Thursday, 14 September 2017

1870 Das Ge-Metzel at Stagnantville (battle of Fiesingen)

Me and Angus dived again into the Franco-Prussian War with our 10mm contingent of troops (minis by me and Jack, as we still lack French) by trying out Kevin Calder‘s "Bonnie Blue Flag" set of rules. We just made simple adjustments and kept skirmish simple and reduced the amount of cavalry in this game.

I set up with my 3rd corps v. Alvesleben 12" into the northern edge of the table with the hamlet of "Fiesingen", were as Angus defended the road around Metz and "Stagnantville" with his French corps. To be fair, I outnumbered him to begin with. Progress was slow as we changed inches into centimeter. But my Krupp guns opened up and were hacking breaches in his little maginot line right from the start...

The Krupps out ranged the Frenchies just by 4, which is a bit of a joke, but then the chassepot and needlegun distance wasn't so far away either. We didn't play the large unit rule and didn't invent something for "pinned down" ... so it was all about getting the basic rules into our heads and the flow going.

As half Prussian, I did what was expected, I shot him off the table, as Angus as usual refused to move or attack. Hence he lost first his artillery and then the mitrailleuses. Then the time out (10pm club ends) prevented further massacre on the French side. It was an easy win.

Resumee: I especially liked the idea that the command can flow/replace "hitpoints" to units struck hard by attrition. For the FPW it certainly needs a bit tweaks, but its simple and fast, I can only recommend. The Krupps need just a little bit more range the chassepots a bit more to the needle guns, the Prussians need some extra officers and the artillery needs maybe ammo supply carts. In short – If both players would be able to either temporarily or locally off set their initial handicaps (i.e. the French command was shit, but if the French player could concentrate his dice one one flank for example...) this could be a great game .... five out of five.

For Angus‘ extensive report on the French demise follow the link:
http://www.edinburghwargames.com/the-battle-of-faulquemont-1870/

Following some impressions de la guerre,  see below...






















9 comments:

  1. Sweet looking game, German efficiency against French élan? God always on the side of the big guns!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain, surprisingly it was, and the rules are A5 maybe 20 pages? The efficiency was pretended, I had the guns and I used them (always fun). To tell the truth, the set up was in favour for the Prussians.

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  2. Sounds great, beautiful pictures and stunning mass effect!

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    1. Thank you Phil! I‘m thinking to paint a French corp ... but I‘m unsure which one – any recommendation?

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    2. Unfortunalty not a specialist of the period...May be a few ideas here : https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/115592900162441740283

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    3. Thanks for the link! ...I'm tempted to do the Guard corps ...

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  3. Very nice indeed

    http://www.10mm-wargaming.com/

    Take care

    Andy

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