Wednesday, 17 August 2011

River Coa - 24 July 1810

Last Wednesday I set up the next Command & Colours Napoleonics scenario - the Battle of the Rover Coa.  John had a change of scene and commanded the French while Steve led the British.  As usual this was played on my Hexon terrain while toys are from my accumulation of 15mm Napoleonics.
The initial set up, seen from the British side of the table...
...and again from the French side.
Infantry advances on the French left.  This and all further photos are taken from the French left/British right.
The French heroically overran the British (actually Portuguese) field works.  These turned out to be less of an obstacle than anyone had anticipated!
Infantry surges forward on the British right while the French press forward in the centre.
French infantry hunt down the remainder of Sharpe's chums.
Meanwhile on the French right, heroic (or stupid?) light cavalry charge the guns.
More dramatic cavalry action as the British heavies charge the French vanguard.  Compare this photo with the 'after action' one below.
Casualties on both sides, but the cavalry didn't hang around.
Before the French can take a breather more cavalry (light this time) gets stuck in...
...and see off the French.
The game lasted for less than 90 minutes - particularly impressive considering that Steve hadn't played before.  While the Frenchies took an early lead, the Brits mounted something of a comeback before being finally beaten.


Prufrock said...

Very nice! How do you find it compares to CnC Ancients?


Tim Gow said...

It is every bit as slick as CCA, and has a nice 'feel' to it. As a bonus, no game so far has lasted for as much as 2 hours.

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Nice looking battle

You are getting me hankering for a bit of napoleonics

Tim Gow said...

Go for it - I can certainly recommend CCN as an easy to manage game system.

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

One game system at a time

I have certainly have noted it for future use

Paul said...

The French won! Shocking result, you will have to carry out a replay.

Tim Gow said...

Sorry about that! Still, now that Martin is back from holiday I'm sure that the French will resume their normal performance...

Conrad Kinch said...

It's a hard one for the French, they did well to win.

Tim Gow said...

Conrad Kinch
It was, as the saying goes, a damn close run thing.