After a week's intermission, I was back to the table with the Rejects to resolve the final act in the Battle of San Martino. For a battle refresher, please visit, Battle of San Martino - Part 1.
For the battle's concluding session, we lost Ian and David but gained Ray. David even made a brief appearance from a pub during his travels. Now, that is dedication! Ray picked up Ian's Sardinian command. Lee took over command of David's brigade. Having grasped the rules quickly in the first session, I was curious to see if strategy and tactics may have evolved over the weeklong hiatus.
We pick up the action at the start of Turn 6.
When we left the battle, the Austrians were advancing cautiously upon San Martino and the heights. Having dispatched the Sardinian light cavalry causing havoc on the Austrian left, Lippert orders his brigade to bypass the heights and concentrate on covering the vital bridge near San Donnino. Morozzo still maintains four battalions of the 13th Infantry Regiment protecting the Sardinian right. Would Morozzo drive on the Austrian positions at San Donnino or remain content to screen the Sardinian right? With a change of commanders from Ian to Ray, a change of approach may be forthcoming.
|Start of the action on Turn 6.|
|Austrians advance on the right toward San Martino.|
Facing the white-coated juggernaut on the Sardinian left is King Victor Emmanuele, himself, leading the 14th Infantry Regiment. Knowing the 14th IR suffered monstrous casualties in the opening stages of battle, its combat effectiveness may be in question.
With a cautious approach upon San Martino, Mollard is allowed time to ready defenses for the attacks he expects to come. Having his recon column cover the central position astride the main road and defend the heights, Mollard orders Arnaldi to deploy half of his brigade into the vineyards to the east of San Martino while supporting Mollard's Bersaglieri in Contracania and Ortaglia upon the heights.
|Mollard consolidates the central position.|
|Lippert shifts left.|
|View behind Austrian lines, Turn 7.|
|Philoppovic presses on in the center.|
|Hussars scatter Sardinian Bersaglieri|
|Dispositions beginning of turn 8.|
To use Ray's blog name, the Austrians hope I "Don't Throw a One!" I make the roll. It comes up a
The Sardinians are elated. The Austrians not so much.
|The Austrians advance toward San Martino|
|Close combat at the vineyards.|
|Sardinians hold San Martino for victory|
That was good fun and a terrific way to meet wargamers whose blogs I have followed for a long time. A good discussion followed the session with more thoughts and comments coming in via email.
The Rejects unanimously and generously agree to tackle another Franco-Austrian war battle another day. Much to consider for another game. The rules seemed to work well with little ambiguity, I think. Players caught on to most game attributes very quickly. A game, decision-making, and rules retrospective I leave for another day.
For a superb, full battle account of the two-session game of San Martino told from the Austrian commander's perspective, please visit Richard's blog at,
Thanks to all players participating over the two-session game.