Sunday, May 30, 2010

Black Powder Napoleonics - June 1815

A big week of gaming just passed, we had three games in three days. Thursday myself and Dave Stringer tested the new WAB2 rule set and Saturday myself and Craig Windebank played two small games (one of Fortune & Glory and the other Black Powder) both Napoleonic. However only managed to take images of our last game....sorry it was a late game of WAB2 on the Thursday night and I could not take any good shot because of the lighting and by Saturday my beautiful wife had the camera in the morning.
The Black Powder game however was well photographed, but the lighting was still a little dark, as it was a rainy day that day. The scenario was set for June 1815 and the British war withdrawing back onto the soon to be battlefield of Waterloo. Wellington has ordered an Infantry Brigade, supported by a Dutch Battery and a Squadron of Scots Greys to hold the road for a period of six turns. Lord Craig Windebank then formed his troops as best suited to defence and the terrain. He placed two companies of the 95th Rifles, the 29th Regt of Foot, a KGL Battalion and a half Battery of guns on his right flank. The on the left the 33rd & 59th Regts of Foot, a half Battery of guns and the Scots Greys. Hopefully this would hold the line and give Lord Wellington enough time to get the Army clear.

The 95th Rifles, 29th Regt of Foot, a KGL Battalion and a Half battery of Dutch guns hold the right flank.

The 33rd & 59th Regts of Foot, a half battery of Dutch guns and the Scots Greys on the left flank.

The mighty 33rd Regiment of Foot.

On the opposite end of the table General de Brigade Nathan Vinson deploys his mighty brigade. On the left he deploys three battalions of Legere, on the right three battalions of Ligne, a battery of light guns deploys on the only slight raise in the area and in reserve a regiment of Cuirassiers (gifted to him by the Emperor himself).

The French Foot Battery deploys and General de Brigade Vinson surveys the British deployment for any weakness.

The three battalions of Legere are ordered forward to take the small farm.

The Regt of Cuirassiers advance forward quickly hoping to catch the English in line.

During the first moves of the game I ordered this battalion to move straight up the road and into the farm. However rolling high only allowed me to make two moves, not quite what I needed. Craig moved 29th in on his next move and I was never able to take the farm back.

The next plan was to advance these boys in to attack the was a hard nut to crack.

The end of turn one saw my troops short of their first objective and Craig in holding the decisive ground.

However on the second turn the french took the offensive again. This time the heavy cavalry made a daring charged onto the Dutch guns and sabred them where they stood.

With the loss of the Dutch guns Lord Windebank orders his reserve of Scots Greys to charge the French Cuirassiers and successfully not only defeats the first two squadrons but they make a sweeping advance and crash into the next two squadrons and push them back as well.

The first two squadrons are defeated.

And so is the second.

On the third turn the French tried again to battle their way into the farm.

And on the French right a column charges in the 33rd Foot. Both attacks are defeated and pushed back...not looking good for the French today.

The charge of the KGL onto the Legere Battalion ends all French resistance on the right of the British line.

The 33rd Foot gives three load cheers as the French Infantry fall back in disorder.

However the French put in one final desperate attempt to push the British back.....they charge with the Heavy Cavalry.

But are defeated......and withdraw for the evening.


jmilesr said...

Very impressive figures and terrain - it looks like it was a great game!

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

As usual a very impressive array of miniatures on a equally nice table!


christot said...

Great photo report....looks fabulous

Docsmith said...

Vinnie - the figures and table look very impressive - beautifully set up. I note the main attacking force (French) were soundly defeated on all fronts which begs the question - does it favour the usually defensive British or is it just the usual agonies of bad dice rolling?

How do you find Black Powder for Napoleonics - any issues you've noticed?

If you want to contribute to the local discussion, feel free to post on our Black Powder group site:


littlejohn said...

Beautiful stuff!

Bluewillow said...

lovely mate, great to see the singleton wargames community is still strong, see you in July.


Vinnie said...


Cheers for the comments aways happy to place the game photos on the blog. Though I have to thank Andrew Parr for suppling the Perry Miniatures which are on temp loan till he sells them on.

Doc I have joined the yahoo group but have not had time to say heelo or enter in any discussion. I am a bit busy over the next two weeks but will try to jump in there after that. In regards to the your question I think I was just unlucky with the dice roll and anybody I have ever gamed with would most likely tell you the same. I find BP most enjoyable and I have no major issues as yet as long as the both parties are not to over fussed with histroical thruth. Admitably I would like to see a better army list for the period maybe broken down like Empire was or still is. However I have played a number of Napoleonic games and Sudan games and have enjoyed all.

Cheers again


Pegasus said...

Keep the stories and pictures coming Vinnie. A real joy to read your game reports and view your figures.



Der Alte Fritz said...

Great looking game and even better battle report. It sounds like two evenly matched forces duking it out.

Secundus said...

Lovely looking game, It's exactly what I'm aiming for with my forces.