BHGS Doubles 2014 – Game 1 (6 – 19)

Brian and I teamed for the weekend to play in the Doubles. Jacobites was the choice. The army is a horde of massed warriors, musket* and sword. We went for the 18 bases of superior option.

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Our first game saw us drawn against a Bavarian army of 6x packs of MF Bayonet/musket with regimental guns. A lot of shooting dice. Fortunately they where only allowed one superior foot unit. Our opponents where “new kids on the block”, Brendan and David. A pleasure to play (Even thou they won, mumble, crumble, mutter) and looking forward to “crossing dice” again in the future.

So the terrian: on our left flank went down a brush covered hill. In our centre a brush covered ridge and on our right flank an enclosed field. On the Bavarian side. Our left flank another enclosed field. They had elected for a couple of open spaces.

Deployment:

Jacobites: The Bavarian horse are going to be a problem, even though only average. Double plus at impact. Then more than likely up in the melee. So. We sent our small unit of mounted off board, on wander round our right flank with the FC. We put the Irish Pike/Shot unit on the end of left flank with a unit of superiors in support. The LF skirmishers and the other two units of superior warriors on the end of our right flank line. The rest of the line was a “phalanx” of average warriors, mainly in 8s with a 6 in rear support.

Bavarians:
The deployed in divisional “check a board” their foot, with “far too many” mounted units on the wings. They also had a four gun battery of medium guns which went down against our left flank (my area of responsibility) and sighted on our pike and shot unit.

The Game:

We had first move and duly advanced across the whole line until we had taken the ridge in the centre. I flushed our left flank superior out onto the hill there to block the mounted and LH horse coming down that side. The Irish started to take hits from the artillery, but hung on. On the right flank our LF targeted some dragoons and won the fire fight, breaking the unit. The right side superiors after a bit of cautious movement pushed forward to pressure the Bavarian line. The right hand side wing of Bavarian mounted awaited our flank march to arrive. (Hehe chuckle chuckle).

Our flank march arrived and the Irish broke under the constant artillery fire. Our flank march of two bases of cavalry and an FC was able to slip past the Bavarian horse and cheese the march to the baggage camp! This unit was roughly handled by a unit of Bavarian horse before the end of game thou.

With the collapse of the Irish the Bavarians pushed into the Jacobite left flank taking a couple units with a balance of mounted charges supported by artillery. The small unit of Bavarian Hussars was blocked from getting too close to the exposed Jacobite camp by routing Jacobites. The end of the Jacobite centre was in real danger of being rolled up.

Meanwhile, (in good monty python form): the superiors on the Jacobite right where advancing and coming to grips with the Bavarian foot. Initial successes where forthcoming until a comedy situation of a Jacobite unit being held up by a Bavarian regiment which was within one base of collapsing. Eventually breaking the said Jacobite unit. The success of LF (in the end enclosed field) delayed the Bavarian mounted wing. Further frustrating them after the slip past of our flank. Eventually a combined all arms attack by the Bavarians on the Jacobite right collapsed that wing.

So with wings collapsing on the Jacobite army, the centre decided the time had come to stop mincing around on the ridge and charge the remaining Bavarian foot and Guard. So having weakened some of the foot through a musket fire fight, the Scots raise a bloodcurdling roar and rush down the hill to slam into the outnumbered Bavarian. After a few short, sharp rounds, the highlander charge carries through only to find they are the last ones standing and the rest of the Jacobite army had gone home.

Casualties at this point cause our army to count as broken. A count up at the end shows how close it had been in the end. The Bavarians where within one unit of breaking themselves (12/14 pts). An honourable win to the. Bavarians.

Oxford BHGS Doubles – Game 2 (11-9)

TATAR vs LATER DANISH (WITH SENEGALESE ALLIES)

The afternoon saw Don and I against another, but very much larger musket shooty army, which included elephants and bowmen. Don and I again made the mistake of forming a plan. Deciding the bowmen would be a problem for our mounted we decided we would engage them with armored Mongol cavalry. Our dragoons would occupy the elephants and the remaining Mongol cavalry would engage the musket foot. Well that was the plan…

We started well, winning PBI getting the terrain largely how we wanted it. We would refuse the right flank until the bowmen present themselves as a target. our dragoons would mass in the center and I would take most of the other mongol cavalry to attack the left flank. during the game we thought Don was turning over one of the nellie units, until we released and fessed up that they had been taking tests too soon…

We pushed out as planned… Then our dragoons made shooting contact… within two moves they where falling back pretty sharpish… three of the units in full rout! On the left we worked our cavalry into position and attacked… a few moves later they where running back.. if unplanned but in good Mongol fashion. Having lost two generals in combat. Sparking the quip, “generals are for wimps”. Our opponents pressed forward sensibly… A quick pep talk from Don and frantic rushing around by our two remaining generals found us in the final third of the game, reformed and waiting on the back edge for our opponents troops to arrive.

Which they did. The armored cavalry charged on the right and turned over our opponents units and on the left we managed to chip away and get a couple of units, the classic Mongol counter attack to be hold their LANCER armed cavalry with a weakened dragoon unit, long enough for a Mongol unit of cavalry to hit them in the flank, breaking them. Sterling plan. Nothing to do with extreme of dice of course.

The game went full time ending an unexpected small win our part after what appeared to be near disaster mid game.

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Oxford BHGS Doubles – Game 1 (7-18)

TATAR’s vs PIRATES

The start of the weekend found Don and I drawn in against Tim  Porter (www.madaxeman.com) and Geoff with their Pirates. This was always going to be an interesting match up because… We get advantage at impact and are basically a highly maneuverable mounted army against a only slightly slower army with no mounted, but a lot of muskets. As we both have swordsmen capability, melees would be evens…

We managed to win the PBI and on sound advice from Don selected the terrain types we thought they would want. the idea being to try and place them out of the main gaming area. with the outcome of the terrain, we decided to place three mounted units in ambush in a gully. The pirates deployed center/right and we spread across the board. our plan being to punch center left and the left flank. Once the pressure was applied we would spring our ambush to hopefully stop reserves being moved over…

The game was great fun… starting off badly for us with dons first mounted unit to advance to be shot off and left no choice to charge in without support only to be munched. We started to applied pressure on the left, taking a unit to open up the flank of another unit… Only to have this unit survive 3x drops to fragmented, 2x flank charges and endless rounds of combat. The unit even went on to kill our generals, further compounding our problems.  We did manage to get a few units and the baggage, but in the end the pirates captured our baggage and break the army.

We will look forward to Tim’s write-up as the “bubbles” will be worth read. Don and I made a few mistakes, principally our advancing piece meal and skirmishing against an army that was nearly as fast as ourselves. It was our first outing together, also with the army. Banter was think in the air.  Although we lost the game big style, to take 7pts off Tim is not to be sniffed at.

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