Thursday, 4 April 2013

Turning the tide - part 1

This was a small Funny Little Wars game I set up and played on my 6x3 foot table.  To make it more or less fit I halved unit sizes to infantry battalions of 10 figures and cavalry regiments of 6.  For measurements I used centimetres instead of inches.  The resulting game was compromised by lack of space but proved enjoyable nevertheless.
The scenario saw two battalions from my Anglophobian Naval Brigade (accompanied by one light and one heavy gun) defending their beachhead in Forbodia.  This came as quite a surprise to the Forbodians as the country is completely landlocked....
The local troops consisted of two battalions of Jagers, two light mountain guns and a regiment of Gendarmes.  A second regiment was on it's way and might appear during the game.
Above we can see the naughty Naval chaps moving into position around a Forbodian farm.  The farmer - a certain Mr Hook - had wisely fled before the battle.
Forbodian Gendarmes arrive.

The Anglophobians deploy

A daunting prospect for the Forbodians.  The roads are parcel tape, the buildings boxes for die-cast cars turned inside out.

The Gendarmes made an imposing sight!

But they weren't just for show - soon they were stuck into the enemy.
The sailors' rifle fire emptied a few saddles...

...and the first round of melee further depleted the Gendarmes' numbers!
Is this the end for the Forbodians? 

           Is cavalry no longer the arm of decision?

                      How did Farmer Hook get planning permission for these ghastly buildings?

Stay tuned for the next thrilling episode......


Conrad Kinch said...

Splendid stuff. Getting ashore in an entirely land locked country is just the sort of innovative thinking that I expect from our young Naval men.

Robert (Bob) Cordery said...


I like the idea of using smaller units on a normal tabletop. Much better on the knees, especially as one gets older ... and on the pocket and storage space.

Something for me to think about.

All the best,


tradgardmastare said...

Splendid little battle indeed!

Tim Gow said...

Conrad Kinch
A beach landing 100 miles inland - the ultimate surprise attack!

Tim Gow said...

Bob Cordery
It worked surprisingly well - and all done in a little over an hour.

Tim Gow said...

It's as I always say - if you don't have time/space for a big game, have a small one!

Stephen Beat said...

Hello Tim, as you can imagine this scaling down of game area is of interest to me for learning the rules. I suppose this can be seen as a snapshot of a peripheral skirmish.

I will be toying (!) with this idea as I practise some of the principals of FLWs.



Tim Gow said...

Stephen Beat
Learning the rules? Sounds dangerous...

Stephen Beat said...

...Yes, it will end in tears! It will no doubt result in a small fire, the cat falling ill and soiled underwear.


Stephen Thomas said...

We don't own a cat but my underwear did catch fire !!!

Archduke Piccolo said...

I rather liked those 'ghastly little buildings'. They seemed to fit in with the style of game you were playing. I was thinking they would be just the thing for the Sideon IV wars and my BMC AWI forces (which are about 25-30 figures each).

Tim Gow said...

Archduke Piccolo
I made them for a game a few months back. I was going to paint the boxes but then hit upon the idea of turning them inside out instead. The 'windows' were drawn on with a black marker pen.