Monday, 6 May 2019

Napoleonic batrep - The Battle of Budweis 1809

Four Rejects got together for a Napoleonic bash last Sunday. Postie reffed the game
while Lee, Surj and myself picked out side out of the hat.
I picked out Marchal Bernadotte  (Overall commander) commanding the Saxon army
Surj picked out General Count Wrede commanding the Bavarian army
and Lee picked out Archduke Charles commanding the Austrian forces
Lee's report can be found here.

Order of Battle
Saxonn /Bavarian Army - IX Corps C/O Marshal Bernadotte (Ray)
1st (Saxonn) Division  c/o GL von ZezSchwitz 
  1st Brigade c/o Gm Von Hartitzsch
    Liebgrenadier Garde (1) (Guard)
    Combined Grenadiers Radeloff (1) (Elite) 
    Combined Grenadiers von Bose (1) (Elite) 
    Combined Grenadiers Winkelmann (1) (Elite) 
    Combined Grenadiers Hacke (1) (Elite)
    1st Schurzen Light Infantry (1) (Line)
    Medium Gun Battery
  2nd Brigade c/o Gm von Zeschow
    Konig (1) (Line)
    Niesemeuschel (1) (Line)
    Von Obschelwitz (1) (Line)
    Von Dyherrn (1) (Line)
    Light Gun Battery
  Cavalry Brigade c/o Gm Freiherr von Gutschmid
    Garde du Corps (Guard)
    Karbineer Rgt (Elite)
    Prinz Clemens Cheval-Legars (Line)
    Hussar Regt (Line)
2nd (Bavarian)  c/o Gl Count Wrede (Surjit)
  1st Brigade c/o Gm Minucci
    No6 Laroche Light Infantry (1) (Line)
    No3 Prinz Karl (2) (Line)
    No12 Line (2) (Line)
    Medium Gun Battery
  2nd Brigade c/o Gm Beckers
    No6 Herzog Wilhelm (2) (Line)
    No7 Lowenstein (2) (Line)
    Medium Gun Battery
  Cavalry Brigade c/o Gm Preysing
    No2 Konig Cheval-Legars (Line)
    No3 Leinngen Cheval-Legars (Line)
    Heavy Gun Battery

Austrian Army c/o Archduke Charles (Lee)
Avantgarde c/o FML Nordmann
  1st Brigade c/o GM Peter Vecsey
    No12 Primatial Hussars (Elite)
    No58 Beaulie (2) (Line)
    Lower Manhartsberg Landwehr (1) (Militia)
    1st Jagers (Rifle) (1) (Elite)
    Light Gun Battery
  2nd Brigade c/o Gm Mayer
    No4 Deutschmeister (3) (Line)
    No49 Kerpen (3)  (Line)
    Untere Wiener Wold 5thB Landwehr (1) (Militia)
    Untere Wiener Wold 6thB Landwehr (1) (Militia)
Reserve Corp c/o FML Prochaska
  3rd Brigade c/o GM Steyner
    1st Combined Grenadiers Hahn (1) (Elite)
    2nd Combined Grenadiers Hromode (1) (Elite)
    3rd Combined Grenadiers Legrand (1) (Elite)
    1st Combined Grenadiers Demontant (1) (Elite)
    1st Combined Grenadiers Berger (1) (Elite)
    Heavy Gun Battery
Cavalry Reserve c/o FML Hessen-Homburg
  5th Brigade c/o Roussel
    No2 EH Franz Curassiers (Elite)
    No3 Herzog Albert Curassiers  (Elite)
  6th Brigade c/o GM Rothkirch
    No1 EH Johann 3rd Dragoons  (Elite)
    No6 Riesch 4th Dragoons  (Elite)
    Horse Artillery Battery
  7th Brigade c/o GM Wartensleben
    No6 Blankenstein Hussars  (Elite)
    No3 O'Reilly Cheval-Legers (Elite)
    Horse Artillery Battery

The set up. 
This is the view from behind the Austrian Cavalry. Postie set up the game which was a meeting engagement between two river crossings in Moravia. The Saxon/Bavarian forces outnumber the Austrians, but there army is made up of predominantly Elite units. 
So its the old adage quantity over quality???? 
The Austrians infantry are set up on a ridge, while their horse sweep round in a curve to the Allies side of the table.

The Saxon and Bavarian infantry

Marshal Bernadotte

It doesn't look good for the Austrians from the start, Can they use their Elite troops 
to hold the onslaught?

The majority of the Austrians on the ridge and between the ridge and wood are line class and

Our plan was simple.
The Bavarians would be the main attack force, My infantry would support the attack on the ridge
but I would hold my second line back, which included Grenadiers and Leibguard, incase Lee
came sweeping through the gap with his Horse. There was no way my horse could move past the wood and hedge into the open ground to face all 6 of Lee's Elite Horse regts. So the plan was to goad Lee forward and attack us where nobody would have an advantage.

