Neal and I played a couple of games using his War of 1812 15mm figures Here and loved it, you do feel as if you are on the spot as it were. So next game at my place and as it was a while since my French /Austrian revolutionary war ( the European one that is) had been on the table we decided to give it a blast.
Scenario objectives, The Contessa de Knickerbocka, known to her friends as 'bury me in a Y shaped coffin Lill' had been abducted by some dastardly Austrian fiends for their own evil ends and was being held in a church near the village of Barolo in northern Piedemont along with her elderly husband, who hadn't got a clue why his bandy legged wife was so popular with the soldier boys!
During her, 'associations', with the Austrians the Countessa had obtained a great deal of information as to the positions of the Austrian armies prior the the commencement of the 1795 campaign in northern Italy. The Revolutionary Council had decreed that she was to be liberated from the Austrians at once and to that end a French force was sent post haste to rescue her.
The Contessa de Knickerbocka was being held inside the church by a group of eight regular Austrian line infantry led by Sgt 'shit me pants', we know he was called that because when the French arrived at the church, hammered on the door Neal's caricature reaction dice roll meant he shit his pants and legged it out the rear entrance along with his men!
There he goes.
The red marker shows one of the French deployment zones, the other was to the left of the photo. The French had to escort the Countessa off the table to win the game.
The Austrian deployment zone was just in those woods.
The French must get to the bottom of the table where a small relief force is marching onto the hill in the foreground.
The Austrian column is about to cross the bridge in order to intercept the retreating French.
The French escorting column (three squads) deploys into line before wheeling to their left to cover the withdrawal. The Austrians can be seen marching to intercept them.
A final view of the battlefield for this week, in the top right of the photo you can see the French relief column arriving but the bloody skirmishers escorting the Countessa wouldn't move - eyeing her up no doubt!
Neal will be back on Tuesday and we will see what happens then. Same time, same place, same channel folks.