Sunday, 20 April 2014

The fight at Bunzlau is over

While the French and Baden cavalry was stopping the Russian infantry in the central ford, the Prussian horse artillery was keeping a duel with the French foot artillery at the southern ford, which ended with the dismounting of the latter.

The 5/9e Foot Artillery is broken by the explosion of a caisson
and 1 hour later, the 10/2e Foot Artillery suffers the same fate!
Meanwhile, the infantry of the Prussian advance guard is making a last effort at the bridge sector, after a brief and ineffectual artillery support.
The 4/65e routs the 2/Leib Regiment that falls back...
... but the Prussian infantry charges one more time, only to be routed again (a tie so the defender wins)...
.. leaving the 4/65e Ligne almost broken (only one morale point left) but triomphant
This is too much for the Allies, and the French retire almost unmolested, covered by their light cavalry!
French: 1/9e Legere; 3/50 Legere; 19/7e Foot artillery (5 points plus 17 points of losses currently on the table)
Allies: 1/49th and 2/49th Russian Jaegers; Kamchatka IR; Fusiliers/Leib IR (8 points plus 8 points of losses currently on the table)
The final result can be considered a draw: The French have less losses but the Prussian are the masters of the battlefield and the bridge over the Bober is intact.
This is a good result for the french after their rout at the Katzbach!

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

The fight at the ford

Whereas the Prussian advance guard was trying to take the bridge over the Bober to catch the French rearguard, another Russian column has probed for and found a ford downstream.

The Prussian Jaegers have found the ford...
... and immediately cross the Bober, screenig the Russians Jaegers
The Baden Dragoons charge the Russians (the Jaegers have recrossed) but are unable to break the unformed infantrymen...
Afterwards, the Russians cross again in forcé (under the cover of the nearby Russian artillery)...
The full 23rd Light Cavalry Brigade charges again: the 10e Hussasrs are rejected...
... but the Baden Dragoons break the other Russian square
The French-Baden cavalry is master of the area, while the Russian square remains isolated in the wrong bank of the Bober

The time is passing by and the Allied are not being able to cut through the French rearguard.
The end is near!

Monday, 14 April 2014

The bridge at Bunzlau

The battle of Bunzlau is again on the way! The final result is still undecided, but the fight around the bridge over the Bober River is proving quite bloody. The bulk of the 11th French division has withdrawn to the left bank, after losing the 1/9e Légère Regiment, defeated by the East Prussian National Cavalry (see the previous post).
However, the 3/50e Ligne Regiment has defeated the assault of the Fusilier battalion of the Leib Regiment that has been broken, as well as a subsequent charge of the East Prussian National Cavary Regiment that has been also pushed back.

The 3/50e Ligne rejects the Fus/Leib Regiment ...
...and run for the Prussians and break them!
The East Prussian National Cavalry regiment charges the triomphant French...
... only to be stopped and forced to fall back
Although the result of the two hand-to-hand combats seems logical, maybe my Lasalle home-rule for assault in defiles is too biased towards the defenders. The current rule is as follows:

Assault of defiles (optional)
1) A column of march can assault a defile like a bridge, a fortified gate, a fort, etc. It represents not only true march columns, but also all those formations with reduced front.
2) It fights at 1/2 dice and with no previous shooting, adding a -2 for "bad terrain" as they will be fighting in cramped quarters.
3) The enemy can use the "cover" or "higher elevation" modifiers when applicable.
3) However the small front, the enemy never halves their dice.

As the rule cannot be changed until the battle is finished,  the Prussians must try other options (artillery close support?) in order to take the bridge in good state (i.e. intact).

Watch this space!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Busy with real work

I am very busy with real-world work, but I'm still here, waiting to go back with recharged energy.

Wait for me!

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

11-M: Ten years....

March 11th 2004... 11-M... ten years after the terrorist train bombing at Madrid...
We don't forget...

If I were more pretty
and a bit smarter
If I were special,
Off a magazine cover
I would have the strength
to cross the train
and ask you who you are.
You sit in the front
and you don’t even imagine
that only for you
my best skirt am I wearing.
and as I see you yawn
that crystal panel
my eyes well up.
Suddenly, you see me
I watch you and you sigh,
As I close my eyes,
you turn back silently,
I hardly breathe,
I feel so small
and I begin to tremble.
And thus days go by,
from Monday to Friday,
as the flying swallows
of the poem of Becquer,
from station to station
we sit there, you and I
and so passes the silence.
Suddenly, you see me
I watch you and you sigh,
As I close my eyes,
you turn back silently,
I hardly breathe,
I feel so small
and I begin to tremble.
And then sudden, it happens,
and my lips wake up
pronouncing your name
in a stuttering voice,
You’re probably thinking
“Such a foolish girl!”
and I want to die.
But then the time stops,
You approach to me,
you whisper…
“I do not know you,
But I already miss you.
You know, every morning
I skip the direct route
and board this train”
And now, we are arriving
and my life is changing.
Such a special day
this eleventh of March.
You take my hand,
we enter a tunnel
that turns off the light.
With the help of my hands,
I find your face
I kiss you on the lips
I become very brave
you say that you love me,
and I grant you
the last beat of my heart...

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

When Statistics fails

The Prussian National cavalry Regiment has redeemed itself from its previous failures. For it, the Prussians have counted on the inestimable collaboration of the 9e Legere Regimen, catched while trying crossing the mill stream. Instead forming square, the French panicked (i.e. they failed a Morale test) and were assailed in the rearguard by the exultant Prussian uhlans, which have massacred them.

Meanwhile, the battle is raging when the full forces of both sides on the table.

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Sunday, 9 February 2014

The baptisme of fire of the Prussian National Cavalry Regiment

Again and again, the most recent and carefully researched and painted wargaming units have an embarrassing affaire (i.e a rout!) in their first encounter on the tablegame. That was the case with the Russian Soumy Hussars and the fashionable French 5th and 9th Hussar Regiments.
The Prussian National Cavalry (PNC) has suffered the same fate during the first moves of the on going Bunzlau scenario, as shown in the below pictures

The PNC regiment cover the right flank of the von Katzler's flank guard
The 1/9e Legere Provisoire Regiment fires a long distance volley over the PNC without effect
Triggering the PNC charge, but the Prussians are rejected by the French in square formation
The PNC is forced to fall back with some disorder
Meanwhile, the battle is raging in other zones of the tablegame
Watch this space!

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Bunzlau. The terrain

The actual shape of the terrain for Bunzlau has been slightly changed: the available elements, i.e. terrain tiles and river, stream and road sections, do not allow to follow exactly the initial design of the table (see this post). Is the fog of war in action!
See below the corrected map, as well as some pictures of the actual table

Watch this space!

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Monday, 13 January 2014

Austrian Uhlans. The reason behind

The reason behind my interest in the Austrian Uhlans (see the previous post), despite their scarce participation in the Leipzig Campaign, lies on the new Franz Nap 1/72 figures, available through his site.

Trooper set
Command set
Mounted Command set
As said in the previous post, I love their fancy green and red uniforms and their colored czapkas, so I ordered a Command and a Trooper sets, and I have received past week the postal packet (too late for the Three Wise Men's day!) . I expect to paint them in the next weeks. See below the black primed figures.

Pay a visit to the Franz Nap wbe site, because there are some other beautiful 1/72 Napoleonic miniatures!