Post of Honour v.2
Post of Honour v.2 Playsheet
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Simple SYW/Post of Honour
Best wishes, Keith.
Update: 16th April 2019
|At this time of year, it's easy to find a quiet corner in the delightful grounds of Blenheim Palace.|
|Hmmm. I seem to recognise that name...|
|The battle is depicted as it was at 5.15pm. This is Oberglau, viewed from behind the British lines.|
|Blindheim/Blenheim assaulted by the British.|
|A close up of some of the cavalry figures.|
|Oberglau again and the cavalry contest to the west.|
|My table size was 6' x 5'. The scenario maps are sized for a 7' x 5' table.|
|The defender sets up first, then the attacker responds with his set up. Paul (Prussia) concentrated|
all his infantry in his centre and right, leaving the guns on the left with unhindered lines of fire.
|An Austrian battalion plus artillery in Fontoney.|
|The Prussians concentrated on cracking open the centre of the Austrian position |
by assaulting Fontenoy in overwhelming numbers
|They are completely successful - the defenders are driven out and what remains |
of the Austrian line are considerably outnumbered.
|On the other flank the Austrian gun positions in redoubts 1 and 2 were |
eventually wrecked by the concentration against them of all 4 Prussian guns.
|A conclusive victory - the Austrians are notable by their absence |
in this shot at the end of the game
|Redoubt "C" remained in Austrian hands, although harassed by Prussian jaeger.|
|On the opposite flank, Angoint remains in the hands of a unit of Croats -|
but their position is untenable and they will have to leave quickly.
|Another day, another costly assault. With the Prussians now under my command, and the Austrians |
fielding an additional infantry battalion, things might not go as well for the forces of Frederick.
|Once again Fontoney was the key to the position.|
|The assault is well under way. The Prussian battery in the distance pounds Fontoney,|
supporting the infantry advance.
|Oh dear. Two Prussian battalions appear to be routing! That wasn't supposed to happen. |
Unfortunately the Army Commander was killed at the same time - the gold counter marks the position
of his demise. With luck his subordinate will reappear in the next move to take over.
|My clever little flank move isn't having much success either.|
Artillery from the redoubts sends cavalry and infantry running for their baseline.
|About here I decided it was all up. I have a toehold in Fontoney,|
but not much to back it up. Plus the town is being reinforced already.
|The desperate struggle in Fontoney.|
|My flank moves had resulted in Angoint being disputed, but the attacking|
battalion was on its own. They would have to retire.
|The winner of last year's Stuart Asquith Trophy for Best Game - 'Talavera in 20mm'.|
|The initial set up. We used one of the scenarios from the rule book.|
|Stuart's elephants start to break through my lightly held centre.|
The bolt thrower prepares to play the role of 17pdr anti-tank gun against the elephantine Tiger tanks.
|Now That's What I Call A Melee - 1. My right flank meets Stuart's left, under Roy's command.|
|Now That's What I Call A Melee - 2. Heavy chariots vs. elephants. |
I think I heard an historically-inspired 'Harumph!' from Roy at this stage.
|Overall set up.|
|Battle for the ridge - opening positions. The Paphlagonian army is in the foreground,|
with infantry from the army of Latium holding the ridge
|The ambush - opening positions. Light forces from Paphlagonia haunt the woods.|
The flanking force is made up of cavalry, elephants and a carro-ballista.
|The Paphlagonians hurry forward to attack the ridge. |
Chariots try to outflank on the right, with heavy cavalry and warband going to the left.
|The ambush is in full swing. The Paphlagonian ambushers are being dealt with,|
but time is ticking by.
|The Paphlagonian pike phalanxes reach the ridge and desperate hand-to-hand fighting commences.|
|Meanwhile, back in the woods...|
The ambush is almost entirely overcome, but a significant delay has been imposed.
|The hoplites of the Latium 'Kingdom Infantry' are putting up a stubborn defence,|
but can the flanks hold?
|The various melees swing back and forth, |
but those outflanking chariots are becoming a real threat.
|Eventually, the brave defenders crack. A couple of moves later and the ridge has been swept clean of defenders,|
although the Paphlagonian Companion Cavalry have been lost in the process.
|Too little, too late. The Latium flanking force crosses the bridge, led by the Auricomus cataphracts,|
only to find their comrades have already been routed.
|Prussians in blue, Austro-Imperials in red.|
|Set-up 1. The hills were replicated by using a felt cloth over TSS tiles of various shapes and sizes.|
Unfortunately the hill outlines don't show up all that well on the photos.
|Set-up 2. The arrangement of forces was as per the historical deployment.|
This found the stronger part of the Prussian line opposite the weak Trier regiment.
|Set-up 3. |
On this flank the better quality Austro-Hungarian units face a thinner Prussian presence.
|Here they come! Prussian infantry strike at the Austro-Imperial left flank.|
The Bornstadt Grenadiers are hindered by the marsh.
|The Puttkamer regiment advances. Even with artillery support, the odds are against them.|
In the foreground the Austrian cuirassiers have retired under Prussian artillery fire, but the hole is being
plugged by the Gyulay regiment.
|The Goltz regiment gets into musket range. |
As hoped, the weak troops of the regiment Trier start to give way
|The beginnings of a breakthrough start to appear. The Horn cuirassiers (just visible bottom left)|
are in the wrong place and would be invaluable on the Prussian right.
|On the other flank, Puttkamer take heavy casualties from Austrian muskets and canister.|
Their superior quality is not enough to overcome the odds, and they are forced back.
|Prussian high water mark. |
Regiment Trier has evaporated, and the Prussian grenadiers have forced away the poor quality cavalry units.
However, the Austro-Imperial line on the ridge is still solid and starts to re-align, whilst regiment Goltz retreats
with heavy casualties. Further assaults are unlikely to succeed.