Monday, May 26, 2014

Franco-Prussian War Campaign Ends.....With a Thump

The final game was "interesting".   "Odd" might be a better description.  The French had elected to fight on the same battlefield as in Game 3 (the campaign mechanism gave this battlefield as a choice, and they chose to fight again on the same ground).   The terrain was very full, with probably 40% of the table full of woods.  The Prussians had a huge advantage in initial deployment, but since the French won the actual deployment/placement rolls, the Prussian plan (to get as far up the hill as possible in the initial set up, as well as get on the French left flank) hit the windshield at 120 MPH with a giant splat.

The French were huddled on the hill in a formation best described as a giant blob, and stayed on that hill for the duration of the game, gleefully firing off round after round of Chassepot ammunition at the flailing Prussians.

The game was a disaster for the Prussians - they ended up losing by 16 points - a crushing loss.

The campaign ended after 4 games with 1 win for the Prussians, 3 for the French.   10 Campaign Points for the Prussians, 26 for the French.  At this rate, I'd say the French are eyeing the German border...

One item that was noticeable was that in all three losses, the Prussians made little if any use of their vastly superior artillery.

Some photos:

General Toby attempts to use the Force to levitate cookies off of the counter down to his location

Initial deployments.  Ick.  This game could have been played on a card table!

French cavalry pass the time on a nice, comfortable flank march

The French win no points for subtlety with their deployment

Rank after rank after rank of French

Prussian infantry enjoy a nice walk in the woods

French division moves off on an assault on a town

So - the campaign season is over, and I'm thinking of trying some WW2 stuff for the next game at the end of June.  I'm rebasing my stuff and working on a new WW2 rule "set" for the game.  I'm wanting to get to a set that fits multiple scales (unit could be a squad, platoon, company, battalion) with somewhat minimal changes that would allow players to play any scale of game that they wanted without learning an entirely new set of rules.  We'll see how that works out....


  1. Excellent stuff. I like the campaign idea. Lovely armies. I have loads of Austro Prussian War here with French almost ready to hit the table.

  2. Great looking figures (in Rugby Scrum formation )

    Look forward to hearing about the WW2 set

  3. Well, the French get credit for a solid defeat of the russians in both tactical and campaign terms. Perhaps a little patience by the prussians, usiong theier superior artillery to soften u[p the French and goad them into ill timed counter attacks might have been more successful?

    With a result like this in real life, perhaps the Prince Imperial might have succeeded his father to the throne, rather than dying in Zuilu land in British service!

  4. You are correct! Who knows how history might have changed? The French might have derailed the two subsequent wars if they had won this decisively in reality!