Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Borodino, Chch 2012

Over weekend a bunch of NZ wargamers decided to refight Borodino. Every regiment who took part is represented. With over 4500 infantry, 1000 cav and 160 gun models it was extremely impressive. 

We used Blackpowder and everything flowed nicely. We even got a result!I commanded the centre right an Davout I Corp with 3 infantry divisions, the corp cav and artillery. Most of the photos are from my attacks to take the fleches.

At first my corp took a while to get into place. Then with a corp order of “Storm the Fleches!” and a few good command rolls saw the entire corp get stuck and overran the left gun position.It was an epic battle as the fleches changed hands 8 times become it became clear the Russian infantry were expended but their Cavalry and guns formed up behind the fleches preventing any further advancement.

I called in support from II Resever Cav corp, with 2 bridges of Cuirassiers and 1 light cav brigade. Napoleon himself released a division of young guard to ensure the Russian centre broke.We such fine troops I pushed forward breaking several divisions and causing Bagrations 2nd Western army to break. Dispatches from my right confirm that the Poles with aid from Junots corp of 2 divisions secured the road. 

News from my left was also good as the forces there claim the great redoubt.On our far left things were not so well. The Russian cavalry crushed an entire French corp and shattered several neighbouring divisions before Napoleon ordered the artillery reserve to halt the advance. 

All in all a great result. The best thing was combining 20 wargamers from throughout the country in one huge game. 

Sorry for the picture quality I spent most of my time fighting hard the fleches and only briefly had time to take pictures from the left flank.