Monday, May 3, 2010

Raid on a Supply Depot

Today I found a bit of time to set up a small 18th century action between my two ImagiNations after having been inspired by and having ordered my first unit from Spencer Smith Miniatures to add to my 18th century collection. I figured that every true "Old School" collection should have some Spencer Smiths included, and I was especially inspired by the pics over at Nyudrev Chronicles of some nice units of classic Spencer Smiths to get the ball rolling...

After having a few games with newer rules like Black Powder, I thought it would be fun to get back to basics with a game using "The Wargame". In addition, I ordered "Charge" from On Mililtary Matters and the rules came within 2 days! ...so I'm primed for more development of my 18th century stuff!

The battle today was based on the historic engagement at Gostyn (1761) between a Prussian brigade and a Russian defense of a supply depot. I used the map from the indispensable "Project SYW" for the table set-up, and the scenario was recast as an attack by the Konigreich der Bleiherzen on a Grand Duchy of Grolstein supply depot. It followed that the Grolsteiners had retreated to regroup after their loss at the Battle of Vier Arme and the pursuing Bleiherzeners here threaten to capture a rear area depot.

The battle began with the Grolsteiners deploying as the Beliherzen forces arrive on the table. The historic battle saw a Russian (played here by Grolstein) brigade guarding a fortified supply depot situated next to a monastery outside the town of Gostyn. The main infantry force of Bleiherzeners arrives and deploys to the attack and 3 turns later their cavalry brigade arrives to flank the Grolstein infantry line.


Bleiherzen cavalry brigade


Grolstein cavalry deploys to counter...


the Grolstein supply depot, fortified with an infantry battalion and 2 guns


The main Grolstein infantry positions in front of the depot and the adjacent monastery held by a detachment of Croats.

The Bleiherzen attack begins with a blast of canister from advancing guns. (it's always fun to break out my homemade canister cone)


Grolstein Musketeer Regiment Jahde lets loose a volley at long range...dropping a few oncoming grenadiers


The Bleiherzen cavalry makes a flanking move


The Bleiherzen attack develops...



Colonel Gerlach's jagers assault the monastery...


The Grand Duchess' Liebguard fights to redeem their reputation after their poor performance in the last battle. (...my beautiful new Minden minis finally give a good account of themselves!)


Melee in the monastery...and Colonel Gerlach is again wounded in the fight...he is seemingly made of cast iron...having been wounded in three of the last four battles...but always comes back to fight again!


A composite battalion of Bleiherzen grenadiers bears down on the Grolstein infantry line.


A large cavalry melee erupts as Grolstein dragoons and uhlanen resist the flanking attack of the Bleiherzeners


The Grand Duchess' Leibguard is severely tested by a strong flanking assault of grenadiers...


to be continued...

8 comments:

Capt Bill said...

Wonderful scenario and photos! It's always an inspiration to see your troops in action. My humble Beerstein troops were the result of my admiration of your armies. Thanks for sharing...

Der Alte Fritz said...

A nice looking battle. You have quite an impressive SYW collection at this point.

tidders said...

Wow, super looking battle. Looking forward to the final result

-- Allan

tradgardmastare said...

Lovely stuff Sir!

Fitz-Badger said...

Very nice report, excellent minis and terrain!

Bluebear Jeff said...

Lovely troops . . . and a very nice "old school" look (and, look, a canister cone!).

Very nice eye candy indeed, sir.


-- Jeff

Stokes Schwartz said...

What better way to start the day than by gazing at your photos and reading your description of the battle!

Best Regards,

Stokes Schwartz

Archduke Piccolo said...

Wow! What else can I say?