Sunday, 21 March 2010

"Charge" at last!.

At last I have managed to get a game of "Charge", although I have to admit to playing "Black Powder" English Civil War a couple of times, some "C21" modern jet combat and some "Battlefield Evolution" modern skirmish in the last fortnight, bad lad!.

The Altsteiners surge forward.

The Eisenburgers advance to meet them.

The guns are deployed on both sides but the Altstein gunners are rather exposed to the enemy infantry as they deploy and are decimated by a volley of muskets!.

In the meantime, while the camera batteries were recharging, the cavalry clash was indecisive and the Altstein Grenadiers were destroyed in a reckless column attack upon the Eisenburg Musketeers .

Encouraged by the rout of the gunners the Osterburg Musketeers advance to outflank the Heydnbruckers!.

After seeing off the Essling Fusileers, the Altstein Musketeers find themselves a little outgunned.

With a terrific volley the Heydnbruckers blow a huge hole in the Osterburg line forcing them to quit the field.

Not many left and the Blue Hussars ready to pounce, the Osterburgers have had it!.

A very shaky volley from the Altsteiners is no match for the Eisenburger reply and they fall back from the confrontatation.

Von Bruckenheim catches Von Essling's eye and with mutual respect they gesture to each other. Both forces then leave the field, honours even.

Good game. The battalion gun rules worked well and the game was an apt reminder as to what an excellent ruleset "Charge"really is.
Paul.








9 comments:

  1. Old School at its best!
    Compliments and thanks for sharing.

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  2. Excellent report and pictures! The terrain and all look very good. I have to admit, large battalions with a "cast of thousands" do look great. :)

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  3. Looks good. What was the scenario?

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  4. A nice photo account, sir. Well done.

    But I am interested in your ECW Black Powder games. Where did you find ECW mods? Or did you make them up? I'd like to know how the pikes were handled, etc.


    -- Jeff

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  5. I was looking forward to something like this and was duly gratified. Very stately sort of action - just what we expect from 18th Century warfare - with well appointed armies.
    And that volley of the Heydnbruck Musketeers - Ouch!!

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  6. To Conrad,
    there was no scenario as such I just lined them up and advanced.I did leave the Altstein Jagers in the box in the interests of balance.
    Thanks,
    Paul.

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  7. To Bluebear Jeff,
    In my Black Powder ECW games I just used the infantry units as line infantry without making special provision for the pikes.As it happened in both games the opposing cavalry nver had occasion to cross swords with the infantry but I was prepared to improvise as I went along if the need arose (the joys of solo wargaming).I thought that I would allow the infantry to form into a column with pikes to the fore and the shot sheltered behind them and give them the +3 combat result when fighting cavalry as a square does in the rules.
    Maybe next time this might get tested out.
    Thanks,
    Paul.

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  8. Well done! A game I'm sure the Brigadier Young would have given enthusiastic approval to. His Majesty Louis Philippe's complements and keep the pictures and reports coming. - Mike (St. Maurice)

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  9. Went to a Show yesterday and none of the dmos looked as good.

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