Being 2 years into the War both sides are much for seasoned and evenly matched, although the Isabelino's still have a minor advantage in guns and horse.
The battle sees the another effort by the Govornment forces to corner and destroy the main Carlist field army in the North.
For the game we have the village at one side of the table with a road running through and a crescent of low wooded hills in front occupied by the Carlist's.
Fairly last minute, wargaming chum Chris Charlton had to pull out as his family all came down with heavy colds, I re-drew the army lists to take out his two battalion per side, however in hindsight taking the Isabelino battalions from their initial attack force rather than the reserve and missing a second rocket battery left them without enough punch to get their attack going. As we will see it was to cost the Liberals dearly.
Above is the Carlist army, their actual initial deployment was amongst the wooded hills to their front. Below is the three brigades of the Isabelino advance Guard. Over all Orders of battle were.
Brigade 1 left of line, 3 line and one veteran battalion
Brigade 2 centre, 2 line and one veteran battalion
Brigade 3 right, 3 line, one veteran battalion and one field gun
Brigade 4 reserve 5 squadrons of lancers
Brigade 5 off table 3 line and one light mountain gun
Brigade 1 left of line, 3 line one field gun
Brigade 2, centre, 3 line one rocket battery
Brigade 3, right, 3 line one field gun
Off table, 4 Battalions of Veteran Guard and French Legion with mountain gun
Off table Cavalry Brigade 1, 3 line lancers
Off table Cavalry Brigade 2, 3 Veteran Guard and Legion squadrons
The Carlist reserve came on the roll of a D4, THEY GOT A 1!
Isabelino's all came on go 2. reinforcements for both sides came on via the road.
Thank you Chris for your hospitality and Mark, Jerry, Steve and Malcolm for a great days gaming. Get Well soon Mr Charlton and all the best to wargaming chum John Smith who is also un-well at the moment. Wishing you a speedy recovery John.
Thank you for reading as always.