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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

My Inaugural Game





This report has been delayed because of Blogger changing my settings,which are still not right,so this may be my last blog for a while.
Sunday was my christening of my wargames room,with a decent sized Old School Wargame,based somewhere in Northern Germany in 1756.
 John had taken a scenario from C.S.Grants book,called Chance Encounters, which was an excellent choice. The terrain was based around a river with three crossing points,and four players,myself,John Reidy,Colin Ashton and Paul Stevenson. We each had a nation,I had Hanoverians,John Austrians,Colin Prussians and Paul French. The rules were Black Powder. The killer was the commanders level of ability. On the face of it my rating of Decisive seemed pretty good. Wrong,I was allowed re rolls on failed orders,a second failure however counted as a blunder. This was to cause me a lot of agony throughout the game.
 The poor French had the worst rating which caused the French to meander across the table, The Austrians were ranked as 'Aggressive' and the Prussians were 'Hesitant'.I wont bore readers with a blow by blow account,especially as Paul has crafted something for one of the war games magazines.
The Prussians acted Prussian like and threw themselves across the river,unsettling the Austrians, The French struggled to deploy,while the Hanoverians just couldn't move!!! quickly. The blunders kept coming and I had the edifying sight of my cavalry scattering off the table,where they had to be shepherded back on the table. Things finally worked in my favour and I was able to flank the Austrians on the last move. The game was a cracker,the banter was good,and the look was a great incentive to paint more figures. Roll on the next game.
The Austrians quickly advanced to the river,ready to take the pontoon bridge.

The Hanoverian cavalry were caught unprepared for the Austrian onslaught.

This shot was merely to show off my newly painted Warhammer chapel.

A shot of my Brunswick hussars 'running away!


 The reorganised Hanoverian guard cavalry showing how to do things.
 The upshot of the charge,was a reform in the corn fields.
 A shot of the steady Prussian advance.

My poor hussars,brace themselves for a French heavy cavalry onslaught.
 My Hanoverians cross the bridge to flank the Austrians.



 The Austrians,cling to the pontoon.

 My Hanoverians,just prior to a nasty surprise from the Austrians.

 The charge of the Prussian heavy cavalry,which halted the Austrians.


 First volley from the Hanoverians.



The figure responsible for all the blunders.





The steady Prussian advance.
 
Thanks to Paul,Colin and especially John who once again created a great sets of problems.

10 comments:

  1. Wow! Now that's a great looking set up sir! Whereabouts in County Durham are you based?

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    1. Hello Steve,
      Im surprised we havent met before,
      Im based in Crook,where in the county are you.
      Thanks Robbie.

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    2. Hi Robbie,
      I'm in Stanley, not too far away. It never ceases to amaze me just how many 'local' gamers there seem to be no matter where you are in the country!
      Really great looking set up you have there... I'm very jealous.

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    3. Steve,
      are you going to the Durham show?
      If you are Ill buy you a cup of tea and have a chat.
      Robbie

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    4. Hi Robbie,
      I'm hoping to! It depends on work but all being well I'll be paying a visit.

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  2. Mightily impressed with your layout Rob. The figures look eye-catching as ever !

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    1. Dave,
      If you wasted your time at Salute,you could have had a command.
      There will be other oppourtunities I promise.
      Thanks Robbie

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  3. Looks absolutely superb. As inaugural games go that'll take some beating.

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  4. Sounds like you had a blast; great figures and terrain - as always.

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  5. Looks like a fabulous game - what a way to start on your new gaming table

    -- Allan

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My 6mm Napoleonic set up.

My 6mm Napoleonic set up.
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