Sunday 27 October 2013

Plancenoit 25.10.13

I've been a bit behind with blogging lately as I'm back on my feet again and on a faze back to work, before that I was learning to walk again plus swimming like a mad thing to build my strength in my leg. I had a wee bit of a painting block but have still managed to get a lot cleaned up and at times take a few items a bit further along. I'll share some WIP shots soon.

Anyway, on Saturday I was free to attend the club and JP kindly set up a 2 table Waterloo battle for us all. On our Table it was Plancenoit and on the other table (none of my pics came out under hellish light!!!) was the French final assault on the British lines.
This is a scene from near the end of our battle, poor pics once again from me as I seem to have lost the ability to work our wee pink camera? JP set out the club terrain for us and although the layout was pretty basic lots of fun was had by all (I believe there shouldn't be a gap between the 2 right hand BUA's). Young David played the French and myself and a new guy called Bill had the Prussians. On the other table Des and David Snr assaulted the British lines held by JP and Stuart.

Our objective as you will already know was to take Plancenoit and David's was to stop us (I played this scenario with JP in his garage a couple of years ago so had a wee idea of how it would play out).
Bill took control of my landwehr brigade unit reinforcements came on in turn 4.
I can only say that my assaults on the BUA were really jammy. David already at a disadvantage because of numbers had some really poor dice in the defensive firing and melee and was pushed out of my 1st objective pretty easily and then my 2nd with a very light fight despite having a +3 for the church. He didn't get his cavalry moving either for some reason choosing to hold them on his right in reserve, that allowed me to get in quick.
I know this brigade looks a little muddled but I have just taken charge of the landwehr at this point. The great thing about playing the scenarios is you get a chance to see what your lacking and I see I still need plenty of landwehr. I'm half way through another Silesian landwehr battalion that I put to the side but was inspired to get stuck back into after our battle.
With young David's units kicked out of the BUA he brought on his various guard elements however there really wasn't enough time. He would have needed another 4 hours to have some proper impact. It didn't help matters that I double 6'd David when he got his revitalised brigade onto Assault!
David's middle guard entering the game. with 1 of JP's battalions forced back.  Again sorry about the poor pics
On the left Bill took charge of a large landwehr brigade and landwehr cavalry. He is just getting used to the rules at the moment but is an experienced Naps player of 30+ years. JP's OG landwehr that he bought from me a few months back, It's great to see lead that you had lying around in boxes getting painted up and used!
Skirmishers look a little close? The red unit holding this BUA is young David's newly finished Swiss battalion. None of my close up pics came out Ahhh!! so I will show them later as they are brilliant.
More reserves unused on the day. Also a WIP horse battery standing in for a foot  battery on the day. I have 1 more foot battery on the work bench in the loft so once these 2 are complete I think that will be me finished with my Prussian artillery.
Lancers standing in for landwehr cavalry. I'm getting on well with a landwehr cavalry regiment, horses are all finished and the base shades for the troopers are all done. I Just need a day or 2 to get them to the basing point.

The game was pretty good fun, I would call it a draw as the French guard were just coming into the battle as we finished up. It's a hard 1 for the French from the start. David and I both got a lift from the game with me picking up the brushes and David ordering more young guard that he has wanted for a while. I am planning to start adding to my own French and her allies now.

Happy wargaming!