I decided that I needed a game to recharge my mojo while wrestling with some Cheveauxleger, so a game of Sharp Practice was called for to blood all these Napoleonic figures that I've been painting and reacquaint myself with the rules.
So the setting is Russia, August 1812 (although I suppose we could ignore the Russian shakos and be in Poland in 1807 too) and a Russian force is making a foray against a Bavarian outpost.
The Russians are attacking simply because they have a limber to move their gun. The Bavarian gun starts in the redoubt overlooking the village.
|Table viewed from Russian Deployment Point|
|Russians deploy first with a formation of grenadiers and the 10 pdr unicorn under their force commander. The general lifting his hat in salute is the Deployment Point|
|Bavarian light troops hustle up the road|
|I'm using the coloured chips to mark the Big Men on table but am drawing cards for activation|
|"Achtung!" Gun crew is alert and springs into action|
|Bavarian fusiliers begin to arrive. The Emperor (their Deployment Point) helpfully pointing the way forward.|
|6 pdr opens the game putting a bunch of shock on the grenadiers marching up the road|
|Russians spreading out into fields opposite the redoubt|
|Bavarian light troops get into the village|
|"Franz?" "Ja, Hans?" "There are pigs, Franz." "Ja, Hans, there are. Cabbages too." "How have they not been eaten yet, Franz?" "Ich weiss nicht. We should do something about that, Hans."|
|Schützen taking aim, and wondering how to get the pigs and cabbages back to their bivouac without anyone else noticing|
|Jaegers on the left of the line beginning a flanking move on the battery|
|Russian gun begins bombarding the redoubt|
|"Present! Fire!" Sgt Harfner puts a close range volley into the grenadiers, who recoil from the excess shock.|
|Bavarian gun flays advancing Russian infantry with cannister!|
|Fusiliers form up to support the redoubt. Notice the Russian Jaegers have sidestepped into the woods at the base of the hill|
|Russian musketeers all alone in a field|
|Advancing Russian musketeers getting hit with cannister, musketry and soon the Bavarian lights will enfilade them from the village! They will break with over 50% casualties!|
|Jaegers give the battery a volley!|
|UURRRAAAH! Charging up through the musket smoke they carry the redoubt with their bayonets!|
|Second formation of Bavarian Fusiliers arrive to put some musketry into the Jaegers.|
|The wreckage of battle. The victorious Jaegers are alone and unsupported as the rest of the Russian infantry flee across the table covered in shock markers.|
A Bavarian win, I think. Even though the Russians achieved their objective, the Bavarian Force Morale was still at 8 whereas the Russian FM had dipped to 7 and the Jaegers wouldn't be able to hold on long enough to spike the gun or blow up the redoubt.
Both sides get some bragging rights I think, and everyone looked FABULOUS! even my low budget Hät Fusiliers.