Steve Clarke and I managed to get together today and fight another Black Powder game - this time Napoleonic rather than AWI.
This was at my Billericay War Rooms using some of my collection. Steve had the British force, me the French.
Start positions, British on the left
View along the French lines from the right wing.
The French got the initiative and started to cross the river
Artillery can only cross by means of the bridge, foot and horse cross at half speed.
Opening shots - French horse artillery on the left wing
and over on the right too
The British commander has sent forward a Brunswick horse battery to reply
A French brigade hurries to cross the bridge
as a Bavarian brigade moves forward too.
On the French right flank, another brigade moves swiftly to the front
supported by a brigade of cuirassiers
The Bavarian brigade focusses on the British centre.
To their left, French troops have crossed the river
as others follow up.
The French horse battery on the left has been hit twice and been disordered - pretty good shooting by the enemy artillery !
In particular, the Brunswickers.
A Portuguese brigade hurries forward towards the farm buildings
but the French have got there first
In the centre, the Bavarian columns advance to attack the British lines
Not to be outdone, the French brigade on the far right also charges to attack the enemy lines
A fierce tussle ensues.
The British light cavalry brigade crosses the river to threaten the French guns
and their heavy dragoons join the attack
The French attack on the right has faltered and failed - retreat and brigade broken !
The steady British infantry sent them reeling back in confusion.
Next, the cuirassiers try their luck
Its action everywhere now - on the French left a light cavalry unit has been sent forward to stop the British cavalry hitting the gunners.
Both sides recoil with casualties and disorder - but the guns are safe for now.
The cuirassiers bounce off the British line
The British cavalry gird themselves for another charge
A Nassauer unit by-passes the farm as their Polish colleagues emerge from the farm buildings
In the centre, the Bavarians hurl themselves against the enemy
a British infantry unit breaks.
as the cuirassiers now target enemy guns
The Portuguese brigade and Nassau/Polish brigade fight it out
Now another French brigade has put together a charge against a British line
and they destroy the British in hand to hand combat
The Portuguese need to win to shore up the line
but their left flank is now dangerously exposed
Two French brigades have effectively taken the centre of the battlefield, splitting the British forces in two.
For now, they are disorganised but their brigade commanders are trying to rally them for another attack
The British cavalry come forward again as the French cavalry try to hold this flank
The Bavarians have now turned and hit a British unit in flank
they are broken and this brigade is now isolated and broken.
At this point, the British concede as they only have the Portuguese left apart from the heavily engaged cavalry which is not making any headway against the French left flank.
This was a closely fought engagement with many twists and turns along the way. The French "Pas de Charge" attack columns were very aggressive and eventually overcame the dogged British "steady" defenders.
Today's photos are a bit disappointing in the main - poor winter lighting didn't help but hopefully you still get the flavour of the battle.