Friday, 26 August 2016

Ligny - Black Powder in 15mm

Last night we played Ligny (some early 19th century battle set outside of South America, between the French and Prussians, I believe) using Black Powder, 15mm figures and Black Powder's inches converted into those continental mini-inches they call 'centimetres'.

Gary put together a fine scenario with plenty of troops, and Ralph has done an excellent job of writing it all up HERE

I took a few pictures, which you can enjoy after reading Ralph's account.

Before we started, Ralph gave us a solemn reading from one of his holy books - 'Albion Triumphant', I think. 'Blessed are the British, for they shall inherit all manner of good national characteristics' I believe was the subject of his sermon. But the British weren't in this battle.

These are the Prussians. And a windmill. Occupied by a mouse. I saw a mouse! Where? There on the stair!

Before we started, Bryan explained flank charges to us. Our club's Yahoo Group has seen more electrons expended on flank charges in Black Powder in recent weeks than on any other subject in the entire  history of wargaming.

We had one flank charge all evening.

The French, in column. Having seen the mouse in the windmill (Where? There on the stair! Where on the stair? Right there!), they rushed to rescue it from the Prussians.

More French columns, also intent on rescuing the mouse. A little mouse with clogs on.

Napoleon hid behind a house and made sure that his artillery didn't do anything useful all game.

A pretence at tactics - the French columns advanced on one of the defended villages between them and the mouse in the windmill with skirmishers screening them from the worst of the Prussian fire. The mouse was so happy that it went clip-clippity-clop on the stair.

The French cavalry appeared.

The French charged the villages. It all looked very impressive.

Prussian cavalry. There was more of this than there was French cavalry and, to be honest, it was about as good. And they mostly hid behind the stream

The French cavalry skulked about in disorder as their commander exerted all of his efforts trying to get their artillery into a decent firing range. He failed to do this for the whole battle.

The glorious sight of a massive Napoleonic battle.

The same glorious sight, but with more table clutter.

And that was it for my pictures. Neither Ralph or I managed pictures of the actual final assaults on the two villages, nor Bryan's skirmishers getting routed by Prussian cavalry nor the same Prussian cavalry being routed by dashing French hussars.

This was an ambitious game to play on a Thursday evening, with players who were a bit rusty with the rules and a lot of figures on the go as well. Gary did a great job putting the scenario together, and the sight of the massed 15mm figures was pretty spectacular. Part of the reason for playing at this scale was to allow us more sweeping moves on a reasonable sized table, but we still managed to cram the whole thing int half of the available playing space. We're just typical wargamers; give us an eight foot table and we'll fight the battle in a three foot section every time.

The mouse remained in the windmill. It sang every morning: "How happy I am." So that's OK then.

Remind me not to drink before I write blog posts.


  1. Don't only drink before writing blog posts - drink while writing them as well ;)

    Nice report and it's so good to hear that the mouse is happy despite not being rescued by the Frenchies :)

  2. Absolutely beautiful! Makes me want to get my stuff out and play. I'll second Tamsin's advice on drinking :-)

  3. I've painted stuff when drunk and they've drum out okay.

    I like big games like this in 6mm or smaller as they give that 'epic' scale. I've got some 2mm stuff to paint. I think it will take long et to paint the bases than it will to paint the figures.

    I can also write comments when drunk. Like now.

    1. "I can also write comments when drunk. Like now."

      'Drum out okay'? I bet you're going to blame auto-correct :)

    2. Nope. I shall blame autocorrect AND the four bottles of ale and two large glasses of red wine I had drunk.

  4. My, those troops look impressive! Though it was ambitious to tackle this size of action in an evening it was a lot of fun to play, and in great company. Thanks to Gary for such a great scenario and all the toys. Lovely photos and amusing report. Alcohol and blogs go well together!

  5. Hello, great battle/table ! Would you be able to share the scenario details/ order of battle?! Thanks in advance cheers


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