giovedì 19 luglio 2018

Black Powder – Battle of Auerstädt July 7, 2018

On July 7, 2018 my club mates decided to recreate the Auerstädt battle using Black Powder rule system. The scenario and the table are prepared by Ezio and they simulate the fights from 9 am to 1 pm.

The battle of Auerstädt was fought on October, 14 1806 between the forces of Napoleon and Frederick William III of Prussia and, it was part (with his twin and best known battle of Jena) of the decisive defeat for the Prussian army.

Below an imagine of Jena and Auerstädt battles from Wikipedia.

and another detail of the Auerstädt battle movements during the day.

My mates played this scenario on a 240x150 cm table and with around 900 miniatures (scale 15mm). 

The French forces are controlled by Ezio and Luciano while the Prussian-ones are under the control of Antonio and Alberto. The miniatures are mainly painted by Alberto (around 95%) but also by Ezio and Riccardo ... and now the battle

An imagine of battle preparation

Troops are arriving on the field

The Davout’s French divisions advance even if further west respect what heppened in the real battle. While the left wing commander decides to cover the flank with a line formation…

… the right wing are more aggressive maintaing the attack columns

The Prussian forces start their fires …

… and continues to hammer French lines that absorb part of their shoots thanks from voltigeurs screen (as well as happened on the real field).

The Prussian cavalry starts his attack but even if they break the central French division it is too late.

… the Prussian infantry divisions leave the field and so Auerstädt remains another Napoleone’s victory.

I have to point out that also in the real battle Blucher's cavalry was been not able to break Davout’s men and so the Prussian commander was force to order the withdrawal. Below a Richard Knötel’s imagine that can witness very well what have been happened

lunedì 16 luglio 2018

Casale Monferrato – La Rocca Implacabile IV – June, 17 2018

On June 17, 2018 my club (“La Piccola Armata”) took part to La Rocca Implacabile IV, an exposition that held in the castle of Casale Monferrato. It was a local exhibition organized in cooperation with Casale Comics&Games and another club: I vendemmiatori implacabili that kindly invited us.

Below some pictures of the Castle of Monferrato. The castle is a 15th century military construction with a hexagonal plan and four round towers encircling by a moat

The exhibition was not dedicated to miniatures but to role play games and ghost players as it is possible to see below

Our stand was dedicated to Paolo Montinaro’s wargame expansion: “Garibaldini all’attacco!”

In addition to Castelfidaldo scenario we prepared also another table with some miniatures of different periods to help people to understand our hobby

Paolo published with Chillemi Editore the first expansion of his game dedicated to Italian independence wars but I’ll treat this topic in another post as is correct to do considering the great work (ie to write rules, play tests and so on) that my club mates did to prepare it.
The scenario prepared by Paolo (and re create for the exhibition) was Castelfidardo battle. A battle between Sardinian and Papal troops fought on Sept 18, 1860 that was permitted to new Italian kingdom to take control of Marches and Umbria.

Below some imagines of the miniatures and table prepared and painted by my mates.

During the day many persons decided to play with Paolo’s wargame and, considering that the event was not for miniature players, I have to point out that Paolo created a very good system rules