As is traditional with my afternoon games we start with lunch, - usually cheese & ham baguettes and this time with the added joy of Christmas cakes of various types.
Suitably incentivised Chris & Will were soon on site and planning their strategy.
This seemed to consist mostly of Will taking the Legion(1) and between them deciding that Phil would like to have the cavalry, thus leaving Chris with the Carlists in their rather jaunty red berets.
Phil was unavoidably detained on urgent family business(2) but we kicked off anyway. I have no pictures of the first move, but it basically went like this. The cavalry were ordered to push up the river line and flank the village on the right. The Guardia Civile were sent up to cover the left flank whilst the Legion lead the charge up the road.
The defenders of the village opened up with everything they had as soon as the column came in range and in particular gave the leading cavalry unit a real pasting.
The picture above shows the situation following the leading cavalry unit breaking immediately the hit markers were resolved. The mad blazing away characterisitc of militia units was also putting down some hit markers on the rest of the Nationalists. At this point I was struggling to remember what some of the rules actually meant, as it is nearly six months since they were last played. I will accordingly amend them and clarify what I mean before I post them up. This means the version in "Nugget" is a little less good than it should be(3).
Having got themselves sorted out they began a controlled and orderly fire on the militia in the olive grove. This caused some confusion amongst them and caused them to put their heads down.
This encouraged the Guardia Civile sufficiently that they broke cover and headed into the grove to flank the position (NB They should really have a moving marker on them in this picture). Their HMG truck edges forwards in support. In the middle the Legion are doing a fine job of drawing all of the Republicans' fire.
Having had their flank turned the militia took to their heals and fled, streaming up the side of the road screaming "The Fascists are Coming" or something similar. All very disappointing from a Republican point of view.
In the centre, convinced of their superiority in all ways(5) the Bandera of the Legion launched a bayonet charge down the road into the Anarchists who had been taking some stick.
The Legion were in for some surprise(6) as the Anarchists through their superior self discipline(7) threw them back in some disorder.
The Anarchists will write this up in a grand heroic manner, probably overlooking the role the supporting fire from the Asaltos on their left played in the victory.Their victory was short lived, however, as the Guardia Civile quickly followed through from the olive grove and evicted them from their position on the bridge.
Even more unfortunately the Anarchists were driven out of the town into the path of the flanking Nationalist cavalry. This enabled them to launch a cavalry charge on them as they milled around in the open(8). What with the Asaltos now in considerable disorder the situation for the Republicans was looking a bit grim.
Shortly afterwards the Nationalists rolled into the village and took possession.
At this point in the game we took a coffee/tea break and I allowed the Nationalists a series of free move reorganisations to get them ready for the attack on the second village.
More of that in part 3.
(1) In his last game Will got the Italians, so he is quick to take quality if he sees it now.
(2) A phone call from his mother. We all get them this time of year.
(3) Sorry Alex.
(4) At least that's what the reporter from The Daily Mail thinks.
(5) Talked into it by the umpire
(6) Rolled about 6 on 3D6
(7) Rolled 11 on 2d6.
(8) Cavalry charges in the SCW were very, very, rare. Regard this as a belated Christmas present for Phil