Sunday, October 18, 2020

Battle of Gilly - Field of Battle 3 - conclusion to solo game

Finished up solo game of Gilly with a session last night and final session this dull wet Ulster morning.

Prussians have taken a drubbing with so many hits sustained across their units with only minimal damage to French.

Prussian shooting has been miserable and its only as French closed to Melee that Prussian have really inflicted any losses.

The Prussian right is in dire straights with a Line Battalion and Gun Battery destroyed and Skirmishers scattered to the winds.

The remaining two large Infantry Columns have pulled back onto the slope with Dragoons moving to threaten oncoming French columns.

However the French Cavalry and their guns are all across the ford including the impressive Empress Dragoons.

In the center at Gilly a French assault on a portion of the town has been repulsed but a column has been formed to assault across the bridge.

On French right whilst the opposing Landwehr have stood up quite well the French are across the stream and pushing past Gilly.

In FOB terms the Prussians are down to 2 Army Morale Points (out of 25) whilst French still retain 22 (of their initial 30) so rather than flog this horse to its doom the Prussians will retire to Flerus having delayed Napoleon only a trifle.

Great game even solo with FOB and the GDA scenario worked fine with only a few tweaks for FOB purposes.

French Infantry pressing forwards on their left

Overview with French Cavalry massing to cross the ford.

Action around Gilly itself

French cross stream en-mass on their right

Prussians at Gilly looking well outnumbered

Prussian right wing withdraws on slopes as numbers reduced

French mounted waiting (a bloody Move card) to cross the ford

With Prussians having pulled back out of range the effective French Artillery Brigade limbers up to rejoin the fray

French Cavalry across stream and supporting their victorious Foot. Prussian Dragoons hovering. 

French about to cross the bridge in Gilly

Prussian right wing about to be turned after loss of Fusileers Battalion and Gun Battery

French Attack Column bypassing Gilly

Landwehr Brigade still in the action having done better than expected (couple of good rallies)

The end at Gilly as Prussians about to retire.


  1. Almost as decisive as my solo Caldiero game! Any excuse to put the Empress Dragoons on the table is a good game as well. I am aiming to a do a solo ECW gamne with FoB3 next, and then will think about doing this one myself! Thanks for upoading the info to the FB group!


  2. Looks great. I especially like the photos of the intense action around Gilly.
    Pirch II did well not to get a drubbing in the real thing, didn't he. Took off at just the right time. It does not make for much of a wargame that way though does it?!
    Regards, James

    1. Well it was only a delaying action so I guess Pirch II done as required.
      A lot of historical battles/situations are less than ideal for wargames table not least as we know the mistakes made, but no less fun trying ones hand :-)

    2. I agree Garry. Re-fighting historical actions in which one side got a pasting puts all the pressure on the historical winner (that player or side if playing solo)!
      Regards, James