Thursday, September 22, 2011

Battle of the Nive - Move 4

Table at start of move 4

Left top – two French divisions, Villatte and Maransin, approaching Arcanques

Left centre – Alten holds the town and the woods

Left bottom – Clinton is crossing the river towards Villafranque

Right top – two French divisions, Abbe and Darricau, approaching Villafranque

Right centre – Colville has deployed in and around Villafranque

British left

Top – British hussars have lost melee and retire shaken

Bottom - Howard has missed his turn due to Poor Card

British right

Wellington has joined Colville on the hill

French cavalry charged the guns on the hill

Gunners passed their reaction test and fired on cavalry

Rolled 2xdD6, inflicted two casualties and routed cavalry

At the bottom Clinton is crossing the bridge and moving to join Colville

French right

On the left Villate is still skirmishing with the rifles in the woods

His cavalry have received an artillery casualty and withdraw out of range

On the right Maransin is advancing to the right of Arcanques

French left

On the left Abbe is moving towards Villafranque

His cavalry have been routed by the British gunners on the hill

On the right Darricau is advancing between the hill and the river

His cavalry have forced the British hussars to retire shaken

Game Notes

Cavalry v cavalry melee can be found in Rule 14

Cavalry v artillery are covered by Rule 16

Gunners must pass reaction test to fire or evade

In this case the gunners passed and opted to fire

They roll 2xD6 and require 6 for a hit – they rolled 2x6 for two hits

There is a card for each commander, and a Poor Card.

Cards are drawn to determine the move sequence

The next Poor commander to draw a card after the Poor Card must miss his turn

This time it was Howard, who had to miss his turn

The rules used can be found at


  1. Very interesting scenario. I'm cheering for the French.

  2. Hi Mike

    Glad you like it.

    Its one of those battles which it is difficult to visualise (like a lot of the Pyrenees ones). We were fortunate to spend a day walking the area some years ago, and I still find it difficult to place the whole battlefield. Not helped by the fact that it was a series of small battles fought over three days.

    Also, I suspect, one of Wellington's lesser known battles.

    The French have a lot going for them, not least half of their army closed up on either side of the river. A lot will depend on whether Wellington can get his reserves in place in time. Incidently exactly the problem he had "on the day".