Monday, November 30, 2009

DBN at Fall-In Part 1

This Fall-In in Gettysburg Pennsylvania, I ran the annual game for DBN crowd. This year it was Napoleons Russian campaign and Borodino and his right flank in particular, as the Poles and Westphalians try to capture the mound south of Utitza village to enfilade the main Russian line and/or exit troops off the Old Smolensk Rd to turn the Russian flank.
Here's a shot of 'the gang' getting ready to start.

Initial set-ups. On the right, the Russians have cossacks on their left flank and an entire Grenadier division supporting the artillery and a few grenadiers and Moscow militia (Opolchenie) on the mound. 2 Russian divisions straddle the village of Utitza while a third enters as reinforcements sent by Baggavout. Facing them, in the foreground is the Polish cavalry division, including Polish Lancers, some Chassuers and the famous 13th Polish (Silver) Hussars. In the center are two Polish divisions led by Pronce Poniatowski. On their far left Tom finishes setting up the Westphalian infantry.

Looking from behind the Russian right, the Westphailians choose to attack through the woods! Interesting, and alarming to me as this had not happened in any playtesting and I was afraid something unforeseen would happen. It didn't. The Russians were staunch in defense and the Jagers did their job admirably. Tutchkov sits just under Ted's measuring stick with his fancy pants ADC. Poniatowski is across the way just on the edge of the woods.

DBN at Fall-In Part 2

Spencer moves the Westphalian Guard Cheveaux-legere up the Old Smolensk Road toward Utitza. The Westphalian Infantry move through the woods as Ted watches.

The Westphalians push back the Russian Jagers. The artillery of both sides set up for a dual while the 1st and 2nd Hussars prepare to charge in the background.

A similar shot from behind the Westphalian lines. Sorry for the blur.

The final push is about to begin. In the foreground, Ron's Polish Lancers prepare to finish off the Guard Cossacks south of the mound as Terry's (Terry37) Poles finally get in the action as they close the doors on the last of the Moscow militia. Chris has brought uo the 1st Grenadier Division to hold themound as Frank's command continues to bludgeon their way forward to take the mound after successfully routing the Russian artillery. What's left of Ted's command between the mound and the village peck away at the flank of Frank's command, doing thier job remarkably well. Both ADC's are supporting the struggle on the mound. In the back, the Russians still hold the village and the Westphalian infantry are still mired in the woods as the Russian reinforcements plug all the holes.
This is essentially the way it ended. Utitza firmly in Russian hands while the mound is disputed but the Russians had more stands on it than the Poles. Casulaties were high, especially for Frank on the French side and Ted and Bob on the Russian, but the Russians hold on for a 10-9 win!