Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Talavera 1809 @ SSWG - part 1

A hectic week led to a tired Wargamer making the journey back to Southend for a "big Napoleonic" game on Saturday.
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.
Milhaud's Cavalry
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
Spanish lancers
French massed cavalry

As the action heats up, I will pause for a break.  More to come in the next update!

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Salute 2016

Salute has been and gone for another year.

Some good display tables and games to be seen.

I was there to help a friend with his stall (DMB Games) selling dungeon tile scenery.

Here are a few snaps from the show:

While there I was persuaded to delve into something new.  In collaboration with my gaming partner in crime, we settled on a new scale and period.

The figures looked great, I've heard good things about the rules and it was something that we would both be starting from scratch with, so here we are:

By Fire and Sword - I have opted (not a lot of choice with the nationality of my partner) for the Swedes, while Craven has gone for the Muscovites.
This will offer an interesting disparity of forces, with the very elite Swedes versus the numerous infantry based Muscovites.

I'll certainly be posting more as I read the rules and paint this skirmish force.

Happy gaming!