War in Spain 1809

A few weekends ago whilst I was away I was fortunate enough to catch up with Scott Robertson, one of the founding members of Elite Miniatures Australia. Scott is still mad on wargaming, which was fantastic for me as we played a great little Napoleonic game with some of Scott’s collection.

Our game had an early Spanish Peninsular 1808/09 feel about it, with the Spanish (me) fielding four brigades of infantry and a small brigade of cavalry. The French (Scott) fielded to brigades of infantry and two of cavalry, however the quality of the French was a little better than my Spanish lads. We were not too sure of what rules we should play so we just utilised the Impetvs Basic Battle set, which can be downloaded for free from their site. Again, this set is not your ideal Napoleonic rules nor is it for Napoleonic’s, however it does suite for a quick afternoon game and easy to pick and play.

Normally I use Black Powder, but we did not have a set at the time. The game flowed quite well with the both the Spanish and French advancing on all fronts, however the French heavy cavalry brigade was the first to taste victory and after a charges, managed to easily defeat and force the Spanish cavalry from the field.

In the centre French light cavalry tried to break a Spanish square, however after repeated charges they were forced back and went into the French reserve until another opportunity arose. But these charges had allowed for the French Infantry to advance almost unobstructed and closed quickly with the Spanish infantry on that side of the battleground.

The battle could have gone either way as the Spanish had positioned their best troops in the centre but after a few turns the French superiority in cavalry and infantry quality forced the Spanish Guard troops and converged Grenadiers to break.

Across the other side of the battlefield the battle went more so in the Spanish favour. French infantry attacked in their customary mix line/column formations and managed to push back some Spanish battalions however the Spanish had the numbers on this side of the field and eventually broke through the French line…..only to discover that half of their army had already been defeated. It was a bitter blow for the victorious Spanish troops on that flank and the reluctantly withdrew from the field leaving the French commander in possession of the battlefield.

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