Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Rare Victory

We met for battle in our ongoing war between Kingdom of Knobelland (tattergreis) and the Duchy of Rodenburg (Imperials, me).

The scenario was "Threat to a Flank" from the book "Scenario for all Ages" by Grant/Asquith. The rule used were Bill Protz' "Batailles de l´Ancien Regime" (BAR).

The basic idea is an attack across a river supported by a flank attack (click pictures to enlarge).

The Set-Up (Knobelland)

In the foreground are the forces of Knobelland. The flanking movement of two bataillons and a Hussar Squadron is visible on the right and already countered by a similar movement on the opposite side; all part of the scenario.

The view from my side of the table (Rodenburg)

As the enemy troops crossed the bridge, I deployed into firing line

I was reminded by my opponent to use the required marching drill to preserve the order of companies within the Bataillon. Company # 1 must always be on the right side of the Bataillon! Traditions must be honoured! 

... so it had to be done like this


By crossing the bridge, the enemy entered a real killing zone

The Cavalry also attacked (Norman Dragoons), but were repulsed

Finally, the enemy was forced to retreat across the bridge

Now it was time for the Knobelland main force to advance for an all-out attack
(viewed from Rodenburg side)

Heavy fighting ensued. The Altmark Artillery had exhausted its ammunition; no more Cannister rounds:

The Climax: Knobelland Grenadiers assault the hill;
staunchly defended by Grenzbataillon Plekzy-Gladz

The unbelievable happened: Plekzy-Gladz held its ground! The Grenadiers repulsed! They took to flight the Bataillons arranged behind them, total confusion reigned. The first Victory in Battle for the Duchy of Rodenburg!

A close game. Highly dramatic. The BAR rules worked well in the background. A great afternoon with a tough, gentlemanlike buddy. What more can you ask.

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Is this true? The last Blog-Entry is dated 5th of April 2011, almost one year ago! Time for a short update:

We did a few games in the meantime. In September last year we actually did it and gamed the Old-School "Blasthof Bridge"-Scenario (see photos below). We haven´t used the the rules in "Charge" or the "The War Game" but opted for "Batailles de l'Ancien Régime", BAR in short. It was an entertaining game and we continiue to use these well-thought out rules.

First Contact: Hussars charge Light Infantry

The Result: A Bloody Nose for the Hussars!