Napoleonic Ottomans, Spanish and Bavarians AAR

Title of this post seems a bit weird but we had several new or unusual armies take to the tabletop for our late March game. Both Tim’s mid and late war Spanish and Bob’s 1809 Bavarian 28mm armies are fresh from the painting department while WR fielded some of his large Ottoman collection. Congratulations to Tim and Bob with their new sharp-looking 28mm armies as seen in the following posted photos. Should be noted our long-standing Southern California player group has almost every napoleonic 25/28mm army painted and ready for tabletop action. On to our March group scenario…

Players had their choice of nationality with predetermined points (1500) and GM’d by Bob for team sides. WR wanted to use something different and offbeat so the natural choice was Ottomans… either his Ottoman Empire (European) or go further out with his Ottoman Islamic States miniatures. In the end Daniel and WR covered both styles of Ottomans with a combined Ottoman horde for the tabletop.

Nationalities and forces: Team “Fez” consisted of WR and Daniel with Ottomans (five Infantry “divisions so to speak”, three light provincial cavalry groups, two provincial sipahi cavalry groups, a small Levant Janissaries division and two artillery commands. Bob joined with his new 1809 Bavarians (of three mixed infantry / cavalry brigades), and Fred and Greg fielded Imperial French with four infantry divisions and two light cavalry brigades. Our opponents were Rob and Paul with English / Portuguese (three infantry divisions and the famous light division but no cavalry). Tim commanded his new Spanish infantry and cavalry divisions, Andy had two Austrian infantry divisions and their light/mixed division. Ty held the left flank with two Russian infantry and light cavalry division.

Terrain was familiar Bob terrain with a few more isolated farms and a nice hill farm for the Ottoman artillery batteries. The Ottomans promptly claimed and sent their unarmed “shovels” to dig their artillery batteries behind a low earthen wall.

Completing the first turn by moving the deployment wooden blocks. Both sides started in their last foot square lining the tabletop edge. 1st movements generally advanced the blocks into the second foot row.

Completing the first turn by moving the deployment wooden blocks. Both sides started in their last foot square lining the tabletop edge. First movements generally advanced the blocks into the second foot row.

Team Fez in action. Wr deploying his provincial artillery batteries behind their earthen walls.

Team Fez in action. WR deploying his provincial artillery batteries behind their earthen walls.

Set up: For Friends of the Fez our deployment had the Ottoman wing on the left flank. On their right and next to the Ottomans was Bob’s new 1809 Bavarians in the center of the tabletop then both Fred and Greg playing Imperial French on the right flank. Our opponents deployed their English army (Paul and Rob) opposite to the Ottomans, placed Tim’s new Spanish against the Ottomans and partially the Bavarians. Andy’s Austrians faced the remainder of the Bavarians and Ty’s Russians alone against the French. So the initial deployment created some uneven or unusual opportunities for both sides.

Third game turn (end of first hour). Several commands on both team sides have been deployed on the tabletop since in adjacent squares.

Third game turn (end of first hour). Several commands on both team sides have been deployed on the tabletop since in adjacent squares. English vs. Ottomans in foreground with their batteries deployed.

Tim elected to lead his new Spanish with his militia infantry division, followed by his cavalry division, while the forefront Ottoman sekhan units swarmed behind the small center village. The Ottoman entrenched artillery battery opened fire with their 18lb siege like cannon, causing some losses in the Spanish militia ranks. The Ottoman “shovel unit” encouraged the topcu gunners by waving their wooden shovels in the air as a unit of zembuk camel gunners retired from the front.

Note: We use three classifications for entrenched positions. Class I position is basic low un-reinforced and without timber/gabion backed earthen wall. Simply tossed soil piled in front. Class II position has earthen rampart and backed by supportive timbers or gabions. Class III is “artillery proofed” earthen position with some overhead protective cover. Siege type trenches are equivalent to class II positions. Redoubts are class II positions and are treated like buildings for all round defense and maximum 200% shock combat odds.

Ottomans... The central Ottoman battery is positioned behind their class I earthworks opening fire on the advancing Spanish militia battalions under Tim. Ottoman infantry "blobs" approach the town in support.

