Wednesday, 18 April 2018

BoB AAR (Number 2)

Board layout from my seat
Sunday at the club I put on another game of Back of beyond. (AKA BoB). The forces were Tim playing white Russians with graham as an ally who was also white Russians but secretly working for the Red Russians. Matt playing ti Indian British troops) supported by Peter Playing Askaris troops all the way from Africa... (Just don't ask it's complicated, just go with it.) All the troops are IT Miniatures and all the vehicles ae a mixed bag from all over the place.

Tim had been told that he had to rescue a cousin of the Tsar (Teresa was her name). Graham was to twart him but still assist and report back if need be about Tims Activities. Matt was to send a telegram and put an end to the Russian (white Russian) troops on Indian soil. Peter was to aid him as best he was able and to perhaps show the African troops as being superior fighters.

At this stage no one knew anyone elses objectives, nor should they, Telepathy does not exist as far as the players know....unless of course you know better.
View while sitting down
British or the left and Russians on the right.

below is a very brif aar. lots more happened and

Peters Askaris turn up
on paper they are weak troops

Grahams Red Russians turn up

Tim's white Russians turn up

Matt had choice of star, BEFORE he knew what his
objective was

Tim with a tank moves to a position where he can extract Teresa.

Grahams Red Russians rush in lorries
to get into cover

Matt approaches the telegraph station
ready to send a telegram

Peter moves up and starts to shoot at the Red Russian Trucks.
With some success.

He hits the engine and forces it to a stop.

Local militia are not happy to let Teresa go with tim
but he makes a convicing argument and they agree to help out
well a bit, but they are just not effective at all

Peter moves his troops to catch Graham in a pincher.
Yeah but Graham has played before and knows that is far easier said than done.

Matt has now sent the telegram and starts ineffective fire
at Tims white Russians.

Graham unlimbers his HMG and takes his troops out of the damaged truck
1 is wounded but the rest are ok just shaken up.

Tim continues his oratory (took more than a simple question
 to determine an outcome
mean while he advances on Matt laying down fire as he does so.

Tims return fire is very effective though and Matts
 second unit is nearly wiped out!

Peter continues to try a pincer action and runs into
 return fire from the HMG

Peter opens up with the armoured car.
Armoured vehiles are a lot more effective in this game
a duel, tank vs Armoured car results

Peter does finally manage to circle around the flank
he closes for the melee

While the tank is unhurt it is forced to retreat and several of Tim's infantry
catch bullets in an unfavourable way.

Tim hustles Teresa and Yacob another cousin, into the truck
and starts driving for the board edge.

Graham rolls high and Peter low/average and peter losses the melee
Both sets of troops are forced to retreat
leaving the HMG and an officer all on their own

Matt has very few troops left and each time he recovers
enough to do anything Tim fires at them
and forces a morale check.

With half of Tim's troops incapable of fighting on the tank slowly
OK very slowly reverses continued fire at Peter
armoured car jam the turret and Peter has to move to fire each time.

Over the wall and round a corner the officer goes.
You can almost hear him say "Hang on I'll be back!"

Grahams officer says something about the better p
art of valor and leaves a lone
machine gunner to face all of Peters troops.

Continued reverse, now with a damaged engine as well
finally sees Tim's tank safe

Peter finally assaults the HMG which is facing the wrong way
one sitting down man against a whole squad
The result
 Peter recons he should have a truck and an MG in
the next game!

The Game ends and peter still has a functioning armoured car

In the campaign matt is now on 2 points as is Tim, Graham is on 1 1/2 points and Peter is on 3/4 points. I know I have never mentioned a campaign in this before. It exists ONLY in my head. That way I can stop it when I want.

Overall. the rules work pretty good and I do like the setting so this will continue for a while longer. Tim may or may not buy the rules and Matt already has a copy. So the only thing stopping us is enthusiasm. Which at present is above average.

Each faction does have a secretet mission and knowledge of these has not as yet been revealed. But I promise they are all logical and with that I will say no more.


  1. Cool looking AAR Clint, get in as many games as you can while the interest is there

    1. Thank you Dave. LOL it sound like you know my club!

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    1. Thank you Michael. It is a slow burn game, but every battle moves it on.

  3. Great looking report enjoyed the write up immensely.

    1. Thank you Simon. As a report many things left out but that is the way of it I fear for all of us.

  4. It looks and reads like a great bit of fun. Top stuff, and hopefully enthusiasm to play will continue enough for us to enjoy another, future, blog report.

    1. Thank you Roy. We might be playing this at Broadside! If so there will be another aar then. For now though I need to go back to building terrain......

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    1. Thank you Bryan. But now I must get on with things.

  6. Nice game! I lost track of who was in command of which force, but this is probably quite characterful. After all, this was a period of uncertain allegiances and ever-shifting alliances, so it doesn't matter if everyone seems to be firing on everyone else (or even on their own troops :-) )!

    1. Thank you C6. No one has yet to shoot at their or allied troops. SO FAR.

  7. Great report...sounds like it was a cracking game.

    1. Thank you Lee. Back of Beyond is never a Reject game far too many variables with regard to forces. But we had fun and the setting/background is just my thing.

  8. Sounds and looks like a great game that played out well, with just the right amount of confusion too. It's certainly the type of game I think I'd enjoy and a notch above the usual skirmish game.

    1. Thank you Joe. I hope you would enjoy it, as I hope my players did (I think they did). I hope to do some more soon.


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