Saturday, May 11, 2019

GdB Battle Report

Our battle went off without a hitch this morning. Our gathering was really all that a wargame should be; friendly competition played out amidst conversations about history and current events. This is why we game!

I am still learning how to set up games featuring 28mm figures. I love the visual aspect, but the logistics are quite confining on a 6 foot by 4 foot table. Be that as it may, the scenario played out fairly well and could have gone either way.  In the contest post mortem, it was agreed that the turning point of the battle was a cavalry charge that the British won by three points. This set in motion a series of events that resulted in the entire right French flank literally melting away. Brigade morale tests can be game changers in these rules.

Here are some pictures and a brief narrative.

The high school seniors start things off.

The seasoned veterans await.

The first of the cavalry charges.

The French attack the Guards brigade.

A French column tries to capture the farm. This attempt failed along with a second one. The third time, however, proved to be successful.

The action from behind the Allied left flank.

This hill was quite strategic. A French horse battery has worked its way
through the woods in an effort to get around the flank. This proved to be

French reinforcements arrive.

The British line is unbreakable.

The French failed two brigade morale checks. This accounts for all the
wide open space on this side of the table.

The Coldstream Guards try to retake the farmstead.

The British cavalry has driven off the French.

An overview of the table at game's end.

Neither side was able to gain control of the road junction.
I declared this a British victory. The lads, however, were not willing to yield to this decision. They pointed out that the road junction was still very much up for grabs, and that many units on both sides had yet to fire a shot. You have to love young people.


  1. The lads have the right spirit. Fight on!

  2. Excellent, Fight On! some Marshal Neys there for sure. I just wanted to confirm that you were on a 6' x 4' table, the photo's just seem to make it look bigger, with so much eye candy on the table .... I hope it is 6' x 4' ..... Inspirational for us small table gamers :-)