Saturday, 13 January 2018

Riesbaden, May 1809; A Shako scenario

In the first game for 2018 I returned to my roots, Napoleonics.  Dipping into Jack Gill's "Thunder on the Danube", I decided on a scenario based on the campaign in the Tyrol, specifically Lefebvre's advance on Innsbruck.  Due to the Austrians 'defending everything and therefore defending nothing'  most of the clashes were one-sided affairs, but a bit of judicious 'tweaking' produced a workable scenario.

A mixed force of Bavarians, Badeners and Wurttemburgers is advancing along the Weisswasser valley towards Innsbruck.  The advance guard, commanded by Stockmayer, (4 battalions of jaegers and light infantry, with 3 regiments of light cavalry and a horse battery), is approaching the village of Riesbaden.  The Austrians have their advance guard, under Frimont, (3 battalions of Grenzer, 2 regiments of light cavalry and a horse battery in and around the village.  Both sides have further troops behind them.  The allies have two divisions of line infantry (both of 8 battalions) and a light cavalry division (3 regiments).  Arriving for the Austrians are 2 divisions of infantry (each of 5 battalions), a grenadier 'brigade' of two battalions and a light cavalry brigade of 2 regiments.  The narrow, steep-sided valley means that there is no chance of flanking movement, so the more numerous allies are at a disadvantage.

Allies enter from right
The allies need to break through the Austrian position and reach Innsbruck.  For the Austrians, stopping the allied advance is the ideal result, but inflicting delay and heavy casualties would be acceptable.  From the table layout it can be seen that there the main line of defence can be located by the St Agatha Convent, the Weiswasser is impassable, covering the flank.  The main task of Frimont's troops at Riesbaden is to delay the allies long enough for the Austrian main body to arrive and deploy.

Frimont's troops await the onslaught
The arrival of the reinforcements was determined by die roll by the commanding general after a die roll had allocated the Austrians to Steve.

Observing the Austrian deployment, Stockmayer placed his cavalry on his left, with the infantry and horse battery opposite Riesbaden.  Frimont had deployed his grenzer units in and around the village, with his cavalry and artillery on the right.  As the Wurttemburg troops advanced the Leib Cheveauleger regiment came under artillery fire, causing disorder in the ranks.  Undaunted, the allied cavalry advanced and when the opportunity came, charged the Austrians.  In accordance with their proud heritage the Austrian Uhlans and Hussars accepted the challenge and in a brutal melee totally overwhelmed their opponents.  The Leib Cheveauleger were driven from the field and the Jager zu Pferde Prinz Adam forced to fall back to rally.  When the 2nd Cheveauleger tried to intervene the Stipsicz Hussars met them with such force that the Wurttemburg unit was destroyed as a fighting force.  Within minutes Stockmayer had lost most of his cavalry and his attack on Riesbaden was in the balance.

The cavalry melee
For their part the infantry had advanced and pinned the Austrians in position and begun to manoeuvre their extra battalion on to the flank of the Walisch Illyrian Grenz who held the left of the Austrian line.  On the right of the Austrian line, the Warasdiner St George Grenz had been subjected to 'softening up' by the Wurttemburg artillery, the Konig Jager had fired a volley and then followed up with a charge.  The Grenz had fought well, but in the end had been forced back in disarray with such heavy losses they were finished as a fighting force.  Just as they were about to push home their success, the jager saw that their flank was endangered by the success of the Austrian cavalry, so they fell back to form a new flank supported by the artillery and a second jager battalion moved over from the right flank.

Morand's Wuttemburg division advances 
The Austrian cavalry took time to recover from the melee and by then the position for the Austrians was perilous.  Although the Deursch Banater Grenz, who held Riesbaden village itself, had repulsed two attacks by Light Battalion Wolff, the Walisch Illyrian Grenz on the left flank were beginning to crumble under the fire from Light Battalion Brussell and the attending skirmishers.  When the Wurttemburgers charged the Grenz they offered some resistance, but eventually disintegrated and fled to the rear.  Frimont had now lost two of his 5 units and with the cavalry coming under artillery fire he cast increasingly anxious looks over his shoulder willing the reinforcements  to arrive.  He could also see a column of allied infantry marching past Riesbaden to his left threatening to cut him off.  An aide was sent to village to order the garrison to fall back and another was sent to the cavalry requesting them to cover the retreat of the remaining infantry and artillery.  However events now overtook the orders.  In the village, the gallant grenz were finally driven from their positions and the Merveldt Uhlans were charged by the Jager zu Pferde Prinz Adam.  Already weakened by the earlier melee and artillery fire, the uhlans were destroyed, effectively eliminating Frimont's command.

