After suffering no game cold turkey over the festive season I decided with Mr Ray Neal in tow to venture into the dark wilds of East Lothian,casting aside floods,werewolves and goblins to head for the secluded hamlet of Garvald to indulge in an early First World War skirmish at the residence of Colin Jack.
Colin had devised a scenario involving early Germans against French and plucky Belgian forces.I took control of the Belgians,Colin took control of the French whilst Mr Ray was given charge of the notorious Hun hordes.The object was the taking and holding of a bridge over a river.
As usual the opening moves meant a mad rush towards the bridge.The Boche had numerous units to start with whilst we started off with three units,local carabiniers,French cavalry and a natty medium machine gun towed by a dog team.
The Germans headed en masse towards the bridge with only some cavalry and the machine gun to fight them off.
Our reinforcement rule was that ours would appear randomly on a dice roll of a five or a six and consistency was kept up from the previous game blog where fives and sixes were nowhere to be found.This time we couldn't even blame Donald.
My plucky machine gun did cause some German jaegers to dig in,which they did for the remainder of the game and when a German unit made it across the bridge it was promptly charged by Colin's cavalry and made to head for the hills.I think that this was a calculated plan by Ray for just as the infantry disappeared a machine gun opened up on the cavalry causing a few casualties.To add insult to injury,just before that incident my newly arrived reinforcements on attempting to move towards the enemy decided that firing on the cavalry was the done thing due to bad command dice being thrown(double six).
The game came to an end with a slight German victory due to Mr Ray's infantry on the bridge digging deep to avoid Belgian gunfire.
A great game utilising some of Colin's unusual figures(Belgian carabiniers,armoured car and dog teams).
The Boche-Mr Ray Neal(he refuses to play French-must be an American thing)
Plucky Belgians-Tim Watson
Scenario,scenery and figures-Colin Jack
My apologies for some of the out of focus shots as I didn't check them after I took them.
The game was preceded by a wonderful repast which Ray and I had wrongly thought had been prepared by Colin's culinary skills but were informed that it was down to combination of Lady Elizabeth and a slow cooker.
Speak to you all soon.