The Tyneside Wargames Club meeting on 14th November saw one of my rare all day visits to the club. I’d arranged to take part in a first full game using Grande Armee rules organised by Stephen who took the British with me, and facing Stu, Michael and Dave with French hordes! The chosen battle was Bucasso, 27th November 1810.
A British Army of seven divisions under command of Wellington were facing an assault by three corps under Reynier, Ney and Junot. Historical deployment was used with the British deployed along the ridge and two French Columns approaching:
The British had a minimum of four turns to hold out, but with the variable turn lengths and the sheer number of French approaching it would be a hard fight. Seizing the initiative the British advanced brigades to occupy the two villages to their front in an attempt to slow down the advance:
Around this time Wellington was wounded, with command moving to Hill on the far right, but soon he too was wounded and command fell to Picton. This change of command made it difficult for the British to coordinate their defence. The battle for the ridge on the left became a fragmented struggle as the British threw back most of the French but their lines were pierced and they had little to combat this:
At this point the current turn ended and time ran out. The French were close to breaking, but the British not far behind. They could claim a victory as they still help the ridge and had destroyed a French corps and mauled two others, but at heavy cost to themselves.
It was a great game and the rules worked really well. They give a good feel and a good flow to the game. We had one or two minor issues with the scenario, in that a couple of the French units were 11SPs and this came as a big surprise to the battered British brigade who engaged them in the rough ground!
The plan is to run a campaign in the New Year, probably set in 1815, so I will be painting up some Prussians, Bulow’s IV Corps to be precise. But until then I’ve a few 6mm Early Byzantines to finish and some odds and ends to add to my 15mm Punic Armies.
Next post will be a return to the 18th Century but not as you’d expect!