|Garden Wars season five opening game|
After mowing the lawn back to provide the flat ground and leaving some tall grass sections to become the 'forests' for the game area (and the front lawn - not used in the game) I was able to lay out the two forces for all to see.
The Austrian forces consisted of 6 divisions with some 19 combat battalions or squadrons (Shako does not count the artillery as part of the victory determination) while the Italians were commanded by my custom Eugene miniature had a total of 15 units across 5 divisions.
|Garden Wars forces for May 5|
|Garden Wars map with rivers and woods enhanced to see|
I then laid out the defenders and watched as their divisions closed in ...
By turn seven the first divisions had reached within three times command span (our chosen rules for 'detection') and beyond artillery range ... at long last the new Austrians were going to make their first appearance!
|New Austrian Corps makes their first appearance in a Garden Wars game|
|Garden Wars detection range ... three yards|
The troops were moving fast and so were the turns as another turn passed before I took some situation photos of the Italians and French along with the advancing Austrians, who had crossed the north river ford and appeared to have the town as a target. Artillery fire was starting to happen from the French guns in the town, drawing first blood on the Austrian Hessen-Homburg Hussars (just for you Jim).
|Italian Infantry - with attached Voltiguers out ahead in the edge of the woods|
|Austrian columns approaching the north ford, taking some long range artillery fire|
|French in the town, above the flag you can see the opposing Austrian columns|
|Garden Wars boys moving their forces|
|Shako rules, used in Garden Wars call for disorder in units, here marked with the wagon wheel (center right)|
|Two Austrian divisions marching in column towards the north river ford|
|South east ford as Austrians are crossing|
|Same group as above different angle, the board with the horseman is the Austrian Cuirassier div - just out of range of detection, though moving too fast to be an infantry formation|
|French armored cavalry Carabinier|
The Austrian attack appeared to be a widely separated double envelopment, the two arms were too far apart to support each other ... so the French response was to concentrate on the one that was closest ... unfortunately for the Austrians they did not bring in their Grenadiers in time ...
|Garden Wars general situation at turn 13|
|French Heavy Cavalry into column thru the town|
|Carabinier's red crests stand out|
|Italian horse battery sets up and drives off the Hessen-Homburg Hussars|
|Left without a cavalry screen, the Austrian militia division seeks cover of the woods|
Now the Austrian Cuirassier had new orders to push forward and pressure the French light cavalry at the south west ford.
|Austrian Ciurassier cross the south east ford|
|one full turn of movement with the horse shows how far they can travel , compare the watermill in the upper photo from turn 15|
|More Austrian forces getting their first taste of action in Garden Wars|
|view of the battle from town - dominated by French infantry, the Austrian Uhlans can be seen in the upper left|
|Eugene moves his HQ|
|Austrian Cuirassier have reached their destination, past the forward deployed infantry|
In turn 18 the French dragoons were able to catch a line of militia caught in disorder due to the voltigeurs in the woods causing them to become disordered. Also a pair of columns of Italian and Irish (wild geese) were finished coming through the woods, not changing formation they charged the disordered square of militia before them!
|Irish and Italian columns hit an Austrian militia square|
|The charge seen from above|
|Dragoons hit a line from the flank|
|French Corps foot artillery make ready to bombard Austrians|
|View of the north east ford (rocks) from the Italians charging the square, French Heavy Cavalry to the left, Austrians seen in the distance top center to right|
|Austrian Uhlans engage French Dragoons|
|Carabinier stand watch between horse batteries pounding Austrians across the river|
|Heavy Cavalry Division in action (the white plume in the foreground is the commander)|
|French breakthrough in the north, shattering Uhlans and line infantry|
|overview of the south west ford|
|Austrian Horse batteries get in good shots|
|Austrian Cuirassier, Infantry and Artillery|
|French Horse battery had managed to disorder the Austrian Infantry for a time before the Cuirassier arrived|
|Garden Wars Austrian Foot|
|The north east ford final positions and die roll of '3' (next to division command)|
|Garden Wars season 5 for 2013 getting started with lots of Austrians|
Another 20 minutes to clean up the troops and buildings, then I re-set the yard for some fun for my youngest son ...
|Cold wet fun in the setting sun ...|