Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Marengo in 15mm

The battle of Marengo was fought on this date 216 years ago. So it seemed like an auspicious time to re-fight it on the tabletop.
I just received my new Austrian army (AB 15mm) from the very talented Scott MacPhee recently, and this is their first run around the table.
I used the newest version of my tabletop rules based on Command & Colors. New rules include using 10-sided dice instead of the custom 6-siders. This allows more flexibility in the rules.
I have also recently added new rules around formations and routing.

Here is the re-fight:

8:00 AM
The Austrians surprise Napoleon by attacking out of Alessandria toward the village of Marengo. They catch Victor's Corps still in camp spread out in and behind Marengo.

Austrian Grenzers storm the bridge over the Fontanone Stream into Marengo.

Meanwhile, the Austrian left wing moves toward the north bridge across from Castel Ceriolo.

9:00 AM
The Austrians force their way into Marengo and across the stream south of town.

Victor's Corps falls back, but organizes a solid defensive line.

The Austrians attack into the orchard on the French left flank. The battle swings back and forth, with the French eventually coming out on top and the Austrians being pushed back.

10:00 AM
Napoleon and the reserve march toward the sound of the guns.

The Austrian left flank moves out and takes Castel Ceriolo from Lannes' Corps.

12:00 - 2:00 a fierce battle erupts east of Castel Ceriolo as the Austrians attempt to turn the French right flank and defeat Lannes before Desaix can show up with French reinforcements.
They utilize their advantage in cavalry to launch a series of cavalry attacks, and successfully defeat the French cavalry and force the infantry into square.

2:00 Meanwhile, Desaix leads Boudet's division toward the sound of the guns.

3:00 Napoleon leads the reserve into the battle on his right flank to drive the Austrians back. After initial success, the Austrian cavalry again prevails and defeats their French counterparts. In the final charge against the French Consular Guard Cavalry, they break through and capture Napoleon.

Despite this catastrophe, the French were able to inflict heavy casualties on the Austrians throughout the day. When the final Austrian attacks lost momentum, the French counter-attacked and drove them back into Alessandria.
French Victory!

The new rules work extremely well, and I love the new 15mm armies (Thanks Scott!)
Looking forward to many more battles.


  1. That's a great looking battle, if I do say so myself!

  2. I plan to do one for the anniversary of Austerlitz as well. ;-)

  3. That looks ace - what did you do to CCN to make it work with a d10?

  4. Reworked the combat rolls:
    Infantry rolls 1 die per stand in the front rank (max 3 if in Line)(+2 dice if they are in Line)
    Infantry firing hits on 8 or 9 (7 as well if they have attached skirmishers)

    Artillery rolls 3 dice per gun for short range, 2 per gun for medium range, and 1 per gun for long range.
    Artillery hits on 8 or 9

    Infantry rolls dice equal to the total number of stands (+2 dice if they are in attack column formation)
    Cavalry roll 4 dice for light cavalry, and 5 dice for medium or heavy cav (attack dice are doubled for cavalry attacking infantry that is not in square)
    Hits are scored on 8 or 9 (7 if the unit is 'in command') (6 if the unit is Heavy or Elite).

    Hits also count as 'retreats' as do '0' results on the dice.
    1 retreat can be ignored for each of the following:
    * Supporting Friendly Units (adjacent)
    * General adjacent or in same hex
    * Unit is in woods or village
    * Unit is Elite
    * If the unit is Militia, 1 retreat result is ADDED to the total.

    A unit retreats its full move away from the attacker for each retreat result that it cannot ignore. It is also 'disordered.'
    Disordered units may be placed in a different formation (rallied) the next time they are activated.
    Attacks on disordered units gain +2 dice (+4 if the attacker is cavalry).

  5. A visual smorgasbord! MacPhee does it again.

  6. Nice report and specatucalr pictures, love the impressive Austrian cavalry especially...

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