Last weeks fortnightly game was a splendid Volley and Bayonet Scenario staged by our resident V & B afficianado, Adrian Powell.
Adrian has a vast collection of 15mm armies, mostly Essex, and an equally impressive collection of scratch built buildings that are a joy to game with.
The game in question was an Italian War of Unification battle whose name completely escapes me, probably something like the battle of Ravioli or Bolognese or some such Italian sounding name. If you wanted a history lesson you have definately come to the wrong place.
Anyway the game involved the Forces of Neopolitan Italy and the Papal States against the Piedmontese. It appears the Piedmontese were none too keen on this Unification malarky, being as how they were going to get shafted by the Eyeties... so, as is the way, war ensued.
In this particular battle the Piedmontese had managed to get themsleves between the Neopolitan Italians and the Papal States Armies. The Neopolitans had positioned themselves squarely across the Piedmontese line of communication at the Southern end of the table.
The Piedmontese Army consisted of 2 Corps. One Corps was tasked with sweeping the Neopolitan Army from their position whilst the other Corps would hold off the Papal States Army which was advancing from the opposite Northern end of the table with a view to doing the Piedmontese some serious GBH.
The nature of the terrain is very rocky and impassable in many place so attacks must be funnelled through narrow gaps which favours the defender who also has the benfit of several villages to anchor their flanks and provide nuisance fire.
The Neopolitan Italians were commanded by Rodger and Adrian whilst I commanded the Papal States.
The honour of commanding the Piedmontese fell to Geoff and Chris.
I kicked the ball off with a frontal assualt on the Piedmontese second Corps which had taken up a line of defence between two rather picturesque villages.
|The Papal States Advancing on the Piedmontese 2nd Corps|
To the South the Piedmontese 1st Corps shook themselves out into battle line to commence an all out assualt on the Neopolitans.
|Republican Italians(In foreground) prepare to recieve the Piedmontese 1st Corps assault.|
By turn 4 I had restored some semblance of order and my Army commander had personally halted a somewhat determined rout of my elite shock troops.
I was ready to launch the my second wave on the Piedmontese, albeit with inferior troops this time and no cavalry. Both my artillery batteries were deployed and stationary and began bombarding the dug in Piedmontese whilst my infantry advanced to within firing range with the intention of halting for a couple of moves to slug it out with musketry prior to charging.
Unfortunately this ploy failed miserably as Chris's Stationary Piedmontese rolled six after six whilst I had an attack of the 'ones'. One by one my units were whittled away and by turn 7 my Army was on the verge of exhaustion and subsequent morale collapse with no hope of achieveing any headway against the invincible Piedmontese.
It was at about this point that Chris unleashed a fresh unit of lancers on me. Now I was fighting for my life.
|Papal Troops about to be routed.|
|Italian cavalry steamroller some Piedmontese Hussars.|
Turn 8 saw my Papal Army in exhaustion and completely demoralized..a resounding victory to the 'demon six thrower', Chris, and his Piedmontese, whilst Geoff's Piedmontese 1st Corps was in about the same state as mine and in no shape to clear the Neopolitans away.
So all in all an inconclusive draw and a ton of fun.
Some more pics in no particular order: