Thursday, 17 November 2016

Action at Schongraben 1805

A pleasant afternoon spent doing a 15mm Shako 2 game very loosely based on Schongraben in 1805 (sometimes known as Hollabrunn apparently) where the Austro-Russians (Kutuzov) defend the river crossings against the French (Lannes and Murat) and it went roughly like this...Billy wants to fire his artillery...
 The Austrian infantry deploy short of the banks of the river while the, cavalry heavy, reserve hold the ground between the fordable area and the edge of town...Billy asks can he fire his artillery now?
 The French just decide to hang about on their left flank looking ominous but push forward in the centre and right...and Billy is going to fire his artillery (not yet Billy, in the artillery fire phase)
 Taking note of their recently signed off camouflage and concealment course the Generals observe the French deployment from cover? No Billy! The artillery can only fire in the artillery phase...
 The 1st Toblerone Regiment advance to the banks with very large gaps between skirmishers (to save chocolate). Billy asks are we nearly there yet?
 Skirmishers rush the bridge to deny it to the enemy until the line troops can get forward. Austrian regiments match the French all along the river banks (Billy puts artillery request into writing...actually a crayon picture of a cannon firing...)
 The action along the banks is in a kind of stalemate as the Austrians hang on to their bank with extraordinary tenacity. Unexpectedly, for this stage in the battle, a mass of Russian cavalry arrives and is thrown into the central support. Austrian cavalry is now engaging to stem the French entering an imaginary village to their front (I know, don't ask)...Billy wants to fire his artillery having just fired artillery in the artillery phase when artillery should be fired so...NOT NOW Billy!!
 On come the reserve Austrian artillery. Billy's knuckles a rapped before he can reach for the dice.
 On, on come the French through the imaginary village, over the imaginary wall shouting "Can we do artillery now?"

 It turns out the Austrian artillery fire is quite effective...Yes Billy, you can fire. This is the artillery fire phase
 ...and the fire fight over the water is a brutal affair
 The weight is on the French side for the most part (supported by a very large piece of paper)  but the Austrians are proving remarkably resilient (no Billy, you just fired you artillery, we all saw you)
 The French begin to make good headway through the imaginary village and come up against the Austrian reserve forces that the Russian cavalry arrived to bolster.
 Typically, as soon as the first cavalry get a whiff of the nearest enemy they charge and, before you know it, all the cavalry has kicked off
 It's a shambles. Cavalry all over the place but no decisive breakthrough by either side
 With all the cavalry pretty much blown French right flank infantry can swan forward onto the plain
 It says here "Artillery is fired in the artillery fire phase". It also states that "handcuffs can be used at the umpires discretion"
 It is to no avail. With impeccable timing the left flank mass of Cuirassiers are ordered forward.
They hove into view just as the French infantry of their left flank and centre win the firefight and in one long torrent the Austrians give way. Regiment after regiment break to the rear and the French begin their crossing with no one to stop them. In the collapse of the Austrian right, the left and centre are forced to give way. The battle is over. It is for Kutuzov to salvage what he can.

Thanks to Ferdy our host, Dave, Colin, Big Simon and assorted Billys for a very pleasant afternoons gaming.

Next: Space - war gaming for the colour blind - the thing from Uranus 


  1. From Kracken man. Hot news, Will Gregg's on fire. Billy got to shoot his artillery. Invasion of Ireland followed by Bavaria shortly.

    1. Invasions imminent. I say again imminent. Get pies from Greggs before fire over does them.

  2. A great report with wonderful minis! And you're said it, fire fight over the water is always hard and impressive!

    1. Thanks Phil. Ferdi has one heck of a collection and a lovely, well stocked out building (called the 'kreigshut') to while away the hours in.

  3. A great collection of figures and the terrain looks very effective.

    1. Thanks. I couldn't paint 15's nowadays but his collection means we don't really have to.

  4. Have to comment as people using my name in vain! Very nice looking game and glad all your billy goats had fun. Great job on those AB figures. best wishes Chris Gregg (no relation , and I get mine from the local Plenty Pies of Woodchester , Gloucestershire - )

  5. Thanks Chris! We had a wonderful time invading Ulster and no pies were hurt in the making of this fiasco. Agreed, the AB are wonderful...unfortunately above my pay grade.