Friday 28 May 2021

Paris in the Springtime - part 1 - The City of Love?

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.

An exact* recreation of 1871 Paris.  Keen students of ecclesiastical architecture will recognise Notre Dame in the background.  Cynics may suspect it is in fact a repainted garden ornament bought a few years ago at a Dutch car boot sale for 2 Euros.  The same cynics may mistake the city walls for some bits of toy forts.
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.
Once again we used the paving to mark areas - any stone with a building on it was deemed to be built up.  The buildings were mostly HO scale plastic.  Figures for the Commune forces were plundered from a number of boxes spanning periods from 1860 to 1938!

One of the Commune barricades, manned by a variety of civilians.
The Hotel De Ville, with Communard Deputies lounging in front.
MacMahon's first objective was to reduce Fort d'Issy.  my version was adapted from a Britians vacformed plastic fort with added paint and balsa.  The 25pdr was used for all artillery fire.  The fort was commanded by a Colonel Megy - not the most reliable or stable of men!
Government troops advance.  Lloyd kindly provided the Versailles forces - everything else was looted from my own shelves.  Many of the figures were in fact repurposed ACW plastics.
The fort's guns kept up a steady if erratic barrage while Government gunners tried to keep the defenders' heads down.  Certainly Col Megy was a rare sight on the battlements.
Gen Cluseret sent forces out from the city - would he attempt to relieve the fort?  Well no, he wouldn't.
The dice mark the hits sustained by the mighty plastic walls.  But only from field artillery.
MacMahon's chaps had suffered during the approach - but life was cheap to the Marshal.
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!


Pete. said...

Looks like it was fun - the outdoor games do have a certain gentlemanly appeal.



Robert (Bob) Cordery said...


A very impressive looking game ... and I love the repurposed figures and buildings.

Looking forward to the next part.

All the best,


Rob Young said...

Always liked Paris. The accurate depictions here brought back happy memories of Bollywood dancers in Sacre Coeur. And the police blowing up some tourists suitcase under the Arc de Triomphe.

Brad DeSantis said...

Ah, Paris in the spring time! Perfect for a battle or two! The city looks great and the figures are superb! Well done!

Funny Little Wars said...

Bravo - les temps des cerise - and very fine looking indeed.

Tim Gow said...

There was some shockingly ungentlemanly behaviour in the game. All part of the fun though!

Tim Gow said...

Bob Cordery
The repurposed kit was very much in the ‘wrong but somehow right’ category.

Tim Gow said...

Rob Young
This is only part one - how much of the city will survive the game?

Tim Gow said...

Brad DeSantis
I’m glad you approve of the exact replica of the city I managed to create….

Tim Gow said...

Vauban and Shandy
It looks good at the moment - but the ruffians haven’t yet started any fires…

Martin Rapier said...

It was a magnificent game Tim, and I particularly appreciated the scale model of Paris. It was just like being there.

Tim Gow said...

Martin Rapier
It's the Paris we ARE allowed to visit this year!