Sunday, 27 November 2011

Lobositz using Black Powder

 The Austrian centre.

For this battle I used my Altstein and Eisenburg-Essling soldiers in place of Prussians and Austrians. I used The Wargame Companion by C.S.Grant, a wonderful book, for inspiration and information. Units were broken down into 14-16 figure infantry battalions and 8 figure cavalry regiments. I used Black Powder rules substituting centimetres for inches throughout, effectively making my 6x4 table into a 15x10.

 "Croats" occupy the Lobosch.
 Austrian infantry between Lobositz and Welhotta.
 The Prussian advance guard.
 The Prussians advance against the Croats on the Lobosch.
 The rest of the Prussians arrive.
 They advance rapidly.Leadership was set at 9, Austrian leadership at 8.
 The cavalry clash in the centre of the field.
 The rest of the Prussians bypass the Lobosch.
 Austrian dragoons defeated, the die scores tell the tale.
 Prussian dragoons defeated.
 Prussian Hussars defeated.

 The result of the cavalry battle, not good for the Prussians.
 Close combat!.
 The Austrians cross the Morellenbach.
 And threaten the Prussian right flank.
 The Prussian infantry are under a lot of pressure.
 The Austrian infantry having crossed the Morellenbach in force outnumber the Prussian right flank.
 Charging home!.
 Rolling up the flank.
 Enfilading fire is very effective.
 The Austrian dragoons are broken.
 And the Prussian Grenadiers break too.
 The doughty Croats are in a spot of bother.
 As is this unfortunate unit.

 The Prussian dragoons race to protect the right flank.
 The Croats are done for.
 Close fighting in the centre.
 The units are somewhat battered by now.
 The Austrian C-in-C. (Looks like Prince Johann).
 Look out!. The Prussians launch a desperate charge.
 The Uhlans are routed.
 As are the last of the Prussian dragoons.
 In this game I chose to pose broken units as routing before removing them from the table.
 The Prussians on their far left are too far away to help their comrades.
The Prussian infantry are enfiladed and defeated.

Game over!, a narrow Austrian victory, this battle took most of the day and I was quite exhausted from all that marching and counter-marching.


  1. As enjoyable to read as, I'm sure, it was to play!
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks very much abdul666,I did enjoy the game,it's not often I have the time or the patience to indulge in a game lately.

  3. Yep, a great looking game and detailed description. Well done!

    Best Regards,


  4. Excellent again Paul.

    Is Lobositz the battle most like a wargame scenario?

    How are you getting on with BP - I have yet to be convinced?

  5. Thanks gentlemen,

    I think Black Powder and Hail Caesar are very good systems and very flexible when it comes to unit sizes and base sizes.The combat mechanisms are simple but sound and the command rules are sometimes frustrating but it all adds to the drama of the game, especially if playing solo.

    I must confess that I just picked Lobositz out of the book and thought "I could do that if I use BP and made up small units from my big ones".
    But yes, very like a scenario.

    Thnks again,

  6. A wonderful display Paul. I look forward to your next battle report.

  7. An interesting an enjoyable report! I like the fact that you could use smaller units and reduced scale. Almost makes me want to take a look at Black Powder (if not for the price).

  8. Execllent stuff Paul, thanks for showing


  9. Super game and battle report

    -- Allan

  10. Reads and looks like a good game. I read so many games of BP that others have enjoyed that I sometimes wonder if its just me.

    I wonder how the Hat hats will fit?

  11. Thanks gents,
    I like BP a lot but I do still like Charge, I did consider attempting the game with Charge using small units and halved distances.I'll try it sometime and post the results.

    As for the Hat hats, the 1/32 figures have a peg on the heads and a hole in the hats, they have mitres and fusileer hats as well as tricorn hats.

    What a lot of hats in that sentence!.

  12. Lobositz is one of those 'must play' actions, don't you think? A fine presentation and an enjoyable read. As usual, I find myself looking forward to your next posting....