|Just one part of Madness Comics-A converted GROCERY|
We met several new players while we were there. Napoleonics just draws a crowd. Nicely done Napoleonics like Clay's are just eye candy for gamers. Hopefully we can build upon this game.
Short AAR: 2500 points per player (2 French, 1 British): 5K total
French played Infantry Division, Heavy Cavalry Brigade, Light Cavalry Brigade, Heavy Guns
British played Heavy Cavalry Division with Royal Horse Artillery in Support initially. Most of the British units start in reserve and arrive/move as per the reserve rules. I was lucky throughout the game and had consistently good reserve rolls
|Men at War French Infantry painted by John Stonecipher|
Here's a shot of Clay's French. They are Napoleon at War figures painted by John Stonecipher. John is a painting legend in the DFW area.
|Initial deployment of British Heavy Cavalry Division|
Figures by Men at War, Campaign Games Miniatures, and AB Miniatures
My initial deployment was the British Heavy Cavalry Division supported by Royal Horse Artillery. The French can be seen occupying the hill immediately to the front supported by Legere in the enclosed field
Brunswickers advance slowly on the left flank while the French hold the woods supporting the French division. The Brunswickers are New Line Miniatures. I've found this line to work quite well with the giant-sized Men at War Miniatures.
British Infantry arrives on turn 1. I was sweating it but my ability to roll ones is a well known fact among the DFW Irregulars. My friends that know how "well" I handle cavalry elements should be chuckling right now. I've been told face to face to "not touch the cavalry, Miller!"
The fight in the woods rages. I just love those crappy bendable bayonets. They just make my army look "so nice". Call me picky. They just are poor quality in figures that cost as much as Men at War. In the foreground, you can see the British Horse artillery moving to the right flank to support the Brunswick Light Cavalry Brigade that has stymied the French support of the Legere.
|Clay before he rolled HIS melee dice!|
Clay's reaction to the Scots Greys use of rubber swords and why they wore funny hats. He hasn't rolled HIS melee dice YET! Muuuhahahaha! Karma proved to be a real bee-atch!
|Karma is a bee-atch....right Clay? |
Scots Greys received a little assistance from the Dice Karma God. Both sides whiffed. Oh well, thanks for playing! The French Cuirassiers and Scots Greys just fought another round. I couldn't wound a general to save my life! Uxbridge on the other hand knew not to go "with the boys" this time!
|Mighty Dutch Belgian Heavy Cavalry-GCM figures|
Once the supporting cavalry arrived, the Brunswickers were then commanded by a new player to Napoleon at War. He was definitely more competent than the British CIC. He pressed the French out of the woods. He then continued to press the French and separate them from the main French body in the center of the field. The British CIC was oblivious to the brave action and remained spellbound on the action in the center.
British Light Dragoons finally finished their tea and decided to make an entry as the French Light Cavalry Brigade advanced behind the Cuirassiers. The British continued to hold the village but one building was set on fire by the French howitzer. We never played this rule before. It was novel and kind of cool even though I kept taking stands from the unit from the fire. OUCH!
|Chasseurs destroy the remains of the British Heavy Cavalry|
Clay started advancing in the center to see if the British CIC would act like a wet hen. True to form, the British CIC met the advance and promptly lost a complete Heavy Cavalry brigade! That'll teach ya' Uxbridge. How's your damned leg? Does it hurt yet?
The British launched their Light Dragoon Brigade frontally against the French artillery and remaining Chasseur regiment. It looks cool doesn't it? Yeah, it only LOOKS cool. Clay commented that this charge would probably be the game. Yeah, right! The French Division commander calmly ordered his artillery to stand and shoot plus the remaining Chasseur regiment just kicked the stuff out of the Light Dragoons. I'm going to have to paint ME some Chasseurs!
|Where are the Light Dragoons?|
The British Light Dragoons decided to head home for a light luncheon. The French taunted them for a second time as they moved to the divisional reserve area.
|Brunswickers begin to close the door|
The Brunswickers pressed the French and made sure that brigade did not link up with the main French body in the center. The redoubtable Dutch-Belgian cavalry is seen in the photo in support of the Brunswickers. The Brunswickers are New Line Miniatures.
The British continue to press the French and compress the flank. Brunswick Uhlans and Hussars are supported by British Horse Artillery firing upon the square on top of the hill in front of Clay's pad-thing. The French have moved a Chasseur regiment to support the flank and an additional line infantry battalion to support the Legere plus artillery in a very compact position. Time to press some Frogs!
|French flank begins to waver|
French Chasseur regiment left the field due to poor morale roll while the Brunswick cavalry begins to move into the rear areas of the French. The French flank begins to waver. It was definitely past time for a beer on both sides. I lost count of the number of game turns we played. It didn't matter. Six turns just isn't enough for larger games!
|Game Over-British Pursuit continues|
We were all ready after the French went down to an army loss rate of 50%. This was a classic good game, down to the wire and last brigade. Thanks to Clay and Scott Hendrickson for a great game! Welcome to the new guys that played as well. We'd like to do this again at Madness Comics in Plano, Texas. One just can't go wrong by playing there!
Next game? Keep checking back and may you always roll a six!