THE RAMBLINGS OF A FRENCH CANADIAN WARGAMER

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Engagement at Kalisz AAR

A few weeks ago we played a Napoleonic game, using Lasalle. It had been quite a while since we played the period, and I was keen on trying my Duchy of Warsaw troops. As such the game was not very historical, as we used it to put on the table my newly painted Poles as well as other recently painted stuff. We also used this situation as an excuse to use the rarely seen Brunswickers from John.


The game was a very close affair, but in the end the Franco-Polish forces emerged victorious.

The protagonists 

French Empire, under the leadership of Rusti
Duchy of Warsaw, yours truly. For lack of painted artillery, we had to use Bavarian artillery...
Austrian Empire, controlled by Nicolas
The forces of the Duke of Brunswick, under John





The initial set-up
The Hungarian grenadier garison
The fight starts on the East flank
The Black Brunswickers begin crossing the bridge
The French, as per their DNA, move aggressively towards the Austrians
The Austrians adopt a defensive position
The Poles advance in order to protect the West flank from the incoming Black troops
The Austrians and French trade fire as the French keep moving forward
The Brunswick cavalry (top) go around the forest to threat the Poles flanks
2nd battalion of the 8th regiment is sent to answer the cavalry threat
2nd battalion of the 8th regiment in position
The Polish artillery deploy and unleash murderous fire into the advancing Brunswickers
The elite Hungarian Grenadiers, courageous to a fault, leave the city of Kalisz to charge the french
Both French and Polish artillery keep pounding at the enemy
The Hungarian Grenadiers charge but suffer casualties from a very well placed volley from the defending French battalion
The Brunswickers approach the defending Polish forces
The Grenadiers are pushed back, and can feel the Warsaw forces approaching on their flanks
The Brunswick deploy their battalions
Gen von Geck, the Austrian commander, sees his line pushed back by the relentless French assaults
The Landwher bravely faces the veteran legions of the French
The Austrian battery hammers round after round the French linesto little success
The 1st Battalion of the 8th regiment of the Duchy of Warsaw stands its ground in front of Brunswick's fire
The Hungarian Grenadiers, who just moved backwards, faced with mounting casualties, are charged by fresh Polish forces
The Hungarian grenadiers break from the Polish charge, and the remnants of the battalion hides in the city
The French battalions charge the Landwher
The Upper Austrian Landwher, after valiantly taking a french battalion in hell with them, breaks, leaving the unreliable Salzburg Landwher all alone
On the other flank the Brunswickers and Poles exchange fire, to little results
The Brunswick cavalry manages to go behind the Polish lines, who move to face the menace. Alas it comes too late for the allies.
Carnage on the Austrian line; the Salzburg Landwher are destroyed, the Austrian eastern flank collapses!

Conclusion

The destruction of the Landwher, combined with the quasi-destruction of the elite Grenadiers were a huge blow for the Austrians. On the other flank, while taking little damage the Brunswickers were simply incapable of breaking the steadfast Poles. Left with little chances of victory, the allies  leave the battlefield as night sets in. The French, exhausted, choose not to follow. Marginal victory for the Franco-Polish force.

Post mortem
  • It was a fun and beautiful game which felt like a real Napoleonic battle.We all loved seeing the lines of battle move like a real battle would.
  • Rusty and his French were the hero of the day, relentlessly attacking the poor Austrians, who's defensive lines simply could not hold up.
  • The plan of the Franco-Polish force worked well; the Poles were to hold the western flank while the French were to aggressively go after the Austrians, and then move to the Brunswick's back (it didn't get to this for lack of time).
  • The lack of space on the western flank really hampered the movement of my Duchy of Warsaw forces. While I successfully fended off John's attacks, my initial deployment was too crowded. In hindsight I should've put a battalion or two West of the forest. I was afraid they would get shredded by the Brunswick artillery from the other side of the river. That almost cost us as the Brunswick cavalry managed, but too late, to go behind our lines. 
  • Lasalle is a good game, but we are now ready to apply some house rules. In particular, the artillery is way underpowered. All 4 batteries on the table had many clear view and opportunities to do damages, but the rules simply did not allow us to take advantage of this.
  • The game was a close affair, and might've been very different with better marksmanship from the Brunswickers. As it was, the Poles holding their line and taking little damage allowed the French to all-out attack and concentrate all but one battalion against the Austrians.
  • Props to Nicolas, who sacrificed the Landwher but managed to keep almost all of his regulars intact (well apart from the Grenadiers). That will make the Austrian high command happy! 
  • It was the first time Rusti and I got to play as ally, and I think we were a good pair and complement each other well. Next Napoleonic game, it might be time to pair John and I together, which I believe never happened.
  • It takes forever to write an AAR! I wanted to write this one earlier but all my free time was spent painting for the Analogue painting challenge.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Badeners are coming...(shiny new range from Murawski Miniatures)

