Monday 7 May 2012

The Bear and the Crescent, 1877....Game Number 9, Part 1

The attack on the Grivitsa Redoubt

Tomorrow will see a first for me. This will be a face to face game using the my block armies on my Hexon terrain in the new man cave. The game will be a representative action based on the Russo - Turkish War of 1877 and will feature a small Turkish force in fieldworks being assaulted by superior numbers of Russians. The Turks will be outnumbered nearly two to one in infantry although they will have the advantage of being in fieldworks and with better weaponry. It will not be a large action but should prove to be an interesting one as the Turks have to delay the Russians sufficiently to allow themselves time to pull back to the next line of defences.

The forces will consist of the following:


4 x 5 block infantry units
1 x 3 block light infantry units

All Russian infantry units are armed with older firearms

2 x 2 block artillery units

All Russian artillery units are armed with smoothbore field artillery

2 x 3 block cavalry units

1 x 2 block command unit

Total of 35 blocks with an exhaustion level of 12 blocks


1 x 4 block infantry unit
2 x 3 block infantry units

1 x 3 block light infantry unit

All Turkish infantry units are armed with modern firearms

1 x 3 block artillery unit

The Turkish artillery are armed with rifled field artillery

1 x 3 block cavalry unit

1 x 2 block command unit

Total of 21 blocks with an exhaustion level of 8 blocks

The 'Exhaustion Level' refers to the number of blocks an army can lose before it is rendered unfit for further action and is an idea I have adapted from Volley and Bayonet as a good victory point condition. The number can be varied based on the quality of the army being used and the tactical/strategic situation they are currently operating under. Half of the exhaustion level losses must be taken from the main troop type being used - in both cases this is the line infantry.

Of particular interest with this action is that my opponent is none other than Bob Cordery and also that we shall be using his Memoir of Battle 19th century rules for the game! I am looking forward to this for many reasons - not least of which is the fact that having a game with the author of a set of rules means that should any problems of interpretation arise you should be able to get the correct word straight from the horse's mouth!

I am really looking forward to this and many thanks in advance to Bob for making the journey out into the wilds of deepest Essex!


Jim Duncan Wargamer said...

Hope both of you gentlemen have a great game and may the best man not lose!


David Crook said...

Hi Jim,

It should be great fun and I shall post the results in due course.
This will be the first time I have faced Mr C over a wargames table since about 1979 so I hope I will not have to wait as long for a rematch after today!

All the best,


Dick Bryant said...

Another advantage is the proven fact that no author can ever seem to win while playing with his own rules! I have seen this proven several times with Phil Barker, Arty Conliffe, Larry Brom (The Sword and The Flame) as well as others. Good luck!
Dick Bryant

Ross Mac said...

Sounds like a good game in the offing. I wish you both joy of it.

David Crook said...

Hi Dick,

I must confess that I had not heard that one but given that Bob is a seasoned and grizzled old wargaming veteran I shall have my work cut out regardless of who wrote the rules!

It should be good fun though.

All the best,


David Crook said...

Hi Ross,

Many thanks old chap! It was a good one to be sure - with the after action report to follow in due course.

All the best,