Guards were the stars of the show again, although the Russians were reliably stolid. Tremendous fun.