Phil has been very busy painting 28mm Indian Mutiny figures and we decided to give their first outing at the War Room using Phil's House rules. The Mutineers were dug in on a ridge and the mission for the British players were to dislodge and destroy them. The British were split into 3 commands of mixed infantry and cavalry facing off against a large section of mutineers including some heavy guns which had elephant limbers!
The British advanced along their entire line and took some serous casualties from artillery but made steady progress. The British cavalry having the better of their counter parts and all seemed very rosy for the British. however when they reached the half way point on the table hordes of mutineers appeared on both British flanks causing the British players to halt in their tracks. Despite the large numbers of mutineers the quality of the British forces prevailed and the mutineers were defeated (only just...)
For a Friday club game we played a French led Indian raid on a British settlement. The French made particular good progress at the start of the game but casualties mounted. Many falling into a swollen river (Noel's umpiring at its best) to reach the British settlement depleted. a stray band of French Indian manged to set fire to the town's church before being overwhelmed. Great fun!
Hello on the 4th of June I attended the Festival of History at Royal Holloway University of London in Egham.
This was a free event
It consisted of a mixture of
1) Historical reenactors - English Civil War, Redcoats and Rebels, Medieval Knights and their retinues and a Suffragette demonstrating Self defence against ruffians.
2) Short plays put on by the Time Will Tell Theatre Company – ‘The Great Charter?’, ‘The Putney Debates’, ‘Deeds not Words’ and ‘Breaking the Chains’.
Ever heard of Bautzen? Most Napoleonic buffs have, but might be hard pressed to imagine the course of the engagement itself. I looked into the battle, cross referencing maps from the internet with orders of battle available online and in books I have at home, in order to present a one-off refight at the club.
We used Rob’s impressive wargames shed over three days (Friday 10th – Sunday 12th March 2017) to refight one of the decisive and more intricate battles of the Peninsular War, using several thousand well-painted 15mm figures mainly from Phil’s extensive collection. Noel also provided some Portuguese figures. Not wanting what promised to be quite a spectacle to be forgotten, I volunteered to be scribe and war reporter.