|View of the table at the start of play. St Amand-La-Haye is the|
white building nearest the camera, St Amand is the cottage to
the right and the church model at the far end of the table
represents Ligny. Prussians to the left, French to the right.
|The French got off to a spirited start with Goya attacking|
St Amand-La-Haye and Tony attacking Ligny.
|The two French units on the large bases are from Tony's|
collection. He brought these along as they are mostly Hinton
Hunt figures and they performed annoying well.
|As the French close in on St Amand-La-Haye the 1st Silesian|
Hussars rush forward to intercept - well, they had to didn't they?
|The same scene from slightly further back shows the solid|
French infantry columns pressing forward. However there are
Silesian Landwehr holding the village so I'm not worried!
|This shows the centre of my position. The gun on the hill has|
taken a few casualties but otherwise we're in good shape. The
2nd Silesian Landwehr are being moved to the right to help
shore up the flank.
|This is from behind the French left showing that Goya's|
infantry are starting to take some casualties as they advance.
|My hussars mix it with French lancers whilst the dragoons move|
up in support. This is the first ever action for these hussars so
they're bound to do well.
|A close-up of the intense fighting for St Amand-La-Haye.|
|Pretty much the same scene but I like the photo.|
|Meanwhile over at Ligny, Tony has just captured the town.|
This was a bit of a shock and I only had a unit of Landwehr
on hand to plug the gap (S-range from Goya's collection).
|Fortunately reserves are on the way. I managed to release all|
three of my reserve units in a single turn and sent the Guard
and the Silesian Musketeers to counter-attack. Blucher himself
accompanied them - "Vorwarts!"
|The centre of my line held firm as the French were having|
problems getting their Guard units to activate, the Grumblers
finding it hard to believe Napoleon actually wanted them
to fight rather than just look pretty.
|Over on my right things were not looking so good. My hussars|
were following the time honoured tradition for new units by
legging it to the rear, and St Amand-La-Haye had fallen.
|This was the do-or-die moment at Ligny as the counter-attack|
goes in. Sadly as you can see from the markers it was not a
huge success and very soon I had 3 units streaming to the rear.
|"Rally, mein kinder, rally!"|
Well they did but it was too late.
|At the 11th hour (turn 8 actually) the Brandenburg infantry managed|
to retake St Amand-La-Haye denying the French a decisive
|Finally the Young Guard arrive but it's all over now. The Old|
Guard (top left) appear to be having a picnic but roll on June 18
The final result was a marginal victory for the French with a win of 8 points. It was a hard-fought affair with a fairly historical outcome. My thanks to Tony and Goya for a most enjoyable day.