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Offline Jemima Fawr

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The Battle of Leuthen - Scenario and AAR
« on: June 26, 2022, 09:35:13 AM »
We decided to do something special on the Jubilee Weekend.  Normal people would have gone outside, enjoyed a barbecue and a few beers with family and friends... Being wargamers, we decided to eschew sunlight, shut ourselves indoors and refight the Battle of Leuthen.

The Scenario: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/2022/06/19/the-battle-of-leuthen-5th-december-1757-a-scenario-for-tricorn/

The Game: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/2022/06/26/the-battle-of-leuthen-5th-december-1757-the-refight/













« Last Edit: June 26, 2022, 09:36:52 AM by Jemima Fawr »
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Re: The Battle of Leuthen - Scenario and AAR
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2022, 02:18:03 PM »
Great looking game! Great AAR! Thank you for sharing!
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Re: The Battle of Leuthen - Scenario and AAR
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2022, 03:41:34 PM »
Wow! That is very, very impressive. I had to barbecue with family in sunlight. You didn't miss much.

Offline Jemima Fawr

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Re: The Battle of Leuthen - Scenario and AAR
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2022, 08:43:31 PM »
Thanks fellas!   :D

Yeah, that was my opinion as well.  I got the "But it's a bank holiday!" comment, but I pointed out that we'd both have those days off anyway, as I work shifts and she now works part-time!  >:(

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Re: The Battle of Leuthen - Scenario and AAR
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2022, 12:43:03 PM »
An impressive arrangement. 

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Re: The Battle of Leuthen - Scenario and AAR
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2022, 04:08:52 PM »
Nicely done

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Re: The Battle of Leuthen - Scenario and AAR
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2022, 03:38:42 AM »
JF - great game and lovely write up on the blog.

If I observe rightly, you had no roads? If this correct, was there a reason?

I only ask becasue I am generating a belief that roads are not generally of any tactical relevance on the field of battle. I'm more inclined these days to believe their real relevance is at the grand tactical/logistics level. So I was wondering if it was a deliberate choice as I assumed there would normally be one running through the village.

I could discuss further but don't want to hijack your thread.

Lovely photos as usual.

Offline Jemima Fawr

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Re: The Battle of Leuthen - Scenario and AAR
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2022, 03:55:47 PM »
Cheers fellas.

I decided to leave the roads off, partly as I wouldn't have enough to cover the table and partly as the terrain was covered in fresh snow and I assumed was frozen solid, so mobility wouldn't really be an issue off-road.

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Re: The Battle of Leuthen - Scenario and AAR
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2022, 09:57:00 PM »
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I only ask becasue I am generating a belief that roads are not generally of any tactical relevance on the field of battle. I'm more inclined these days to believe their real relevance is at the grand tactical/logistics level.

Although I do use roads on my tables, I agree with your general conclusion. Most roads in this period were bad and served only to get wheeled transport from one place to another (no hedges, fords & bridges over streams, etc). Certainly massed troops rarely stacked up on them - you only need to look at Frederician approach marches in Duffy books to see that.

For civilians, usually travelling as individuals or in small groups, roads are vital of course: Given the propensity of humans to become confused and lost they serve to direct you from A-B with little planning or thought and that was, historically speaking, the single most important purpose of any road or track, and why sign posts are so important even today. Field officers, in charge of ordering a direction of march would find them useful in a similar manner but, to move parallel to a road going in the right direction would be good enough.

Just my two penneth on the interesting subject of roads in wargames. :D

 

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Re: The Battle of Leuthen - Scenario and AAR
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2022, 09:16:00 PM »
Wow!  Now that was a battle!  Well done, particularly if you like the Prussians...
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Re: The Battle of Leuthen - Scenario and AAR
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2022, 12:13:19 PM »
Thanks fellas!

Yes, I'd agree that while roads were certainly essential from a strategic standpoint during the period, they were tactically insignificant and are essentially just table-decoration.

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Re: The Battle of Leuthen - Scenario and AAR
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2022, 02:23:44 PM »
Well, that was some sight and enjoyed the AAR too. Thanks!

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Re: The Battle of Leuthen - Scenario and AAR
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2022, 03:05:02 PM »
So mich eye-candy.  :P  :o
That’s why you start collecting model soldiers not realizing you‘ll need the odd 40 years to be able to field such a force!

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Re: The Battle of Leuthen - Scenario and AAR
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2022, 04:08:29 PM »
Fantastic table, miniatures and AAR.  :-*

Those poor Austrians got rolled. Not much they could have done. The Prussians at their finest.

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Re: The Battle of Leuthen - Scenario and AAR
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2022, 06:05:17 PM »
Thanks fellas!

Yeah, the Austrians were on a very sticky wicket right from the start and their appalling dice-rolling only made matters worse!   lol

Re painting-time; it's not too horrific if you stick at it.  I find that an objective (such as a planned game) helps the mojo.  All of the Austrians and 90% of the Prussians were painted in just two years from 1995-1997 (the Austrians being painted by 'Osmoses' of this parish, whose amazing 6mm and 28mm Samurai can often be seen on the 'Adventures in the Far East' thread).  I painted the Wurttembergers in November 2020 and the Bavarians (plus a few remaining Prussian units) in January 2021.  I then added the last Prussian cuirassier regiment and some battalion guns for both sides last month.

 

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