Monthly meeting, Saturday 8 January 2005
after action report
Well, despite a turn out of only 18 people, 7 different games were played in a variety of periods and rules. We also welcome back Derek Gould who rejoined the club after several years of absence, having just rediscovered us through the web.
The Battle of Gaugamela - 15mm DBM
won the battle. Both the left and the right wings of the Macedonians
Poles and the German Imperial allies take on the Russian Horde - 15mm DBR v2.0
The Poles were commanded by Andrzej on the left wing, the Germans in the centre, under Eric, holding the castle, with the remainder of the poles under Ken on the right flank. The Allies deployed first, with Jeff then setting up his mobile commands in the open country on his right, opposite the Polish winged hussars, with Neil deploying his artillery and shot on the Russian left, behind the river, facing Ken.
The Russians moved first, Neil soon discovering that the river was "tricky" thereby hindering rapid movement, but providing a good defensive line which Ken's war wagons and shot would have difficulty in breaching. The Allied response was slow due to several turns of low pip dicing. In the meantime Neil's artillery was proving effective against Ken's war wagons and Jeff had manoeuvred into position against the winged hussars on the Polish left.The Russian charge, however, proved largely ineffectual and the lancers held sway, decimating the Russian cavalry over the space of several turns, thereby demoralising the Russian's largest command.
On the Polish right, the situation was reversed, with Neil's Russians breaking Ken's command. In the centre Eric was making steady progress and things were looking grim for the Russians when it was time to call it a day. A winning draw to the Allies, although it would have been interesting to have taken the game to its conclusion.
And the rest . . .