|Russian team sets up - L to R Gren, Mick, Bryan (new CinC Russians) and Andrew|
This would see Poniatowski's Poles, forming the French V Corps, on the table for the first time, the bulk of which were kindly provided by Mick, despite his playing on the Russian side. The Poles would have the mission of operating on the far Southern Flank, to seize the village of Utitsa and or/ the Kurgan mound which dominates this sector...
|Duchy of Warsaw Infantry. Figs by Offensive Miniatures.|
|I Corps - Davout - led by Matt|
The French were facing a formidable array of artillery, the heavier pieces emplaced in the Fleches, which arrived on table still damp from the spray painting - thanks guys!
The Russians consisted of Borosdins and Tuchkovs Corps, and again the Russians had the opportunity to request reinforcements under the same penalties.
|The French view of the leading fleches - not as formidable as the Raevsky redoubt, but fearsome enough!|
|Borosdin's Corps supports the North of the Fleches - led by Greg today.|
|A long view of the table - the Fleches in the foreground, then Utitsa, and the Poles and Tutchkov grappling on the Kurgan in the background...|
|Danger! An officer with a map!|
However Matt was to discover there is something more likely to go wrong than an officer with a map, an aggressive wargamer about to launch an all out attack. Boldly giving orders for a Brigade assault on the Fleches to take the bull by the horns before the Russian batteries inflicted too much damange, Matt recklessely threw his dice - Double 6 - the dreaded Blunder table - Units are to retreat 2 full moves!
So that was the pressure off the Fleches for a while!
Manfully getting over it, the French team took the enforced pause to put together a second attempt with a coordinated all arms assault, having committed the Heavy Cavalry Reserve - text book stuff, cavalry forcing squares, horse artillery then causing heavy casualties....
Unfortunately, the attack was disrupted by some unerringly accurate Russian Jaeger volleys...
|Beautifully Coordinated attack - Horse, Foot, Guns...|
|The Russian perspective - do they look worried?|
|My fav figure in the game - Bryan's Hetman Platov. Front Rank|
I think the player also enjoyed playing on the more open space provided by the bottom third of the battlefield too....
So our next game for this project, after some diversions into the ACW, Waterloo, and to commemorate the 200th of Salamanca, will be a full table covering the whole battle....