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Author Topic: Leipzig 1813 - Fighting retreat across the Elster River  (Read 8994 times)
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« on: November 23, 2011, 03:57:42 PM »

Late but hopefully not to late our report from our THS presentation at CRISIS 2011 (Antwerp/Belgium).
See you at TACTICA 2012 (Hamburg/Germany)!

Our fictitious scenario is based entirely on historical events from the time of the liberation wars against Napoleon. It is located in one of the northern suburbs of Leipzig on the morning of the 19th October 1813, the last day of the Battle of Leipzig.


Initial Situation: The French troops are being pushed back by the allied forces in the city and suburbs, and there is only one way left out of Leipzig, a bridge over the river Elster. Since the Army had pontoniers it remains a mystery why so far no pontoon bridge was built to create another escape route.
General Dombrowski, a Pole in French service, holds the northern suburbs of the city. His job is to build a pontoon bridge across the Elster and bring as many troops of the disorganized French army over to the western bank of the Elster to safety. At the same time he must fend off the attacks of Prussian and Russian armies building up slowly but surely against him.

Mission: The French general staff under General Dombrowski are faced with the following tasks:
1st - Organize and implement the withdrawal of the French army and build a pontoon bridge to relieve pressure on the existing bridge and speed up the withdrawal.
2nd - Secure and control the only passable road with the French/Polish rearguard. Here is heavy fighting to be expected.
3rd - Secure a bridgehead on the west bank. Since only light resistance from allied small units is expected, primarily skirmish troops will be used to reconnoiter and clear the area.

Procedure: Disengagement (1st) and rear-guard (2nd) are simulated by the team based on the Black Powder rules.
The skirmish (3rd) is designed as a participation game for up to 4 players and will be played with modified Black Powder rules supplemented with event cards. A game master is coordinates the scenario and gives a helping hand.

The french columns in the outskirts of Leipzig.

More and more troops marching forward to reach the saved positions on the east side of the river Elster ...

...Westphalian Grenadiers in the foreground, behind the Staff and baggage ...

... massed Saxon troops ...

... an overview of the situation ...

The polish troops take their positions to defend the retreat.

The first troops reach the river and the pioneers begins to build the pontoon bridge.

Meanwhile on the other side: Skirmish fightings between french and prussian/russian light troops.

NEUE BEFEHLE: Start the attack - the Prussians go on ...

After compleating of the bridge, the first french units begins the crossover.

The other side of battle ...

... and a other "other side" of Battle ... the "SPIRITs of 1813" ...  Wink

... appropos spirit: the spirit of alcohol ... to much for this little Drummer Boy: "Hey, go out of my garden ..."

After problems to coordinate the retreat with this f... "Windows 1798" ...

... the young guard arrives to protect the bridgehead.

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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2011, 04:12:09 PM »

This is absolutely gorgeous, a brilliant layout.  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2011, 04:37:46 PM »

A fine display, but its the details like the ghosts and the computer that really make it special.
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2011, 05:02:35 PM »

Brilliant! I'm currently involved in a great four-player Leipzig cardboard game, but I would have killed to have gotten in on this one!
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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2011, 03:18:31 PM »

WOW! What a beautiful table and the miniatures are stunning. Shocked Shocked Shocked

The coloured frames on the half-timber houses are interesting…are they authentic? And what does the F W stands for?

I’m really looking forward to see you and your presentation at the Hamburg TACTICA. Smiley


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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2011, 04:33:54 PM »

 "Windows 1798"  Laugh Laugh Laugh Laugh Laugh Laugh Laugh Laugh

 Classic.  Wink

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dates with Saxon barmaids, and is no more legitimate than any of the
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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2011, 04:45:37 PM »

Absolutely fabulous  Love


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« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2011, 06:43:08 PM »

Stunning!  Shocked Love Hypno
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« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2011, 11:29:58 PM »

Ghost put a very big smile on my face :Dgreat set up Love Love

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« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2011, 09:32:28 AM »

I totally agree with the sentiments of everyone else and although I saw the original thread it's still one of the best visual treats I've seen in a long time  Love Love Cool

It's definitely the little vignettes that make games like this come alive  Smiley

Just out of curiosity, how long did the photoshopping take (getting rid of the base edges)?



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« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2011, 09:38:03 AM »

Absolutely stunning!  Smiley

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« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2011, 10:20:24 AM »

Out of words...
Looking forward to see this table at the Tactica!

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« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2011, 10:27:50 AM »

A great report and visual treat.  Thank you for posting it.

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« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2011, 09:35:56 PM »

Astonishingly good, superb vignettes as well
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« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2011, 01:39:24 PM »

I love this kind of funny details! Great stuff!


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