It might have been "Dirty Tricks Day" but such is life. Everybody set up ahead of Beth and I which meant we saw their deployment and took advantage of it while they went to lunch. We shouldn'ta oughta done it, I suppose, but the opposition took it well. Martin had recovered from last week's attack of Brain-Fade-From-Writing-My-Thesis, but Andy had shovelled too much snow this week and had thrown his back out. He was in a lot of discomfort. Well, we probably won't take such advantage of our opponents again.
|Dragoon Regiment Scungili and Regiment of Horse Firefly on the Freedonian side|
|Martin's Rationalian dragoons and infantry|
|Rationalian cannon and Marine Corps troops|
|Appearing for the first time, Colonel Pepper's Lonely Hearts Dragoons|
A mercenary regiment --painted at my daughter's request -- like the cover of the Beatle's album
Colourful and plastic (models by Zvesda -or something like that- in 1/72)
|The Clan regiments of Galifrey - lots of plaid and pointy, cutty, sticking things carried by screaming Celtic maniacs.|
My kind of people!
Beth has a t-shirt that says "I can't keep calm! I'm Scottish!"
The big show was the assault by the clans in the centre.
|Beth's "Cossack-y" Dragoons before their ill-fated charge against Martin's guns.|
|These lads had to charge up-hill. The figures are old Thistle and Rose figures sculpted and marketed by the late Jamie Fish. I always liked the figs which were "muscular" (read large) 15mm.|
|The white drapery rings are casualties.|
Beth sent her dragoons to take Martin's artillery out of the game, but she got the short, dirty end of the stick and had to fall back. When her clans charged - with much whoop and hollar as well as bagpipes - they hit the Rationalian line hard. Two clan regiments were held while the two others chases off a battalion of grenadiers which led to a break-through charge onto another Rationalian unit.
Soon after that - at the end of 7 turns - we called the game or as we say in Libraria "Night fell." The results were inconclusive and arguable. Andy was hurting pretty bad and Mike had an appointment with a local hobby store. (as his blog reported - see http://madpadrewargames.blogspot.ca/2014/02/saturday-painting-table_22.html) I hope he enjoyed himself and that he'll join us again in the future.
There are always lessons to be learned. (One of Finagle's Laws hold that no experiment is complete failure; it can always be used as a bad example.)
- We need to either draw maps and deploy on paper first or hang a curtain... which is not a realistic thing.
- We need to determine objectives; it'll make for a better game since battles aren't fought in a vacuum. Glockenspiel Pioneer Village was the only feature on the board and we all ignored it. Martin called it "Dutch Wonderland" which is actually a real amusement park in Lancaster, PA. It isn't a true Amish Disneyland since they have electricity and a monorail. I've never been there; it's across the highway from the site of HISTORICON! I mean, really.
- The point system Andy developed works rather well. It allows for a balanced force with many choices. I've thought of taking an all-cavalry force and calling it a raid. It could be fun.
|Frankenschweiner light cavalry of Mike's brigade coming up on the river. |
(FP&B castings AWI British Light Dragoons)
|Frankenschweiner artillery - a medium gun (FP&B AWI "German" gun and crew)|
|The commander of the Galifreyan forces with his conveyance and his faithful companion.|
|Another view to show off the scarf. (Black Tree Design figures in 25mm)|
|Martin's armoured horse regiment does an end run over my Traveller dice while the grenadiers of Battalion Pooka keep a watchful eye. (Yes, I play Traveller and thoroughly enjoy it.)|
|Martin's personal command stand. I can't remember the manufacturer. A lovely Sedan chair with associated hangers-on.|
|His Beatitude, Michael, Archbishop-Metropolitan of Saxe-Freedonia, Hereditary Sandwich of Monte Cristo,|
and Saxe-Bariton Curling champion.
|Mitzi, the major attraction at Glockenspiel Pioneer Village.|
Open daily March through November.
Only 3 ducets for an all day family pass.
Free bratwurst for the kiddies.
Tell them Andy sent you.