Our first game was Vitebsk. The Russian rear guard under Tuchkov I, who had just relieved Osterman-Tolstoy, and Pahlen III, attempted to halt the pursuit of Murat. This was the last of several actions between Ostrovno and Vitebsk. Murat had finally waited for Eugene’s infantry to catch up and could now mount a combined arms attack.
Among recognizable faces, Jim Getz (of Empire and Napoleonique fame ran Eugene’s IV Corps, while Eric Burgess, designer of Guns of Liberty, ran Pahlen’s cavalry.
The Russians were successful on the southern flank in keeping the French cavalry cornered while the Russian infantry offered a truly stoic defense. Try as they might, the French were not able to break through the rear guard fast enough and Napoleon interceded at 2pm calling them off. While the French waited for the main army to come up, the Russians withdrew.
Three of our five players had a single game under their belt, the remaining two had not played ESR before. We managed to play 15 turns in four hours representing 5 hours of “game time”. Feedback was very positive and all of the players either stopped by to watch, joined in, or referred a friend into one of our later games.
You can see more photos of the game in our Gallery under the title ‘Vitebsk, 1812 at Historicon 2016″.
This topic was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by Bandit. Reason: added ground scale and figure scale of the photos