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August’s Game – Like a lot of Brits we went to Spain.

I had received a request for a Napoleonic game. Steve had only played Napoleonics once before so I decided on an engagement battle with the British having the added task of trying to secure an point of entry. As was normal in the Peninsula, the British were outnumbered in cavalry but had their new secret weapon, Congreve Rockets! and hopefully the promised assistance of the local Spanish Commander, who assured the British he would be there as soon as he could.

The terrain was laid out. The British were to come on from the main south road (A) with a small advance force having held the hill line. The French were able to come on along the whole length of their edge. Both flanks had been secured with cavalry although poor leader abilities may mean that the cavalry may not be as active as the French commander (Steve) may like.

The Rules

Our own set ” King George Commands And We Obey”  KGCAWO.

The Forces

French OOBBritish OOB

The Map

the game was 10×6

Map

How it went

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The French came on to the table in a confident manner securing both flanks. Their brigade of infantry that started on the far right flank began to advance upon an increasingly isolated British light dragoons, who patiently awaited the arrival of the Portuguese brigade.

The Portuguese decided to support the Light dragoons by taking up residence in the village of Blanco Aqua which spanned the river.

The French columns of Grenadiers, eager to get to grips with the British started to advance upon the brigade holding the hill line. In fact they were so keen to engage they started to pull away from the rest of the French army. They had out-marched in particular the brigade next to them, who were in mixed order. The British gunners on the hill spotted them and switched to them as a target (No skirmish screen to protect). Worst still, although not sure for who they had drawn the attention of the rocket troop!  With a mighty whoosh the rockets screamed into the air. Nathan’s dice throwing allowed the rocket to head on a straight path towards the target, at least for a while. Then, all of a sudden the rocket started to turn, back upon itself heading towards the foot gunners on the hill. Luckily for them the last die Nathan threw was a 1 and so the rocket came down just short of the crew, forcing them and another two British units the rocket had flown over to test. Luckily all survived unharmed but it did mean that once the laughing had finished the French commanded commented that it may be a lethal weapon on shaky troops, if only it would fly correctly.

The French right wing cavalry engaged and destroyed the light dragoons but were driven off from getting closer to the village by some accurate fire from the Portuguese inside the village. It was at this time things were starting to get tense in the centre. The French had been steadily advancing upon the British with minimal casualties. The deployed light regiments in front of the attack columns really paid off. This was not true from the French Grenadiers who had suffered terribly. Luckily for hem the French left wing cavalry had managed to advance in support and this in turn had force the British heavy dragoons to retire and forced the end British line unit into square.

The next turn a fate/ fortune card revealed a previously unknown ford in the river. Whoever’s action card was drawn next decided where they thought the ford was and on a 4-6 it was there. The next card out was French Light Cavalry Division, they identified the river area between the town and the hill and threw a 6. This allowed them to advance through the river and threaten the British centre!

The French centre were in melee with their columns against Picton’s brigade. Only stout defending managing to save the day. With the light cavalry ready to pick off the remaining British, accurate and timely fire from artillery and the Portuguese in the town convinced the cavalry they may have advanced too far.

The Game was declared a British minor victory. What happened to the Spanish Commander. well he could arrive on any turn after the 8th turn. This came and went, as did the 9th, 10th and 11th. He never managed to get a way from his mistress in time to get to the battle!

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Legionary 14 – Vimeiro

What a manic Friday, the show was on the Saturday. I started by laying the terrain out on the decking to get a view of the 12 x 6 table.

Vimeiro Battlefield

Vimeiro Battlefield

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Ventosa

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Vimeiro with orange orchard

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Vimeiro

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Then I packed it all away ready for the next day.

Legionary is a great local show. How many other shows can you drive to within a couple of feet of your table. We drove in and unpacked and set up.

Solignac’s troops

French right wing under Solignac

French right wing under Solignac with the village of Toledo in the background

Thomiere and Charlot’s troops in column with skirmishers deployed. In the background you can see Kellermans reserve Grenadiers. Just out of shot are St Clair’s Grenadiers. In the background you can see Junot and the Army Guns.

