To recap; Nordmann has led the Austrian Advance Guard into the Tyrol in Spring 1809. Eugene rushed to reinforce the local garrisons and made a reasonable fist of stopping them - it didn't work out and Nordmann pushed him aside.
|French Guard Horse Artillery never fail to impress - pure girl bait!|
Front Rank models painted by Tony Laughton for Rich who based them,
|Front Rank caisson moves to resupply one the many French batteries mustered against the Austrians.|
Possibly painted in Hong Kong, based by Rich.
|Austrian Landwehr Chasseurs taking it from the Old Guard 12lb battery.|
Victrix toys painted by Barry Hill, GMB flags based by Chris and I for his collection.
In keeping with our 20/20 theme Rich and Chris chose their forces. Chris ran with the same Advance Guard list he used last time, in fact he down graded some Line units to 2nd Class and a few Landwehr to Conscript grade. We discussed upgrading the Hessen Homburg Hussars to Veterans after their extraordinary performance at the Battle of Facile as well but didn't. These decisions were to have consequences at Spinchetti as Rich's army was of rather better quality. Here is the French army at Spinchetti;-
1/105th Ligne 36 Line
2/105th Ligne 36 2nd
2/17th Ligne 36 Line
Foot artillery battery
1/28th Ligne 36 Veteran
2/28th Ligne 36 Line
Legere 36 Elite
Foot artillery battery
1/1st Old Guard Grenadier 32
2/1st Old Guard Grenadier 32
2/1st Old Guard Chasseur 32 Elite
1/3rd Old Guard Chasseur 32 Elite
Foot artillery battery 6 x12lb
Cuirassier Elite 24
24th Dragoons Line 24
15th Dragoons Line 24
3rd Chasseur Guard / Superior mounts 24
4th Chasseur Line 24
7th Lancers Line 18
Horse Artillery battery 3 x 6lb
Nasty nasty! This could almost have been designed to knock down big battalions on a battlefield well known to the generals...
| "Chest out chin up!" Austrian Dragoons line up to face the French light cavalry.|
Elite Miniatures painted by Tony Laughton, GMB flag, bases/gardening by Chris.
|Stuck in the mud! Time to roll your sleeves up and get this thing shifted.|
Front Rank French limber team with sweaty Perry crew. Painted by Barry Hill for Rich.
|Command stand featuring Victrix French officers. These look like 15mm models for some reason - possibly the proportiona and very simple paint job.|
|Not all of Rich's army was Old Guard! Lowly line troops by Victrix, brush work by Barry Hill, based by Rich.|
|Austrian 48 man line regiment plodding off to attack the French heavy cavalry...|
|Splendid fellow urging his Lancers to charge, horse guns give supporting fire.|
Elite Miniatures General, Front Rank Lancers and battery. All by Tony Laughton for Rich.
|More of that battery. Very pretty. Spinchetti looks enticing in the back ground.|
|Austrian Line and Landwehr form a massive attack colume. This is part of my brigade crossing the stream at the ford. |
Victrix kit with GMB flags. Barry Hill paint job, Chris & JJ basing.
|More Austrian line infantry. I can't decide if I prefer Austrian line in helmet or shako; love the pompom with oak leaves.|
Usual credits, Victrix toys, GMB flags, Barry Hill painting, based by us.
|Hungarian Line infantry. Chris replaced the flimsy plastic flag poles with steel pikes - lethal to soft hands! I like the contrasting blue and yellow on these. Usual suspects based and painted these.|
|Very early in the game the opposing cavalry simply ran at each other. This confused fighting eventually involved about 150 cavalry models. In the background Chris moves his Austrian centre to assault Rich's French.|
|Neat and tidy lines about to erupt into violence!|
Mostly Perry plastic French lights by Barry Hill, Front Rank Lancers.
