you forget Will, the Hanoverian Legion was made up of Austrian deserters.......so really Austrians vs Austrians !!!! It did come down to one turn of shooting!!
Another rebels and Patriots clash between Craig's Austrians and my French, could the Austrians regain some honour after being trumped last time.
We played a scenario from the book, the mission being to hold an objective on a hill in the centre of the board. We both had 24 point forces, Craig taking 6 units of Austrian line, I took two line units and two good shooting light infantry units.
Could Colonel Ramirez McGregor pull off another victory over the Austrian dogs? Or would the Colonel Von Kilnkerpoppen regain some honour?
The forces lined up, the Austrians formed up in an extended line, clearly trying overawe the French with their weight of numbers, being a much more canny commander Ramirez led his forces enechelon with light infantry of the Hanoverian Legion screening the line infantry.
The French advanced quickly towards the central hill, with the line infantry forming close order.
The Austrians plodded forward in line, halted and formed close order and waited for the French to advance into range. A cowardly tactic!!!
The Hanoverian legion advanced up the hill and secured the objective, it proved to be fool hardy though when they came under close order volley fire from three Austrian units, the casualties mounted and after this sustained suffering they broke. The other unit of light infantry took up a skirmish position and screened the two line units.
There were several exchanges of fire, the Austrians managed to soak this up without breaking, two units then marched up the hill to take the objective. After two turns of firing the French managed to drive them off, despite the Austrians callously throwing a unit forward to draw fire away from the hill!!!
Ramirez saw his chance and marched his unit onto the objective he crowed in triumph. The Austrians weren't ready to give in though, they were on a knife edge and almost reduced to 75%casualties, a sustained round of shooting managed to finally drive off the remaining French light infantry unit, reducing to below break point.
Ramirez noticed that the objective saw that the objective was actually Von Klinkerpoppen's gilded chamber pot......clearly not worth dying for and he marched off the board.
The Austrians secured a victory.......in only two games they have managed to be far more successful than any of Aggresive Dave's Germanic armies!!!!
six more Spanish light infantry and a couple of rifle officers WIP for the British McGregor brigade......one officer with a straight sword and a gentleman volunteer from the Glengarry Fencibles!!
clearly the Austrians were lacking cavalry to throw forward at the bridge!!
Nice work on those figures and an enjoyable narrative. Pretty sure that the Cavalrie Generique wore lemon green facings on campaign.
Button counter......you'll end up as bad as Ste 🤣🤣.
I concur that Craig's Austrians are excellent, it's a shame they lost all their standards and went home in shame!!! They run the risk of being as effective in battle as Dave's Germans......they obviously need cavalry support.. ...
Craig and myself played our first game since the club re-opened on Sunday, Napoleonic rebels and Patriots with Craig's Austrian horde (18pts of infantry) facing off against the Garde De Paris.
The scenario was one from the book, Craig was defending a bridge which my French had to capture, sneakily the Austrians had a unit replaced in a barricade at the bridge.
My two large units of line advanced bravely towards the objective, screened by two u its if Cavalerie Generique (as seen in Sharpe uselessy riding about in most episodes) and the elite hannoverian legion light infantry (composed of mainly Austrian deserters). Capitan Ramirez McGregor jacobite aide de camp to the Comte D'el monte led the force.
Craig's Austrians prodded along in a typical column on the far bank of the river to reinforce the bridge, rather un-gentlemanly one unit of Austrian fusiliers formed close order and dared to fire on the Garde, causing minimal casualties for several turns. The fusiliers behind the barricade stubbornly fired on the light infantry - who surprisingly didnt flee and continued to screen the French troops for several turns.
Whilst pinned down in the barricade a squadron of the cavalry made a wide sweeping flank move, seeing this the second squadron decided to follow suit. .......promptly rolled a double one and were obliged to charge the Austrians who were not only firmly entrenched behind a barricade but also had formed close order.......the cavalry bounced off the wall and fled!!
However persistent volley fires and sniping from the light infantry eventually whittled the unit down and having seeing the shame of the first squadron fleeing the second squadron of cavalry set themselves up for a charge into the rear of the Austrians... the Austrians could see the writing on the wall.. ..oh how Craig taunted when the second squadron also failed to charge!!
Things were getting desperate for the French now, Capitan Ramirez waded in and his precise and deadly volley fire, followed by a successful charge of the cavalry finally dislodged the Austrians from the barricade, just in time for the Austrian reinforcements to arrive. However Major Von Clinkertickle managed to get his unit of grenadiers shot up and he went home for strudel.
A major victory was on the horizon for the French, it was at this point that Capitan Ramirez also decided to go home after rolling a double one and retreating from the bridge.
The turns ended and the French secured a minor victory.
A good game which highlighted the effectiveness of close order and light infantry, there will be many an Austrian deserter clambering to join the Hannoverian Legion after their exemplary performance in screening the French Garde De Paris!!!
Spanish command, with Spanish standard ...not French!
update from their Facebook page:
Sad to say we have had to pull the show for 2021. The continued situation and uncertainty around Covid 19, we don't know how we could get 2000 visitors, exhibitors and members safely in a covid secure manner in to the Knavesmire stand. The rules are in flux and we could have got the show organised to face a local lockdown or change in the rules with no notice.
Too big a risk to ourselves, our visitors and the reputation of the show.
Rey Jose Napoleon's loyal Spanish....in no way recruited to sacrifice themselves to protect General D'El Monte!!
Insee where Pete gets his inspiration from......these guys were clearly the elite of the French army in Spain
General D'El Monte......hero of Rio Sagres
no probs, PM me tour address and consider it done!
All yours if you want it?
its from the fire forge mongols, I think, I'll probably have a few left
I think 40k Brony's is to soft for Steve, he prefers cloppers!!
new standard ready for the French.....
confirmation of the Comte D'El Monte's promotion to General and Govenor if Rio Sagres..........he'll obviously need some staff too....
Thanks for running a great campaign Peter, the main positive of this battle report is that it’s distracted Bryan long enough for Andy and I to set charges around Bryan’s actually house and fire half of Winstanley......the bit with all the dormas........none of Bryan’s toy soldiers survived!
As long as you wore a mask when you ventured outside!
another garde de Paris unit, that's 101 points for rebels and Patriots!!