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French left- Thomiere and Charlot with Kellerman’s Grenadiers in Reserve

British Centre – Troops hold the hill.

British Centre

British Centre

British Right with Anstruther and Fane

Holding on to the high ground just out side Vimeiro. 95th formed up in the background.

Anstruther in the foreground with Fane in the background

Anstruther in the foreground with Fane in the background

20th Light Dragoons shelter in the gap between Vimeiro and the ridge.

20th Light Dragoons

20th Light Dragoons

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British Centre

What follows is hopefully an account of the game. The card drawn is identified and anything significant that happened!

Turn 1

St Clair – General advance skirmishers  8″ and columns 6″ towards Fane on the hill.

French Army gun – fire at the British artillery on the far right (Anstruther) they C class (5) with die modifiers  +1 First shot, -1 Long range 38″, -1 smoothbore and -1 Target artillery.  These meant they needed a 7+ to hit. they rolled a 1,2 and a 6. Sadly no hits. British started to mock the French gunners offering their grannies to show them how to do it! Smoke is placed in front of guns, not just to enhance the visual but to remind us they have lost the 1st fire bonus. this is removed either as an action or reload card drawn.

Kellerman– General advance skirmishers  8″ and columns 6″ towards Fane/Anstruther on the hill.

Nightingale – Advanced down the spine of the hill to hold the high ground.

Fane – Hold steady

Delaborde – He actions Thomiere who advances across the table.

Bowes – advances and secure the left flank of Nightingale’s advance.

Junot – With his 24″ command range and line of sight he actions Charlot, Thomiere, St Clair, Kellerman who all advance. For some the second activation of the turn. The Army gun get to fire again needing an 8 due to having already fired therefore losing the 1st fire bonus. They roll 1,4 and 8 so 1 hit. this is not saved but the British pass their morale and do not go shaken. French taunt the British about their Grannies turning up!  Junot cannot action Solignac as Toledo is blocking site and distance is too far. Deployment is all about command.

Solignac – General advance

Fate/Fortune – 2D6 rolled one tens the other units. 24 rolled. This resulted in the next divisional or brigade commander  ignoring their direct commander as they can do better. Both side understood the impact the card could have.

Charlot – General advance there were now within 12″ of the British right flank. But they now ignore any orders from Loison.

Anstruther – Unleash fire on the skirmishers of Charlot from skirmishers and canister from the gun. Skirmishers take 2 hits and fail to save either. They do pass their morale though.

20th L. Dragoons – These advance cautiously to the front of the hill level with Vimeiro.

End of Turn – card drawn. All cards return to pack and shuffled.

Turn 2

Kellerman – advance but concerned about the 20th Light Dragoons? Would they make it if their card is drawn?

Delaborde – Activated Thomiere and brings Brennier on to the table.

Solignac – Starts to advance up the hill into the face of Nightingale.

Wellesley – from his vantage point on the hill and a 48″ command range, he activates, Fane, Ackland, Nightingale and Bowes with Anstruther and Ferguson out of range. Solignac’s columns take a few hits. It is easier to hit those columns.

Margaron – these advance on to the table.

Fane – they fire at the skirmishers and wipe them out.

Loison – Charlot ignores him so he orders Solignac up the hill and on towards Nightingale.

Ackland – 95th skirmishers advance into the vineyard and secure the boundary.

Charlot – Skirmish screen attempt to charge the artillery of Anstruther. Big mistake. Crew decide to stand and fire. They roll 3 D6 and score 1,1,2 so fire at a range of 4″. Charge range was 8″ so they can. Canister wipes them out.

Bowes – Expresses concern over the appearance of Margaron.

Anstruther – all open fire and inflict a few hits on the columns of Charlot.

Nightingale – Advances down the spine towards Solignac’s advancing columns.

Ferguson – Artillery fire at Margaron inflicting 1 casualty on the 4th Dragoons, who fail their morale.

End of Turn – card drawn. All cards return to pack and shuffled.

