Last weekend we hosted another group of wargamers from Cheshire. They chose to refight Borodino using Grand Manner rules. All of them were pretty much newbies to the rules bt soon picked the basics up and had a real blast.
Here are some pictures of the action.
Cossacks causing early mayhem to the French advance on the Russian right of Borodino. A brave move that paid off handsomely for Paul on the Russian right flank.
Martin watches on as he and Bill mass the French columns for the area around Utitsa on the Russian left.
Barry prepares for the first of four French assaults on Borodino, all ultimately doomed to fail, but some being close run things.
French columns approach the Russian defenders of the woods to the Russian right of Utitsa.
Another view of the action around Utitsa with cavalry of both sides clashing in the centre of the picture.
And the same position a couple of moves later. Starting to look grim for the Russian defenders.
Another attack goes in on Borodino on day 2 of the refight.
The French finally attack Utitsa. They have two goes at this before finally taking it right at the close of play on day 2.
A view from the Russian Fleches shows the approaching French heavy cavalry. To the right off camera the Russian Cuirassiers wait to meet them. We only got two sizeable heavy cavalry clashes in the weekend with one win a piece.
A view right at the end looking towards Borodino. The Young Guard were advancing in the centre picture supported by Old Guard guns. The Grand Redoubt can be see top right and was never threatened.
A final view looking towards Utitsa from the French side of the table.
It was certainly interesting tactics from the French, using the Zulu horns of the bull flank attacks. However, the head was a bit long arriving and the central Grand Redoubt and Fleches were never really threatened. Given another day of play it would have been interesting to see how things developed with each side having one very battered flank. But all in all a great game.
Our thanks to Jonathan, Martin, Max, Bill, Barry, Paul and Dave for giving us a very entertaining weekend. We hope to see you back for the Sudan soon.