Monday 22 April 2024

Peninsular Napoleonic Battle : V&F (plus more)

Several things to catch up on this week πŸ˜€

Firstly following the recent V&F French Russian battles it seemed time to get my British onto the table with a Peninsular battle. Surprisingly I seem to have painted almost as many British as I have french ? So they are fairly well balanced. Steve would take control of the British as this was his first run out with V&F and he could defend, the French would be tasked with assaulting.
The French are assaulting from the two long edges, the British holding the higher ground which is cut by a ravine in the centre. Forces are roughly equal with five infantry brigades  and some supporting cavalry. Reserves for both sides are marching to the sound of the guns but will arrive randomly both in terms of timing and potential location.
A view from the other side of the battlefield, showing the British on the high ground
The main french army moves quickly to assault before the British reserves can arrive, opening up with their heavy artillery.
A smaller french brigade takes the church to protect their flank
They face the British light Brigade coming down the ravine.
The British see an opportunity to outflank the french and move off the ridge , the black watch leading the way
Playing a devious fate card the French light cavalry surge forward, catching the British light cavalry in march column and send them fleeing off the ridge.
The main assault pushes forward towards the ridge where the British foot guards await the onslaught ! On the left French dragoons arrive
In the same turn the British cavalry arrives and is sent to protect the rear of the British line from the marauding Chasseurs
The Foot guards don’t waver and prepare to receive the charge
The British ‘lights’ form into square to prevent the Chasseurs attacking them
The rest of the light brigade push forward supported by the Highlanders
Another fate card for the French Vive L’empereur sees the leading French brigade rush up the hill into the foot guards, needless to say the hold the first charge
Worryingly for the British the french dragoons are now on the move !
The Black watch are overly confident and get too far ahead of the rest of their brigade and take a serious volley they are quickly shaken and have to withdraw from the field (technically rout but we can’t have the Blackwatch rout can we !)
The British heavy cavalry charge along the back of the British lines to chase away the french Chasseurs it’s no contest
The headstrong British cavalry have to charge through and hit the french infantry, but they are tired and somehow (poor dice roll) fail to break through and are pushed back
More British reserve brigades arrive from the right
But they are matched by french arriving as well
The cavalry skirmish continues behind the lines with the French dragoons who are still fresh charging the British heavy cavalry 
At this point we reached our end time, the French Cavalry have broken through and the french infantry after a tough fight have seen off the Foot guards and captured one half of the ridge. Plenty of fight left in the British but a French victory on this occasion. With one British brigade broken and several shaken.

A good battle, great of course to get the British out on the table. I had reread the rules since the last game so attempted to remove the few errors we made. What this did mean is the brigades were actually much tougher than before even when they started to lose Regiments. We had started with 3 brigades each side and although by the end we were moving through turns quite quickly we both had reserves who didn’t really make it into the battle. For future games I need to ensure the initial troops get into battle quicker and the reserves arrive earlier. One option would be to implement a brigade collapse rule which might speed things up ?

I also played down at George’s  new delux gaming palace. We played what proved to be the last in our Smolensk campaign. George has already down a write up of the battle so really I will just share a couple of shots I took of his lovely Russian terrain.

The Russians would be attacking from the left, and if they could secure a win the campaign would be a major win for the Russians. So the fight was on !
Cautious Russian deployment as they need to overwhelm the German defenders not go in piecemeal
Costing 8 points it is expensive but the KV1e is a heavily armoured mobile machine gun even with an antitank gun the Germans struggled to knock it out
Ready to the assault the Russians have carefully brought up all their troops
With concentrated firepower the Russians got the upper hand slowly driving the defenders back. For one moment the Germans came back with a counterattack and suddenly it was  very close but the Russians pulled through for the win
The battle saw the return of Anastasia my Russian sniper girl. Here she is being awarded a medal for her performance.
So a campaign win for the Russians , thanks of course to George for setting up and hosting the campaign, very enjoyable and looking forward to the next one πŸ‘

Been out and about in Penrith and visited this Iron Age site just south of the town

Only one standing stone remains in the centre.
The site is called Mayburgh Henge, the embankments were created by carrying river cobbles from the nearby river !!

That’s it for now, next up some painting progress and some castles as I’m currently touring wales visiting some of Edward I’s famous creations

Thanks for checking in Matt


31 comments:

  1. Two lovely looking battles and two wins for you, Matt....great stuff! I look forward to your tour of Welsh castles next time πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks Keith will post the castles tour later in the week sometime

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  2. Thanks Matt, an enjoyable Sunday evening read. If you want to see units disappear faster, it may be worth looking at the first edition of the rules re the V&F tests, brigades seemed to break faster with the way the brigade tested then. Under the V2 set, smaller games are more sustainable as the brigade stands up better to the rigours of loss.

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    1. Thanks Norm I’ll check back to the older set as brigades were really quite robust in this battle certainly no sudden collapse and it felt like just a little too much stuff got on the table but didn’t get to fight ?

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    2. I have a possible solution Matt...just don't have so many brigades on the table!! Lol πŸ˜†

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  3. A couple of great games there Matt. Even though the V&F rules are only a few pages long there certainly seems to be a bit of nuance about them. Not sure about a brigade morale rule, as would individual battalions from different regiments really worry if another broke any more than they would any other friendly unit? I probably need to read the rules properly though.

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    1. Thanks Lawrence, at the moment in V2 the brigade will waver but not rout, its effectiveness reducing as it loses an increasing number of its Battalions as it gets harder to activate. This is less of a problem if they are already in combat as they can still shoot. I guess you can argue that the morale of the Brigade command will gradually degrade as constituent battalions are lost which would lead them to become more defensive and potentially choosing to retire rather than lose the whole brigade.

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  4. Good read Matt, the Palace has two games this week :)

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  5. Couple of great battles. The naps look awesome

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  6. A really enjoyable read and two cracking looking games. Both tables and figures are quite superb. The Peninsular game is of particular interest as I feel myself being pulled towards a new project!

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    1. Thanks Donnie, I only started the Peninsular after I had completed my AWI project. Having painted these fairly quickly I realised Napoleonics were within my capability as well, and then then take a life of their own πŸ‘

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  7. Two most splendid gaming outings there Matt, enjoy your trip to Wales!

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    1. Thanks Phil even the weather has been kind in wales this week πŸ‘

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  8. Two fine games there Matt and look forward to the castles post:).

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    1. Thanks Steve πŸ‘ castles to follow soonish

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  9. Two very enjoyable games there Matt. You are off to Wales? Never mind...πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thanks David ……….i do have some affinity with the Welsh πŸ˜€

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  10. Two fabulous looking games Matt, always a treat to see the massed ranks on the tabletop.

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    1. Thanks Michael ….nothing quite like Napoleonics for storing a wargamers blood πŸ‘

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  11. Two great looking games Matt and good to see the British on the table

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  12. you and George really know how to put on a nice looking game. 😁

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  13. Cracking stuff Matt…
    A lovely looking game and lovely looking toys…
    All the best. Aly

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  14. Great looking games, Matt! The Iron Age site is amazing too!

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  15. Two great looking games Matt and two wins as well! Nicely done!

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