Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Little Wars Centenary part 3 - Advance to Contact

I did warn you that there was more still to come from this event.  By the time the second round of games began the rain had stopped and the lawn was dry enough for 'proper' outdoor action.  This post will deal with the encounter between The Forbodian Army led in person by my alter ego King Boris III and the rough colonial types of Army Red/White/Blue (think turn of the century US) commanded by the Young Master, Jack Wright.  The scenario was that a RWB force held a central position while the Forbodians were advancing from two directions.  RWB reinforcements would arrive according to dice rolls during the game.
I (or rather King B) decided to mass the cavalry brigade (two regiments) in the south while he accompanied the infantry and artillery advancing from the east.  Deciding from the first on a policy of 'Shock and Awe', the cavalry advanced rapidly (see first picture) to tackle an enemy infantry battalion.  In doing so it took several hits from rifle fire from it's front and right but in the finest traditions of the Forbodian Army*, pressed on regardless.

* The motto of the Forbodian Army is "Death and Glory, but hopefully not in that order."
Young Mr Wright looks on with concern as the Forbodian cavalry gallop forth.
Needless to say, RWB resorted to ungentlemanly tricks like hiding behind trees.
The King himself (in the red motor car) leads his troops into action.
Worried RWB riflemen tried desperately to empty as many saddles as possible...
Meanwhile the infantry marched ever onwards, clearing enemy sharpshooters from the woods.

The Forbodian cavalry won their fight and while the enemy HQ was a tempting target, it's
accompanying artillery was rather less attractive.  To press on or withdraw?
This decision became a lot easier when a fresh unit of enemy cavalry trotted into sight!

The cavalry having withdrawn, and with the infantry in firm control of the distant woods (and thus the road through them), we called it a day.  A hard fought battle which the Forbodians won on points.


Al said...

Great stuff Tim, always something different

Paul said...

Spendid stuff!

Tim Gow said...

And I was worried you'd be bored with this stuff!

Tim Gow said...

The brigade-level cavalry charge was a joy to behold!

Stephen Thomas said...

Tim! If you were a gentleman, you you would have charged his Gatling gun. :-)

Tim Gow said...

Stephen Thomas
Ah yes - the relevance of Mr Thomas's not entirely original comment will become clear in a future post.

The Dancing Cake Tin said...

Go, King Bozza!

Al said...

Bored, never. I like your site for its enormous variety

Tim Gow said...

Dancing Cake Tin
His Majesty thanks you for your er, encouragement.