The new Austrian line forms up
Riesbaden had been secured, but the delay had enabled the Austrian main body to begin to deploy along a second defensive position by the  St Agatha Convent.  As Frimont galloped back to give his report, accompanied by the remains of his cavalry he could see the long lines of white-coated infantry forming up, awaiting the coming allied attack.  On the right of the Austrian line, 1st battalion Deutschmeister from Weiss's division, occupied the walls of the St Agatha Convent.  To their left were the 2nd and 3rd battalions, supported by 1st battalion Lindenau and the Viennese Landwehr,   Further left, Meyer's division filled the gap to the wooded hillside.  This comprised the three battalions of the Wiedenfeld regiment, one battalion from Reuss-Greitz and the Salzburg Landwehr.  Each division had an artillery battery and a unit of skirmishers.  The Austrian commander, Chasteler was expecting a brigade of grenadiers (2 battalions) and also a light cavalry brigade (2 regiments of uhlans).  Hessen's grenadiers would fill the gap between the convent and the un-fordable Weisswasser.

Advancing up the valley towards the Austrians were Lefebvre's forces.  On the right, Morand's Wurttemburg division began to deploy to face Meyer, whilst Deroy;s division with Baden and Bavarian infantry moved up opposite Weiss.  Stockmayer's depleted command reformed around Riesbaden and was then ordered by Lefebvre to move though the gap between the convent and the Weisswasser.  Lefebvre was waiting for Sevdevitz's Light cavalry division to arrive, conscience that, after the fighting around Riesbaden he had no mounted troops.  Stockmayer and Deroy's commands got in the way of each other and so Morand's attack went in on its own.

Some confusion as the allies advance past Riesbaden
At first all went well, the allied skirmishers dispersed their opponents and then began to target the Reuss-Greitz regiment.  The skirmishers had taken to the wooded slopes and their fire unsettled the Austrians.   The Fusiliers Von Neubronn led the way forward with the battalions of the Kronprinz regiment supporting them.  As they neared the Austrian line volleys were exchanged and the grind of a fire fight began.  Over on the allied left Stockmayer's division was approaching the gap between the convent and the Weiswasser, but instead of open ground they found Austrian grenadiers and Uhlans, Chasteler's reinforcements had arrived just in time.

As he surveyed the field, Chasteler noted that the allied advance was disjointed, with the left (Stockmayer and Deroy) unable to support the right (Morand).  He sent an aide galloping off to Frolich, commanding the Uhlans, with orders to advance across the field to fall on the flank of Morand's division.  Frolich sent the Carl Ludwig Uhlans towards Stockmayer, forcing the Wurttemburg battalions to halt and thus give the Schwarzenburg Uhlans the chance to cross the field unmolested.  The uhlans caught the1st battalion Kronprinz regiment totally unprepared.  An attempt to form square failed and the majority of the battalion were cut down.  As the 2nd battalion Kronprinz had managed to form square, the uhlans swept on to hit 1st battalion Prinz Paul.  This battalion was also destroyed, but the uhlans success was to prove their undoing.

1st battalion Kronprinz are caught by the Schwarzenburg Uhlan

The inevitable result of failing to form square in time
The uhlans now found themselves facing the fresh regiments of Sevdevitz's light cavalry division which had just arrived.  Hastily falling back they then found themselves being canistered by the artillery of Deroy's division.  Reeling from the heavy casualties they milled around and suffered further losses as Stockmayer's artillery joined in.  All control was lost and the pitiful remnants of the regiment straggled back to the Austrian lines.  There they found the remains of the Carl Ludwig Uhlans who had been goaded by Stockmayer's artillery into an unwise attack on the guns.  Shredded by canister the horsemen had failed to charge home and had left half their strength lying in the grass before the guns.

Carl Ludwig charge the guns
Heavy  though the cavalry losses had been, they did contribute to a slackening of pressure on Meyer's division.  Weidenfeld and Von Neubronn had been exchanging volleys for some time.  Seeing that Von Neubronn's supports had been destroyed by the uhlans' charge, Meyer ordered an attack.  The Austrian infantry needed no further encouragement and charged forward.  Caught unawares, the defensive volley from the allied infantry was ineffective and in the short melee they soon turned and ran.  Morand suddenly found that he had lost half his division.  He therefore called a halt, seeking time to reorganise his battered units. 

