Myself and my old French opponent James, were able to take advantage of a local gaming open day to put a decent number of models on table and play a good sized battle of Black Powder.
I set up a simple scenario of a British Brigade defending an isolated farm, with two other brigades dashing to their aid in the face of larger numbers of French in assault formation already closing on their position.
James was to bring some of his own models for the first time, but whilst waiting for him I got the bulk of things set up:
|From the British rear|
Meanwhile the dense French lines looked daunting, even before their full numbers arrived:
|Grenadiers lead the march|
|La Granga, a fortress in the making|
|The 79th lead the way|
|Rocky ground barred the British way|
|A scary sight, such thick masses|
|Clouds of dust rise...|
|A hurried advance for the British|
The French Hussars leading their cavalry attack apparently received a similar 'Left Face order, and were in danger of leaving the field of battle! This allowed the British to address their lines and contain the other brigades with cannon and rifle fire.
|Closest the camera the International Brigade approaches the British line|
The French centre got its act together and the great mass tried to fight into the corn field, defended by two lines of redcoats.
|Here they come!|
Elsewhere British cavalry did what it always does, saw the enemy and charged it rashly.
|Not the plan|
On the left of the farm, The international Brigade, formed of the Regents' Spanish, French and German troops suffered the loss of its' unwilling Westphalian regiment to sustained British fire.
The biggest threat at this stage was French cavalry breaking through, so the Highlanders and Lusitanian Legion dutifully formed square and hoped for the best.
|What transpired to be the French high-watermark|
It was not a success.
|Rashly thrown into the hornets nest|
And by that point it was all over for the French attack. Ultimately they had not been able to coordinate enough force to throw the British back. They had got a toe hold at times in the farm, but in the end British firepower was enough to drive them back.
|All over bar the shouting|
Once more a grand game, and great to get all those troops on the table, with James' extra men I actually was able to leave some of my collection in their boxes for once. Visually it looked great, especially at the start, and given it was an open day for gaming it attracted a fair bit of interest and approving comments.
However after set up, five hours of play and pack up I was burned out. I sacked off the following four hours of gaming to go hope for food and TV instead.
A battle hard won is a tiring thing indeed.