|French close in on Casteggio|
|O'Reilly's Advanced Guard at Rivalta|
|O'Reilly at Rivalta|
|Watrin advancing on Rivalta|
|A closer look at French advancing battalions|
Not waiting for Lannes and cavalry support, Watrin boldly marched towards the well-defended village, Rivalta. Disregarding the Austrian cavalry threat, the first French battalions on line dismissed forming square in the face of such danger. Seeing an opportunity, the Austrian 8th Hussars charged sending one of the French battalions scurrying towards the rear. A second French battalion failed to hold up to a combination of musketry and cannon fire and retreated as well.
|Birds eye view of battlefield|
showing Vogelsang reaching Casteggio.
Rivalta in distance.
|French 12th Hussars swing wide right to hit Austrian cavalry|
|French attempt encirclement of Rivalta|
|Elements of O'Reilly retreat up the small valley|
|French Legere hot on the tail of Austrian Grenz|
As the defense of Rivalta collapsed, O'Reilly attempted a second line of defense between Casteggio and the stronghold of Casa il Giardino. Vogelsang's reinforcements approached Casteggio from Montebello.
|French pursue fleeing Austrians from Rivalta|
In a tough fight, the 6th Legere shoved the Mariassy Jagers out of Casa il Giardino but not without great cost. Austrian reinforcement began trickling into Casteggio as battalions crossed the Coppa River and began working their way through the foothills above Casteggio.
|French prepares an attack|
|French elan drive Austrians from Casteggio|
|Situation about 4pm|
|Austria will not yield the Coppa easily|
The battle began with some initial Austrian successes against Watrin's Division. Jake considered throwing in the towel after Watrin was roughly handled by Austrian cavalry in the opening stages of battle. His fortunes reversed quickly when Lannes reached the battlefield and pushed the 12th Hussars into action. Once Lannes gained Rivalta, Ott was kept off balance for the remainder of the contest. Pressure from the French was unrelenting and O'Reilly's command found itself disorganized for much of the battle.
A few mistakes were made during play but nothing that cannot be corrected before the next attempt. One point is that we both forgot the newly implemented EZOC. Enforcing EZOC might have prevented the French cavalry from wreaking such havoc upon the hapless Hapsburgs.
Will another attempt at Montebello be undertaken or has this battlefield occupied the gaming table for long enough? Having been out on the gaming table for all of 2017, perhaps, it is time to clear it away and consider other genres? I grow a little fatigued of seeing the same layout on the game table for six months straight. A number of projects have been pulling for my attention. Something in 28mm perhaps? Something using Impetvs? That sounds good to me.