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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107 Alcañiz (23 May 1809)

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So we have started with a revised Guerrilla Marker rule that the Spanish can hold up to 1 GM only. This is to overcome the GM attack exhibited in the previous scenario.

This scenario sees the French Line setup for target practice, and short of a Bayonet Charge in the opening hand, the French must flee. So this I did, but a series of Bombardments ultimately destroyed 2 Line here anyway.

The French cards were rather dull, Probes, Attacks and Assaults, and after my first Hold & Shoot, the second was cancelled, and it was a long time until I say a named card again. Even worse, the Spanish cavalry sortied, and the French square on the right claimed by Assault Right card, which left 3 Left cards, and a round later, 4 Left cards. Clearly I had to assault the stronger Spanish Right. Poor recon apparently.

The French attack on the Left went off passably well, claiming a banner apiece, but was most notable for the immortal 1 strengthers that could die, but could retreat with alacricity. Once that attack failed, I pretty much stalled until a recon card allowed me to unsquared, and a Forced March on the Right started the ball rolling. The Right was always the weak spot, and once the French Line and Cuirassiers got into it, one Spanish line died, and the rest fled using La Grande Manouevre.

Here the French cavalry saved the day, positioning for the attack, and then slashing through the back line 1 strengthers, hacking into squares, and took 3 banners in a turn. French win 6-3.
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106 MEDELLÍN (28 MARCH 1809)

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This was a pretty miserable scenario on the whole. Never really had much in the way of cards, so I couldn't press an assault, and the Guerrilla Marker got played over many times.

Started by trying to move Lasalle (the French left) away from the river, and then a Cavalry charge did away with a Spanish LC, and the French HC failed to kill the Spanish HC with 6 dice. That was the only banner I took.

After thwarting multiple attempt by the French on the Right by the Guerrilla marker. Play went, French card, GM, Spanish Scout, French card, GM, Spanish scout.. eventually I got in a Elan card, but a timely Spanish First Strike threw back the Heavy Cavalry assault, and from then on I had no moves to make.

So the Spanish simply moved up and blasted the helpless Lasalle, including a leader kill, and the only a LN got away. The total lack of French left cards (until everything was destroyed, and then I drew just Left cards) meant this flank was an easy kill.

Brent then played La Grande Manoeuvre, moved 3 Foot Artillery into my ranks, cancelled my next two Command cards using the GM, and blew me away. Final score 6-1, and the winner was the Guerrilla. I hate this mechanic, just gamey.

EDIT.. score is 6-2 for campaign purposes
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Campaign summary

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So at the end of a the day's gaming, 6 Allied and 1 French win, Allies scored 44 banners, French scored 29.

Campaign score after 9 games stands at
French 38
Allies 53

French need to start winning some games to remain in the hunt.
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Corunna - 16 January 1809

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Lastly and leastly for the day, Corunna. The British defenders seemed confused in this, shifting around. The French moved up on the Centre-Right, and a Bayoney charge went off smoothly eliminating a English Line in one blow. Then, somehow, a Fire & Hold card seemed to turn it all around, the English chasing the French around and pushing in from their Left flank. A seeming endless array of British move a unit in every section crushed the French attack, and the British won 6-2. British firepower and dice won this, because it there was a defensive plan, I couldn't see it.

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Somosierra - 30 November 1808

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The opening French bayonet charge on the closest artillery position when exceptionally well, the artillery eliminated for only 1 block lost.
The responding Hold & Fire also went exceptionally well, eliminating a unit & half of French Line.

I then gathered my French cavalry in the Centre for a decisive attack, and developed an attack on the Right. However, the cards weren't with me here, and for the rest of the game I failed to draw any Centre cards at all. Even so, French attacks on the Left & Right had me at a 6-3 lead before Brent played another of his insidious attacks. Using LGM to move his best Spanish infantry up adjacent to my depleted units, he cancels my reaction, and follows up with an Elan card to eliminate 3 units. My last efforts to claim victory can't hit, and he wraps it up with a final kill

Spanish victory 7-6
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Espinosa de los Monteros - 10/11 November 1808

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I read the aftermath for this scenario beforehand, and it convinced me to attack on the Right. What was supposed to be a gentle and safe attack versus the Spanish militia deteriorated to a bloody French repulse where the French couldn't finish eliminating any Spanish units, and took brutal losses themselves. Ultimately the entire French right was destroyed.

I had also moved the French cavalry across to just behind the town of Quintaina, where Brent pulled out a slick move. The Spanish cavalry charged the French cavalry, which they managed to contain. Brent then Guerilla stopped my response, and cavalry charged again. Ultimately this claimed one cavalry, and my next response killed both Spanish LC, but it was pretty galling at the time. Dice were on my side here.

Score was tied at 4-4 where I pulled out a silly effort. For some reason I had in mind it was a 6 banner game, so I pressed up on the French left , think I could win before I lost. In fact I could only take 1 banner, and lost 3.

7-5 Spanish victory
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Gamonal - 10 November 1808

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French have the Spanish on the flat here, and no running away victory either. Got off to a bit of an iffy start when the French cavalry move up straight into the arms of a Spanish cavalry charge. For a little while it looked like the Spanish Cavalry might get the better, but a Short Supply card took the Spanish Heavy cavalry out of the fight, and the French never looked back from there. French ended up with 2 Cavalry charges in a row, and another to spare in their hand.

Only French losses were over on the Right flank, where some poor attacks were bloodily repulsed.

French 6-3 victory (and only French victory of the day's gaming)
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ZORNOZA (31 OCTOBER 1808)

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I hate this scenario.. Brent marched 10 units off and I managed to kill 3 before they could get away. An LGM and a Forced March sealed the deal, but trying to chase Spanish that retreat 2 hexes with Line Infantry is a hopeless task.

7-3 Spanish win. French hardly lost a thing. All the French can do is charge hard and hope for a miracle.
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VIMIERO (21 AUGUST 1808)

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Aside from losing this one 6-2, I can't recall a great deal about it. I had plans to concentrate my efforts on the French Right, but I think I lost the exchange of musket fire here, and that doomed my efforts.
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ROLIÇA2 (17 AUGUST 1808)

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My plan for this one was to stay on the hills and shoot it out, but having 2 Bayonet Charges in my opening card draw made that difficult. Once Brent brought up his 3 artillery to blast the hills, it became obvious that sitting still wouldn't work. So I charged down. This would have worked much better with some cooperative dice, and also so bad play on my part if forgetting the +1 die in a subsequent Elan card.

The French cavalry could have pulled this out of the fire, but the failure to eliminate the central artillery unit, and a British Rally changed a 3-3 situation to a 5-3 British victory. One of this scenarios that just needed better dice.
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