Battle of Bad-a-Jose

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Battle of Bad-a-Jose

Postby FredericktheGreat » Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:12 pm

Well another Grand Battle took place over the last week, between French and Spanish, both 1000 pointy lists.

The Spanish list is as follows:

Spanish Order of Battle: 995 points

Army General: Blake Class 1, (Son of Spain) 24 inches, 60 points

1st Militia Division: Poor, 2 inches, (5+) 5 points
3x 16 Class 4 Militia regiments, Poor Shots, Unreliable, Short range, Blunderbuss, Poor Regimental

2nd Militia Division: Poor, 2 inches, (5+) 5 points
3x 16 Class 4 Militia regiments, Poor Shots, Unreliable, Short range, Blunderbuss, Poor Regimental

1st Line Division: Average, 3 inches, (4+) 145 points
1x 8 fig Class 5 Skirmish Battalion, Skirmish
2x 16 fig Class 5 Line, Napoleonic, British Trained
2x 16 fig Class 4 Provincial Line, Regimental Drill, Provisional, British Trained
1x 4# Battery, Class 6

2nd Line Division: Average, 3 inches, (4+) 145 points
1x 8 fig Class 5 Skirmish Battalion, Skirmish
2x 16 fig Class 5 Line, Napoleonic, British Trained
2x 16 fig Class 4 Provincial Line, Regimental Drill, Provisional, British Trained
1x 4# Battery, Class 6

Grenadier Division: Experienced, 4 inches, (3+) 180 points
1x 8 fig Class 5 Skirmish Battalion, Skirmish
2x 16 fig Class 6 Grenadiers, Napoleonic, British Trained
1x 16 fig Class 5 Foreign Line, Napoleonic, British-Trained
1x 16 fig Class 5 Light regiment, Napoleonic, British-Trained
1x 6# Battery, Class 6

Guardias Real Division: Superior, 6 inches (1+) 330 points
2x 24 fig Class 6 Guards, Napoleonic, Exploit
2x 8 fig Class 6 Guard Cavalry, Heavy Cavalry, Exploit
1x 6# Battery, Class 6
Cavalry Division: Average, 3 inches, (4+) 125 points
3x 8 fig Class 4 Light Cavalry, Light Cavalry
1x 6# Horse Battery, Class 6, Horse Battery

Special Rules:
Napoleonic – 2 operations, may only use 1 operation moving tactically
British Trained - +1 to morale when doing disorder tests, reroll when failed hit when shooting
Regimental Drill – 1 operation +2 inches, Poor Regimental -1 operation
Provisional – A -1 morale in melee
Superior Divisional General – Attached may exploit and may rally once in a turn
Exploit – May charge again after winning a melee
Light Cavalry - +2 in melee, Heavy Cavalry - +4 in melee
Horse – Horse batteries have 3 operations
Trained Gunners – Reroll 1 failed hit when firing. N/A canister.
Light Infantry – 4+ ignore getting disordered in terrain when moving or changing facing/formation
Poor Shots - -1 to hit, Unreliable – reroll successful morale tests during a charge
Blunderbuss – reroll 1 failed hit. Short Range – 2 inches

The French Order of battle is as follows:

French Order of Battle: 1000 points

Corps General: Soult Class 2, 16 inches 60 points

1st Division: Good, 5 inches, (2+) 175 points
1x 8 fig Class 5 Skirmish Battalion, Skirmish
1x 16 fig Class 5 Light, Napoleonic, March, Light Infantry
3x 16 fig Class 5 Line, Napoleonic, March
1x 4# Foot Battery, Class 6, Expert Gunners

2nd Division: Experienced, 4 inches, (3+) 190 points
1x 8 fig Class 5 Skirmish Battalion, Skirmish
1x 16 fig Class 6 Light, Napoleonic, March, Light Infantry
1x 16 fig Class 6 Line, Napoleonic, March
2x 16 fig Class 5 Line, Napoleonic, March, Provisional
1x 8# Foot Battery, Class 6, Expert Gunners

Polish Division: Experienced, 4 inches, (3+) 210 points
1x 8 fig Class 5 Skirmish Battalion, Skirmish
3x 16 fig Class 5 Polish Line, Napoleonic, March, Dla Polska
1x 24 fig Class 5 French line, Napoleonic, March
1x Polish 6# Foot Battery, Class 6 Trained Gunners

