Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Napoleonics - A Loss Again

OK another loss - again.  Seems to be my standard outcome with Napoleonics.  Certainly the terrain plays a huge part in the outcomes, as does deployment, yet no matter what I want to do my dice will inevitably screw me over.  I just seem to find the french rarely need to test to do things, and if they do the results are low, whereas I seem to always be looking at a 1 in 3 chance of things working.  So apart from my whinging the game was lost by my deployment and non-arrival of flank march.  Picture below will tell my tale of woe.

french on the move.  Seeing how I had boxed myself into such a small
section of the battlefield I couldn't get out to engage. french reponse was
to ignore my right flank and head off to terrorise my left flank.

A horrible deployment by me.  Artillery was hampered, could not
set up ready to fire on this flank.  The bloody finger hill was the
death of me.  Split my forces, my hope was my flank march.

The setup of my left flank.  A more viable deployment.  Again the
terrain did not help.  Andrew stuck the hamlet in such a way that
I was unable to deploy my guns where I could have achieved
better results.

My reaction to the french making a mad dash across the field.
Advance and hope for the best before his reserves arrived.

3rd Bound of the french.  The reserves arrive (why am I never surprised).
My hope was that the sacrificial hussars would drag away lancers
and allow my foot enough time to get across the field to engage
either the horse artillery (forlorn hope of that, they just limber up and bugger off) or
french infantry.  The leading battalion did charge, but failed to engage.
Hussars just prior to being counter charged.  Charging lads
brief hope of contact before losing 3 from shooting.  Failed
to charge home.

The debacle of the right flank.  Prussians confused and hemmed in.
My flank march of my cavalry failed by being a) led by a cautious general and b) by having said such general took a turn longer to arrive and required a greater than usual chance to arrive (5+ on d6).

While I enjoy my games (to a point), I am finding that the Prussians are really pushing crap uphill when it comes to be successful in prosecuting an engagement.  Oh well of to sulk again, look at my list and try and think positive thoughts.

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