These were my commanders:
Bruce stepped in to control the Russian centre and left flank (consisting of 2 and 3 infantry divisions and the cossacks), while I took the Russian right flank with the cavalry and the 1 infantry division. Malcolm controlled the French with help from Joel's Ottomans (who I believe were left out of previous official histories of the battle).
Here is Malcolm's after action report (shamelessly lifted from the UVic Wargame club forum):
And here are the photos!
This is the battlefield at the start of the game, with Russians on the right and French on the left, with the Ottoman division at the upper left.
Here are the Russian cavalry just after making their glorious but impetuous charge against the French/Ottoman flank, when they found out that infantry automatically form square and so are immune to cavalry.
Here the Uhlans are about to allow the Ottoman heavy guns an opportunity to show the effectiveness of cannister at close range.
Meanwhile on the left the cossacks are about to discover that sweeping flanking manoeuvres cannot succeed if the enemy doesn't have a flank! (at least not unless one is willing to slip off the edge of the world...)
The Russian centre at the start, with the Reserve Division of Grenadiers and Cuirassiers in the foreground, with the pharmacist's cart waiting behind the line infantry. The cart proved to be crucial, helping the Russian centre to rally at the crisis point of the battle.
- We probably had too much artillery - a simple fix might be to count pairs of guns as a single battery, which would allow a big footprint without letting the guns overpower too much.
- The potential to move 54" in a single turn is daunting (the table was only 48" wide), and is what ended up leading to the destruction of the Russian cavalry - they could reach the enemy, so they did! Maybe consider cutting movement rates in half?
- I have a few ideas for fiddling with the 'must form square' rule, but will probably need a game or two to see if they work.
- And while I love the look of the table bowing under the weight of all those figures, leaving a bit more room for manoeuvre might be fun (even better, use a bigger table!).