|Victory Without Quarter battle in Alpia returns|
Friday, September 16, 2016
Monday, September 05, 2016
The Campaign of the Hundred Days has begun.
There are seven active players taking on the roles of Bonaparte, Wellington, Blucher and their Generals and Marshals.
I have added a new link on the side bar here to help others find the new blog that will be a support for the coming actions.
Beyond the active players are three others with table-top miniatures to support many different battlefields. This makes for 11 participants on three continents across 18 time zones.
Expect more After Action Reports of the battles here on Murdock'S MarauderS.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Even if all you have to take part in the game is an email address and a computer capable of running the Cyberboard software, then please do contact me below.
If you have some French and 'other' opponent troops, best would be Anglo-Dutch and Prussian of course, yet even if all you have are Russians to take on the French and a table-top crew to game out the battle then please do contact me below.
I am planning to use similar systems and methods as I did with the Campaign of Nations game, run from 2013-2015.
To summarize, I am recruiting at least three 'Commanders' to take on the Napoleon, Wellington and Blucher roles, then I would also like to have a 'deputy' for each one also that could generate the kind of movements and 'alternate' history that makes for a more fun experience. Yes this means I would like to have 6 players. Even better would be 7 players, 3 for the French, 2 each for the Anglo-Dutch and Prussian Armies.
I know that I have been musing about doing this for many months now, and given that the big ceremonies of the 200th anniversary are over now, we could get on with a re-set of a different proportion.
If this interests you please do contact me or comment below.
Monday, July 04, 2016
|my own Parliamentary command stand|
This time using Pike & Shotte rules, which Rob was the adjudicator for.
A couple of errors in rule interpretations were picked up by the end of the action, though we kept with the 'same' ruling all thorough the game once the errors were spotted.
The big difference this time from the last game was the arrival location of the flank force of cavalry.
East rather than West and this makes for a totally different encounter.
It might be interesting to play this out without ANYONE KNOWING where, when or even IF the Parliamentary Horse will be returning ...
The layout of troops was very much the same as before, now though my eldest son was taking command of Parliament Horse, facing off Jeff as the Royalist Horse.
|view from north-west corner of field, Parliament has the long blue line on the left; Royalists have the ridge on the right|
|Rob's Royalist Pike|
|Jeff's Royalist horse|
|2 of the 3 Parliamentary Commanders|
|Parliament line, looking from the east edge|
|Parliament line looking from the west edge|
|into action fast on the 'horse flank'|
|this time the Royalist foot felt confident enough to advance|
|the Dragoons got to burst out into the open in a dash to the swampy ground near the bridge ...|
|the book was consulted many times over the course of the night ... this time about the "Magical Dragoon powers of fire and evade"|
The rules allow for the Dragoons only to fire and evade, on a die roll. The attacking force gets no influence in this, if the dragoons are in open order or close ranks it makes no difference.
All I can say is that this must be some assumption on the part of the writers that the Dragoon horse holders are always near at hand and that they can dash off as they please, AND while doing this running away somehow ALSO inflict enough damage on a charging HORSE opponent to stop them in their charge AND disorder and injure them.
I am pointing all this out as I do not recall ANY accounts of Dragoons caught IN THE OPEN ever managing such a feat; which by the way this unit of Dragoons got to do twice. If there are Pike & Shotte fans that can explain this mystical Dragoon ability as anything other than the writers fancy - I implore them to explain why this has such a massive power to stop a charge that ought to run them down like grass.
|battle continued, no Parliament Horse reinforcement yet|
|the super Dragoons had fallen back and now were shooting up my horse|
|view across the lines|
|Royalist shotte started the duel|
|Jeff can be seen behind the Royalist lines in his neck brace|
|while #1 son was goofing off trying to hide from the camera ... only to get his face in the shot|
|Parliament moved second each turn so we started out with 'counter-fire' that was more effective due to failed saving throws|
|start of turn 4, the Royalists are holding ground|
|the Horse tangle-brawl continues|
|All of the Royalist Foote in one image|
|the 'chicken-dancer' (on the left of the unit) denotes 'disorder' in the ranks|
|1/4 of the Royalist foote was still on the hilltop|
|Horse units were now all disrupted and shaken|
|on both sides|
|The Royalists kept a horse reserve ... watching for the flank arrival|
|by turn 7 the Dragoons had now cartwheeled away from the horse and were safely ensconced behind a hedgerow ... and the Parliament Horse reinforcement had not yet arrived|
|while Royalist foote was busy shooting into the flank and rear of a horse unit, gaining no apparent advantage?|
|Horse could just slip away sideways within these rules ... odd movement ability for such troops that did not do such parade ground drills, ever|
|now the Royalists had stuck out one foote formation to 'protect' the horse ... this made it a great target for shooting though|
|other shots along the Royalists lines were busy|
|including the super-Dragoons that now were shooting with impunity at the horse; thankfully they appeared to be very poor shots|
|Rob's foot units looking regal|
|at LONG last, the Parliament horse foraging parties arrived|
|though the Royalist horse were ready for them|
|now the horse battle turned out against the Parliament and there was a Royalist foote battalia that fled the field due to fire|
|both sides in the Horse engagement were tired, it was the Royalist horse that came out ascendant|
|though Fairfax was able to escape the carnage, his horse troops were scatterd|
|indeed a counter-charge was what sent off the arriving troops ... too little too late to make any difference in the outcome on the field|
|an overview of the horse flank|
|the entire Parliament line was now firing at the same target|
|a HUGE hole had developed in the Royalist center|
Apparently flanks do not matter.
any unit attacked in the flank may simply 'turn to face the flank'; unless they are blocked (though how this blocking happens is not clear), then again there is no apparent advantage to attacking in hand-to-hand into the flank or rear of any unit (unless there are 2 or more units doing that attack at the same time).
for two moves the Royalist horse tried to go into 'flank refused' on an end unit to stop the painful flank attack; twice they failed to make the order.
then came the Parliament attack and a full speed charge came in, buuuuut since any unit can always turn to face the flank, it pretty much means nothing. Thus was a Parliament horse unit lost in what ought to have been a SWEEP of the Royalist horse in the flank of three consecutive units.
could be we are missing something in the rules, as the gravest error any commander made was to loose his flank and be overrun because of it; while the rules appear to allow 360 degree defensive perfection ...
|Parliament foote move into the gap in the center of the Royalist lines|
|more withering fire exchanged|
|holding on just barely were the Parliament right flank horse|
|while the whole line of Parliament troops blasted away at the Royalist positions|
|by mid turn, another charge moment had come ... this time with the foote|
|Royalist commander Lawley was rallying the line when they were overrun by the Parliament foote|
|Brereton's regiment delivered the final blow by totally disrupting the Royalist foote in a hand-to-hand battle|
|while the remaining foote shot away at the other Royalists on the hilltop, after the fire they could not rally and broke away from the battlefield.|
While the Parliament lost 6 horse units in total.
I'm curious about the logic of the Dragoons and the free 'turn to face' rules in Pike & Shotte, though given this showing so far I'm not inclined to seek out my own copy.