Thursday, 3 May 2012

The New Campaigning Season Arrives

Anyone who has visited this blog on more than a handful of occasions will probably be aware that here in the garage we're great fans of campaigns.  From a personal viewpoint I enjoy one off battles and refighting historical encounters but I greatly prefer games where there is more at stake than just winning or losing and the decision of whether or not to sacrifice troops to one or another end has a knock on effect outside of the game itself.  Our most recent campaign which was devised and run by Neil was set around 1806 and pitted Napoleons veterans against three seperate Allied armies.  The result was a very enjoyable series of encounters between the French and both the Russians and Prussians.  The Austrians sadly never made it to the ball and spent most of their time attempting to chase down the Bavarian army.  The whole thing ended with the French in possession of Berlin where they were faced by a large Russian force assisted by the remnants of the Prussian army.

A scene from our latest game.  Westphalians and Hessen-Darmstadt troops forming the left wing of the French position.

Our next attempt at a campaign is going to be on a much less grand scale, featuring relatively small armies carying out limited offensives and incursions into their neighbours territory.  The two nations of Saxphalia and Hanenberg are the main protagonists with their armies respectively based on French and Prussian forces.  One of the main differences in this campaign to our other efforts is the problem of logistics.  Armies will not be simply allowed to go wandering off into enemy territory without the proper back up and should they try to they will find life becomes very difficult. 

A French six pounder battery covering the centre engages in counter battery fire with its Russian counterpart.

Armies will have to stockpile resources in forward depots in order for their troops to operate on enemy territory and as the lines of supply lengthen the depots themselves will have to be moved up to avoid loss through wastage.  This should ideally generate encounters between small forces with limited objectives such as the capture of a group of two or three strategically important towns. 

The French right wing is bolstered by the arrival of a fresh infantry division.  In the distance a division of Landwehr deploys to cover the flank of a line division.

Another change to the way we normally run campaigns is that the Army commander is not all powerful, but instead is employed by the government and charged with the defence of the nation.  Because of this a series of bad results or even one sufficiently poor showing will be enough to see the commander fired (possibly from a cannon) and replaced with a new man.  In the meantime the government will probably be sueing for peace and having to cede territory.  Normally in our campaigns the commanders have carte blanche to act as they wish and this can sometimes lead to ill advised or rash decisions being made when things aren't going well.  This "one last throw of the dice" mentality doesn't really reflect the way nations operate and a honourable peace is far more appealing than utter defeat.

Wurtemburg infantry holding a strongpoint in the French centre keep a wary eye on the Russian infantry opposing them.

In order to get the campaign under way we started a small game on thursday which is only designed to last for a couple of weeks while allowing individuals to leave the game periodically in order to carry out campaign moves.  It is a straight encounter battle between a French and Allied force made up of about fifty percent German troops against a similar size force of Russians and Prussians.  Terrain is at a minimum as is artilliery and cavalry, the idea being to allow the two infantry arms to engage each other relatively quickly and thereby achieve a quick result. 

Another one of Justins beautifully painted command stands.  This time a Prussian Divisional commander (Front Rank I think).  Justin has the pleasing habit of turning up with one or two of these little gems every now and again.

Finally I popped up to the WHC again last weekend for a refight of Waterloo but as I don't want to get the reputation of being a front for the place I'll leave it until things are a bit quiet before I post some pictures and a battle report.


Phatt Rhatt said...

Hello, great blog you have and amazing troops and games. I have started a blog and painting also could you tell me or point me to a link etc...that explains how to mount/base the troops. Like how do you do the sand, grass, bushes etc...thank you! - tate

Noel said...

Hi, there's an excellent guide to basing on the Itinerant Wargamer blog. If you follow the link from this blog which is at the bottom of the list of blogs I follow and then look in the "labels" section for "basing" it will take you straight to it. Good luck with the blogging and thanks for the generous comments.

Ravenfeeder said...

I think Noel is referring to this post

Stryker said...

Hi Noel - glad to see the campaigning season has started again in the garage! Looking forward to the new campaign...


Rafael Pardo said...

Wonderful pictures as always in your blog
I am waiting to see the new season battles.

VolleyFireWargames said...

I love the horse shadings some of you folks get on your command figures - if the post was not so much and the exchange rate so lousy - btwn the Am$$ and the GBP - i would just send them to you guys to get painted!!!!

VolleyFireWargames said...

BTW - whatever happened to the Itinerant Wargamer - I have not seen any posts to his blog in over a year and a half????
Hope he is still around???

Noel said...

VFW - Chris "Itinerant Wargamer" is alive and kicking and I see him every now and again. Sadly I don't think he's going to be doing any more blogging which is a shame as his was one of the best out there.

Schrumpfkopf said...

I as much as everyone else am looking forward to what this new season brings.

I sure hope to see a 200 year celebration of the Befreiungskriege. =)

Phatt Rhatt said...

Hello, what's a good glue to use for attaching the figures to bottle caps before painting?
Thank you

Phil said...

The photos are really great, love the style...and your blog, really very interesting!
I'll come back!

Bluewillow said...

Great stuff guys looking forward to your campaign!