During July I’ve managed to fit in three Volley & Bayonet games. First an American War of Independence refight of the Battle of Cowpens, in 3mm scale. This was in turn followed by a fictional 1864 American Civil War game in 6mm. Most recently, shaking free of the American theme, a Marlburian game in 15mm hosted by Robin and drawing on the well painted armies in Adrian’s collection. Three very different, due to the period specific rules, but fascinating games.
As I’ve mentioned previously Volley & Bayonet works just as well irrespective of the figure scale. Fortunately our group of gamers are more than happy to switch between either scale.
Here are a handful of pictures of the most recent game, where the Allies are attacking a French army deployed in a defensive positions comprised of towns, hills and woods. To make matters worse several field works have been placed to further bolster the French positions. Each infantry or cavalry stand represents around 1000 to 1500 men.
Above the Allied left wing prepare to engage the French right wing. The artillery once deployed were unable to move due to the civilian teams. As it transpired the limited Allied artillery was woefully ineffective in this sector.
Below, a view of the Allied right and the focus of the Allied main attack. The Allied artillery is not unlimited yet, which accounts for it’s facing. After several failed attempts the nearby town was taken by Allied Grenadiers with Prince Eugene, the Allied commander, at their front.
During the course of the battle increasing French reserves were dispatched to the French left, thus weakening the centre. This eventually resulted in a massed attack by Imperialist cavalry. In time this was supported by more cavalry and Imperialist infantry.
Above, the French cavalry on the left cover the hole in the French centre.
Another view, this time from the French lines on the French right. The French works here were eventually taken when the French infantry retired, a reaction to the worsening situation in the centre.
A fascinating game for the three players and a great way to spend a winters evening. Next, I think it’s back to the American Civil War…