Redoubt - 1 a: a small usually temporary enclosed defensive work b: a defended position: protective barrier 2: a secure retreat.
Welcome to my internet refuge from the real world, where I can retreat and forget about the day to day craziness. This blog will document my adventures in recreating the great battles of history (and fantasy) through the noble hobby of wargaming. Read on to learn of the exploits of my brave lead men.
I'm still painting away. With the date of Historicon getting closer and closer and the amount of unpainted lead I have piled up I'm starting to get a little nervous. Hopefully, the quality of painting on the remaining units won't suffer as I rush to complete the remaining units.
Prince Charles of Mecklenburg, Commander of the Russian 2nd Grenadier Division. Figures are Front Rank.
General de Division Kniaziewicz, Commander of the Duchy of Warsaw 18th Division. Figure is Old Glory.
1st and 3rd Battalions of the Moscow Militia. Based on the reflection I guess they must be standing near a lake. Figures are Front Rank and flags by GMB.
Akhtyrsk Hussars. I'm painting both 'battalions' of the Hussar and Uhlan Regiments to reflect their being double the size of a standard Regiment. I've also done the front rank figures armed with lances which some sources indicate were used. I'm not overly happy with how these turned out, but at least they are done. Figures are by Front Rank.
Two weekends ago (May 6th) the we ran a play test of the Southern flank of our Borodino scenario that we'll be running a Historicon. Peter who was kind enough to host has posted a write up of the action at Blunder's on the Danube.
Below are some photos of the action around the village of Utitza which was my command. The main action of the battle occurred around the Fleches where the French swarmed over the hill.
Overall it was a good play test. One major take away for us is we need to be sure to 'suggest' the respective Army commanders deploy their reserves early. The 2 artillery batteries that were allocated to the Utitiza sector (my wing) on the second move card never did get into action. Of course several one move segment rolls didn't help much either.
Russian set up, the 2nd Grenadier Division with its 2 artillery batteries are deployed on the hill among the Fleches. In the foreground is the artillery reserve of the 2nd Army of the West waiting to be deployed.
Greg H. conducting the obligatory pre-game photos. On the right is Davout's First Corps, on the left hill top the Russian 2nd Grenadier Division.
Another shot of the Russian Grenadiers. Yes, I'm biased, after all I'm the Czar.
The Russian 3rd Division initial deployment. In the right back ground you can see some of the Cossacks waiting to pounce and on the left you can see the mass of Opolochenie (militia) deployed in the woods.
A closer shot of the mass of Opolochenie. We had 11 units on the table, we need 12 by Historicon.
The Russian 27th Division with the 2nd Cuirassier Division await the French onslaught.
The Opolochenie and Cossacks start their moves. At the top left of the photo you can see the French 1st Cavalry.
Another view of the Opolochenie surging forward to secure the North flank of the 3rd Division. I had rolled uncharacteristically well on my first move card which allowed the 1st Grenadier Division to occupy the village of Utitiza and the hill (mound) to the South of the village on a triple magic move roll. The 3rd Division rolled a double move which allowed me to support the Grenadiers but left me hanging out there being the only Russian command advancing until the 2nd Cuirassier decimated the French Cavalry - (at least that's how I remember it, I'm sure that's how Kutusov wrote it in his dispatch to the Czar.)
The table about half way through the battle. At the bottom of the photo the Russian 1st Grenadiers occupy the hill and aline running into the village and are facing off with the Duchy of Warsaw Infantry. The Cossacks wait just behind them to pounce on the unloaded Polish artillery. Alas, the cards and dice were not kind and they weren't able to charge to glory.
The Mass of Opolochenie can be on line with 3rd Division North of the Village of Utitiza. Beyond them is the Cavalry action where the Russian Cuirassier had a good outing.
Beyond that, the hill with Fleches looks like an Island surrounded by a sea of French. I think just about every move roll that Davout (James) had was triple move - maybe a few 2 segment moves - and he rolled even which let's you do 'fun' things in Field of Battle. Of course in the Historicon game there'll be another 14 or so feet of table beyond the hill which may or may not allow such sweeping maneuvers.
Not the best photo I've ever taken but it shows the hill with the Fleches looking South towards the Village of Utitza. There are still some Russian Grenadiers on the hill at this point but the French are behind the hill, on the hill, and to the front of the hill. The action here got even more chaotic as a battery or two of the reserve artillery came on the table behind the hill and Joe began to withdraw off the hill.
All in all it was a good battle, good time, with a great bunch of players. If any readers play as either Kutusov, Bagration, de Tolly or Napoleon at Historicon if one of the H.K. Rats suggest you think about deploying your reserves early on, just remember it could take a lot of move segments to bring the reserves on where you want them (hint, hint)
A painting update will follow soon. So much lead, so little time.