I was supposed to be running a face-to-face French Wars of Religion game in the shed of war this weekend. However, three days before the game was due I tested positive for Covid-19... Damn!
Not to be deterred and suffering from what might be described as only the symptoms of a bad cold, I offered a remote game to those rejects that were due to play - Lee, Ray, Steve and Surjit.
That's how we ended up with a fictional French Revolutionary War scenario set in 1796 using Volley and Bayonet rules. The figures used were my 6mm MDF collection from Commission Figurines.
I will be using the full movement in the rules. So, with cavalry moves of 20 inches things should zip along on 4 feet by 6 feet table. However, I anticipate moves will slow once the forces engage.
Two views of the field of battle
|Fessenair is a village|
The Austrian army is retreating across northern Italy. General Massena has been given the task of trying to cut the retreat, bring the Austrians to battle and defeat the enemy in detail. Beaulieu is aware of the French intention. Nonetheless, they are both surprised to have encountered each other close to the town of Fessealair.
|Positions at the end of the first turn.|
Turn 2 saw the French resist extravagant moves and consolidate their lines. The most offensive posture were the dragoons sent out on the far flank to threaten and/or pin the Austrian right.
|French deployment is looking quite formidable.|
|Monnier's Brigade out front is going to see a fair share of the action.|
Beaulieu and Vukassovich, marching further, are slowly getting into place. Quasdanovich's brigade appearing to position itself on the Austrian left in preparation for some offensive action.
|French infantry stand in preparation.|
Massena now decided to advance Monnier's brigade against Quasdanovich's.
After being bloodied by the Austrians, Massena decided to pull Monnier's brigade back and redress the lines on the French left.
However, Vukassovich smells blood and thinks that the French left flank and Monnier's division is fatally damaged and ripe for taking. Quasdanivich's division and Koblos' uhlans are thrown at the faltering French.
|Ocksay's and Liptay's brigade hurls itself against Sandos and Lebley's brigades|