Saturday, September 08, 2018

Field of Battle - Katzbach 1813 scenario with Le Duc

FOB game with Le Duc played using a GDB scenario as basis.
French of McDonald facing attack by Prussians (and a few Russians) under Yorck.
Le Duc took the Prussians and I the French defenders in what turned out to be a lengthy blood soaked battle of attrition as befits an 1813 encounter.
Sizeable numbers of Raw (D4 defence) troops on both sides and a Poor deck for French with Average deck for Prussians meant lots of Lulls (9 in total) and weak vulnerable units aplenty.
The arriving reserve Brigades served to keep the game taught as seemingly every break in opposing lines was swiftly shored up.
We seemed to have endless re-shuffles in this game due to equal Initiative rolls meaning some cards took take ages to appear.
French went for what seemed an entirety without seeing any Move cards but had lots of Melee opportunities which they often could not complete.
I was down to 3 Morale chips when Le Duc announced he was close to ruin as well.
But he got the next initiative run with several cards he used well causing me a good deal of damage with me 'gifting' him several Morale Chips.
When I used my initiative I had a poor run of useable cards and failed to cause Prussians any Morale Chip loss.
The next initiative went in similar fashion with Le Duc now 'up' 10 of my cards !
Of course on a Lull card I then drew an Army Morale Card but managed to survive it however another appeared a few cards later and France succumbed.
Another great game of FOB and one of longest we have played.
Mind you there were some 32 Prussian/Russian units against 25 French so a largish engagement.
I really must do a video of this excellent system.

The battlefield prior to deployment

French side of table

Prussians arrive

French left

Large (4UI) Prussian cavalry units on move

A Brigade of French Conscripts arrive

Prussian approach on French right

French left (Chasseurs Brigade to rear failed to Move on 3 opportunities ! my 1's in inaction)

As Prussians push in center around Janowitz village.

Things getting messy and intense on French right as both sides reserves arrive

Chasseurs and Lancers still refuse to leave initial area

Landwehr support their Regular colleagues

Veteran Prussian Brigade tries to outflank French on hill

Squares formed in center to protect from my Hussars

Lines thinned on both side on right flank !! My reserve cavalry done sterling service here.

Whilst my Chasseurs after coming into action lost badly to a crack unit of Prussian Hussars.
It should be noted that at top center a unit of French foot have destroyed 2 Russian units after attacking from the village. Sadly they later Routed under superior numbers.

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