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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Biehlberg and Gromstadt revisited.

                    With our 1809 Italian campaign under way and both sides playing hide and seeks in the mountain passes right now , Erik and I had nothing prepared for today's game . We decided therefore to revisit the much neglected part of Germany occupied by Biehlfeld and Gromstadt. Time to play "Maurice".  It seems we arrived just in time as Gromstadt launched itself into the adjoining duchy in search of recompense for some unimportant abuse or aggression.  As Erik hadn't seen the Maurice rules before it seemed an appropriate moment to introduce him. I should say that I have had the rules almost since launch but never had a real life opponent before so it was also an introduction for me too.

                    we used around a dozen units per side and played two games. To say we enjoyed ourselves is a gross understatement. I haven't had so much fun in a great many years. The game was simple but wonderfully subtle in its use of the cards for fog of war.  The high point for me and the moment that apparent victory changed suddenly to a sinking feeling of approaching death came when the second Gromberg Line infantry at the centre of my perfectly formed fire line, launched itself at the enemy to its front. This divided my command, caused the said units demise and left me in what I think is technically described as the deep shit.  I REALLY enjoyed my first real game of Maurice. Excellent rule set and more fun than a bunch of playful puppies. Absolutely loved it. We are definitely going back there again soon.
                    I did manage to take a wad of photos but without commentary and merely for ooh factor.

 Our first game was a disaster for Biehlberg as Erik came to terms with the command and control system or should I say didn't.

You will notice how fervently Erik is searching for useful cards in his hand . A searching that got more desperate as the fortunes of his army worsened.

The second game was wonderfully balanced until the unit in the centre of the Gromstatd fire line was played an interrupt card by Erik and hurled itself at the enemy   What followed was apocalyptic for Gromstatdt.

In this game I was the one desperately scrabbling through my card collection . Alas to no avail. The cards are such a hoot.

Roll on next weekend...

Saturday, 2 July 2016

memories of a far flung field..

             Not much to post this week as I am working on a cyberboard project to run our 1809 Danube campaign capable of covering all the theatres.. A tad ambitious but I am almost there for Bavaria.

           Yesterday I received a batch of pics from our mega game on 12th June from a participant. They are rather splendid and cover all three tables. No idea chronologically but I enjoyed looking at them..  Hope you do too. They are interesting in the although the majority of the figures are in MDF at least two corps were lead. The way they blend on the table is amazing...  Many thanks to Alfons for the Photos.  The rules are Blucher with a couple of house rules.

View of the whole battlefield from South to North

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South                                    South

Centre                                 Centre

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 Centre                                Centre

Centre                                 South

South                                 Centre

 North                                 North

South                                   North

Centre                                Centre

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