10 August 2013

La Batalla de las Tres Variedades del Queso

Myself and Kevin had a day to ourselves, the weekend before last, Kevin had been busy during the week re-basing his Napoleonic's and wanted to try them out. So armed with Albion Triumphant and my own head I set about creating a campaign that we could play.

I have created  notes, map and everything to enable you to re-fight this should you wish and they will feature in a post tomorrow. Here is the report of our days gaming with Black powder with our amendments.
Before the battle begins!
Turn one as in most games was uneventful, even more so as both myself and Kevin rolled badly and did not manage to get all the initial troops to march very far onto the table.
A Lack lustre start for us both.
Turn two and the movement rolls have not improved
Things improved in turn 3 and I managed to get the French cavalry in place to protect Queixo de tetilla
 I had to stop the British Reaching the Main source of victory points if I wanted to win this game and used the speed of the cavalry to quickly advance and get into a position to hold up the British while I awaited Infantry support.
The fight Begins
 Kevin got the British into range of my Cavarly and formed Square, while on the opposite flank his cacadores were proving very troublesome to deal with and he was inflicting disorder on my new arrivals.
Adding some columns to the attack on the British flank

On the other flank poor command and good shooting by the British is causing problems getting deployed.
The squares open fire on the cavalry and advancing columns.
Merde!! those British muskets are effective
Finally the last French brigade marches onto the table

The squares withdraw but here comes the British cavalry
Both sides redress there lines as the French columns are beaten back by the heavy fire from the squares. 
 On the other flank the cacadores have inflicted a test on the unnerved French who retire from the fight. 
redress the lines
Time for a rethink as the French are completely disordered
Again the cavalry press the British Flank giving the French on the opposite flank time to reorganise
The French Infantry Have to retire from the fight but take Queixo de tetilla
Thr British Cavalry enter the fray
Re organised the French start to attack the other flank
The massed columns advance
Thr Hussars are getting cut down by heavy fire
One unit of hussars is wiped out and the brigades commander is killed, however the Britsh cavalry got to near to the lancers and were cut down allowing the lancers to fall onto an unprepared british line.
The French win the day but at a high cost.
This was a superb game and certainly played very well, The French had a weight of numbers that proved crucial to securing their objective. However the cost of the victory was high, The cavalry brigade commander died in battle and Le Creuset was left troop less due to being badly mauled by the Portuguese fire. Kevin played a blinder with the British lines pouring fire on the French and disordering the advancing columns breaking up the advance. The game turned on a knife edge many times but a lucky break with my lancers did it for the British, wiping out a unit of light cavalry before falling onto a defenless line this allowed me to get my columns in and Kev choose to begin a fighting retreat at this point a clever tactic as,he knows he will get reinforced for the next game, and the French have been weakend.

21 comments:

  1. Epic Game Buddy.
    Looking forward to the next one and BP at 50% REALLY does work well.

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    1. It sure does although cant understand why I can now suddenly roll high! when my life has been spent rolling low.

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  2. Sounds like fun game look forward to further reports

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    1. It was a good day, and a good test for our alterations.

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  3. Very nice game, really interesting to see (and read).

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    1. I played great although I could suffer in the next game, my dice rolling was not good.

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  5. Great looking game that went down to the wire. Very open terrain, which got you into contact quickly.

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    1. Would have been a lot quicker had the movement rolls been a lot kinder, that is one of the good mechanics in Black powder you can plan but cant be certain on what you will achieve.

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  6. Looks like your modifications to the game turned out well. Nice pics and great batrep.

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    1. Thanks Anne, the modifications have re-invigorated me gaming wise. The rules are clear and simple and highly playable and adaptable. In fact now I am of a certain age it really does suit now.

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  7. Fantastic looking game Andrew!

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    1. Thanks Rodger, I really enjoyed the game

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  8. Very nice looking game and the report was very enjoyable. It's going to be interesting to see if the British retreat pays off next game or if your French can recover from the Pyrrhic victory and still have enough power.

    Christopher

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    1. The French have a reasonable force left in the area, although the loss of some cavalry may prove to be an issue.

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  9. Looks like a good game and I'm glad to read in the comments that it has invigorated your gaming. Well done.

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    1. Yes made it all more enjoyable all round and has provided so directional focus for my future painting.

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  10. Very jelous guys, looks brilliant.

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    1. Its great fun Mike,we will have to have you over for a game.

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  11. Now that's a gaming board! Great job gentlemen.

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