My blog posts have been few and far between lately. On January 1, we picked up our newest family member - Toby, a 10 week old, 6.2 lb Jack Russell Terrier. He's taken a lot of attention to get him acclimated to the house, my wife and I, and our other dog (Bailey - a 9 year old West Highland Terrier). But - he's picking things up quickly! He's really a smart dog. Its a kick to watch the two dogs play. Having an older dog to teach and wear out Toby is really working out well.
Bailey (left) and Toby (right) at play
On to the game! I'd prepared a "disguised" (very poorly disguised, I admit) Antietam scenario that I ported over to the Franco-Austrian War of 1859. The table featured a sunken lane and a bridge crossing into some bluffs/wooded areas. The Austrians had a total of 24 units (16 infantry battalions, 5 artillery batteries, and 3 cavalry regiments. The French had only 10 infantry battalions and 2 artillery battalions onboard at game start, with a 3 infantry/1 artillery brigade arriving on the 5th move card. The French started with 13 morale points; the Austrians with 22 (I'm working from memory - those totals may be off by a point here or there).
The table and initial set up. Austrians on the right, French on the left.
The French defense arranged above the bridge. Class III hill and woods on the left in the picture, Class II hill and Class III woods on the right in the picture
View from the Austrian right. 2/3 of the French command look on confidently.
Austrian heavy artillery deployed on the Austrian right flank
Grenze infantry march to the attack
French defense arrayed in the class II woods on their left flank
More to follow as the battle moves forward!