Having arranged for Steve and Len to come round for a bank holiday Monday game, we then needed to decide what to play. Steve had requested a WW1 game, so I dug out Richard Brooks's Op14 rules and set up the Gumbinnen scenario. I've run this particular scenario a couple of times before (see report here) and I knew it was about the right level to occupy a couple of hours.
The game was set up on my Hexon tiles and used my 6mm Irregular Miniatures figures. Len arrived first an opted to lead the Russians (he kept having flashbacks to reading Solzhenitsyn's August 1914). This left Steve in the spiked helmet while I oversaw the game mechanisms and provided advice where it was (most unwisely) sought.
|The Russian XX Corps (left) advances on the German I Corps defending the area around Gumbinnen (top right).|
The initial Russian advance went well and soon the sole German corps (the Russians had three) was feeling the pressure.
|In the distance (to the south) the Russians were poised to seize the smaller town of Goldap.|