venerdì 23 giugno 2017

Garibaldi all’attacco! June, 15 2017 – Tournament match

Last week Maurizio and Franco B. played a match as part of the internal tournament that involved some mates of my club. The game followed the rules written by Paolo M. for Italian Independence wars.

The game was hard fought and score system is easy: 1 point for each unit of the enemy destroyed, 2 points for the player who controls at the end of the game the green field in the center.

Miniatures are not painted by me: Cacciatori delle Alpi (the units on the right in the photos below) prepared by Franco B.; Papal troops prepared by Alberto M. and Franco B.

The Papal Army fought during the first Italian Independence wars under the command of the general Giovanni Durando. At the beginning of the war the Pope send a division under the command of this strange man (he was a mercenary) to help Piedmontese forces but, after some weeks, he changed idea asking to Durando to come back. The general refused to obey but his partecipation to the struggle was marginal. The division retreated to Treviso in a disorder way after a single struggle against the Austrians


 On contrary the Cacciatori delle Alpi was the name of a volunteer brigade that fought during the second Indepence war under the command of Giuseppe Garibaldi. This unit fought in the north of Italy and wins many fights.


 Maurizio tooks the control of Pope’s army while Franco had the Cacciatori

After the initial deployment the Cacciatori take the control of the hill while Maurizio deploy a unit in assault column on the right



The remaining forces of each army arrive on the field



Franco decides to guarantee the obj using a unit of bersaglieri as screen


 The battle starts … the Bersaglieri are repelled but another unit of Cacciatori attacks Pope’s forces in assault column formation


In the meanwhile the Cacciatori reinforce their presence on the obj


Maurizio launches his forces against Franco and push back part of his units out of the obj
  


The fight becomes hard … the Cacciatori suffers some losses


Franco regains the obj and Maurizio sends one of his unit in the deep of Franco’s formation to destroy one of his unit but …


… in this way the Bersaglieri can attack on the flank Maurizio’s soldiers and destroy them


Some details of the fight on the Pope’s force left wing



Attacks of the final turn and ...


... the position of the units at the end of 9th turn 


The final score is a draw: 2 points to have reached the obj + 2 enemy units destroyed for Franco - 4 enemy units destroyed for Maurizio

giovedì 22 giugno 2017

Double Line June, 15 2017 – Play test Meeting at the creek bend

Last Thursday we tested a new scenario for "double line"; the ACW rule system wrote by Paolo M. The scenario was a multiplayer game with four players plus the support of Paolo.

I want point out that all miniatures in the post are not painted by me but by "La Piccola Armata" members. 

The initial deployment is particular because the idea is that the armies arrive on the field in a random way. Starting from Union troops, each player deploy a brigade placing it 1d6 x 5 inches from his table side. The obj is to control (by the 12th turn) the field on the middle of the table.

After the deployment the table appears as in the photo below. The obj is the green field on the center


Confederate started close to the obj and tries to push back the Unionist left wing 



On the Union front the right wing and the center advance while the left remains steady 




Some Louisiana batteries try to demoralize the Unionist left wing but unfortunately without great success


Union centre advance while ...



... the left rebel wing is repelled but new reinforcement are arriving




Near the obj the struggle becomes hard but Unionist troops maintain the control



The commander of the left rebel brigades decided to split his forces hoping to regain the obj but ...



... in this way are easy target of the Unionist troops




Final position after 12 turns. Union victory


lunedì 19 giugno 2017

Battle of Katzbach - June 10 and 16, 2017


Last Friday two of my club mates finished to play the battle of Katzbach. They played the battle in two different days because they were testing a new rules book: "Over the hills". 

In this post I will not done a review of this rules system because it is possible to find it a better recension in my friend's blog (JJ's Wargames blog). I'll publish some pictures of battle scenes and details of the fight to help someone that wants to re-produce it with the same rules system. 

Battle of Katzbach was fought on August 26, 1813 in Poland. It was an angagement of the Napoleonic Wars between the forces of the First French Empire under Marshal MacDonald and a Russo-Prussian army of the Sixth Coalition under Prussian Marshal Von Blücher.


The battle of the photos below is fought between Ezio (Sixth Coalition) and Alberto (French). The scenario was adapted from General de Brigade and considers only the struggles of the right Allied wing.


