Another FPW battle in the Wargamorium last night using the 1870 rules and 15mm Old Glory figures.
A Bavarian Corps was trapped up against the river Lauter by a considerably larger French Corps. The bridge behind them was destroyed but the Bavarians had a pontoon train which worked frantically to construct a safe crossing to escape. It was a race against time BUT – at the far end of the table 2 Prussian Corps arrived and they too had a pontoon train.
So could the French destroy the isolated Bavarian Corps before they could escape across the river or before the Prussian Corps could cross over to them? The short answer is NO they could not. The Bavarians were able to hold up twice their number with ease and both pontoon bridges were constructed in time to allow the Prussians to cross over so the French retired and the game was over.
Photographs are below. Only a few were good enough as many were too blurred to post.
I extended the table to some 16 foot long by 6 foot wide so as to allow the Prussian Corps to be laid out on the table in all their spendour.
This time we both agreed that the “1870” rules were not suitable for our games as there was too much micromanagement at a very low level so we are on the hunt now for a new set for the next FPW game.
Next week however it will be the Franco-Austrian War 1859 using Principles of War Rules. Hopefully there will be more photographs.