...they were up." Back in action in GHQ this week and a Wars of the French Revolution game was our preferred choice.
The French are defending the important town of Peendevord which dominates the supply lines for their Army of the North. General Brune is charged with defence of the town at all hazards.
The Allied army is seeking to capture both the town and it's considerable military stores while also handing out a defeat to Brune's defending army.
Leading the force is the Grand Old Duke of York, assisted or otherwise by Lord Rawnsley and his ADC Lieutenant Colonel Bykleigh.
The British infantry in their centre advance raggedly supported by the amalgamation of small emigré Hussar units. The Royal Artillery battery opens fire in their support.
The French response is equally understated and sluggish, with several elements not receiving their orders it seems.
As the battle unfolds the French and British cavalry on the flank clash without any clear outcome, while in the centre the British infantry press forward with more determination. Hanoverians now appear to reinforce the centre!
French Hussards support the attacks of their heavy compatriots while lines of attacking British infantry can be seen in the distance as the attack is pressed home.
In the centre the forward French Demi Brigade is disrupted by intense musketry, opening up a gap in their lines. On the British right two infantry Brigades threaten the French position.
French infantry surge forward in a charge to halt the British advance. Suffering heavily from closing fire they come off worst in the ensuing melee!
The 2me Hussards are attacked by the Hompesch Mounted Rifles while the 11me are engaged by the 10th Light Dragoons.
In the centre the British and Hanoverian infantry press home the attack as French lines stagger under the impact!
On the French right the 8me Cavalry rout the Scots Grey's but retire with their right flank threatened by the Life Guards.
French artillery has proved largely ineffective in supporting the repeated attacks initiated by both their Light and the Heavy cavalry. Despite repeated charges and some successes neither has been able to blunt the British threat.
On the French left resistance is beginning to crumble as the infantry falls back under ever increasing pressure. Guns left isolated are overwhelmed and lost!
The French centre finally breaks as panic stricken troops flee for their lives!
The French Heavy Cavalry Brigade is spent and retires in the face of their British opponents.
The battle reaches its decisive conclusion when the French Light Infantry defending Peendevord flee broken, leaving the town gates open to the British Foot Guards and Highlanders who enter triumphantly!
As ever with Black Powder 2
rules the fortunes of war ebbed and flowed, ever changing the shape of battle. Although the French cavalry were determined they just could not break their British opposite numbers. The British and Hanoverian infantry in the centre, with no real threat to their flank, were thus able to press home their numerical superiority. The French defended doggedly, but in the end were simply overwhelmed by firepower and the point of the bayonet!
What a fine spectacle to behold there David, with some nice touches to the stands, such as the spent canon balls. It's ages since I've played Napoleonics with BPII and really should give them another run out. Great to see an Allied victory too:).ReplyDelete
I'm glad you enjoyed seeing our modest efforts! I hope your game goes well when you get to it.Delete
A fine game it was indeed, after a slow start my lads attacked with vigour but we're unable to make a killer blow. It ended with inclusive duels the day decided on who would lose heart first. A very close run thing but the allies carried the day, just.ReplyDelete
Close as you say, but the French lacked the final edge!Delete
Another triumph of the wargamers art.ReplyDelete
That is more than kind George, much appreciated. I hope you are on the up after the Vid!Delete
A table full of charm, really nice to browse through the pictures - more than once!ReplyDelete
Thank you Norm. I'm pleased you enjoyed your visit.Delete
David, I think this is my favourite army of yours. A really interesting period, lots of opportunities to collect unusual units and loads of reasons to paint more of them. Well done.ReplyDelete
Thank you Robbie, it's always nice to be encouraged. It's a collection I started almost by accident too.Delete
An excellent AAR and wonderful revolutionary wars eye candy.ReplyDelete
Many thanks Willz! Also thanks for your Forum support!Delete
A splendid looking and sounding game David…ReplyDelete
I always enjoy seeing images of your Revolutionary Wars collection.
All the best. Aly
Many thanks, Aly, much appreciated. I'm pleased you enjoy your cyber visits to GHQ.Delete
Super looking game and a great tussle. As so often seems to happen, it was close until it wasn't(!), by which I mean the defence was tenacious, but when it fell apart it did so completely. Wonderful viewing and reading.ReplyDelete
Thank you for your enthusiastic response James, it's much appreciated. Falling apart when doing well seems to have been my modus operandi this year!Delete
Excellent looking game! Great to see some Revolutionary Wars action!ReplyDelete
Thank you Ray, much appreciated. I always enjoy seeing your Haitian figures and games too.Delete
As always your games grab me the most David which are very inspiring! Great to see collections like yours on the table.ReplyDelete
Thank you Christopher, it's good of you to say that. I hope you will enjoy other games shown here in GHQ.Delete
Well, just got back from druidland, so just catching up on what 's been going on in GHQ. Wonderful looking game indeed! Great to see the allies being competently lead for a change, so as to smash the French. which of course, is very much the correct thing to do... Well done, looks like you both had a great day!ReplyDelete
Glad you liked the latest offering!Delete