Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
We made a rather more cluttered battlefield this time - with a dominant village in the centre. Both sides were about 1200 pts. The French had more cavalry, but the Austrian Generals were 6's compared with 8's for the French. The Austrians had more infantry units, but the rench units were bigger.
The Austrians made a steady advance on their right & centre. Their cavalry was initially behind the centre, but was moved to the left to face the French cavalry.
While the French bemoaned the failure of the cavalry to do anything, the Austrians made converging attacks on the farm & the village. The Bavarians in the farm fought well & although broken themselves, so were both the enemy brigades attacking them. Likewise the French in the village fought well. Eventually they lost the front houses, but they had caused enough damage for the enemy to be on the point of breaking.
On the right of the village the small French brigade became exposed when the cavalry refused to support it. But they only lost 1 battalion to the Austrian cavalry & the remining 2 battalions were in good shape.
Even though there were a couple French routs in the centre, the Austrain cavalry were pretty well spent & it was only going to be a matter of time until the French cavalry got moving & finished them off. With 2 brigades broken & the other two on wood, the Austrians conceded.
The pics are all taken from behind the French left. Note French Cavalry still where it started at the end.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
1750 pts Encounter
The Germans put their Stugs & MkIVs on the table (5 of each plus 2 Stugs in HQ), 155's & FJ's in reserve. The Brits had Infantry, 57mm a/tank guns & Cromwells on the table, more Cromwells, Infantry & Sextons in reserve. (Pic 1).
Maharajah 2010: Steve v. Rich
After two night of glacial progress they agreed to a draw. Sometimes even FOW produces a dud battle with an unfortunate mix of lists, terrain & mission that leaves both sides thinking they can't attack.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
The Syracuse army (left front in pic) was a big phalanx with peltasts on the right, cavalry on the left and a reserve phalanx uit on the right rear.
The Carthaginians kept their heavy cavalry in reserve, citizens in the centre with spearmen each side & their gauls in front on their right.
Both sides had screens of skirmishers, foot in the centtre & cavalry on the wings.
The Syracusians were hoping to win a flank while the phalanx was plodding forward & then hit the centre front & flank, but they lucked out on both flanks & also lost a unit to the Gauls. Their attack then became a simple frontal assault. Alas the Gods did not favour them there either, and the Carthaginians prevailed.
Another enjoyable battle as we ironed out a few more bugs in the rules.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Rich's Canadian Mech
2000 pts Free For All on 8x6 table.
Both sides have big infantry based armies. AS is his usual way, Steve hung back & dug in. Rich made a slow advance. We called it a night with light losses on both sides and the Canadians maybe poised ready for a push.
To be continued next week.
Saturday, September 04, 2010
Munt's British Rifles
Cauldron - British attacking.
The France terrain recipe came up with an interesting table cluttered with a tree lined stream, tree lined roads & villages. (The tree lines do not impede movement but block LOS).
The Germans dug in 2 infantry, attached HMGs & 2 Pak 36s around the objectives & had MkIVs, mortars & more HMGs in reserve, plus Stukas. The Brits had 3 infantry plats, 2 mortars, HMGs, A/cars, 2 pdrs & 2 Matildas.
The Germans got their MkIV's on early and they pounced on an isolated rifle plat - only to be beaten off losing 2. The survivors sat back to blast the infantry away instead - a slow process, but eventually successful.
The Brits got their reserves at a steady rate and attacked with infantry & Matildas. The German infantry fought valiantly but had to give ground before the mighty Matildas, but their reserves arrived too late to help, the Luftwaffe was useless and 3 MkIVs were not enough to stop Munt's well coordinated attack.
Meanwhile, Nick, Joe & Leigh fought a wild west game. Your correspondant was somewhat preoccupied on the Western Front, but it seems the Leigh's Mexican bandits had a gay old time shooting up the town.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Steve's Panzer Lehr
Maharajah practice battle:
2000 pts Cauldron on 8x6, Germans attacking.
Joe put up a stout defence for long while, but Steve's multi-weaponed force had an answer to everything he had & wore him down until he failed army morale. But it was Joe's first go with Allied airborne & valuable experience.