Wednesday, January 27, 2010
When told of the Observation officers, Prinzessin Maria Athena directed her uncle General Leopold Tiberius Flatsburg to begin preparations to receive the two officers and see to their lodgings and welcome.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
When you read Grant’s ‘Scenarios for Wargamers’ you find that to fight a number of battles all you need are 10 to 12 battalions of infantry, 4 to 6 squadrons of heavy and light cavalry, 4 to 6 guns and limbers. With these forces, 15 different battles can be fought. The battles include positional defense, flank attack, holding action, attack on camp, breakout, river crossing, assault river crossing, bridge demolition, dominant hill and chance encounter.
To keep the look and feel of Old School war gaming I chose the figures from Prince August. This allows me to pour my own and then paint the figures. The classic figure molds I chose were as follows. 2 of the Officer and Musketeer molds due to the number of figures needed.
BATTALION GUN 3-6 LB I-951
ARTILLARY LIMBER I-957
CARRIAGE HORSE I-956
UNDEROFFICER AND GRENADIER 911
OFFICER AND MUSKETEER X 2 910
MOUNTED OFFICER I-934
STANDARD BEARER AND DRUMMER I-904
OFFICER AND ADVANCING INFANTRY SOLDIER I-903
( LT ) CAVALRY SWORD FOREWARD I-931
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
The Prince August order has been confirmed so in 6 to 9 weeks i can begin the recruitment of the armies. The weather will still be relatively cool so the Pouring will be done outside.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
While reloading old files to the new hard drive I came across pictures of a small skirmish, a French and British Napoleonic battle. Each commander was ordered to occupy two small hills to their front securing an observation post for further actions.
General Airfix commanded the French forces. His command consisted of 2 regiments, each of 3 battalions. There was a foot battery assigned to the brigade. The forces lined up and observed the field of battle.
The British brigade of General Scruby consist of 4 line battalions. There was a battery of foot guns attached to provide close support. General Scruby and his brigade are fresh from the recruiting depot.
From General Airfix's view of the battle, you can see the 2 hills to be fought over. The hill on the right is the Northern hill, while the hill to the left is the Southern hill. Both commanders have placed equal groups of infantry on either side of the guns in the center. The French are closer to the Southern Hill, while the British are closer to the Northern Hill.
The French moved briskly to seize the hills while the British had to spend time getting the troops to advance on the enemy. Both batteries begin to pound the other.
The French occupy the Southern hill and stake a claim to the Northern hill. Both batteries rout their opposite during the artillery duel.
The British near the northern hill have a battalion fall back when their morale fails due to musket fire. The southern group sits and looks on.
The British engage the French on the northern hill.
The British southern group advanced into a firefight with their counterparts.
On the northern hill a British unit would fall back disordered.
The British manage to drive a French battalion off the southern hill. The French are maneuvering around the southern hill to flank
The final view of the battle.
The French securely hold the northern hill after routing the
British battalion that had stayed to engage in a firefight. The other British battalion is reluctant to close into a close range firefight.
On the southern hill the British contend with the French fire from the hill and a charge from the battalion to the south. The British drove off the charge and withstood the firefight. The southern French battalion fell back after failing to close.
Having lost the northern hill and with the French able to shift fresh forces to the south the British began to pull back dragging their guns. General Scruby will have to answer many questions for this days failure.