|17 X 9 foot tables with the usual teddy bear fur.|
The French meanwhile would have their own problems of hacking their way through the forest, clearing it of Bavarian skirmishers and deploying their artillery. Admittedly this took 3 of the 10 moves completed so perhaps we could have started the game without this skirmish encounter. Also unknown was the whereabouts of the Russian Cossacks but the French rightly sniffed the saddle sores in the woods to the French right wing, where their own cavalry would come cascading down, and delegated French hussars to screen this threat.
|Hanau in the distance with woods in the foreground, |
which would conceal the Russian Cossacks.
|Austrian medium and heavy cavalry |
with their Bavarian allies in the distance.
The French would shortly appear from the woods at the top.
|Bavarian infantry and supporting artillery.|
A tad too close to the woods?
|1st and 2nd Austrian Grenadier brigades complete|
with two 12lbs and caissons. None of this force was to see any action.
|Austrian right wing, ready to face the French?|
|The Austrian centre opposite Neuhof |
with supporting artillery dug in.
|Same brigade as above but with the Lamboy bridge visible.|
|French infantry and detached artillery forcing their way through the forest.|
|French cavalry on the their right wing, led by hussars, then dragoons,|
followed by Guard and then heavy cavalry. A conveyor belt of horsemen.
|French heavies in the foreground.|
|Austrian right advance.|
|French hussars and lancers attempt to hold the Lamboy|
bridge with artillery support and infantry.
|French log jam in the woods.|
|French heavy cavalry|
|Allied guns fire at the French cavalry advance.|
|Austrian left wing. Bavarian cheveuxleger and lancers are in front. Austrian hussars,|
and Uhlans hold the middle while Austrian dragoons and
light cavalry come up in support to meet the French.
|Massed French cavalry.|
|French difficulty of deploying their artillery.|
|The 1st Bavarian brigade in danger of collapse with guns limbered and falling back.|
Austrian heavy cavalry move into the gap to face the Old Guard.
|Bavarians facing the rear. This 1st Bavarian|
brigade was subsequently routed.
|French progress against the 2nd Bavarian brigade was more muted.|
|Bavarian light cavalry looking a bit battered.|
|Russian cossacks in the woods make their presence known.|
|Polish lancers attempt to deal with the Cossacks.|
|As do the French hussars.|
|Austrians take and cross the Lamboy bridge.|
|Austrian cavalry find the upper Kinzig fordable.|
|Austrian artillery on the solitary hill found it |
difficult to locate a target.
|The 2nd Bavarian brigade attempt to hold a line, |
with support coming to their right.
|Austrian infantry crossing the Lamboy bridge.|
|Austrian cavalry making significant progress |
past the rear of the village of Neuhof.
|French cavalry withdrawing on the French left wing.|
|Progress on the French right, stand off in the centre, |
while the French left looks in danger of total collapse.
Good fun by all. Some new and newish commanders got to grips with the rules remarkably quickly which made the job of umpire considerably easier. Thanks to all who came and the next game will be on the 2nd July.