Sunday, 28 October 2012

Charge !, my favourite war game.

I had a game of "Charge" yesterday, just a simple line them up encounter leaving out the battalion guns and light infantry. The forces of Altstein in blue are led by Von Bruckenheim and the Eisenburg-Essling army, mostly in white, are led by Fritz von Essling.
  
 The positions after move one.
 The light cavalry clash, the Altstein blue hussars are well beaten and flee the field.
 The Altstein infantry advance.
 The Eisenburg-Essling infantry, Eisenburg grenadiers in their splendid yellow coats.
 Eisenburg Dragoons, Revell Austrians.
 An overview of move two.
 Kazinsky Uhlans rally on the spot after defeating the hussars, the Altstein musketeers crochet their line to counter the threat to their flank.
 The heavies clash on the other flank. Neither side win this fight and both sides fall back to rally.
 The Altstein Grenadiers charge into the Eisenburg Musketeers to the right of the picture.
 Kazinsky hurls his lancers at the enemy line.
 The lines are getting into musket range.
 The dragoons clash again and this time the blue Meissen Dragoons win this fight and fall back to rally. Whilst the Eisenburg Dragoons are routed.
 Close fighting in the centre of the field.
 The lancers came off very badly against the Altsteiners and have fled to lick their wounds.
 The huge Ostburg regiment (64 other ranks plus officers) forms line to cover the gap left by the lancers.
 The Meissen Dragoons rally, victorious but badly depleted.
 The hard fighting in the centre continues.
 Bayonets are crossed and the Eisenburg Grenadiers are defeated.
 A lull in the fighting allows the lines to reform and face each other.
 The Altstein commander Von Bruckenheim gives an order to his Meissen Dragoons to charge yet again,their target is the enemy guns. However the gunners are ready for them and a hail of canister greets the dragoons who are unable to withstand the storm of lead and flee the field.

 The desperate charge against the guns was Von Bruckenheim's last throw of the dice, outnumbered he reluctantly concedes the battle and retreats from the field.