For this Command & Colours game we visited (unusually for this century) the Ostfront. I provided the toys and Hexon terrain. John and Jerry commanded the Russians while Mark, Martin and Kayte led the Frenchies. I think this was the first outing for my Russians which - like my other Napoleonic armies - has been built up from various bring & buy and eBay purchases, let in with a few painted for me by Steve Briddon.
One of the innovations the Russians bring to the game is the redoubt. Several of them in this scenario. I improvised them from some resin gabions and matchsticks.
For Kayte I brought along a special figure. The origins of this cantiniere figure are obscure, but she arrived ready painted!
Most photos are taken from the French left/Russian right. Here is the French left complete with their own redoubt.
They were soon on the move across the bridge...
...thus providing employment for some Russian gunners!
In the centre, Russian light infantry were well ensconced on a ridge. Clearly they wouldn't be easy to shift.
The Frenchies soon got stuck in, and the blood (on both sides) flowed freely!
An aerial view of the proceedings. The French have managed to secure one of the three ridge hexes (the top one) and reduced the garrison of the redoubt to a single stand.
With the arrival of more Russians (left), it appeared that the French had been driven off.
Silly hat fans on both sides were delighted to see these Pavlov Grenadiers.
A renewed French assault on the redoubt failed spectacularly - sabres don't hit against fieldworks!
French luck improved with a lucky shot against the defenders...
...and held when this Russian general died in a bayonet assault!
As an imposing Russian counterattack force gathered, the French attacked out of the redoubt and killed off a whole battalion, securing an early victory! While this game was over a bit more quickly than we expected, it lacked nothing in exciting episodes - even if my poor Russians lost their debut game.