Friday, 1 April 2016

Battle of Carlsberg 1760

Last night the "Terrific Trio" ie. Brian,Paul and I had a very interesting and testing game,involving Prussians and Hanoverians against Russians and Austrians.


Top photo shows the Scenario,and bottom photo shows the table before any movement.
I commanded the Prussians and Brian and Paul commanded the Russians.By way of a change to our "normal" games,we didn't have any order sheets,but relied on a written battle plan,and points written on plastic attached to the bases of each unit-it worked out okay,apart from a couple of "hitches" when recording when a unit had to retire and reform-there's no such things as problems-only solutions!!


Paul's Austrian gunners open the battle-Paul was defending the Church with one brigade of infantry and this gun battery,but it took three(yes,three!!) brigades of Prussian and Hanoverian infantry to take the position!!-the man's a demon!!

My Hanoverians are advancing against the Church,backed up by a Prussian brigade,with Horse Artillery on the left flank-Paul casually destroyed not only the Hanoverians,but the Horse Artillery too!!!-send in more troops!

Has Paul been shot in the arm??-this is Brian's flank,holding steady-my plan was to make no aggressive moves at all against the village,but to pile all my troops over to the Church area.This  perplexed Brian a bit,and he held two brigades,plus cavalry and a gun battery in this position for most of the game!


This shows my first attack being met with ferocious resistance by the Austrians-Paul has moved his central troops forward to try and stop my advance,and cavalry are moving onto my flank!
Brian has "twigged" what I am doing on my right,but their battle plan is preventing him from doing anything about it-yet!!!


This shows my second brigade attack-Paul is weakening,but his cavalry move against my flank is causing me some concern-luckily I have some Dragoons moving up to help-hurrah!!
In the background,Brian is stirring his troops in the centre and left into action-ooh er!!

All Hell is breaking loose,all over the table-Paul shouted to Brian to implement "Plan B" to which Brian replied that he couldn't remember what "Plan A" was never mind "Plan- Bloody- B"-hilarious stuff,great wargaming!

While Brian tries to remember "Plan A",Paul is putting his coat on and is deserting his co-commander-oh dear,is this "handbags at dawn??"
My third brigade,sent to the attack,has sealed the fate of the Austrians in the Church,and the game is all over.This was a great game,and well played by everyone,the atmosphere and "bon homie" were what wargaming is all about.One last shot(and very rare!) of me................

O.M.G.!!-it's enough to frighten the bairns!!!!
I had a call from Dave on Wednesday night and he asked what I was doing-well,I said,it's a Wednesday night,so what else would I be doing except making Kamikaze Headbands!!(for our participation game at Stockton on the 9th July)-everyone who takes part will be given a headband(whether they want them or not!!!)


16 made so far!-the Japanese symbols say(I think and hope!) "I won" or "I am a winner",so they could be quite appropriate on the day.


































9 comments:

  1. Once again, cracking good stuff.

    If you weren't aware, there is a link to this blog (and the proposed Kamikaze game blog post) over on the Stockton show's Facebook page. Highlighting your future attendance and game.

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    1. Cheers Roy,I'll have alook
      johnc(william)

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  2. John, I am pretty sure the 2 'symbols' are the Kanji symbols Ni and Hon which of course mean Nihon which is Japan. Domo Arigato Gozaimasu!

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  3. Ref. Dave H's comment...it's amazing how many erudite people there are out there! Nice game and a becoming shot of the blog host.

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    1. Hi Springinsfeld-Dave spent a bit of time in Japan,with Nissan, so he s
      peaks quite a bit of Japanese(but with a Geordie accent!)
      johnc(william)

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  4. Huh that's easy for you to say coming from a man who had a Horrific experience on a Japanese Bullet Train!!!!!

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  5. Hello Bill,

    I was at the Tees Con show today and there was handout fliers for the Shildon 2016 show. The only information given is this:

    Stand To War Games Fair
    Sunday 16th October 2016
    "Locomotion" NRM Shildon.
    DL14 1PQ

    I've been told that your group was not told about last year's show. So I thought I'd drop you a line just in case the organisers don't get in touch with you again.

    Roy

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    1. Hi again,Roy-we are putting on a demo game at Shildon-"Hastings" as it is the 950th anniversary this year.
      johnc(william)

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