Sunday, 11 October 2015

Wellesley at Assaye 1803

Friday night was a bit of a refight of the Battle of Assaye.

15mm figures using the Volley and Bayonet rules.

 Wellesley's army has crossed the river Kaitna on the right and can now be seen forming up in the distance.
 Indians await the advance of Wellesley's army.
Assaye to the left.
 Wellesley lunches his cavalry at the front lines of guns and infantry probing for a weak spot.
 The Maratha high command brings up reinforcements as the cavalry causes a few losses.
 Meanwhile their baggage carts make their way across the river Juah near the town of Assaye. 
Wellesley brings up his infantry as fast as possible to exploit the gaps created by his cavalry.
 It wasn't long before their were numerous melees going on right across the front lines as Wellesley's infantry attacked.
 These resulted in mixed success for both sides.
 With more gaps appearing in the Maratha army's front line Wellesley sent in his cavalry again.

 On the flank, by the river Kaitna, a mob of cavalry appeared. These were part of Wellesley's army that had not crossed the river. They began harassing some of the fleeing  Maratha infantry that were trying to escape across the river. They were in-turn attacked by Maratha cavalry and sent reeling away from the fight.
 More hard fighting followed across the whole front between the rivers.
 But this time for Wellesley there was to be no great victory. Casualties were mounting and it was Arthur's army that had suffered too much.
Thanks to Adrian for running the game and for supplying all the troops and buildings.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

The Siege

On Friday night the lads got together for a try at doing a siege on the castle. We used Geoff's modified Lord of the Rings rules.

 The walls of the castle had already been breached on one side.
 The attackers split up with half their number going for the breach while the rest attacked the wall on the opposite side.
 The defending archers took aim at the troops carrying the ladders, picking them off in ones and twos.
Unfortunately for them this made them targets for the attackers archers and at two to one odds in favour of the attacker this was not going to go well.
 The defenders spread themselves around the battlements and at the breach.

 By the time the ladder carrying troops got to the walls the defending archers had almost been wiped out. This made it very hard for the defenders to man the walls without being taken out by arrows.

 With ladders against the wall the attackers started to pour in.

 In the end nowhere near enough troops left to defend the castle. Next time the defenders will be given more troops to play with.
Nevertheless it was an enjoyable night pushing the boys around.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

More Dark Age figures

Painted up these guys a wee while ago and have finally got some grass on the bases.

Mostly Foundry figures, I think along with a couple from Gripping Beast.

A view from behind.

I have no idea about the brand of this. Originally it was one piece, but I cut into two models.

From memory these two chaps are from Gripping Beast.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

General de Brigade action

Two Napoleonic games in two days. A 20mm game last Friday week(see last post) and then another on the Saturday.

The Saturday game included Paul from Paintinglittlesoldiers, have a look on his blog for more photos, and Mark from Chasseur , another blog that is well worth a look.

 The Russian army was forming up in front of the advancing French army. Their centre was making good use of a farm.

 The remainder of the Russian force deployed on either side.

 Advancing toward the Russians was a French allied army.

 Some lucky dice from the French gun battery had the Russian light troops, in the wood, scurrying back with a bloody nose.
 The French slowly advanced on the Russian flank.

French high command.

 The Russians formed up on the far flank in time to meet the French.

 With no shortage in troops the French pressed on right across their front.

 The cavalry duel on the far flank seemed to be going the way of the French.....
 ...but the Russian artillery was in fine form and casualties were mounting rapidly on the French allies.
 With the French artillery massed in the centre of the battlefield not having the desired result it was down to the infantry to push on.
 On both sides of the farm house the French attacks were met with stiff Russian resistance.

 All along the French line the units were stopped in their tracks or forced to go back.

 It didn't help that both infantry brigades rolled badly for brigade morale.

French flank commander desperately trying to rally his troops.

 The French troops did get back under control and were readying themselves for a another attack when we called time.

BUT THEN........

 Although the two Russian commanders had to leave at this point Chris and I (well Chris really, I was dead against such a low thing) decided to keep playing and as the Russians were not there to roll dice it was not long until we had total control of the table!
A great afternoons gaming, thanks gents.
Thanks to Chris for hosting the game and for supplying all the troops and terrain.