Tuesday, 19 March 2013

15mm Napoleonic "The Battle of Uccle", 20th June 1815...the what if Napoleonic wargame heads into day 2!


This is the follow up game to 15mm "The Battle of Hal" Napoleonic wargame we had last November.......

This is one of those games that there wasn't much for me to do but when you're in a room with 7 other good wargamers and Ray having a laugh and enjoying the good atmosphere...it doesn't matter, it helps when you win as well!

Following the defeat yesterday at "The Battle of Hal" the French forces have withdrawn but Napoleon has reinforced them and drives forward again only to find Prince Frederick has withdrawn his army to the Belguim town of Uccle, he also has been reinforced but awaits more reinforcements from Wellington in Brussels.

Prince Jerome Bonaparte (Smithy) is in overall charge again and with the French 6th Division, the unlucky with cavalry Kellerman's 3rd Cavalry Corps (BigLee) but we have experience with Gen Baron Bachelu and his 5th Division (Ian) and I again (Comte Foy) with my 9th Division, the French forces are still heavily reduced with most regiments only at three quarter strength.

Reinforcements were decided by answering questions on the Napoleonic period which no one answered correctly, it explains the late arrival of said troops!!!!!! There were messages being handed out by our umpire which were real fog of war and very unhelpful and that was the obvious point of them.

My role was to pin the allies on their left flank (which had their best troops) and stop them from being used to strengthen their middle and the small town of Uccle, facing me was the L/General Colville (4th British Division). The battle for me and Brian (4th British Division) was a strange and quiet affair with mostly sniping at each other with artillery and manoeuvring for position and looking for a mistake to exploit, I tried to send 3 light regiments through the woods to flank him but by then we had won in the centre with the fall of Uccle to a barrage and the loss of of a brigade commander which caused an allied brigade (1st Dutch) to retire from the battlefield and another allied brigade through melee losses was required to test morale and looked to be failing as well, Prince Frederick (Ray) decided to concede defeat and wished to save the remnants of the allied army for a possible third battle outside of Brussels itself!

A good game again with a win for the French and with most of the army intact, maybe next time we'll see Napoleon himself and maybe the Prussians as well!

Initial set up......

Some new blood and fingers in the shed with Clint and Brian, fellow bloggers as well and Surjit and blog whore Ray.....

French goodness........

Allied resistance.......

More cavalry for Kellerman to lose, he did a lot better this game but emptied a lot of French saddles in the process....



The assault begins.......

A little pic of the figures that represent the Comte Foy and staff........

Some much Legere move through teddy bear fur fields (looked and felt great).....

Brian gets a bit emotional when I shoot at his troops..........

A good view until I spotted the fecking digestives in front of Ray......

One British artillery shot and I've got troops retreating and disordering everything in their path......

A contractual shot of our benevolent tyrant.......

You would think they had never eaten before........

Ray upsets Postie and brings the wrath on himself.......

Clint looks on with bewilderment at the wargamer equivalent of a smackdown continues.......


The Dutch come off the hill to buy time for Allied reinforcements arriving to their rear.......

I ended up with some of Kellerman's cavalry, waiting to be let loose........

The assault on the centre comes to a conclusion where French numbers and aggression count.....

My Legere regiments flanking through the woods......

The British are in for a nasty surprise.......

Most of the 9th division await the order to advance.......

British cavalry arrive too late to change the outcome of the encounter....

An allied view of the French assault on their centre.....

Brunswicker reinforcements arrive at the end........

The small town of Uccle received a barrage from some French heavy artillery and in the fire the brigade commander was killed by some falling masonry.......

....and caused this, the town of Uccle deserted and French troops ready to enter......

Clint and Brian discuss the disaster Ray led them in to......

....and two more honorary Rejects join the ranks!

55 comments:

  1. Nice one Fran!!! Bloody Postie, trying to dig his nails in my head!!!!!

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    1. You guys are great fun. But poor Ray looks like he's about to be eaten by Brian.

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    2. Not at all, not at all,

      I was just sticking my tongue in his ear!

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  2. LOL nice pics and report Fran, Looks like a good time was had by all. Another two mugshots to be added to the board down at the local copshop then?

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    1. Afraid so but many are always welcome!

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  3. I am curious as to what types "Napoleonic" questions had to be answered to bring reinforcements in: General historical knowledge, uniform details, arcane practises of camp followers?

