Sunday, 14 August 2022

Lasalle Day at the Uni


On Sunday a dozen Napoleonic wargamers congregated at the Uni for a day of Lasalle 2 gaming. We had set up 7 tables, with a variety of themes.


The whole idea was David's brain child (pictured above centre) who organised  it all. 
It was gratifying to have attendees from Canberra and Sydney as well as the wider Illawarra district make the effort to come in.


David, standing, was one of the original playtesters and was on hand throughout the day to offer advice and clear up rules questions. Peter, left, was also a playtester, and ran a Austro-Hungarian army. His opponent in the first game, Brett, was fielding a lovely Franco-Wurttemburg army.


John, left, brought a French army, facing off against Caesar's Russians. In the background Bryan, French, confers with Daniel, Spanish, over their army lists.

Caesar was yet another Lasalle II playtester. 


Darren's British, pictured left, faced off against Tony's Spanish army.


My first game, on a Peninsula themed table I'd provided, saw my French against Stuart's British.


Bryan, left, brought some lovely 3d printed French, who were pitted against Daniel's Spaniards...


His Spanish army did well this day, winning both games!


With our 'Peninsula' game, Stuart deployed his Brits entirely historically, but I confess the thought of pitching French columns against the firepower of British lines did not attract me, so I tried an 'Ordre Mixte' of line and column...


It didn't really make much difference on  my right flank, where Stuart eventually destroyed my Veteran Infantry Brigade...


Whereas on my left flank, I had more joy with my columns, all but destroying one of his Brigades for a drawn game.


After a break for lunch the second round of games started. Stuart's Brits found themselves transported to a wintery Eastern Europe where they faced Daniel's Spanish.


Caesar's Russians faced Bryan's French...

And the Peninsula table saw John's French facing Tony's Brits - my arvo game finished early (more below) so I was able to witness the closing stages of this marathon hard fought game - lots of dashing charges, finishing with the Mounted Grenadiers of the Guard attempting to break a British square. They didn't!


My afternoon game was against Brett's beautiful Franco-Wurttemburgers.



The centre of the table was constricted with all manner of difficult terrain, so I opted to hold my centre with my artillery Bde and Light Cav Bde, sending my two infantry Bdes around each flank...


The flank attacks went reasonably well, but Brett eviscerated my centre in short order until my army was on the verge of breaking, at which point he graciously awarded me the honours of war!


The feedback has rightfully praised David for a well organised day of play, with exciting games played with gracious opponents using some lovely toy armies. More please!

Monday, 8 August 2022

Lasalle: Practice game on Waterloo ridge


With our big Lasalle II day on at the Uni next Sunday, I thought I should get some solo practice in with the rules - the usual suspects will be playing Lasalle at our club night, but I am committed to our FOW #Op YULETIDE campaign...

As per our Lasalle Day player pack, each army was 230 points -  the lists I will be playing and lending on the day. For the Brits I'm lending Stuart: 2 brigades of 4 Veteran Bns each, Div Foot battery RA, Lt Cav Bde and attached RHA battery.


For my French list, 2 Bdes of infantry, one of 4 Veteran Bns, one of 4 Conscript and 2 Veterans. 


Each Bde was going to have an attached foot battery, but during this game I had a bit of an epiphany - merge the 2 together to create an extra Bde, hence an extra momentum pip! The French also had a Lt Cav Bde, but no horse guns.


The French came on in the same old way - the French guns subdued the British RA so the columns suffered less from bombardment as the RA were shooting 'shaken'.


British musketry certainly wasn't shaken though, and took its toll...


Wanting just a quick game to gallop through the game sequence, the French pressed on regardless...ganging up 2 on 1 each Bn got a +1 combat modifier. However the British line were uphill and defending the hedge, so also got a +1...


The French rolled a 6 and a 5, outscoring the hapless Brits by 13 to 8! 


The British battalion broke, and the French pressed on over the ridge...


The next assault did not go so well for the brave Grognards - best score was 10, equal to the British score...


So back across the hedge they went, taking another disruption each for good measure!
I look forward to sharing some pictures from the big day with you after next week...