Ottomans… The central Ottoman battery is positioned behind their class I earthworks opening fire on the advancing Spanish militia battalions under Tim. Ottoman infantry “blobs” approach the town in support.

Out on the French right flank their two light cavalry brigades quickly crossed the hill and preparing to charge the approaching Russian light cavalry. Behind the French light cavalry the French infantry wooden block advanced in battle mode formations. Bavarian command located besides the French near the hill tower position as Andy’s Austrians are seen in the distance.

Note: We have three modes of movement in our games: 1) Battle mode; the unit is ready for action, formed into their proper ranks and can be in any allowed formations (linear, column, square, open order skirmisher, or limbered / unlimbered artillery). 2) Strategic mode; which means the units are in loose marching formations and not ready for immediate combative actions. These units start automatically in morale disorder status if tested for morale tests and must be in proper column or limbered artillery. 3) Road Strategic mode; same as Strategic mode except the formation is narrow column along a road or pathway. We mark the status by placing an officer / commander miniature on those blocks if in battle mode. Otherwise the wooden block, without the officer miniature, is assumed to be in strategic mode.

On the French right flank massed light cavalry prepare to charge the screening Russian light cavalry and horse artillery. Bavarian blocks, deployed into battle mode, approach the hill tower position. Austrian face off against the Bavarians.

On the French right flank massed light cavalry prepare to charge the screening Russian light cavalry and horse artillery. Bavarian blocks, deployed into battle mode, approach the hill tower position. Austrian face off against the Bavarians.

The French light cavalry charges, wins and loses their engagements. After the charges are done the Russian light cavalry appears to remain on the hill slope with a horse 6lb battery.

Charge and countercharge  completed, the Russian cavalry temporary has won the fight with a depleted horse battery. Russian battalions enter the farm complex.

Charge and countercharge completed, the Russian cavalry temporary has won the fight with a depleted horse battery. Russian battalions enter the farm complex.

In the center the Ottomans are hiding behind the small village (2 buildings) as their allied Bavarians march up the near hill slope screened by a couple of Bedouin irregular horse units. The Spanish mass of militia infantry forms up under the loud artillery bombardment by the Ottoman topcu gunners as their supportive cavalry trots forward. Austrian mixed brigade holds the opposite slope of the hill before the advancing Bavarians.

Back in the center the Bavarians (blocks) and the Ottomans get to dance with Tim's new Spanish and Andy's Austrians. Seems the Bavarians have a Bedouin cavalry screen before them.

Back in the center the Bavarians (blocks) and the Ottomans get to dance with Tim’s new Spanish and Andy’s Austrians. Seems the Bavarians have a Bedouin cavalry screen before them.

Facing the English advance, the Ottoman army and their entrenched battery test out the range with a few cannon firings. Another zembuk camel gunner unit trots out to prepare and dismount as a skirmisher screen. Both sides have undisclosed blocks just out of effective scout information range. More waving and cheers from the local “shovel unit”.

Ottoman left flanks has the slowly advancing English army to contend with. Their provincial artillery battery is behind their earthworks as a unit of Zembuk camel artillery trot forward.

Ottoman left flanks has the slowly advancing English army to contend with. Their provincial artillery battery is behind their earthworks as a unit of zembuk camel artillery trot forward.

As Spanish approach in the distance, a fine view of the Ottoman basic sekhan infantry, their fearless Pasha leader “flying on the carpet*” and soon to be deployed wooden block of Ottoman provincial light Kurdish / Anatolian cavalry. The while robed unit near center are the “shovel people”.

Note: WR tends to have a “national character” piece for each of his major power armies. For the Ottomans I painted a Pasha leader flying about on his carpet. My Spanish have a “priest and choir boys” procession. Russians have their “War and Peace Pierre Bezukhov with hat” and soon an Icon procession. English will have Wellington and his hounds. French have a cantiniere wagon or guillotine complete with the knitting ladies. Just need to find a suitable Prussian and Austrian themed miniature character(s) now. All for amusement purposes but the Spanish priests have been known to influence the morale test dice roll.

As the Ottoman get down to the business at hand, WR's Ottoman army commander "fly's in" on his carpet.

As the Ottoman get down to the business at hand, WR’s Ottoman army commander “fly’s in” on his flying carpet.

