So, in an effort to start playing Black Powder in the Napoleonic era (6mm, from Baccus), I've written up a scenario that should lead up to a few more, eventually culminating in a massive battle. The scenario is set in the beginning stages of Napoleon's invasion of Russia. I'm looking for C&C - should I change the forces? Perhaps do something else entirely?
General in Command
-Brigade Commander Dimitri Laurent
-4 Battalions of Line Infantry (Medium)
-2 Artillery Piece (Foot)
-Brigade Commander Silvestre Blanchard
-2 Regiment of Dragoons
General in Command
-Brigade Commander Vlad Egorov
-2 Battalion of Line Infantry (Medium)
-2 Battalions of Jaegars (Light Infantry)
-1 Artillery Piece (Foot Artillery)
-Brigade Commander Konstantin Melnikov
-2 Units of Hussars
Napoleon has finally begun his invasion of Russia. To do so, however, he needs roads – good roads, in order to take the fight to the Russians before the winter sets in.
As such, he has tasked General Jean-Louis Garbe with capturing the town of Vseslava, a small community with one defining feature – a well-made road leading directly to Moscow. Garbe, wishing to make haste, gathers two Brigades – one of foot, the other cavalry – as he does not believe the town is likely to be fortified.
The Russians, however, have already been made aware of the coming French force. General Pyotr Savin has been tasked with the defense of Vseslava, until additional reinforcements can be provided.
Knowing the town to be unprotected, Savin left the main body of his forces behind, taking a force of Jaegers ahead to secure the town. Remarkebly, he discovers an old cannon stored in a farmhouse, which he orders his men to make ready. Now, he must hold Vseslava until the rest of his forces arrive, and then force the French back.
French Objective: Either force the advance forces in Vseslava out before reinforcement can arrive, or defeat the entirety of the Russian army.
Russian Objective: Hold Vseslava, and defeat the French Forces.
Russian Line Infantry have the Steady special rule, as described in the rulebook.
The French Line Infantry have the Steady special rule – after all, they march on an inferior foe, with Napoleon at their head. What chance could the Russian have to defeat them?
A single road bisects the 6’x4’ table lengthwise. Vseslava is located approximately 2.5’ from the western table edge. Further west is a couple of small forests. To the east, just behind Sveslava, are a series of hills, with a lake beyond those.
General Pyotr Savin and his Jaegars are located within Vseslava, with the Artillery Piece placed on one of the hilltops. The rest of the Russian forces will enter as Command allows from the eastern table edge.
The French forces will enter from the western table edge, as Command allows it.