Thanks to chum Chris Charlton I do have a few of his pictures to share for what was a great fun game.
When looking at the scenario I wanted to try something that captured the flavour of the period. There were some key characteristics of the Civil War in Russia. The vast distances involved meant that railways were the best way to move troops around, rivers were natural barriers and used for defences and wide flanking moves by cavalry were a common tactic.
With all this in mind our game was to involve a White regiment defending a railway bridge over a river. 3 regiments of Bolsheviks were arrayed against it supported by a large regiment of cavalry and supporting arms.
Meanwhile another regiment of white foot and a large force of Cossacks had crossed the river up stream and outflanked the reds hoping to to trap and destroy them against the river.
1 Regiment of Infantry, 4 x companies of trained foot. 1 x Machine gun and 1 x artillery in trenches.
1 Regiment of Infantry, 4 x companies of regular foot, 1 x machine gun and 1 x artillery
1 regiment of Cossacks, 4 x Sotnias of trained aggressive troops
2 x sotnias of Asiatic Cossacks, trained aggressive, one armoured car and one Tchanka MG Cart
1 x regiment of Infantry
1 x sotnia Cossacks
1 x FT17 Light Tanks
1 x Neuiport Fighter Biplane.
1 x mixed Assault regiment 2 companies of 9 sailers, regular and aggressive plus 2 companies of regular siberian rifles plus one naval machine gun
2 x regiments of Militia each having 4 companies of 8 figures plus one machine gun
2 x field guns
1 x large regiment of 6 Sotnias of 8 trained cavalry
1 x armoured car
1 x Sopwith Camel fighter on a roll of 6 on a D6
Needless to say what actually happened was nothing at all like that. I really miust be clearer with objectives.
The Militia however decide that discretion is the bettwe part of valour and dig in around the village, whilst the red cavalry peel 2 sotnias off supported by the armoured car to face the 6 Cossack sotnias and send the other 4 forward to support the assault on the bridge.
A second move sees the the red followed up and destroyed, John throws his last unit of cavalry in and this also is driven off. His armoured car inflicts some casualties but is ultimately swamped by two Sotnias of Asiatic cossacks.
The red assault regiments have now however closed with the bridge defenders. The naval infantry at the front inflicts heavy casualties on the defenders but is driven back in disarray,the following move and the remaining assault troops close ont eh defenders. The front three units of whites are defeated but there are virtually no reds left and certainly no fresh troops to exploit this sucess. Richard has brought a unit from the other side of the bridge which is ensconced in the village and 4 more units of whites are closing on whats left of the assault troops.
As the cavalry ride back through the militia in the village I reminded of the scene in the fiilm Zulu. You know the one where the British defenders cheer the arrival of colonial cavalry which then rides straight past them. The poor old militia sit in their trenches and watch the red cavalry retreat off table leaving them to their fate.
The Caucasian Cossacks and the FT17 are newly painted so more of those in another post.
Apologies again for lossing all of my wonderful phtos of this game but Chris's pictures are still nice, cheers Chris.
See you again soon.