Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lasalle: Prussian vs French Young Guard 1813

Played a Lasalle 'army builder' game at mine versus Stephen tonight using my Prussians against his mean Young Guard Division. Quite dense terrain table made for very interesting encounter especially when the French off-table reserve arrived on its second turn (uncanny how he gets them to arrive with low rolls !).  I used the on-table Cavalry Abteilung (so as my recently completed Landwehr Cavalry units could be fielded). Lots of maneuvering on both sides with my East Prussian Battalion taking the central town as a French Infantry brigade occupied the adjacent woodlands. My Cavalry Brigade moved to my left wing from central deployment to try to counter the early arriving French mounted Brigade. French 'Grand Battery' in center eventually blew my foot Artillery to bits opening a hole that mounted and foot were poised to exploit.
Fun game as ever and always nice to see our Napoleonic units in action.  We managed 13 turns before pre-set finishing time (2300hrs) and whilst no clear decision it was looking like a French marginal win in the offing. I also got to use several new trees I bought on sojurn to Scotland in August.

Hoping to give Field of Battle 2 an outing on Saturday possibly with ACW troops.

Prussian deployment (new trees visible at top)

French Young Guard Infantry deploy

And advance towards Prussian lines with 'Grand Battery' in support

More Young Guard prepare to advance down the central road 

Pomeranian Landwehr Cavalry deploy to protect right flank

Silesian Landwehr Cavalry having bounced off enemy mounted

East Prussians deploy ready to race into the central town 

And manage to get there before oncoming French

Struggle for woods on Prussian left

Pesky French Artillery array

Silesian Landwehr Cavalry about to get broken as French arrive in numbers

Stand off at town

Prussian central deployment on hill
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