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Post  Uncle Billy on Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:34 pm

We played a version of this scenario a few months ago.  I have reworked it a little so it should offer a different battle.  We will try out using larger infantry divisions and cavalry divisions run by the CinCs using only AI control and no TCing.  This map also has the advantage of having a fair amount of woods that will also offer protection to the infantry if needed.

Mikhail Borozdin is cranky today.  The Russian 8th corps, under the leadership of the General Lieutenant has doggedly followed the French rearguard, commanded by Count Dessaix.  Try as he might, Borozdin has been unable to slow the French withdrawal and allow the Russian army to bring on a larger engagement.  An expected fight for the highlands in the SE corner of the map never materialized.  Rather, the French kept withdrawing to the NW.  Around mid-afternoon, a Russian officer rode towards the town of Alcantarilla.  There he sighted a battery of guns.  Likewise, his presence was noted by the French.  It appears Dessaix's men will make a stand here, on the road to Murcia.

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The major rivers on the map, Rio Segura and the large river to the NE, are uncrossable except at the bridges which are circled.  Also, cavalry and artillery may not cross the fortifications around Murcia.  They will have to use the roads to move in and out them.  Infantry are under no such restrictions.

Also note that although many of the trees have been removed from the map, these regions will still prevent cavalry from charging.   These areas have the usual dark brown ground and the toolbar will display that they are woods.

This 3 hour battle will be fought on the Lynchburg map.  Only the usual 3 mods are needed.  All the map stuff is in them.  In this battle, the divisions will be larger than in the recent past.  This will allow/force each division commander to create a small reserve force.  Also, the cavalry will be under direct command of the CinC.  However, none of the cavalry brigade commanders or squadrons can be TC'd, (the division commander can be TC'd and probably should). They have to remain under AI control when they go into battle.  This will reduce their potency and give the infantry commanders enough time to move to their threatened battalions and get them into squares if need be.

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Post  SolInvictus202 on Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:42 pm

I cannot help but wonder why the French always seem to be on the run in your scenarios, Kevin.... that may have happened later in the war - but most of the time they were advancing Wink

sign me up for any infantry command - I certainly won't play CinC with a whole cavalry division to command...
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Post  Uncle Billy on Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:46 pm

The French did a lot of backing up in 1813. However, as French CinC next week you will have an opportunity to advance and drink from the keg of glory. cheers

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Post  SolInvictus202 on Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:49 pm

I  did say "most of the time" - one can hardly call 1812-1815 "most of the time" Very Happy

and as I said... no CinC for me with a Division to command at the same time ... my main interest in this (and also the reason why I will cut down on GCM - if not totally leave it) is realism - and I like my delays in relaying orders to other players - no personal reserves...
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Post  Mark87 on Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:59 pm

If the game starts at 2:30 or 3 EST I will volunteer as a C in C: however I must leave by 7:30 EST as I have a bunch of chicanery planned Saturday night. She's off and coming with us in a bachelor party for my goal keeper..... If the game doesn't start by 3ish I will happily take a brigade!!! Cool
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Post  Uncle Billy on Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:01 pm

and I like my delays in relaying orders to other players - no personal reserves...
You're French. The Man always kept the reserve under his personal control. Besides, with the AI actually moving the brigades, there will be plenty of delay.

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Post  SolInvictus202 on Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:22 pm

I must be talking in Spanish or something: if I click my brigade to a certain spot it moves there - even if under AI control it gets a move on fairly quickly... (couriers take longer - maybe - but that's not required here is it now?)

now if there is someone else in charge of that brigade - I first need to write my orders- he needs to get them (not complain about being spammed by orders  rabbit ) - read them - UNDERSTAND them - and then do the same thing I would have done myself without these steps in-between Wink


At Eylau Napoleon simply pointed towards the enemy in the center and looked at Murat and said "Are you gonna let those fellows eat us up?" - I wish that worked over here - not too long ago I had to show someone where "NW" was on the compass
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Post  Uncle Billy on Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:55 pm

At Eylau Napoleon simply pointed towards the enemy in the center and looked at Murat and said "Are you gonna let those fellows eat us up?"
Précisément, you're French.

Cavalry doesn't behave exactly like infantry due to the fact that the squadrons are much smaller than the enemy infantry battalions and the commanders are much more timid. They will begin to move forward as ordered but will size up the potential for success before moving into combat. It is a much more deliberate affair. Try it out in SP. I think you'll find that they delay and misinterpret your orders just as well as any human.

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Post  MJP on Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:19 pm

No C-in-C for me either.  If I'm going to control cavalry, i'll play them however I want to play them or not play them at all......sorry!
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Post  WJPalmer on Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:21 pm

I'll take on a CinC spot this time. Should be a blast.
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Post  SolInvictus202 on Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:52 pm

excellent - seems finding CinC isn't that difficult anymore... well done!

now to my command: can I be in charge of the local peasant militia? - I'd like to request first position in line too... (of course I'll be unable to attend the charge myself - due to a sudden outburst of gout...)
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Post  Uncle Billy on Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:14 pm

Excellent Ron. You get first choice, Russian or French?

Roland gets a brigade of opolchenie. Those pitchforks are awesome. affraid

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Post  WJPalmer on Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:51 pm

Been hankering for beluga, borscht, and red cabbage lately. Have to channel Borozdin in this one. Besides, we know Mark has heard that teams going 4 - 0 (even those preferring snails) are historical certainties to make the playoffs.
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Post  Uncle Billy on Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:56 pm

Your staff is laying in a supply of hats as we speak. Briefing to go out shortly.

We still need a French CinC. Better still, you're also a Polish prince, complete with tight pants and a great uniform.

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Post  Mr. Digby on Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:00 pm

I'd like a Russian command if possible.

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Post  SolInvictus202 on Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:06 pm

I thought you preferred attacking, Martin? Razz
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Post  Mark87 on Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:59 pm

If we start at 2:30 or 3 I will happily command the French
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Post  Uncle Billy on Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:26 pm

The starting time is yet unknown. We will need a minimum of 8 players and we haven't reached that yet. If Saturday is bad for you, there is always the chance we will play it on Sunday. That is if you are conscious by then. drunken

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Post  Mark87 on Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:37 pm

I should be good to go at 3 sunday. Unless im dead or in jail.
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Post  SolInvictus202 on Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:06 pm

if someone is so eager to command it usually means disaster... I think I changed my mind and I'd now like to play a Norwegian Journalist on his way to London - just passing by on the edge of the field....
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Post  Mark87 on Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:19 pm

No, I just know I'm the best. Cool
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Post  SolInvictus202 on Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:24 pm

yeah - I have seen that in the GCM battle... all I needed to know ... Shocked
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Post  Iberalc on Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:35 pm

Now news yet, it can be tomorrow or within one week. If possible, I will be there...it is in the hands of nature. sunny
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Post  Uncle Billy on Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:11 pm

Now news yet, it can be tomorrow or within one week. If possible, I will be there...it is in the hands of nature.
My vote is for Tuesday being the day of celebration. cheers

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Post  SolInvictus202 on Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:12 pm

nono - Pepe will be CinC on Saturday - and at the crucial moment his wife will scream "I am having your baby - get out of the freakin saddle and drive me to the field hospital"

and then we'll see where his true loyalties lie: to King and country and his men - or to his wife - I do hope he opts for the latter bounce bounce
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