These big games tend to be pretty damn epic affairs with multiple players fielding their 28mm troops.
I arrived to a table ready set for the battle of Talavera in July 1809 between the forces of France and her allies under the command of King Joseph & Marshall Jourdan, and the Anglo-Spanish forces under Sir Arthur Wellesley & General Cuesta.
As you will see from the various pictures, the battle we recreated was a bloody affair fought using the Black Powder rules set, with a table 6 foot across and I don't really know how wide. I'll just say it was BIG!!!
|Setting up the table for Talavera|
Despite it being St George's Day, I took command of my a number of my own French battalions in the centre, representing the Confederation of the Rhine brigade under General Leval, alongside the Polish brigade under the Comte de Valence.
These two brigades made up the left most infantry units on the field, with the remainder of the IV Corps deployed to their right.
|Leval's Brigade of Germans|
To my left were the cavalry units of General Milhaud, screening the Spanish in the town of Talavera.
Across from my units were the solid ranks of British infantry, with 10 battalions deployed across the Portina stream blocking my advance, with smaller units of redcoat and riflemen skirmishers out in front.
|The thin red (and green) line|
The battle commenced with the French forces launching a series of thrusts at the British lines, with my own command quickly coming to grips with the enemy.
The defensive fire from the British battalions caused havoc and several battalions were routed from the field, while the remainder deployed into line and exchanged fire with the redcoats.
|The Confederation infantry advance with supporting artillery fire|
|The infantry battle begins|
Mean while to the right of the Germans, my Polish brigade woke up from a sluggish start and began a well ordered rush across the field, flanked by more French infantry to their right and some well sighted artillery support.
|The advance of the Polish brigade|
On the far right flank, the advance of the I Corps troops on the British defences on the Cerro de Medellin hill.This attack was held off for some time by the combined efforts of the Anglo-Spanish cavalry, along with a brigade of Spanish infantry (Portuguese figures).After a long struggle, the French cavalry won that conflict, clearing the plain in front of the Cerro allowing the infantry to advance.
|The French right advances|
|French infantry in squares as the cavalry engage|
|French massed cavalry|
As the action heats up, I will pause for a break. More to come in the next update!