Sunday, January 5, 2020

Wargaming in 2020 - A Look Forward

With 2019 in the rear-view mirror I wanted to get down on "paper" what I plan to do in the year 2020.

First, Happy New Year to all my gaming friends across the globe!

I'm setting some lofty goals around miniatures and publications for this new year and I hope I can get most of it accomplished!


Miniatures Work

  • Publish Vauban’s Wars in the first quarter of 2020. I'm getting the last feedback from blind remote playtesters so I should have a real good idea of where I stand. I can't image this not being shipped by end of March 2020.
  • Finish building my PaperTerrain Vauban fortress in 15mm. (Need it for photos for the rules)
  • Finish painting and flocking my 15mm Potemkin Russian forces.
  • Finish painting, basing, mounting flags, etc for my SYW Russians.
  • Finish flocking\labeling my Maximilian collection (I rebased everything last year)
  • See if I can finish my Japanese for the RJW 
  • Finish painting Taiping collection, then flock them. (28mm)
  • Dare I finish my WWI trench boards? Started them 15 years ago! 
  • Finish Guns of Liberty 3rd Edition. This will be the last and final ruleset I will write for publication as it is too much work.



Miniature Gaming

  • Maximilian in Mexico
  • Seven Years War and War of the Austrian Succession
  • WW2 Pacific with Jungle Terrain
  • RJW
  • Get Ottomans on the table vs Russians and Austrians.
  • Sure would like to get my 1790s Poles and Lithuanians out of their boxes!



Board gaming:

  • Virgin Queen Saturday
  • Europe Engulfed Saturday
  • Paths of Glory Saturday
  • COIN games: Fire in the Sky and another
  • Spanish Civil War CDG that Jan picked up.
  • Empire of the Sun Sundays with EC
  • Play Jaws, Freedom (Ottoman vs Greeks), and Stronghold too.
  • Gaming with the family! 
Already got Jaws and Freedom on the table!

A shot of Freedom! Unique game system with nice decision matrix.



Eric

2019 - A Year in Review

Well, another year gone by and boy was it exciting on the wargame table!

With the family starting to game with me I'm getting more and more time to play games!

TOTAL GAMES PLAYED IN 2019
   Miniatures:   18
   Board Games: 167

I'd like to do more miniature gaming in 2020, but can't complain when I get to play 180+ games a year! Wow!

Here is a list of what was played during the year, and I'll do another post on what I hope to accomplish in 2020. Bolded games are miniatures battles. Post comments of games that may interest me. I did get the following new games for Christmas:

  • JAWS 
  • Undaunted: Normandy
  • Stronghold 2nd Edition
  • Operation Dragon (Expansion for Captain Sonar)
  • Robinson Crusoe
JANUARY (Miniature Games: 4, Board Games: 25)

 2nd - Scythe
 3rd - Architects of the West Kingdom (AWK)
 5th - AWK x 2, Raiders of the North Sea
 6th - AWK x 2, Raiders of the North Sea
 9th - AWK
12th - Azul x 5
13th - Azul x 5
16th - Blue Max 
18th - Battle of Cologne (Siege of Augusta) BattleGroup 20mm skirmish
20th - Azul x 4
23rd - Boxer Rebellion 
26th - Clank!
27th - Clank!
30th - Boxer Rebellion 

FEBRUARY (MG: 3, BG: 17)

 2nd - JJ Con - Fantasy Combat Patrol, Chariots, Zorro Tavern Battle
 3rd - Clank!
 6th - ROOT
 9th - 2 x Explorers of the North Sea
10th - 3 x Azul
13th - Nemesis (Wow, what a game!)
15th - Raiders of the North Sea
16th - Combat Infantry
17th - Nemesis
20th - SpaceCorp x 2
23rd - 2 x Viti, 2 x Azul
27th - Nemesis

MARCH (MG: 2 BG: 12)

 2nd - Explorers of the North Sea
 6th - Dungeon Saga 
 9th - Now Boarding and Azul x 5
13th - Dungeon Saga - Finished main campaign.    
27th - ROOT
30th - Vinticulter, 3 x Azul

APRIL (MG:0 BG:10)

