Today saw my 15mm French take the field in 2 games which ( for me at least) were very enjoyable.
Alas after talking about how great my phone is for taking photos I then proceeded to take an absolute lot of shockers - out of focus, shaky and generally poor. I'm very annoyed as today was an excellent day to play Napoleonic's. So apologies as the pictures are very very poor but I need to post them !
My plan was simple - Don't stop and attack with cold steel - No musketry just cold steel at a brisk pace moving as fast as possible. While the infantry advanced the ample French cavalry would sweep the flank. What occurred next I will talk about for a long time !
On the left flank two brigades of cavalry advance with Horse Artillery support.
The Veteran Infantry surge past the village of Oblaix with the Guard Chasseurs and Horse Grenadiers in support. My mission was to hold the village - The Guard does not "hold" !!!
The Horse Artillery deploy and empty some saddles of the British horse opposite, meanwhile the infantry surge across the small stream eager for action.
With all the British Artillery and Cavalry destroyed and the French forces charging literately everywhere Ross conceded defeat. Not a single musket was fired on the French side but the French swept all before them at such a pace the game only lasted 2.5 hours when they usually go for about 7.
So after lunch we start another one. Geoff commands the French right while I take the Guard Cavalry on another Glory hunt. The British storm up the left flank and Geoff prepares a hasty defense - Immediately I sense an opportunity and a plan is hatched - The British advance has no flank protection so we plan to pressure the flank as they are overextended. The French forces march forward with Drums beating and bugles blaring.
Geoffs Veteran Cavalry see off the British Heavy cav and the line holds yet the British advance continues. Yet as they advance the serried ranks of French infantry move on their flank.
on the road between the woods. (Crap photo again)
What madmen would ride into such a killing field......who would do such a thing ?
The finest horsemen in Europe answer the call.
Sensing a decisive action the Guard Cavalry storm the gap. Taking grapeshot they overrun the guns and smash into the British Cavalry behind.
The Emperor expects nothing short of a famous victory!.