Friday, December 20, 2013

The Battle for La Haye Sainte Farm


A few years ago in a little town of Singleton, NSW, Victory Perry (Adventure Miniatures) commissioned a gifted terrain builder to build him the La Haye Sainte Farm. The end result was the fantastic building complex featured in the photos of this post. However the building gather a lot of dust and cob webs of the years and was never used......until last Wednesday night when Brian Buskell now the proud owner) said lets get this baby out and roll a few dice. So that was what we did.


It took a little while to set up the game and find enough troops to build up the battalions so they at least look in scale with the building. The French were especially hard so you might see a few Polish/Guard and Legere troops mixed in to make up the right size. In regards to the rules I mixed the movement and weapon ranges from Regimental Fire & Fury (ACW) with combat results and the main rules of Fortune & Glory. The mix seemed to work ok.


The game went for a little longer then we hoped and finish late into the night, however in the last turn of the game one of Jeff Smith's French Battalions with Engineer support managed to break through one of the eastern gates and gaining a tactical victory for the French. They did not however manage to push the British Allied troops from the ridge line, which would have sealed an outright victory for them...well at least until the Union Brigade was ordered to charge.


A British Foot Artillery Section holds a strong position close to Wellington's Elm. They were later re-enforced with another section and added in the repulse of the French 1st & 4th Cuirassier Regiments.



Troops representing Ompteda KGL Brigade...5th KGL & 1st Lt Bn KGL. In our game these two battalions did not really play a roll other then deter the French from attacking their side of the battlefield and choose to hit the Dutch/Belgium Militia Brigade instead. 


The Battleground looking from the Allied side to the French.


A sharp skirmish developed for a few turns over the orchard



Ompteda Brigade is brought forward in support of the KLG troops fighting inside La Haye Sainte Farm.



A company of the the famed 1/95th Rifles occupy the sandpit.


Our other French General Terry Morran tried numerous time to force this gate and failed at every attempt. 



Two sections of Ross's British Foot Artillery engage the massing French battalions, in support of the fighting in the farm


Turn five of our game saw Dubois Cuirassier brigade come onto the table with a horse battery in support. The first regiment in line would catch and destroy two companies of the 1/95th Rifles and then later charge a Dutch/Belgium square





With heavy pressure from French cavalry the Dutch/Belgium brigade wisely forms square



Another company of 95th is over run by the French Heavies


16 comments:

DHC Wargames said...

Looking just great!

Rodger said...

Awesome looking game.Great photos Vinnie!

rct75001 said...

Great looking game.

legatus hedlius said...

That's a fantastic layout! Is the farm scratchbuilt?

Simon Miller said...

Cor! Lovely troops and terrain.

Greg Sapara said...

Very, VERY nice!!!!

Phil said...

Greaaaaaaat looking pictures!!!

brian_smaller said...

Those riflemen in the second to last shot look like they are in deep doo-doo.

Phyllion said...

Amazing looking game.

Vinnie said...

Thanks for the comments guys it was a great game but just a little slow as we were using a combination of rules to get an even game.

The building is scratch built by a gentleman in Singleton he has done a very good job...very big though.

All the best

Vinnie

Silver Whistle said...

Christmas has come early. Fantastic looking game.
Merry Christmas,
Pat.

NW Crew said...

Beautiful stuff!

Vinnie said...

Thanks for the comments again guys all the best for Christmas

Service Ration Distribution (Hobby) said...

Excellent scenery and a cracking game AAR. Walked around the place last year with some of the chaps from the wargame club. The chalk road is now tarmac of course and you're more likely to be run down by a Citroen than a Cuirassier. Your standards are sky high. Haven't seen it done as well as this before. Compliments of the season to you.

Glenn said...

Very, very impressive. Love the figures, and the farm is amazing.

Michael Peterson said...

Nothing as inspiring as a mass of well-painted Nappie figures. Lovely stuff.