Saturday, 5 November 2016

Vintage Leipzig (Conclusion)

By now Blucher was developing his attack towards Leipzig on the north table. Here Saxon's defend the outskirts of the city whilst 3 battalions of Young Guard newly arrived from the reserve bolster my line.
This is another view of the Poles advancing towards Schwarzenburg's line. As I was absorbed in my own sector of the battle by this time I never really did find out what Poniatowski's plan was - if indeed he had a plan!
Augereau's men press forward in an attempt to capture Connewitz (right of photo) which by this time had fallen to the Austrians. It looks as if the ranks of the 105th ligne are a little disordered.
Schwarzenburg's white coated steamroller has come to a halt content to let the Poles advance and do their worst. I have to say that Roy's Austrian army is most impressive.
An unusal occurrence - Russian hussars catching a French battalion out of square. I don't know how this encounter ended but as the infantry are disordered I'm thinking that the cavalry must have got the better of them.
The hand of Napoleon attempting to command the Russians to run away. I don't think they were taking any notice however.
The French are still hanging on to Markkleeberg but by now both the other villages were firmly in allied hands.
The Austrians again - I found that my eye was constantly drawn towards them! The outskirts of Leipzig (south) can be seen top left of the photo however Schwarzeburg's decision not to advance further meant the city was spared.
Blucher's line presses in against my flank at Leipzig (north). Over half of the Army of Silesia was comprised of Landwehr battalions but they behaved well during the battle and I don't think a single unit routed.
In the centre of the French position on the south table my very own 45th ligne and 9th legere are about to enter the fray against the attacking Russians. Good luck lads!
Back on the north table Bernadotte had outflanked me on the right and taken the village of Sellerhausen. There was a lot of excited dice throwing by now as the two sides traded vollies of musketry. Those 6's look useful.
Ex Wargames Holiday Centre Landwehr with obligatory over-sized metal flag from Roy's collection. These troops last saw action at Vintage Waterloo.
These are the Poles again. Somehow Poniatowski has hooked up with a unit of hussars - I'm not sure it is the business of a corps commander to join in with cavalry charges.
The Austrians in Connewitz - it doesn't look as if this unit has taken a single casualty in securing the objective.
More of the fighting around Connewitz. A cavalry melee rages in the distance whilst French infantry prepare to wrestle the village from the Austrians.
And what of that cavalry melee on the left flank of the south table? As you can see, yet more French reserves have been committed this time Guard Chasseurs-a-Cheval (FN48 horse attached).
A view along the French line towards Markkleeberg. Both the troops and the players are starting to get exhausted now.
Blucher is making progress towards Leipzig - yes that really is a French battalion routing.
The centre of the south table - Austrian cuirassiers appear to be seeing off French cuirassiers. Hopefully those carabineers will have something to say about this.
So where are the Old Guard? Well for all the use they were in this game they might as well have gone back in time to the 1960s. Here are 2 battalions propping up the Poles. I don't think a single guardsman became a casualty during the whole battle.
Try as they might the French just could not take Connewitz. You can see that both the 105th ligne and the Swiss have taken a lot of casualties in the attempt and both are now disordered (yellow marker).
More of the French attack on Connewitz as the battle reaches its climax.
Now what did I say about the proper place for a corps commander during a battle? If Ponitowski puts spurs to his horse he might just make it to the banks of the Elster before those Austrian dragoons get there.
Marmont's flank under immense pressure from Bernadotte but still holding out in square.
The centre of the French line at the end of play. Markkleeberg has now fallen to the Russians and with all 3 villages in allied hands the game was declared a marginal victory for the allies.
Shwarzenberg (left) and Augereau (right) taking a moment to reflect on the days events.
The north table at the end of play - the view from behind Bernadotte's lines looking towards Leipzig in the distance.

My thanks to all the players for making it such an excellent and memorable game and once again to Roy for providing the venue, most of the troops and a truly magnificent lunch!

10 comments:

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

What a wonderful way to begin the weekend. . . enjoying a mug of coffee ad looking carefully through all the photographs of your vintage Leipzig game.

Best Regards,

Stokes

Stryker said...

Thanks Stokes - enjoy!

Allan Tidmarsh said...

A great battle and game report. Lovely to see all those nicely painted 'vintage' troops in action.

Stryker said...

Cheers Alan - there's life in those old soldiers yet!

Wellington Man said...

Nothing short of magnificent, Ian. My compliments to you, Roy and the other players. Your battle reportage and photos are also second to none. Wish I wasn't so far away!

All the best

WM

Stryker said...

Never mind Matt there's always next time you come to blighty - in the meantime your troops are doing you proud!

the Archduke said...

Another superb display of painting and fighting heroism. So, your eye was constantly drawn to the Austrians, eh? It all comes to those who wait. Still, you have to respect Poniatowski's heroic stand against those light dragoons.........

Stryker said...

Nigel - well they did look quite smart in all their whiteness although I'm not sure if they well really up for a fight! Poniatowski on the other hand...

Anonymous said...

I wonder what Marcus Hinton would have thought about a game with almost 3000 of his figures in it 30years after production stopped.It is a tribute to all your determination.

Stryker said...

Thanks Anon - mostly Roy's determination!