Ottoman gunner's view of the advancing Spanish militia infantry. Already the heavy siege 18lb roundshot is bouncing into the Spanish infantry with effect.

Ottoman gunner’s view of the advancing Spanish militia infantry. Already the heavy siege 18lb roundshot is bouncing into the Spanish infantry with effect.

Spanish rush towards the village. Musketry between the opposing skirmisher screens as the formed infantry masses await their movements. Ottoman Anatolian light cavalry back up their sekhan infantry.

Note: Ottoman national characteristics can be found on the main Wargamerabbit page: Ottoman Empire (.pdf) or Ottoman Islamic states (.pdf).

Skirmisher pop fire, massed columns trod forward, the cavalry prepares to charge... the Spanish are coming on. Ottoman Sekhan infantry masses as Bavarians in distance march forward.

Skirmisher pop fire, massed columns trod forward, the cavalry prepares to charge… the Spanish are coming on. Ottoman sekhan infantry masses as Bavarians in distance march forward.

While the Spanish threaten the peaceful activities of the Ottomans near the village, the English light division riflemen and their light battalion supports are soon sniping away at the Ottoman irregular infantry armed with their long-barreled muskets (or matchlocks).

English rifleman and some light infantry skirmish forward against the provincial Ottoman artillery position supported by Sekhan infantry. The white robed infantry behind battery are "unarmed shovel labours".

English rifleman and some light infantry skirmish forward against the provincial Ottoman artillery position supported by sekhan infantry. The white-robed infantry behind battery are “unarmed shovel labours”.

Massed French infantry, in double lines, appear after their tabletop deployment and slowly advance on the outnumbered Russian infantry. If the Ottomans on the other flank can hold up the English, the French should defeat or push-off the tabletop these Russians.

Fronted by their cavalry regiments, the massed French infantry are deployed and advance against the Russians.

Fronted by their cavalry regiments, the massed French infantry are deployed and advance against the Russians.

The English, Spanish, Austrian and Russian players (l to r) are Paul, Rob, Tim, Andy, Ty and Paul with cap (standing as a visitor for the game day).

Allied side: (l to r) Paul and Rob (English), Tim (Spanish), Andy (Austrians),  Paul (standing as visitor) and Ty, Russians.

Allied side: (l to r) Paul and Rob (English), Tim (Spanish), Andy (Austrians), Paul (standing as visitor) and Ty, Russians.

The Friends of Fez team (l to r) are Fred, Greg, Bob, Daniel and missing WR.

The true believers... (l to r) is Fred and Greg ( French), Bob (Bavarians), Daniel (European Ottoman empire). WR has Ottoman Islamic states commands (Levant, Egyptian, N. Africa).

The true believers… (l to r) is Fred and Greg ( French), Bob (Bavarians), Daniel (European Ottoman empire). WR has Ottoman Islamic states commands (Levant, Egyptian, N. Africa).

Performing their movements.... Greg, Bob and Daniel.

Performing their movements…. Greg, Bob and Daniel.

Team Fez…. WR in person under the crimson fez with tassel.

Team Ottoman... Daniel and WR.

Team Fez aka Ottomans… Daniel and WR.

Back to the action commentary. While the English skirmish under the Ottoman cannon, the cannon in reply bombard the slow advancing English and Portuguese squares. Zembuk camel gunners are ready to ride forth and dismount with their swivel cannon. Always wondered how the camel felt with those cannon firing…

Ottoman Islamic States provincial artillery battery and Zembuk camel gunners.

Ottoman Islamic States provincial artillery battery and zembuk camel gunners in action. Another unit of the “shovel people” in white as Bey “Copper-top” commands the cannon.

Formed English infantry, in squares facing the massed provincial sipahi cavalry, advance on the Ottoman Islamic state army. Both sides have their skirmishers before their main battle lines.

With the distance closing, the English form battalion squares gainst the Ottoman Islamic States masses of arab infantry and provincial Sipahi cavalry.

With the distance closing, the English form battalion squares against the Ottoman Islamic States masses of arab infantry and provincial sipahi cavalry.

