On Thursday I was at the SESWC for my latest game of Over the Hills. I put the scenario together based on the Battle of Maida 1806. Angus supplied the British army whilst I supplied the French forces. Peter and Angus commanded the British whilst Campbell, Bart and I commanded the French. Angus and I acted as umpires.
|French right wing under Comperes looking good at the start|
The forces were deployed historically and both sides advanced to the attack on the river side of the battlefield (French left /British right flank) with their other forces holding back to see what happened with the initial action.
|French right wing and centre|
It was another defeat for me with these rules but it was an enjoyable game. I am playing the scenario again this week at home using my amended Black Powder rules. At end of this report is the OB for Over The Hills that we used for the game. You will see that I down rated the French Light infantry whose fatigue value in the rules of 12 seems excessive. Angus has a detailed report on his blog at
|French attack falters columns forced into line having failed to win|
|French right wing opens up on the square as cavalry rally back|
MG Stewart 12” 3
Adv Guard Col KemptLight battalion 8B Specialist Light Infantry, good shots
Skirmish Detachment 5B Specialist Light Infantry, good shots
1st Brigade Col ColeGrenadier battalion 12C
Line battalion 8C
RHA battery 7
2nd Brigade Col AclandHighland battalion 9C
Line battalion 8C
3rd Brigade Col Oswald2 line battalions 8C
Reserve Line battalion 8C
LEVELLING FIRE: WHEN INFANTRY UNIT IN LINE FIRES AT 6” OR LESS A 1 WILL CAUSE 3 FATIGUE HITS AS LONG AS THE FFS IS 5 OR MORE
BRITISH CHEER: INFANTRY IN LINE MAY FIRE IN THE SHOOTING PHASE AND MOVE TO COMBAT CONTACT IN THE MOVEMENT PHASE. INFANTRY IN LINE MAY ISSSUE DEFENSIVE FIRE AND COUNTER A MOVE TO COMBAT CONTACT
STEADY LADS STEADY: INFANTRY ADD +1 TO THEIR FATIGUE SCORE WHEN REQUIRED TO TAKE A TEST TO PREVENT THEM FIRING AT AN ENEMY UNIT IN RANGE
LINEAR SYSTEEM: BUT CAN USE COLUMN OF COMPANIES AND COLUMN OF DIVISIONS (ATTACK COLUMN). FOR FORMATION CHANGES AND MANOEUVERING THEY ARE CLASSED AS USING THE FRENCH SYSTEM.
|British square holds steady|
|Devastating British infantry fire|
Gen Reynier 16” 4 + 1
1st Brigade Compere2 Light battalions 10A Specialist Light Infantry
2 line battalions 10B
Skirmish Detachment 5A Specialist Light Infantry
2nd Brigade Digonet2 Light battalions 10A Specialist Light Infantry
Lt Cavalry regiment 7
HA battery 7
3rd Brigade Peyri
2 Polish battalions 9B
1 Swiss battalion 8B
DANCING OFFICERS: +2 TACTICAL ENGAGEMENT MODIFIER WHEN MOVING INTO COMBAT CONTACT IN AN ASSAULT COLUMN. IF THEY LOSE THE INITIAL COMBAT ROUND THE ENEMY UNIT GAINS A +3 WINNING TACTICAL ENGAGEMENT MODIFIER RATHER THAN THE NORMAL +2 FOR WINNING.
EN AVANT! A LA BAYONETTE!: INFANTRY ADDS +1 TO THEIR FATIGUE SCORE WHEN THEY ROLL TO MOVE INTO COMBAT CONTACT (OPTIONAL). IN ATTACK COLUMN THEY CAN MOVE 4 SEGMENTS BUT TAKE FATIGUE IF 3RD OR 4TH SEGMENT IS USED.