Some time ago when we played our latest game of White Death. Another playtest of our ruleset for 1812. This time we played an episode from the Battle of Berezina in late November 1812.
More precisely we recreated the 28th November 1812. Part of the French retreaters had already reached the western banks of Berezina River and were regrouping there. But meanwhile the Russians under General Chichagov were approaching and tried to empocket the bridge head. Finally General Fournier and General Doumerc saved the French by leading a daring cavalry charge with the reamins of their forces.
|The battlefield... Berezina River is somewhere on this side of the board.|
We as players led three warbands of retreating soldiers. It was pur goal to stand firm long enought to buy time for the cuirassiers to gather and prepare to charge. Regarding the rules this worked by special event cards which we were able to collect during the game. After this we were free to launch the cavalry charge or wait a little longer to collect more cards. The more cards the more powerful the charge but the Russians became more numerous and more dangerous during the game as well. A difficult situation...
|Our warbands taking their initial positions.|
|One of our soldiers taking cover behind a tree.|
|Allied troops ready to fire at the approaching Russians.|
|Luckily we had some artillerymen who where able to man a gun we found.|
|Chichgov's Russian in sight|
|They're fielding a sledge gun. Dangerous !|
|A Russian Jaeger officer leading the troops.|
|The Russians advance across the clearing in the middle of the board.|
|Their pressure becomes more and more unstoppable...|
|...but our curassiers gather as well. Relief seemed near!|
|Then suddenly Russian hussars appearing at our flank...|
|... luckily they meet the Old Guard our best fighters there...|
After we repulsed this charge our boys were at the end of their tether. Thus we decided to launch the French cavalry charge and luckily it was a success. Thus we defended the French bridge head and Napoleon and his troops are able to retreat further west...
Once again an absolutely entertaining and exciting game. Actually the core rules for our very own 1812 ruleset are working very well. Hopefully we'll manage to do some playtesting of the campaign rules this winter.