For the second game in my narrative campaign, after some thought I came up with the following:
After taking a bit of a beating in his raid on Chekov's orchard, Major Molotov ordered his few remaining troops to fall back as best they could to Uncle Vanya's house, which had been a safe haven during prvious raids. Once again Rittmeister Radetsky had found the location of the rendezvous and planned a surprise attack before Major Molotov and his Moravian's could reach it.
As per Scenario D: Bullets & Beans from the Rebels & Patriots rulebook, but with terrain generated from the Dawns & Departures pdf.
5 x Line Infantry
2 x Jaegers
4 x Camp Guards (Small Line Infantry stats, but cannot use Line Infantry special rules)
1 x Line Infantry
2 x Jaegers
I'll allow the annotated photos to give an idea of how the game unfolded etc.
|An overview of the table, with Uncle Vanya's house surrounded by walled orchards and gardens as well as two orchards.|
|Rittmeister Radetsky has arrived with his troops, but as yet can only gain some glimpses of the camp guards.|
|More camp guards and Major Molotov can be seen ready to arrive at the top edge of the board.|
|The action opens by the orchard, with both sides taking hits, of which the Moravian camp guards can ill afford.|
|The orchard is cleared of the enemy, who have routed back into the walled garden.|
|The Ruthenians close in on the walled orchard as other camp guards arrive to try to stave of an attack into the orchard itself.|
|Major Molotov is gaining ground, but too slow at present to assist in the defence.|
|The Ruthenian's move into the orchard to search it as the Jaegers of both sides face each other on the flanks.|
|The walled orchard is proving a tough nut to crack.|
|The Ruthenians dominate their left flank.|
|The right flank is theirs too.|
|The Ruthenians in complete control of Uncle Vanya's farm.|
|The few remaining Moravian troops can offer nothing with which to stop the Ruthenians.|
End of Game
With Major Molotov's troops close to 75% casualties, it was time to call the end of the game, as it was only a matter of time before they broke.
Post Game Thoughts
Well to be perfectly honest it was rather a one sided battle in which the Moravians' were never really in with a chance. Some thoughts on the game anyway:
- The rules worked well but again I forgot the first fire rule, but fortunately it didn't prove to be a significant ommission on my part. Despite this they gave an easy game and one in which I mainly used the QRS, only referring to the book for the Morale tests.
- I'm not sure if I read the scenario right or not, but the Defenders have little chance of winning as I see it, even when in a good defensive position such as this. The Attackers start closer and with a numerically superior force. I think they need a few more points to make a game of it.
- Using the Dawn & Departures terrain generation worked well and takes that decision making away from you, giving you some unexpected choices which is nice.
- In terms of the campaign, Radetsky has now gained the 'Enfants perdues' trait as well as +1 to his tactical value. Molotov is still far behind and only on 12 point of Honour. In reality he should still be on 10 but I felt sorry for him and gave him two point this game to show he may have salvaged some stores before he legged it off the table. Having played lots of Mordheim before, I'm wary of Radetsky getting so far ahead that it will become too one-sided a campaign, but will have to wait and see what happens in the next game.
- I need to have a good think about the next scenario that not only ties in with the campaign narrative, but also gives the Moravians a fighting chance going forward.
I'm in no hurry to play the next game in the campaign, so will wait until the weather or the mood takes me. Currently we are finally getting some lovely weather, albeit a bit cool, so I'm spending as much time outside doing my other hobbies. I might fit in another game of Honours of War or even some BKCII, but I'm not sure yet. Again I'll wait until I feel in the mood. So until next time stay safe!