Saturday, 12 February 2011

Norden Cotta. An African battle by Armand d'Arc

As many of the followers of thes blog will know, my Argentinian friend Armand d'Arc is running a fictional African campaign, the Serenghetti War, loosely based on a post napoleonic world. Allied (English, Prussian, Austrian...) and Associated (French, Spanish, Italian, Bavarian...) forces are figting a colonial struggle in the African rain forests and plains.
Armand fights a battle every year (using his own ruleset) during austral summer, and the rest of the time is devoted to planning and painting of new and colourful units for the next battle. The battle of this year was Norden-Cotta, fought around the taking and defense of that town, a strategical point in the African plains. During the first day of this battle, my pseudo ancestor the Colonel Pardo and his 'Cazadores de Balbastro' received their baptism of fire, while clashing agaisnt their traditional enemies: the muslim Ottomans.

You can see the arrival of Pardo (with his red over orange plume) and his men to the battlefield, changing for march column formation to fighting order.

The above picture shows the Spanish forming square whereas the Spanish cavalry is running fast to face the advance of the Ottoman cavalry in the far backgorund. Note 'Zeus' near its master!

The next picture shows the bridge connecting the banks of the river forming the left flank of the British (Allied) 108th Volunteers line (backgroun), whereas they are opposing the advance of the the Zulu-Matabeles (Associated), a French led African unit armed with fire arms.

Later in the day , and after the repulsal of the Ottomans, Pardo and his Cazadores voluntareed to take that bridge to outflank the Allied left. You can see Pardo leading his Cazadores in grand style, breaking through the Ottomans covering the approaches to the bridge. At last the bridge was taken and Pardo and his men were cited in the official Dispatch.
Zeus was seen running from the first line but, later in the night, it come back and reported with its master live and well!

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