Meyer's counter attack
Meyer thought he saw an opportunity to drive home his advantage, ordering a general advance against Morand's men.   The enthusiasm of the Austrians was quenched by canister from Morand's artillery and volleys from the Ptinz Friedrich regiment.  Vast gaps appeared in the white-coated ranks and the pace of the attack ebbed away.  The Reuss-Greitz and the 1st battalion of the Weidenfeld regiment were to all intents destroyed and now it was Meyer who had to consider how much more his division could take.  With the Salzburg Landwehr beginning to falter under the incessant fire from the allied skirmishers and the sight of a fresh division of light cavalry the omens were not propitious.   The decision was taken out of Meyer's hands by the arrival of a courier from Chasteler with orders to begin to fall back towards his right, the army was going to withdraw towards the Inn Valley.

To buy more time, Hessen's grenadiers were ordered to move against Stockmayer and halt any further allied advance through the gap between the convent and the Weisswasser.  The attack went forward but the cost was heavy.  Grenadier battalion Leningen lost 50% of its strength in its attack on the Konig jaeger, whilsy Grenadier battalion Reuber was destroyed by a combination of artillery fire and volleys from jaeger battalion Neuffer.

Nevertheless, Chasteler managed to extract most of his forces to another defensive position guarding Innsbruck.  For his part, Lefebvre wrote up the action as a victory, though he took the remainder of the day to rest his men, apart from the squadron of hussars sent forward to keep touch with the enemy.

A good day's gaming.  Due to circumstances, Steve and I had a full day for gaming so were able to fight this two stage action.  A couple of 'issues' with the rules cropped up which we discussed over coffee and 'amendments' will be tried out in our next  Shako game.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Muscovite Recruits

As the old year drew to a close I managed to complete the third unit of Soldatski pikemen.  When I purchased these figures at Vapnertak in Feb 2017 I hoped to get them finished by the end of the year and for once a met a deadline!

The bags of figures from Old Glory contain 30 castings, so I had to augment them with some 'extras'.  In this unit the extra figures came from a TAG blister of 'Soldatski Command' and they seem to fit in quite well with the Old Glory figures.  Of course I still need to re-base the accompanying streltsy, so the unit will not appear in action for a bit yet. The flag is based on an illustration for a colonel's colour from Dan Schorr's Great Northern Wars website.

Last October Steve mentioned he was looking for some Muscovite gunners.  Now, I could justify getting some more (I only had 4) so we decided to get a bag of Old Glory gunners between us.

We each got 9 figures in 5 variants as shown above.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Action at Ginseck Creek: an AWI scenario

For our last wargame session of 2017 Steve and I were back to the AWI with a scenario Steve devised based loosely on Brandywine.  The main intention was to try out his amendments to the firing procedure in Patriots and Loyalists.  He wanted to introduce some variation into the effect of volley fire between the troop types.  Therefore, instead of 6 bases of infantry firing at a certain range with a value of 4 producing 2.4  hits every time, different types of units, (continentals, militia, British regulars etc) had one dice per stand with different % chances of scoring a hit.

We had the usual 3 brigades of infantry each, but no cavalry.  A general view of the table can be seen below.

The rebels are on the left and their task is to hold the line of the Ginseck Creek.  The 'British' , which included a Hessian brigade, deploy with one brigade on each road.  Each side had 1 good brigade  commander, one average and one poor.  A roll of the dice decreed that I would command the rebels and further rolls deployed my good commander on my left (the far end of the table in the picture), average in the centre and poor on the right.  By chance Steve's dice came up with the same result, so each flank had a good commander (better chance of having more actions) against a poor one. Generally, I deployed my Continental infantry to cover the roads, except on my right where each continental unit was   supported by a militia unit (this was to prove useful as the battle progressed).  On the central hill were two units of militia with a third in support and a gun.

The rebel centre
As the battle began I deployed my riflemen forward to harass the British as they advanced, the artillery, which was generally low on ammunition would only begin firing when the enemy was in effective range.  In no time at all all three units of riflemen had been forced to fall back to rally by their opponents.  This exposed the rebel line units to skirmisher fire and although the line held, losses began to mount.  It was in the centre that the worst of the damage was done, not only was the leading unit of Continental infantry weakened, but on the hill one of the militia units was forced back by  volleys from the 55th Foot.  Their supporting unit was also compelled to retreat by the fire of the combined light companies and this exposed the artillery crew.  The 55th turned their attention on the hapless gunners who saw their colleagues decimated by the British volleys.  To the horror of their commander the crews abandoned their guns and routed off the hill.

