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A wargaming Project using miniatures, Napoleon's Battles, Lasalle and Song of Drums and Shakos
The Brandenburg Uhlans are ready to fight. You can see below a series of pictures showing the unit after flocking and varnishing.
There are no 1/72 (HO) plastic figures in the market for the Prussian Uhlans of 1813. After a visit to the Plastic Soldier Review page, searching for sets with a reasonable similarity with the desired figures, I finally chose the Italeri 6080 French Light Cavalry set (see below)
|Italeri 6080 French Light Cavalry set|
|After the basic colours application|
|After the first highlight|
|After second highlight and addition of the shako covers|
|Uhlans mounted in their assigned horses|
|Afetr addition of lances (made with straighten paperclips)|
|and pennon lances (made from paper)|
|The charge of the 19th Hungarian infantry regiment in the Battle of Leipzig (1813) against the French|
While the Austrians were rejecting the French attacks on the hill, the situation in the rest of the battlefield was still developing. The first series depicts a summary of the fight in the center, near Grunberg.
|The French cavalry has occupied the center while the infantry run towards Augustusburg|
|The 1/ and 2/Mariassy IR form square and repel the attacks of the 3e and 5e Hussards, respectively...|
|... and afterwards reject the combined-arms attacks of the French ...|
|... that are forced to use musket and cannon fire to try the breaking of the solid Austrian squares.|
|The French reinforcements advance against Augustusburg after the ocupation of the cemetery|
|The 1/Kaiser IR rejects the 2/26e Legere...|
|.... and then the Austrians deploy breaking the 2/26e Legere with musket fire...|
|... and then advance in line, breaking the 2/93e Ligne in hand-to-hand combat.|
After the break of the first Austrian line, the French advanced against the hill near Hohenlichte, one of the keys to the Austrian position.
|The 11e Legere breaks the 2/Gyulai IR....|
|... and then advances uphill, sweeping aside the surprised Austrian artillerymen...|
|.. and forcing the Austrian infantry downhilll...|
|... engaging them aftewards in a fierce firefight...|
|... but in the subsequent charge, the 1/11e Legere is rejected and falls back...|
|... only to be crushed by the flank attack of the 1/Warasdiner Kreuzer Grenzer|
|Taken from Histofig site|
|Taken from Osprey MAA 172|
|Taken from Elting & Knoetel|
While the fashionable French Hussars became lost in the woods and the unfortunate Bronikowski's French brigade was wiped out, the Austrian first line suffered the assault of the French
|The Austrians fall back fromt the hills towards Grunberg...|
|...but the weak angle of the Austrian first line is broken by a French combined-arms attack.|
|...opening a hole in the Austrian front line ...|
|... that is then widened by the French infantry, isolating the Gurnberg garrison...|
|.... whereas the French Chevauleger-Lanciers have broken the Austrian Klenau Chevaulegers...|
|... contacting the French reinforcements, that are outflanking the Austrian first line and advancing against Augustusburg...|
|... ready to fight the Austrian reinforcements, that wait deployed in outskirts of the town|
One of the more exciting aspects of solo wargaming, is the chance that near-impossible things occur. These things, collectively known as friction or fog-of-war, happen due to different causes, such as bad reconnaissance, poor staff work, bad weather or simply bad luck.
Such thing occurred during the play of the Grunberg Lasalle Scenario, when two detached French brigades (Bronikowski's 2nd infantry Brigade of the Vial's 6th Division and the Picquet's 3rd Light Cavalry Brigade) appeared by surprise in the right rear flank of the Austrian line. What at first seemed an intelligent and skilled tactical move, became a mousetrap when one strong Austrian Brigade materialized itself in the rear of the French newcomers!
You can watch below the course of the events.
|The detached French units appear in the Austrian rear...|
|... and immediately advances against the Austrian that have changed front...|
|... and fire with some success against the newcomers.|
|The 2/Erzherzog Ludwig IR routs the combined attack of the 2nd Ligne Regiment...|
|...but the Austrians appear now in the French rearguard that are forced to change front themselves.|
|The 2/Erzherzog Luwdig IR attacks and breaks the 1/2nd Ligne Regiment|
|... and afterwards rejects the flank attack of the 2/2nd Ligne Regiment...|
|... and then advances in combination with the Rosenberg Chevaulegers, breaking the 2/18th Ligne Regiment...|
|... whereas the 1/18th Ligne, taken in the wrong formation, is also broken by the 1/Warasdiner Kreuzer Grenz Regiment, which afterwards took the unprotected French battery.|
|The lone 2/2nd Ligne Regiment is broken by the fierce attack of the 2/Erzherzog Ludwig IR.|
|The full area is now in Austrian hands, and the French have lose a full infantry brigade|
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