Monday, 25 January 2016

Saxony 1813 GdB Battle

Saturday past David and myself decided to get together and give our troops a run out. It has been a good while since my last game so we decided to drop cavalry for the day to help towards a smoother game without troops being pinned in square around the board.

So we set up with the French defending a Saxon town with the idea of the Prussians trying to capture the town and or pin the French in place with Prussian reserves on the way to the battle and pretty much the same for the French with reserves to come on later if the town was taken or a number of brigades were destroyed.

The main thoughts on getting a game in as well as getting our wargaming started for the year is to see how our collections are coming along. David has completed another battalion of French (seen here behind the Swiss in red) so with his progress on Poles, Brits and Austrians his 18mm collection is really starting to take shape.

For the game we decided to try and use skirmishers (and for me also grande bande) to see what effect they were in the game. I had a lot of luck with my jager and David's voltigeurs whittled away at my advancing troops throughout the game.

A Prussian brigade advancing on 1 of my newly finished Saxon villages: I'd like to say I enjoyed doing the terrain however throughout my little adventure I kept on thinking that I should be painting figures! I had a chat with a fellow gamer VK a few months back and it was nice to know I'm not entirely alone in my chain of thought!

David checking out our interpretation of a rule: It's inevitable when you haven't played a ruleset in a number of months that there are areas you forget (add to that David and I both had the makings of manflu) but we still managed to work our way through the game fine. I remember a number of years ago we were managing to get a game of GdB in every couple of weeks and I would say we were getting pretty good at it (Jamie you will dispute this no doubt, however at the time you were still flying your full thrust ships about so you couldn't possibly know ;-) However if I'm lucky I could get a game in every 2-3 months so the chance of learning and progressing are pretty poor. We worked out I have 9 opportunities to game during a year due to my poor work rota, we have made plans to work something out using public holidays and the odd annual leave. Sooooo this year I would like to get more from the gaming side of the hobby, only time will tell . . .

One positive thing, with my little terrain effort, although it isn't spectacular our battlefield does for our purpose look a lot more attractive. I will add to this over time hopefully bridges, river and probably another village as the Katzbach OOB that I try to follow when I can has 3 in it. Obviously I would like to add terrain for other areas Borodino, Russian villages and perhaps some tiger terrain for Wavre, Ligny etc.

Also this past few months, and I think in particular while doing my Saxons for some reason I have been getting wee flash backs and feelings from when I was a kid collecting and painting my Napoleonic toy soldiers (mostly Esci/Italieri for me as Airfix, all though we had loads were from my brother Davids generation). They have been a very pleasant experience of a time when I knew only Waterloo and of that not very much, however it was an excellent time when painting up a battalion with humbrol enamels without any shading left me with a huge sense of achievement. I have no idea why it is just recently they have begun, however they are very welcome!  

The battle: well in the end the Prussians took the town and both armies would be getting reinforcements, the Landwehr were taking a bit of a drubbing yet so were the French. It was just nice to throw the dice about again and see our collections out on the table!

When you play you always spot things you are lacking, terrain wise I need more trees (now underway), as well as the items I mentioned above. Prussians I need limbers which I have (unpainted) however I have Saxon plans for them plus jager, I recon I will need to paint up 12 more to have enough for any game I field and again I have them unpainted. I would also like to do another jager battalion using the newer AB Prussian.

The main things I need for home wargaming are French and their allies. I can't expect to hold onto the Davids troops so I have taken steps to put a French army together. Hopefully i'll be able to add to them with Wurtemburgers (and as you may know I'm working on Saxons at the moment). I also would like to get back to Bavarians. So my plan for the year are Saxons with a sprinkling of Prussians and Russians and the French plus allies from other sources hopefully.

Anyway we had a fun game and planned to play on till 9-10pm however after an Indian meal we kinda slowed down and ended up talking figures etc.

