Thursday, 10 September 2020

The French reach the Pratzenberg heights

The action atop the Pratzenberg reaches a climactic moment
So the battle continues to rage on our tabletop in between the bsiy schedules of University exams and assignments, work schedules and Fathers Day celebrations.  From the last post several faletring tests needed to be made with the Austrians suffering retreat results in two and the stoic Russians standing their ground on the allied left flank.

As a note for some reason blogger is uploading photos in the incorrect sequence at times so please excuse any shots which look a little out of chronological order.

The Russian battery is swept away

Just to prove that double sixes do get rolled on this table

The Austrian battery manages to limber up before the French can roll them up as well

Even though wwe already know what happens to these two batteries I had to include this shoit

A view from the Allied right as the French turn their attentions on Rottermunds formations

Not a great time to go unformed

The French gain an Elan result and prepare for the kill

A view down the slopes

The Russians on both flanks are proving their fighting worth against very well trained French brigades

The Austrians atop the Pratzenberg prepare to meet the enemy

Another retreating Austrian battalion

The fight for Stare Vinohrady continues

The Russians passed this faltering brigade test with flying colours

Not so good here I'm afraid

Just to prove that the French veteran formations were not averse to getting average results as well

Lovely Elite Miniatures Austrians

The village of Pratzen is captured by Weres Brigade

The Austrians are thrown back and soon have to pass a Falter test as earlier noted.  The brigade on
the left of this shot failed and was forced to make a rapid and clear rout which soon saw them
disappear off the table completely

Stare Vinohrady looks a little more susceptible from this angle now.  However can the French coordinate
their infantry attacks?

On the allied left flank the Russians are putting up excellent resistance causing St Hillaire no shortage of angst

Back go those damned Frenchies!

The Austrians attempt to rally and return to the fray

The shot of the Austrian brigade routing off previously

Lovely Mark Allen flags on the Grenadier Regiment

"Come on lads back to it"

Well that's not a good result

The French redouble their efforts on the allied left against those stubborn Russians of Kamensky

Action around the Pratzen

The casualty markers are from Warbases and the Foundry Austrian casualty set is perfect for this shaped dial

Hudson and Allen town representing Pratzen 

At last the Russians manage to force a Russian battalion back in retreat 

Jurziks Brigade looks to defend the heights

A view across the battlefield from the Allied left

Perhaps there is a Russian flank that may be available now that the Austrians were forced to abandon the winery 

Can they get their act together to force a return to Stare Vinohrady or is it too late?

The assault on the allied right continues

Perhaps a few of those Russians may be looking to hide away in that cart as it exits the area!
So the game is certainly starting to sway towards the French.  The quality of their troops is certainly showing, especially as they encounter the "Recruit" grade troops of Rottermund's Austrians around Stare Vinohrady.

However there are more than a few surprises in store as Grand Duke Constantine rouses the Russian Imperial Guard!

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

The French attack develops at Stare Vinohrady

The French brigade of Van Damme continue their advance on the enemy.
A photo heavy report this week folks as the battle starts to develop across the entire front. So far the action has been fierce in the trenches and the French are being commanded with hood aggression and purpose as they were historically. Inadvertently the far more experienced allied commander has dithered a bit with the Austrians.

Legere advance up the slope

Now here’s one for the books - a retreat result from a DT

Were’s tardy brigade allow the Austrians to take the village of Pratzen 

Action around the vineyard 

The Russians on the left flank start to fold back on themselves slightly

After rushing down the slope Jurzik loses his nerve and heads back up having garrisoned the village 

Russian skirmishers sell themselves dearly against their French counterparts 

Elite Miniatures French range is superb with so many variations

The French attack at Stare Vinohrady evolves 

A close up of the columns

Austrian recruit classed battalions await the French 

The White Menace in action

French columns advance up the slope

That French column may be a problem. Ben is proving a handful at the moment

The Austrian 3 pounder battery is in danger of being swept away

Anew across the slope as Van Damme advances

A dismal result in the charge phase sees a battalion rout immediately 

Rear Austrian battalions look to change facing

A loss of fire discipline from the Smolensk Regiment on the slope 

A desperate charge hits home

Action abounds on the French left

The battery is swept away and the Austrian position on the heights is precarious 

Back on the French right St Hillares brigade is suffering from the battery fire 

Another view of the French ligne 

I do love this photo

Did I mention these chaps are lacking energy?

Those vines provide cover for the Russians

Rottermunds brigade oooks to realign as quickly as possible

The Russians hold on grimly on the Pratzen heights

The allied batteries continue their fire though at 3pdrs and 9 pdrs it has limited effects 

The French prepare for a second wave of assaults 

Elite Miniatures Austrians

St Hillaire looks on

A Falter! What’s occurred to cause this?

The casualty markers look the part in this games as well as serving their
Administrative role well.

The cause of the Faltering result. The battery receives 8 casualties before it can withdraw and dispersed.
So the game is progressing very well and proving enormous fun. Ben is handling himself well and I am enjoying the fact that I have a son who is a wargamer in the house playing Napoleonics with the “Old Man”. Doesn’t get much better than that.