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    1. Some of the questions were, When was the Battle of Marenego, How many horses did Napoleon ride at Waterloo, What was different about the 11th Cuirasseirs at Waterloo and what was the nickname of the Prince of Orange. We didn't get any right!!!!!

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    2. LOL- My reinforcements would never have made it! Even when I was the most deeply in the weeds with Napoleonics, I doubt I would have got them, or their Central European 1913 equivelant (where our 15mm were stomping about) correct either. My only only trivia victory was proving that my landwehr cav's routing of a French Dragoon (I think playing Empire IV) unit was not without historical president.

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  4. A good game with a lot of maneuver going on. It would have been interesting to see the game through another couple of turns but I think Ray made the wise decision to concede defeat and pull back his army while it was still largely intact... looks like we are in for another re-fight!

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    1. Next time though he'll have his back to Brussels and will have to fight to the death...no more running away allowed!

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    2. We'll stuff him again Lee!

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  5. Looks like a grand time was had, with a smackdown and all.

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  6. So a good time and you beat Ray? Is that like a double bonus?

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  7. Ah yes, the simple pleasure of beating Ray to a pulp under a sh**load of rubble. Must have been a good game.

    Will Postie host another game on Sunday, just after Salute?

    Cheers

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  8. Thanks, General, for the pictorial presentation of a huge huge battle, and the 1st ever right-handed back-hander, I've ever witnessed, layed upon Ray the Battle Ax! Nice shot Postie!!

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    1. It did make me howl with laughter as I've been on the receiving end myself!

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  9. Great pictures for a great game!
    Phil.

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  10. Great pics and a great report Fran!

    And as Seb has asked, will there be a post-Salute game?

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    1. At this moment I don't know as we're on nights during Salute.

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    2. You have to have a game during Salute. Imagine me and Tamisin there together. Two girls in the shed with all you boys....

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  11. A perfect AAR, Fran. Great pics!

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  12. Ray fights like a girly man. Great pics here today and it sounds like you had a laugh. Nice to know that.

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  13. Great report !!!! Great figurines ! Great pics too ! Many thanks !

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  14. It seems that you're having a good time under the shed! Nice report Fran! :)

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  15. Nice to see your perspective. Good photos.

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  16. Emjoyable write-up Fran and yet another win to taunt "the Loser" win.
    Is Postie really that vicious ?

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  17. Nice report especially as I knew very little of what was going on at your end of the table.

    As for me being bewildered.... maybe I have led a sheltered life but I am not used to seeing men touch each other like that in Public. Shocking absolutely shocking!

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  18. Dude slapped the shit outta Ray Ray!
    Dhamnz!!!
    ;)

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  19. Epic looking game, great to have you back too!

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  20. Surprise nuthin Fran! Those two Brit regiments were about to wheel backwards and to the left and give your pesky skirmishers a full volley from fresh muskets at the edge of the woods. Or at least, they were, until two things happened :/

    1 I found out I can't perform a backwards wheel (whoops, there goes my fancy manouvre)

    and 2: Some bloody nit-wit Whelloon decided to shelter beneath a roof and got his skull crushed by some falling masonry.

    Good game Fran. Our troops might not have done much, but we had a good natter and a laugh at the other generals!

    Really, who stands under a building in an artillery duel?

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    1. ...and that was a good thing Brian, a pleasure to meet you!

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  21. More excellent pics of this game.
    Like the teddy bear fur (?) cornfields

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  22. Sniping and manuevering! It's Napoleonics, Fran, give them cold steel and brush them from the field.
    Great report; beautiful terrain and figures and nice scenario.

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  23. Great report there chap and it seems much fun was had, especially as Ray was on the losing side

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  24. After reading your post, I am looking forward to this. Your post is particular useful, plz keep going. Where to sell runescape accounts?

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  25. Looks Brilliant!!! more Naps please!!!

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  26. Great looking game. Looks like you guys had fun!

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  27. Awesome mate. Good to see you gaming!

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  28. Emotion and head slaps, had it all.

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  29. teddy bear fur fields really look amazing, Lurk!

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  30. Glad you guys had such a good time!

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  31. Two more Reject to join the fold, excellent! It's like a bloody cult.

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  32. Oh geez, I'm missing out by being female... "uncle"

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  33. Interesting game, what was the size of the table used and how many hours did it take to play the game out?

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    1. 8ft by 12ft and about 6 hours that day.

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