The scenario is a French assault of an Anglo-Portuguese held village. There is a crossroads in the center (isnt there always?).
The British force consists of 4 Battalions, with 1 Portuguese Battalion, and 2 artillery batteries, 1 British and 1 Portuguese (Bavarians standing in for Portuguese artillery until I can get my crews painted). 1 Battalion is classed as "elite" and also in a reserve status behind the village.
While Neil Thomas' rules call for 4 stand units, I dressed mine up with 6 stands just to make them "look cool." Stand removal and shooting remain the same, I just leave 2 bases for the final stand, instead of 1. This has the added effect of making assault columns look much bigger and more menacing...The British also have 2 light battalions in a skirmish capacity.
Prior to the battle, I was really looking forward to finally using these light troops in their actual capacity. The results did not disappoint!
As the British player you are allowed to place hills down in front of your force. Kind of a neat rule. No one ever thinks to move terrain features around but this is a great feature and kind of emphasizes the well thought out British use of terrain in establishing their positions.
|British lights skirmishing.|
|Portuguese take up position to defend their village.|
|Another hill. British Royal Artillery and a Battalion take cover behind another land mass. Placed, of course, after the French set up! Damned British cheating!|
In another interesting aside, I wanted to use my French cavalry a little differently this time and kept them on the British flank in order to tie down a unit or 2. The British site their artillery on the squadron and the infantry to their front sit tight! That's good for the French center and right.
|Venerable Italian volunteers|
|French lights (My "French Devils!) step off onto the attack. They would protect the line troops from marauding British lights on the French right.|
|Have the men form column if you please, monsieur.|
|Blimey, our glue is still wet!|
|The battle is almost joined but by both accounts, there are no shortages of targets.|
|The Lights move straight up to the base of the hill and wait for the French to emerge. The plan is to fire a volley and withdraw each turn then move to the flanks and harass the main body.|
|Most of the French are in column now.|
|Royal Artillery is set and ready to commence firing!|
|The French beat the Pas De Charge and charge the British light detachment, who scatter and fall back! They get an extra D6 charging down that hill. The British skirmisher patrol starts to give ground.|
|The battalion on the right by-passes the melee and advances up the hill to their front - their primary objective. There is a British battalion on the other side.|
|British lights stick around and fight!|
|On the French left, the light infantry fight is heating up. line battalions stack up behind them, waiting to march forward.|
This will depend on the combat that is about to take place in the next few turns!
So far the artillery has not claimed any casualties yet - too much long range fire. That will change shortly.
|End of turn 6 the French are advancing on the hill in the upper right, preparing to assault the Battalion on the other side|