Monthly Meeting Saturday 8 May 2004
after action report
Well, we had a good turn out for the May meeting, a total of 25 attendees, several of whom were visitors, including ex-member, Tim Goodchild, visiting from Singapore and 3 enthusiastic boardgamers, Sam, Anthony and Horace, introduced by Lawrence Hung. It was also good to catch up with ex-member, Andrew Chan, visiting from Australia.
Two large games were played, 28mm French-Indo China and 15mm Seven Years War, plus a host of others.
enemy in sight!” Able Seaman Peter Munn shouted out to Captain James A.
Gordon in anxiety. Gordon, on
board of the Royal Navy frigate Active, took his lens and said calmly “
check the wind gauge and raise the pennants, full sail.” said Hoste. It
was going to be an all out frigate combat.
Amphion and Volage were just stood by "Active".
"Aye aye sir!" Lieutenant Anthony Lee responded.
Dubourdieu had a bad feeling as the French navy made a contact with the
British. "How many ships,
Lieutenant?" "4, Sir" Lieutenant Horace Pascal replied.
Dubourdieu was worried. Horace
was a green officer. He did
not know what to expect. The
fleets were manned by many "mousse", i.e., boys as early as 13
years old as Napoleon could only field the Navy with the young and
innocent, after all the war torn campaigns on land.
"At least, we have the numbers..." The French and the
allied Venetian had 3 frigates each. The
Venetians were headed by Admiral Laurent Hungier.
They contained "Corona", "Carolina" and "Ballona".
A brief review of two games of Hammer of the Scots played by Sam and Andrzej. In the first game Andrzej took the part of the Scots and after coordinating his forces took Sterling castle only to have the year end due to both players playing event cards on the same turn. From then it was downhill all the way, with the English taking and keeping the initiative and bringing the game to a conclusion in 1301 - the quickest Scottish defeat on record!
In the second game the sides were reversed, with Andrzej thirsting for revenge . . . it was not to be, however. Despite getting off to a good start, the English never managed to pin down the Scots to a decisive battle, although a minor Scottish lapse did allow the English to corner Wallace in Dunbar and eliminate him from the game. The arrival of the Scottish king in 1303 allowed the Scots to regain some of the territory lost to the English earlier in the campaign, such that at the end of 1305 (the Braveheart scenario) the English only had a one noble lead on the Scots (equivalent to the narrowest of marginal victories to the English in the Braveheart scenario), play however continued into the full campaign. Slowly, but surely, the Scots gained control of northern Scotland and pushed the struggling English further and further south. Despite wresting Bruce from English control in 1313 through the timely play of of the Herald event card, the Scots narrowly missed gaining control of all the nobles, the English hanging on to their sole noble, Galloway, at the end of 1314, thus avoiding total defeat by the the skin of their teeth. Congratulations to Sam on two well fought games!
Report on the French Indo-China battle coming soon, in the meantime, some photos: