Thursday, May 12, 2016

Battle of Weissenfels - Setting the Table for the Game

Altenburg - Prussian left flank anchor point. Click to enlarge.

Bill P. and I travelled to Woodstock last evening to set up the terrain and deploy our forces for the annual Big Battalion BAR SYW Game to be fought this Saturday May 14th.

A close up view of Altenburg.
The Prussians have marched west towards Saxony to meet the advancing Franco-Austrian army, commanded by Soubise, as it attempts to invade the Brandenburg homeland from the west. The Prussians are attempting to cross the Saale River, near Weissenfels, and establish a bridgehead on the western bank of the river. Soubise is particularly energetic this year, so he intends to attack the Prussian bridgehead before it can be firmly established, and destroy the Prussian army.

A view of the bridgehead on the western side of the Saale River. Note the two pontoon bridges.  Prussian cavalry guard the crossing.

The town of Eisenburg, on the Prussian right flank, also anchoring the line.

Close up view of Eisenburg. Farmhouse made by Ian Weekly. Church made by Der Alte Fritz Himself.

Larger view of the three game tables. The aisles do not exist in game terms.