Today Hekke and I set out to play a small game featuring my Landwehr which has not seen the face of battle yet. As we where preparing for the game Erik, my "old usual" opponent, the guy with the Britts, shows up and I invite him to join in which he gladly did. Quite a nice surprise for me, just a few weeks ago I was the "sole member", now having two friends glad to play. We increased the size of our forces, see OoB below (still a quite small battle), and I happily took the role as Umpire.
We played in our club venue on a 6 by 8 foot table, lengthwise! The Prussians were to defend one short edge of the table and the French were to attack. This allowed the Prussians to bombard the French for a few turns before impact. The main road is said to lead to an strategically important town and the Prussians take the stream as their main defensive line.
Warning, rant below!
We are very lucky to have a game-club in our town. I and many of my friends take pride in our club and our venue which is perfectly located in the central of our town. We are just around twenty active members in our club. During weekends you are certain to find activity in the venue but if you walk down spontaneously during the weekdays you often find yourself alone. I don't know why but as soon as I'm supposed to have a game (once every three months or so) the venue is sure as hell filled with loud, yelling members milling about, using our chairs, squeezing them self past me a the table, bumping in to my back, bumping in to the table, interrupting me with irrelevant questions, picking up miniatures etc etc. Several times today (a Thursday, venue usually gaping empty), we couldn't even hear what the player on the other side of the table was saying. We took several mutual "mental time outs", just staring out into a void, quietly wishing they all would shut up or go home. Of cause this is no way to teat fellow members of our little club. Its like a horrible curse, I'm doomed to find myself with a headache from hell each time I'm lucky to have a game. Maybe I'm just getting old, sad indeed.
C in C, poor
3x36 Line Infantry
3x36 Line Infantry
C in C, poor
3x32 2nd line Infantry
4x 9pdr guns, 2nd class
2x12 Hussars, Light
French side is, considering the uneven forces, unsurprisingly declared winner. With Hussars way off and only a slowly evaporating artillery unit left the Prussians would have a hard time standing their ground. The Cuirassiers finally charged home and dispersed its target before it had a chance to form square.
After the game we spent a few minutes discussing the scenario. Perhaps the Prussians should have been allowed to deploy 3 feet in instead of just one foot? Lacking skirmishers is a huge disadvantage, but what could we do, my collection is lacking vital parts to say the least. We also briefly talked about my planned Prussian force, both Erik and Hekke showed interest in helping out a bit with the painting so to get propper forces on the table quicker, very nice. We also agreed that it would be really cool when we could allow ourself to paint some units of exotic minor allies, and maybe a full division of Austrians by Victrix etc etc. Talking and planning about the future in this sense put a smile on my face because it shows there is a hope for Napoleonics in my town.