Battle report Gallegos 4th July 1810
The terrain map was put together with brown wrapping paper – 80gsm 750mm x 50m Kraft Wrapping paper. Overlapping in the middle set to size 6’ by 4’ with side edge extra for strength of a few inches – glued with PVA / glue stick. Terrain map basic layout courtesy of Michael Hopper’s - Rise of Albion scenario book. So I sketched out to scale and painted on with Acrylic paints to designate the hills, roads, river / stream, and light woods (an adaption I chose from the fantastic maps created by Colin in our 20mm campaigns – see Simon’s blog on http://www.servicerationdistributionhobby.blogspot.com ). Found with 15mm figures the 2D maps are the easiest and Michael’s maps and positions of terrain make all the difference in the battle. So cheap, easy to store, and if you are finished with it then environmentally easy to dispose of.
I am playing the allies British Portuguese – the infantry must start within 8” of Gallegos, The Allies cannot attempt to move west until after turn 2, and if they turn to a square formation they can only stay that way for 3 turns (unless they are hit by cavalry). The British have one Brigade Infantry (2 Cacadores, 95th Rifles (Elite) and 2 large Light Infantry and 2 cavalry KGL Hussars (Elite) and Light Dragoons). Alan is the French 3 Dragoons, 1 Hussar (that can operate independently), and 4 Second rate infantry, 1 light foot artillery, 1 skirmisher. You will need the scenario book for other setup limitations and victory conditions.
The terrain is mostly gentle hills, streams and a light wood north of Gallegos.
Another enjoyable game following the history of the British as they fought through Portugal into Spain both the victories and the losses. We swapped sides and played again with the French infantry attacking south of Gallegos but the cavalry still sending three squadrons North and another South. In this case the second Rate French did some damage to the British Line, the 95th were ignored. The French cavalry took more damage and were nearly at 50% s another turn or two could have made all the difference. But came up with the same result French 2 British 0.
(Alan keeps rolling those 6s!! :( ).