Thursday 9 May 2024

1809 - Wowgram, the Austrians defeat the Duchy of Warsaw

28mm, Black Powder II and Napoleonics for a club night was on the list, so Bart brought his Duchy of Warsaw troops and I brought my Austrians 600pts each and the new rules of Clash of Eagles (well most of them) while assisted by David for the Poles and Mike for the Austrians. One Hill in the middle would have been 10 VP and the VP conditions of the Rulebook.

I gave Mike my flank with the large Dragoon unit and the 4 Abteilungen of Cheveauxlegers plus a horse gun. I had the CinC and two infantry brigades with a regiment (2 battalions, large) and a Jaeger unit and a large Grenadier unit (in one brigade) with a gun each.

Bart won the initiative and moved up the hill.

Mike lost his command roll and didn't move.

I attacked and lost 2 units.

Well that went well! Later Mike attacked a square and that went not so well either. I did not had any plans and thought well, at least the company is wonderful and I had my beer ...

Then I marched forward and somehow took the hill, I consolidated my non existent flank stopped the Polish Uhlans and helped Mike to shoot Davids square off the board.

I'm still in shock and I don't know how we actually managed this. The hill was contested now and we had the upper hand in unit loss points (8 vs 7.5).

Then Bart did a last ditch attack and ... got back on the hill and nearly managed to kill a commander! WTF! Really? Yes his army was in total disarray, but so was mine. As this was the last turn he offered: Would I accept a draw or risk wit my weakened line to retake the hill? 

A real Austrian would have accepted, but sorry, I could not ...

I nearly shot his flanks away and shook all his units and then did the unthinkable - I retook the hill! I inflicted one hit more didn't had to do a break test, but he had to - and he broke ... Austrian victory!!! It is so much more fun with a reformed Austrian army!!!

It was a see-saw battle after my gusto, and yes, Austrians are shite when attacking, but pretty cool when defending or shooting down enemies. Also Divisional mass are cooler for cavalry defence BUT are MOR vulnerable to artillery!!!

Well, until next time - I fear the (club)night when the Wuertemberger will arrive...


Initial set up - THE hill in the middle ...

The hordes from the Vistula!

My long flank ...

First turn Bart takes the hill ...

Pretty disadvantaged ...

The long white line advance ...

And the centre too ...

Clash of infantry ...

but the Austrians get pushed back ...

The hill in firm french (Polish) hands ...

I even attack with a Jaeger battalion!

Repelled and withdrawn the flank ...

But the centre reserve is advancing toward sthe hill ...

The second Jaegers are just sharp-hooting ...

Mike threatens Davids flank ...

but has issues wit the command ...

It looks dire - hill in Polish hands ...

And the Uhlans arrived ...

But we attacked and broke through ...

The last Polish unit on the hill ...

My Grenadiers in Divisional mass hold the flank vs Uhlans ...

Second last ditch attack destroys last Polish unit on the hill ...

But Bart scrambles ...

The Polish all out last ditch attack!

... lost by 1!!! and broke - Victory!!!

The death toll was higher  too ...





Thursday 18 April 2024

17th of June 1775 - Bunker Hill - AWI

 It was the Second Game of our mini campaign: 28mm, American War of Independence (Black Powder); Bart, David and Tim were defending the heights for democracy, while John and Alisdair were real Crown Gentlemen. It was the battle after Lexington and Concord, which was going remarkabley well for the British in this historical mini campaign about the start of the war.

To be honest the American were a wee bit smug, the British didn't had enough troops (my fault gift me money for more minis!!) - soo! the British started a left hand flank attack directly on the gabbion-redoubt. Alisdair was the excellent artillery officer who ala Napoleon moved the guns and shot the shit out of an American militia, then John started to move up the hill, first the Fusiliers of the 5th but they took to much heat and had to retreat.

Johns Grenadiers were the first to reach the line and jump over the fence.

Bart was very unamerican and started to advance with 3 Militia battalions against a shaken Light Infantry unit, John's only hope on his right flank.

John shot, 3 sixes and a flank attack disintegrated. second unit down.

But then the grenadiers walked on into the "flank" (just geographically) of the redoubt and fought a bayonet charge. Alisdair joined forces and joined the fight with a line regiment. They won the fight but didn't break the the redoubt.

Next fight was the decisive: Tim lost - America lost - the whole front inclusive the light gune was lost. 4vs 0 points and the American side retreated off the hill - an amazingly swift British victory - they could have taken on the other hill as well ... naah the troops were rightly so exhausted, but not beaten!

Next time we will give it a go at Harlem Heights. We close the red curtain over Long Island and Kips Bay as no player shoud be subject to such conditions...


Initial set up - British first move.

Barts steady Militia line

The undoubtable redoubt!

The Hill ...

... in the hands of the patriots ...

... but the redcoats ...

... are marching in!

A classic pincer move.

While Barts militia didn't move.

The Crown forces moved the guns!

And the first line was on the hill!

Still the redoubt was in American hands...

Shaken, but it looked good!

Then the British attack!

Barts militia moves out of the trenches!

British lines at the hills foot ...

The British look britle!

Still in American hands ...

But the redcoats fire ...

... and the militia run!

Then the Grenadiers attack the hill!

Even with fence its a no for the Militia ...

The Grenadiers breach the Hill defense first!

In the "flank" of the redoubt.

A fight about the redoubt begins ...

The Jons LI shoots  a hole into the advancing Militias.

The Second round of the fight about the redoubt ...


The Amrican break - game over!

scenario

British stats

American stats