Plancenoit has been on my to do list for several years. I also wanted to get my Ros Prussians and French along with some Warrior figures on to the table. A visit by Bob Black provided the opportunity to get the figures out of their boxes. With limited time available we opted for the Command & Colors scenario, using our adapted rules that dispense with the three zones and the cards.
This is the map:
This was interpreted on the table as:
The battle sees a massive Prussian force approaching from the top of the table, with the French, consisting of numbers of Imperial Guard battalions, holding some of the buildings in Plancenoit village, or dashing forward to occupy them. The famous church is represented at centre left, just about to be taken by a Young Guard battalion.
The battle unfolded with the Prussians bombarding the buildings to weaken the defenders, with two batteries in close range of the French occupiers. This caused some casualties, but it was clear that at some point the Prussians would have to assault over the open fields.
Meanwhile the French steadily brought up reinforcements:
The Prussian Jaegers take the left hand buildings and bring up more battalions. The French counter attack with some Lancers, but the Prussians form square and supported by the jaegers, the Lancers are wiped out. The second farm complex fall s to the Prussians and the French batteries are overrun.
It is the end. The French run out of troops and the score reaches 10 - 7 to the Prussians. It was a very tough battle and both Bob and I were convinced that the Prussians would fail, but as occurred in history the French were bulldozed out of the village. The Prussians won but paid a very high price.