Sunday, 10 April 2016

Lutzen : La Garde au Feu

I should have had this 1 posted up a lot sooner. This was the other game on the go on Easter Sunday and it was also the game I was involved in. Not as colourful looking as the previous game and pretty 1 sided with us (the French) having it almost all our own way. However each game is a learning experience and it was again great to see the troops on the table. I took a lot of pics during our game and have deleted a good number so the post isn't to picture heavy.

Again I included a video for the folks who enjoy that kinda thing and the still pics are below:

Rod was 1 of the Allied commanders on the day seen here scanning the battlefield. Also Rod brought along his Westphalian army for the 1812 campaign to show me. It was absolutely stunning complete with engineer, bridging units plus ambulance. I only had a little while at the end of the game to look through it as I had so much stuff to put away myself. I'll make a point of getting a load of photo's of them at some point in the future.

Rod made a dramatic thrust with his Russian cavalry at the French left flank early on taking John by surprise. I guess he decided that attack was the best form of defence?

He threw his Russian hussar regiment at the advancing French battalions. I would have been cautious and put my troops into square as soon as he got within a threatening distance, John however bravely decided to sand his ground.

Luckily for Rod, John's dice for shooting was pretty low and the hussars actually done really well causing a good bit of confusion amongst the French, however with no real support their exciting bravery didn't amount to much in the end returning to behind their own lines a bit weaker.

My nephew David checking out our battle lines, we by chance were right across from each other after drawing lots to see what table we would be on and what nation we would be in charge of. 

My job for the day was to pin David and Rod in the centre and exploit any weakness, if any should arise. 1 of my 2 batteries that caused quite a lot of damaged to the Prussian lines.

Looks kinda quiet at the start, eventually I would be up against both Prussians and Russians.

The table starting to take shape. You can see the French guard massed for an assault down the right. After the game we had a chat about it and the overall opinion was the best that the Allies could hope for was a draw with a loss being the most likely if the French side used their troops well.

Our right flank was to be the killer blow with the guard cavalry and infantry making a push at the Allied left in an aim to swing round and rolling them up.

This is what its all about! we sitting for hours of an evening painting our wee men!! Stunning figures on display on both tables!!! I don't know who supplied the majority of the French but the Polish uhlans at the rear left are young Davids.

Unfortunately my Prussians would be on the receiving end of the main French advance . . .

My Leib hussars putting up a brave defence against overwhelming odds.

The gang in action debating orders at this point I think. The old chestnut of if you put your brigade on orders to assault an objective or an enemy brigade and another enemy brigade moves in front of that objective are you entitled to assault that new threat or do you have to change your order to do so? If you have ever played Russians you will know that changing your orders isn't as easy as it sounds especially if your CnC is not close by!

Rod begins to bring up Russian grenadiers into the battle (It's nice to see these guys getting a run out as they were painted so long ago and very rarely see any action). As the French guard smashed through the Allied left flank Rod made a play for 1 of the towns held by us and for a while it was looking as though he may just do it, however like most battles the offensive ran out of steam from not having enough troops to execute and reinforce the assault.

The only Allied cavalry on the right. Some very nice Ahtyrka hussars. I have a couple of regiments of Russian hussars to paint up myself however as always the problem is time. I could have done with starting my collection 20 years ago!

Our table mid way through the game looking pretty nice if I don't say so myself.

This has to be 1 of the only times my Prussian guard have been in action as Prussian guard. In the end the French right battered through the Allied left and took the remaining town held by my Pavlov grenadiers and things were looking very good for Napoleon in Saxony once again.

The 2 tables on the day: Nice to see such a good turn out, the Falkirk lads put on a good gaming experience!

It's not so great being on either side of a 1 sided game (I know many who would disagree) however being part of the day was a lot of fun and both games gave a great learning experience. Obviously for myself seeing my own troops (plus terrain) on the tables was a great inspiration as I was able to see the areas in my collection where I have gaps. It's tough as with a limited time to paint you have to make the decision which gaps to fill 1st! I would very much like to push on with my Saxons for 1812-1813 however I can see how close I am to ticking off some Prussian OOB's and then you have the Russians, French, Bavarians, Austrians and Poles. Ahh it's all good clean fun . . .

I hope you have enjoyed the battles and I'll try and get another post of painted troops up soon.
Happy Wargaming!!!


Gary Amos said...

Great post. Looks a good session - the better kind of club game.

warpaintjj said...

Another great post and another chance to see your boys in action alongside so other choice kit. Best of all everyone seems to be having bundles of fun to boot.
Keep them coming Paul, best wishes,

PS dodgy sound track again... Troops of Tomorrow?

Furphy said...

The tables must have been buckling under the weight of all those well painted figures .
Regards Gav .

Francis Lee said...

Looked good to me Paul!

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

A really rand looking game Paul!


Gonsalvo said...

Fine looking games and a nice crowd top play them = a great day!

paulalba said...

Thanks Christopher,
The other table like led the busiest of the 2. With charge and counter charge. Was nice to be involved!

paulalba said...

Thanks Fran! How's things I sunny Ireland?

paulalba said...

lol cheers Gav, thankfully not.
It was good to get them out on the table though
Awe ra best

paulalba said...

Many thanks Jeremy,
Yes dodgy sound tracks all the way, iPad special. It was good to see everything out on the table in action!

paulalba said...

Thanks Gary,
Yeah they are a friendly bunch even when debating. Nice gaming atmosphere!

Stephen Smith said...

Outstanding game some fantastic miniatures and terrain on show

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Stephen, glad you enjoyed the pictures. Good to get my portion of the kit out in the table.

paulalba said...

Thanks Peter, makes the hours worthwhile seeing them getting shot up and getting chased from the field lol

Craig (Beresford) said...

Great looking games Paul. It endows a deep feeling of envy. Keep it up!

Carlo said...

Great report Paul and always an entertaining read mate. Wonderful figures - yet again. Wonderful day with your mates at Falkirk so what more could any wargamer want.

paulalba said...

Thanks Carlo, it was good fun to be involved in a game as I don't often get the time. Appreciate your encouraging comments Carlo!!!

paulalba said...

Glad you enjoyed the pics of the games Craig, I thought you guys were getting a good few games in yourself now? Would be good to see pics of the games you folks put on with the excellent collections you have!!!

Phil said...

Impressive and beautiful armies Paul, it was a great looking game, no doubt!

Chris Gregg said...

Lovely job Paul. This is how to put on a big Napleonic, well done. I particularly like the "video" which was an easy and pleasant way to effectively view the stills. Was your southern visitor young Owain from my neck of the woods by any chance?
Stroud, Gloucestershire

paulalba said...

Thanks Chris, the guys put on a cracking game. Yes it was Sir Owain OG Gloucestershire.

paulalba said...

Thanks Phil, was a great day. Thanks for takingt He time to drop by!

Ken said...

Looks like a good ti,e was had by all! I also like the new picture at top of blog.



carojon said...

Great to see all the toys out on the table. Nice one Paul

James Fisher said...

Great looking table and game plus some wonderful photos Paul.

paulalba said...

Thanks James, it was great to be part of it.

paulalba said...

Thanks Ionathan, yes it was great to be part of it.

paulalba said...

Thanks Ken, it was a good days gaming. Cheers on the banner!