Saturday saw the Napoleonics crowd abandon the club as the annual Cheezcon event monopolizes table space and we had a big event of our own planned. The venue was chez Quinn and the event was a big Franco-Austrian battle set post Eckmuhl in southern Bavaria in the Danube plain, 1809. 3 divisions a side plus a reserve. I was in a hurry that morning, and I left the camera behind, so no pictures with this post (Robin took a few with his phone, so hopefully I'll get a few in the not too distant future. If so I'll add them to this post).
The terrain was crowded with small woods and dotted with villages, so not a lot of room available for manoeuvring. Pete E. had the left flank, Jim the right and I was holding the middle. Pete was crowded into the left corner with the plan of advancing to take the flank, then threaten the French centre. Unfortunately, that was the French plan too, so the forces in that sector were crowding in in a real slogfest that ebbed and flowed with the French getting the upper hand but not being able to land the knock out blow. That was really the name of the game, with the French on the offensive with the Austrians bravely defending and counterattacking where possible, but nowhere was there a complete French victory.
The nearest they came, I'm sorry to say, was in the centre where my orders from Archduke Charles ( John W., again on my side; phew!), were to hold the centre and support both Pete and Jim. I was up against Tim's division and received a fair old bollocking, but managed to grind his forces down in the process. Three times I was forced to take a divisional morale test, passing the first, the last 2 resulting only in a retire. Meanwhile, Tim had exhausted his forces against me without breaking me and John W.'s reinforcements arrived in the form of grenadiers and cuirassiers. The French reinforcements arrived in the form of a cuirassier division commanded by Robin, but with the crowded battlefield, didn't have a lot of opportunities for glory. On the far flank, Jim and Quinny were having a ding-dong battle with Geoff's forces chiming in on the junction of my and Jim's divisions. I wasn't paying a whole lot of attention to Jim's command, though he seemed to have Quinny on the ropes at one stage, but by the time we ended he had conformed to the rest of the Austrians by advancing to the rear!
A great day's battle and appetizer for the Aspern-Essling refight in January.
What I do have a picture of is my British dragoons' progress; I've based them all and added the ground texture. Next is painting the bases, giving them a coat of Army painter and varnish, and finally flocking the bases. By the next post I'll have them ready for battle.