Saturday, January 21, 2017

BLACK POWDER Napoleonics
100 Days Battle with Allies vs. French
"The Pursuit after Waterloo"

Karl, Shawn and I take our toys up to Cullison's for a "Big Silly Napoleonics" bash.
This game debuts some more of Shawn's absolutely gorgeous troops painted by Dragon Painting Service and include his new Hanoverian Brigade!
Some gentle rolling countryside along the road to Paris is the scene of today's battle.  Allies, victorious after Waterloo, are advancing from the right and are met by a delaying force of Frenchmen.  Allies have a few more units of infantry than the French, but many of them are of lower quality Dutch-Belgian and Hanoverians with rules for "Newly Raised" and "Unreliable".  Both sides have 4 regiments of horse but the French have two heavy cavalry regiments to the Allies one. 
We alternate setting up along our baselines brigade by brigade.  The French have most of their cavalry and their horse gun on the more open terrain of their left supported by a brigade of allied Bavarian infantry and a gun.  They are facing the Dutch-Belgian forces on the Allies right flank.
On the French right, their Hussar regiment supports a brigade of 4 ligne battalions and a field gun.  They face British and Hanoverian infantry brigades, two guns, 95th Rifles, and the British heavy and light cavalry.  In the center, the French deploy another 4 unit infantry brigade, including their 2 Legere battalions, to seize and hold the key terrain of the chateau on the hill in the middle of the battlefield and along the Paris road.
Eager for battle, the Dutch-Belgians attack the Bavarians!
The British attack on their left develops slowly, but overwhelming firepower destroys two French ligne battalions.. it's not looking good over here!
The French middle is holding firm and their massed cavalry on their left begins sweeping the enemy from the field. 
The British left flank attack finally comes in with 4 Hanoverian battalions attacking the gallant 2nd of the 51st Ligne, who heroically destroy two Hanoverian battalions in combat and force the other two back.  GLOIRE!
A fresh British battalion, supported by their Brigade Commander, sweeps in to attack a shot up French ligne battalion, but thanks to hot dice and support units to the flank and rear the French see the British off!
The most gorgeous cavalry charge of the game pits French Hussars vs. Scots heavy dragoons, and the Hussars seize the day and the victory.  The Greys retire.  GLOIRE!
"Silly Billy", having enough of his dallying British allies, rolls snake eyes and blunders into an attack against the Bavarians.  Well done, Prince of Orange!  It didn't go so well for the young Prince or his troops as the Bavarians swept them from the field.
Dismounted French Dragoons and the Cuirassier Brigade finish off the Dutch-Belgian right and begin moving towards the center of the battlefield to roll up the enemy line.
 With one more charge for glory, Hanoverian light horse bounce into a French emergency square and are sent packing. 
The remaining Dutch-Belgians pack it in, the British forces begin pulling off of the battlefield and it's a French victory.
'Vive l'Empereur!'