In the center, the Spanish cavalry declare successive charges in column. Scattering the foremost Ottoman sekhan infantry, they charge home on some provincial Kurdish / Anatolian light cavalry, forcing them to retreat, then carry into some Ottoman formed sekhan infantry. Tim’s Spanish are doing well as 1813 era Spanish. Bob’s new 1809 Bavarian infantry at right near the hill slope. Ottomans want some of that “cornflower blue” material for their “uniforms”.

Tim's freshly painted Spanish cavalry charges, scattering the first Ottoman Sekhans. The second Ottoman line holds as Tim's cavalry tries to force them back.

Tim’s freshly painted Spanish cavalry charges, scattering the first Ottoman sekhan line. The second Ottoman line holds as Tim’s cavalry tries to force them back.

With their mounts tired, the Spanish cavalry pull up amidst the Ottoman sekhan infantry horde. The Spanish cavalry will soon retire slowly (due to being blown and disordered status) under Ottoman musketry from the buildings, losing a few more miniatures in the process. As the Spanish cavalry retires, the Ottoman infantry regroup and presses forward back into the village.

Finally chasing away the nearby Ottoman infantry, the Spanish cavalry finds itself still amidst the swirling Ottoman hordes.

Finally chasing away the nearby Ottoman infantry, the Spanish cavalry finds itself still amidst the swirling Ottoman hordes.

Out on the left flank the English squares are under stress from the Ottoman provincial artillery. Skirmisher screens are engaging in close range firefight. Time to redeploy the Ottoman provincial sipahi out towards the open left flank and let the arab infantry position themselves for the English infantry.

Bedouin skirmishers against the famous English light division. Even the dismounted Zembuk camel artillery is engaged. Slowly the English squares, taking losses, stroll forward under Ottoman artillery fire.

Bedouin skirmishers against the famous English light division. Even the dismounted zembuk camel artillery is engaged. Slowly the English squares, taking losses, stroll forward under Ottoman artillery fire.

The opposite right flank has the massed French infantry marching forward across the low hill. Cavalry for each side has cleared away except for two French cavalry regiments which can be seen charging the open flank of the Austrian infantry. This charge will cause the Austrians much discomfort, chasing away their supportive cavalry, and assist the Bavarians in destroying the Austrian front later.

Pushing back the Russian outposts and screens, the French infantry advance seeking battle with the Russians. At top,  French light cavalry charge against the exposed Austrian flank infantry battalions.

Pushing back the Russian outposts and screens, the French infantry advance seeking battle with the Russians. At top, French light cavalry charge against the exposed Austrian flank infantry battalions.

English viewpoint of the Ottoman masses before them. Interesting tactic to combine an English and Portuguese battalion in one larger square Paul and Rob.

Note: WR wonders if mixed nationalities would form combined squares? I sense unit and language command problems would prevent but the rules permit till further group discussion. Morale tests are based upon the best unit in the square formation.

English viewpoint in squares of the skirmisher fight and the massed arab infantry and provincial Sipahi cavalry beyond.

English viewpoint in squares of the skirmisher fight and the massed arab infantry and provincial Sipahi cavalry beyond.

Spanish view of the surging Ottomans behind the village as Tim’s militia infantry attempts to seize the building by column assaults. Other Spanish militia battalions engage the flank of the Bavarians crossing the low hill slope while some Austrians lend their lukewarm assistance.

Spanish cavalry riding back under fire from the buildings. The Spanish militia attempt to assault the town. Sharp swords and long barrel muskets poke from the windows. Bob's Bavarians applying some pressure....

Spanish cavalry riding back under fire from the buildings. The Spanish militia attempt to assault the town. Sharp swords and long barrel muskets poke from the windows. Bob’s Bavarians applying some pressure….

View of the Bavarians crossing the low hill and engaging the Austrians frontal with musketry and artillery bombardment. Bavarian cavalry works their way forward to charge the Austrian lines. Will Andy see the looming charge threat? Ottoman sekhan infantry have advanced into the village again.

Bob's recently painted Bavarians having a go against the Austrians under Andy. Spanish assault beaten back by the Ottomans.

Bob’s recently painted Bavarians having a go against the Austrians under Andy. Spanish assault beaten back by the Ottomans.

