The last week has been spent at the invite of Wargamers Vienna playing in their home city in the Wargamers Paradise permanent games room . The game was the 1813 battle of Dresden with the allied armies attempting to take the city before Napoleon could arrive with his reinforcements.
The guys had created a whole load of new terrain item for the city walls and the Grosser Garten with itswalls and it’s palace.
The game was played out over 3 phases :-
Phase 1 - 7 turns - initial allied arrival against the line French Corps - so taking the outer villages .
Phase 2 - 17 turns , the massive allied army outnumbers the French by about 6 to 1 - there were special rules to toughen the French units but it would still be a challenge to hold the allies away from the city
Phase 3 - the arrival of Napoleon with the various Guard formations and 3 more line Corps - which would go on the counterattack.
I was playing French with a division of St Cyr corp to try and hold the approach to the right hand side of the city - it would get desperate.
The view from my end of the table - as ever with these large multi player battles you end up absorbed in your own area and frequently have no idea what is going on at the other end . The rules are In The Grand Manner with a number of local amendments- we had 15 players.
The view from my end of the table
The view from the far end
The 3D printed city walls
The 3D printed Grosser Garten.
The allied army starts to arrive and the fighting commences .
My division pushes out (bottom left) to try and slow the Austrian corps as far away from Dresden as possible
The defence of the Grosser Garten
The allies approach the city defences
More next time ±