The Hessians advance

The British centre
Affairs on my left were slightly brighter.  A slightly ponderous advance by the Hessians had been stalled at the ford and the fire from my militia stationed in the woods had caused one unit of Hessian musketeers to fall back.  Determined to clear this irritation, Steve advanced his grenadiers.  Their advance was hindered by the creek, but my militia refused to take initiative and a rather weak volley was shrugged off by the grenadiers.  Once across the creek they dressed their ranks and then returned the complement.  The volley shredded the ranks of the militia and they took to their heels, forcing the brigade commander to gallop over to rally them.

The Hessian grenadiers advance
My right flank was as they say "in a state of flux".  Ineffective volleys failed to prevent the British units crossing the creek, but once across the accuracy of the fire seemed to improve.  Supporting fire from the artillery helped to push back two or three attacks and the militia played their part too, although they kept the brigade commander busy rallying them.

Another push across the creek by the British left
The course of the battle would be decided in the centre. Following the success of the 55th, the British grenadiers crossed the river, aiming to drive back the rebel Continental infantry who had been already weakened by the skirmishers.  In this they were disappointed, as the rebels proceeded to rake the advancing British line with volleys, which first stalled and then repelled the attack, forcing the grenadiers back across the creek where they attempted to rally.  This left the 55th isolated.  They had followed up their success in driving off the gunners by marching onto the hill, daring anyone to try and push them back.  I manoeuvred a unit of Continental infantry to advance, but to buy time, I attacked with two rather battered militia units.  This attack was dismissed with ease by the 55th who seeing a third militia unit moving forward, decided to charge and try and break through my lines.  Somewhat against the odds, my militia unit managed to absorb the attack and then drive it back with heavy loss.

The 55th attack

and are repulsed !!
Unfortunately, inertia now seemed to grip my centre.  The follow up was too slow, allowing the 55th to rally, so that when an attack was made by the militia, it was defeated with ease, a volley stopped the charge before contact.  It was left to the Continental infantry to retrieve the situation, firing two telling volleys in quick succession which forced the 55th to retreat, finished as a fighting force.

The militia try and push back the Hessian grenadiers
Back on my left, the advantage had now swung in favour of the Hessians.  Two units of militia had tried to check the advance of the grenadiers by volley fire, but had failed.  Both had been forced to fall back to rally.  The leading Continental unit had seen that their tormentors in chief, the Hessian Jaeger had strayed within charge range and attacked them.  To their surprise. not only did the jaeger stand and fire as the rebels approached, but crossed bayonets with them and drove them back!  Behind the jaeger were the reformed musketeer regiment who now fired volleys at the second Continental infantry unit.  This was attempting to cover the road and their rallying comrades.  However, a succession of volleys from the Hessian musketeers forced this unit to retreat, meaning my entire left wing was falling back.

The Hessian jaeger defeat the Continental infantry
In the centre things were also looking grim.  Although I had manged to regain the hill, the British grenadiers had now reformed and returned to the fray.  Their first volley destroyed a unit of Continental infantry (admittedly already severely weakened), and now the central road was open.  My remaining Continental infantry unit counter-marched to block the road, but they only had one weakened militia unit to support them.  I decided that the rebel commander would probably have now cut his losses and tried to save what he could from the wreckage.  Fortunately his right wing was still intact; having just defeated yet another British attack and still held their original position. 

The closing position
Many thanks to Steve for yet another enjoyable game.  May I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Prosperous 2018, and that you enjoy your gaming!

Saturday, 23 December 2017

The Place of Many Paths; a Sudan scenario

Once again we returned to the Sudan last week and Steve had organised it so that there was a chance I would command the Dervishes for a change.  I duly rolled the dice and yes, I would be playing the part of Emir Khat, the Dervish leader, on this occasion.  My task was to prevent an Imperial force reaching the local supply centre (Amoh Kash), where a stockpile of arms and food had been assembled prior to a raid on the nearest river settlement.  The best place to take on the Imperial forces was an area of broken ground known locally as "The place of many paths".  An overview of the table set up can be seen below

The Imperial forces can be seen on the lower edge of the photograph, the British on the right (of course) and the Egyptians (or as the Dervish called them, the Turks) on the left.  I had four 'brigades' of infantry and two of cavalry, represented by 6 playing cards.  I also had 9 other cards as 'dummies'.  Before Steve started moving I placed the cards around the table disguising my deployment. I settled on placing 1 'brigade' of infantry at the oasis and another at the kidney shaped hill just in front of the Egyptians.  The remaining infantry and one of the cavalry brigades were behind the rocky ridge on the Imperial left.  My final cavalry unit was on my left behind the central area of broken ground along the table edge.

