As the Talavera project is developed the plan has been to put together a group of scenarios that will allow the battle to be fought in smaller games whilst building up the collection to enable the full afternoon attack to played through.
In addition the scenarios should be enabled to be linked together to recreate the two day battle of Talavera, carrying forward casualties, fatigue and morale changes.
|First layout of the two sides for the "Dawn Attack" scenario. The range sticks indicate the boundary of the game|
Then we moved on to the "Night Attack" on the 27th July that recreated Victor's surprise night assault to capture the Cerro de Medellin before the British could secure the hill that anchored the Allied line
|Victor's two infantry divisions (Ruffin and Villatte) supported by Beaumont's and Merlin's cavalry lined up behind the French artillery of I Corps|
This bombardment was followed up by an assault by Ruffin's division, which should have been supported by the fresh troops in Villatte's division. A break down in French coordination only saw Ruffin's men attack up the steep slope, only to be dealt with by steady British musketry which together with a sharp counter-attack drove them back to their own lines losing 1,300 casualties whist inflicting about 750 casualties on General Hill's division.
This scenario presents some interesting challenges to designing a game that offers both sides opportunities and threats to manage, together with the peculiarities that affected the troops involved.
Thus I will be looking at incorporating fatigue effects on troops involved in the previous night attack, British attempts to reduce the effects of the French bombardment (lying down, limited reverse slope), trigger points to allow Villatte to follow his original orders to support Ruffin, plus a few other ideas that may come to mind.
|Wellesley was set up very much with an eye to holding his centre and the link with the Spanish emphasised by Payne's cavalry brigades in reserve|
|The British cavalry brigades of Fane, Anson and Cotton support the centre of Wellesley's position|
|Hill's Division with Stewart's (nearest camera) and Tilson's brigades arrayed on the crest of the Medellin|
|Beaumont's cavalry tucked in behind the 9e Legere of Ruffin's division|
|Further along the British line are the two KGL brigades of Low and Langwerth, supported by Donkin's brigade|