Dragoon Division: Experienced, 4 inches, (3+) 300 points
3x 8 fig Class 6 Dragoon regiments, Medium Cavalry
1x 8 fig Class 7 Cuirassier regiment, Heavy Cavalry, Exploit
1x 4# Horse Battery, Class 6, Expert Gunners, Horse
Reserve Artillery: 65 points
1x 8# Foot battery, Class 6, Expert Gunners

Special Rules:
Napoleonic – 2 operations, may only use 1 operation moving tactically
March – May move twice tactically in column or march column
Dla Polska – “For Poland” All infantry are steadfast and so is the division, Battle damaged +1 base
Provisional – A -1 morale in melee
Steadfast Division – +1 when conducting a divisional morale test
Steadfast – Re roll failed shaken tests
Exploit – May charge again after winning a melee
Medium Cavalry - +3 in melee
Heavy Cavalry - +4 in melee
Horse – Horse batteries have 3 operations
Trained Gunners – Reroll 1 failed hit when firing. N/A canister.

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The Spanish Guard are deployed to the very far right past the Spanish cavalry you can see on the left side of the picture.

Well the Spanish player was a bit of novice and deployed the Guard so far away it was never really going to get involved in the battle. He also deployed his entire Spanish force in column which is not that good as these are intended to be later Spanish with British Training and so lines are a better idea. Anyway on the first turn the two French and Polish Division stormed forward and charged the Spanish front line before the Spanish had a chance to take the authors advice and shake out into line. By the end of the first turn, almost every French regiment had been committed to a charge and the first brigades of the 1st, 2nd and Grenadier Division were in full retreat.

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As you can see from the above picture where the French are is where the Spanish used to be. By the end of the first turn the Spanish army was on an army morale test. On a 5 or 6 the army will fail an army morale test. However, the Spanish were not so skittish as that and past army morale. The French had lost quite a few bases from the defensive, especially against the Grenadier Division which had deployed the Grenadiers and Foreign line regiments into Line.

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On turn two the Spanish redressed their ranks and moved back up against their enemy. The Spanish Guard moved as fast as it could towards the French Cavalry division. On the second and third turn the French consolidated and the Spanish moved back into range to attack and retake the ground they had lost in the first turn.

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On turn 4 and five things really hotted up. The Spanish destroyed a Polish line regiment and the Guard cavalry overran a French Horse Battery. Fire fights erupted across the line and the Spanish out of desperation sent a Spanish Militia division in to the attack as well. You know your getting desperate when you send Spanish Militia to support the troops..... You can see the Blue regiments in between the remnants of the 1st Spanish Division and part of the remains of the Grenadier Division. You ca also see how much less of the French and Polish regiments are left here in the foreground.

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The Walloon Guard regiment was routed as they bravely advanced in line against French Dragoons, but not before half the Dragoon regiment was destroyed by artillery and musketry fire by the guards. The Spanish Guard Cavalry routed the Cuirassiers and a Dragoon regiment, thus breaking the division for that turn.

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A French Dragoon regiment sent to support the center routed a Spanish Light cavalry regiment. By the end of turn 5, both the Spanish and French were forced to take an army morale test., which both passed. The Spanish were in dire straights. Both line divisions were now permanently broken and forced to take Divisional Morale tests, which they both failed and in the chaos both Militia divisions panicked and retreated, one directly off the table never to return , the other onto a nearby hill. It was here that the Spanish should have been broken needing a 1 or 2 to pass army morale which they did!

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Turn 6 and 7 were once again consolidation turns for the French. While they kept up just enough pressure on the Spanish divisions to keep forcing the Line divisions to take Divisional Morale tests each turn. The grenadier division or what was left of it concentrated all its efforts on the French division was battered by the days fighting in an effort to permanently break it and force another army morale test and maybe if really lucky panic a division or two. By the end of turn 7 the Spanish had lost a Militia and Line division which had each retreated off table and the Grenadier and other line division were permanently broken. Once more needing a 1 or 2 to remain in the fight the Spanish at last failed army morale. However on exactly the same turn the French failed their army morale test (failing on a 5 or 6) and the both armies decided to call it a day and withdrew. On points the French just won 4-3.

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All in all a great game. The Spanish list was tough and with a more experienced commander may well have given the French a bloody nose, as it was the French from the outset had set the tone of the battle and kept up the pressure all day long. The result did not reflect the true reality of the scale of the French victory and had the Spanish not passed their army morale test (twice with a 1 or 2) the real result would have been a 6-1 victory or at the very best a 6-3 victory.

Either way everyone had a great deal of fun and another game is being organised for next week between the French and British.
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