Saturday, May 25, 2024

Ulster Wargames Society - Talavera scenario with General d'Armee 2

UWS meeting today and game with GDA2 set up by Dave S who put in a lot of work bringing all the units (fully labelled), terrain and paraphernalia.

We had 7 players with French led by Mr B with Dave S, Jeremy D and young Mark as attackers and British led by moi with Dave T and Dave B in defence.

Mr B and I sort of umpired as well as others all new to rules.

Great game with lots of incident the highlight being Dave Ts lowly Spanish Cavalry (3 small recruits campaign types) dispersing a column of French foot. They got very lucky as column failed an attempt to form square then lost the charge phase but in combat it was still 5 dice each but French managed only 1 hit to Spanish 3 so imploded.

These plucky/lucky Allies then caused all sorts of problems in amongst the French forcing them into squares and then almost unbelievably defeated some French cavalry !! This incident almost caused a coronary for French CinC and to raise the white flag, throw in the towel, flee the field (mistakenly thinking whole cavalry brigade was retreated/routed/broken) but we managed to talk him out of it/bring him back from precipice.

Said Spanish later suffered from casualty accumulation whole brigade dispersing but by this time potent British cavalry had arrived from reserve (they narrowly failed to destroy a square) and they had more than done their duty.

In center a French foot brigade stormed up the steep slopes (using Post Of Honour CiC tasking) lead by an Elite battalion and forced the withdrawl of opposing British Brigade on three separate occasions (a virtual juggernaut) and were almost on reverse slope but in danger of being isolated as we ended game (with these types of rules is that very hard to fully finish a game).

Initial set up (note British cavalry on right went into reserve as no mounted could cross that hill as rough ground)

Not that they were needed as cowardly French hiding on reverse slope opposite (the sheer cheek especially facing Mr Welseley !!) 

French push on right targeting Spanish on low ground as rest cower like curs

Glorious Spanish mounted thrust into French lines (French cavalry arrive from reserve but where pushed back)

My British on right push forward to try to sting the French into action (their cavalry did come out to play). Note French 'juggernaut' forming and about to storm forward along dry stream bed.

A game of 'two halves'

British basking in sunlight as clouds of doom covered the French (note however French columns storming up slopes) 

French left has been forced to activate after right wing is thwarted

Also at club Paddy. Leslie and Phil played a game based around KG Peipers last stand at La Gleize using Bolt Action (but different activation system ?) and 20mm kit. No idea how this went but lots of tanks visible.


  1. Anonymous12:37 am

    Very enjoyable coverage in your write up of the game
    But as I’ve said - needs heavily edited re the Spanish cavalry's “ exploits “ !!
    Best regards the French cavalry commander šŸ™„

    1. Without Spanish exploits post would just read "We had a game......." :-)

  2. Looked to be a great game and a great write up sir... Sorry i missed this one:(