Sunday, December 13, 2020

One of My Favorite Things


Battle of Wiesenfels in 2016

I was sifting through the 20,000 or so photos that I have on my iPad and found this picture of a massive cavalry melee between French and Prussian cavalry from our 2016 big battalion game. The French and Austrians were winning on the flanks and all that remained for them was to take out the massed Prussian cavalry in the center.

The numbers are greatly reduced after two rounds of melee and the Prussians fall back toward the river crossing.

The retreat turned into a rout and the French pursuit crashed into the Prussian cavalry reserves trying to deploy after crossing the pontoon bridge.

While the outcome wasn’t the one that I would have preferred ( I commanded the Prussian army, no surprise) it was one of the most fun games that I have ever played. The scenario was a disguised battle from another historical era that I adapted for a Seven Years War battle. Can you guess which battle this really is?

Prussian cavalry crossing the pontoon bridge earlier in the game.


  1. perhaps combat of Benavente 09 novembrer 1808?

  2. No idea about the disguised scenario, BUT that is an Ian Weekly German farmstead (I'm pretty certain) mid-table in the second photo. I'd bet my eye teeth. Fantastic cavalry spread too by the way.

    Best Regards,


    1. Yes, as are the rest of the buildings in that village, other than the church, which I made. It was my very first scratch build that I made for my very first giant Leuthen Wargame, we had 20 players in that game.

  3. Cavalry crossing over a bridge of pontoon boats had me thinking Zenta, but I see that it is the attacking army that did the crossing. So, doing that and then fighting around buildings, how about Aspern-Essling?
    No matter what, the images of massed cavalry are excellent and great to look at.
    Regards, James

  4. Outstanding ! Brigadier Gerard would be proud !

  5. Guessed this back when you first posted about the scenario. Still waiting for my cookie. :-)