Miniatures are 15mm and they are painted mainly by Alberto F. and some of them by Filippo G. The table and the army lists (that it is possible to find at the end of the post) are prepared by Ezio



The initial deployment



The Prussian troops start trying to take the control of the hill with the cover of the artilleries




On the right, Prussians maintain the line thanks a cavalry charge




New French battalions are launched in the fight over the hill while Coalition artillery blocks the left French wing





At the end the Prussians take the hill ...



... the French pull back towards the river while the Russian reinforcement in on the road




Below the details of two Prussian units ... I'm sorry for the wrong direction of some miniatures of the column 




Final position ... The Coalition wins the battle as well as in the real history.



Below the Armies list



FRANCESI
Turno
Unità
Forza
Qualità
Basi
Fatica/SK
Regole spec.
Armamento
1
XI CORPO, McDonald (Poor)
10” 3 +0


(97/49, dal 2° 128/65, dal 3° 152/77, dal 6° 167/84)
1
Art. di Corpo, Batteria 12 lbr
8 cann.
Linea
2
8

12 lbr, Heavy Art.
1
1ª DIVISIONE
6” 3 +0


(50/26)
1
Art. Divisionale, Batteria 6 lbr
8 cann.
Linea
2
7

6 lbr, Light Medium Art.
1
Simmer
3” 3 +0


(21/11)


1
I / 22° Leggero
720 u.
Linea
4
7B
Spec. Light Inf.
Moschetto
1
II / 22° Leggero
720 u.
Linea
4
7B
Spec. Light Inf.
Moschetto
1
10° Linea
720 u.
Linea
4
7C

Moschetto
1
Meunier
3” 3 +0


(22/12)


1
3° Leggero
720 u.
Veterano
4
8B
Spec. Light Inf.
Moschetto
1
I / 14° Leggero
720 u.
Linea
4
7B
Spec. Light Inf.
Moschetto
1
II / 14° Leggero
720 u.
Linea
4
7B
Spec. Light Inf.
Moschetto
1
DIVISIONE CAVALLERIA
6” 3 +0


(39/20, dal 6° 54/28)
1
Art. Divisionale, Batteria Cav. 6 lbr
6 cann.
Elite
1
8

6 lbr, Light Medium Horse Art.
1
Beurmann
3” 3 +0


(13/7)


1
10° Ussari
360 u.
Linea
4
6
Light Cavalry
Sciabola
1
Ussari Baden
360 u.
Veterano
4
7
Light Cavalry
Sciabola
1
Domanget
3” 3 +0


(18/10)


1
2° Lanceri
360 u.
Linea
4
6
Lancer
Lancia
1
11° Cacciatori
360 u.
Linea
4
6
Light Cavalry
Sciabola
1
12° Cacciatori
360 u.
Linea
4
6
Light Cavalry
Sciabola
6
Wathiez
3” 3 +0


(15/8)


6
23° Cacciatori
360 u.
Elite
4
8
Light Cavalry
Sciabola
6
24° Cacciatori
360 u.
Veterano
4
7
Light Cavalry
Sciabola
2
2ª DIVISIONE
6” 3 +0


(31/16, dal 3° 55/28)
2
Art. Divisionale, Batteria 6 lbr
8 cann.
Linea
2
7

6 lbr, Light Medium Art.
2
Brayer
3” 3 +0


(24/13)


2
I / Provisional
720 u.
2ª Linea
4
6B

Moschetto
2
II / Provisional
720 u.
2ª Linea
4
6B

Moschetto
2
III / Provisional
720 u.
2ª Linea
4
6B

Moschetto
2
IV / Provisional
720 u.
2ª Linea
4
6B

Moschetto
3
Charrier
3” 3 +0


(24/13)


3
I / Provisional
720 u.
2ª Linea
4
6B

Moschetto
3
II / Provisional
720 u.
2ª Linea
4
6B

Moschetto
3
III / Provisional
720 u.
2ª Linea
4
6B

Moschetto
3
IV / Provisional
720 u.
2ª Linea
4
6B

Moschetto



ALLEATI (PRUSSIANI e RUSSI)
Turno
Unità
Forza
Qualità
Basi
Fatica/SK
Regole spec.
Armamento
1
Corpo di YORK (Average)
10” 4 +1


