A blog about my activities and those of my fellow gamers in the Grimsby Wargames Society
Monday, March 25, 2013
The Big Game
So having whetted your appetite here are some photographs of the game. If you don't mind (and I guess that you probably do!) I'll hold back the really good stuff for later because I think I might turn this into an article for one of the hobby magazines.
A view down the larger of the two tables used. This table was 16ft x 6ft. In the foreground are the French Gendarmes in red and stretching away into the distance are some sixty battalions and forty squadrons of horse. Dotted along the table there are also thirty individual field guns.
The smaller of the two tables, this one being 10x6. In the foreground is a small village garrisoned by two battalions of Spanish. Behind them are over 100 squadrons of horse with some infantry support.
The center of the Allied line held by eleven battalions of English foot and some horse. All these figures are from Marks collection and very nice they are too.
To the left of the English were some Imperial foot painted to a very high standard by Andy (it's his figures you see in the previous post) with more English horse in support.
Facing the English foot were a brigade of French guards (Francais & Suisses) along side some French line battalions.
The French guards had their right flank resting on the fortified town. A garrison of three French battalions held the town with fieldwork to the fore. The French wagon train was also present.
To the left of the town was the French Swiss brigade and the Gendarmes. This marked the end of the large table and the joining point for the smaller of the two tables.
That junction was covered by the Bavarian foot several hundred yards away from the forward garrison of a defended village. French horse then held the right flank with the regiments of the Maison du Roi in the second line.
The extreme right of the French was held by the massed Bavarian Kuirassiers and dragoons.
Facing that mass of French horseflesh were numerous serried ranks of English, Dutch & Imperial horse.
Whilst there were more Imperial foot facing the small garrisoned village.
The game was played over some five hours by ten players. In addition to the overall objectives given to each army, the individual players had three personal objectives (some easy and some difficult) and this helped in creating spaces and some unforeseen events during the game.
I apologise for the quality of some of the photographs but there are better ones to come and hopefully you'll see them in print sometime in the near future.
Again I cannot express my thanks to my fellow club members and those from further afield that braved the weather to make the day a great event.