State of the 1809 Project

Two days ago, I finished painting two Sharp Practice forces for my 1809 project. This means I’ve painted 120 figures in six weeks, which is very fast for me. Ok, the figures are no works of art, but I wanted to get them on the table to play a game on my birthday. Well, I managed to finish them three weeks earlier!

Fortunately, Sigur had time for a remote game and joined me on Discord for a straight-forward encounter scenario. I had set up a table to try out my new fields and decided to use it for the game, dicing for the positions of the Deployment Points as indicated in the SP rulebook.

This is where we ended up:

The French DP was pretty much in the middle of the table, while the Austrian one was near the road and the bulding on the other side. The French force was light infantry, while the Austrians fielded a Hungarian regiment with one group of Wiener Freiwillige Jäger.

The game went well, at least for Sigur, who played the French. He at first out-skirmished me, very early driving off my Jäger with a couple of volleys by his skirmishers and keeping my right flank occupied with his second group of skirmishers. I merrily chased them through the woods, which tied down a large part of my force. He meanwhile had formed a large line which moved forward quicker than I thought, taking my main force on my left flank under fire.

The long French line.

I knew I could not stand this for long, and when my main leader was killed by a musket ball, I conceded. My force morale was at 3, while Sigur’s was still at 9.

It was a fun game, even if I’ve been thorougly out-generaled. Sigur managed to achieve a local superiority by tying down my right flank with his pesky skirmishers and made the most of it.

The situation at the end.

Unfortunately, my mobile camera, which provided the overview of the table, produced a pretty crappy video feed – maybe it was the light, or some other problem? So I’ve no images of the game itself. I have to work on that problem – when I saw how crappy the video feed was I had a really bad conscience about making Sigur play under such circumstances. So a big thanks to him for indulging me and giving me an opportunity to play with my new figures!

6 thoughts on “State of the 1809 Project

  1. ericritter65 March 18, 2021 / 1:41 pm

    I really like the look of your gaming board! Makes the whole thing come alive!

  2. James Fisher March 20, 2021 / 2:02 pm

    I agree a really good looking table and the photos of the action look good too. I think you should be most happy with those figures if those légère are anything to go by, they look great to me.
    Regards, James

    • Thomas Brandstetter March 20, 2021 / 2:43 pm

      Thank you James! I think I made some mistakes with the uniforms, but I was a bit overwhelmed with the historical details after painting ACW for four years…

  3. Sigur March 29, 2021 / 4:37 pm

    Thanks for the battle report! The new fields are a great addition (and I was very happy about that hill too. 😉 ).

    Yup, that French light infantry lined up very fast. Only problem was that they then stood there, taking fire from those pesky Austrians across the river, refusing to return fire for what felt like ages to me!

    As I mentioned in the chat afterwards, I was very lucky that I got rid of your volunteer Jägers early on and in return my own skirmishers worked really well until they finally ran off the table. The other unit of skirmishers also was very useful, even though half of them ran off to chercher les femmes in that manor right next to the Austrian deployment point.

    Don’t worry about the camera quality. My long-standing theory on my general lack of ability as a force commander is that I tend to get distracted by pretty diorama looking things, uniforms and flags. Getting a more sombre look at things possibly helped me in this game!

    Anyway, good stuff. thanks for running these games!

    • Thomas Brandstetter March 29, 2021 / 4:40 pm

      Thanks for the kind words! I really enjoyed the game, it’s good to play, even if it has to be done remotely.

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