Below can be seen the first British move, led by the lancers, whilst the Egyptians in the background are yet to move.

The lancers discovered the force of Dervishes I had placed at the oasis and quickly back on their infantry who were preparing to meet the onrushing enemy with disciplined volleys.  Undaunted, the Dervishes charged forward into a veritable storm of lead.  In the face of heavy losses the charge slowed, stopped and then reeled back in a shambles.  Although a setback, the attack had succeeded in stopping the British advance, thus securing the flank of my main attack which was to fall on the  Egyptian brigade.

The British line stands firm
The Egyptian cavalry had also advanced quickly to try and locate Dervish troops.  As they rounded the hill to their left they came under fire from their flank. With their commander falling in the first ragged volley they struggled to maintain order.  This was not helped by a succession of shells from the Dervish artillery landing among the milling horsemen.  As the rifle fire intensified more men fell and all order was lost.  In no time the pitifully few survivors streamed to the rear, they would play no further part in the battle.
A surprise for the Egyptian infantry
As the Egyptian infantry neared the hill, they detected movement among the rocks.  They deployed into line just in time as two units of Dervish infantry rushed from concealment and charged towards them.  The ragged volley they managed before the native line closed was ineffective and soon a ruthless melee was in progress.  Although caught at a disadvantage the Egyptians were managing to hold their ground, until the Dervish cavalry intervened.

The Dervish cavalry break cover
They emerged from behind the rocks on the Egyptians' left flank.  The leading unit making straight for the melee, the two supporting units swinging to their right to then move towards the Imperial centre.  Under the impact of the enemy horsemen the Egyptian left flank unit was overwhelmed.  A stubborn core attempted to hold the line  but were cut down to a man.  The next unit distracted by the carnage to their left were cut down by their opponents; the whole Imperial left was now in danger.

The Egyptian line cracks
To increase the pressure further my final 'brigade' of infantry now broke cover on the Imperial left and followed the cavalry towards the Imperial centre.

Yet more Dervish infantry
On the Imperial right the British were feeling quite confident.  They had defeated the first Dervish charge with ease and a second one had also proved unsuccessful.  There was some annoying sniping from the Dervish riflemen, but everything seemed under control.  A unit of Highlanders supported by the Blue Jackets had moved left to bolster up the Egyptian line and and Dervish 'push' in the centre had been effectively snuffed out.  However, it was on the far right that danger threatened.  A unit of Dervish infantry broke cover and charged the lancers who were trying to manoeuvre  around some broken ground.  As they faced this new threat the lancers were then hit by a unit of camelry which seemed to appear from nowhere.  A second unit of camelry moved round the left flank of their comrades threatening to envelop the British line.   The Imperials deployed their artillery to meet this threat, driving back the second unit of camelry.  For the lancers there was to be no salvation.  Outnumbered and outflanked they were eventually wiped out as a fighting force, leaving the infantry to cope as best they could.

The lancers break
On the left the Egyptians began to think that they glimpsed a light at the end of the tunnel of Dervish attacks.  The machine gun, supporting the infantry managed to break up one attack and then a second withered away in the face of the rattling, spitting infernal machine.  Their comrades in the artillery also managed to halt one cavalry attack, but not a second which cut down the gunners and then galloped on towards the machine gun.  This had to turn to meet the new threat, depriving the infantry of support just as a third attack closed in.  To the right of the Egyptians the Blue Jackets had fought off attacks, but were growing weaker.  Orders were dispatched for the Highlanders to come to their aid, but they were under attack themselves.  At this crucial moment another Dervish attack charged home.  The Egyptians were cut down where they stood, the machine gun crew suffered the same fate as the Dervish cavalry swarmed round the Egyptian flank.  Fighting to the last the Blue Jackets upheld the honour of the senior service but they faced impossible odds.  Only the Highlanders survived.  They had the advantage of plenty of open ground to their front, allowing several volleys to be fired before the Dervishes reached their lines.  When they did, the Dervish were too weakened to break the line and the battered survivors limped back to their lines.

Success for the Egyptians
The Blue Jackets hold firm (for the moment)

The Highlanders defeat the final attack in the centre
By now the writing was on the wall for the Imperials.  All the Egyptian troops had been lost, two units were in melee, with five fresh units closing in.  The general situation can be seen in the photographs below.

