Wedndesday night Hal, Jan, and Jon joined me in my first playtest of Puebla for Historicon.
I don't have time to write up a detailed battle report, but I wanted to show you some eye candy from the battle.
Jan and Jon were the French and had never played miniatures before, nor Piquet, so they were under a steep learning curve. Hal, my veteran of many campaigns, controlled the Mexicans while I umpired and took notes.
Initial Setup viewed from the Mexican right flank:
Mexican right wing agressively moves forward while the French left wing scrambles after seeing the Mexican advance.
Zouaves, Sailors and Marines advance up Guadalupe Ridge
Nice view of the entire battle
Mexican right wing under Porfirio Diaz continues their advance.
The Mexicans launch into the thin French left wing. Here a Republican cavalry unit is routed in melee by the French guns! Stunning victory for the French!
French 99th Line battalion moves into the action!
Disaster! The Blue Butchers are destroyed by flanking fire from Mexican regulars!
99th Line repulses Mexican assault, even in skirmish formation!
French assault force nears Fort Guadalupe
Nice parting shot
French took a beating in morale chips compared to the Mexicans and are struggling to hold their left flank, but the battle is far from over. We did call this one in favor of the Mexicans.
Overall, I'm pleased with the setup and special rules. We got a late start (8pm) and we finished around 10:30pm after two complete turns. This gave me a good idea of what I may be up against for the convention game.
Another playtest next week! Cheers!