On Sunday we held our annual Christmas game at the Prague Wargames Club. Every year between Christmas and New year we try to put on a large Napoleonic game (usually in 15mm using General de Brigade rules). This year we managed to rent a hall opposite the Historic Prague new Town Hall (this is where the first Defenestration of Prague took place in 1419, which effectively started the Hussite Wars). You can see the tower of the New Town Hall below from the courtyard next to our gaming hall.
Usually we play a well known battle either from the Peninsular War or Central Europe. This year though one of our key members Petr came up with a new scenario based on a fictional encounter in 1813 in Central Europe. A French Corps was seeking to escape west and had to secure and cross a bridge in the town of Halle. Behind them in pursuit was a Prussian and an Austrian Corps, who themselves had to cross 3 defended bridges to get onto the campaign map.
The game began with orders and map movement. Each side played on a blank map (with just their own forces showing). The Umpire took the movement orders for each turn, and tracked them on his master map. After each turn he would inform each side if they had detected any enemy formations. On the map Light cavalry brigades could spot up to 3 squares away, whilst if any battle took place, the gunfire could be heard 6 hexes away (as in marching to the sound of the guns). You can see a copy of the map below, and the next map with movement counters for third force on it.
Below the British (the Welch Fusiliers to be precise) bring the French massed charge to a standstill with a well timed volley and canister from the artillery battery. Several more volleys and canister eventually routed a number of the French Units, until the French Brigade failed its morale test and retreated.
Eventually the British Heavy Cavalry Brigade appeared on my left flank and quickly saw off the French Light Cavalry.
In conclusion, a great day's gaming and hats off to Petr for organizing such a clever and intuitive campaign game/battle day.