Sunday, 20 September 2009

Another Week in Scarborough

I've just returned from my second trip to Scarborugh this year, I still have one more trip scheduled in December. This time I arrive armed with more than a few photographs of the occasion.

However, first things first as they say so a quick mention of Andy's battle is in order. When I last reported we were at turn 12 with the French attemting to break the allied centre and left while holding on their own left. If you take the time to read the comments from other blog readers you may remember that the ever astute Chris made the following observation,

"if they take their time, strip away the Prussian artillery and then punch in with a concentrated attack with the quality kit. If they rush in though, hoping a couple of guard btns will swing it, they will get mullahed",

and how right he was. The small French divisions attempted a frontal assault without first pereparing the way and by turn 15 it was all over bar the shouting.
To be honest I was hoping that the two commanders might have had their battle reports in by now but you know how it is, I go away for a week and they start taking liberties. I will of course whip them into shape and should have the reports in time for the next blog entry.

So back to our week at the WHC. Everytime I go there I have the very best intentions of logging the battles and writing a full report on each one, but as usual I became too involved in the games and now only have a patchy recollection of what actually happened.
Fortunately this time I remembered to bring back a copy of the briefing notes and the army lists for both sides. The week was split into three one day battles followed by a two day Leipzig type battle in which the results of the previous three battles would have a carry on effect. For instance in the first battle the French were up against the army of Silesia. A decisive French victory would have resulted in the army of Poland not turning up for the final battle and 50% of French conscripts being promoted to line. A marginal victory would just have meant 50% of the army of Poland not turning up. For the Allies a marginal result would have promoted 50% of Landwehr to line status and a decisive victory would have the same effect with the added advantage of one French formation being unavailable to fight the army of Bohemia.

As you would expect the forces we were using were large, though I thought the reduction in the size of gun batteries worked really well. I'm not going to list all of the figures used (unless someone particularly wants me to) but as an example here is the orbat for the army of Silesia:

Sacken - 10 x 32 Inf
1 x 32 Light Cav
2 x 6pdr Bty (4 guns)
Langeron - 12 x 32 Inf
1 x 32 Light Cav
2 x 6pdr Bty (4guns)
York - 3 x 40 Inf 10 x 32 Inf 6 x 32 Landwehr
6pdr Bty, howitzer Bty, 12pdr Bty, Horse Bty (each 3 guns)
2 x 24 Light Cav
Korff - 2 x 32 Light Cav 1 x 32 Dragoon 1 x 32 Cuirassier, 2 x 30 Cossacks
Horse Bty (3 guns)

In addittion we also attached

Wittgenstein - 13 x 32 Inf
2 x 32 Light Cav 1 x 32 Dragoon
2 x 6pdr Bty (4 guns)
Kleist - 2 x 40 Inf 8 x 32 Inf 6 x 32 Landwehr
6pdr Bty, Howitzer Bty, 12pdr Bty, Horse Bty (each 3 guns)
2 x 24 Light Cav
Galitzin - 1 x 32 Gd Light Cav 1 x 32 Gd Dragoon 1 x 32 Gd Cuirassier 2 x 32 Cuirassier
Gd Horse Bty (3 guns)

I believe that the French eventually got the final win by not being defeated in the last battle. Prior to that the first battle had been a draw followed by a marginal win for the allies in the second and a marginal win for the French in the third. What is more important of course is that we all had a really good time. I've been going to the WHC for years now and this was definitely one of the best weeks I've had there.
So that's it for now, hopefully we'll all be able to enjoy the commanders reports from our last battle in the garage in the next update.


BFG said...

Unacceptable!!! I don't think so! This photo was taken just as I found out that the French had applied new technology to create a temperal shift, the result of which was the shifting of tectonic plates within greater Germany! Whole villages and stretches of woodland were re-distributed to new locations...inadvertently saving hundreds of French soldiers lives!

Secundus said...

OMG you should rename your Blog the Garage of dreams. That's an amazing collection of figures and scenery you have there, I should imagine collected over a long time and by many people. Truely the stuff of dreams.

Noel said...

Secundus, I fear you may be looking at the photo's of the Wargames Holiday Centre which is featured in this particular blog entry. The garage itself is sadly, much smaller and on a less grand scale.

Unknown said...

Does anyone have the contact details for the Wargames Holiday Centre? I played there more than 20years ago and fancy a return.

Noel said...

Hi Martin, if you can let me have your email address I can send you the address and phone number.


Unknown said...

martin dot swan7 at googlemail dot com

Cheers Noel