4th dragoons

4th Dragoons

Margaron's cavalry

Margaron’s cavalry

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Ferguson’s Brigade

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Solignac’s units advancing up on to the ridge heading towards Nightingale

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Anstruther’s brigade unleash their fire on the advancing columns

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Fanes skirmishers having retired through the 95th allow them to open fire on the columns getting a little too close.

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Nightingale’s fire upon Solignac’s units

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Anstruther’s second activation allows them to fire on the advancing columns.

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Acland’s 95th skirmishers occupy the vinyard

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Kellerman’s grenadiers continue their advance

Turn 3

Wellesley – Charges the 20th light dragoons towards Kellerman’s Grenadiers. Grenadiers attempt to form square. They have enough time as cavalry are more than 6″ away. they roll morale and pass. They form square. Cavalry are moved 12″ and end up 2″ short. A lax moment for Wellesley.

Nightingale – Open fire on the advancing columns and cause enough casualties to remove a column.

Crauford – Portuguese arrive on the table. They reinforce the left flank next to Ferguson.

End of Turn – card drawn. All cards return to pack and shuffled.

 

 

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Kellerman’s Grenadiers form square

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Margaron’s cavalry

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95th unleash a devastating volley into the advancing columns.

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Crauford’s Portuguese

Turn 4

Charlot – pushing on to the guns with his columns and no skirmish protection.

Ferguson – opens fire on Margaron again with little effect.

Solignac – opens fire and clears Nightingale’s skirmishers.

Bowes – reinforces the gap between Ferguson and the advancing Nightingale.

End of Turn – card drawn. All cards return to pack and shuffled.

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British left flank opening up on Margaron.

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Solignac’s artillery fire on Nightingale causing casualties on his skirmishers.

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The view from behind Nightingale with Bowes in support

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Wellesley surveys the battlefield.

Turn 5

Nightingale – inflicts a few more casualties on the columns who now fail there more and grind to a halt unable to charge in.

Delaborde – Activates Thomiere and his columns chare into the 95th of Fane. In the following melee 95th take a casualty but the column receive 2 saving none they are removed.

Kellerman – Grenadiers stay in square but fire on 20th L. dragoons inflicting a hit which is not saved. Following morale check causes 20th to become shaken. French cheer.

Fate/Fortune – 11 rolled. commander sees the light!

Anstruther – I thought I heard the French commander let out a sigh. Anstruther, already in a strong position has his command increased to exceptional. Cannon fire and take another casualty off a column.

Junot – activates all commanders in the centre in one last charge. All units shaken test morale and all recover. the British player takes a deep swallow.

Brennier – tries to gee up his infantry following having been just activated by Junot.

St Clair – Grenadiers get in and engage with the 97th inflicting 1 casualty without receiving any. 97th pass morale and hold.

Fane – 95th engage with remaining column. They receive a casualty but inflict one as well. The column is removed and the 95th are on the edge. they have only 1 strength point left.

Charlot – Engages cannon and takes them.

Too week to do any more serious damage  the French player concedes the day. the British player very happy to accept as a few of his units are near breaking point.

 

 

All agreed it had been a good day and the rules worked well, although they were still unsure about units not being able to be activated. I proposed that when the end of turn card is drawn, all units not activated can fire but may not move or change formation. Units can still not be rallied unless activated. I will amend some of the fate rolls to represent artillery with incorrect ammo. This would help with issues like the artillery at Bunker hill etc.

They like the speed units can get engaged rather than playing for a few hours before getting into contact and really got to understand the importance of commanders being in the right places. they all agreed that the fate card is great as it can add a twist in the tail to any great plan.

This was the first time both players had used them or played this era.

Due to the  ease of play and speed of play we had plenty of time to go shopping.

if you get the chance please give Legionary a go. Great traders, easy parking (free), friendly organisers and a  good selection of games.

Have a look out for some photos of our game in Wargames Illustrated as their photographer took a few for the magazine.

 

Hopefully see you next year.

 

 

I will amend the rules to version 2 soon and go through an few more examples to help explain my rationale behind them.

 

Hope you enjoy the pictures and write up.

 

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