Saturday, 30 June 2012

Campaign Tree

Many months ago Bluebear Jeff challenged the EvE community to create a mini campaign using a few scenarios from Brigadier Grant's Scenarios for Wargamers. Now in possession of the fine tome I have taken up the challenge for the armies of Fromagere and Weinpfalz. Initially I will try a short three game campaign.

I had intended to wait until I had prepared more "Old School" type terrain peices but I will press on and therefore begin with an encounter based on scenario - #40 Dominant Hill. This requires minimal terrain and will get us off the mark

The scenario suggests seven units a side and is simple reconaissance strength encounter. The mission - to seize and hold the crossroads. However control can only be achieved by ensuring possession of the village and the hill that dominates all approaches.

The next scenario will depend upon who wins the first game. The campaign is based upon an invasion of Weinpfalz by the forces of the old fox the Duke of Fromagere so should they lose they will need to fall back over the River Wein. So the scenario will be based on #6 Rear Guard but with an evacuation over the river rather than the sea.

This would be followed by a Weinpfalz attack on Fromagere adopting scenario #19 Assault River Crossing. A tricky one, trying to establish a bridghead in the face of the enemy. This would end this campaign and I would begin another.

However should the wily Duke manage to win the first game then scenario #1 Positional Defence will see Count Olaf commanding defending his country on a table that looks very like a mini Fontenoy.

Defeat for Otto would lead to Reinforcing a Town scenario #14 where another loss would mean a campaign victory for the Duke.

With good luck and a following breeze battle will commence on the morrow.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Mmm: and the months go by. Not sure where. Ageing parents, teenage kids and lots of work all get in the way of toy soldiers. Once the first half of the year has passed work load tends to lessen so hopefully I can get back on track with Wine and Cheese. 

Having a day off for the Queen's Jubilee, (God bless her) I have spent most of the day rebasing the Zvezda's. For the third time. 

This time putting six infantry onto 4cm square bases.

I had previously based them singly and then basing eight on 6 by 4 cm bases. Using Charge the intention was to have the same frontage for foot as horse, as recommended in Mr Asquith's Charge "pamphlet". However this really made the the infantry look a bit too far apart. Given that space on the table is at premium I decided to reduce the frontage of an infantryman a little. Having tinkered with Charge's melee rules the same frontage was no longer relevant.

Basing in sixes no doubt influenced by purchasing The Wargame.

 A nice publication with some lovely piccies.

It was also my birthday recently and my clever other half managed to find a copy of another of Brigadier Grants works of note - Scenarios for Wargames. As suggested by Bluebear Jeff a few months ago I intend to reboot my campaign with a "tree" of games derived the old book. More of which anon.