Last Eagles - The Battle of Ligny - Setup
|Scenario 1: Vandamme's III Corps lurches forward on the French left, towards the beautiful village of St. Amand.|
It was a New Year's gaming resolution of mine to gradually attempt to make the shift from digital games to tabletop games. My goal is to put a new wargame on the my very small gaming table once per month.
I've changed my January game probably three times (without starting any of them) and landed finally on my newest game purchase Ligny -Last Eagles - The Battle of June 16th, 1815 from Hexasim.
In true Sharp End fashion, I am reading the rules while playing the introductory scenario.
|GD Dominique Vandamme|
The game components seem very nice, though I have only a few games to compare them too. I appreciate the map work, the absence of numbered hexes (an interesting choice), the typefont and the rounded counters. I especially appreciate the latter as I don't have anything to clip my counters.
OOB's are presented by scenario and printed in full color on heavier stock paper. Because there aren't numbered hexes, the game designers instead number starting areas on the map and give you instructions to place your forces within a few hexes of the numbers. I like this, because it gives you a little more investment immediately in the game, instead of relying on someone else's historical choices.
Another great design choice as far as I am concerned is the smaller introductory scenarios 1 and 2 to help facilitate learning. The size is also perfect for me as I have a small table to keep the game setup on. The first scenario is four turns long and takes place between 3PM - 6PM on June 16, 1815.
The historical French command consists of GD Vandamme's III Corps of approximately 17,000 men and 30 guns. The Prussian player commands Von Zieten's I Corps and elements of Von Pirch's (maybe 25,000 men and almost 200 guns). I did a quick count of Prussian forces in the game and came up with 24,000 men (each strength point represents about 100 men).
|The Prussian left wing at game start is empty.|
Von Zieten, the Prussian commander for scenario 1, had less experience than Vandamme and so I know little about him (his Wikipedia page is pretty sparse).
Placement of Prussian forces
The Prussian army has less men on the map than their subsequent waves of reinforcements, so at the outset of the battle, I have made the strategic decision to abandon one of the four victory locations(in this case four major buildings on the map), on the Prussian left wing (pictured above (it has a slightly yellowed background beneath the building).
Hopefully, by consolidating my forces near the remaining victory locations, I can hold out long enough to prevent the French commander from winning.
More to follow...