After our early game me and Dave were joined by Pete and Craig for a larger Napoleonic Rebels and Patriots battle, 36 points using Craig's stunning Austrians, which now include heavy cavalry, and my French Brigade of brave foreign troops.
Craig and Dave formed the dynamic Germanic duo.....what could go wrong with the club's worst dice rollers on the same side?🤔 I was joined by Pete. The rules are fairly flexible and we decided to split each army into two wings with an officer leading each. I took command of the French right flank, the General the Comte D'El Monte "Prince le Rio Sagres" led a large line unit, and a light infantry unit, supported by french hussars (light cavalry), Pete took the left flank with two light infantry units, medium gun (this turned out to be a tactical masterstroke) and another large unit of line. The gun covered the centre whilst the light infantry screened the line troops in each flank, the hussars got ready for a grand sweeping flank move.
Craig and Dave deployed a solid wall of Austrian line troops across the battlefield, supported by a light gun, (a tactical mistake giving it to Dave!), supported by Austrian cuirassiers (shock cavalry) and a unit of skirmishers.
The game started with both sides moving up each flank towards cover, Pete's light infantry engaged Craig's skirmishers in the woods, the skirmishers were able to tie up the more expensive light infantry for several turns effectively keeping them out of the game. Things soon turned to normal though with all of us failing several attempts at moving forwards, the Austrians in particular had to hold back or risk leaving units exposed, in a fluke we all rolled double ones in turn......naturally Pete then followed this with two double sixes. He was able to get his line troops screened by the excellent Garde De Paris light infantry into firing range if the Austrians. I was able to also move my light infantry into range of Daves Austrians whilst the Comte D'El Monte provided a tactical overview from the rear with his line troops. The hussars obviously didn't think sweeping around the flank, through some woods, was dashing enough so fell back and then hovered about for several turns.
Both sides managed to get off several rounds of shooting, the tactical brilliance of allowing Pete to command the French medium gun really shone through as it consistently inflicted casualties from long range.
The Austrians took a lot of casualties and decided to try a bold charge with the cavalry along a road towards Pete.....a few casualties and a failed activation later and they once again fell back!!! Much to Dave's dismay Craig wasn't willing iling to hurl them straight across the battlefield at the French gun!!! This did lead to some discontent in the Austrian command.
Dave and Craig showed an admirable ability to keep their units from breaking following moral rolls, and the several units ended up pushing yhe French back, my light infantry were routed after being fired at by three units for two turns. The hussars bravely screened the Comte D'El Monte, who performed an exemplary rearwards advance to consolidate on the gun.
Just as it was looking like the Austrians could finally out shoot the French the accumulated casualties began to tell and the Austrians crumpled and the 75% casualty break point was reached.
A very enjoyable game after so long, I hindsight we did get some of the rules wrong but hopefully we should be able to get a campaign going soon......after all Craig has a 100% Austrian defeat record to maintain!!!