Today, we continue our large-scale Napoleonic battle report for the Battle of Talavera. If you missed the first day, click here to read it. We played this game in 2mm, using Irregular Miniatures and my own 2mm rules system.
So, let's remind ourselves how things stood at the end of the first day. The British had taken a pounding, but their clever deployment along the line of the hills thwarted the French attempt to make a bold flanking manoeuvre. The butcher's bill favoured the French, but they had been unable to make significant headway and had a touch prospect on the second day when they assaulted the town itself.
And so, let the battle resume...
The battle is over! A hard-fought British victory. Ollie remained on the table and took over as army commander, overseeing an orderly and comparatively bloodless withdrawal. What a game!
The sheer scale of it was imposing, well over our usual 4x4 games and with three times the number of troops. It was exhausting and fun to play, so perhaps we won't be doing it every week, but still a very memorable game.
What do you guys think of the tactics employed? As the French commander, I certainly felt like taking Talavera was all-but impossible (until I died at the hands of a mustachioed Light Dragoon...). How would you have tackled this battle, from either the attack or defence?