If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you may know I am a big fan of Volley & Bayonet. Unfortunately, comprehension of the rules is perishable and it has been far too long since I've played a proper game. Even for a simple set of rules like V&B, Ken and I had numerous questions that plagued our turns and in actuality we only completed 2 full turns, but what a set of turns they were!
You can read up on Keith McNelly's excellent Scenario for Teugen-Hausen at this link here or go to the wikipedia article on the battle here.
|Saint Hilaire's troops arrive and are thrown immediately into the attack! Davout calmly urges the brigades forward.|
|Unit after unit is thrown into the fray!|
|Light cavalry! Ken's beautifully painted Hussars!|
|Ken's initial deployment along the road to Hausen.|
|Brigades of Saint Hilaire arriving in March Column!|
|The initial battle situation.|
|Austrians moving up to reinforce the advanced guard.|
|The second Austrian position! No shortage of troops back here!|
|Contact is made! And my impudent French are sent back this round.|
|Looking south towards Hausen at the remaining Austrian Brigades.|
|You can see the French disordered Brigade with the yellow marker in the lower right and 2 more Brigades waiting to attack. On the ridge, down the road, the Austrians are 1 less detachment but still lots of combat power there!|
|French turn 2 massing for a large, coordinated attack against the ridge in the hopes of breaking through.|
|The French get serious and it's now the end of turn 2. THe Austrian force has been reinforced by numous infantry brigades and the part is just starting!|
|More and more and more Austrians!!|
The scenario stipulates that the French receive a Division performing a "flank march" and I can start dicing for their arrival next turn at one of the arrival location along the Austrian left flank. Ken and I had numerous questions about the rules, and that slowed progress just a little. Retreating into other units was one question that we solved, also the type of forest terrain on the ridgeline being an "open" woods which we determined would be classified as "orchard" in Volley & Bayonet speak, (and Mr McNelly later confirmed).
Still though, the first 2 turns were incredibly enjoyable and I'm looking forward to the refight!