I got quite a few questions about how I painted the armour on my Grave Guard, so I wrote this little tutorial for you. Learn how to paint a reddish copper/brass tone with a subtle verdigris effect in this easy-to-follow painting guide.
For a long time I’ve been looking for a set of wargaming rules for the Arthurian age i.e. the Dark Age in Britain. Having tried lots of commercial rules, Vincent Tsao and I have written our own. Called Twilight of the Britons – Fast play rules for the English Invasion of Britain it is a … Read more
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|The Imperial Guard marches relentlessly on, their progress slowed as they enter broken terrain (half speed). Although the Prussian cavalry are light in numbers they are sufficient to prevent the French deploying their skirmishers.|
|Napoleon decides he can wait no longer and orders Vandamme to begin his attack on the Prussian centre. The first columns move through the artillery line, several becoming unformed in doing so.|
|The retreating Grenadiers passed through the 1/4th Grenadiers who managed to maintain their formation but did not have enough time to react to the elated Silesians who continued their charge into them lead by Ryssel.|
|On seeing the rapidly deteriorating situation on the Prussian left, Blucher ordered several reserve formations to cover the centre’s left flank.|
|Blucher himself decided it was time to relocate to his right flank where his best chance of success lay, especially with the anticipated arrival of von Ziethen. His centre and left flank would be left to his Corps commanders.|
|Vandamme’s columns now made their approach to the Prussian centre. Prussian artillery was proving to be rather ineffectual leaving the French skirmish screen to continue to pick off crew members and infantry.|
|The chaotic movement of the French was not lost on the Prussian right flank. With the impending arrival of von Ziethen they began to prepare for what they hoped would be the knock-out blow, turning back the French tide once and for all.|
|The view from French lines as Prussian columns emerged over the heights on their flank.|
|There were no further charges among the corps of Guards with columns trudging their way through the broken terrain towards the heights. The Prussians for their part managed to rally all three retreating battalions and prepared for the onslaught.|
|Chaos continues to bedevil the 2nd Corps as troops attempt to reposition.|
|Only Bachelu’s Division make any progress with one brigade now fully on the road to speed movement (middle left).|
|Prussian columns continue to pour over the high ground on the French left with little to oppose them. Soye’s Division have yet to redeploy in the woods to face this Prussian threat with only a single battery available to fire on them.|
A brief break here before I start turn 15. Originally I had units of the Prussian 1st Corps arriving on turn 16. This should have been the end of turn 16 arriving at start of turn 17. Therefore they will test for arrival from turns 15 to 19 and not 14 to 18 as originally planned.
|The view from Grazzbenn as a disturbing number for French heavy cavalry mass in the open ground to their front.|
|The view from the opposite direction. Several Prussian battalions begin to move out from the Grazzbenn perimeter.|
|Gradually the 2nd Corps sort themselves out from the traffic jam. They have precious little time though to form their defensive line.|
|More Prussian columns pour over the high ground threatening the flank of the 2nd Corps. Many though have yet to receive their attack orders.|
|The view from the 2nd Corps. Only a small number of French skirmishers have been able to deploy with their parent battalions still in the process of repositioning. They were outgunned by Prussian skirmishers who began taking French casualties.|
|Bachelu’s Division (bottom right) are the first to react as significant numbers of Prussians hove into view.|
|At the bottom of the photo, Pire’s 2nd Cavalry Division moves across the rear of Kellerman’s Cavalry Corps onto firm ground where they can reform to face the von Ziethens troops.|
|An overview of the south west corner of the battlefield and the French 2nd Corps’ precarious situation with the arrival of substantial Prussian reinforcements.|
|Blucher decides now is the time to continue to turn up the heat on the French left and orders more infantry, cavalry and artillery onto the offensive targeting the extreme right of Soye’s Division.|
|A view of Soye’s thin blue line from the Prussian right.|
|The 3rd Elbe Landwehr deploy on the eastern boundary of Grazzbenn ready to defend it should the French defeat the Prussian right and centre.|
|Kellerman’s heavy cavalry present a threatening sight to those Prussians observing from Grazzbenn.|
|The view looking east at the Prussians desperate defence.|
|The Imperial Guard continues to make steady progress in turning the Prussian flank.|
|An overview at the end of turn 16 looking south west.|
|Looking north west.|
Hi Everyone, it’s Tom again. You may remember me from my post about Lord-Commander Bastian Carthalos a few weeks ago. This time I am here to write about something both bigger and smaller – my Legio Xestobaix Warhound Titans.