Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Wavre 1870 Part II - 3 Battles In One

Right Flank Battle for Wavre Proper

                                        After a very long well deserved rest, the Prussians
reorganize to prepare to assault Wavre Bridge, urged on by
none other than the ghost of Blucher.

 They advance to the tune of Preussens Gloria played
on my computer via youtube.

Its so quiet...do you think anyone is home?

Mitrailleuse pointing down the street made short work of the 
Prussian March Column....maybe better luck in Part III?

Battle II - The Bierge Mill

After escaping from the flaming mill the marines 
prepare for the Prussian onslaught.

Assembling the troops to cross into Bierge.

The fire in the mill compromises the defence of 
the bridgehead and the Silesian Grenadiers 
cross and apply pressure.
Suddenly the Zouaves emerge unnoticed on the 
flank of the 2nd Grenadiers. 

La Furia Francaise!

Determined Prussians

Resolute French
Stay tuned for the conclusion to the battle for Bierge...

 Battle III - Left Flank: Cornflower Blue in Limales

With uniforms this pretty who can resist?

The lancers take a quick dip in the Dial...
but find it too cold...brrr.

Meanwhile Dragoon scouts penetrate the woods
seeking the riverbank.

Bring out your dead...ding!  

Not zat way you fools..

 Zis Way!

French Guard Mobiles valiantly defend against 
one - two -three assaults.

 Fourth time is a charm!

The Bavarians consolidate.

 The French second line of defence..Horse artillery

 and a Cuirassier Brigade

 None Shall Pass! 

Guard Mobiles advance rapidly to the rear..
follow me men (or not) shouts Baron Nicolas.

Cuirassiers give up on the traffic jam at Limales 
and head back to their original objective 

Monday, 3 August 2015

Wavre 1870! Part 1

So we talked about a reboot of Wavre since the tabletop looked so good.  I decided to mix it up a bit by moving the battle forward in time and using my 1870 Franco Prussian forces but switching them around so that the Prussians were the aggressors (of course!).  The theory was that the advanced firepower should allow the Prussians to cross the Dyle river more quickly than their French Napoleonic counterparts.  The French however put up a tenacious 8 turn defense of the Wavre Suburb.  Session one ends with the Prussians recuperating from their assault on the suburb, in the centre about to advance though the burning Bierge mill complex and with cavalry advancing on Limales. French had hidden set-up recorded on the map with sighting rules converted from Principles of War.  Rules used were Carnage and Glory of course. 

For this scenario I downsized the units and used a ground scale of 1 inch equals 50 paces.  This shortened movement and the quite long ranges of the 1870 weaponry to a more reasonable tabletop representation.  I think I will stick with this.

 Let the bombardment of Wavre suberb begin

The shelling goes well mein excellency

 Pelletier De Montmarie maintains order among
the panicked French lignards

 From across the Dyle...rat-a-tat-tat-tat

 Prussian Dragoons arrive in the centre

 Prussian columns rush the suburb

 ..,and take up extended firing order among the reeds

De Montmarie tries to stop the rout of the suburb defenders
...to no avail...they flee past him to oblivion.

 Prussian Jaegers skirmishing on the riverbank

Entrenched French artillery protects the flank of Wavre

Sound the advance!

 Prussian hordes advance towards the Bierge Mill

Meanwhile the Prussian Dragoons head towards Limale
Auctung!  Biege burns mein general

Time for the mittrailleuse to get out of Dodge.

  Matelots defend Bierge Mill

 Just think about crossing that bridge
Prussians advancing on the mill

 Garde Mobiles barricade the bridge to Limale

 Mobiles Colonel organizes the defence of Limale


 Auctung!  The Mill burns mein General

 Towards the blazing Mill..

 On the hill behind the Mill...more French entrenchments

 General Wolfe steadies the Mill defenders

 French engineers at work after a nice nap

 Trouble for the mill...close range Prussian artillery


Stay Tuned for Part 2!