Representing the 1st Line Battalion, some more Warrior Miniatures French, paint converted into Brunswickers. I will probably paint one more and then will concentrate on some Dutch/Belgians.
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Saturday 26 November 2022
Saturday 19 November 2022
That venerable old school firm Warrior Miniatures caters well for the main protagonists of the napoleonic wars but there is limited coverage of the minor states. There is a Brunswick element in the British section of the catalogue, but only for the Lieb Battalion with the distinctive long coat and horse tail plume, but no line troops. Thanks to the work of Jeffers there are some Saxon troops available but that's about it.
I needed some of the minor nations troops for the 1815 campaign, so I set about paint converting some of my abundant French infantry casting. Jeffers also upgraded these figures but as far as I know were never put into production. John Holt the owner of Warrior Miniatures sadly has suspended the production of the Warrior range due to illness. It is not know when or if production and sales will resume.
My idea is to paint a few battalions of German and Dutch troops to supplement my allied army. So far two units have been completed.
A Nassau line battalion:
And a Brunswick battalion:
I will add to these units occasionally.
Monday 7 November 2022
Talavera is a battle that I have long wished to play, using the Command & Colors game system as the basis. I also wanted to play with both the British and Spanish elements on the field. After a bit of searching I found an enlarged version on the C&C website called 'Talevera La Grande Battle':
Will came over this weekend and so the troops were set up on the table. From the French side:
And from the Anglo Spanish point of view:
The game was played using our in house rules, using dice to determine initiative and action points. Also, from previous games we added another tweak; units forced to retreat by a flag symbol finish up facing away from the enemy and are classed as disordered until rallied next turn and using up action points. This allowed cavalry to pursue and cut up retreating troops - as I was to learn shortly. We do not use the C&C game cards at all.
I played the French and kicked off by having a probe towards the Spanish side of the field by attempting to attack the two gun batteries on the ridge. These guns were behind an earthworks, proving to be a real challenge to dislodge:
The attack did not go well and the two French battalions were soon retreating having taken some casualties. The action for this small ridge continued for much of the game sucking more troops from both sides:
The French were pushed back with the cavalry brigade being all but destroyed. French infantry were also beaten back and the allied left was stabilised.