My apologies for the quality of some of the pictures, I had a really basic camera back then, still do, only basic is better these days. I just thought it would be fun to share some pictures of what was a particularly notable day in my wargaming career.
The first picture gives an general overview of the centre, with the Russian earthworks to the fore. The rules used were La Republique, I believe, which are free to download off the internet. I had never played with them before, and it had been quite a few years since I'd played any Napoleonics at all - both these factors became obvious very early on.
It was at this very early stage that I charged a regiment of French hussars straight at some Russian infantry, only to see them vaporised to the last man in a hail of musketry. "Different rules" sprang instantly to my mind. The battle was rapidly developing steadily along the table length.
In this picture we can see Vic, who was Napoleon on the day and lumbered with me on the right flank, pressing on with the attack. Due to his status as an international man of mystery, it is best that we only see the grim and gritty determination so evident in his chiseled jaw line.
The battle eventually reached it's peak in the centre as the French eventually overwhelmed the Great Redoubt and Fleeches.
The French had now succeeded in gaining ground in the centre, but not, needless to say, on the right flank where I was in command. This was the state of play at the end of what was a truly enjoyable game. The French were in no position to continue the fight and neither were the Russians, a Phyrric victory that opened the road to Moscow just like the history books.
I hope to get the hang of writing up battle reports eventually but at the moment I'm just enjoying sharing pictures of battles, which I myself always enjoy when posted by others!