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Guest Post: Black Powder

Last Wednesday evening at Maelstrom Games Quinton and I gave an introductory game of Black Powder to Mick, Steve and Pete.

Now, Mick, Steve and Pete are not Napoleonic Greenhorns, they already play a lot of Sharp Practice and have an extensive collection of 28mm Napoleonic figures. You’ll see a lot of new troops in the images below.

We set up a couple of roughly equal forces, the French were:
Divisional Commander: CV8
Brigade Commander: CV7
4 Light Infantry
1 Foot Battery
Brigade Commander: CV7
4 Line Infantry
1 Foot Battery
Brigade Commander: CV7
4 LineInfantry
Brigade Commander: CV7
2 Hussars
Brigade Commander: CV Unknown – these were not committed
1 Dragoons
1 Cuirassier
1 Horse Battery

The British and Allies were:

Divisional Commander: CV9
Brigade Commander: CV7
1 Line Infantry
1 Rifles
1 Prussian Landwehr
1 Foot Battery
Brigade Commander: CV8
3 Highland Infantry
Brigade Commander: CV8
2 Line Infantry
1 Small Rifles
1 Foot Battery
Brigade Commander: CV8
2 Line Infantry
1 Small Rifles
1 Foot Battery
Brigade Commander: CV8
1 Line Infantry
1 Prussian Landwehr
1 Small Light Infantry
1 Foot Battery
Brigade Commander: CV7
1 Heavy Dragoons
1 Light Dragoons
1 Hussars
Steve and Pete would take the British and Allies and would be aided by Quinton, Mick and I would take the Frenchmen.

The command values were done by rolling a D6 on a 1-4 a Brigade Commander was a 7 and a Divisional Commander an 8 and on a 5-6 were an eight and a nine respectively. As you can see the French rolled poorly for this and the British very well.

Steve, Pete, Mick & Quinton in the pre-game preamble. It’s all sweetness an light now.

The British opened up in true fashion and their Heavy Dragoons charged straight into a unit of French Hussars on the first turn. The Hussars recoiled shaken and the Heavy Dragoons pursued into them only to lose the combat badly, roll really low and be removed.


The French beat the British to occupying the village on the British left, this tied up a lot of British troops trying to clear it.


The British Cavalry was eventually broken by the French Hussars. In the center six British Battalions were up against eight French and the numbers were soon telling.

Valiant French Hussars

I hope that Steve, Mick and Pete had a good first game of Black Powder with us.

 

Paul’s blog containing the original of this post, and all of his photos can be found at http://scrivsland.blogspot.co.uk/

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