The prep work for my final of my series of Hundred Days' battles having been waiting around for months to be played out, I have finally and at last brought the thing to the table top. I'll just post a 'heads up' trailer here, with a bunch of pictures, and follow up with more set-up detail and battle narrative in due course.
Suffice to say, the Kavkaz campaign narrative will resume after a short interval.
The first four pictures show the starting positions of the armies before the first move.
|View from behind the Prussian centre. Close to the |
camera is Pirch's II Army Corps. In the distance,
Ziethen's I Corps is holding a salient line.
|View from the east, overlooking Thielmann's |
III Army Corps
|View from the east, overlooking the Cavalry Corps |
of Pajol and Exelmans. In the distance, Count
Lobau's VI Corps, and elements of the
|View from behind French lines: VI Corps and Imperial Guard; |
in the middle distance, Gerard's IV Army Corps
is about to assault the Prussian lines about Ligny itself.
|Opening clash: Pajol's light horse encounters the |
Prussian III Corps cavalry.
|IV Corps d'Armee advances|
|Imperial Guard advances to support IV Corps;|
VI Corps prepares to move to the right.
A little bit of a traffic problem in the making, methiks!
|General Vandamme's III Corps. For the whole of the |
first turn, this formation did nothing, apart from a desultory (i.e. ineffective)
bombardment of Saint-Armand, because the activation roll
for all three of the formations that could move, was a '1'!
Of this action, more anon. The game has just started; more to come.