A concerted Portuguese push against the French left fizzles out in the face of withering and deadly fire by French lights and French line and a British attack against the French right is stopped dead in their tracks by re positioning of the French Cavalry to the right and reorganizing them into a small Division!
|AVANCAR! AGORA! The Portuguese infantry step off into the attack|
|The Portuguese force moves out toward their objective.|
|Cacadores (actually British lights but they're supposed to be Cacadores) advance to fire at the French. They are immediately charged by light cavalry and form square.|
|A Portuguese unit moves up to threaten the Cavalry and they retreat and reform.|
|Heavy combat breaks out on the French left|
|Portuguese cavalry moves in to ward off the French horse.|
|The British start moving in the center.|
|British troops advancing.|
|British trying to advance the center in case the French get froggy (absolutely no pun intended).|
|Picking up the pieces on the British right.|
|The British advance against the French right is starting to take shape. They advance their infantry towards the river to attempt a crossing and quickly seize the objective.|
|Some skirmishing between lights begins in the hills outside of Rolica. (was thinking that would be a really fun skirmish game, by the way)|
|British advance begins in earnest with 2 infantry units preparing to cross the river - then i realized the guys on the far right are out of bounds....|
|Meanwhile the French Cavalry hasn't had enough yet and their blood it up. They charge the Portuguese infantry in the open, who promptly form square.|
The Portuguese Infantry are eliminated after a "combined arms" attack.
|Note the British off in the distance moving against the French rear now and trying to cross the river.|
|British cavalry finally reinforces the main effort of the attack.|
|Wellesley orders his reserve forward|
|Most of the action now shifts to the French right as forces hurriedly move to counter the British.|
|Note the French infantry unit with officer attached on the French left. They should have meleed, not fired at, the lights to their front. I didn't realize it was an adjacent hex. Sometimes that's just how it goes when you play solo!|
|The British start moving their infantry up and this is starting to look like a deadly frontal assault against the French guns and troops on the hill may be the only way to win.|
|Then the French play a good card and no less then 3 units fire on the single British unit advancing and eliminate it. The battle is over!|
|French Cavalry division threatening the British river crossing|
|French lights took a beating but still live to the end of the battle!|
|The last bicornes?|
|Wish we'd get out of this bloody river. Me feet are freezing.|
|The final positions. Note the British creeping up the flank in the bottom of the picture, and the solid mass of French units still on the ridge in the center. A tough nut to crack!|
This was actually my second "proper" game of CCN - the first of which I played at a friend's house and I am really enjoying it. (so much in fact I made this mat to play at home). Even though it's "Napoleonics Month" I'd like to try "Battle Cry" with my 15mm guys as well.
So a few lessons I was able to pick up on here:
Combined Arms: You should advance troops together as much as possible. Advancing single units is asking for them to be chewed up.
Keep a Reserve: No attack is a foregone conclusion. A reserve helps ensure you can move to reinforce holes in your own line, or even exploit a successful action (you never know where your actions will be successful and where they will fail).
Sometimes the threat of a Cavalry charge is just as menacing as an actual Cavalry charge, and can force you to second guess your own plan.
Finally, some advice I received from other players - you definitely need to fight your own plan, and not play according to the whim of the cards. Hatch a plan and then use the cards that best support your plan, whatever they are.
Final Thoughts? All in all, a good game and one that I enjoyed playing immensely. I need to paint up more troops so I can play more!