 3rd - ROOT
 6th - Julius Caesar
10th - 1618: Tragedy - Outstanding game by Brian Asklev! We are playtesting. Hope Academy Games releases this ASAP!
13th - 2 x Architects of the West Kingdom, Raiders of the North Sea
14th - 2 x Azul
17th - 1618: Tragedy
24th - 1618: Tragedy

MAY (MG: 0 BG: 22)

 1st - JUNTA!
 3rd - 1618
 8th - JUNTA!
15th - Black Orchestra
17th - 2 x Azul
18th - Viticulture, Now Boarding, Azul
20th - Raiders of the North Sea
21st - Now Boarding
22nd - Black Orchestra
25th - 3 x Copenhagen, Explorers of the North Sea
26th - Explorers of the North Sea
27th - 3 x Copenhagen, 2 x Azul

JUNE (MG: 3  BG: 24)

 2nd - 2 x Copenhagen
 3rd - Tuscany
 4th - Architects of the West Kingdom and Azul
 5th - Siege of Olmutz (Vauban's Wars)
 6th - 2 x Copenhagen, 2 x Azul
10th - Black Orchestra, Copenhagen
11th - Tuscany and Copenhagen
12th - Siege of Olmutz (Vauban's Wars playtest)
13th - Now Boarding, 2 x Azul
15th - Tuscany
17th - Raiders of the North Sea, Copenhagen
19th - Siege of Olmutz part 2 (Vauban's Wars)
24th - C&C Medieval
25th - C&C Medieval
26th - ROOT
29th - 2 x South Pacific - EotS Scenario

JULY (MG: 1  BG: 11)

10th - Sycthe
13th - Tuscany
17th - Song of Ice and Fire 
20th - C&C Medieval
21st - Tuscany
24th - Black Orchestra
27th - Heroes Welcome
28th - Heroes Welcome
29th - Wing Leader
30th - Napoleon 1806
31st - Mare Nostrum

AUGUST (MG: 1  BG: 9)

 4th - Empire of the Sun - GMT Games
 7th - Dungeon Saga - New Campaign vs Orks
 9th - 1 x Architects of the West Kingdom, 3 x Azul
11th - Empire of the Sun - GMT Games
14th - Mare Nostrum - Academy Games
25th - Empire of the Sun - GMT Games
28th - ACIS (Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea) GMT Games

SEPTEMBER (MG: 3  BG: 8)

 1st - Empire of the Sun
 4th - Ancient Civilizations of the Middle East (ACME) - Playtest
 8th - Empire of the Sun
11th - Battle of Hohenfriedberg WAS 
14th - Tuscany
18th - Battle of Hohenfriedberg WAS
22nd - Empire of the Sun
25th - Vauban's Wars Playtest 
28th - Welcome Heroes and Copenhagen
29th - Pandemic

OCTOBER (MG: 0  BG: 7)

 2nd - ACME Playtest
 6th - Empire of the Sun - Japanese Victory!   
13th - Tuscany and Azul
16th - ACME Playtest
23rd - Vikings 878
30th - A Las Baricadas - by Compass Games

NOVEMBER (MG: 0 BG: 10)

 6th - Explorers of the North Sea
 9th - Hammer of the Scots and Maneuver
13th - Zombicide: Black Plague
16th - Suburbia
20th - 1754
25th - Louis XIV
26th - Combat Infantry East Front
27th - Copenhagen and Architects of the West Kingdom
30th - Nemesis

DECEMBER (MG: 1 BG: 11)

 4th - Scythe
11th - Vauban's Wars - start at second parallel 
14th - Game of Thrones (mother of dragons expansion) at MooseCon
18th - Nevsky
22nd - Horse & Musket
23rd - 2 x Steampunk Rally
26th - Atlantus Rising, Steampunk Rally
28th - 2 x Steampunk Rally, Jaws
31st - JAWS




Friday, September 20, 2019

WAS - Battle of Hohenfriedberg - June 4, 1745

Good evening folks,

This post will describe the game we played to simulate the early portion of the Battle of Hohenfriedberg, between the attack Prussians, and the Austro-Saxon army. This battle took place during the War of the Austrian Succession.

