Three Rejects got together for a small game in the middle of last week, which was a nice surprise. Postie was the umpire, while Ian was the French and I played the Russians. Ian's got 6-8 weeks off work after having a knee replaced, poor sod's been stuck indoors for two weeks bored stiff!!
In a nut shell, Somewhere in French held Russian territory, the French commander who was in fact the Emperor Napoleon himself, had to get from one side of the table to the other, all I had to do was melee for one round with the carriage to kill or preferably capture Napoleon and exit of any side of the table. We both knew I had re-enforcements, but we didn't know when and where they'd appear.........
The table, Napoleon can be seen in the distance, cowardly hiding in his carriage under the tunnel,which is in fact my old table,which is up for sale foe £20 on Ebay at the moment!!
The French camp, awaiting the arrival of Napoleon.
At the bridge a unit of dismounted Dragoons stands to attention waiting to
salute Napoleon as he drives past.
two battalions of the 33rd Line marching towards the bridge.
The trap is set two Hussar regts, Akhtyrka and White Russia along with the
1st and 2nd Black Sea Cossacks, hide behind a hill.
Here comes the Emperor, who is being guarded by the
Chasseurs a Cheval of the Guard and the Grenadiers a Cheval.
I think he's having a nap....not for long!!
Both sides advance.
The Grenadiers a Cheval, break off to try and hold the threat from the Cossacks,
while Napoleon starts to cross the bridge.
The Russians are lucky and throw for re-enforcements who turn up
bottom right. Two Battalions of the 50th Jagers, move up to the edge of the wood.
Ian decided to split his unit of Chasseurs a Cheval, one squadron remaining
with the Emperor, the other trying to face off the advancing Russain Hussars.
The Russian Hussars move across the fordable river, the French dismounted
dragoons also move into the river to harass the Hussars.
The 1st Black Sea Cossacks.
The White Russia Hussars.
The 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 33rd Line change formation
and face the Russian 50th Jagers.
A wider picture. the 33rd line on the left, the 50th Jagers at the bottom
the two Hussars on the right and at the top Napoleon in his carriage.
Napoleon try's to make his escape, flanked by the 24th Leger, who
might have heard a noise in the woods in front of them, (we took all the trees down,
because Ian's belly kept knocking them off the table)
DAMN!! French reinforcements, it's not looking good for the Russians
now. The 15th Polish Lancers and the 1st Polish Chasseurs a Cheval arrive
at the opposite end of the road that Napoleon's trying to escape along.
They're joined by a Horse Artillery battery.
As Napoleon was on the field he gave the French side a plus 2 on a D6 roll,
this meant he had the choice on going 1st or 2nd, unsurprisingly he kept letting
me go first, then re-acted to my moves, which made things extremely difficult!!
In this photo you can see some Russian re-enforcements at the top left,
the 1st Kalmuck Archers and the 1st Bashkir Archers.
Melee ensues, the 2nd squadron of the Chasseurs a Chavel v The
White Russia Hussars. In an outstanding display of dice rolling The French were
annihilated in two rounds of melee, and moved up to take the ground.
The Akhtyrka Hussars in the centre right, have the carriage in their sites at last,
one more move will put then into charge range!!
Meanwhile after frightening off both the Black Sea Cossacks, the
Grenadiers a Chavel of the Guard, moved across the bridge.
kicked by the Grenadiers a Chavel, who hit them in the flank.
Part 2 later in the week!!