Firmly positioned on the low artillery hill, Ottoman sekhan infantry await the distant English and Portuguese division while skirmishers engage in sporadic musketry. Picture shows the two flanking Ottoman artillery positions with their freshly dug representative earthworks.

Quick assault by the 43rd Foot clears away some Ottoman skirmishers. Another small English Division marches towards the Ottoman Sekhan infantry in the farm. Ottoman commander was hit.

Quick assault by the 43rd Foot clears away some Ottoman skirmishers. Another small English Division marches towards the Ottoman sekhan infantry in the farm. Ottoman commander was hit by stray musket ball.

While the Ottoman provincial sipahi ride out towards the open flank, the arab infantry deploys under the eye of their pink coat commander. Another Ottoman arab infantry horde will soon join the first group….shades of the later Sudan 1880’s wars maybe?

Bedouins holding their ground against the English skirmishers but not for long. Ottoman provincial cavalry starts to ride out around the open English flank while the arab infantry is restless. See the fashionably dressed Ottoman pink coat  officer leading his infantry.

Bedouins holding their ground against the English skirmishers but not for long. Ottoman provincial cavalry starts to ride out around the open English flank while the arab infantry is restless. See the fashionably dressed Ottoman pink coat officer leading his infantry.

Russian viewpoint of the descending French infantry held back by weak Russian skirmisher screens for now. Slowly the Russians are giving ground and abandoning the farm area but show a strong front to the French.

Russian view of the advance French columns. Slowly Ty is being forced to retire... not to far as the table edge looms.

Russian view of the advance French columns. Slowly Ty is being forced to retire… not too far as the table edge looms.

A quick infantry shock charge and the Bedouin tribal skirmishers run back towards their arab infantry support. The English will seek to advance across the cleared open ground distance on their next movement phase while the Ottoman arab infantry mills about in true Ottoman fashion.

Finally the Bedouins flee from the massed English lines. They scamper away and follow the tactically retiring arab infantry. Either WR is planning something... or don't be downwind of his infantry...

Finally the Bedouins flee from the massed English lines. They scamper away and follow the tactically retiring arab infantry. Either WR is planning something… or don’t be downwind of his infantry…

Back in the village the Ottoman sekhan are attacking out of the village against the weakened Spanish militia infantry. The Spanish cavalry will have to return quickly and charge these bold Ottomans. The Bavarian infantry mass continues to gain ground against the Austrian position.

Massed Ottoman Sekhan infantry surges forward chasing away the Spanish skirmishers and joining the Bavarian advance. Spanish artillery bombards the Bavarian squares.

Massed Ottoman sekhan infantry surges forward chasing away the Spanish skirmishers and joining the Bavarian advance. Spanish artillery bombards the Bavarian squares.

With a quick skirmisher forward movement and the supportive squares marching forward, the English infantry are continuing their slow advance while under the Ottoman artillery fire. Ottomans arab infantry are still shifting about near the pond. The provincial 2nd rate Janissary command (6 Orta) are deployed behind the artillery hill position to give the English something to think on.

English advance quickly hearing their Russian and Austrian allies are being hard pressed. WR's arab infantry is milling about as six Otras of provincial Djemaats Janissaries arrive at top behind the hill farm.

English advance quickly hearing their Russian and Austrian allies are being hard pressed. WR’s arab infantry is milling about as six Orta of provincial Djemaats Janissaries arrive at top behind the hill farm.

Having cleared the village of Spanish, the Ottoman sekhan push forward against the Spanish positions while the brave defenders of artillery hill prepare against the approaching English division. Ottoman artillery is starting to run low on shot so they slowly become conservative with their firings. An English light battalion closes their ranks, then assaults the Ottoman skirmishers lining the farm hedge position, chasing them away during the following shock combat phase.

Note: WR uses an artillery supply system…..Basically every time the cannon fires one mark off one roundshot (RS) or one canister shot from the available pool. Ottoman non-seige artillery has a random component to determine the available shots. If a battery expends all their allocated shots then the battery uses the low ammunition supply firepower modifier (reducing firepower to 25% effect) till end of the battle or a train unit positions itself adjacent for a stationary turn..  Artillery Ammo Chart

English light battalion assault the Ottoman skirmishers lining the hedge as both sides have massed infantry ready for battle. Ottoman artillery battery continues to bombard the enemy before them.

