|French attack succeeds and pushes the British off the hill|
|Forces gather for the assault. Note the French on the right hilltop, reeling from the last combat!|
|Commit the reserves now! The French elite battalion surges forward, hoping to finish off the assault.|
|French foreign volunteers close ranks march forward to continue to fire at the Portuguese in the town. While they finish to find any targets, they are keeping extra forces pinned down.|
|Successful British infantry and artillery still holding the right!|
|meanwhile the combat on the right moves back and forth with the French gathering and assaulting the position again.|
|hit after hit against the stubborn Portuguese and each one is saved! (receive a 4+ save in towns).|
|Italians on the far left in white. Casualties are mounting for the other 2 battalions.|
|3:1 odds in the village but not enough with that enemy artillery battery!|
|The whole line - lots of red dice! (casualties)|
|The last of the British lights retreat to the safety of the village and continue to fire at the French to their front - exacting a rough toll on the Italians.|
|One after another, the French battalions break! The Portuguese have a mere 2 hits on them! The British are firmly in control of the hill on their left (French right).|
|French commander is starting to worry and commits the elite reserves and artillery to a final assault. His troops are suffering at the hands of the British and Portuguese musketry!|
The Italians quit the field thanks to combined shooting from the Portuguese artillery and British lights, leaving one of the French assault columns exposed to British artillery. They lose more stands and the French decide to quit.
Final Thoughts: This was a good game - very hard fought although I have to say the way shooting and combat was going, I didn't doubt the outcome. British muskets are deadly in Neil Thomas' rules and going straight up against them without flanking or extra artillery is asking for trouble. With the numbers, I wonder if the results would have been a little different with NT's "regular" Napoleonic rules in "Wargaming: An Introduction."
I would like to try this exact same scenario with NT's rules from Wargaming: An Introduction. With my megalomania, I'd also like to try it out with Rank & File, and Black Powder and see how that goes. Of course with Cold War stuff in full swing, that's if I ever find the the time!