Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Somewhere in Belgium, 1815, part 1

Last night, the Diceman and myself sat down to a 24 point DBN game pitting the 1815 French against the English with some German allies. Here you see the inital set-up with Rich's Thin Red Line on the right. You may notice the English leaders look decidedly Prussian.

A close up of the English left cavalry wing. You can see some KGL and Hussars, and also some heavy dragoons and Horse Artillery.

After some initial French success on their far left, (artillery taking out the Brunswick Uhlans), the English move doggedly forward to get the high ground on their left.

The French legere get there first and pour fire into the Nassauers and Hannoverian allies. Rich brings up the vaunted 95th Rifles to their support, and things look good for the French.

The Guard Chasseur a Cheval charge into the fray in support of the light infantry. The 95th is surprised and cannot form square and are therefore Unprepared! Unable to flee they are run down and the Chasseurs elect not to pursue. The Nassauers are whacked also and the French seem to be controlling the high ground and the tempo!

Somewhere in Belgium, 1815, part 2

The French right wing, emboldened by the success of the legere ready themselves for the charge. But it was no Kellerman who lead them this night and they are trapped against the wood.

The French right wing. The Light Infantry has taken the hill top and closed the door on the Hannoverians. It looks like the French will easily take the hill and the victory! The French skirmishing cavalry ready themselves for the breakout of the French cavalry.

Uh, oh. The light infantry rolled two 1's in combat and lost the hilltop and all three stands to superior British/German musketry and allows the KGL light cavalry to make easy work of the skirmishing French Hussars. Never trust the infantry. (Or dice!)

The Hannoverians polished off the French leger and engage the French artillery. The right wing becomes a broken command. The only chance left is a human wave against the English center. Hey, that sounds kinda familiar.

Somewhere in Belgium, 1815, part 3

An overview of the French center and left wing. The Old Guard is trying desperately to come to grips with the enemy but their artillery keeps pushing them back.

A closer view of the same area. A French column has pushed back the Redcoats, only to follow up and put themselves in a precarious position.

The damned English have closed the doors on both ends of the French last ditch effort to break the enemy center.

Ummm... in case you're keeping score, we just got our asses kicked, Game over, man. The French right wing destroyed and the center collapsing, it was a foot race back to France.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

DBA 3/2/09 Part 1

The man himself. Diceman Rich Baier, DBAer extraordinairre and all around good guy. We played the often overlooked Viking/Samurai wars.

The vikings emerge from the hills.
Blades o' plenty.

Ashigaru backing up the dai-kyu. Nice pajamas, guys.

DBA 3/2/09 Part 2

The ashigaru take to the woods in the hopes of turning a flank.
The Samurai general and his daimyo's scoff at the peepee viking bows.

The two battle lines face each other; the Samurai bows aren't liking this too much.

No plan survives contact with the enemy!

DBA 3/2/09 Part 3

Here you see I've double overlapped some blades. Still only 2-3, but better than 5-2!

Guess it doesn't matter when you roll a one!

The ashigaru mess it up in the Bad Going.

The summer grasses,
For many brave warriors,
Aftermath of dreams.