This past Saturday, we played a game of Black Powder at the LGS. We have been running a campaign recently revolving around Leipzig. Our hopes are to do the Battle of Nations itself in the future. For this battle for an un-named village, my Prussians allied with Chris' Russians against Casey's and CJ's French. We played a modified version of the Penisular mission from the Black Powder rulebook.
We found enough terrain and tables to put together an 8x8. There was a dearth of tables due to a 40k tournament at the store. We made due.
|The French's view of the field, right side|
|The Town that the Allis entered|
|Allied left, a swampy, semi- forested bog|
The French line was at these two farms. They had to egress from the field across the pontoon bridge in the foreground, or the ford, which lies just past the hillock.
|My Prussians enter the village|
Chris and I decided to overload the left flank with cavalry in hopes of cutting them off at the bridge- head. The infantry would push the center and right in hopes of holding-up the French in combats and giving the cavalry time.
|Uhlans and Leibhusaren charge!!|
|Cavalry reserve of Dragoons and more Hussars|
|A Crapaud pillaging the pig sty. I hope that's all he's doing.|
|"Advancing" in the opposite direction|
|The afore- mentioned speed bump|
|This squadron charged with their officer's ferocious hound|
We used a few house rules this game. Most notably, muskets ranges were reduced to 12", thus the close ranges below. Artillery over 6 pdr were granted extended ranges. We have been toying around with adding more, but we hadn't played in so long that we kept it simple.
All around it was a great game. Win, lose or draw Black Powder is fun. Plus it is an impressive sight to have 600-700 fully painted figures on one table. Especially when in the other room were hundreds, if not thousands of 40k figures, with a sad percentage not painted.
We also decided we should play more, maybe once a month. So stay tuned for more reports. Plus I will put up pictures of the last two battles in our campaign. 'Til then...