Saturday 4 January 2014

The Gold Train

Friday was a bit of a Wild West fun day when Steve Clarke had laid out the table with a 15mm town complete with railroad and train

The scenario was that the town's richest man had decided to ship some of his gold out by train and the sheriff's men had been paid to guard and escort it down to the railyard
Here's Mr Rich outside his office waiting for the Deputies and the waggon

Rules for the game ?  Legends of the Old West
Here's the Sheriff and his men
These are the Baddies after the loot
The Baddies rode into town

and left their horses at the livery stables
The gold was loaded onto a waggon

and the journey to the rail yard started without a hitch
but then sgun men emerged from the bar and demanded the waggon halted

the Deputy up front opened fire and missed
but one of the Baddies hit the second Deputy
The sound of gun fire brought the Sheriff out of his office in the jail

and the other two Deputies at the rail yard were alerted too
other Baddies emerged

as the driver tried to continue, firing over his shoulder as he went
he managed to get the waggon to the rail yard and his colleagues rushed to help

as three Baddies closed in
back up the street the Sheriff gunned down one Baddie
but just as it seemed the odds had been evened, a rifle armed Baddie shot a Deputy near the train

a fierce gun fight ensued and another Deputy was down

but the remaining one managed to drag the crate of gold to the train

and got it into the freight car

he was now up against three Baddies, two of whom leapt up onto the train roof

one fell whilst trying to cross the gap and was badly hurt
the second fell as the train started to pull away and was also out of the game
Meantime, the Sheriff had arrived at the rail yard and a prolonged fight went on between him and the Baddies' leader - which the Sheriff finally won !
So the train did get away with the gold after all.
Here's the town folk looking at the grizzly remains of the culprits outside the undertaker's establishment !
So rest easy, folks, the side of law and order did prevail !

Thursday 2 January 2014

My First Game of Shako

Raphael kindly hosted and umpired a 15mm Napoleonic game of Shako with your humble correspondent handling the French whilst Paul Izzard had the Austrian army.
View along the French lines at the start

View along the Austrian lines

Close up of the town on the French right occupied by two units of infantry
Murat's cavalry and horse artillery move up 
Lannes pushes forwards the infantry in the centre

Whilst columns of infantry backed up by light cavalry advance on the left
The Austrians on the high ground opposite

The Austrian commander plots his moves
Whilst Raphael bamboozles him with rules minutiae
Austrian heavy cavalry and lancers threaten the French centre

Range sticks in use here !
French columns move steadily forwards on the left
French carabiniers tackle the Austrian cavalry

as more cavalry moves up in support

what are these two up to now ?
the French left get closer to the Austrian lines

this is the centre at the same moment
the cavalry duel at its height

one French unit has broken

but the support moves up instead

this time the Austrians broke and the French retired to reform
the Austrians opposite the French held town now move forwards with guns on the higher ground
another Austrian cavalry attack in the centre reaches the first French guns

over runs them but are blown before they can advance any further where the French 12pdrs are
French columns are right in amongst the Austrian lines
but previously unseen Austrian hussars catch a French column trying to form square

French light cavalry try to plug the gap and cross sabres with the Austrians
Back over on the French right, heavy cavalry stream across towards the enemy Uhlans 
Get those guns turned around and quick !
The Austrian line stands firm
Cavalry now join the French attack left of centre
and the Austrian guns are reached

and destroyed
the French light cavalry have been defeated by the Austrian hussars and retire behind the infantry
French hussars attack the blown Austrian cavalry in revenge for the loss of the guns
In the centre, victorious French heavy cavalry are prevented from attacking the Austrian grenadiers by fresh Austrian curassiers
the French attacks all along the line hammer away at the stubborn Austrians

but repeated French cavalry successes in the centre turn the tide

The Austrian commander, lured by a call from his cantiniere back home decides to concede, with a fresh gammon beckoning, who could blame him ?

A great day's introduction to Shako and thanks to Raphael and his wife for their kind hospitality
... and another game tomorrow beckons - I think a Wild West shoot out at Steve Clarke's ranch (or is it Dux Britanniarum instead ?).