I've hinted here and there recently that a new range was coming to Murawski Miniatures. Well you get to see the first pics!

The last few months Roger and I have been working on a Baden range for 1809. I will admit I did my best to convince Roger to go with Baden. I just love that little army and NO ONE does a proper modern range. So you better buy some or Rog will never trust me again!

The range is sculpted by Christian Ame, and I think he did a fantastic job. Christian had little knowledge of the period, which makes it all the more impressive. For those wondering, Paul Hicks was too swamped with previous commitments to work on this range. Rog worked very hard with Christian to ensure the sculpts were compatible with the previous Poles (see last pic below). 

I'm very excited about these as Roger involved me in the whole creative process. I hope you like them too!

Here's some pictures of the first few greens :


The current range


The line


Officers


Drummers


Standard bearers
Comparison next to the Poles
We are still a few months away from a release, but I figured I might as well tease you guys a little...comments would be most appreciated!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Engagement at Kalisz

We are finally playing a game of Naps in a few days, my Poles will get to see their first action!

Its been over a year since we last played, mostly due to my health problems last year. The OOB is not very historical, as it is an excuse to get my Poles and other recently painted units on the table. Should make for a colourful game! And John's scenario looks like a lot of fun.



You can read more about it on John's blog. Expect of course an AAR after the battle.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bonus theme rounds entries - Hot and Comedy

This year, one of my goal for the Analogue painting challenge was to enter as many bonus themes as possible. Really, it was just a challenge to myself. It is surprisingly demanding, as you basically have a deadline every two weeks, but it is rewarding and it makes you paint weird stuff you would not otherwise have considered. My last two bonus round entries, "hot" and "comedic" are exactly like that.

HOT

 
When Curt announced the bonus theme rounds, I immediately thought that the "hot" round, considering the high number of men in this hobby, would probably have a substantial number of "hotbabes" entries. Yeah, I know, how very original...Obviously you'd supposed knowing that, I'd find something different to paint. Well...you'd be wrong! I indeed decided to go with a hot babe, and what is hotter than a pin-up? Well, how about an angel pin-up?




The figure, "Thief of Hearts Pin Up", is from Dark Sword Miniatures, whch is rapidly becoming one of my favourite manufacturer of fantasy miniatures. It is a very detailed and delicate sculpt, which made it a bit harder to paint and is very different from what I usually do. However it gave me an excuse to use pink, a colour I really enjoy painting. It also made the figure "hot" but in a cute kinda way. Pin-up style rather than Hustler style, if you get my drift. It was my first time painting women's panties!



COMEDY


Of all the bonus themes rounds I can remember, this one was the one I had the most difficulty coming up with a good idea. Comedic? Really, I had nothing in my big pile of lead which seemed to fit that bill. So, again, I turned to my favourite provider of weird and original miniatures, Dark Sword Miniatures. And again the small outfit delivered when after some search on their website I found a great little piece; a Frog Jester! Perfect!


So I went crazy on this little fellow, trying to cram as many colours as I could on him. Hey, a Jester is supposed to be tacky and colourful! It made for a nice little distraction.


So I used pink, 2 types of purple, turquoise, yellow, pale blue and red! And I'm quite happy with the look of this fellow. 


Obviously neither of these figure will find their way on my gaming table any time soon, but its those pieces I *never* would have painted if not for the Analogue hobby. And I do enjoy getting out of my comfort zone from time to time.