English light battalion assault the Ottoman skirmishers lining the hedge as both sides have massed infantry ready for battle. Ottoman artillery battery continues to bombard the enemy before them.

Bavarian infantry, massing cavalry, and their supportive artillery batteries are pressing Andy’s Austrian infantry. They are not prepared to receive a sudden charge by the Bavarian cavalry.

Bavarian chevaulegers ride forward to prepare their charge against the Austrian lines. Where are the Austrian battalion masses or squares?

Bavarian chevaulegers ride forward to prepare their charge against the Austrian lines. Where are the Austrian battalion masses or squares?

While the French infantry clear the Russians from the farm and open field, the remaining French infantry form columns and impact the Russian skirmisher lines. A Russian dragoon regiment rides forward and calls their charge to disrupt the French infantry advance. The charge will slow and cause some morale tests against the French infantry battalions.

Note: Movements within a declared or opportunity charge zone are done at half rate. The cavalry charge zone extends the distance of normal movement (12″-16″) and angle of 22.5 degrees (each side) from the frontal facing of the Russian dragoon regiment.

While clearing the farm position, a lone Russian dragoon regiment attempts to charge and slow the relentless French infantry advance.

While clearing the farm position, a lone Russian dragoon regiment attempts to charge and slow the relentless French infantry advance.

Ottoman sekhan continue their advance forward gaining some more ground from the Spanish position. Spanish cavalry performs regimental charges to slow and engage the exposed Ottoman infantry. Till Tim commits his reserve Spanish line infantry division, the Spanish position is crumbling slowly.

Spanish cavalry attempt to charge home on the Ottoman Sekhan infantry exiting the town.

Spanish cavalry attempt to charge home on the Ottoman sekhan infantry exiting the town.

Too late…. the Bavarian cavalry rides forward, quickly checking their linear ranks, they sound the charge into the Austrian infantry lines. No preformed squares or battalions masses seen in the Austrian formations. Bavarian cavalry may soon rip a huge hole in the Austrian formations unless Andy is “lucky” with his morale tests (to receive the charge out of square). After the Bavarian cavalry has finished their charges and retired, the positioned Bavarian artillery will crush the remaining Austrian battalions within range.

Austrian infantry under Bavarian cavalry charge and caught not in preformed square formation. The resulting morale tests are going to be painful.

Austrian infantry under Bavarian cavalry charge and caught not in preformed square formation. The resulting morale tests are going to be painful.

While the Bavarian cavalry thunders forward and the Austrian infantry test morale, the Ottomans, with infantry and light cavalry, leak out of the village to threaten briefly the advancing English division. The Ottoman artillery falls silent due to low remaining ammunition. Where is the stone ball cutter shouts the Ottoman artillery officer?

Some Ottoman units sally forth to tease the English infantry under the Ottoman artillery battery position.

Some Ottoman units sally forth to tease the English infantry under the Ottoman artillery battery position.

Laughing off the Ottoman charge threat the English infantry forms line and dares the Ottoman provincial light cavalry to charge home. Thinking twice and quickly, the Ottoman cavalry “pump fakes” their charge and pulls up short of the English musketry. This allows the remaining Ottoman artillery ammunition to be fired directly into the English infantry ranks from their hill-top position.

After a "pump fake" charge, the English infantry laughs at the Ottoman light cavalry.

After a “pump fake” charge, the English infantry laughs at the Ottoman light cavalry till the Ottoman artillery opens fire.

Andy is so lucky…. his foremost battalions all pass their miracle morale checks and promptly form into their individual squares before the Bavarian charging cavalry impacts. Unfortunately the supporting Austrian battalions, behind the front battalions, didn’t pass their charge morale tests and several of them routed to the rear, causing additional morale tests for broken and fleeing friends nearby.

Several Austrian battalion break and flee from the declared Bavarian cavalry charge. But the three front battalions calmly form square and repluse the charge. Andy lucky for now but the unlimbered Bavarian artillery hasn't spoken yet. Somehow some lost arab Bedouin cavalry is charging an exposed flank of a disordered Austrian battery.

