Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Battle of Vimeiro - 12th August 1808


I am just uploading a few images from the great little Napoleonic game we played the other weekend at Mr John Maguire house. The scenario  and the table layout was taken from one of the General de Brigade scenario books (I think number 3), which also provided the breakdown of regiments and brigades. However I did note that the scenario did not allow for cavalry on either side, which did make an appearance on the day and the French Dragoon even defeated their English and Portuguese opponents. Our battle which pretty close to the actual battle, with the French brigades advancing onto the Allied position hoping to push them back into the sea. This of course did not happen all our French Brigades took a massive pounding from the Allied artillery and musket fire even before we came close to delivering our own volleys. Only the converged Grenadier Brigades had some luck in pushing back a heavy skirmish line out of the vineyards one the French right flank. I wonder however if the presence of the French cavalry made have made a little difference...for us at least. Though in the end it was a great afternoon of gaming and thanks again must go to John for hosting the game and suppling his beautiful collection and terrain for the game. 

Until my next post please enjoy the images.

Regards

Vinnie

































Monday, August 12, 2019

Team Yankee - USSR vs The USMC


This was the second game Scott and I played the other weekend and the first game of Team Yankee I have ever played. Scott played the forces of the Warsaw Pack USSR and I played the USMC Expeditionary Forces. At first it was certainly a little bit intimidating seeing all that Russian armour on the board but after rolling some nice saves and scoring a few additional hits on his armour it evened up the sides a little. However I think what actually won me the battle was that Scott was unable to get his attack helicopters onto the table. I was able to call my ground attach aircraft almost every turn and it was this that allowed me to break through Scott's left flank. The gaming system was certainly easy to pick up and play and made for a very enjoyable morning of gaming. Thanks again to Scott for putting on the game for me and the use of his fantastic collection of vehicles and figures. 

Until my next post please enjoy the images.

Regards

Vinnie