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A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break. My current interests are Ancients, ACW, 30YW and SciFi gaming.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Bank Holiday KotB Big Game 26 May 2019

I mentioned in my last post that yesterday was a big game of King of the Battlefield at the club. I got there slightly before 1pm and helped setting up the tables.

The game started shortly before 2pm, with 5 players:

Clive - British and Hessians; Right Wing
Stan - Prussians; Left Wing

Mike R - Austrians and some Russians (on a flank march, arriving quite late); Right Wing
Richard - half of my Russians; Centre
Me - the other half of my Russians; Left Wing

We were joined by three other players at various points - Jerry took over the centre portion of Clive and Stan's army; Ian G arrived with more British and took the left wing, with a big cavalry reinforcement donated to Clive's right wing; and Mike C with more Austrians on our right wing (with a small reinforcement of cavalry sent to my wing), who arrived just as Mike R's Russian flank march arrived on table.

It was a fabulously chaotic game. Clive and I both started out with equally poor dice rolling for our combats, which saw a fairly even distribution of units leaving the table. Unfortunately my dice rolls didn't improve as the game went on, whereas Clive's improved significantly. The one bit of good dice luck that I did have early on was that all my control tests for redeploying infantry from column to line and unlimbering my artillery passed on the first attempt. We did have some wonderful cavalry melees though.

Further down the table, everyone seemed to be having better dice luck, with less units being killed early on.

I took a fair number of photos throughout the game - here they are for your delight.

 





 







Yes! I've killed all of Clive's cavalry!

Yoiks! He's got more!

I'm sure we had more infantry than that a few minutes ago...


Hmm, the Serbskiy hussars are dead. I guess we will be too, soon.


I thought there was another gun in this battery?

Crikey!
 
Phew! Austrain cavalry are here - guess I'll scoot out of the way!


Hah! So long and farewell, British guard infantry!



As we called an end to the game (shortly after 9pm), I was left with 4 unbroken infantry units and 5 generals. Having started with 16 infantry regiments, 12 cavalry regiments, 3 Cossack regiments and 4 artillery batteries. And a reinforcement of 5 Austrian cavalry regiments.



6 comments:

  1. Brutal. How a were the rules. Looking for a set for my 10mm 7YW project. Similar massive battle scale

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  2. A grand looking game Tamsin!!

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  3. Nice to see your Russians getting out and about!
    Best Iain

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  4. Now that is a table and a half! Great batrep.

    Cheers, Ross

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  5. We are doing 7YW on Saturday too! I will be using Russians, and I promise to try and recover the honour of the Serbski hussars!

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  6. @ Martin C - the rules can be brutal if you have bad dice luck, like me! They do give a good game though, whether 1 on 1 or multi-player. They were written by someone at my club - I'll ask him if they are available from anywhere.

    @ Ray - cheers! It did look quite spectacular with all those troops on the table :)

    @ Iain - thanks! It was good to get them out on the table again :)

    @ Ross - cheers! :)

    @ Herkybird - I should point out that the Serbskiy had defeated a few enemy regiments before they got wiped out; they were simply overwhelmed by weight of numbers when they were routed :)

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