Wednesday, 30 October 2013

"The Battle of Fulda", the what if Napoleonic wargame after Leipzig part 2!

Everything was in place for the game to go either way............but the dice gods were watching!


Every turn you had to roll to see who moved first, fired first etc...., Richard charged his Legere into the Schutzen, they were lucky they were able to form before they were hit but the main issue here is his Corps commander is within 2 inches and any casualties caused on his unit will cause a D20 to be rolled and the amount of casualties caused is rolled could kill him, they were lucky.....

This is something that tickled me, these casualties on a Russian column are from his own rocket battery, fired 7 times and it only caused two friendly casualties....... 

Here they come again, Russian spirit, Lee's frustration............

All that cavalry and a big gap..........

Trying a little David Bailey, ruined by a Russian........

The Prussians crest the hill..........

The scene of battle at this time, the Prussians are steaming ahead.........

John throws caution to the wind and launches his cavalry forward against lines of infantry and squadrons of cavalry............

He slowly dismantles the entire Prussian left flank, wins round after round of melee, the only fly in the ointment was a drawn result which he won next round, we couldn't believe the Prussians run of luck on the dice, when he had to roll for pursuit checks he would pass them comfortably and retire in good order..........

We then felt a disturbance in the force and the mood changed, we had joked that we should wake Ray as he was on nights but we needn't have worried as Surjit had rang him earlier and woke him not realising he was not at the game, how we laughed...........

A morale check has gone badly and a hole has appeared in my weak lines, at this stage it was about exchanging volleys............

Lee steadies himself again for another assault, 3rd or 4th time is the charm?...........

Still waiting on a charge on a very weak point of my line, they never came.......

French cavalry rush forward to fill gaps.......

Ray sides with the Prussians, smug shit.........

The Legere after a Russian artillery barrage finally hits and morale causes them to fall back, is the way finally open for the Russians......

John has now caused routing and Brigade checks for the Prussians, entire brigades are falling back, Surjit has rolled nothing higher than a 3 on two dice 3 times........

I drop my Poles back to form a secure line..........

The Legere (disordered) rush forward and slam the door shut on the Russian columns.......

Ammunition on most artillery had run dry for me and the Russians by this stage (only cannister left) but what's this.......an ammunition wagon appears but too late......

A deflated, grim looking, couldn't roll well to save his life, blogging, sweating but in his natural environment blog whore......

Richard charges but is met by two Prussian squadrons.........

Lee and his Russians threw himself and them forward time and time again but to no avail, no luck again with the dice or in fairness his position, I actually started to feel pity for him near the end, this infuriated Lee no end........

Richard has routed both the Prussian squadrons and pursued and smashed into a trailing unit behind.........

A better view and the two routing Prussian cavalry.........

Richard routed the third cavalry squadron........

2 of these routing units would disperse after failing another brigade check which if the game continued would have brought on another divisional check............

John received man of the game (failing at not looking smug but I don't think he was trying not to), never lost a melee and caused brigade and divisional checks within the Prussian army.......

The game ended there with Postie adding up the victory points, 1 to 5 points difference is a minor victory, 6 to 10 points difference is a major victory, we got a 12 points difference (18-6) and Postie declaring a bloody thrashing victory!
In fairness the Prussians and their allies had no luck, never won a melee, failed so many morale rolls, failed brigade checks and got their asses handed to them and then we (the French) started to feel sorry for them, I think this hurt the most........

Good game, great result, well for the French anyway............poor Lee's dice luck continues, the only thing that could have made this better if Ray had been a Prussian.....hold on he was for a while!!!!!!!

85 comments:

  1. Good game! It looks absolutely great on that gaming board too! Well done on the victory!!

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  2. Maybe if I was playing on the Prussian side they would have won??? or at least had a better chance to. From what I saw some of their moves and decisions they made, the pair of 'em couldn't fight their way out of a paper bag!

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    1. Only if you had stood between Smiffy and Suj to stop them arguing!

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    2. They were funny to watch but bad for their tactics!

