Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Scharding 1809

    Scharding 1809

Austrian cavalry occupy the high ground (top) as IR10 and jagers move into position in the centre. FML Ulm moves forward to attack from the south.


The Austrians come on!  In the background FML Nositz appears on the field, marching to join the chevauleger brigade on the ridge. A French light cavalry brigade arrives to assist the hard pressed infantry.

One battalion of IR10 has sent the French gunners scurrying and in turn has itself been routed after an attempt at storming the building. The Austrian gunners are sheltering in a square of IR11 as it braces itself for a close range pounding from the horse artillery to its front. FML Ulm suffers a mortal wound whilst heroically encouraging his men,  as casualties are mounting on both sides…

Across the river at Scharding the Austrian Uhlans of Klenaus’ division chase off the French skirmishers while infantry and cannon prepare to pour their fire onto the towns defenders.

The pressure builds on the French garrison in Scharding. A part of the town is set ablaze by the Austrian howitzers, the occupants break and are rounded up and sent to the rear as prisoners of war. Still, another French battalion stubbornly clings to the bridgehead…

The murderous close range musketry and cannister fire continues to thin ranks all around the chateau, the French situation seems desperate when suddenly across the stream they can see the eagles of another French division marching on the heights.  

Merde! The farmhouse has fallen!

The French artillery unlimbers to empty a few saddles causing the Austrian cavalry to seek shelter on the reverse slope of the ridge, but still close enough to the advancing French columns to force the right-most into square. Meanwhile a fresh Austrian division has entered the fray, and the French are cut down in swathes in front of its guns!

Still the French come on through the firestorm, inspired by Marshall Lannes, and drive back the first Austrian line. One regiment of Austrian cavalry has been broken by musketry from the French squares.

Meanwhile the Austrians have been successful in clearing the French from the farm, with a jager battalion occupying the house at the far end of the orchard. At Scharding in the background the few surviving defenders fight on tenaciously, driving back an assault by the grenzers and delaying the Austrian attack further as they try to clear space to deploy for an assault on the bridge. The Austrian grenadiers can be seen arriving to the right of the village.

On the heights the initial French assault grinds to a halt as a second Austrian division moves up to reinforce the position.  Then, French hopes are revived as finally the bands of the remainder of the corps are heard coming up the road, the footsore grognards picking up the pace on hearing the sounds of battle grow nearer. At the same time Liechtensteins’ troops have finally managed to drive the defenders from Scharding and the bridge, and the two Austrian formations link up with a cheer!

In the left foreground Austrian reserve units cross the bridge. Fresh French troops move into position to attack.

Looks of concentration (or is that consternation?) on the faces of the French commanders…..

….and in they go!

Quality vs. Quantity. What happened to all those Austrians? The terrible 57eme Ligne and the not-very-nice-at-all 10eme Legere make short work of their conscript opponents.

Whilst on the French left Austrian Grenadiers and Kuirassier return the favour!

Beginning of hour 11. The French hussars in the foreground have rallied and returned to the fray. The French division centre right moves to block the Austrians after a short rest. Leichtensteins’ advance guard (top left) has crossed the river after recovering from a hard morning fighting in the streets of Scharding. Fresh Austrian cavalry appear on the French right. The stage is set.

Austrian dragoons crash into the French right, scattering some battalions and forcing others into square. Austrian infantry pours across the stream to take advantage of the disorganised enemy.

With Austrian cavalry all over them and their artillery routed, the resolve of the French is shattered. What will Davout have to say to Lannes when he learns of the destruction of one of his vaunted X LEGION divisions?

Things that make you go hmmmm……


  1. Great to see the blog up and running fellas. This was such a good looking game and somehow seems even better on the blog than it did on the old website!

    I am pleased and proud to be your first 'follower'!

  2. Some great pictures here, with a wonderful report!

  3. Great start, and I do love an 1809 game! :-)

    For those of us new to the blog, some questions come readily to miond...

    I presume these are 25mm figures?

    What rules did you use?

    How many players on each side?

    Keep up the good work!


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    1. Hi Gonsalvo, thanks for taking the time to give us this tip, obviously we are new to this and I have turned off the verificationy thingos (technical speak there).

  5. The figures in this battle are all 20mm plastics.
    Most are from John's very well painted collection. We have thousands more, some not so well painted. But as Bob (Rob) says, we put a couple of months effort into restoring all the old figures. It's amazing what repairing the paint chips & re-flocking the bases can do for their appearance.

    The rules are Empire 5th edition, with quite a few local modifications. All of which are designed to simplfy the system & eliminate a lot of the number crunching required in the standard rules.