Peninsular Campaign

A chronological playing of all the official Peninsular War scenarios with a running score tally in banner counts. Command Card disparity adds banners to the lower command side equal to the disparity amount. French: Mark McG Allies: BrentS

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Mark McG
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Campaign score after 26 games stands at
French 112 +6+8+7+4= 137
Allies 116 +6+3+3+6= 134

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Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:51 pm
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Salamanca (French Right) - 22 July 1812

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Most of the Action on the French Right, with an early English advance being attacked by the French cavalry which fought well, but ultimately achieved little. LT also lost here. French Bayonet charge finished the RL, and hit the English LT, but a English Mounted charge put 3 French into square, and ultimately killed 2. Despite many attacks from the squares, they couldn't hit or fend off, and the cavalry never missed. The only joy was a 1 block LT taking out a 1 block LC, and the leader Campbell.

Otherwise a miserable French preformance, finished by an attack into a First Strike card that finished the scenario.

French 3+1
English 6
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SALAMANCA (French Left) - 22 July 1812

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French persistence in the Centre pays off, mainly due to the complete lack of Right cards. Some good dice for the French, but dull cards. English had both First Strike cards early on.

French 6 +1
British 3
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Albuera - 16 May 1811

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French have a lot of power in this one, and a good flanking movement in train at start. French cards weren't much, but enough to get things rolling.
Played with the GM rule as from the book for this one, due to the Stewart's Folly special rule. In the event, the 2 GM tokens were used to destroy 2 French units, and then the French Cavalry Charge broke the Spanish wing, and destroyed the Allied Heavy Cavalry. The Allies retreated, and it was a matter of manoeuvring the French to destroy the Allies piecemeal. At the very end an Allied Bayonet charge might have set the French back, and took out 1 LN with 4 swords, but French cavalry has done in 6 units by that stage, and an admirable defense and battling back by Girard sealed the Allied fate.

French:8
Allies: 3
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Combat at Redinha - 12 March 1811

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so odd dice in this one. British Bayonet charge set the pace in the centre, where a bloody struggle ensued. Having been pushed back, the French came out with a Bayonet charge of their own, punching back the Brits in the Centre, and on the Right. Two Cavalry charges eventually wore down the Brit left, and whilst technically a Brit win, with the card difference a draw.

British: 6
French 5 +1 card difference = 6
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Campaign score after 22 games stands at
French 97 + 15 = 112
Allies 100 +16 = 116
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Barrosa - 5 March 1811

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French started this scenario with a Bayonet Charge, and vapourised 2 Spanish LN on the ridge, and chopped another down to 1 block on the first turn. That was the last decent card I had all game, and with only 1 Centre card, I may as well have discarded half my force.

British reinforcements came up the ridge, and although I could Probe back for a while, in the face of better cards and average rolls, the French left crumbled and died. Managed to take out a British LN in the melee, and somehow missed the 1 block Spanish LN with 3 dice in melee. Casualties on the Left were 2 LN, 1 LT and Villatte.

With the loss of the ridge, and the British pressing up the Right flank, for which at least I had 4 cards (and Cavalry Charge), the loss of a LT made it 6-3. The Brits played Scout Centre, the light cavalry attacked the artillery, which retreated, and exploited to attack Ruffin alone, who died from never having a card to move him. 7-3, and a damn frustrating set of cards. There is supposedly more Centre cards than the flank Section cards , so why I can't get any is beyond me. You can't hand manage what you never get.

French: 3 +1 command card disparity
British: 7
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Bussaco (Ney's Assault) - 27 September 1810

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French had the luxury of time in this scenario, and methodically approached the British position, driving them back to the ridge. Careful moving to push the British out of position, and a British cavalry charge into a First Strike saw the French 1-0, with a few British cripples to the rear. An unfortunate Elan roll lost a LN, but killed the Brit artillery (2-1). Brits closed around the cavalry, 2-2.

The Centre pushed back & forth, and the 2nd French cavalry moved up, and cleaned up a weakened LT, Crauford, and a Brit LN (5-2). With few other options, the Grande Maneuver was used to bring up the French infantry to conduct the coupe de grace with the Cold Steel card. The unfortunate LN under Simon couldn't stand the response,(5-3), but the other killed off the Portuguese LN & LT for a 7-3 win.

British dice were poor, for a change.

French 7 +1 card disparity = 8
Brits 3
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Bussaco (Reyner's Assault) - 27 September 1810

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Trying to attack British on a ridge. The cards were there eventually, Bayonet charges and such forth, but the dice were uncooperative. Took forever to get the French cavalry moving, which had small effect, but really it was the failure to kill that sunk the French. The British rear was filled with 1 strength units.

British 6
French 2 +1
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Campaign score after 19 games stands at
French 73 + 24 = 97
Allies 83 + 17 = 100

Busacco 1 & 2 are next, which I regard as good balanced scenarios
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