We were unsure what to do with the Bavarian Horse (centre right)
So kept them in the rear as support. Our only Heavy artillery piece can be seen trundling down the road, miles behind all the action.


Lee made a boo boo, forgetting to unlimber his artillery on the hill.

I edged forward with my horse, mainly to fit in another unit in the frontline, which just so happened to be the Guard du Corps!!!!

Lee's not very confident with Nappies and this didn't help his cause.
He made a big boo boo, unlimbering his horse artillery so far away. He should have pushed them 
way forward and pounded my Horse to force me out.

At the start of Turn 3 the Austrians had some reinforcements arrive, way out on Surj's right flank.
They're a bit of a mish mash of troops, so hopefully won't hinder our plans.

Lee finally moves his artillery up supported by the Horse.

The Austrians reinforce the ridge with some Grenadiers

Lee moves 3 Horse regt to match mine and fit through the gap.

We're in charge range for next turn.

Lee's glasses kept falling off, so Postie gave him a helping hand!!

Lucky we left the Bavarian Horse on the flank, the Austrians have an 
Elite Hussar regt prowling about. Surj counters it by deploying our heavy gun in its direction.

And we're in!!!

And we're in here as well!!!

Both my and Surj's charges are successful, knocking back our opponents.

Surj's columns carry their charges forward into 2 fresh units, my two do the same one slamming into Lee's artillery routing it.

I came off worse in the Cavalry bash, only winning 1 melee, (the one on the left). 
My Guard du Corps get absolutely smashed by Lee's best dice roll ever.

Nine dice were thrown needing 5's and 6's
8 figures were lost leaving only 4 figures of the Guard left!!

In the follow up charges Lee's unit is wiped out by my Hussars (top left)
My Guard are wiped out Boooo!!!! But I manage to save my flag, thank gawd! (in the centre)

And my Cheval Leger route, but stay on the table

BUT whilst destroying Lee's unit I killed his attached commander, which forced a brigade
morale check, which Lee disastrously failed throwing the dreaded snake eyes.
This meant the whole brigade dispersed!!!
Leaving Lee's attack in tatters!

Next turn I charged Lee's Guard killers with my last remaining regt of Horse the Karabineers
I also moved up my Hussars to attack Lee's two fresh units, moving two units of Grenadiers up to help.

Surj fired his heavy artillery and routed the Austrian Hussars

Lee tried to reform his lines, but had effectively lost control of his left flank.

In fact the whole front line had turned round

Surj moved around the flank while I moved up the hill.

Lee lost the last of his original Horse regts in this melee, I luckily only lost 2 figures.

So they were now free to move onto my left flank.

Moving the Grenadiers up I shot at the static Austrian Horse, I had hoped for more
 than 2 casualties?

Poor Lee gave up the ghost at this point.....poor chap, It just wasn't his day at all!!!

Even though Lee hand thrown in the towl, Postie added up the points just to rud salt into his wounds.
It was a 30-4 victory for the Saxons and Bavarians, or as Postie put it An absolute thrashing!!!

Well what can I say, It really wasn't Lee's day, he did have a few good dice rolls, including destroying my Guard du Corps, but I'm afraid that was his only high point.
He should have been more aggressive with the Horse and the Grenadiers, with his passive play he let me and Surj dictate the run of the entire game......silly boy!!
Gotta admit though I did feel sorry for the poor chap, as we soundly thrashed him!!


  1. One brilliant roll wasn't going to save him.

  2. Excellent battle report! When the victor feels sorry for the vanquished, you know it has, indeed, been a thrashing. Great looking game and congratulations on the victory.

    1. Thanks Jonathan, you shoulda seen the look on poor Lee's face!

  3. Great looking game as always.

  4. That monster roll certainly was counterbalanced by the loss of command and dispersal of the right flank. Still, even given the occasional thrashing, a bad day playing with toy soldiers beats a good day at work, anytime.

  5. Great looking game, splendid minis and terrain Ray!

  6. Really enjoyed the report, plenty of scope in the game and it all looked so nice.

    1. It could have gone so wrong for us, so there was plenty of thrills and spills.

  7. Great game and interesting to read a report from. Both sides :-)

    1. Afraid we both agreed on our reports. Lee didn't play a blinder!!!

  8. He did have a bit of a disaster, poor Lee!

    1. Oh he certainly did!!!! You would have been proud!

  9. Excellent report Ray, great range of figures and painting to boot! :)

  10. What a bruising game for Lee ! Posrie's plan to do you up like a kipper came to nought !
    gret looking game andit must have been fun too by the 'sound' of your report.

  11. Still sobbing over that result. So many mistakes, so little time.

  12. Lovely looking game and entertaining report, well for you anyway! Poor Lee!
    Best Iain

  13. Excellent looking game Ray with your usual great colorful commentary.


  14. What an excellent bash-up! I feel sorry for Lee. Sounds like he had a bad day out - we all have them.

  15. What a great game! This is where I get inspired to get my Napoleonics out again. Well Lee had some rough luck - despite that epic dice throw! Great battle report!
    Best wishes,