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Friday, September 27, 2013

First game of Lasalle at Hobby Bunker

Last night I met new friend John at the Hobby Bunker to try out Lasalle.  John got in touch with me after seeing pictures for the Hobby Bunker game day.  He designed a Scenario from the 1809 Campaign in North East Germany. His Austrian and Brunswick force is above.
John lent me some Legiers and some Dragoons I supplied the line infantry (that stated off board)
John's very nice Duke of Brunswick
My mission it to take the bridge and hold it for the rest of the French commander (in Lesalle you play the roll of a Division commander).
I got lucky and got my reinforcements early
Those guns look like trouble and so do those big Austrian battalions.
I decide its a good idea to counter march my cavalry away from the Guns.
Over the bridge and look the Austrians and French are already at bayonet points!
The First clash is in conclusive but drives me back (unlike Maurice the winning unit in Lasalle never takes a hit.) but both sides are locked in combat.
Hear comes the Brunswick Cavalry! (really like the job John does on horses some thing I struggle to paint well)
French Dragoons crash into the Austrian Grenzers! John decide to stand and fire this is mistake I break them with this charge.
The melee continues I get hurt again and even with another unit attacking I don't make any
I have men coming up but nowhere to put them...
the artillery is stuck on the bridge.
Austrian win one combat but lose the other still locked. 

John surveys the scene and plans his next move.
A french and and and Irish battalion charge the Asturias the Irish a broken but the French win driving them back and giving me some much needed breathing room. 
The Dragoons charge and despite rolling only two hits in combat break the Brunswick Hussars who roll 0 hits.
Now I have an orderly battle field and my dragoons are in his back field dancing with John's artillery
John decides he will risk a charge hoping to break one or both of my units and force a moral test.  Instead his unit is the one that is broken.
The french begin a turning envelopment on the right flank lead by my dragoons.
Stay away from the cannon muzzles boys!
Again two units charge the Austrian the hold me off and break a french unit...
But the other french unit is able to break the Austrians the next turn.
Technically the game could have continued but with me holding my objectives and one of Johns two brigades effectively destroyed we call the game a French Victory.  I enjoyed Lasalle(it does seem less polished then Maurice but it is an earlier game) and John was a pleasure to play with we are already planning another game night. Best of all John has enough 28mm Napoleonic figures that I don't have to paint any more! (Unless the games start to inspire me)