|French I Corps on my left facing a hill.|
We rolled for sides. I got the French and immediately began setting up my huge army with a similar strategy from the previous Blucher game with Ken. I would maintain a generous and intact reserve and use them to reinforce success with my Corps.
|French Brigades march to glory!|
|Attack stepping off! Doesn't that have a real Napoleonic LOOK to it?!?!?|
|Fighting against the Portuguese! Brian had the good sense to place them in a town, and surround by British!|
My attack on the left started out aggressively and the French marched up to the very muzzle of the British guns, and carried a British battery position! As Brian moved his infantry into position, I soon learned that my skirmisher "advantage" that helped me out against the Austrians was of no use against redcoats, who also enjoyed the same advantages..Eventually my French III Corps was whittled away as attack after attack broke itself against Brian's British.
|I got lucky on this attack and carried the position - but at what price!?|
|The battle in the center degenerated into a protracted firefight.|
|Another reserve. More to defend the hill if the British have anything up their sleeve!|
|This hill which I had casually brushed aside during setup really held firm under repeated assaults!|
|Brian soundly defeated the III Corps' attacks against his flank.|
|Adding insult to injury, the British finish off a retreating French Brigade (which was a perfect use of light cavalry I might add - charging in when a unit has had it).|
I released my reserve (2 Dragoon Brigades thundering their way to the British right!) It was at that time I decided to probe in the center and advance the right against a water crossing and town held by more British. Luckily for me, and in the interests of humanity, my forces reached their breakpoint after more skirmishing with Brian's defenders effectively ending the game. We never did get to witness the attack of those Dragoons, but I don't believe they would have achieved a breakthrough. And even if they did, there were no good infantry close by to exploit!
|The glorious French reserve - too late to do anything!|
|French Dragoons - the French broke before they would be able to charge home.|
While there were some slight questions that I believe Ken could have answered without even looking them up, this game was much fun. As I've said before, I believe Blucher does a solid job of placing you in the Commander in Chief's shoes and you find yourself making decisions that a battlefield commander should be making.
And once again, Brian's terrific figures and bases have inspired me to create some of my own bases, albeit for Blucher but probably usable with Volley and Bayonet, CCN, or other rules set utilizing Brigades sized stands.
In other news, another batch of Bavarians just received their basecoat! Thanks for stopping by!