Sunday, 31 August 2014

7YW in 15mm

Got together with a group of guys the other night for a game of Volley and Bayonet.

7YW,  Prussians V Austrians with the objectives being a combination of capturing town sectors and destroying enemy Divisions.

Numbers were on the side of the Austrians and the Prussians, they had quality.

Austrians setting up.

The Prussian set up.

 Both sides advanced towards each other until the Austrian cavalry saw a chance to break the Prussian line early in the battle. The Prussian cavalry reacted quickly and counter charged. The resulting melee saw casualties mount on both sides with neither side getting the upper hand.
 On the opposite flank the Prussian cavalry got in the first charge with slightly greater numbers. Again there was no clear winner. The cavalry from both sides charged numerous times until the Prussians forced the Austrian cavalry to withdraw.

 By now the Austrians were reluctant to advance further and were happy to hold the ground they had gained.
 The Prussians saw this as a chance to push the issue and advanced on the Austrian centre.
Disordered Austrian cavalry falling back and trying to hold on to the village.

 The Prussians seemed to have their right flank under control. The cavalry had gained the upper hand and now the right flank infantry Division started to put pressure on the town to their front.

Austrian cavalry trying to keep out of trouble.

A well defended town sector under Austrian control.

 The Prussian attack in the centre had limited success with most of the Brigades being forced back. A second attack had more success and a few gaps began to appear in the Austrian line.
. The Austrian right flank was slowly thinning the Prussian lines. The Prussian cavalry had by now done it's dash on this side of the battle and, now with gaps appearing in the Prussian line the Austrians were in a position to advance.

Over on the other side the Prussian attacks on the town were largely unsuccessful but the Austrians here were in no shape to do anything other than to defend the town they still held.

The cavalry on both sides was now a spent force. Casualties were mounting in the infantry divisions too. There was now a gap in the Prussian lines on their left flank and as the Austrians advanced, at this critical moment,  their Corp commander was killed and had to be replaced. The replacement CO advanced on the gap hoping to gain the now undefended town on this side of the battle. But it was all too late. Nightfall had arrived and there would not be anymore fighting on this field today.

In the end it was a marginal victory to the Austrians. 

An enjoyable game and great way to spend an evening.
Thanks guys. Thanks to Adrian for providing almost everything.


  1. That's a good-looking table. Lovely figs.


  2. Great looking Essex figures!!!!!

  3. Nice - really looks like the old illustrations of such battles as much as I can imagine. Interesting unit scale, too, which allows a grander looking battle :)

  4. Great lines of troops, these armies are fantastic (love the Austrian cavalry)...Very nice report Rodger!

  5. Great looking battlefield. Impressive array of troops!

  6. Excellent looking game and report. The Austrians did well to withstand the Prussian pressure and make it a numbers game!

  7. Nice batrep and lovely figures.

    Glad you had a good time of it!

  8. Very nice, Rodger. The scenery "desolate' piece with the rocks and sand is very usable in many ways, such as a small canyon!

  9. Hello,
    a great battle report and beautiful pictures.
    I was impressed in particular the Prussian flags.
    See you soon

  10. Wow, great looking game with lots of lovely troops on the table!

  11. Numbers were better this time. Great report.

  12. Great looking game. Adrian has done a wonderful job on these :)

  13. With that many figures I think it has to be in 15mm. Very impressive.

  14. Looks a winner of a game Rodger!

  15. These 15 mm figures have a lot of details that can be seen! Excellent painted, and the battle report to! Thanks for sharing!