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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River Coa - 24 July 1810

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The British have to exit in this one (and I don't like exit scenarios).

The Portuguese LT headed for the exit, so with no time to waste, the French cavalry charged forwards. The HC just moved up, but over on the Right the LC rode down the RL (1-0), and press the LN off the ridge and into square.

The English stalled on the exit, and the HC moved into attack around the redoubt (fieldworks). the second RL croaked and the French cavalry pressed to the exit. A counter charge by the English cavalry chased off the HC, but was beaten back and on the Right the French cavalry broke the English line.
The English LC was eliminated (4-0), and the French LC entered the redoubt.

From here, a desperate struggle ensued between the French cavalry trying to block the bridge, and the English & Portuguese infantry trying to set up the exit en masse. In the event the French prevailed, though it took a final bayonet charge to finish it 6-2.

French: 6
Allies: 2
Command card parity.
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Alba de Tormes - 28 November 1809

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This scenario is a turkey, hopelessly unbalanced. With the French starting with a Cavalry Charge, it wasn't going to be long. In the event it took 4 card plays, and 19 minutes to finish.

French Cavalry charge eliminated the trapped Spanish Cavalry and the Spanish LN at the far Spanish Right flank. The Spanish artillery played First Strike, but the reduced French HC still eliminated the artillery (3-0) and forced the LN in front of Losada to square. The 2nd Spanish cavalry narrowly avoided destruction, trapping the reduced French HC.

Spanish counter (Coordinated attack?) eliminated the reduced French HC (3-1), and Losada moved up to the Line.

2nd French card, also Coordinated Attack saw the Spanish LC polished off (4-1), Losada killed on a lucky double swords (or unlucky for him I suppose) (5-1) and with 2 infantry and square, the flank cavalry swept away a Militia for victory (6-1)

French:6
Spanish 1 +1 card disparity = 2
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Ocaña - 19 November 1809

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Spanish played out 1 early Scout for a GM Banner, but from there it was all unit losses. French hand was Right heavy, and continued for whole match. Again a lack of Centre cards, and in the end a LGM out to the Right just to take up the cards.

Early Spanish Cavalry charge bumped off the Lancers, and should have paid heavily, but the French Heavy cavalry just sat idly by. Later on I drew 2 Cavalry Charges (when I desperately need Centre), by which stage the Spanish had drawn off out of range.

French 5
Spanish 6 +1
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Ocaña (Cavalry Action) - 18 November 1809

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French 7
Spanish 5 +1 = 6

3 GM markers on the Victory track made this mighty close, and the Command Card disparity pulled 1 in as well for the Spanish.

Some hard skirmishing at start, first 2 attacks eliminated 2 Spanish cavalry, but then settled back. Lack of Centre cards held the French back whilst the Spanish fed out their Scout cards.
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running score

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Campaign score after 15 games stands at
French 52 +21 = 73
Allies 64 +19 = 83

Ocaña (Cavalry Action) - 18 November 1809 is next, which is absolutely pro-French
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Tamames - 18 October 1809

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After a long break, we resumed our campaign, with a revised GM rule where each GM is scored as a Victory Banner on the Banner track at the start of the Spanish turn. In the event, this didn't matter, since Brent drew no Scout cards (or LGM card), but the Spanish scored 1 banner from the get go.

The French had be be very circumspect against a sea (or horde) of Spanish units. So manoeuvre pushed the Spanish away from the town, but then what?
In the event the Spanish cavalry came out on the Spanish left, which was a break for the French to launch a Cavalry charge. The Spanish had a response Assault of course, but the trap was known so not too bad a outcome. The 2nd French cavalry charge did pretty well, and it was 5-1 French way. The Spanish reaction was a Bayonet charge to cut off the French heavy cavalry, but the leader (Lorcet) escaped.

A bitter struggle ensued on the French right, with a 3rd cavalry charge failing to gain any advantage. In the end the sides paused at 6-5 French advantage. At last the French centre had worked through the town, and assaulted onto the ridge. Some good rolls saw 2 Spanish Line evaporate, and the French had a victory 8-5.

Overall a tough match, even without the normal GM effect, though the cards had nothing in store there anyway. The Spanish attack is deficient, but they defend pretty well, and with so many.
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Talavera (Spanish Flank) - 28 July 1809

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French moved towards the Centre, which is the largest section and with the most cards (by section). However, the cards were up to their tricks with Left & Right, and nothing Centre. A parade of Probes, Scouts and the odd Attack. Brent's artillery bombarded and Fired, but the dice were against him this day.

Eventually the French started into the Left flank (Spanish Right) and forced back the Centre artillery. Very piecemeal attack, but knocked out the Spanish cavalry on that flank.

Then the inevitable LGM assault followed by the GM, which took 2 banners and crushed the French Right. Fortunately the assault was repulsed, and no Left cards were drawn by the Allies, but it looked like a winner at the time, and 2-3 banners lay there to be taken.

However, the Centre cards started to come, and a highly successful Heavy Cavalry attack on the Left carried across to the centre, followed by a Forced March, and the Spanish began to die in droves. At one point score stood at 9-4, but a Allied Bayonet Charge claimed 2 banners, and the desperate GM gained another. Finally the Spanish centre cracked and fell, leaving the final score at 10-7

On the whole, I think the 1 GM only rule works, at least in minimising the LGM assault bounty. It is a rule that just doesn't sit well with me at all. Clearly the Spanish need help, but the GM rule sucks. Maybe the GM should just be played as a Victory Banner. Commands & Colors: Napoleonics Expansion #1 – The Spanish Army
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Talavera - 28 July 1809

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Talavera - 28 July 1809
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Boot on the other foot here, with the British getting better cards, and pretty good dice. The clincher was the horrific French dice. End score was 7-2 to the Brits, with +1 banner to the French for the Command disparity.

The other misery of this scenario was the ongoing hassle of my modem/router, which caused me to drop out of the game every 3-4 card plays.

As far as game play, I have very little recollection except nothing worked.
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Running total

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Campaign score after 12 games stands at
French 38 +14 = 52
Allies 53 +11 = 64
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108 María (15 June 1809)

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What a difference a new hand makes. French opening had had Bombard, Elan, Bayonet Charge. Bombardment caused losses and threw back units
Bayonet Charge across valley eliminated a unit, and weakened others. Spanish artillery on the valley was the only hold out, and was reduced to 1 strength by follow up Elan. French lost 2 LN in the attack, but the French cavalry forced the Spanish flank into square, and eliminated the Artillery and the remnants of the bayonet charge victims.(3-2)

Turning to the other flank, the French cavalry with combined arms artillery eliminated one Spanish cavalry (4-2) and damaged the 2nd. The Spanish infantry came up to assist, the Grenadiers notably damaging the Light Cavalry. A French LGM brought up the artillery, cuirassiers and a Line, and brought out the damaged cavalry. The Spanish cavalry tried a spoiler attack, but was dealt with but the combine cuirassiers and artillery.(5-2) As a finale, the Cuirassiers forced the Spanish Light Infantry into a square, and the artillery blasted them (6-2).

Allies feel that new GM rule significant and fatally weakens the Spanish, which maybe true, but hard to tell against great cards and dice. GMs even failed a few times!!!
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