Foundry Austrian Hussars, Elite Dragoons.
|Same scene from behind Spinchetti. Austrian infantry top left attacking the central heights.|
|Nothing more to say about this scene really.|
|The Austrian centre attacks the French position. Grenadiers and Cuirassiers wait at the rear in reserve. |
Landwehr tease the horse battery.
|Austrian 12lb foot battery from my collection. |
Elite Miniatures painted by Pete Morbey of Elite Miniatures. Based by me.
|The Hessen Homburg Hussars about to rout from what turned out to be Old Guard light cavalry on superior mounts. |
Bit naughty really but hey.
|Back to the Austrian right again. The streets of Vezzapo are deserted. |
Tony's French cross the bridge and ford while his heavy cavalry approach my Austrian foot on the horizon.
|The same scene from my side. The melee was drawn resulting in the French dragoons being pushed back and rallying. That was close! Essentials like the rule book and beer are kept handy at Marauder HQ.|
It tastes rather like ammonia yet is also sickeningly sweet. It also sticks to the inside of ones mouth and starts to harden into a paste which must be scraped off before it sets. Drinking any fluid only accelerates the problem.
Actually swallowing this cheese is not advised under any circumstances. It may never come out and if it ever does can be excruciating to pass.
|Vezzapo has a quayside much like Facile. I liked it so much that when I reset the table I kept it on.|
It's just so damn cute.
|Behind the French centre we can see the approaching Austrian masses. Rich actually felt more than a little bit daunted despite having Guard units, many cannons and a stationary uphill position.|
Chris was making headway with his assault, he had knocked the French line brigade back and even bloodied the collective noses of the Old Guard. His lead battalions were up on the Spinchetti heights and he had prevented the flanking force from disrupting his position. Tony and I were basically blown out - his cavalry were thrown back and yet my infantry couldn't really advance toward the bridge or ford for fear of attacks by these very same cavalry once I presented my flank or rear.
|The Austrian dragoons survived the first round of the giant cavalry battle and get ready for round two.|
Elite Miniatures painted by Tony Laughton for me, based by Chris.
The Austrian Curassiers entered the fray as it looked like the Austrian light horse were knackered and about to be overwhelmed. This commitment stabilized the Austrian left opposite Spinchetti and nullified any local superiority the French may have gained.
|Phase two of the cavalry engagement - the Lancers face off with the dragoons. The horse battery has pissed off, both sides have lost a regiment.|
|The Austrian central attack goes in despite one regiment calling it a day! Nevermind the Grenadiers step forward in their place. Someone will need to pop back to rally them.|
|French chasseurs a cheval from Rich's collection. These are of course plastic dragoons with shakos and colpaks; I think this works pretty darn well personally. Painted by Barry Hill for Rich who stuck most of his garden to the bases!|
|More French lights demonstrating near Spinchetti. Once again these are converted Perry plastic dragoons.|
The excellent stone wall is Games Workshop - I cannot recommend their wall & fence set enough.
|Austrian Cuirassiers at rest 1. This is "old school shiny" and bloody lovely.|
Elite Miniatures painted by Tony Laughton. Floristry by Chris.
|Close up of those Chasseurs a Cheval prancing around near Spinchetti.|
|Rich demonstrates "Ye Olde Englishe Two Fingered Greeting".|
|French chasseurs a cheval in profile. Plastic Perry's converted by Rich.|
|Austrian Cuirassiers at rest 2. This is "old school shiny" and bloody lovely.|
Elite Miniatures painted by Tony Laughton. Floristry by Chris.
|I think there's something in my ear Sarge.|
|Nice shot of an Austrian howitzer firing in support of these Austrian Grenadiers.|
Gun and crew painted by Pete Morbey of Elite Miniatures. Victrix Austrians by Barry Hill, GMB flag, based by fairies...
|More of the same 12lb foot battery. These are BIG gun models from Elite Miniatures.|
|....and finally;- Austrian Cuirassiers at rest 3. This is "old school shiny" and bloody lovely.|
Elite Miniatures painted by Tony Laughton, floristry by Chris.
|Austrian gunners pour close range fire into approaching French infantry - FIRE!!!!|
|"One last charge mon braves!"|
French cavalry general leading from the front.
|Relative positions when we finally called it.|
I think there's more to this little story, I'll keep you posted of developments.
|All is quiet again in Spinchetti now that the fighting has moved away.|
This was a good solid wargame, nothing dramatic happened! This report is pretty prose lite but there are more close up photos than normal, especially of Rich and Chris's new toys.
The scenario was successful as it gave the situation a narrative which is vital to our enjoyment of the hobby, gotta have a context or what's the point?
Be good out there, JJ