The scenario was adapted from the San Miguel scenario in the Black Powder book, transposed to 1809: A major battle is brewing and the hilltop town of Heilingen Michael is considered vital to both Napoleon & the Archduke Charles. They have both sent a reinforced Division to secure it as an anchor to a flank in the big battle expected tomorrow.
The French start with their whole force of 3 brigades deployed on the south side of the Michaelfluss. The Austrians have their 1st Brigade deployed between Heilinhen Michael and the Michaelfluss. Their other 2 brigades are in a singe road column with its head at the north table edge.
So the battle was a French victory on 2 grounds: They broke the enemy and they took the objective. But it was a very entertaining battle and the Austrians took some solace in having inflicted pretty significant casualties on the French, breaking one division and mauling another.
We tried out a few tweaks to our "Hail Frederick" variation of Hail Caesar. We tried reducing musket range to 12" as 18" is grossly out of scale with the ground scale if it's worked out from either battalion frontage or artillery range. It made little difference to the combat as long range fire wasn't that effective anyway, but it did give us more room to manoeuvre - it effectively makes the table bigger by reducing no mans land. We also tried a simpler Break test table modelled on Black Powder rather than Hail Caesar. It's so simple we could remember it and didn't have to look up the table, yet it seemed to work just as well. This battle had a lot of manoeuvre and fighting yet took less than 2 1/2 hours. We are very pleased with the way Hail Fred's come together, and we are well and truly hooked on 28mm Napoleonics.