One of the problems in Spain is the distance to travel between the different cities and from Alicante to Barcelona was around a 6 hour drive. In the end three of us from Alicante decided to go.
Myself and Jose would drive up on the Friday after I had finished work. We would meet at the Hotel with Javi who had been working in Toledo and Fransua who had come up from Valencia to watch.
A view of the convention from the stage, the Lasalle tournament is on the right hand side.
After a good nights rest and a coffee, we went to the convention, unfortunately before we could start we had to wait for the guys from Mallorca who unfortunately had originaly booked with "Spanair" who had gone bump. They were able to get another flight but it was going to get to Barcelona about an hour later.
For the Lasalle tournament we had twelve players competing 6 French and 6 Allied. I had just finished painting my Austrians, and so was eager to see how they faired in battle. All optional rules could be used and normal setup rules were used with one difference. Because all the six tables were put next to eachother. A dice throw was decided who would be on which side of the tables, this meant the French would all be down one side and the Allies on the other, this was to cut down to much moving around of the participants and figures. Obviously this affected who would deploy their figures first, so the player who has to deploy first was the player with the least cavalry units.
My first battle was against the legendary Paco from Mallorca who had won two tournaments that I had participated in before. My army was an Austrian Liberation Infantry Division plus a brigade of Hussars for support. Paco had the French Liberation Infantry Guard and Polish Lancer Brigade for support, this gave him one extra Infantry and artillery unit than normal, but the drawback was the infantry were classed as amateur which could make a big difference when throwing for reactions etc.
Paco, with only three cavalry units against my four had to deploy first. I noticed that he had placed all his Lancers on his left flank, so I split up my Cavalry to worry both of his flanks. My artillery were deployed on my objective and all the infantry behind the infamous stream that I had bought with me.
Due to my stream his artillery had to deploy close to my line, but with infantry being six base units they were able to take the punishment well enough. The French Infantry were also having a tough time against my artillery due to taking hits and Paco finding it hard by having to throw two dice "four or more".
Disaster struck, Paco charged over the stream with a unit of lancers against my Infantry. I countercharged with my hussars. Being supreme commander he had first choice and it was infantry against lancers. I had decided to fire instead of going in square because he would already have to halve dice because he was engaging two units. He had four dice against my
six dice , I rolled and not a single hit. Paco rolled one hit and my Infantry had been massacred.
On my left flank things were going a lot better, my hussars had halted the attack, and even broke a fresh Guard Infantry square and routed a cavalry unit. At turn 15 we stopped the game as time was running out and Paco conceded to a draw. Although due to the French Guard having to win decisively, it was a marginal victory for me. I had collected my first 5 points.
After we started the second game we stopped half way through for dinner. We were taken to an Italian Restuarant where the Pizzas were an impressive one metre in length as can be seen by these photos, on a side note I was equally impressed that the plates came from my hometown, Stoke-on-Trent in England.
My troops are deployed once again behind the stream, although I had sited my artiller poorly, to far away and only covering one bridge.
Javi managed to get his Light cavalry over to worry my left flank, this was my second mistake as I had put both of my weaker infantry units there, instead of my larger units.
On my right flank, Javi fearfull of my artillery, still hadn't crossed the bridge with his infantry, so I decided to cut off the bridge with my cavalry and infantry.
Javi's light cavalry attacked my infantry on my left flank and once again a square was destroyed.
My other infantry stood firm and my hussars chased his cavalry back over the stream.
A view of one of the demonstration games, I particulary liked the modular terrain they used it was quite effective.
Our friends from Murcia were also there to put a demostration of their newly published wargame rules.
This a demo of campaign games, I also like the field effect of the table cloth, very effective.
A Napoleonic naval boarding wargame, they seemed to have great fun playing this, as we could hear the cheers and shouts from our side of the room during the afternoon.
The traders seemed to be busy all day
My last battle was against Joan another gamer from Mallorca, he had the same army as Paco so I knew he would have the same problems with reactions and recovering. I was defending and so once again used my streams. Joan, not realising that his artillery would not be able to reach my troops from his side of his stream set out a wall to protect his artillery.
I was short of space and so compressed my artillery and sited them to hit his troops as they advanced over the stream right of his wall that had caused him a slight bottle neck.
My hussars once again moved across the table to worry his infantry and to stall his attack.
He quickly unlimbered, but before he could attempt to fire my artillery destroyed it. He was now 1 point away from reaching his breakpoint and it was only about turn 10 or 11. Time had flown and it was getting late and once again we had to stop. It was a marginal victory again for me and I finished on 13 points.
Marc in last place recieved the wooden spoon, with his Prussian 1815 army which is quite worrying because that is my next army project for this year.
We had an excellent time, putting faces to names and meeting new players. We finished around 8.30 Saturday night and drove straight back to Alicante, I finally rolled into bed about 4.30 Sunday morning exhausted.