|The initial set-up - French on the left, Prussians on the right.|
Mockern is the built up area in the distance covering a total
of 5 hexes. As you can see the troops were a bit thinner on the
ground than in our last battle Talavera.
|These are some of my French forces preparing to defend|
Mockern from the Prussian hordes. Possession of the town
gave a crucial 2 VPs to the holder.
|Most of the Prussian were S-Range Minifigs from Goya's|
collection. Goya had made herculean efforts to get the troops
ready for the game and very splendid they looked.
|The game opened with an attack by the Prussians on this farm|
forming part of the Mockern defences. A walled farm is a
tough nut to crack in C&CN so I was quietly confident I could
see off anything Goya could throw at me.
|And he had quite a lot to throw - 22 units against my 14.|
However quite a few of his units were Landwehr and
Reservists and his cavalry, although looking impressive,
were weak compared to my brave French troopers.
|However, just like an England soccer game, we found|
our defences shockingly penetrated within the first few
minutes of the game when a unit of Prussian Grenadiers
successfully stormed the farm.
|I decided there was no real advantage in trying to re-take the|
farm and withdrew the forces on my left to a safer position
behind the town.
|The action now shifted towards the centre and right of the|
battlefield. I didn't have very many troops in these sectors but
did manage to concentrate my artillery to oppose the Prussians
who were starting to creep forward.
|Goya tried to silence my batteries with a manoeuvre that|
looked suspiciously like something out of the Crimean war.
Those coins are 'iron will' tokens that Goya was forced to play
to keep his lancers from retreating!
|You may recognise these lads as my own 2nd East Prussian|
Cuirassiers. Sadly they didn't get to do very much which was
a similar story to their last trip out at Vintage Leipzig in 2016.
|These are some of the Prussian gunners I recently completed.|
This battery did good work against my right flank and didn't
receive so much as a scratch in return.
It was another great day of wargaming (and talking toy soldiers) with a superb warming lunch served by Goya. This time however we gave the garden a miss as, being a soft southerner, zero degrees Celsius was a bit chilly for me although Goya and Tony would have been out there in their T-shirts and kilts given half a chance.