First, I've been pretty busy and have based, flocked, and touched up the following units.
  • 4 regiments of French Heavy Cavalry
  • 2 Battalions of Prussian fusiliers
  • 1 Battalion of Prussian Musketers (22nd)
  • Luckner's Hussars (Hanover)
  • Horse Grenadiers (Hanover)
  • Freitag (Hanover) skirmish infantry
  • 2 x Generals (one British, one French)
  • 1 x British Highlanders skirmish infantry in this period.
  • 1 x Royal Scots battalion
  • 1 x Grenadiers de France
  • 5 x Russian artillery batteries!
  • 5 x Austrian Limbers
  • 6 x Prussian Limbers
  • 4 x Russian Grenadiers rebased (needs flags, flocking, and labels)
  • 15 x Russian Line units rebased (needs flags, flocking, and labels)
  • 5 x Russian Cavalry (needs flocking and labels)
I won't lie, it feels GREAT to get that much done! Now on to the battle report!

Map from German general staff: Die Kriege Friedrichs des Grossen 1744-1745 T2 B2.pdf. The orange rectangle is the rough outline of my battlefield.



Scenario

Rules - Cartouche 2nd Edition by Piquet Inc. Instead of pre-rating the unit's combat\morale values before the game, players rolled for them as needed. This adds a lot of drama to the game, as those Elite Grenadiers may be weary from marching all night long, or they could be determined!
Figures - 15mm Old Glory (Eric's collection)
Terrain Mat - Cigar Box
Town - 10mm PaperTerrain
Roads - Old FlexTerrain by Jim Brokaw
Bath tubed - Using 2/3 the amount of units in the battle (still a lot of units on the table).
Custom Piquet Decks for the Period by David.
Labels: Austrians have yellow labels, and Saxons have an orangish label.

Scenario special rules based on the time period and historical battle:

  • Cavalry takes 3 hits per stand (I really liked how this turned out and will likely do this with all my Piquet Horse and Musket games. Another option is to leave them at two hits, but count each cavalry unit as two units, elites as three)
  • Cavalry must advance on Cavalry Move in Open until the first melee.
  • Cavalry must melee if in contact with enemy. (Melee Resolution card)
  • All fire is DOWN1 on first turn due to darkness. (Battle started around 5am)
  • Prussians can Oblique, while Austrians and Saxons may only incline move.
  • Grenadiers can melee on Cavalry Melee Resolution card.
  • Altered the Pursuit\Post battle rules to help refect how I feel cavalry behaved during this time period.



Background

I'm only fighting the early portion of the battle as it was really two battles in one (early morning and mid-morning). I got the idea from Charles Grant's Refighting History Vol 6 which covers this battle and refights it in two games. Like Charles I'm refighting the early portion of the battle (5am - 7am) which whirled around the town of Pilgramshain. I'm finally going to get my Saxons into a fight on the tabletop! The picture below is taken from the Austro-Saxon baseline, with the Prussians coming pell-mell from the other side.


Some of my Saxon units, I just love their look and flags.





Dawn's Early Light

Here are some photos of the battle just as dawn crept across the fields around Pilgramshain. I tried to put text into most of the photos so you know what you are looking at.






Nice shot of the two enemy cavalry forces just before all hell breaks loose. Prussians on the right, with Austro-Saxons on the left.


Clash of Sabers

The battle started with a MASSIVE cavalry charge by the Prussians into the awaiting Austro-Saxon Cavalry Brigade. The Prussian commander was able to maneuver 5 regiments into contact with the front four Austro-Saxon regiments for a slight advantage in numbers.



The total impact in view:


The Austro-Saxons routed most of the Prussians on the first round of melee, and were stuck in a continued melee in others.


 Of course, the best Austrian Cuirassier unit, Bretlach Regiment, routes without dignity! The Saxon infantry marching across the stream are not impressed.



The Prussian 2nd Cuirassiers tangles with the Saxon Plotz and Prinz Karl regiments.


The Saxon 2nd line breaks through to attack the Prussian Dragoons.


Below you can see several routing Prussian cavalry regiments, with Prussian hussars on the left coming up in support. The Austro-Saxon cavalry is standing proud, but worn from their effort.



