Last Saturday SLW member Des Darkin organised a huge 15mm Napoleonic game at the Warlords, a refight of the left flank of Dresden, 1813. SLW hosted friends from the Loughton Strike Force (LSF) on a SLW Big Game Saturday. The LSF & SLW Grand Alliance fought the SLW & LSF Empire. The game started off with the Austrians attacking the outlying villages thinly held by French forces, with French Young Guards reinforements arriving during the game.
This was using General de Brigade rules with some author mods for such a large game – this was one of the biggest games held at SLW for some time, by the end of the game there were 2500 infantry and 700 cavalry figures on a c 8ft x 18 ft table, involved in a desperate struggle to control the villages and suburbs of western Dresden.
The Kaiserliks kept on coming, as the day wore on the pressure told and when night fell the Austrians held four villages (ish), but had not got close to Fredrichstadt. The French did well to hold the line for so long. The fighting for the villages was intense, some changing hands several times through the day, others being battered by Austrian artillery.
The next day would have brought a ferocious French counterattack, but that is for another day (and game)!
Wargaming in the grand manner, great fun was had by all – for those who want to know more, here is a more detailed battle report from one of the SLW Austrian generals.
Pictures below (click to expand)
Categorised in: Big Game Saturday
This post was written by Alan Patrick