Sunday, 23 November 2014

British rear guard action.

Friday night saw us play a Rear Guard game using our 28mm Napoleonics.

Nothing too special in the setup, French attacking and outnumbering the Brit's 2:1 and
the British controlling a pass through the hills.

 The British setup most of their troops on the reverse slope ( and therefore did not have to place them on the table) and waited for the French to reach the ridge.
 The French army preparing to advance towards the British held ridge.
 One regiment of infantry and two batteries of guns was all the French could see.
 French light and medium cavalry advanced along one flank while....
 .....their heavy cavalry advanced along the other.
 As the French army approached the ridge more of the British army came into view.
 The French left flank prepare to take this end of the ridge.
 On the French right flank their cavalry charge into the British cavalry. Eventually the British heavy cavalry will hold off the French horse on this flank. On the other flank however the French faced little opposition.
Needless to say the one infantry regiment and single gun battery didn't last long and soon there was French cavalry in the rear of the British.

 The British rear guard had slowed the French advance just enough and could now slip away as the darkness of the night began to set in.

Apologies for the photo quality.
Very enjoyable game with good friends.


  1. Great pictures and report! So the ambush didn't work well!
    Thanks for sharing!


  2. Very nice AAR and good looking game.

  3. Looks good! I always like flank manoeuvres that work :-)

  4. Great looking game! One can almost smell the black powder.

  5. Nothing wrong with the photos Rodger?? Great looking game though!!

  6. Photos are ok for me as well, great looking game Rodger!

  7. Wonderful report there coupled with a damn nice table and figures. Great looking game

  8. Very nice report. Love your figures. Napoleonic period is one of the best for wargame and painting the figures.

  9. Fine story and a great battle Arrangements.
    Only two images seems reflected in a very small blur
    even this only small part of the pictures

  10. Great work, Rodger. The troops posed on the lower slope of the hill is eye-catching and stirs the viewer's imagination to hear, see, and feel the angst of battle.

  11. I think your photo's turned out just fine as they always do. Great batrep Rodger!

  12. Lovely looking game Rodger, always a treat to see your miniatures on the table.

  13. That's a really nice looking game!


  14. Great looking game Roger, pictures looked fine to me.

  15. Nice game, and great looking set up! This didn't look like Volley & Bayonet (was it?). At 2 to 1 odds I would have expected to French to win this action fairly handily, though the Brits would certainly give a good account of themselves.

    1. Thanks Ion. No, not V&B but a set that Geoff and I made up a few years ago using bits from several rule sets. I think if the Brit's had 2 more batteries of guns it could have been a different story! We didn't do enough damage to the French on their way in!

  16. Nice AAR and a really good looking collection!

  17. Tasty post Rodger. Great looking game as per usual.

  18. Very cool game and figures, Rodger! The play-by-play photos had me thinking I was there.

  19. Not good odds for the British Roger, but using good tactics making use of the terrain.
    That cavalry looks impressive.

  20. Nice miniatures and terrain

  21. Nice everything Rodger, nice one!