Napoleon at War – Allies versus Allies

1807 Friedland cuirassiers

Today saw an all-day mega game in the Wargamorium as we gathered to have another go at using the Napoleon at War Rules.  This is a steep learning curve for us all as these rules – which appear to be simple at first glance – are in fact quite complex and nuanced and require a lot of practice and discussion before they can be mastered.

Six players came together fielding 6 armies – 2 Prussian plus one Austrian versus a Franco-British-Russian army.  Each army cost 2000 points so the opposing armies were theoretically well balanced. The Anglo-Franco-Russian force combined to attack the Prusso-Prusso-Austrian force on a 14 foot long table (4.25 metres).

At first all went well for the attackers but luck was with the defenders and despite their valiant efforts the Prusso-Prusso-Austrian forces eventually won the day when they drove through the enemy centre crushing all before it.  There were in fact only three moves a side during the entire day but the armies start quite close together and the results can be very decisive.

Overall a great day was had by all and a special thanks goes to Christian, Dominique, Patrick, Laurent and Sven.

Some photographs below but I hope to add better ones soon.

The French column advances menacingly on the Prussians.

The French column advances menacingly on the Prussians.

The Austrians wait their turn.

The Austrians wait their turn.

Austrians

Austrians

The French column and cavalry clash with the outnumbered Prussian Alte Regiment.  To their left the massed Russian batteries  engage the Austrians.

The French column and cavalry clash with the outnumbered Prussian Alte Regiment.  To the French left the massed Russian batteries engage the stoic Austrians.

The last of the French column tries in vain to escape. The Prussians were relentless however.

The last of the French column tries in vain to escape. The Prussians were relentless however.

Prussian heavy cavalry reserve arrived on the table quite early in the battle.

Prussian heavy cavalry reserve arrived on the table quite early in the battle.

The Prussian light cavalry reserve arrived soon afterwards.

The Prussian light cavalry reserve arrived soon afterwards.

The last of the French cavalry is cornered and eliminated by the Austrians.

The last of the French cavalry is cornered and eliminated by the Austrians.

Below are more and better photographs

The Austrians in all their glory.

The Austrians in all their glory.

The Austrians deployed.

The Austrians deployed.

The Russians deployed

The Russians deployed

The allied guns deployed

The Russian guns deployed

The French advance.

The French advance.

The British cavalry - note the Royal Scots Greys.

The British cavalry – note the Royal Scots Greys.

The British advance on the Prussian left.

The British advance on the Prussian left.

The Russians advance.

The Russians advance.

Russians advancing on the Austrians.

Russians advancing on the Austrians.

Prussian left braces itself to meet the British advance.

Prussian left braces itself to meet the British advance.

Situation on the Prussian left.

Situation on the Prussian left.

The Russians did not break through either.

The Russians did not break through either.

 

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4 Responses to Napoleon at War – Allies versus Allies

  1. H. says:

    Some great photos! An all-day mega game sounds tiring but if the rules are as complicated as they sound, then an all-day mega game is necessary to master them!

  2. Phil says:

    Great looking pictures, love your Austrian army!

  3. wargamorium says:

    Thanks Phil.

    The Austrians are not mine but Laurents. I think they are mainly AB Figures but on ‘Napoleon at War’ rounded bases. They are truly excellent figures. I’ll pass your compliment on to Laurent.

    REgards

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