This is pretty much where we stopped. With the soon to be released GdB scenario book for Imperial sunset covering 1813-14 we are hoping there will be plenty forus us to build towards!

Another of David's newly finished battalions. I think along with his AB Swiss and Croatians he has 2 legere and 2 line finished. if you've followed my blog for a while you will know that my nephew and brother already have a sizeable French army however young David is now working towards his own part of the collection now.

Also thanks to Pancake for his teddy fur idea, it does add to the terrain and is easy to get hold of.

Well a bit of a waffle today, I hope I did bore the pants off everyone.
Until next time all the best and Happy Wargaming!!!

31 comments:

Ben B. said...

Wow, great collection and table. You guys should be proud!

Samuli S said...

Great looking battle! You're really quite modest about your terrain! Very nice looking table to fight your battles over!

Phil said...

We always need more French and allies! Oups, sorry, I'm French! Fantastic looking game, these figures and terrain are beautiful...

Stephen Smith said...

Stunning looking game great stuff gent's

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Excellent looking game Paul!

Christopher

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Agreed. A stunning spectacle. How far we have come since the 15mm Peter Laing figures way back in the 1970s! The ones show in your photographs are every bit as nice as 28mm figures as far as the quality of the castings AND the painting, to say nothing of the large units and surrounding scenery. A visually satisfying experience.

Best Regards,

Stokes

Furphy said...

You need to get more games in Paul tables like this are always a feast for the eyes !
All the best Gav .

Stryker said...

Nice to see one of your games again Paul - the terrain is very impressive too!

Sgt Steiner said...

Great looking game with gorgeous figures. Your new buildings really look the part

Rupert Lane said...

Terrain providing a lovely backdrop and you've set yourself some big goals there - I like it!

Rank Bajin said...

Looks great Paul - need to get some cavalry on there though!!

Gonsalvo said...

Beautiful looking game! I think you will find that you get far more return from your time (and money) with attractive terrain than the figures themselves!

MurdocK said...

Magnificent terrain work all round!

Carlo said...

Always a pleasure popping by mate and seeing what you and the lads are up to Paul. Great read again and the figures and terrain top shelf!

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Carlo, not quite there yet, you should know I take a lot of inspiration from your blog!

paulalba said...

lol thank Rank B, yeah you are of course right!

paulalba said...

Cheers Ru, good to here from you buddy, I was wondering recently how your own collection was getting on? Also I'm not sure if your on Facebook however there is a group called 'the Napoleonic wargamer' that I think you (we all) would enjoy! I only set up Facebook for hobby and the inspiration on there is brilliant! A fellow blogger put me into it.

Rodger said...

Awesome! What a wonderful sight this is!

paulalba said...

Thanks Sgt S, I was chatting with a lad from Northern Ireland the other night on hangouts, table too commanders and mentioned your blog channel. He was pretty sure he had games with you in the past. Gerchin

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Ian, it's getting there slowly. I'm not sure if I mentioned I was chatting with a lad you were gaming with in the big Waterloo battle? Neil, I believe he was D'erlon

paulalba said...

Thanks Gav, you are of course very right!

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Stokes you are far to kind. Much appreciate the encouragement!!!
Awe ra best
Paul

paulalba said...

Thank you very much Christopher, was good to get the troops out on the table again!

paulalba said...

Thanks you very much Stephen!

paulalba said...

Thanks Phil, rest assured there will be more French and allied command bases with Prussian and Russian casualties in the pipeline!

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Samuli! It has been a flat empty surface for a long time so it is nice to see some additions.

paulalba said...

Thanks Ben, it's good to see the collection growing over the years.

Francis Lee said...

Manflu and gaming equals legend!

paulalba said...

Thanks Rodger, very kind of you!

paulalba said...

Thanks Fran!!! Lol I am legend!

warpaintjj said...

Great to see you boys playing again - that's what it's all about when all is said and done!
Best wishes for more games in 2016,
Jeremy