Are my recently painted early Imperial era Saxons lucky on the tabletop?
So far they have marched on the tabletop twice, joining the winning side on each occasion without taking almost a miniature loss. Normally WR’s miniatures are known for leading the fight to the opposing side miniatures and taking losses and lumps to achieve their miniature glory for the month. But reviewing their recent photographic proudness shows their ability to win without the normal knock-down requirements of WR’s other armies. Surely this will not continue into their future engagements but for now WR takes note. Time maybe for a battle honor in their storage box? The two recent scenario games in question for the lucky 1806 Saxons are detailed below.
October scenario: French and Bavarians vs. Prussians, Austrians and Saxons
The October even points matched scenario featuring early Imperial French and their Bavarian allies vs. early 1806 Prussians, some 1815 vintage Prussians, 1809 Austrians, and the allied early period Saxons with a small 1798 Wurttemburg contingent tossed in. Scenario is part of our monthly 3rd Saturday group gaming day in Bob’s Redondo Beach garage. Generalship for the Franco-Bavarian side was Dan (1806 French), Bob and Rob (Bavarian). Their player opponents were John (early 1806 Prussian), Andy (1815 Prussian), Dave (Austrians) and WR playing his early Saxon-Wurttemburg units. A photo after action report of the scenario outcome below.
Opening deployment with Franco-Bavarians on left, Prussian, Austrians and Saxons on right. Each block represents a command of brigade or divisional size (or a dummy vacate command).
First tun movements bring the two opposite armies closer. Commander miniatures on block indicate the command block is in “battle ready or mode” formations. No commander miniature means strategic march or reserve mode.
Arriving in charge or cannon range, the first line blocks have their miniatures deployed on the scenario tabletop. Bavarian cavalry division (top left) face off against Andy’s 1815 Prussian cavalry.
Just beyond miniature deployment range. The soon revealed French divisional commands approach the backside of the hill. The Austrians form the 1st line with Saxon rear support.
French cavalry cross the hill and reveal the Austrian leading commands. Advance guard and line infantry divisions. Prussians show themselves in distance against the Bavarians.
John’s new 1806 era Prussians hold the Allied central position facing the Bavarians (at distant right on hill) and French cavalry on their left. Each miniature represents 100 men.
Uppity French light cavalry is chased back over the hill by the Austrian advance guard cavalry. Quickly the French massed battalions show themselves in squares.
The ponderous Bavarian masses deploy in their center and left flank. French on right flank. Facing them are the Prussians and Austrians. Saxons still haven’t appeared (lurking in reserve).
Austrians call for support…. Voila! The Saxon infantry arrive and form their nice linear lines with heavy cavalry support. Even their red-coated guard makes an appearance.
Prussians feel the center pressure as Bavarian artillery works its way to the great hill position.
We attack forward. Using the Austrians as the leading attack, the Saxons march forward behind the white coats of Austria. Another Saxon command is deployed in columns behind.
Massed Austrians columns march up the hill to attack the French (roles reversed?). Saxons like their nice linear formations… what is this column formation tactic? Wurttemburg do their photo opportunity.
Prussian change formation from squares to the linear lines and toss out their schutzen companies to support the fusilier battalions. Bavarians in the woods.
French see massed Austrian columns crashing into their hilltop artillery and battalion positions. Uhlans prepare to charge home. the Austrian commander knows his tactics today so the Saxons taking notes.
Bavarian cavalry attempts to slow the Prussian linear advance while the foreground Saxons still look pretty… Who is lurking and represented by that wooden block?
Breakthrough! Austrian uhlans ride down one French battalion, The valiant Austrian infantry overrun the French battery after the French gunners flee from the charging cavalry.
Massed Austrian infantry roam the hilltop with Saxon cavalry support riding up. French confusion runs rampant. Saxon grenadiers assault the town.
One building taken… the Bavarian counterattack is swift but soon sent off by the Saxon grenadier battalion. Bavarian cannon bombard the Prussians. French cavalry reserve at top in block.
French Chasseurs ‘a cheval try to stop the Austrian advance. Not so fast… Saxon Guard du Korps stops them cold in their tracks and sent them fleeing the scene.
Battle soon is over. With the Saxons breaking into the town, the Franco-Bavarian right flank in total disarray from the Austro-Saxon supported assault, the French were required to commit their sole reserve cavalry division to stem the Austro-Saxon advance. Having no reserves against the Prussians (1806 and 1815 versions), the Franco-Bavarians saw their LOC road exit was soon threatened by additional game play and forced them to retire from the battlefield. Victory for the Austro-Prussian-Saxon side… with a dash of unengaged 1798 Wurttemburg presence. Saxon losses were two miniatures in total for this fast game.
December scenario: Austrians vs. Prussia Saxon alliance
Game number two was played again in Bob’s Redondo Beach garage. The simplified even point match up was 1809 Austrians commanded by Bob and Dave vs. the dynamic tag team combination of 1806 Prussia and Saxony (John, Andy and WR). A photo commentary of the swift Prussian-Saxon victory is outlined below.
Smaller battlefield for this scenario December game. Austrians on left, Prussian and Saxons on right. Again each block represents a divisional or brigade command of units.
Austrian advance guard division covers the Austrian frontage against the Prussian (foreground) and Saxon cavalry deployments. Even the blocks look linear in formation.
Close up of the Prussian advance guard command shows the aggressive Prussian Hussars charging home.
After a quick Austrian Uhlan beat down, the Prussian Hussars suffer from the Austrian artillery.
Linear vs. column. The 1806 Prussians and Saxons, both under the Linear Tactics rules, form into linear lines. The 1809 Austrians like their dense battalion columns. Saxon Guard block in reserve.
Austrian Hussars charge home… After chasing away the Prussian Dragoon regiment, the Prussian musketeer squares are made of steady hearts, seeing off the musket fire raked hussars.
Saxon cavalry forms up to charge… their linear battalions with regimental artillery steadily march forward while the Prussians, having just repulsed the Austrian hussar charge, soon join them. Saxon Guard positioned on the hill (green block).
Saxony forever!!!. The Saxon cavalry trots forward into a full charge against the Austrian cavalry. Their infantry battalions cheer while continuing the Saxon line advance.
Dust settles… The Saxon cavalry has swept the field of Austrian horsemen. Austrian battalions have formed squares to heed the Saxon cavalry. Another Saxon division represented by block.
While Prussians form their battle line, the Saxon infantry continues their slow stately advance. Austrians have a general conference of their commanders… Looking over the battlefield the retirement orders are issued.
Another bloodless Saxon victory with the Prussians? While one large Austrian division (12 battalions) seeks to evict the Prussian fusilier battalions from the town, their center is being held by the weaker Austrian advance guard division. Bob’s smaller Austrian division (9 battalions) is soon facing the Saxon linear advance of two deployed Saxon divisions. The last photo doesn’t show the other Saxon division forming up on the first division’s right flank (crossing the hill ridge). This leaves the majority of the Prussian musketeer battalions to assault their weak center unless the larger Austrian division cancels their assault and quickly redeploy to their center. With the Saxon infantry already posed to advance into their center position, the timing would be difficult and most likely cause the Austrians to fight near their back tabletop edge with no depth to their position. The sole Austrian reserve block was four regiments of heavy cavalry. Hence scenario was called by the Austrian high command, ordering their army to retire from the battlefield. The Prussian – Saxony army, with limited Saxon miniature removal again, gained their victory over their honorable opponents, the Austrians. This time the small Saxon reserve or two Guard battalions didn’t even deploy to the tabletop.
Holiday cheer from the Warren….. brandy laced egg nog for all the miniatures!