Two days previous the Austrian army had moved north from its supply base at Alessandria (off the bottom left of the map) to find 2 French Corps deployed to their front in hilly wooded country. Having learned the hard way in previous battles how hard it is to fight the French infantry in rough terrain (given his own army's doctrine of linear tactics & the French skill at skirmishing) Melas was reluctant to attack. He deployed his advance guard on a ridge about a km south of the French position & the rest of his force behind it. Next day Melas sent strong cavalry detachments out on both flanks to try to find out where Bonaparte was. They found nothing to the west or to the east, but the cavalry on the Valenza Rd (top right of map) was pushed back by superior French cavalry.
Normally we use a ground scale of 36"/km, but at this scale the battlefield would not fit on the table space available & we'd struggle to field enough suitable figures. So the battle was set up with a ground scale of 24"/km & the number of units reduced to 2/3. So our standard 12 figure infantry units represented 1125 men rather than 750. The table was 16' long, 8' wide at the ends & 6' wide in the middle, with a 4'x1' tack-on at the western corner. The rules are our Camp Cromwell Action house rules.
The current C19 rules now allow 5 players at the table, we had 4 on the table & 4 others took an active part via Zoom, some of them in Canberra.
This is where we got to at 10pm, our usual cut-off time. There are now about 1,400 figures on the table representing over 100,000 men. We will continue the battle next Tuesday night.