Saturday, 19 September 2015

Op14 in the East - part 3

After a few weeks of delay and so on I finally got the chance to run this through to a conclusion. Phil & Chris A joined me, both arriving promptly at 8 to enable us to get the remaining four turns in.

My visitors took the Whites & I ran the Reds. The Whites were in a position to widen out their attacks a bit more. The first move took a while to get going whilst Phil & Chris worked their way through the options open to them

We had got to the point where hard decisions about attacks had to be made if the Whites were to break through before nightfall. This meant moving up the armoured cars.

On both flanks.

Round the station my conundrum was how to drive off Chris' cavalry before Phil's surrounded me without exposing myself to rear attacks. I was able to launch a few attacks whilst Chris' corps was still a bit disjointed.

In my left centre Phil was able to line up an oblique attack on my troops in the forest (with squares representing 2km it isn't a wood).

Phil had got his cavalry nicely round the flank of my infantry, meaning I couldn't support my infantry with my hill-top guns as they needed to redeploy to defend themselves.

Phil shook his cavalry out into line, unsheathed swords, couched lances and headed in on my open flank.

This flowing movement overran my guns and cutoff my infantry in the trees. My cavalry are seriously threatened. That two-base unit in the picture is mine. All the others are Whites. Gulp.

Chris' reserves have come up and I deploy the tchankas to hold him off.

My infantry corps in the forest is being overwhelmed. Assaulted from the front by armoured car supported infantry and threatened in the rear by horse it's all a bit rubbish really.

On the other flank Chris has finally worked through the issues with his infantry and is lining up to give me a thrashing. That face down token at the back of my troops indicats I'm in danger of this corps becoming exhausted, which would be bad.

On the other flank everything has gone.

Chris pushes home his attacks. The white smoke indicates the corps is exhausted, and my troops are fleeing.

The one crumb of comfort is that I've held the station, and broken Chris' cavalry which are retiring at top right of the picture. My two base unit has deployed its tchanka and held off Phil's attacks for two turns, a testament to really rubbish dice rolling rather than my superior tactics

And then night fell. I've lost two out of three infantry corps, although my cavalry are holding on okay. The Whites have lost a cavalry corps, but they have turned both my flanks. They haven't broken through in the day as required but there's now little Red opposition in this sector so they'll be satisfied with their day's work. Other pictures can by found over on Phil's blog: link


  1. Nise report on a period not often played, beautiful figures!

    1. Thanks. It is a difficult period to do well, I think. Big open spaces, sweeping movement, modern weapons but with old style command and control. The figures are Peter Pig & the a/cars are from QRF. I think PP has resculpted since I did these armies.