Order of Battle
British C-in-C Wellington
Light Division Erskine
Beckwith´s Brigade: 1 Brit Inf(+) 1 Cacadores, 1 Rifles Elite, RH Artillery
Drummond´s Brigade: 1 Brit Inf(+) 1 Brit Inf, 1 Cacadores, 1 Rifles Elite
Cavalry Division Eskine
Slade´s Brigade: 1 Dragoons, 1 Light Dragoons
Arendtschildt´s Brigade: 1 Hussars, 1 Light Dragoons
3rd Division Picton
Mackinnon´s Brigade: 3 Brit Inf, 3 SK bases
Colville´s Brigade: 4 Brit Inf
Power´s Brigade: 4 Portugese Infantry
1 RA Medium
5th Division Dunlop
Hay´s Brigade: 3 Brit Inf, 1 extra SK base
Dunlop´s Brigade: 3 Brit Inf, 1 extra SK base
Spry´s Brigade: 4 Portugese Infantry, 8th Cacadores
1 RA Medium
French C-in-C Reyneir
1st Division II Corps Merle
Sarrut´s Brigade: 5 French Veteran Infantry
4th Legere (not brigaded): 2 Veteran Infantry
1 Division Foot Artillery
2nd Division II Corps Heudelet
Arnaud´s Brigade: 6 French Veteran Infantry
Godard´s Brigade: 4 French Infantry
1 Division Foot Artillery
Cavalry Brigade: Soult 1 Hussars, 1 Dragoons, 1 Chasseurs
AHearts ASpades Beckwiths Brigade
2Hearts 2Spades Drummonds Brigade
3Hearts 3Spades Mackinnon Brig
4Hearts 4Spades Colville Brig
5Hearts 5Spades Powers Brig
6Hearts 6Spades Hays Brig
7Hearts 7Spades Dunlop Brig
8Hearts 8Spades Spry Brig
9Hearts 9Spades Slade Brig
10Hearts 10Spades Arendtschildt Brig
ADiamonds AClubs Sarrut Brig
2Diamonds 2Clubs 4 Leger
3Diamonds 3Clubs Arnaud Brig
4Diamonds 4Clubs Godard Brig
5Diamond 5Clubs Soult BrigDeployment
The French player places the playing cards face down on the table in his deployment zone. The red cards are the actual positions and the Black cards are dummy cards. When an Actual British force come within visibility range of the Card then the player must turn it over. The French Player may move a card only to reinforce another force that is under attack. However this force may become lost in the fog throw D6 if the force they are reinforcing cannot be seen throw 1D6 1-2 moves 45deg to their left 3-4 move straight ahead 5-6 moves 45degrees to their right.
On turn 1 Beckwith´s Brigade enters the field. At the 2 possible points shown on the map. On turn 3 For Drummond brigade use 1D6 instead of 2D6 as per normal reserve rules.
The British player Dice each turn to see if any of his commands enter the board as normal reserve rules. There are 2 possible routes that each brigade can enter. Place both cards on the table they can move 4BWs a turn throw 1D6. 1-2 moves 45deg to their left 3-4 move straight ahead 5-6 moves 45degrees to their right. When one reaches a French card or Force then throw dice 1-3 it is the dummy force. 4-6 it is the actual force. If it is the dummy force then the French don’t have to show their card. If it is the actual force then they are placed on the board in march formation. It is assumed the French dummy cards are small groups of pickets or skirmisher, who send word back to their parent formations of the British whereabouts.
British Cavalry only have one card but if it is turn out to the dummy card then Erskine, their commander, has taken them to far north and they wont turn up on the battlefield
At the start of the battle the weather was Bad fog, at the start of every turn throw 1d6 if result is a 1 the weather worsens and drops down a step. Result of 5 or 6 means weather improves and goes up 1 step if it reaches the top step clear then the weather to full visibility.
Step 1 Clear no rain normal condition apply
Step 2 Mist visibility 12Bws
Step 3 Fog visibility 8BWs
Step 4 Bad Fog visibility 4BWs
Step 5 Bad fog and rain only visibility 2BWs effects of rain on firing apply
There are 25+ Moves, British go first.
Normal Breakpoints rules only apply if/when the weather has cleared for the Generals to see the state of their troops.Objective: The British objective is Reyneirs HQ which is situated at the back of the table in the middle.
Turn 1, The French positions are placed on the ridge although half the cards are false. Bottom right are the 2 cards representing the 2 possible positions of Beckwith´s Brigade of the Light Division.
The right hand card advanced within 4Bws of the first French card. The British card turned out to be a dummy, so we knew the card next to the stream running into the river coa was Beckwith´s brigade and so I placed the troops in March formation.
The brigades of the British 3rd or 5th Division start to enter the Battlefield. On the French far left flank Drummonds Brigade enters and Beckwith´s Brigade stumbles into the woods.
Hay´s Brigade of the 5th Division advances up the ridge and is spotted by the French pickets.
Dunlop´s Brigade of the 5th Divsion is also spotted by the French Pickets, but still no sign of the French main force.
The Light Division converge on top of the ridge and through the fog and spot a French Artillery Battery. Just then a 1 is thrown for the weather and the visibilty is cut 2 Bws and it starts to rain.
The Brigades of the 3rd and 5th Divisions carry on advancing blindly up the ridge. In the top right of the picture you can see the French manouvering to face the Light Division.
The French catch the Light Division before it can deploy and a French Unit charges a rifle unit in the flank. Luckily due to the heavy fog the French artillery cannot see any targets.
The first brigade of the 3rd Division march straight into the French central positions.
The 5th Division carries on marching over the ridge, not knowing that there are no enemy troops in front of it.
Just then the French right flank attacks the British 5th Division. A French Chasseur unit charges a British infantry unit still in March column.
Meanwhile, in the center French Dragoon ride straight over a British unit and another British unit is broken by French Infantry. Only 1 unit is left of Mackinnons Brigade and they are in serious trouble.
Power´s Portugese Brigade of the 3rd Division get lost in a wood and comes up on the French Left. The Light Division press their attack on the French to their front.
A Portugese unit advance unto the flank of a French unit and breaks it. The British Cavalry are still lost and have not appeared. The British centre is in trouble with one Brigade totally destoyed and the other one totally lost last seen marching off the right of the battlefield.
The game ended here on turn 24, due to the fact although the British were holding there own on both flanks the centre was doomed and the French would be able to split the British in two. Also it was hot day (36 degrees) and we wanted a dip in the pool before lunch.
This was an interesting Battle to play, Jose who was playing the French concentrated his forces in the centre. Which meant quite a few game turns went by before the French Army was discovered. The weather was awful all the way through the game and spoilt the game play a little, as we kept throwing lots of ones and only one six. So I have changed the improvement of the weather on a 5 or 6 for next time. The card movement worked well but maybe an option would be for the British to be able to deploy out of march formation when discovering a dummy card.
Thanks again to Jose and his family for making me feel so welcome.