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 .       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!

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


Stern Prussian commanders
Frivolous Frenchmen