Wednesday, 27 November 2019

The Battle of Luzzera; Italy 1702.

This battle was one of a number of battles between France and Imperial Austria to take control of Italy. The battle took place in Lombardy on the 15th of August. This battle was a tough one with heavy casualties on both sides. At the end of the day, the French were fought to a standstill, with
the Austrians to tired to push home their attack. Both sides dug in on the battlefield. A few months
later the French retired.
The Armies are as follows;

France.
24,500 Infantry. = 24 1/2 points x2 = 49 points.
10,000 Cavalry. = 10 points x2 = 20 points.
Total = 69 points.


1) General Louis Joseph Duc De Vendome C-in-C =1point.
2) General Charles De Lorraine Prince De Commerci =1 point.
3) General Nicholas Catinat =1 point.

2 Stands of Grenadier Infantry @ 4 points =8 points.
11 Stands of Line Infantry @ 3 points = 33 points.
5 Stands of Cavalry @ 3 points = 15 points.
2 Stands of Dragoons @ 2 points = 4 points.
3 Stands of Heavy Artillery @ 2 points = 6 points.

Imperial Austria.
17,500 Infantry. = 17 1/2 points. x 2 = 35 points.
7,500 Cavalry. = 7 1/2 points. x 2 = 15 points.
Total 50 points.

A) General Prince Eugene of Savoy C-in-C = 2 points.
B) General Visconti = 1 point.
C) General Vaudemont = 1 point.

1 Stand of Grenadier Infantry @ 4 points. = 4 points.
7 Stands of Line Infantry @ 3 points. = 21 points.
3 Stands of Heavy Artillery @ 2 points = 6 points.
5 Stands of Cavalry @ 3 points = 15 points.

Notes.
● Stands can only be moved up onto the Dyke
via the slope at either end.

● Stands moving over the irrigation ditches must
stop once the Stand is on them. The Stand can be
moved normally in the next movement phase.

● A Stand involved in combat whilst positioned
in an irrigation ditch, deduct 2 points from their
combat die roll.

● The fields do not impede movement or
line-of-sight.

● The buildings represent large Farm complexes
called "Casines". Stone farmhouses and buildings
encompassed by a wall.

● The river Po can only be crossed via the
pontoon bridge.

● The Dragoons can dismount.

The Prince De Commerci;
This particularly brave Gentlemen was wounded
seven times leading cavalry  charges! and expired
at the end of the battle!.

Therefore;
Each time the French Cavalry under his
command move back or are removed,
this figure suffers a wound. Should he
gain 3 wounds within eight Game-Turns.
The figure is removed.

This is a map of the battlefield with
the positions of the respective armies.



This is the battlefield. I used 15mm 18th century figures



The Dyke;
I made this from cardboard in sections.
I then covers the sections with texturing
gel and then painted.



The fields are Mdf bases sectioned with
Cold curling clay. I bought some " wheatfield"
Scenic scatter from War World Scenics.
( www.wwscenics.com).

The mdf bases came from S and A scenics,
and Sarrisa Precision.

Friday, 20 September 2019

The Battle of Ceder Mountain 9th August 1862

The letters and numbers are shown on the map below.

Union Forces ( 2nd Corp ) = 8,800 men, = 8.8 pts x 3 =27 points ( rounded up. )

( E) C-in-C  Nathaniel P. Banks. = 1pt.

William,s Division.

( D ) : Alpheus Williams = 1pt.

( A ) : Crawford: 1 x infantry = 2pts.  1 x infantry = 3pts. = 5pts.

( B ) : Gordon: 1 x infantry =3pts.

(C ) : 1 x Heavy Rifled Battery = 2pts.

Auger,s Division.

( F ) : Christopher Auger = 1 pt.

( G ) : Geary : 1 x infantry = 2pts.

( H ) : Prince : 1 x infantry = 2pts.

( J ) : Green : 1 x infantry = 3pts.

( L ) : 1 Heavy Rifled Battery = 2pts.

( M ) : 2 x Light Rifled Battery ( 1pt ) = 2pts.

( K ) : Bayards Cavalry Brigade = 3pts.


Confederate Forces

Jackson= 15000 = 15pts x 3 = 45pts.
A. P. Hill = 10,000 = 10pts x 3 = 30pts.

( 8 ) :  C-in-C :  Stonewall Jackson = 2pts.