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  3. I'm always entranced by those wheat fields that you've created for your setting.
    And Ray looking good in blue :)

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    1. how ingenious :) .... wait! You killed a toy bear??? :O

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    2. Shhhhhhhh!!!....someone will hear you!

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  4. Outstanding job on retelling of the battle! Excellent looking game.

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  5. Vive l'Empereur! Great looking game, and a fantastic report...well done Maréchal Lee...

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  6. Great report and pics. Ray the turncoat!

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  7. I'm still debating whether It would have been better for me to have sent my cavalry in across the bridge first? Maybe they would have broken through where my infantry failed?? Mind you, I had hoped to do some damage with my artillery to 'soften up' the forces oposing me but I couldn't hit a bloody barn door all game... And as for that flipping Rocket battery!!!

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    1. BTW I posted some of my own pictures and a write-up of the game earlier today Here

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    2. ... If I'm gonna be called a Blog Whore then I might as well live up to the name.

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    3. Yep! You should have sent the cavalry over especially the Swedish Cuirassiers, you would have lost them but you would have given Fran and the French something to worry about. If Smiffy could have attacked with his Austrian Hussars at the same time?????? You could have had a far better chance of winning. That's what I would've done, you blog whore you!

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    4. The problem is he couldn't find his swedish cavalry as he was looking for his swiss cavalry?

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  8. Vive la France! Vive l'Empereur!

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  9. Great report and pics Francis
    Cheers .

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  10. When is Ray not smug?
    And destroyed some of his own troops? Not good. But funny!

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  11. Nice report Fran. An excellent part 2.

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  12. You fellas sure do things on a grand scale, Generalissimo. I rejoice in your good fun and humor.

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  13. These are fun posts. I like the first picture of Rayolla.

    PS: Blue Whale's Crackers? Sounds like a blogpost title to me.

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  14. haha Ray chose the wrong side to be smug with

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  15. Great game, very enjoyable. What a shame that poor Ray got woken up and then chose the wrong side.

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  16. Great looking game and very entertaining AAR. Congratulations on the victory!

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  17. Great game, with a fantastic table!!!

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  18. Nice conclusion. Glad to hear the rocket story; at the time it was really bad technology.

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    1. Terrible piece of technology but now?

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  19. Damn fine game. When you're hot, your hot!

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    1. Why thank you Monty, I have been working out!

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  20. Wonderful conclusion Sir and how I chuckled!

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  21. What a fun game! And the board is fantastic.

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  22. Cracking game! Shame about the dice problem - might have made for a closer fought 'do'. Still, nothing wrong with a good shellacking!

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    1. Shellacking was dispensed with great enthusiasm!

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  23. Good stuff guys... I certainly empathize with crap dice ... I spat the dummy coz of mine at the weekend...

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    1. "Spat the dummy".....excellent phrase!

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  24. great looking game cheers for sharing it with us Fran but you could have left of the Ray shot :)

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    1. Sorry mate but I needed to get you used to it as you'll be seeing a lot of it next weekend!

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  25. What a great tale of whoa!! laughed all the way through it.

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  26. Great game and great narration Fran. Congrats to man of the game. Toy bear fur? ooo.. great war. You need to open a Wikipedia page for this if not update an existing fact war facts with this fictional one. :)

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  27. Great report as always Fran. Love the photographs and the detail.

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    1. By the way, I have to say Lee has the worst dice of any gamer I've ever met.

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  28. You even have a 'man of the game?' This looks like so much damn fun, even if it means potentially getting thrashed by the French. That just sounds so terribly embarrassing.

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  29. Good pics and you did a great job on the write up. Poor Lee, just can't catch a break. With that kind of luck he must be Irish.

    See you in a few weeks my friend.....

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  30. John does look pretty smug, ha ha! Glad you guys had so much fun.

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  31. A bit one sided, wouldn'tcha say?

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  32. Ahh, you did give them a hiding! Well done young man! Bravo.

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  33. Great battle report and pictures! Thanks for sharing Fran!

    Greetings
    Peter

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  34. And just as great a report as the first half!

    Christopher

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  35. Great reporting good pics as well

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