If you haven't read the last post or have forgotten it here is the point of the game. A small British force (actually KGL) is garrisoning both the Church at San Christobel high on the ridge and the farm and groves nearby in the valley. As the French approach skirmishers rush into the olive and orange groves and the garrisons steel themselves for the onslaught. Happily there are reinforcements on the way in the form of KGL Light Dragoons and lots of infantry. Unbeknownst to the French there are also two allied battalions and a small RHA battery approaching the other side of the ridge - about two moves away in fact! So the French must clear the blocking forces and hold off the reserves, the allies must resist - simple.
|Looking down from the ridge in the allied rear towards the farm. French cavalry are covering the extreme left of the French line which is hidden from view by the buildings.|
|Redcoats prepare to defend the barrels of booze with their very lives.|
Victrix toys from Rich's collection - painted by Barry Hill.
|Two battalions of Legere with Swiss support head for the allies in the farm. Brigade generals point out some slacker! Perry plastics with GMB flags, painted by Barry Hill, based by me, need finishing by me!|
|KGL redcoats marching through broken ground at the foot slopes of the ridge before heading on up to the narrow plateau. The base of the Church can be seen top left.|
Victrix toys by Barry Hill, TSS hills, PMC building, PFW broken ground, SNFU by Rich.
|Saxon Horse Battery bombards the Redcoats holding the Church.|
Perry minis painted by Prof Pender, based by me.
|Wurtemburg infantry line out to take on the beastly KGL on the ridge. Gratuitous German on German action!|
Falcon Figures, painted by prior owner Barry Hill, GMB flags, based by me.
|Another unexpectedly excellent shot like last week. Brigadier oversees deployment of the allied counter attack through the corn fields towards the farm. Toys from Rich's collection.|
Subsequent turns saw the French fail to actually get into the farm and pressure mount on them from the tide of enemies converging on the farm. This meant their attack turned into a holding action. Luckily the Swiss were rallied and frog-marched back to help out - no pun intended!
|Retreating Swiss are rallied by their Brigade general. Note the wrong command stand has crept into this unit. |
|The allied defenders of the ridge at San Christobel. Two battalions of Kings German Legion plus a Royal Horse Artillery battery. Front Rank guns and crew, Victrix redcoats? All by Barry Hill, WIP basing by Rich.|
Back at the farm the Legere had formed line in the cover of the farmyard and awaited the counter assault by the Light Infantry who seemed content the trade shots for a while. This killed time and a few Frenchmen while the Light Dragoons sorted out a charge on the Death Wish Hussars.
|Redcoats massing for the counter attack - Victrix again, Barry Hill brush work, nearly based...|
|KGL Light Dragoons wind themselves up for a charge.|
Front Rank painted by Barry Hill.
As the game reached it's climax the Dragoons clashed with the Hussars on the extreme French left/allied right. The Hussars threw a double 1 for melee and were routed with massive casualties. The Dragoons maintained perfect discipline and charged the exposed flank of the Legere who attempted to retreat. There was no escape from the rampant Dragoons - the Legere were caught in the flank while retreating! Rich threw double six for melee which in this case terminated the Legere and French chances of taking the farm. We called it a big win for Rich. The picture below shows the final position despite my shaking hands!
|Note fleeing Hussars at bottom left!|
|Splendid allied cavalry commander. What ever happened to tiger skin saddles?|
Perry mini - unsure of the painter.
|Less splendid Brigadier blowing his nose. Bless you Sir!|
|Brigadier and staff - no nose blowing here thankfully.|
|My beloved Snapdragon lump! The best rocky out crops ever made, ever, ever, ever.|