(116/59, dal 2° 147/74, dal 3° 174/88, dal 6° 209/105)
1
Art. Russa, Batteria 12 lbr
12 cann.
Linea
3
10
½ CB+1 when firing
12 lbr, Heavy Art.
1
1ª DIVISIONE
6” 4 +1


(96/49)


1
Mecklenburg
4” 4 +1


(38/20)


1
I/1° Est Prussian Musk.
640 u.
Linea
4
6C

Moschetto
1
II/1° Est Prussian Musk.
640 u.
Linea
4
6C

Moschetto
1
1° Est Prussian Fusiliers
640 u.
Veterano
4
7B
Spec. Light Inf.
Moschetto
1
I/2° Est Prussian Musk.
640 u.
Linea
4
6C

Moschetto
1
II/2° Est Prussian Musk.
640 u.
Linea
4
6C

Moschetto
1
2° Est Prussian Fusiliers
640 u.
Veterano
4
7B
Spec. Light Inf.
Moschetto
1
Lobenthan
4” 4 +1


(27/14)


1
I/6° Silesian Landwehr
640 u.
Coscritti
4
5C
Poor Shots, Militia
Moschetto
1
II/6° Silesian Landwehr
640 u.
Coscritti
4
5C
Poor Shots, Militia
Moschetto
1
III/6° Silesian Landwehr
640 u.
Coscritti
4
5C
Poor Shots, Militia
Moschetto
1
IV/6° Silesian Landwehr
640 u.
Coscritti
4
5C
Poor Shots, Militia
Moschetto
1
Batteria 6 lbr
8 cann.
Linea
2
7

6 lbr, Light Medium Art.
1
Brigata di Cavalleria
4” 4 +1


(7/4)


1
Ussari del Brandeburgo
360 u.
Veterani
4
7
Light Cavalry
Sciabola
1
Donnersmark
4” 4 +1


(24/13)


1
West Prussian Dragoons
480 u.
Linea
6
9
Heavy Cavalry
Sciabola
1
Ulani del Brandeburgo
480 u.
Linea
6
8
Lancer
Lancia
1
Batteria Cav. 6 lbr
8 cann.
Linea
2
7

6 lbr, Light Med. H. Art.
1
2ª DIVISIONE
6” 4 +1


(10/6, dal 2° 41/22, dal 3° 68/35)
1
Bieberstein
4” 4 +1


(10/6)


1
Cavalleria Nazionale
360 u.
Coscritti
4
5
Lancer
Lancia
1
Silesian Landwehr
360 u.
Coscritti
4
5
Lancer
Lancia
2
Zepelin (Guardia)
4” 4 +1


(31/16)


2
I / Leib Musketeers
640 u.
Veterani
4
9C

Moschetto
2
II / Leib Musketeers
640 u.
Veterani
4
9C

Moschetto
2
Leib Fusiliers
640 u.
Veterani
4
9B
Spec. Light Inf.
Moschetto
2
Guard Jagers
240 u.
Elite
2
4AR
Spec. Light Inf.
Moschetto rigato
3
Knorr
4” 4 +1


(27/14)


3
I/4° Silesian Landwehr
640 u.
Coscritti
4
5C
Poor Shots, Militia
Moschetto
3
II/4° Silesian Landwehr
640 u.
Coscritti
4
5C
Poor Shots, Militia
Moschetto
3
III/4° Silesian Landwehr
640 u.
Coscritti
4
5C
Poor Shots, Militia
Moschetto
3
IV/4° Silesian Landwehr
640 u.
Coscritti
4
5C
Poor Shots, Militia
Moschetto
3
Batteria 6 lbr
8 cann.
Linea
2
7

6 lbr, Light Medium Art.

Dipendente dal C. di Corpo
6
Neverosky (Russi)
3” 3 +0


(35/18)


6
Okhotsk Regt.
640 u.
2ª Linea
4
7C
Poor Shots
Moschetto
6
Kamtchatka Regt.
640 u.
2ª Linea
4
7C
Poor Shots
Moschetto
6
Odessa Regt.
640 u.
2ª Linea
4
7C
Poor Shots
Moschetto
6
Vilma Regt.
640 u.
2ª Linea
4
7C
Poor Shots
Moschetto
6
49° Jager Regt.
640 u.
2ª Linea
4
7B

Moschetto