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Jabba Miles22 Nov 2022 2:45 p.m. PST

On Friday 28th and Saturday 29th of October I helped run a game at New Buckingham. It was based on the final French attack at Talavera in Spain, 1809.
This was the third time I have run this game at the club but the first time using Shako II as the rule set, the previous two games were played using Black Powder.
The area we covered for this game was from the Spanish 5th infantry division in the northern valley, south to the join between the Spanish 3rd and 4th divisions.

So how did the game go? not too well for the British. The centre brigade of 1st Division failed to stand up from prone in time, despite warnings, and were run down by French dragoons while the Guards brigade to their right suffered from attacks from multiple French columns and supporting artillery.

To the south after some staunch defending the Spanish were forced from the wall line by Leval's division, the French having ignored the Pajar redoubt.

In the north Bassecourt's Spanish held, repelling several assaults from Ruffin's division, while in the valley the British and Spanish cavalry got the better of their French adversaries and even destroyed some artillery.

But with the British centre gone Wellesley would have had no option but to withdraw so we called the game at this point as a french victory and prime example of combined arms usage.

On my blog I cover much more about setting up this game including OOBs and scenario specific tweaks we made and provide copies of my OOBs and layout map.

Jabba's Wargaming

Cheers Tony.

Decebalus23 Nov 2022 6:22 a.m. PST

I really love big games! Wonderful.

shugyosha24 Nov 2022 3:26 a.m. PST

Nice looking game. So how would you compare Black Powder and Shako II for this scenario. Did one of them had a more authentic feel to it overall?

Jabba Miles26 Nov 2022 2:22 a.m. PST

We ended up with very similar results this time using Shako II as we did with our first game under Black Powder. Second game, also BP, was a British win but they did use a different tactic and rolled better. As to which was more authentic I think it's about evens as we tweaked both sets of core rules to fit the scenario.

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