|The Duke looks on as the French commence their deployment. Great figure from Perry Miniatures.|
Following on from the great success of the Waterloo Battle Day at the club I was determined to continue to strike whilst the iron was hot with my youngest son's new found enthusiasm for Napoleonics.
My oldest lad Ben has always enjoyed his Peninsular games against me however the complexities and details somehow had not quite enamoured Alex to the period. All this changed with him commanding some artillery and cavalry in the clubs big day when he saw the spectacle and colour of the period. Haven't we all been there ourselves in the past?
He had seen my Brunswickers in the cabinets and thought that the black uniforms had just the right amount of "cool" for him to take the mantle as the new Black Duke and battle my newly based French.
|Quick snapshot of the set-up.|
We decided to play this on a Wednesday night at the club during the school holidays. This would allow for a later than usual bedtime for growing lads and the old man! Therefore the scenario was to be reasonably simple with out too many strategic complexities for the young Brunswick commanders and the odds stacked slightly in their favour. Quatre Tres was devised as a simple encounter battle.
We do need them to want to come back for me now don't we.
The Brunswickers were tasked with defending an important village from advancing elements of D'Erlons I Corps.
|Rear view of my newly based Perry French|
The battle woud also provide me with the opportunity to finally play French for a change. I have been accumulating painted Perry Plastics and metals for over eight years and have not based the infantry due to ebryone at the club having French! They all know I have the opposition so its a fix-up of epic proprtions.
Ben enjoys his British and Alex now likes the allies, namely these Brunswick fellows, so I may finally get my wish and play the frogs a bit more.
|View of the far French Brigade|
|Brunswick Light Battalions in defence mode with Molls artillery on the hill|
|Perry Brunswickers. I remember picking up the metal from Alan and Michael at the Jerusalem pub and |
having a pint with them as if it was yesterday. Here the 3rd Lights defend the hedge line
|Supporting columns and artillery. The 2nd Lights and Molls Foot Battery.|
|7th Hussars in the correct 1815 uniform mind you - they would provide purely a diversionary|
role in this battle. Long range artillery target as well!
|The church and its surrounds defended by the 3rd Brunswick line battalion|
|The old stables defended by Brunswick line troops with Hussars and Uhlans in support|
|French Legere advance through the wheatfields|
|French Foot artillery prepare to open fire.|
|Buttlers Brigade to the right of the old Church. The 2nd Line in cover, 1st Line at the Wheatfields and the Lieb Garde behind them. Good defensive position chosen by the young commanders|
|The old wily French commander orders his columns forward - victory is a certainty...surely|
|Brunswick 3rd Light battalion advancing at the trail|
|The view from the supporting Brunswicker cavalry brigade|
|Marcognet looks on as the French infantry advance on all fronts|
So the scene is set.
Brunswick troops of dubious quality in a sound defensive position commanded by a novice Napoleonic Commander and his older brother.
Up against them the wily French Divisional commander with good troops and loads of experience.
What could possibly go wrong mon amie?