The Day of Battle
In the first picture the Prussian Artillery have pounded the French Conscript Brigade on the low hill on the French right flank and the small Prussian reserve Cavalry Corp is moving up to attack the French artillery on the hill. (Artillery units have a limited amount of ammunition and the effectiveness of their fire goes down each time they fire).
The second picture shows the Prussian II Corps moving to the river’s edge prior to crossing it, being watched by two French Dragoon Brigades and the Young Guard while the Old guard moves towards the French right flank. Aside from reserve moves infantry and cavalry can make three types of move under the Blucher rules. A simple move where the unit can pivot on the spot to face in any direction and then can move up to 6 inches straight forward for infantry and up to 12 inches straight forward for cavalry no oblique movement and end the move facing in the direction of movement. A difficult move where the unit moves up to 3 inches for infantry and 6 inches for cavalry in a straight line measured from the centre point of its front edge, when making a difficult move the unit may pivot before or after it moves. A difficult move is made when moving through any difficult terrain or a unit wants to end its move facing in a different direction than the direction in which it moved. The third type of movement is a charge move
The third picture shows the Prussian reserve Cavalry have secured the Hill the French artillery having ben ridden down by the Prussian Cuirassiers who have taken casualties on their approach also the Prussian Cavalry General Roder joined the Cuirassiers for the attack and his inspiring leadership added one dice to the attack but in doing so he was at risk and was shot off his horse at the moment of their success. The French Conscript Brigade on the hill had previously been withdrawn to a position behind the hill to escape the Prussian artillery fire.
When charging a unit has to be able to trace a line of sight to the target unit at the moment it is activated then it can wheel up to 45 degrees and move in a straight line up to 6 inches for infantry and 12 inches for Cavalry
The fourth picture shows the Prussian I Corp infantry awaiting orders to advance
The Fifth picture shows the Prussian II Corp crossing the river in the centre being attacked by the French Dragoon Brigades.In melee a unit rolls a number of dice equal to its élan number (the élan number of an infantry or cavalry unit reduces as it takes hits) the number of dice rolled is also modified by other factors-. In melee a 4, 5 or 6 on a d6 is a hit and you compare the number of hits made by attacker and defender to determine the result.
The sixth picture show the French Dragoon attack on the infantry has been driven back although the attack on the Prussian supporting Light Cavalry Brigade was successful