For our second outdoor game of the season I opted for a lightly modified version of the Paris game played in London back in far-off 2019. See here for the first part of the report on this earlier game. The game was set in May 1871 as French government forces close on the Commune-controlled city. The Commune forces were led by General Cluseret and Colonel Rossel. Govedrment troops were commanded by Marshal MacMahon, with Generals Gallifet and Cissey.
Friday, 28 May 2021
Paris in the Springtime - part 1 - The City of Love?
The Commune authorities had taken a number of hostages including the Archbishop. The Government players were allowed to place two spies in the city. Despite my many hints the Commune players sadly refused to be drawn into 'spy-fever' or mutual suspiscion.
As night fell the Versailles forces prepared for a dawn assault. When they entered the fort it was deserted - the garrison had fled and of Col. Megy no more was heard!
Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Two evenings at Waterloo - part 2
An overview of the mess. The Allied right is being hard pressed by the French - but can the Prussians save the day?
By now Wellington was rushing troops from left to right (from his point of view) as the Dutch evaporated.
The Prussians began to edge round Ney's flank...
At this point I suggested that both sides consult their victory conditions. For the French this meant having two units on the north edge of the board within 6 inches of the road to the north.
Napoleon and a pair of Guard units managed to achieve this.
It can now be revealed that the Emperor's true objective was less the road to Brussels and more the cheap wine on sale at the Carrefour supermarket which these days is situated just off the board to the north. Truly then have I trod in the Emperor's footsteps....
Tuesday, 18 May 2021
Two evenings at Waterloo - part 1
A few weeks ago I ran Waterloo as a remote game for six players over two evenings. This was prompted by the discovery on Wargames Vault of Evening Napoleon by Alex Trumier. I think the download set me back about £5.
I had played through a few turns of a game some months previously and so was completely confident* that all would go smoothly. Above is the table setup with the French deployed - the playing area is 2x2 feet! Toys were all from my collection of 15mm.
The Cast List:
Wellington - Tim C
Picton - Pete
Prince of Orange - Mark
Napoleon - Simon
Ney - Jerry
Grouchy - Martin (he was away on holiday...)
Blucher - John
and of course...
Sergei Bondarchuk - Tim G
Monday, 3 May 2021
Isonzo game, John mentioned he had a few broken figures which looked like my Starlux Bersaglieri. Some weeks later I dropped off some bits I had for John and he presented me with a bag of bits which included the disheveled trio above. Happily they only needed sticking back together and were then based and varnished to match my existing figures. John’s figures are in the front rank. A welcome addition but I’m still not convinced that running while playing tuba(?) is a good idea….
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