This wargaming blog has been set-up to chronicle my adventure into 28mm Napoleonic wargaming during the Peninsular War. On these pages, you will find my plans for the project, photos of painted units for both sides of the conflict, uniform details, historical informaion, wargaming scenarios and battle reports. I hope you enjoy reading the blog and following the progress of my adventure.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Punch-up in Benidorm  (A fictional rearguard action)

Following the conclusion of the Battle of Talavera on the 28 July 1809, Wellington ordered General Picton to pursue the French Army to the coast. Marshall Soult subsequently ordered elements of Sebastiani's IV Corps which consisted of Level's German Division, Jean Baptiste Cyrus' Poles and a French light cavalry brigade from the IV Corps, to conduct a rearguard action at the village of Benidorm. Soult hoped that by sacrificing the non French contingent of his army, his Frenchmen would have the opportunity to board the awaiting ships further up the coast.

The game is fought on a 12ft by 6ft table with the village of Benidorm situated in the centre of the French deployment zone. Along the French right hand side of the table, the ground raises and offers good defensive positions and therefore the defenders get +1 for attacking from high ground. Along the British side of the table runs a shallow river which has no effect on movement while troops move through the water; however they do lose a 1 inch of movement while exiting the rocky banks if not crossing at one of the natural fords or the bridge. 
French Orders 
Hold the village of Benidorm and prevent British forces continuing their pursuit of Soult's main force. Holding the village for 12 turns earns 10 victory points. 
British Orders
Rout the forces blocking your way and continue your pursuit of the main French army with your sword in their backs. For each French unit routed or destroyed it earns 2 victory points and for each British unit exiting the table along the French side earns 2 victory points.  

British Orders of Battle

CinC - General Picton

Brigade General Ellis
British 82nd (Prince of Wales's Volunteers) Regiment of Foot 
British 29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot
British 44th (East Essex) Regiment of Foot
British Royal Regiment of Artillery (Lawson's Battery - 3 guns)

Brigade General Stubb
Portuguese 17th (2nd Elvas) Line Infantry Regiment (2 battalions) 
Portuguese 3rd Caçadores of Villa Real

Brigade General Kempt
British 43rd Light Infantry Battalion 
British 1st Battalion 95th Rifles

Brigade General Le Merchant
5th British Dragoons Regiment (4 squadrons)
3rd British Dragoons Regiment (4 squadrons) 
British 2nd Battalion 95th Rifles

Brigade General Ponsonby
1st KGL Hussars (3 squadrons)  
23rd British Light Dragoons (3 squadrons)

French Orders of Battle

CinC General von Porbeck 

Brigade General Remond
French 27th Light Infantry Regiment

Brigade General Leval
2nd Nassau Infantry Regiment (1st & 2nd Battalion) 
Hesse-Darmstadt Gross und Erbprinz Infantry Regiment (1st & 2nd Battalion) 
Dutch 3rd Horse Artillery Battery (2 guns) 

Brigade General Dabrowski
Polish 4th Line Infantry Regiment (1st & 2nd Battalion) 
Polish 7th Line Infantry Regiment 
Polish Horse Artillery 

Brigade General Birch 
French 2e Régiment de Hussars
French 21e Régiment de Chasseurs à cheval
French Horse Artillery 

Sunday, 14 September 2014

French 27e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere

Regimental war record (Battles and Combats in Spain): 1808: Madrid, Durango, Valmesada, Sandupe, and Espinosa. 1809: Talevera-de-la-Reyna. 1810: Medina-Sidona and Celerico. 1811: Chiclana and Fuentes-d'Onoro.

Monday, 5 May 2014

French 2e Régiment de Hussards

1st Squadron.  
Created in 1735 as the Hussars de Chamborant, 
renamed the 2nd Regiment de Hussars in 1771.
  The 2nd Hussars fought in Briche's Brigade at Albuera 
and badly cut up Colborne's brigade. 
Miniatures by Front Rank and flag from "flagdude".