Sunday, January 24, 2010
The Battle of Fuentes de Onoro
After two turns you can see the French line forming up on the right side. The British are fairly evenly distributed across the whole field but most of there elite troops are deployed on the far left. Perhaps our ploy has worked?
3 Divisions of French Infantry get organized for the attack. The 3rd division moves through the town to the far right while the 2nd and 3rd Divisions form up into grand columns for the attack. The attack is supported by a grand battery on the hill and another gun section near the town. We've concentrated about 60% or 650 figures of the French army here.
The 2nd Division's column is just about to make contact with the British line. Just off to the right of the picture s the 3rd division which is forming up to join the assault. To the left is the first division which is planning to make contact in a few turns. The 2nd divisions attack proved to be very successful and swept the British from the hill. All three divisions then wheeled in place and prepared to move up the line.
In the center there was a very fun Calvary fight - the picture at the left shows the state of affairs just at the start of it. 2 brigades of British calvary charged the exposed french dragoon unit in the center of the picture. Their charge routed the unit, but there momentum carried them into the big carabiniere unit which they essentially bounced off and all units ended the turn disordered. The next turn the french calvary commander charged his untouched Cuirassier unit into the disordered British calvary and routed them from the table. Our game system features command cards which players can play on either their forces or their opponents and the British player decided to play a "commander shot by a stray round" card which killed the Calvary commander and forced the cuirassier unit to draw a Calvary morale card. Most morale cards say things like "stand, shaken", "move back 100 paces", or rout" but every now and then you draw one that say charge nearest enemy and that was the case last night. The Cuirassiers raced off to charge the British line and managed to sweep a few infantry units off the table and essentially cleared out the British center.
On the left flank the 4th division was assaulted by the bulk of the British army and took horrendous casualties but managed to hold them off long enough for the main attack to drive home. The player who commanded this unit, Joey, was a great sport given that his command was a tough one and he had to listen to my boneheaded advice. He also had some bad luck in card draws as his light cavalry unit charged all those British behind the stone wall in the upper right of the picture. It wasn't a pretty outcome for the French
The game ended in a French victory and it was a grand evening. While my role did not involve pushing toy soldiers around it was fun and I got to see my miniatures on the table for the first time. I look forward to our next game.