Complete and Utter Defeat of the French
Actually I only put that heading up because Monsieur Le Rosbif didn't put it up first.
A few weeks ago we had a re-match of "The Battle of the Blogs"
This time I was the British and Monsieur Le Rosbif (MLR from here on) was the French.
We made up a board with a river half way along, with one bridge and a couple of Built Up Areas. We also had a crop and a ploughed field.
As an interesting twist, we added playing cards, upside down, along the river. Among the cards were two "Red Suit" cards, the rest were "Black Suit". The Red Cards denoted a for in the river.
As we had both arrived at the battlefield simultaneously, and at the same time, both of us had no idea where the fords were. To find out what colour the card is, a figure or figures, stayed next to the card for 3 functions (that players phase of the Turn). They then turn the card, so that only they can see the card colour and the card is replaced. If it is red, it won't be turned over until a player starts to cross the river.
MLR, being the French, started the advance. He began by sending out his light cavalry to find the fords. He then began forming some of his troops to the right (as I am looking) of the bridge. As he was moving, I took a few shots at him and managed to knock a few off.
Amazingly, even though the cards were shuffled, both the fords were on the right of the bridge, from my position.
I positioned my strongest troops to the right, to combat MLR's forces.
It was a very close battle, with both of us looking like taking control, only to have the other one making an adjustment and negating any chance of taking the upper hand.
At the end, if we had a few more turns, I may have been able to hold the area with MLR unable to make any inroads which would force me back.
Monsieur Le Rosbif's troops starting positions
The British troops. I was using the late Pete Edmanson's troops
The Bridge, MLR is taking a pic for his blog
I had my Heavy cavalry protect the way over the bridge from the marauding French
Here are the cards under the river
My troops on the right flank, near a crop
I dared the French to cross the bridge
I positioned some troops on my left flank, in case a ford was there
MLR found a ford with his light cavalry
He formed them into line to threaten my right flank
My "Taunting Highlanders" formed square and invited them to charge
(The figure, second from left has been pixellated, as this is a family blog)
MLR found another ford and started bringing his troops across
It cost one disorder to cross the ford
The French pull some troops from the bridge
The Dragoons exposed a flank
It was too juicy, so I had a shot
Those nasty French shot one one of my Horse Artillery guns
I managed to get one back though
The French are starting to pour across now
And take a vacant house
MLR was doing some taunting of his own, by sending a battalion over the bridge
The French formed a line, locked onto the house
The infantry are screening the Dragoons
My heavy cavalry and the French light cavalry do battle
I had a Smashing Victory, but did terribly with the "Blood Dice" so let him get away with minimal casualties
My line firing at a flank
MLR rolled very high on his Morale Check
And had to run away
Meanwhile I couldn't take the taunting anymore and charged his line with my column
A valuable lesson learned, don't listen to the taunting and charge with a British column
So I blasted them
They pulled back
The Light Cavalry didn't survive their next morale check
10 is just a bit high
More British troops move through the crops
My Heavy Cavalry threaten the Dragoons, which have moved into echelon.
I attempt to Opportunity Charge him while moving
I only needed a 7, as they are only 7 inches away........oh no, missed it by one.....typical
Oh well, I only had to wait until my Active Phase
And like magic, they disappeared.
They had to run away over the river
Those nasty Frenchies shot me in the flank
Morale Check of.....oh dear.....that is a tad high
I think I will return the favour
I think that I have this flank pretty well covered
Come to the party Frenchies, I dare you
Some more light Cavalry threaten to cross the bridge
I send my "Taunting Highlanders" to firefight the French
A panorama of the battle from my left flank
Unfortunately the Light Cavalry don't accept my invitation to come across the bridge
Even after I organize a welcome party
The French don't accept the invitation in the middle either
I am still there to firefight
This is where we ran out of time. This was a very enjoyable game, with the uncertainty of where the fords were. I look forward to the next "Battle of the Blogs" with Monsieur Le Rosbif
Until next time,