We played a small Russo-Swedish War game today, primarily to get both armies on the table to see how they performed. The scenario bore little resemblance to the real war, the main reason being the amount of cavalry from both sides on the table and the overall size of both armies, but I wasn’t going to leave anything off the table for the first outing. Conrad and I were the Swedes while John and Jim were the Russians. Paul umpired as we were using his rules.
It was a simple encounter battle of sorts set somewhere in Karelia. No finesse was required and both armies had to achieve victory by driving off the enemy and/or holding more objectives than the other. The Swedes deployed in a long line with their cavalry on the right and the better of the three infantry brigades on the left.
As usual it seems that Blogger has decided to randomly re-order my photos, so although I’ve made an attempt to put them back in sequence I can’t guarantee it so just enjoy them for what they are.
|I had just finished this 3d printed ruined castle keep so it found itself on the table representing perhaps the ruins of a Teutonic Order castle from several hundred years before. Basically any excuse to get it on the table.|
|The Swedish centre held by the Bjornborg and Helsinge regiments.|
|Jim’s attack as seen from the Swedish side.|
|Meanwhile, John took his infantry and cavalry across the river. Again, this was a slow process.|
|The left flank again. Nothing much happening.|
|However, John’s brigade was over the river and advancing on the thinly held Swedish centre.|
|After a brief scare when their cuirassiers were driven back the Russian cavalry rallied and the Swedish cavalry brigade had to retreat, all the time under fire from Russian horse artillery across the stream.|
|John tried several times to advance against our centre but each time his troops were driven back.|
I need to sow the seed for a big Russian vs French game although as I currently have very few of the latter will have to rely on the others to contribute.