Ewell,s Division.

( 1 ) : Richard Ewell = 1pt.

( 2 ) : Trimble :  2 x infantry ( 2pts ) = 4pts.

( 3 ) : Forno :  2 x infantry ( 2pts ) = 4pts.

( 5 ) : Early  : 1 x infantry = 3pts. 1 x infantry = 2pts. = 5pts.

( 4 ) : 3 x Heavy Smoothbore Batteries (2pts) =6pts.

Winder,s Division.

( 6 ) : Charles Winder ( 1pt ).

( 7 ) : Ronald ( stonewall ) 2 x infantry ( 3pts ) = 6pts.

( 9 ) : 3 Heavy Smoothbore Batteries ( 2pts) = 6pts.

( 10 ) : Taliaferro: 2 x infantry ( 2pts ) = 4pts.

( 11 ) : Garnet : 3 x infantry ( 2pts ) = 6 pts.

Hill,s Division.

( 17 ) Ambrose Powell Hill ( 1pt ).

( 12 ) Thomas : 2 x infantry ( 2pts ) = 4pts. 1 x infantry 3pts. = 7pts.

( 13 ) Branch : 2 x infantry ( 3pts ) = 6pts.

( 14 ) Pender : 2 x infantry ( 3pts )= 6 pts.

( 15 ) Archer : 1 x infantry ( 2pts ).  2 x infantry ( 3pts ) = 8pts.

( 16 ) 2 x Light Smoothbore Batteries ( 1pt ) = 2pts.

NOTES.

■ Only the Divisional Commanders are represented in the battle, but
I have listed the Brigade Commanders should you want to do your
own recreation.

■  The Union Army moves first on every Game-Turn.

■ The Union Army gets the initiative point on every Game -Turn.

■ Ceder Creek can be forded.

■ General Winder.
If a field gun in an adjacent square to General Winder is removed as
a casualty, General Winder himself is also removed.

After a one Game-Turn gap, the General himself is restored as
General Taliaferro ( pronounced Toliver ).
General Winder was mortally wounded sighting the guns.

A.P. Hill,s Division.

No stand of A.P. Hill,s Division can be moved until a stand of Union troops
enters the wood on the South side of the Wheatfield ( marked with an " x " ).

Special movement.

The 2pt infantry are Line infantry. They can move in any direction but
cannot be diced for " avoidance".

Light Field Guns of 1pt can move as Horse Artillery.

Army Equipment.

All muskets are rifled = 3 squares range.

Rifled Cannon = 6 squares range.

Confederate Cannon are minus 1 when firing. ( poor ammiunition.)

Victory Conditions.

《1》The Confederates must remove 5 stands of Union troops by
the end of Game-Turn 8.

《2》The Union must get 2 infantry stands into the woods ( even
If they get removed ) and must not loose more than 4 stands by
the end of the 8th  Game-Turn. ( not including Generals ).

《3》The Confederates win if the Union army leaves the field
before the end of the 8th Game-Turn.

Well, as before this is my take on the battle based on my own perceptions. Myself and my Wife Joyce have played this twice and I have solo gamed it once. The Confederates can win but they do suffer!

On the day of battle it was extremely hot and the Cofederates suffered from the heat.

 There was also great confusion with the orders as General Jackson didn't let his Divisional Commanders know what he intended.

 General Hill got very angry with Jackson. His Division was further back to the left of the road, but I've represented his Division on table with conditions, as his Division came into the battle piecemeal.

On the Union side, Banks was still smarting from previous defeats. He was ordered to take up a defensive position.

However he was itching to redeem himself and ordered an attack not realising he was outnumbered 3-to-1!!.

I used dismounted cavalry markers for the 2pt infantry stands.

I used 15mm figures and those shown are from Miniature Figurines, Peter Pig and Essex.
The flags are by Peter Pig as are the buildings.

The hills were made by Brian at Essex.
The trees are by various manufacturers.
The outline bases for the wooded areas are by S and A Scenics.

The rivers, road and fields were made from thin cardboard.

The snake fencing is ready painted in 10mm and from
Northumbria Painting Service and MBM Scenery.

This is how the battle was set up on a 3 feet x 2 feet ( 90cm x 60cm ) table
with 2 inch ( 50mm ) squares.



A map of the battlefield;