Monday, 29 November 2021

Ayton Wargaming Weekend

I have been away this weekend in East Ayton, near Scarborough, for a weekend of wargaming with the LAOW 

I arrived on Friday and joined in an ACW game using a set of rules based on the Perry's Firepower set.

I commanded two union brigades and faced three brigades of rebels. 

My first brigade looks across the field at a mass of yelling rebs intent on overthrowing our lines.

My second brigade had already been in action and retired to recover and reform. I managed to rally some of the men and re order the ranks. Before sending them forward into the cauldron of combat.

The Confederates were massing their third brigade to take the theimportant crossroads in the centre of the table. But for some unexplained reason the brigade failed to move forward any further failing 3 activations in a row.

On Saturday morning I put on a game using my classic Napoleonics using the classic Charge rules, with a few of my own amendments. The game featured the French facing a combined Anglo-Prussian army. Although out numbered the French had a central position and had the opportunity to beat the British before the Prussians could force a defile and capture the village in the valley.

The game played fast and furious with the Prussian initial attack on the village being thrown back. The Russo German legion slowly advance through the hilly woods.

The French bombard the British, successfully destroy one of the guns, and slowly advance. The British launch the Lifeguards in an attempt to slow the French however the French stand firm and easily repel the British Cavalry.  

In the centre the British Fusiliers move forward and are supported by the Brunswick Cavalry who clash with a regiment of French Dragoons. The melee see saws backwards and forwards before both sides fall back to recover. 

The British Infantry are still holding the ridge and with the French Infantry strength reduced Bonaparte decides to break off using his still intact cavalry to cover the retreat.

After a spot of lunch I spent the afternoon playing a 24 point game of DBN with Alex T one of the authors of the rules. The game was an 1813 engagement between Austrians and French.

The game was set up with the Austrian  attacking the French. The French had garrisonned a built up area and non linear fortification. As this was only my second game of DBN I decided to attack both.

The dice gods were with the Austrians who successfully captured the BUA and NLF  and turned and destroyed the French right.  The French quickly reached their 12 unit loss break point and the Austrians claimed a victory.

Sunday morning dawned cold with a touch of snow. We gathered and set up the group game of shiny toy soldiers using the 'A Gentlemans War' rules.  In all we had 12 players and we werre split up with our own00 section of table and opponent. 

The game was set as an invasion of Albion by a coalition of various european armies, both real and imaginary. I was on the side of the invaders and was up against Mr H, seen here in the green shirt.

My forces deployed at the start of the game.

The British slightly outnumbered me so I decided to play a bit more defensively rather than my normal aggressive tactics. My brave boys take up their positions ready to pour murderous fire  on the British.

The Brotish lead unit of Scots win the prise for the best troops on the table with those rather natty looking trousers.

My initial volleys damage the advancing Scots and the Post Office rifles seen with the white pith helmets in the background.

The British are however able to deploy their Infantry and either the extra numbers start to take a heavy toll of my army.

With the British cavalry successfully defeating my cavalry on the flank it was time for me to concede.

In all a jolly good weekend.


Aly Morrison said...

What a splendid looking weekend Mark
Lots of shiny toy soldier goodness…

All the best. Aly

Der Alte Fritz said...

Fun looking Sunday game. It even had Canadian Mounties! 😄

Wellington Man said...

It looks like you had Ayton of fun Mark!
What's this about the Russo-German Legion? I don't remember you painting them. Are we going to get a special blogpost about them?

Yours, intrigued

The Good Soldier Svjek said...

Looks like a great weekend gaming !

Stryker said...

Great looking games Mark!. I particularly liked seeing those Spencer Smith ACW’s in action!

Ross Mac said...

Looks and reads like a delightful weekend.

General Buggeration said...

What an excellent set of games and it looks like everyone had a great weekend.

Rob said...

What more is there to be said, other than we're all jealous - it looked a great weekend full of fun games.

Rob said...

I meant to add that I really like the colour of the 'tabletop' and step-countour hills in the classic Napoleonic game - very similar to that used by WN - do you know what colour (range/code) it is?

Mark Dudley said...

Hi Rob

My terrain boards are done using Dulux Mixer paint - tarragon glory number 2

It's a vivid shade of Green.


David said...

Goodness what a glorious weekend of gaming! Your Charge! game really does have that old school glory. I will absolutely have to give those rules a closer read. Something about your collection just makes it look like it really stepped right out of the pages of the vintage books on wargaming.

I am so jealous you got to not only play some DBN, but against the man himself! Not to mention coming away with a decisive victory. Well done!


David said...

By the way. Love those plastic hedges in your charge! game. Who made those? Any idea if they are still available? Would love to add some to my own scenery.

Mark Dudley said...

I only have one Russian unit - a pre painted Alberken unit sold in a red box from the 60s. For this game they were the Russo German legion.

So not a new unit in my roster.

Mark Dudley said...

They are Britains Floral Hedges and are no longer made. I got these from Ebay. They were available in the 70s.

James Fisher said...

Three fabulous games!
It's always lovely to see games involving classic troops, especially those true 25 mm Napoleonics.
Regards, James