Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Annual Napoleonic Clash: South Auckland Gaming Club

What a year!, its almost gone already!

On the last club day of the year, the usual Annual Napoleonic Clash took place using the very old rule set of WRG.
And some equally very old miniatures. (Thanks to Glen and Bryan for supplying much of the figures)

With Arthur now lost in time to his other pursuits the table was slightly less crowded that previous years.
Although I did manage to get one unit of Highlander Scotts onto the table as I have just started working my Napoleonic army… (Yes I caved in and have started an army)

This year the teams were Glen, Cavan and Kevin with the French Spanish versus Bryan, Steven and myself with  Russian, Bulgarians and British.


Now over the years a few games of WRG have been played at the club, and victories have been hard fought and won after much debate. So this year Glen started us off with a really nicely laid out table with some of his newly made terrain which is mighty impressive.

The table had 5 objective’s, making sure there was little chance of a draw and little chance of dispute.

So Team Bryan made a plan before deployment….
And then we complete ignored the plan in the frenzy of deployment.
 
My job was to hold the hill and assist Steven taking the village while
Bryan was to mess with the bridges and assist Steven taking the Vineyard.



So with a well laid plan which we ignored we got straight into the game.



Deployment




My troops raced over the hill and a snail’s pace while get pounded by artillery fire, with one unit of my Cavalry disintegrating quickly and a unit of troops soon after.
In the first few turns most of which was maneuvering, my artillery took out a couple of canons for Glens.

Here's some random photos from the game.











Glen’s troops got into an awesome position and took to Stevens troops and did some serious slaughtering.

 

After lunch Steven had a little surprise for us.
A shot of Christmas cheer … 
Thanks to Steven ..

I believe a new tradition has been started .






After lunch things really started to get bloody, as Cavan’s artillery dealt out the pain and decimated Bryan’s Russians. Glen’s troops in the vineyard had a hard fight on their hands as Steven
managed to attack the well-fortified position and push his way into the vineyard, only to get outnumber and surrounded. The covering hedges were just too much for Steven’s poor old troops
as they got cut down by the entrenched French.

So by about 3.30pm the Allies had been blasted to bits and the stragglers we just holding on. When we called the end of the game we we 1-4 to the French. (another turn and it would have been 0-5)

As always with the WRG games.. a slow and sometime confusion games, but made fun by the the guys and the odd really good dice roll.  


Oh, Leo and the new comer to the club, Matt played out a few games of Sail of Glory, which looked like an interesting game, and according to Leo not a bad game at all. 




And for the record… according to my previous blog posts, this is how the last few years have stacked up in the WRG conflicts...... 

2017                French and Spanish
2016                French and Spanish
2015                Russian, Bulgarians and British

2014                French and Spanish


.... next year the Scotts will invade en-mass for a slaughterous win (thats my prediction for 2018) 

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