Tuesday, 2 December 2014

No picture of Postie

On Saturday I travelled up to Posties shed of war. I was not playing as I could not stay all day. Additionally they were playing 7 years war "Age of Reason" And to be honest I know NOTHING about either the rules or the period, even less than I know about Napoleonic. So nothing, not a thing. I also had something on in the afternoon and was at the wargames club on Sunday. But it was to be Fran's last game in this country. So It was worth going to make sure he got on the boat to enjoy his company one last time.

So no AAR as such, just some thoughts about the game. As usual there was some banter. Mostly about Ian this time and some outrageous manoeuvres he had carried out in the previous game and that "Postie" should go on the wall of SHAME. Well Postie should, but mostly for his private life and not he does in a wargames capacity. I am not saying he sexually interferes with hedgehogs I am not saying that at all. But now you have that thought in your head you will never look on him the same way again!

Unusually for Postie he had not set the figures out but allowed the defender (Fran) to set up first. and then the attacker (Ray) to set up in response. I am sure young Raymond will make much mileage out of the fact that he had 24 army points and was attacking while Francis had 28 army points and was defending. He certainly was vocal about it on the day. (Perhaps, I cannot say as I was not there at the end, getting his excuses in early). So then each of the other players was given their place at the table and the troops they would command.

Before I get into that. I suspect that you will read a TRUTHFULL account of the whole day here. From Tamsin.
AKA Wargames Girl. http://wargaminggirl.blogspot.co.uk/

A slightly less accurate account here by Big Lee http://www.blmablog.com/

And a load of scuttlebutt and disparaging remarks here by Fran http://theangrylurker.blogspot.co.uk/

And also here by Ray http://onelover-ray.blogspot.co.uk/

Now mostly they will take their time in posting any AAR as they all want to see what Tamsin writes first and then copy it while making their own exploits sound heroic and the opponents sound less so. Therefore you will have to wait a while for some I think.
 The Prussians attacking were (Left to right) Tamsin, Big Lee (No there is not a little lee as far as I know) Ray (Overall commander) and Surjit (The wild uncontrollable player but great fun because of it! Unless of course he's on your side and you need him to follow orders.)
The Austrians were Fran (He's not short, just sitting down) Mark (Smiffy) David (Izzy) John. Again from left to right. They were defending a small, (Very small) hill in front of Fran and open ground everywhere else.
 So the game started and tactics were not that widely employed as the number of troops on the table hindered movement as did the turn sequence as it is card driven with each unit having a card and being drawn from a shuffled deck.
 So cavalry generally moving faster than infantry the first clash happened there as all the Cavalry were set up opposite each other. (OK not all but MOST of the cavalry). John and Izzy had the Austrian cavalry and Tamsin most of the Prussian. So like two fright trains with drunken drivers they crashed into each other. Izzy is a player who much prefers to attack even while in defence. Which gave Tamsin little choice as the attacker so she also charged. Unfortunatley the dice gods (all praise the Dice gods!) were not in Tamsin's favour. John and Izzy did better than I was expecting.

 And the nice neat cavalry charge of the Prussians  was no more. Which is to say that most of the Prussian cavalry lost their individual battles and one unit was pushed from the board.

This is where I had to leave the game. So I will be interested to know how the game turns out. Will the Austrian cavalry continue to do well and eventually roll up the Prussian flank. Or will Tamsin get lucky with the dice and counterattack successfully.

And this still leaves the whole of the far end of the table with all the infantry. Would the Prussians take the high ground and what would Surgit do as that really could be anything!

That's it for today. Other than to say check the blogs listed above as sooner or later those good people will post a full game AAR. While mine takes us up to the end of turn 2.

Thanks for looking. I will post some more WW1 Germans next time. All the best Clint.

26 comments:

  1. I'm sure that all the AARs will be entirely truthful and respectful of all the players*.

    It was a great game, fun opponents, great banter. You'll have to wait for the AARs to find out the result and whether I managed to successfully counter attack in the cavalry battle.

    *note - "respectful of all the players"; no mention of respectful of the Evil Umpire ;)

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    1. Thank you Tamsin. I am not so sure that Ray and Fran will be "RESPECTFUL to ALL the Players". But I would hope that you and Lee might be.

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  2. heh.. very cool little write up.. always interesting to see a game from a spectator point of view.. and this was no different it seems!

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    1. Thanks Kyle. With a game the following day one reason to be a spectator was to not get gamed out. I also had my contacts in so did not want to overdo it!

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  3. Thanks Clint, an insider's view is most welcome.
    Good (riddance) bye to Fran.

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  4. Great game there Fran is leaving? Did you get him on the boat then?

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    1. Gone by Christmas, so he says. Alas no I did not get him on the boat yet.
      Thanks Petal/Pete

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  5. Nice one Clint!!! Shame you couldn't join in the fun!

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    1. I would have been about as useful as a seagull playing the trombone.
      It was nice to see you all though and hopefully again in the new year.
      Cheers Ray

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  6. I hope Fran won, he deserves one win out of a full years gaming LOL

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian. I don't know who won yet so I can't spoil the ending. For me though the winner is the one who had fun playing the game.

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    2. A bloody draw, we were robbed!

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    3. ....I always win because I'm a tactical genius!

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    4. He told me it was otters and only once!

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    5. We all know you are tactically very astute. So well are we aware that we need never mention it.

      I have no evidence of postie having hedgehog sex. So for me it remains "Unproven" but we all know what he's like.

      Thank you Fran your comments are always a joy. I hope you keep commenting even after the move to the black bod. And I don't mean going in the loo after another Reject who's name starts with an R.

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  7. No, I can't get the thought of thought of Postie interfering sexually with hedgehogs out of my mind. Thanks for that Clint.

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    1. There is 100%, absolutely, totally, positively no evidence at all that Postie would ever do such a thing! But lack of evidence is not the same as evidence of lack!

      Thank you Anne.

      Thank you Anne.

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    2. It runs in the family - I'm told he is a distant cousin of Bambi Gascoigne, and we all know what he confessed to in that Young Ones episode ;)

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    3. Thanks Tamsin. Duly noted.

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  8. It's always good to get an alternative history from unbiased (allegedly) onlookers, shame you couldn't report fully on the outcome, but good piccies nevertheless.
    Surely "hedgehog-gate" will go down in the annals of wargaming history and be the source of much speculation for years to come.

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    1. I can neither confirm nor deny "Hedgehog-gate" and it's connection with one or more of Posties past peccadillos.
      Thank you Joe.

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  9. Btw...there was a 'Little Lee' once upon a time, but I ate him.

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