Thursday, July 31, 2008

Reich Duke Wilhelm wins Great Victory over dreaded Prussians at Blatzberg

Maj Gen von Coors surveys battlefield from knoll in front of Blatzberg

Maj Gen von Coors right flank anchored by the River Blatz

First Prussian Brigade deploys in line with River Blatz on their left flank

Prussian Dragoon Brigade crosses ford on the way to the Battle of Blatzberg

Prussian Cuirassier Brigade form line after crossing the ford across River Blatz

Prussian Infantry cross River Blatz enroute to face Beerstein Boys

Prussian infantry deploy in three lines in front of von Coors prepared position

Prussian front line assaults Maj Gen von Coors as cavalry deploy to the right

Maj Gen von Coors repulses first Prussian attack as his cavalry counterattack

Prussian second line advances and the first line routs to the rear

Beerstein Hussars attack Prussian battery as Prussian Cuirassiers counterattack

Five hours into the battle Reich Duke Whilhelm arrives in Prussian rear

Beerstein Dragoons cross ford while Cuirassiers and Infantry cross bridge

Prussian General Kieth surrenders to Reich Duke Wilhelm. Wilhelm seals his greatest victory thanks to the careful planning and deployment of Maj Gen von Coor and his small holding force.


ColCampbell50 said...

Very nice report with excellent photographs. Looks like the Beersteiner Boys had fun!


Bluebear Jeff said...

Reich Duke Wilhelm,

We are glad that our Principality of Saxe-Bearstein was able to loan Major General von Coors to the Reich Duchy of Beerstein . . . and that he was able to aid in your victory.

Most of the glory, of course, deservedly goes to your Grace for using the good general in a role to which he is well-suited.

Our congratulations for your outstanding victory!

-- Jeff of Saxe-Bearstein
for Furst Bruno von Ursa

Bluebear Jeff said...

Capt. Bill,

I don't believe that I've seen that type of basing before.

What rules are you using?

-- Jeff

Capt Bill said...

I mounted all my armies based on Might and Reason, slightly modified. All stands are 2"x2". Infantry are based six figures per stand, cavalry 3 figures, artillery piece and crew on one stand, the trails on another. Generals are mounted 2 for brigade and 3 for army commanders. The 2"x2" are steel which mount on a 2"x4" magnetic plastic stand. This allows you change formation for line to column. One of our group, Jeff Lista, is Mr. Wargames Assessories, who produces both the metal stand and the magnetic plastic stands. It a great system and perfect for transportation. Best regards...Bill

Fitz-Badger said...

Congratulations on the victory! I love the battle report and photos, the minis and terrain, and bases. Very nice all 'round!

MurdocK said...

Interesting basing method you are using to identify the units.

Are those stickers that plaster across the back of the units or is it something more exoitc?

Capt Bill said...

I use excel to make the labels paste them to the bottom of the stand and bend the part with the name up so it can be read. I forgot to mention light infantry which is mounted either 3 or 4 figures on a stand and some hussars that are rated as not battle cavalry are mounted 2 on a stand...Bill

andygamer said...

It looked like a very fun game. And this gentleman is just play-testing M&R as well:

CWT said...

Hi - great to see the troops in action. Thanks for posting all those photographs!

As you say about the unit lables, I also do it the same way and it's actually quite handy (especially if you're keeping a record for a blog)

Congrats again,

tidders said...

Good battle report and nice photos.

Watch out though I sure the prussians will be back !

-- Allan