Right so our big battle fell on my only day off in my long week so I'm only getting around to the final bat rep now. I also wanted to say sorry for not getting round everyone's blogs, I just seem to be swamped at the moment however I'm off for a full week from tomorrow! I made a wee video of our days gaming and if you want to see more of the pics you can find them on my Facebook page under: paulalba
So here is the video for anyone who would like to watch it:
And if not here are a small selection of the pics:
Young David taking some shots at my advancing troops.
The 1st lot of my reinforcements arriving.
The main part of the town is my target.
AB French artillery making themselves heard.
The storm approaches.
Young David checking our interpretation of the rules, thankfully everything ran very smooth on the day.
Heavy fighting around the village.
The church and main area of Plancenoit cleared of French.
All 3 sections now in Prussian hands!!!
Entry of the young guard ( you'll see AB Swiss standing in for YG in some of the pics).
Well into the battle at this point, the Prussians are holding off the YG however they are being worn down by the attackers. It was great fun throughout!!!
Prussian reinforcements threw themselves into the battle at times getting thrown back but they made a good account of themselves.
The 2nd YG arriving on the table . . .
The YG target the middle section of the town trying to split the Prussian forces.
Chaos in the centre as I rush my reserves to far forward and they are caught by a YG battalion and a rout is begun with a couple of units being lifted from the field however the remaining battalions formed square and the fleeing troops flowed round them and their morale rolls were high, the advance continued!
The table at the end of the game, a YG battalion finally pushed itself back into the centre section however the Prussians most certainly fought them down all the way with a few battalions on assault orders ready to hit the unformed unit in the village.
We had a superb days gaming and it surprisingly went a lot smoother than we had thought it would as we hadn't played GdB in a long while.
David's AB legere being used as YG for the day. I believe AB will be doing Bardin uniformed YG soon so we will look forward to them!
Old Glory YG fighting their way into the middle part of the village pushing back AB Prussians.
Some close ups of the troops, my newly painted Silesian landwehr making a good account of themselves in the battle.
Some recently painted Von Lutzow troops mixed in with some fusiliers from different battalions to make the 24 man battalions of the 25th regiment (I have only 1 battalion of the VL painted at the moment) Looked good to me as for 1815 there would be a few interesting uniform combinations if all the sources are anything to go by. I even had Saxons standing in as Westfalian Landwehr! Worked fine for me.
So all in all great fun and loads of inspiration for us to get more troops painted. I need a few more command bases and a good deal more landwehr plus jäger and maybe another artillery battery? I hope you enjoyed the read/video. Please remember we are not experts on the period and it was just a fun day out for us. I know there are a lot more qualified gamers out there who may require to see a more accurate battlefield and better looking terrain. I'm afraid unfortunately at the moment we don't have the time or space for that however we will try to improve over time!