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[Lasalle] A training game

Managed to get a Lasalle game in last night for the first time in a while, as Ernie at the club was interested in learning how to play. We made a few minor changes (we got the river battlefield, so made it a stream so it could be crossed at any point as rough ground or on the bridge as open ground, and allowed units in assault column to cross the bridge), and my usual tactics were ignored in favour of a “this is what happens if you try to do this” approach. I had my usual Austrian Avant Garde, and Ernie was using Russian Grenadiers. We both had Cuirassiers as our support slot. We also decided to make it easier not to bother rolling on the weather chart. We ended up with me attacking and Ernie defending, and initially the table looked like this:

Initial Table

Initial Table (starring Ernie)

 

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We’ve been using this down at the club in Toronto for about a year or so now. I originally came up with it because of a few peeves with the rules – it was difficult to get a decisive victory if your opponent had cavalry and you didn’t, which really made the Austrian Avant-Garde a hard army to bear. Also, it made victories for Guard armies almost impossible – if you are subject to Send in the Guards, you need to win by a decisive victory or your opponent claims a minor victory. If a Guard army doesn’t take lots of light cavalry, then it’s unlikely he’s going to be able to get enough pursuit points to enable him to claim a major victory, and against the Avant-Garde, that’s going to be really difficult if the player takes Hussars and especially if they attack – a large Uhlans and large Hussars on top of 4 Hussars is pretty much unbeatable. A really cheesy tactic for anyone facing Guard armies would be to use your light cavalry units to whip around the back of the table far from your opponent, while your infantry block any enemy cavalry from getting to them – just wait for the game to time out and you’ve won a minor victory. That was not what I would call fun, so I came up with these rules instead. After quite a bit of playtesting, I’ve modified them slightly so that in order to get a decisive victory, you need to either take objectives, inflict more casualties, or have a higher pursuit sscore, and two or more of these would be better. Guard armies are still penalised, and need to make sure they really steamroller their opponents, but they can get by with a minor victory now.

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As with my first Infantry unit, as you can see from the pic below, I’ve painted and glued the front rank of this unit. As a quick update, I’ve now completed the front rank of every infantry unit I’m painting up, and have started with the second ranks of each unit. This allows me to field painted troops rather than just bases, which is a better place to be in. Within the next few weeks I should be able to get all the second ranks painted too, and then I’ll be basing them. My next update should show some of my Grenzers for a change. This time, though, I’m focusing on IR 60 Gyulai, a Hungarian infantry unit:

IR 60 Gyulai

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Been a while since the last post, but a recent Lasalle game at the club (which I umpired) and the entrance of a new member who wants to play Lasalle has spurred me on to take some photos of completed (sort of) units. I’ve also been at work on painting up a few more units too, though not at MichaelD’s rate, which appears to be roughly a new army every week. At the moment, I have almost all my core forces completed (sort of) – cavalry are painted and based, infantry have first ranks painted and based, though proper basing (basing materials, flock etc have not been put on yet.  As soon as I have all units for my core + 1 support ‘completed’ to this standard, I’ll be able to play a few games while I get to work painting second ranks of infantry. As soon as I get all those done, I can work on the Hussar support and do a proper job of basing them to match my Jagers. I want to base them all at the same time so that they all look the same rather than run the risk of running out of flock and not having the same type for the rest of the army.

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I’ve been busy with school (again), but I did manage to find time to do a bit of painting. As you can see from the pics below, I’ve decided to do the front rank of each unit first, so that I can get the figures painted up quicker – when I’ve gotten all the front rank done for each unit, I’ll then work my way through the second ranks for each unit.

IR 3 Erzherzog Karl

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Jagers completed

That’s the first unit done, at any rate. I ended up with a few spare figures, so I based them on dimes to use as skirmisher bases. I think I’ll do this with the other units too. I have 4 skirmisher bases for the Jagers – it’s a SK2 unit, but if I decide to split it out into 4 skirmisher bases, I can do so. My skirmisher bases for all units are going to be a single figure mounted on a dime, I think.

Jagers

As far as painting goes, I used dark flesh then flesh for well, the fleshy parts, boots and other leather was black with a really faint highlight of very dark grey. The coats on the top of the packs were black, drybrushed dark grey. Uniforms were dark grey, with a heavy highlight of light grey, and a light drybrush in an even lighter grey. Guns were dark brown drybrushed lighter brown for the wood, and gunmetal drybrushed silver for the metal parts. Hats were lack, drybrushed with very dark grey, as were pouches etc. Powder horns were medium brown drybrushed light brown, and the packs were dark brown, drybrushed medium brown. Other decoration was gold (horn, commander’s sash etc), the ponpoms yellow and black, and the facings dark green.

Jagers 2

For the bases, I used air-drying clay and coarse gel, painted dark brown, then highlighted light brown, added flock, grass and some bushes here and there, as well as a couple of clay rocks.

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We had a bit of a bash to try out the Lasalle rules last night, pitting some Austrians against some Russians, both from the Empire theatre – just about all our club’s forces are going to be Empire theatre-based, I think. Since neither my opponent (Anthony) nor I have finished working on our armies, we just used the bases, without figures on them – sacrilege I know, and some of you will be shaking your heads with dismay, but it worked enough for us to try out the rules and get used to them. I’ve often found that the best spur to finishing off an army is to have a game or two using the rules to get used to them – now we can’t wait to get them finished so we can have a ‘proper’ game.

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