Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Column v line rerun.

Following the comments left by Neil after the first game we ran the game again with the corrections applied. The results were far more pleasing to "us British".

Here are a few pictures of the proceedings.

The French advance in mixed order.

The British await them on the reverse slope masked by their skirmish screen.

French skirmishers engage their British counterparts and inflict casualties.

The British return fire in their go and both sides have taken casualties by this stage.

A French command blunder resulted in the combined Grenadier battalions advancing to their rear with their  usual Gallic flair! This turned out to be significant as the French plan involved these turning the right flank of the British line.

The French continue their advance pushing the British skirmishers back but falling short of charging home.

The other French brigade also falls short.

The British advance to the crest of the ridge and open fire using the first fire rule. As the french conscripts had the wavering rule those taking casualties tested morale, some of them being dissordered from firing. Mixed results had some units holding their ground but a couple of others were pushed back and one 'legged i't out of the game.

French skirmishers attack the gun inflicting more casualties on it resulting in a morale test which they failed.

The french combined grenadier battalions returned to the fray to try and flank the British line. The next roll for initiative would be crucial but we were running out of time so we threw the dice out of curiosity. The British won which would have resulted in them being able to secure their flank using initiative moves.

Here are a few more pictures of the game:-

The game played out more like reality this time. It really does help if you get the rules right! Thanks Neil.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Column vs Line
A short trial game to test out some of the new rules from Albion Triumphant.
Set in Spain during the Peninsula war around 1812 (yes i know the French flags are wrong!). A Brigade of the 5th Division try to hold off 2 brigades of French conscripts. The British defend a ridge while the French are advancing in columns screened by skirmishers, The grenadier companies have been amalgamated into combined grenadier battalions.
Black Powder with Albion Triumphant supplement. A KGL light battalion was added to the 5th Division to test the mixed order rule.
Test the new rules out without worrying too much about who wins or loses!
The Game
The British won the initiative and elected to only fire their artillery without effect.
The French 2nd brigade was successfully ordered to advance two moves while the 1st, ordered to do the same decided they would rather not! The French skirmishers fired at their British counterparts without effect.
The British again won the initiative withe the skirmish line and artillery firing and inflicting some casualties. The French conscripts that suffered casualties having the 'wavering'rule tested morale but passed.
Both French brigades were successfully ordered to advance, the 2nd to 6 inches from the British line and the 1st to charge home which they did getting 3 moves. The 1/38th gave up the first fire option to use steady line special rule allowing them to fire and counter charge. The British lost the melee and fell back 1 move. The French didn't fare much better as one of the conscript units took a casualty and threw a 3 with their morale test causing them to disperse. A supporting unit passed but the Grenadiers threw a 4 and also dispersed.
The 1st brigade fired ineffectively leaving the British to their turn. The 1st foot and the 9th charged home the 1st taking casualties from closing fire. The 1st, facing 2 battalions lost their melee but passed the morale test. while the 9th were pushed back after also losing.
As it was 9.30 we decided to call it a day and have a re-run at the next club night, still undecided about the steady line rule, particularly against these conscripts where 1st fire would have done the same job without the risks of melee. Also the conscript status of the French infantry was not enough to balance out their numerical superiority so the British will be made large units next time to compensate.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

We played a game of Bolt Action on Wednesday night. This is a battle report of what happened.
The date is the 10th of June 1944. 4 days after D-Day an American troop have been sent to capture 2 buildings that the Germans are suspected to be holding but the Germans have seen them coming and are laying in wait.
Capture both houses and kill,capture or rout the Germans.
Hold both houses from enemy attack.
The Game
After being informed some Americans were approaching. Two German units moved to defend the buildings.
The Americans then moved towards the buildings.
Another unit of Germans arrive to help.
An American unit moves further towards the first building. Coming into range of the Germans who fire and kill 1 American.

The American Mortar attempts to bomb the building but misses.An American LMG arrives and moves towards the Germans.
Another unit of Americans moves through the treeline and are fired upon losing 1 man.
They return fire killing 2 Germans.
The third unit of Germans moves up to a barricade. And open fire on the Americans next to the woods. Killing 3 of them.

The Germans in the building open fire on the same unit killing another 1.
The German Colonel and his bodyguards arrived and moved towards the second building, And took cover behind a wall.

The unscathed American unit moved forward and opened fire on the Germans behind the barricade killing 1.

The other American unit opened fire on the same unit and killed 2

The Germans in the building one again fired at the Americans and killed another 2.

The Germans behind the barricade seeing the approaching Americans decided to abandon the others and started moving toward the second building.
The Mortar once again fired on the building but this time hitting the target killing 1 rifleman.
The Americans then launched a hail of LMG fire on the building killing another German.

The Americans then charged the remaining Germans wiping them out in the process and taking no casualties.

The American LMG moved up and opened up on the German command squad behind the wall. Killing the Colonel and 2 bodyguards. The remaining bodyguard then ran away.

 What was left of the other American squad fired at the Germans in the second building killing 1.The other German unit took cover behind the wall and fired at the enemy unit killing 2, And forcing the last one to retreat.

The Germans in the building opened up on the LMG killing him.

At this point we finished.
This result was decided because the Americans only managed to capture 1 building.
And because the Germans only managed to hold 1 building.
Well that is another battle report. I wont be doing one next week because I'm going on holiday. But I will do one the following week.
Thanks for reading