My old work colleague Roy sent me these pics and this battle report of a game played with their 1/72nd-20mm figures by a group in the Hutt Valley (two cities that are part of the greater Wellington region). This is classic old school cool. They have a big collection and have lots of regular games.
So back to our game. It was a simple recon engagement with each side having 2 Regts of inf, with a Btn of Lt inf per Regt, 2 Hussar Regts & a 2/3 strength Hvy Dragoon Regt.
The British inf headed straight for the wood on the rise, while the French inf headed for the ruins. The French combined their Hussars & pushed up their right flank, while their Dragoons made a left hook around the hill. The British sent one Hussar unit towards the hill to cover their flank, and combined the other Hussar unit with their Dragoons to cover the open left flank by the wood.
The British abandoned any interest in the ruins and consolidated themselves around the wood, thus forcing the French to come to them – which they obliged. The Lt inf was leading the forces of both armies and soon came within musket range, but the French gave up shooting into woods as pointless and got stuck in with the bayonet.
Instigated by the French, the cavalry by the woods (working on the basis of ‘we’re here for a good time, not a long time!’) added their commander to the mix and attacked the British who were forced to respond in kind. Throughout the game these two forces attacked each other 5 times where after the final melee, the French were forced to retreat.
The French Dragoons rounding the hill also attacked the enemy cav, who backed off to within protective musket range of their inf, after the initial melee – that stymied the French for a bit.
The French inf continually attacked the British in the woods, with neither side really gaining an upper hand.
By the end of the night, neither side appeared to have been a clear winner, so we resorted to the victory table which came out as a draw