Martin wanted to try the "Shako" rules for Napoleonics. Oh, yeah! That's my favourite set of rules for "big battle" Napoleonics! So he and Andy came down to my house and Rob and I took them on in the front room. It was an odd little mix - Andy and Martin leading a French-Italian division on the attack while Rob and I defended the terrain with a mixed force of British and Swedish, about a reinforced Brigade each.
Columns advanced shaking out into line as the French approached the Coalition lines.
|Andy's Columns of attack. He and Martin came to an understanding - |
Martin got the skirmishers, Andy got the artillery.
|Martin's columns of attack with skirmish screens. The three left hand columns (one partly obscured) are red-coated Swiss battalions. They counted as elite for morale but line for fighting.|
|Andy's cavalry - 2 Italian Dragoons sandwiching Westphalian Hussars|
|Martin's French cavalry division - hussars, chasseurs, and cuirassiers.|
|Andy's columns broke into lines as they approached the defended village. That's a battalion of Poles in the front rank. My Varmland Feltjagare (in green) have advanced to take pot-shot at the cavalry.|
|Hand to hand on the hill. The Swiss have sustained three casualties (4 will wipe the unit) and are shaken, hence the red bingo chip. There are Rifles on the hill and a foot battery as well. A Royal Horse Artillery battery is seen on the far left|
|Marshal Martin Gras-Doigts manoeuvres his troops. Rob's British await the onslaught.|
Yes, two battalions of Royal Marines are in evidence. They are quite necessary for the Anglo-American War of 1812.
|A blurry view of the British line. Either the general or the cameraman was drunk.|
|Andy's photo of the British-French matchup. One unit has fallen back into the village where the Swedes are in the houses. Very little cavalry left on the far right. Looks like the Marines are gone too. Oh, now I remember!|
|The battle joined! 2nd Battalion - Regt. Bohuslan, Swedish horse artillery, and the Nora Skanska Carabinier Regiment bravely face the French deluge. Well, no one can say the Swedes are not colourful! (You can say it but I'd ask for evidence!)|
|Another view of the village. The Uppland had taken some casualties.|
|The Royal Marines and the Black Watch stand firm but the French are all over the ridge. Time to withdraw!|
|Doesn't look so good for the Swedes, neither! The French and Allies have paid a price though!|
The French battalion in brown greatcoat in the centre of the photo are converged Grenadiers, which I think Andy liked!
|When Andy and Martin left, Beth called me to the back deck...|
|... to see the DOUBLE RAINBOW. The photos don't do it justice, but there was a double rainbow after a short rain.|
You can see it faintly over the hydro tower.
I hope to have more gaming reports from the Hamilton Road Games club soon and a possible campaign that is in the formative stages. Time will tell.