Steve agreed on a Dervish victory, not as conclusive as that suffered by Hicks, but it would take some stout soldiering for the remaining British troops to fight their way back to the Nile.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Braddock Down 1643, An ECW scenario for Pike and Shotte

The game this week is more of a 'what if' rather than an true representation.  Historically, the battle of Braddock Down was a rather one-sided affair, with the Parliamentarians under Ruthen breaking as the Royalist line advanced and fired a volley.  Some details can be found on the Battlefields Trust website .  There is also a scenario on the Too much Lead blog

An overview of the terrain from behind the Royalists
In our game the  Royalists have more infantry,(5 regiments to 4),  but their regiments are 1:1 ratio of muskets to pike; whereas the Parliamentarians are 2:1 ratio of muskets to pike.  In addition, the quality of the Parliamentary infantry is unknown at the beginning of the game.  The first time a six is rolled against a unit in the shooting phase they take a command test; pass and they are 'trained'; fail and they are 'raw'. In the end, 3 of the 4 units were raw, which was fairly accurate historically.  The Parliamentarians have the greater number of cavalry, with all 4 of their units being standard size whereas two of the 4 Royalist cavalry units were small.  However, two of their units need to pass a second command test to carry out a charge order.  (Historically, some units were reluctant to charge). 

The Parliamentarian forces
 A roll of the dice allocated the Parliamentary command to Steve, whilst I took the Royalists.  My plan was simple, attack and at first things seemed to be going well, with my infantry making swift progress towards the enclosures.

I had thought Steve would stand on the defensive, but in true 'no plan survives first contact with the enemy' fashion, Steve also advanced and volleys were exchanged across the hedgerows.

The Parliamentarian commanded shot
The Parliamentarian commanded shot did their best but the weight of shot began to tell and then one of the Royalist regiments charged across the field and drove them back at point of pike.  However, their success was short-lived as volleys from the supporting regiments drove the Royalists back to reform.

On the flanks the cavalry now entered the fight.  I expected the Royalists to prevail, but was sorely disappointed.  First my right wing cavalry were driven back and then the left flank was held to a draw.

The Royalist's right wing flees
The inconclusive fight on the left
I sent the Royalist infantry forward once again and they managed to drive off one infantry regiment, but only after a protracted fight.  By this time my right wing cavalry had been driven from the field and I had to try and hold them back with one of my left wing regiments.  However, this left one Parliamentary cavalry regiment free to attack elsewhere and they charged my militia.  They defied the odds to drive off the first attack, but it was only a temporary respite.  In no time the cavalry charged again and this time there was no miracle; the militia routed.

The rout of the militia
However, they were not finished; again defying the odds, they rolled double six to rally.  There was to be no escape, another charge from the relentless Parliamentary cavalry drove them from the field.

The end of the militia
All the Parliamentary cavalry now combined to drive the few remaining Royalist horse from the field.  This they accomplished and the outlook for my infantry looked grim.  They had established a superiority over their opponents but now had no escape route.

The Royalists drive back the Parliamentary infantry
 At this point I conceded, in the enclosures I was safe from the cavalry, but how would I manage to escape?

An interesting scenario with an intriguing interplay between firepower and pike and trained v raw.

Monday, 4 December 2017

RECON 2017

As I mentioned in my last post, this weekend saw our last wargaming outing of 2017, the RECON show at Pudsey.  Once again it was a well organised affair with a good range of traders on hand ready to sell all the stuff that wargamers need (or think they need).  Perhaps the number of games wasn't as broad as in previous years, but the organisers can only use those  that are on offer.  Our Chester game went quite well.  We ran it twice and had some enthusiastic 'public' participants who all enjoyed the experience (by chance  in each game they were on the victorious  side, which won't have hurt).  I managed to get a few photos and Will has some more here

Battle of Cambrai
 Commemorating the 100th anniversary of that bloody battle.


Leicester Phat Cats 'Blood and Plunder' game

as above
I thought this was the best game at the show; lovely terrain and figures and the club member running it was in costume too!
Detail from the Goodwood game
Undoubtedly the largest game, the Goodwood game seemed to veer too much towards the 'wall to wall tanks'   syndrome.  I admit that, historically, it was a very congested battlefield with a high density of AFVs, but perhaps a different type of scenario would have appealed more.
Chester - the Royalist centre advances
A very enjoyable outing, well worth the trip over the Pennines.  Many thanks to Andy, Bob, Steve and Will for helping with the game and Dave and Lynne for 'logistic' support.