We have two large games taking place over the next couple of months.
First up, we have a 28mm English Civil War game on 18th November using To The Strongest rules and presented by Martin Gilling. With eight players already signed up it should be an impressive spectacle.
Then on 16th December Club President Les Mills is planning a game using What A Tanker rules with 15mm vehicles. Again the game is designed for eight players. Please contact Les if you are interested in playing.
Richard Clarke (of Two Fat Lardies fame) will be visiting Essex Warriors on 8th May to do a demo of the new Sharp Practice rules which are being launched on St George’s Day. All are welcome to watch or participate.
Contact Steve Dix or Rafael Fonseca if you wish to play
Firstly, many thanks to Richard for all his hard work in organising the mega game; it was much appreciated by all who took part. Also thanks to Les for his help in preparing the terrain.
The game itself played out fairly historically with Rosenberg’s IV corps attacking on the right, surprising the French having breakfast, before being driven back after having inflicted heavy damage on some of Davout’s brigades. The Austrian advance guard ably supported this attack with their cavalry proving their superiority over the French routing an entire cavalry division in an hours fighting. However, Davout’s men proved stubborn and a fierce firefight began all along the Russbach stream.
On the left flank the Saxon army excelled themselves storming Aderklaa and repelling attacks from the elite Austrian Grenadier and retaking the village twice. The Saxon cavalry then dealt with their Austrian counterparts in short order securing this vital area for the French. In what was to be a day for the underdogs the army of Italy ably supported them forcing back Bellegarde’s I corps and opening a dangerous gap in the Austrian line. Whilst the Austrians attacking on the left continued to be held with little progress by Massena and Bernadotte, Oudinot’s Second Corps was free to assault the Austrian centre. Once again the poor quality depot troops making up much of the corps excelled themselves, destroying much of what remained of the Austrian IV Corps with the Portuguese legion being first to cross the Russbach stream.
Seizing his moment Napoleon now freed up the central reserve with the guard and heavy cavalry ordered forward.The Austrians having little available reserves began to waver with the largely untouched II corps in the centre now facing an onslaught from Oudinot and the Reserve cavalry and the Guard. As Oudinot’s grenadiers stormed Baumersdorf, Archduke Charles’s advisers urged him to retreat as he was becoming isolated in the centre of the field.Reluctantly he agreed; with the advance guard cavalry delaying Davout’s Corps and the II Corps fighting to delay the French central attack he reluctantly quit the field. Even as he did so, Arch Duke John was approaching from the Austrian right but only arrived in time to be met by troops of the retreating Advance Guard.
In a twist on history Wagram had turned into a classic battle of the central position at which Napoleon had excelled. Instead of Davout rolling up the Austrian right he had pinned it whilst the centre had been broken. With the Austrian army split in two it is likely that historical precedent would ensue and an armistice result.
All in all it was a great game and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely. It is hoped to hold another game next year and your suggestions are welcome. Eylau and Dresden have been mentioned.
It was a difficult fight for the Austrians but in hindsight they could perhaps have committed II corps to support one or other flank. However, honours of the day must go to the Saxons who fought off the elite of the Austrian army (take a bow Wesley) despite taking horrendous casualties doing so.
Seven new games have been added to the calendar – three on 8th March, one on 29th March, two on 12th April and one on 19th April. The various games are hosted by Mike Herrington and/or Andrew Lawton
The Mars Attack game scheduled for 1st February has been cancelled due to transport issues.
Following the success of last year’s Club DBM Competition, Richard Gravatt has offered to run the competition again this year, The competition rules are shown below:
Essex Warriors DBM 3.2 Competition 2015 rules
Essex Warriors and the BHGS present
15 mm DBM v3.2* Singles 400 AP One List
Sat 29th – Sun 30th November 2014
Writtle Village Hall
18 The Green
There is a (small) FREE off street car park opposite and you may also park freely in nearby adjacent streets. There are a few local pubs and a Co-op Supermarket nearby.
Four Rounds – any army up to 1500 AD.
Using either the old DBM or the new (DBMM) army lists but not both together.
Saturday – check in from 8.30am, 1st round 9:30am – 1pm, 2nd round 2pm – 5:30pm.
Sunday – 3rd round 9am – 12:30pm, 4th round 1:30pm – 5pm, prize giving 5.30pm.
Entry Fee £25.00 – cheque or PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember to put your name and competition details in the payment notes field.
[Students/unwaged half price, juniors free but they MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times]
Entries by 2nd November 2014 to:
28 Poplar Close
List checker – email@example.com
Lists to be in by 16th November 2014
* Subject to approval, we may be trialling DBM v3.3 changes (except that for Bw(X) at this competition.
For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or check the BHGS events page.