The Prussian Infantry Marches

With the Saxons getting the upper hand my spirits were raised that "hey, we have a chance", but then the Prussian infantry started moving in! In the WAS the Prussian Infantry have a +3 base die roll modifier, meaning they were going to be tough buggers in battle. Also, Brian managed to pull some excellent Army Characterization Cards at the beginning of the game: Extra Brilliant Leader card (he had one due to his skilled commander already!), All infantry UP1 on Morale (damn!), and an extra Artillery Reload card. Austro-Saxons only got an extra Opp Fire chip in their draw!

Here the first line of Prussian infantry advances on the Austrian on the far right of the Austro-Saxon army.


Mike maneuvered his Prussian Grenadiers around the Austro-Saxon left flank and was able to fire into the flank of the Saxon Grenadiers that were deployed just outside of Pilgramshain. This forced me to push my other Saxon Grenadier back into Pilgramshain, so they wouldn't get flank, but that severe reduced their firepower capability.


The Prussian second line of six Musketeer regiments advances in the center in column of march.


Brian's Prussian Grenadiers (yes, I had to use Fusilier figures as I ran out of Grenadier units for the Prussians) advance and trade volleys with the Garde zu Fuss of the Saxon brigade.


General firefight opens across the front.


View from the Prussian side, showing a Saxon infantry brigade in the background marching to the center of the battlefield.


The massive force of six Prussian Musketeers advances towards the Saxon center.



The Death Rattle of Austro-Saxon Army

This is where we started playing on night number #2.




View from the Prussian side of the remnants of the cavalry battle in the center.


The Prussian Grenadiers unleash their deadly volleys.


Mike pushes his Grenadiers to hit the Saxon cavalry. (His fire fails to harm them). Mike rolled really poorly for his unit qualities, then when he was fighting.


Saxon Leibgrenadiergarde advances in support of the main Saxon line!


Prussian Grenadier's fire forces the Saxon Garde zu Fuss to route after this!


The second round of the cavalry battle begins!



One of the better Saxon cavalry units routes by their commander, Weissenfels!


The Death of Winterfeldt! (red heart in top left) The Prussian right wing infantry command is mortally wounded, causing all six of his infantry to go out of command. Just went the Prussian cavalry was rallying to battle. This hurt how much pressure the Saxons on the left.


Prussian Hussars hitting the flank of the cavalry


The Saxons got the worst of the second round of melee as you can see three Saxon\Austrian cavalry units routing (red markers) in this photo in the center. Will the Saxon infantry and artillery be able to deploy before the Prussian cuirassier can drive into their mist?




Prussian 3rd Cuirassier smashes one Saxon infantry in column of march (not picture), then overruns and kills the Saxon brigade commander. Now they are poised to destroy the last line of Saxon resistance.


 Both Saxon infantry turn and fire on the 2nd Cuirassier, but inflict no appreciable damage! (terrible die rolling by the Saxons!)



Austrian Cuirassier finally settle the matter by hitting the Prussian Cuirassier in the flank and they rout!


Bevern's Musketeers and the Austrian move in close and deliver point blank volleys!


Austro-Saxon army is out of morale chips by now, so they are slowly hurting the Prussians with their fire, but can't challenge them for morale failures.


The Saxon Leibgrenadiergarde is routed by Prussian Grenadiers.


The center is starting to crumble for the Austro-Saxons, but the Austrian cavalry routs another Prussian Cuirassier regiment.





Pyrrhic Victory
Although the Austro-Saxon army ran out of morale chips, they held out much longer than their historical counter-parts. Meaning that this part of the Prussian army was unable to turn and join into the second part of the battle against the main Austrian part of the Army closer to Hohenfriedberg.

I felt worn out after the game, in a good way. I has happy that the Austro-Saxon army held out despite the clear advantage in Prussian quality, leadership, morale chips, and sequence deck!

Next up is a Vauban's War playtest featuring mining!!!



Bibliography or Sources
Die Kriege Friedrichs des Grossen 1744-1745 T2 B2
Refighting History volume 6 - Charles Grant
Age of Honour (Fire and Fury Scenario book)