EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Time's Up

Well, here I am, leaving in the morning on my Huzzah roadtrip. There was some last minute scrambling when I found out that my game might be on a 6x9 ft table rather than the 5x7 I had planned for. (Yes thats roughly 50% more terrrain and maneuver room with no increase in figures or time.) All sorted now so that I can do either but amongst other things, my blogging time suffered. So here is the 30 second summary of the rest of the game.

At least google didn't shut me out of my log like they did the Steadfast Tin Soldier. For those like me who enjoy Tony's blog and for those who haven't yet discovered it, it can now be found at http://tonystoysoldiers.blogspot.ca .



Back to the game. While the Red Queen's cavalry was hammering at the Oberhilse Field Force, the rest of the Blue infantry was crossing farther downstream, right in front of the artillery. By the time Blue decided that the guns would have been much better employed on the far right flank, there was not enough time, space or orders available. In one of those odd quirks that make one wonder, the harder the Blue bridgehead was pounded, the worse the order dice got so that some of the Volunteers were lined up by the boats but effectively refusing to get in! Queenston Heights all over again! While they wavered, the Blue Guards and Green Tigers hammered each other. The Tigers blinked first after their Brigadier went down but the mere colour party of the Guards that was left had to be pulled out of the line anyway.

With the arrival of Red's 3rd column their attacks intensified. The Zouaves were finally worn down by a concentrated barrage and despite being reinforced by the remnant of the Guards, were driven out by a bayonet charge of the Royal Veterans. New cavalry regiments threw them selves onto the mass of Blue infantry in the center to pin them while the Royal Fusiliers drove back the handful of the 1st Infantry that was all that was left of the O.F.F or Zinn's Brigade. Suddenly it was over and what was left of the Blue army on Red's shore were rushing for the boats. (Army morale level was reached).



Any other comment will have to wait I have a wargame to attend to roughly 1,000 km and 1 country south of here.

9 comments:

  1. Have a good trip and I look forward to hearing about it...

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  2. Have a safe and enjoyable trip, Ross.


    -- Jeff

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  3. Have a great time - and thanks for the 'plug' . Tony

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  4. Just because they give you a 6x9 table doesn't mean you have to use it all. Just set it up for 5x7 and use the extra space for charts and the dead-pile...

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    1. You are right but the 6x9 was my preferred /usual convention size so its availability was a pleasant surprise. The trick was really about being flexible if needed.

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  5. I am very interested in the new version of the rules and the conclusions that may arise regarding this game.
    But my only real concern right now is the health of Brigadier Zinn.
    I hope his injuries are not serious and will recover soon!

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