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 35 games stands at
French = 180 +10 +7 =197
Allies = 180 +3 +1 = 184

was in contest until the 2nd last game, with the lead changing several times over the campaign. Good to get it finally completed.

Started 13 June 2013
Completed 7 January 2016
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013 Combat at Aire (2 March 1814)

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English moved on Left, and French bayonet charges up the middle. French dice couldn't miss and 2 dead Portuguese, one decimated to 1 block for no loss.

Action then moved to English right, pushing across bridge, and again the French attacked and made mayhem, annihilating the Horse artillery in one blow. English counterattacked, and this was where the sole French loss occurred, but artillery canister made a mess of the English attack, and Stewart fell with his men.

French pushed forward in the middle polishing off the Portuguese 1 block unit with a single shot. 10 Command cards played, and game over.

French: 6 +1
Allies: 1
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517 Orthez - French Left (27 February 1814)

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One of those games when everything goes right (finally)!

French started with LGM to move from Left to Centre, and then rolled up the English Right. Considering I started with 2 Right cards, they just rolled out right. My dice were good, Brent's below average.

Essentially the French Right swept from Right to Centre, destroying as they went. A final Bombard polished off a 1 strength Artillery for the win!

Fr 9+1
Eng: 3
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516 Orthez - French Right (27 February 1814)

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French started with 4 Probes in this game. I can't understand how I get so many probe cards. There are 14 Probes in a 75 card deck. 4 out of 5 cards isn't average.

So the game for the French was pretty much sitting still and waiting to get hit. An initial Short supply got the French Light out of Church. It then turned into a slog, with the British trying to bring up units through wooded terrain. French Left was strong, but the right got beaten up by a large English force, but did put up a determined defence.

An ill advised Bayonet charge into the French Left was wiped out, and the French took the lead for a little while. The English continued to press the Centre, whittling down the French force. Eventually the French ran out of men, and the English broke through to the hills. A tough battle, English 8-6

English: 8
French: 6+1

Campaign score after 33 games stands at
French = 168 +2 +3 +7 = 180
Allies = 157 +8 +7 +8 = 180

Remaining Scenarios in order;
517 Orthez - French Left (27 February 1814)
013 Combat at Aire (2 March 1814)
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118 Ordal Cross (13 September 1813)

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Played this scenario using a variant Guerrilla Marker (GM) where each GM is played a banner at the start of the Spanish turn. Brent started with 1, and picked up 2 more. This gives the Spanish a real boost without distorting the game play. In think it is a winner.

French started off well, wiping out the Infantry outpost, buy the Spanish cavalry escaped (with 1 block). The French then tried to exploit the flanks, but couldn't draw anything but Centre cards. The Spanish Grenadiers did walk into a trap on the French right, and got wiped out, and the Rifles were eventually killed after inflicting much damage.

The French attack in the centre ran into trouble and the Spanish killed 3 units, coupled with the 3 GM banners gave them victory

Spanish: 6 +1
French: 3
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117 San Marcial (31 August 1813)

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Tough scenario for the French, start 3 banners down, no cavalry and the Guerrilla mechanic nerfs any good cards.
French tried to avoid Spanish artillery, and draw out Spanish GM. In the end the French Left did nothing, the French Right fluffed a vital Rally roll, and walked into a Cannister barrage. However they came closest to taking a hill.

French Centre played cat & mouse but in the end couldn't overcome the GM mechanic to get to grips with the Spanish.

Hate that GM mechanic

Spanish: 8
French: 2 (and lucky to get 2)
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503 Sorauren - French left (28 July 1813)

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503 Sorauren - French left (28 July 1813)
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French started off well, with a Grand Maneuver to deploy from Left to Centre, and then a Bayonet Charge up to the hills. From there, the British LT proved very resilient, killing more than it lost, the Spanish bolted, as did the English Line.

Game then settled into a tussle in the Centre, and the French pushing on their Right. The English moved up the artillery on their right. French couldn't win the Centre, needed just a little more blue on the dice. They did clean up their Right nicely, and survived on the Left moderately unscathed.

At 6-6, both sides drew breathe, and French brought up reserves. The lone 1 English block and leader on Spanish hill withdrew nervously. A Short supply pushed back the English artillery, and the French push was on. A English LGM to reinforce the hill was a gamble that paid off, the French Sappers couldn't get a hit on the artillery, and the subsequent Bombard finished it.

Banner score was 9-8 to the English.
Command difference makes it 9-9, a tie

Campaign score after 30 games stands at
French = 149 +10 +9 = 168
Allies = 145 +3 +9 = 157

Remaining Scenarios in order;
117 San Marcial (31 August 1813)
118 Ordal Cross (13 September 1813)
516 Orthez - French Right (27 February 1814)
517 Orthez - French Left (27 February 1814)
013 Combat at Aire (2 March 1814)
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502 SORAUREN - FRENCH RIGHT EARLY AFTERNOON (28 JULY 1813)

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We have dawdled so long on these that new scenarios have come, and as chance would have it, they fit straight into our chronological record.

This is a new one from the forthcoming Generals, Marshalls and Tactics expansion, though we played it with the Regular 70 card deck.

After some scuffling on the French Right, and bringing up the artillery, it became apparent from the French hand that all the action must take place there (5 Left cards). As chance would have it, the cards then fell nicely for France, with a Forced March getting the units up close, and pushing over the ridge to slaughter the Portuguese (and their English masters)

French: 9 +1 Command Card disparity
Allies: 3

Scenario Order now
503 Sorauren - French left (28 July 1813)
117 San Marcial (31 August 1813)
118 Ordal Cross (13 September 1813)
516 Orthez - French Right (27 February 1814)
517 Orthez - French Left (27 February 1814)
013 Combat at Aire (2 March 1814)
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116 VITORIA (21 JUNE 1813)

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French 9 +1 command difference
Allies 5

French played a British game, ducking behind the hills. Kempe couldn't get across the bridge, and the French cavalry outperformed the British cavalry (as usual).

Brent started off with good rolls, but the dice turned on him at the end, dealing some miserable results. French played whack-a-mole, killing anything that came up towards the ridge.

Campaign score after 28 games stands at
French = 137 +2 +10 = 149
Allies = 134 +6 +5 = 145

3 games to play
117 San Marcial (31 August 1813)
118 Ordal Cross (13 September 1813)
013 Combat at Aire (2 March 1814)
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Garcia Hernandez - 23 July 1812

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English 6
French 2

not much of a fun scenario for the French at the best of times, and these weren't the best of times. Despite getting the french cavalry into action, their complete failure to hit anything meant that the French didn't even score respectably. One French HC went into battle, rolled 5d for 1 hit, pursuit, another 5d for 1 hit, and 2d coming back was 2 hits.

2nd French HC rolled 4d & 4d, chasing a 1 strength British LC off the map (but not a hit to he had). French could roll flags. Oddly the squares held firm, and the infantry did OK. Just needed dice that could hit.

After 45 minutes play, game over, but we both had pretty much run out of cards to play by that stage, the vacant flank occupying the majority of held cards.
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