Friday, 20 January 2012

The Wethau Bridge for Song of Drums & Shakos (II)

The French Voltigeur 3 evades initially the combined attack but, two against one is too much for him and falls mortally wounded under a powerful attack of Jaeger 4. Seeing the rest of Jaegers crossing the bridge, Sergeant Bauduin and Voltigeur 5 prudently retreat behind the fence, but Lieutenant Meunierreacts  at last and a group of three Voltigeurs (6, 7 and 8) goes out covered by the aimed fire of their comrades behind the fence, that kill Jaeger 4.
The fire exchange continues and Voltigeur 8 is killed by an accurate shot of Jaeger 3 (hidden behind a tree) so the French squad falls now under 50% strength making mandatory a moral test. Following the Scenario rules, all the men run behind the fence under the heavy fire of the Austrians, that have found now a better target in the Lieutenant Meunier.
A furious firefight starts now, with the French wounding Jaeger 7 and forcing Jaeger 6 to fall back, but the Austrian answer is immediate and Voltigeur 5 is killed.
At last, Jaeger 4, hidden behind a tree, shoots Meunier wounding him. This is too much for Sergeant Bauduin and the two remaining Votigeurs that runs towards Wethau leaving the wounded Meunier in Austrian hands.

Austrian losses: Wounded: UnterJager Gassinger and Jaeger 7. Dead: Jaegers 2 and 8
French losses: Wounded: Lieutenant Meunier. Dead: Voltigeurs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8. Sergeant Meunier and Voltigeurs 6 and 7 left the field.


  1. Sounds like you had a fun game even if no miniatures were actually involved. Seeing as how you're much more knowledgeable about the Napoleonic period than I am I'd be interested in reading your thoughts on these rules.
    My feeling (after the all too brief game I played) is the rules (and their fantasy counterparts) have lots of potential for smaller actions like this. The basic mechanics are pretty simple, the special rules add lots of options without too much added complexity, and things seem to flow well, it even works well for solo play with minor modifications as we've seen. I hope to play with them more in the coming months.

  2. I agree with you! The rules are very well suited for these small actions. I hope to post my comments on the game and the rules in a pair of days