Monday, June 11, 2018

French vs. Prussians, 1813 FoB3

We played 2 games of Field of Battle 3, with 1813 French vs. Prussians.    Here's the battlefield:

Prussians deployed to the left side of the table, French to the right.
The first game featured a French massed attack from the hill area, with virtually all of their army deployed in 1/4 of the table, focused on a left hook to crush the Prussians and attack through the town. 

In reality, it almost worked out that way entirely.  The French had effectively achieved overwhelming numerical superiority at the point of decision (French right flank at the river), and won the game going away.  

Photos from game 1:







For game 2, we kept the terrain and the armies, but switched players.  This was quite a dramatic game, with the Prussians rushing the French on the heights at the start of the game.  They bled the French white, but the French still had some chips remaining.  All of this before the French had their first move card!  But then, the French started to get their own move cards - coupled with a staggering number of triple moves (won even!), resulted in the Prussians being caught a bit overextended on the hill by a now deployed Grand Battery.  On the French right, their 6 cavalry regiments swept across the field (go Rodney go!) towards the Prussian flank force commanded by John.  After some losses, John managed to get his two flank infantry battalions into square, which effectively slowed the cavalry assault as they were reluctant to try the squares.   Finally, an out of command square was ridden over and the cavalry were flowing into the back of the Prussian army when......the French ran out of AMP's, and started giving them to the Prussians.  Right before the French ran out of AMPs, they had 2 points remaining to the Prussian 5.   The contest continued back and forth with the French passing one Army Morale check before finally losing on a failed Army Morale check.    Quite a game!

Photos from game 2:


 
 
Rodney (below) all alone on the French right flank!

 
Now THAT is a Grand Battery!

Monday, March 19, 2018

New Piquet and Field of Battle Facebook Page

I've finally gone and done it - there is now a Piquet/Field of Battle Facebook page.  You can find it at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/201897673911387/ .       The page has only been up for a week or so.   To date, the content is somewhat limited, but I expect that to change as more members join up and we get into a rhythm of adding material.

So come on over and join us on the Piquet/Field of Battle Facebook page!

What's next?   Videos?  Podcast?   Both?  Neither?   Who knows?  Certainly not me.....

Sunday, March 11, 2018

I'm Back!!!!

I see that the last post was in October.   Hmmmm.    A lot has happened since then.  Let's see:

1)  The Broncos didn't win the Super Bowl.  
2)  The Broncos didn't make the playoffs.
3)  The Broncos finished with the 5th worst record in the NFL.
4)  The Broncos trotted out a trio of quite possibly the worst accumulation of QB's in the history of the league.
5)  Played a few games that didn't make it onto the blog - ACW, Napoleonics, FPW, APW, Punic War.   I'll post a few random photos after the text of this blog post.  I honestly have no recollection of who won, who lost.   All I remember was that the games were fun!
6)  Started the final stage of our house renovation - finishing the floor for the basement.  It took us months to finally decide what type of floor we wanted, as well as the color/style.  We finally settled on Cortec HD, a luxury vinyl plank product.  Waterproof, has some insulation value, and it is beautiful.  We finished the flooring install last weekend, and this weekend we finished all the trim work.   IT IS DONE!   A 4 year project, renovating our home from top to bottom.  New bathrooms.  New kitchen.  Relocated windows.  Hardwood throughout the house.  New spindles and handrails.  New lights.     It is hard for me to believe that it is actually complete.  No more planning and establishing project plans for timing, arrival of material, etc.   DONE.

On to other news - today I established a Facebook page for Piquet/Field of Battle, rather imaginatively titled Piquet and Face of Battle.   If you're interested, look it up on Facebook and join.  We're glad to have you!   https://www.facebook.com/groups/201897673911387/

On to some photos of games held between October and February:

 

 
Stern Prussian commanders
 
Frivolous Frenchmen
 


 

Toby
 


 


 
 



 
 

 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Photos of Give Fire! Playtest - 3 Months Ago....

As I've prepared our next games for tomorrow - ECW, using the not yet released mini-supplement for FoB2, "Give Fire!", I thought I should post some photos from the previous game. 

Based on previous test games, I'd made some minor changes (salvo fire, commanded shot, some minor modifiers).  I also rebased all of the pike and command figures, so now all foot units have 3 stands.  I really really really like the look of foot units with 3 stands.  They just look more "clumpy" and less linear.   Anyway, now for the photos of our somewhat game of 2nd Newbury:

A rather uneven deployment

Close Up of the new infantry basing

Guns ready to Give Fire!

A major horse melee looms.

I don't think they knew they were going up against a 12+1 unit!

Foot tromps forwards

Infantry supported by guns.

More of the horse melee

Less of the horse melee

I think that qualifies as a flank attack

Who is going which direction???

And finally, somehow, one of the players managed this die roll.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Final Game of Campaign (Finally)

Actually, the final game of the Field of Battle campaign, using the soon to be released Season of Battles campaign system, was finished back in June.  I'm just slow to report!  I actually don't remember much about the game in detail, but the Austrians did lose, again.  At least they were consistent throughout the campaign!

Some photos of the final game follow.

Plaid was apparently the uniform of choice.
 
Austrian infantry on the advance.

Austrian Cuirassier in support.

The French await.

Yet more Austrians advance.
 
If I remember correctly, the Austrians lost a close battle, that if they would have won would have kept the campaign going.  Alas, the Austrians sued for peace and the French could turn their eyes elsewhere.
 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Second Game Day of 2017 - 1809 Campaign

Finally had a weekend free (house projects are nearing an end) to get in some gaming!  We started an 1809 campaign as additional playtesting/development of the upcoming campaign system for Field of Battle, titled "Season of Battles".   The game, for some reason, seemed disjointed - maybe the players were out of practice as it has been a while since the last Napoleonic game of FoB.  The French were commanded by the dashing team of John, Chris, Greg R., and Rodney, while the Austrians were led by the soon to be defeated team of Eric, Greg C., and Terry.  The Austrians had some set up and location advantages, but the French had a pretty significant strength advantage (+30%).  Ultimately, the Austrians put up a valiant defense but ended up on the end of a crushing defeat.  It will be a steep climb for the Austrians to get out of the hole created by such a big loss in the opening battle of the campaign, but we shall see!  The set up and post game campaign process helped me a great deal as SoB moves ever closer to completion.

Some photos from the game: