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Battle of Wagram 1809

From Friday 16,3,18 to Sunday 18.3.18 Rob hosted the Napoleonic Battle of Wagram at his War Room. Rules used Napoleons Battles. Noal provided the Figures and acted as umpire,
It was large game with 4 to 5 players on each side, The French army concentrated its attack on the Austrian right wing and won by breaking the Austrian armies morale. I attach some photos of the Battle taken on the Friday and Saturday

Marlburian Battle

On 21.1.18 Rob Hosted a Marlburian Battle at his War Room. Noal provided the figures and rules and acted as Umpire
The French were defending and a British army with allies was attacking.
The French deployed their Infantry behind a stream across the centre of the battlefield and on each flank they deployed roughly an equal number of Cavalry Regiments.

The British Cavalry advanced forward across the stream. The French forces facing the German Infantry fell back to form a new line protecting the right flank of the French army. The German Infantry advanced to the stream line and then across the stream. The British Cavalry engaged the right flank French cavalry and were initially held buying time for the French Infantry to reform. Some French Infantry launched a spoiling attack across the stream in the centre and threatening the right flank of the German Infantry.Meanwhile the French left Flank Cavalry moved forward -moving through and around the woods on the Allied right flank.

The British Cavalry after heavy fighting defeated the French right Flank Cavalry and started to move towards the new French Infantry line. The German infantry having crossed the stream came under heavy infantry and artillery fire and two battalions were broken and a third retired . The German Infantry nearest the French line halted awaiting the rest of the German line to wheel round and face the French Infantry.( Once halted the German Infantry would need fresh orders to advance).
Meanwhile half the French left Flank cavalry having moved through ther woods on the British right flank launched a series of unsuccesful charges on the Austrian Infantry protecting the British right flank. The other half of the Left Flank French cavalry manouvered to attack the end of the British Infantry line - the French Cavalry took heavy casualties but did manage to break one British Battalion .
The French centre pushed forward two regiments of audacious dismounted Dragoons through the gap in the line between the German and British Infantry moving them close to the British rallying point in the centre were they broke two rallying German infantry Battalions.
The British General in Command of all the Allied Infantry was so busy issuing orders to counter the French cavalry attack on the British infantry and the French Dragoons raiding the Centre he could not issue orders to the German infantry to resume there attack on the French right flank Infantry Line and so the British left flank Cavalry launched an attack by themselves without success.
The battle came to an end here- the French right flank came close to breaking due to the heavy losses sustained by there cavalry at the hands of the British Cavalry but it held and as the British were attacking and had failed to break the French Army the French won the battle.

Blood Bowl Season 3

I took part in a Blood Bowl League at a Local Games shop The Missing Geek in Staines.
This was the third season for my Human team The Altdorf Palace Eagles.
I started playing Blood Bowl for the first time as a board game when Games Workshop rereleased it after a long absence. The game itself had kept a fan base through independent companies making their own teams and a series of PC and console games.

After the 7 league games my team was in the playoffs against the League leader Craig and his team Khazad Boom (Dwarfs). We played on Craig’s pitch which he had made himself it looked good.
We played our game in the week before Christmas it was an exciting game and ended 1—1. One of my players could have scored a winning goal in my last turn of the game if only he had managed to pick up a loose ball but he failed and I had no rerolls left.
This meant we had to play extra time which we did in another session after Christmas.
My opponent had run out of bribes and so could no longer field the Dwarf Death Roller and both teams had no rerolls left. Extra time ends as soon as one team scores. My opponent won the toss and would be the attacking team. My opponent’s team had the ball but I managed to get a player next to the ball carrier but an attempted blitz on the ball carrier failed as the blitzer fell on his face when going for it(moving an extra space to carry out the Blitz). The Dwarf carrying the ball then failed a dodge out move (needing anything but a one due to his player’s skills) and then failed a reroll and fell over dropping the ball which my player picked up and ran across the line scoring the winning goal.

Overall a 2-1 victory for Altdorf Palace Eagles who were though to the final against Charlies Da Gobstppaz (Orcs)

Some pictures of the semi final

In the final I played against Charlie’s Orc Team Da Gobstoppaz – I don’t like playing Orcs as it was an Orc team that reduced my team to 3 players on the pitch in my first season of Blood Bowl.
It was a good game both of us were playing to win the Orcs were in front 2-1 in the second half and with one turn to go I had to pull of a series of moves/actions to tie the game but unfortunately my dice rolling let me down with the first action in the sequence and I had no rerolls left - the Orcs won the game 2-1.

After nine games I came second after losing in the Final it had been a good run. I think Blood Bowl it at its best when you are in a League managing your team ,developing and improving your palyers skills hoping a key player does not get injured or killed .

Some pictures of the final game with the last picture showing the winning Orc goal.

Ancient Warfare using Impetvs rules

Rob hosted a large Ancient game at his War Room just after Christmas. The armies were 15mm and the rules used were Impetvs. It was a well-attended event with two allied armies fighting back to back holding off two other armies trying to crush them. One of the central armies was Carthaginian with Gaullist allies fighting a Republican Rome army with Gaullist allies. The other central army was I believe Greek fighting Macedonians.
I attach some photos.

English Civil War- 1st Battle of Newbury- 20.09.1643-Robs War Room

Hello on 11.6.2017 I attended a refight of the 1st Battle of Newbury at Robs War room.
It was evident that Rob had put a lot of work into trying to get the terrain and dispositions of the opposing forces as accurate as possible.
It was a great set up and it would be a challenge for the Royalist Army to try and overturn the Historical outcome. Historians believe each army was about 14,000 strong (the size of the armies are not known for certain).
The Rules used were “ War Without an Enemy” by Noel O’Neill and Rob Wingrave

In the centre the Royalist Foot took early casualties from the Heavy/Siege guns on the Round Hill as they advanced towards it and became disordered as they moved onto the Hedged lined road in front of the hill- they stopped here using a line of hedges as cover and engaged the Parliamentary Foot also behind a hedge line in a fire fight during which the Forlorn Hope fired off all its ammo and had a reload from a supply wagon (firing some 45 dice in total causing one or two casualties after saving throws maybe less-the Royalist player made some bad dice rolls). The Supporting Royalist medium guns were also largely infective until the last round of fire after a reload from a supply wagon. The Parliamentary Commander did reinforce the flanks of the Round Hill with two trained Bands from the City Brigade using one Regiment to fend off some dismounted Royalist Dragoons who tried to flank the Round Hill

On the Royalist right flank the Royalist Foot advanced through the tangle of Hedges to their front –the Royalist commander a stickler for straight lines halted his men after crossing each hedge to dress the ranks before moving on(It was slow progress moving though the hedges and crossing a hedge disorders the Regiment). This force eventually engaged in a firefight with the Parliamentary Left flank Infantry and guns who were lining a hedge whilst the Royalist Foot was in the open taking casualties. One Royalist Foot Regiment closed for Melee but after some initial success it was forced back.
On the Royalist far right the Royalist Centre Cavalry arrived after a number of moves and Charged the Left Flank Parliamentary Horse in an area of open ground – a series of melees ensued with both sides winning and losing as Regiments fled the field and pursuing cavalry went off with them –by the end of the battle neither side had gained an advantage but the Royalists had failed to sweep the flank clear of Parliamentary Horse to aid the Royalist right flank Infantry attack through the hedges.

Result- Parliamentary Win.
The Royalists failed to defeat the Parliamentary Forces and fired off a lot of ammo to little effect a similar result to the Historical battle where the Royalists did not have enough ammo left after the battle to resume the fight the following day.
It was an enjoyable game but a tough task for the Royalists. Historically the Earl of Essex made good use of the ground taking control of the dominating Round Hill which the Royalists had failed to occupy before the battle started.

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