Saturday, 20 September 2014

Great Northern War

Last weeks game was set during the Great Northern War between Sweden and Russia.

The rules used were, I believe, a modified set from  Die Kriegskunst .

(Die Kriegskunst are a Seven Years War variant from General de Brigade.)

Swedes on the attack.

Russian left flank slowly moving up the ridge.

 The Russian army had a firm foothold on a ridge running across the table. Their artillery was behind a stone redoubt, masses of cavalry off to their right flank and even more infantry on their left.
 The Swedes advanced on an angle toward their left. The cavalry moved up with the infantry and the artillery started ranging in on the Russians on the ridge.
Swedes moving up the ridge

Their target.

 The Russians countered by sending their cavalry forward and although outnumbering the Swedes, were pushed back due to the quality of the Swedish cavalry.
Swedish command

 The initial infantry attacks went the way of the Russians and their left flank infantry started moving down the ridge to outflank the Swedes.
The initial Swedish attack

 Slowly the Swedish cavalry on the left took control and gave the Swedes an advantage. Allowing the cavalry to turn on the flank of the Russians.

 The Swedish infantry went in again and this time managed to succeed. The Russian artillery gave up the fight and left the field.

 Despite some initial success the Russians on the left were rapidly running out of support and were now having to face the whole Swedish army.
Swedish cavalry commander.

With the Russian cavalry running away along with their artillery the rest of the Russian army had no choice but to abandon the ridge to the Swedish army.

Another great game with the boys.

Thanks to Chris for everything!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

20mm Napoleonics

Wednesday night's game was a chance to drag out our 20mm Napoleonic collection.

The game had a French allied army made up of French and Bavarians massed together, and a Brunswick force against the armies of Austria and Saxony.

 All four armies entered from different points of the table and they were all after control of the bridge in the centre of the table.

 As it happened the Austrians squared off against the Brunswickers on this side of the bridge.
 The Saxons, on the other side of the river are racing the French and Bavarians to the other end of the the bridge.
The troops from Brunswick prepare for the Austrian attack.

Austrians and Brunswickers exchange shots before charging into each other.

 The French and Saxon cavalry charge into each other as their infantry advance towards the bridge.

 French cavalry slowly overcome the Saxon cavalry and prevent the Saxon infantry from getting to the bridge.
Getting a bit tight for the Saxons here.

 The Austrian infantry make it to the bridge but the Brunswick army charges into them and forces them back.

The battle in full swing.

 The French charge into the units around the bridge and send them back to where they came from.
With the Brunswick army now also forcing the enemy back on their side of the bridge the day belongs to the French and their allies, the Brunswickers and Bavarians.

Enjoyable game even if I was on the wrong side, again!