I'm playing this solo using my Sacre Bleu! rules - basically heavily amended Piquet. Consequently, quite a lot happens in a multi-initiative turn. Initiative split in each phase of the turn is being decided by dominos and the sequence deck for each side is 24 cards strong.
Turn 1.In the initial stages, the French gain much the upper hand in the split of game initiative winning 27 to 9 points. They use this to press attacks on both the Eastern Ridge and Vimeiro Hill.
As the French columns advance on Vimeiro Hill the Rifles, supported by Acland's artillery, nibble away at their numbers, choosing to falling back (opportunity evades) to avoid close contact.
Back on the Ridge the first French unit to give way is one of Solignac's Legere units, which makes its withdrawal through Ventosa.
The initiative starts to balance up, allowing the British to extend their front on the Ridge by bringing the 71st into the front line whilst, from the west, Bowes, Craufurd and Trant hurry eastward to the staccato rhythm of the musketry up ahead.
On the Ridge, the musketry duel between the skirmish clad lines is somewhat desultory but men are falling on both sides and French artillery is now adding to the tumult.
At Vimeiro Hill, the brigades of Thomiere and Charlot's are beginning to press home but, the British musketry volleys and artillery fire are far from desultory. The leading French columns are being harshly treated and close to withdrawing.
At the end of turn one the French attack on Vimeiro Hill is well underway but the leading elements of the French columns are getting battered.