So, the scene was set for Gerry and I to slug it out for a couple of days. The choice of game was influenced somewhat by the fact that there is a weekend game coming up doing Vittoria, so it meant Gerry didn't have to change the terrain around again. We completed this task on Sunday afternoon, only took about an hour, and laid out the buildings etc. One unusual feature of this game is that the roads are packed with French baggage. We laid out about 40 models of limbers, wagons, caissons etc. all over the roads. In the game these had a real effect. They all headed towards the exit road in the north-eastern corner of the map, moving at just 2 x D6 per turn. They had priority over everything else on roads, could not be overtaken, and unformed anything they passed through. They blocked all fire and LOS. If they were charged or came under small arms fire they were abandoned, the model remaining on table as an obstacle. If a British unit came within charge range it had to attempt to charge. When it contacted it then had to loot the baggage for 2 turns before rallying. Then the baggage model would be removed from play. The French Line on the western Zadorra. Baggage stretches away in the distance British Order of battle: CiC Wellington. adds +1 to morale of all infantry and artillery within 18" 1st Division: Howard: 1x 48 Guard 1 x40 Guard 4 x 30 KGL Veteran Line 1 x 30 KGL Elite Light infantry (rifle) 6 x skirmishers 6 x skirmishers (rifle) 9 pdr foot btty (2 guns, 1 how, elite)
2nd Division: Stewart 2 x 40 Elite Highlanders 5 x 32 Veteran Line 2 x 30 1st class Line 5 x Portuguese (PG) 2nd class Line 18 Skirmishers 12 x skirmishers (rifle) 9 pdr foot btty (2 guns 1 how, elite)
3rd Division: Picton: 4 x 32 veteran line 2 x 30 1st class line 4 x 32 PG 2nd class line 12 x skirmishers 6 x skirmishers (rifle) 9pdr foot btty (3 guns, elite)
4th Division: Cole: 4 x 32 Veteran Line 3 x 30 1st class Line 4 x 32 PG 2nd class line 12 x skirmishers 12 x skirmishers (rifle) 9pdr foot btty (3 guns, elite)
5th Division: Oswald: 4 x 32 veteran line 2 x 30 1st class line 4 x 32 PG 2nd class line 12 x skirmishers 6 x skirmishers (rifle) 9 pdr foot btty (2 guns, 1 how, elite)
6th Division: Dalhousie: 3 x 32 veteran line 3 x 30 1st class line 4 x 32 PG 2nd class line 1 x 32 Chassuers Britanique 12 x skirmishers 6 x skirmishers (rifle) 9 pdr foot btty (3 guns, elite) Dalhousie's infantry attempt to cross the river Light Division: Alten 1 x 36 Elite rifles (open order) 2 x 36 veteran line (open order) 2 x 40 veteran line 2 x PG 1st class line 12 x skirmishers 6 x skirmishers (rifle)
Von Bock's Brigade: (staff officer) 4 x 5 KGL dragoons 4 x 6 KGL dragoons 6 pdr horse btty (3 guns, elite)
Von Alten's Brigade: 4 x 4 light cavalry 4x4 light cavalry 4 x 6 KGL light cavalry 6 pdr horse btty (3 guns, elite)
Grant's Brigade: 4 x 4 light dragoons 4 x 4 light dragoons
Anson's Brigade: 4 x 4 light dragoons 4 x 4 light dragoons
Hill's Brigade: 4 x 6 Horse Guards
Morillo 6 x 32 1st class line (2 dice for morale) 12 x skirmishers 6 pdr btty (3 guns, militia)
Longa's Brigade 4 x 32 1st class line 6 x skirmishers Silviera's Division prepares to shoot it's way across the river Portuguese Formations: Silviera's Division: 9 x 32 2nd class line 12 skirmishers 8 pdr foot Btty (3 guns, 1 how)
Pack's Brigade 4 x 32 2nd class line 6 skirmishers
Bradford's Brigade: 4 x 32 2nd class line 6 skirmishers
Durban's cavalry brigade 4 x 6 Light cavalry (militia)
So, thats the British army. Impressive to say the least. They were briefed as follows: Flank Marches: Up to 3 flank marching columns may be detatched: They enter on the north and south edges: 2 may enter to the northern edge, and 1 to the south. Each may consist of a maximum of 2 & 1/2 infantry divisions (Pack, Longa, Bradford, Morillo each count as 1/2) and 1 cavalry brigade. Forces entering on the Northern edge enter on the turn corresponding to the board number (ie. turn 1 to 9 ) depending how far east they wish to march. Forces on the southern edge are the same up to board 6 except each march must dice for arrival.
Special Rules for the British: British infantry: Ignore Spanish routs. Regardless of how many spanish rout within 12" British infantry and artillery only ever count a minus 1 for friends retreating. British cavalry: (Not KGL) Roll 2d6 for rallying after melee. British Foot and horse artillery is all elite and may fire shrapnel Spanish infantry only roll 2d6 for morale Spanish artillery fire as Militia but are 1st class line for morale Open Order infantry in the Light Division are treated as follows when in a single line: Ignore woods and rough terrain. Recieve minus 4 modifier when fired upon by musketry and artillery Recieve 1/2 casualties to skirmish fire. Move as guards Open order btns may interpenetrate each other with no penalty When charged and passing morale they may evade (12") without unforming any friendly units in their path.
47 year old Wargamer, going to spend time here looking at games, mainly 25mm Napoleonic, and 20mm WWII, and maybe a few thoughts on games in general. It ain't going to be PC, and if you don't like it....don't look!