Sunday, 4 September 2011
1815 Mini Campaign. "Hold the Village".
After postponing this battle last weekend it was finally time for the climatic end to our fictional mini campaign set during the "Hundred days" campaign. The outcome of our previous battles dictated that this was to be a "Hold the Village" scenario, with the campaign defender holding the village. This battle takes place during the afternoon of our fictional day of battle and features the amassed forces of our previous scenarios.
The scenario was taken from Warhammer Historical's: Waterloo. Deploying our forces we could tell that this was going to be an uphill battle for the attacker from the get go. The defender was allowed to deploy half his force halfway in on the table, Erik picked his British for this, and the rest along his table edge, the Prussians.
The attacker, me with my French did not deploy but moved in from the table edge in the first movement phase. The scenario objectives was the church, a farm, and the two built up areas of the village, these were held by the defender at the start of the game.
With me having only four hours of sleep and a few cups of brandy in me, and Erik also with few hours of sleep then work all day this was clearly not to be a game of fancy manoeuvring. I attacked piecemeal all along the front without much plan really. One thing I did plan was to roll up my artillery, 11 pieces, to effective range, or even cannister range if possible. This to be able to cause enough casualties to break any specific key enemy unit and then exploit the gap and assault with infantry.
Turns went by fast and Erik had little trouble to hold his line, filling up with Prussian units. When it was time to roll for random game length to see for how many turns the scenario would last we called it quits. No objectives was captured by the attacker by then.
All in all the mini campaign was really fun and a great motivator to get gaming. I have several ideas to develop this into a more "complete" system, something worth wile posing here in full so that others can use it.