Monday, December 11, 2017

28MM NAPOLEONIC: VITEBSK OCTOBER 1812

On Thursday I played a Black Powder Napoleonic 1812 game against Donald Adamson.  It was a fictional encounter between a Russian force under Wittgenstein and a Franco-Bavarian force under St Cyr on the road to Vitebsk.

The Franco-Bavarians had 3 infantry brigades (Bavarian, French, Polish Veterans) and 2 cavalry brigades facing 4 Russian infantry brigades (2 Line, Grenadier, Opolchenie), a cavalry brigade and a cossack brigade.  The troops were fed onto the table effectively one brigade a turn.  We tried a few ideas from Clash of Eagles -poor Russian command, lack of initiative and bigger Russian batteries.  We used the alternate move sequence of initiative moves, firing, commanded moves, melees.

It was a very enjoyable game and by the end the French had lost 2 units to the Russian 4.  Both sides attempted attacks over the intervening stream.  The rearmost Russian brigade - the Opolchenie never arrived.  The OB follows the photos along with the troop ratings I used..

All my photos are on flickr at https://flic.kr/s/aHskpLHfUR

First Russian failed attack across the stream vs Bavarians

Russian left engages the newly arrived French brigade

Big Russian right wing cavalry melee - The French Lancers won but the Hussars were defeated

Russian volleys crashing out against the French attack - managed to hit despite being poor shots

Here is the OB

NEAR VITEBSK   - LATE OCTOBER 1812

MARSHAL GOUVION ST CYR  8

INITIAL TROOPS

19th/ 20th BRIGADE BAVARIAN   ON TABLE
3 LINE BTN OF 24 FIGURES
1 LIGHT BTN OF 24 FIGURES
Ft Bty

1ST LIGHT CAVALRY BRIG   OFF TABLE
2 HUSSAR REGTS OF 12 FIGURES
Hs Bty

REINFORCEMENTS

6th BRIGADE FRENCH
4 LINE BTN OF 24 FIGURES
Ft Bty

9th BRIGADE POLISH
LINE BTN OF 24 FIGURES
3 VETERAN BTN of 24 FIGURES
Ft Bty

3rd LT CAV BRIG FRENCH
HUSSAR  REGT OF 12 FIGURES
LANCER REGT OF 12 FIGURES
Hs Bty

LG PYOTR KHRISTIANOVICH WITTGENSTEIN 8

ADVANCED GUARD

1ST BRIGADE   ON TABLE
4 LINE BTN OF 24 FIGURES
Ft Bty

2ND BRIGADE    OFF TABLE
4 LINE BTN OF 24 FIGURES
Ft Bty

1ST CAV BRIGADE  OFF TABLE
2 HUSSAR REGTS OF 12 FIGURES
Hs Art Det

MAIN COLUMN  - REINFORCEMENTS

3RD BRIGADE
4 GRENADIER BTN OF 24 FIGURES
Ft Bty

3RD CAV BRIGADE
2 COSSACK SOTNAS OF 12 FIGURES

1st COMBINED OPOLCHENIYE BRIGADE
4 MILITIA BTN OF 24 FIGURES

ARMY RESERVE ARTILLERY
Ft Bty (Hvy)


Polish brigade preparing to attack over the stream.



FRENCH
Weapon
Type
H_H
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
Old Guard Infantry
Musket
Infantry
8
4
3
4
Reliable, Elite 4+, Tough
Young Guard Infantry
Musket
Infantry
6
3
4
3
Reliable, Elite 5+
Line Infantry
Musket
Infantry
6
3
4
3

Combined Grenadiers
Musket
Infantry
7
3
4
3
Elite 5+








Guard Heavy Cavalry
Sabre
Cavalry
10

3
3
Heavy Cavalry +D3, Reliable
Cuirassiers
Sabre
Cavalry
9

3
3
Heavy Cavalry +D3, Reliable
Guard Lancers
Sabre
Cavalry
8

3
3
Marauders; Lancers, Reliable
Dragoons
Sabre
Cavalry
8

4
3
Heavy Cavalry +1
Guard Light Cavalry
Sabre
Cavalry
7

3
3
Marauders, Reliable
Lancers
Lance
Cavalry
7

4
3
Marauders; Lancers
Light Cavalry
Sabre
Cavalry
6

4
3
Marauders
Dismounted Dragoons
Musket
Infantry
4
2
4
2
Skirmishers








Guard Horse Artillery
Light artillery
32”
1
3-2-1
3
2
Marauders, Reliable, Elite 4+
Guard Foot Artillery
Artillery
40”
1
3-2-1
3
3
Reliable, Elite 4+
Horse Artillery
Light artillery
32”
1
3-2-1
4
1
Marauders
Foot Artillery
Artillery
32”
1
3-2-1
4
2




Infantry are Reliable in Attack Columns and have “must form square” rule.  Other small units reduce Hand to Hand by 2, Shooting by 1 and Stamina by 1.



Elite X+                        Rally of Disorder at start of turn by roll of X+

Heavy Cav +X   Add X to combat result

Lancers             Opponent has -1 cav -2 inf saving throw when lancers charge/countercharge

Levy X+            Need to roll to rally of disorder at end of their turn by rolling X+

Marauders         Ignore distance modifiers for command tests

Reliable            Add 1 to Command tests

Skirmish           Can adopt skirmish formation





RUSSIAN
Weapon
Type
H_H
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
Guard Infantry
Musket
Infantry
7
3
3
4
Reliable, Elite 4+, Stoic
Grenadiers
Musket
Infantry
7
3
4
4
Elite 4+, Poor shots, Stoic, Lack Init
Line Infantry/Jaegers
Musket
Infantry
6
3
4
3
Stoic, Poor shots, Lack Init
Opolchenie
Musket
Infantry
5
1/2
5
3
Poor shots, Unreliable,
Levy 4+, Lack Init
Jaegers Sk  (Small)
Rifle
Infantry
4
2
4
2
Skirmishers, Poor shots, Lack Init








Cuirassiers
Sabre
Cavalry
9

3
3
Heavy Cavalry +D3
Dragoons
Sabre
Cavalry
8

4
3
Heavy Cavalry +1
Lancers
Lance
Cavalry
7

4
3
Marauders; Lancers
Light Cavalry
Sabre
Cavalry
6

4
3
Marauders
Cossacks
Lance
Cavalry
5

5
3
Marauders; Lancers, Unreliable








Hvy Foot Artillery
Artillery
40”
2
4-2-2
4
3

Lt Foot Artillery
Artillery
32”
2
4-2-2
4
3

Horse Artillery
Light artillery
32”
2
4-2-2
4
2
Marauders

All Infantry have “must form square” rule.  Other small units reduce Hand to Hand by 2, Shooting by 1 and Stamina by 1.

Heavy Cav +X   Add X to combat result
Lancers             Opponent has -1 cav -2 inf saving throw when lancers charge/countercharge
Levy X+            Need to roll to rally of disorder at end of their turn by rolling X+
Marauders         Ignore distance modifiers for command tests
Reliable            Add 1 to Command tests
Skirmish           Can adopt skirmish formation
Stoic                Can reroll first break test
Unreliable          Do not move on an equal command roll.  This counts a command pass.
Lack Initiative    Can only charge nearest enemy, change formation or facing under Initiative
Poor shots        -1 factor when shooting