Saturday 30 April 2022

SYW 6mm basing

Yesterday afternoon was a pleasant and sunny so I sat n the garden doing a spot of rebasing of my 6mm SYW armies.

That morning I had tried out different bases sizes by blue tracking unpainted figures down.  I came to the conclusion that I needed larger bases if I wanted an Infantry and Cavalry units to look the part.

For Infantry I went for 60 by 30mm with 20 figures in a line with a mounted officer and 4 extra figures with 2 behing and 2 in front of the battalion line. 

For cavalry I wanted to represent a unit with gaps and space between the squadrons and decided to use as 4 squadrons as the basic configuration. I know Prussian and Austrians both had more squadrons but in the end of the day the solution  looks ok.

This Austrian Cuirassier unit has an extra officer added and I will probably to this fir new units as I paint them up.

Monday 25 April 2022

SYW - 6mm

I started a SYW project in 6mm over 5 years ago as a solution to losing my permament gaming table when we  moved house.  The plan was to build large units of 48 infantry and 24 cavalry figures and play the War Game on a kitchen table.

I have recently be playing DBN with my old 15mm Napoleonic collection and I am about to play test DBSYW. Rather than use my 28mm collection I thought this would be an opportunity to use the 6mm SYW collection. For DBSYW I plan to use 2 bases to represent a unit.

Well I undertook a quick review of what I had and of course I quickly decided that I needed some more units.  

First up some Prussian Grenadiers of the Braunschweig-Bevern Infantry Regiment. 

For the Austrians I have added some Grenadiers of the Deutschmeister Infantry Regiment.

And finally some Prussians of the 3rd Dragoon Regiment.  Freshly varnished with a coat of gloss varnish.

Wednesday 6 April 2022

Battle of Landshut - DBN

 Today I played out the 4th battle of my 1809 campaign using DBN.  The scenario is taken from Command and Colours.

The French objective is to inflict 7 units lost and capture Landshut. The Austrians win if they inflict 7 loses on the French.  If Landshut is held by the Austrians is counts as a French unit lost.

This is a tough game for the French who are faced with rivers that can only be crossed by one of the bridges or the  ford.

Moulton commands the French left and gets 2 CAPs per turn. Lannes commands  the bulk of the French army.  The Austrian commander Hillier objective is to hold the position.

The French open their attack with Mouton clearing the Austrian Jager and cavalry before advancing his Infantry towards Landshut.  His light cavalry easily see off their counterparts and breakthrough and attack the Austrian infantry defending the bridge. After winning the initial melee the cavalry they are however repulsed by the Austrians who form square. 

In the centre Lannes launch attacks across the river hopingto break the Austrians and allow French Infantry to attack Landshut in support of Mouton.

Unfortunately for the French  the Austrian defence, with plentiful artillery and light Infantry support on the flanks, is too strong and the French attacks are parried.

With both sides loses mounting the French have one chance of winning by launching Moutons  columns across  the bridge against Landshut.

The first attack, led by Grenadiers, takes heavy fire as it goes in and in the resulting close combat loses and are destroyed.  Mouton is in the forefront of the attack and leads a charmed life as he orders of fresh Infantry to charge across the bridge into Landshut.  The next two rounds of combat are tied so each side takes 2 loses and are shaken.

The game comes down the to the wire with the forth close assault being a winner takes all. Whoever loses will have lost 7 units however this means that if the French win they take Landshut and win the game.  After calculating the melee factors the French are on 5 and the Austrians 7.  The Austrians win the combat and the game. 

The Austrians now lead the campaign 3 - 1.

Saturday 2 April 2022

Teugen-Hausen (19 April 1809) - DBN

I played the 3rd game this week of my solo DBN 1809 campaign. This time I did Teugen Hausen using the Command and Colours scenario as the basis for the set up and orders of battle.

The two ridges are key to the battle and these count as 1 unit lost to the side not in occupation.  The Austrians start occupying one of the ridges.  To win requires 8 units to be inflicted at the end of a complete turn. 

The French are the attacker and start by occupying the ridge on their left before a full out attack on the Austrian occupied ridge on the left.

The Austrians react to the attack by moving up reserves in support. The French columns are ravaged by musketry and canister but they prove to string for the Austrian defenders.

The Austrians are slowly moving a column around the French left flank. The battle rages on the French right flank as the Austrians counter attack. The French however are able to throw back the Austrians and consolidate their control of the ridge.

With the Austrians reaching 8 units lost (6 units plus 2 for the French control of both ridges) the Austrian launch an attack on the French left hoping to dispute control of the ridge.  The French win the combat and with that the game ends in a French victory 8 points to 3.

The Austfian lead in the campaign is now 2 - 1.