|Pressies for me!|
I picked a painted Highland battalion on ebay recently too so further basing sessions are required. Obviously another progress post is needed when we get these underway.
Very best wishes,
|Pressies for me!|
|Marmont has moved forward. The Middle & Young Guard move to support.|
Latour Maubourg awaits orders with the heavy cavalry.
|The Allied lines await...|
|... confident they have strong reserves in depth.|
|The leading French units head for the Allied lines while |
their batteries fire in support.
|The Allies sit tight behind their redoubts.|
|Blucher's boys are charged with holding the hill, the eye of the storm.|
|I mentioned that the Allies were content to hold their redoubts, almost true. |
In the wooded hills the Russians attacked ferociously and the recipient of this aggression was me
and I wasn't prepared for this at all.
|The first of Ney's forces start to arrive on the Allies flank.|
|The string of ponds served to channel the French attacks.|
|Marmont's Italians head for the gap between the hill and the redoubt.|
|The Russians in the woods fall upon Oudinot's boys as they enter the table and are roughly handled.|
|A Russian battery limbers up and sensibly redeploys to the rear - flees from my skirmishers!|
|Dashing French Tony deploys more of Ney's lads|
|Oudinot tries to ingnore the Russians in the woods and continues his attack by moving around them.|
|Saxon light cavalry ford the stream, an Italian 12lb battery fires at distant Prussians. |
The Young & Middle Guard move up.
|Two batteries soften up the Prussians from afar. Latour Maubourg's heavies wait in reserve.|
|The aggressive Russians under Miloradavich continue to get the better of Oudinot.|
|Some early success for the French, Gortschakoff is killed by a 12lb shot from the Old Guard foot artillery. His redoubt is stormed by French infantry who cut down a Russian battery in the process.|
|Not all the French attacks are fortunate, here two units rout sending the whole of Marmont's formation backwards.|
|Latour Maubourg gets the order to move up.|
|Two of Ney's formations finally attack, these took ages to sort out mirroring history very nicely.|
|The Allied centre looks very tough.|
|Russian Tony commanded, Berg, Miloradavich, Gortschakoff and elements of the Rerserve.|
|The capture of the redoubt and death of Gortschakoff the Corp fell back leaving a hole for the French to exploit, could I exploit this? Place you bets gents...|
|French reserves move up.|
|Latour's heavies get their shiny kinky black boots wet.|
|The Allied reserve hasn't moved an inch.|
Here is massed the following, 6 Russian Guards, 6 Russian Grenadiers, 3 Prussian Guards, 3 Russian Guard cavalry, 2 Russian Cuirassiers, 4 batteries and some light cavalry.
I think the Prussians in the foreground are either Yorck or Kleist awaiting more of Ney's attack.
|Some of Ney's lads finally make the effort to attack.|
|Good shot panning out to take in the centre and French rear lines...|
|... which emptying rather too quickly.|
|The joy deployment in depth, Russians counter attack the redoubt quickly retaking it. A neighbouring formation has also broken and fallen back though, naturally I couldn't make any capital out of the situation though. There was no crisis in the Allied centre, quite the reverse.|
|Blucher is up on the hill taking one for the cause. Unusual to see so many battalions in line.|
|Crunch time cometh.|
|Marmont has rebuilt his corp and prepares to go back in again. At one point all three lead French Corps were broken!|
|We French just need one of these columns to break through, just one, please God, just one tiny break through!|
|More of Ney's command arrives on the Allied rear table. This could be useful.|
|I suspect some of the Allied reserves have moved, I could swear that the Prussian Guards have turned to face Ney.|
|Bavarian battery and limber team.|
|The grumpiest man in all of Bavaria, possibly all of Europe!|
"Vots da madder Herr Grumpy? Vy zee long face?"
|The lead units of French heavies negotiate the gap between the boards.|
|The edge of the world!|
|Every man offers up a prayer to someone when the grapeshot flies.|
|Ney attacking on the extreme French left.|
|Prussian Guards, 1st and 2nd Foot Guards, Life Guards and 12lb foot battery deploy in support of the Allied right.|
|Oudinot has been rudely catapulted back over the river to his starting positions leaving Milo-bloody-radavich in possession of the woods like a bunch of silly tree hugging elves. Bah!|
|Sometimes I hate myself.|
Look at that massive hole, it's huge and good old Napoleon here, me, hasn't even got a 2nd class skirmisher to go and stand in it waving two fingers in the air. I wonder if fishing might appeal?
|I think I saw another Allied reserve move a bit...|
|Just about sums it up.|