Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The Battle of Quatre Tres - Part Two

Brunswick Horse artillery maintain their fire on the French Hussars

So the last post had the very confident French commander going in for the kill.  No screening of troops in defensive positions, manouvreing majestically to focus a hammer blow on one point only.

No, subtle was for another day.  This was an action to show the lads how the French, the cocky, self-assured French do battle against the Brunswicker in modern Europe.

Perry Miniatures Brunswickers' - the finest models you can buy of this nationality by far.

An over-view showing a very calm Brunswick Brigade commander and the wide spread all out attack from the French.

Just to prove that I do give "Support Orders" on occasion.

The French massed columns are taking a lot of fire as they approach.  Those dastardly Brunswickers' keep
rolling 11's and 10's.  What happens to the threes and fours I roll with those same bloody things?

The keenly observant amongst you, of which I am certain would be 100% of those currently reading this post, would have notice the hexagonal casualty markers that I have been using for many years.  These are about to all be updated with the excellent dials sold by Warbases oer the next few months. 
Moment of truth on the far right flank of the French as the Brunswickers' are well covered.

In the centre the French prepare to assault the church.


On the French left the skirmishing has gone in their favour and the columns approach the fields.

On reflection, a very well put together defensive position for a chap in his first independent Napoleonic command.

Another view of the attack being prepared on the French left

Lovely model of a church purchased many years ago from Nathan at Lonely Gamers.



"Come on lads, we can stand against these frogs!"

Crunch-time approaches on two of the three fronts.

The main assault on the church

We wonderful dexterity and poise, the two central French columns take fire from the Brunswickers' defending the church but both pass their morale tests to charge home and close.  No need for formation tests this time!

I would have loved to have sent in the third column as well however in General De Brigade a general can only order so many charges in a turn.  This Brigadier was of average rating and thus could only order in two charges.

Should be more than enough as the Brunswickers' will never stand with their 2nd Class line morale and then I will...shivers... they rolled a nine.  They stand.



"Into them lads!"


The 3rd battalion yells enthusiastic support for their compatriots "Wish we were there with you Pierre".


Columns, even French ones, are limited against built up areas however these are Veteran battalions and...Ben rolls a 9 to my 5.


Bugger!




Not to be deterred the French left continues to advance in echelon

Despite the mild set-back in the centre all is still good. 

French attacks are preparing to hit the Brunswick right, their cavalry has still not moved and the Brunswick left, though well defended, is still of dubious quality.

Onwards to victory men!

Surely...

27 comments:

  1. I find the photos of this second part even better than previously! Fantastic pictures, my favourite is the '"Into them lads!"...impressive, very impressive report!

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    1. Thanks Phil - yes that was a favourite picture as well.

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  2. Youth and their dice rolling. Somehow the natural "no fear" attitude passes from the life inexperienced commander to their dice. I have suffered from this phenomena. Dashed dastardly really. Still, all is not lost for the oldie ... or is it? I await part three with interest.

    Salute
    von Peter himself

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    1. Ah watch this space Peter. Yes, youth and good rolling is on a direct contrasting curve to old(er) and poor throwing. Drats and Double drats!

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  3. Excellent Carlo, I think you could have sent in that 3rd battalion. I think there is a bit in the GdB rules that you can attempt to send in another battalion on a 5-6 roll?

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    1. Hi Paul. Very pleased you are enjoying it. If I read correctly a unit that wants to charge out of command radius needs to roll a 4+ if cavalry and a 5+ if infantry on page 65 7.2. However I see where you are coming from. Command radius and allowed charges as ordered from the general as opposed to local iniative. Question for the forum I think as your interpretation makes perfect sense.

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  4. Excellent game report - right up my street. Great looking toys on a pretty table too - we even play the same rules! What it does remind me is that smaller games can be very intense and challenging especially one on one, More please, best wishes, Jeremy

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    1. Thanks JJ - I do like your mega-games though!

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  5. A lovely looking game. We agree with you here about Perry figures! Also I like the way you tell the story, lots of flare (and that's just the French nostrils in frustration!)
    Chris
    http://notjustoldschool.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Cheers Chris - one needs to tell a tale these days as you well know. Loved your latest post and definitely a yes for terrain construction tutorial mate.

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  6. Thanks for the great pictures and narrative, Carlo. I await the next part eagerly!

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    1. Thankyou Peter. I hope you have a great time at Historicon!

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  7. Thanks for the great pictures and narrative, Carlo. I await the next part eagerly!

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    1. Thanks Peter - how was Historicon? :^)

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  8. Wonderful write up, figures and terrain.
    Regards
    John

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    1. Thank you John - great fun game and important for the young ones to see how simple it is to have an attractive game even on a Wednesday night on a tighter timeframe at the club.

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  9. Excellent looking game. I admire the paint jobs

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  10. Gripping stuff, you can never count your chickens until they hatch, those Brunswickers rolled good when it was needed.
    The church is a great centre piece and the figures and fields look wonderful.

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    1. Thanks Pat - the rolling best when really needed is certainly a help. Have always loved the church model.

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  11. Carlo,
    Brilliant stuff. Almost missed this.

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    1. Cheers Graham. I couldn't have held missing this against you mate as Crann Tara goes from strength to strength. By ou have busier than the proverbial bricklayer in Beirut!! This has been a great game to recollect.

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  12. Marvelous Figures/units, terrain, game and photos.... thanks for sharing!

    cheers,

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    1. Thanks for popping by Phil - greatly appreciated.

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