Several Austrian battalion break and flee from the declared Bavarian cavalry charge. But the three front battalions calmly form square and repulse the charge. Andy lucky for now but the unlimbered Bavarian artillery hasn’t spoken yet. Somehow some lost arab Bedouin cavalry is charging an exposed flank of a disordered Austrian battery.

Having charge with the Russian dragoons, the Russians know their time is short on the tabletop. The French recover their composure and reform their ranks as the two side battle with their cavalry regiments on the open flank.

Russo-Franco positions just before the Russians feel it is time to exit this battle from the growing French pressure.

Russo-Franco positions just before the Russians feel it is time to exit this battle from the growing French pressure. Russian and French light cavalry charge and counter charge each other in the distant open flank.

Bavarian cavalry bounces off the steady Austrian infantry squares while their supportive battalions are in morale disorder disarray or routing. Even the Bavarian cavalry commander was wounded in the charge. When the dust clears, the exposed Austrian infantry soon is gutted and raked by the unlimbered Bavarian cannon. Somehow in all of this a lone Ottoman Bedouin irregular cavalry unit charges the open flank of an unlimber Austrian battery… and overran the battery!

Moments before the Bavarian artillery rips apart the Austrian squares, the Bavarian infantry divisional officer is hit. In background, the Austrians cannot rally some of their fleeing battalions.

Moments before the Bavarian artillery rips apart the Austrian squares, the Bavarian infantry divisional officer is hit. In background, the Austrians cannot rally some of their fleeing battalions.

With their center position Spanish and Austrians in poor shape, the Russians slowly being forced from the tabletop and the English still to engage the Ottoman left flank, the Allied team side offer a solid victory to the Franco-Bavarian-Ottoman “Team Fez” alliance.

Thank you to Bob for hosting the monthly napoleonic game at his garage. WR also thanks all the players who spent their saturday pushing miniatures, rolling dice and sometimes cursing their poor luck. After handshakes and small talk, the final task of returning the miniatures to their storage boxes and table pickup will commence. Next month WR travels to the local HMGS-PSW Horse and Musket era mini-convention and stages his Battle of Alexandria 1801 scenario. All players are welcome to join in the HMGS-PSW events.

A galley of the pictures used in this blog post:

Cheers from the warren.

WR

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4 thoughts on “Napoleonic Ottomans, Spanish and Bavarians AAR

  1. Well, that was a wild and wooly action! Sometimes you have to let the new troops “see the Elephant”, and allow some unusual veteran (“Team Fez”) to take the field! The eccentric nature (and apperance) of Ottoman forces seem to have shaken the opposition somewhat!

    Given how closely the Portuguese and British worked together in the Peninsula, joint squares seems plausible, as opposed to, say, a joint Austrian/Russian square, to which I would say “Nein und nyet!”

    • One advantage with the Ottoman… you never know what that unit is except for the janissaries with their white hats. The good, the bad and the ugly all in one army. Paul and Rob (the English players) never came to grips with my total “trash” arab infantry which I pretended to march about on the tabletop. The massed arab infantry was so poor in gaming abilities that if someone wrote the word “Boo” in arabic on a sign, the whole lot would be running for the rear. Prussian old age Landstrum with pike or vodka drunk Russian militia come to mind. But the Ottoman “theater troops” pulled another stage performance and took their curtain call. My “shovel people” should have given them a clue…. armed just with wooden shovels.

      Sort of agree with your English/Portuguese in the same square thought and about the Austrian/Russian. The Portuguese did have English officers in their regiments. Something to discuss at the next game.

      M aka WR

  2. Austrian Command base – the String Quartet by Eureka. OK more 7YW, but then… so are the Austrians, LOL. I have one I have to paint up (my wife’s original; major was Performance Violin). Could even throw in the recently released “Ludwig van Barkohven”. 🙂

    Peter

    • Nice thought. I thought about a group of singing Prussian grenadiers in napoleonic era uniforms….like after Leuthen in SYW. “Song of Music” comes to mind with the von Trap family for Austria…. singing Tyrolleans maybe?
      The Palace guard in their Hungarian hussar look?… pulling a piano or harpsichord? I even thought of a Transylvanian coach theme for the “Count”.

      Work in progress…..
      M aka WR

      P.S. thanks again for reading my written word or looking at the nice photos.

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