|Von Jagow's Bde - 2IR on the left, 27th RR (Wesphalia) on the right|
Unlike the rest of our crowd, my mate Doug is self employed. Since he takes his business very seriously its a rare weekend that he is available to join in a biggish game. So occasionally he comes around of a Thursday evening for a game and a beer (I find conducting the post-game discussion over an ale helps the thought process tremendously!)
With Teutonic antecedents, Doug prefers to take the part of the Prussians when it comes to the Napoleonic wars, so I duly dreamed up a small meeting engagement set in the Spring of 1813, what the Germans still refer to as the 'Befrieungskreige', or war of Liberation, the attempt to reject their unwilling 'alliance' with Napoleon...
Broadly speaking each Bde would be of the same size and quality, but I beefed the Prussians up with a detachment of Russian Cuirassiers to partially offset his relative inexperience with 'Black Powder' rules, although of course they are very easy to pick up, and Doug is very knowlegeable about this period, as the evening would show...
|The Prussians March on - 'Raise high those black flags children!|
|The French Light Cav looking rather nervously across at the Russian Cuirassiers. Perry plastic Hussars in the foreground, Front Rank Polish Lancers, Front Rank Cuirassiers in the distance supported by Calpe Prussian Uhlans.|
|Pas de Charge! - Crusader in the lead, then Perry plastics, followed by Victrix. Minifigs gunners shooting them in...|
|Zolnierz Polski Urrah!|
Doug duly countercharged:
|Cavalry Clash! Clever Prussian staffwork ensure the Cuirassiers are supported by the 3rd Uhlans.|
At this stage, with my Infantry all disordered and my Lancers fleeing the table, I conceded defeat. Well done Doug and Von Jagow! I congratulated Doug with a cold suitably Germanic beer brewed to the exacting standards of the German Beer Purity Laws, and plotted my revenge...