ALY MORRISONS "BUTTERFLY" ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD OF WARGAMES AND TOY SOLDIERS

Saturday, 5 August 2017

From my side of the table...The battle of Alexandria 1801

After a good rest (a very nice Thai meal and some beers ) we were ready to play the last game in Alan's Egyptian trilogy...


Rick Priestley and Peter Dennis came over for the day...
Peter joined the glorious French army while Rick sloped off to join the forces of reaction/darkness.


We had a cunning plan (yes...another one ).
Keeping our cavalry in reserve we would initially bypass the Roman ruins and move rapidly towards the enemy and 'stamp all over them' before they had time for their breakfast Gin...





A fine body of men...




Covered by a thunderous bombardment from Peter's artillery we went forward with all haste.


With some of the best dice rolling I have done in ages I was straight across the battlefield and closed with the enemy - forces of reaction/darkness...
Unfortunately I was the only one with "lucky dice " and soon found myself alone and in front of a wall of angry (and probably drunk) men armed with muskets and cannon...




With bayonets levelled I pressed on regardless ...



There was a crashing roar of Michael rolling 5's and 6's and my brave little force almost evaporated.
The bloodied and bruised survivors pulling back - hopefully out of range.


Bernhard's infantry were making slow progress...




I think we had the wrong numbers on our dice...





As Peter made his way steadily forwards under the cover of his artillery we decided to bring on our reserves.




  My light brigade advancing on the left flank of the forces of reaction/darkness...




Bernhard's Dragoons arriving opposite the Roman ruins...


The forces of reaction/darkness also brought their reserves onto the field...
Led by none other than Alan Perry!!! our host and umpire...
Money had obviously changed hands or someone had discovered Alan's collection of suspect murals...we were doomed.
My cavalry move towards the flank of our enemy but sadly found no weakness to exploit, although I did manage to draw some of Rick's men away from the centre where Peters attack was going in...
I also drew the attention of a lot of musket and cannon balls, which made my men want to be somewhere else.




While Peters troops charged forward and engaged the enemy...




Bernhard coordinated his infantry, guns and cavalry and managed to annihilate Stefan's 28th regiment of foot...this was followed by a disastrous charge against the Corsican Rangers.
I suspect foul play and dodgy dice...once again we threw all the wrong numbers.
With Peters attack being ground down in the centre and Stefan putting in a coordinated attack on our left flank...




The forces of reaction/darkness's numbers started to tell...
With our glorious French brigades breaking one by one against an ever increasing wall of lead and steel we admitted defeat...


What an excellent days gaming in excellent company...


As before another version of this can be found on the Perry Miniatures Facebook page...
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Once we got our breath back we headed out to...


Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem...


Then on to a very good 'French' restaurant (so a victory of sorts ).


All the best.  Aly

5 comments:

  1. Arrrghhh Aly! All that eye candy...I have been attracted to this period since I saw those dromedary troops a few months ago and the plan was to start a collection in December, after I have done the Crimean War Heavy Brigade, but after seeing these shots I think the plan may have to come forward!

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  2. Another set of fantastic photographs of a wonderful hobby set-up. Great figures and terrain. Plus good company.
    John

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  3. must have been a wonderful wargame. Fantastic scenery and a nice collection of miniatures

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  4. Excellent, terrain and figures are superb!!

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