Black Powder Napoleonic’s Eastern Front.

Well another long gap since my last post but I’ve been really busy again including a weeks holiday in Rhodes in Greece, which by the way was awesome :o).
Anyway back to blighty and a game of Black Powder against Steve and his Russians. Steve has been building the 24th Infantry Division for awhile and now it is finished he wanted to get them on the table with added Guard and Cavalry support. I was happy to take up the challenge and decided to bring to the table the 1st & 2nd Infantry Division plus the 1st Cavalry Division from my French 1st Corps (from the Waterloo campaign).

Deployment, we set up the table with 5 objectives to capture, 2 built up areas, 2 hills and a crossroads. Who ever had most of these at the end of the game would be declared the winner. Steve got to deploy half his army on the table but had to cross the river so would be slowed down while I had to march onto the table from the boards edge.

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The French forces march onto the table but the Russians had already captured the crossroads.

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But the French soon grabbed both the hills on there left flank.

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While on the Right flank they also capture one of the built up areas but the other goes to the Russians.

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In the centre the French Light Infantry advance and clash with the Russian Line Infantry.

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Over on the left flank the Cavalry forces clash with neither side getting the upper hand and both having to withdraw.

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We only played one more turn after this and no more pictures I’m afraid. A quick run down on how things finished, as we started the final turn Steve held 1 built up area and the crossroads while I held the other built up area plus both hills. Steve had massed a large force to attack the nearest hill to his lines, this would be the deciding clash as the other objectives were all to well defended, if he pushed me off he would take the win, if I pushed him back the victory would be mine but if the hill was contested the game would end a draw. The forces clashed and after the dust settled there were both blue and green uniformed troops still on the hill, a draw.

A fun game that looked great but we could have really done with a couple more turns of play but time caught up with use I’m afraid ;o).

Anyway that’s it for now.

Cheers, Steve.

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