However we met up on Friday evening and Bernhard had prepared the third scenario of his test series. It was a bit difficult to imagine the harsh Russian winter of 1812 with about 25 °C outside but his table gave an idea of the snow covered wideness of eastern Europe. The vegetation isn't winterly so far but he and some other guys from the team are working on a new winter gaming table. Anyway for this game the excellently painted miniatures on the table fixed the rest. Most of them Perry and Front Rank miniatures from Bernhard's large collection and my five conversions. So sails were set for a great game...
Altogether we fielded four companies:
Holger lead a group of stragglers which gathered around Colonel Marbot (which you might know because of his sledges), Axel commanded some cavalrymen who lost their horses, Heinz was in charge of a mixture of Old Guard veterans and I participated with the grenadiers and one chasseur I modified myself.
Our mission was to close the gap on the retreating forces after we lost contact while foraging the surrounding hamlets. We had to reach the road before night closes in (after nine turns) or otherwise our severely wounded comrades (those who were dropped to 0 life) would be doomed to die. Unfortunately our soldiers had only three shots each but we knew that there was an amunition cart left behind somewhere in the woods. Naturally the area between us, the train and the caisson was packed with wolves, cossacks, Russian Jägers and other dubious encounters...
|The battlefield with the ammunition caisson in the left forest and the retreating column at the other end of the table.|
|The retreating army... and our safe harbour.|
|Some figures of Axel's company.|
|My men heading towards the woods where suddenly Russians Jägers appeared.|
|Russian Jägers under heavy fire.|
|Wolves asking for a dance.|
|My men gathering ammunition.|
|Each of the counters behind Axel's men might represent an enemy or is blank...|
|Cossacks advancing behind and in front of us. Actually we were surrounded.|
|Marbot and some of his men beating some cossacks off.|
|Axel's company in misery.|
|Axel's last stand.|
Thus while Heinz and Holger retreated to safety already, I decided to support our brave cavalrymen on the right hand side. I made my men run around the pond and in the very last turn I entered the fight. The Russians were too surprised to execute serious resistance and we defeated them without a lot of fuss.
|My Old Guardsmen running around the frozen pond.|
Nevertheless after the game two exceedingly brave soldiers were chosen for promotion. One was chosen by the players and we agreed to decorate Axel's dragoon who fought extremely stubbornly. The other one was chosen by our gamemaster and he chose one of my grenadiers substitutional for the bravery and helpfulness our my entire company.
Thus a very entertaining and fascinating game ended and our companies will continue their way back to France. Hopefully they'll experince more events which are worth to be presented here...
By the way. After the game we discovered who gave our men the extraodinary bravery. The "Bravest of the Brave" was among us and guarded the road as well as he inspired our men:
|Ney among his brave comrades.|