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I am a regular member of The Wyvern Wargamers, formerly The Evesham Wargames Club drawing gamers from Worcester, Redditch, Kidderminster, Cheltenham and Stratford.
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Saturday, May 19, 2012
When defeat feels like a win.....
Club night over at the Wyvern Wargamers and another game of bash the Turk....
Well tonight things would be different.
Kaptain Putain's orders were simple, the Ottoman Turks front line had been broken and he was ordered to press the advantage securing the Bridge at Balak, advancing from the right hand side of the table all was quiet with not a sole in sight.
2 Sections of Russian line infantry advance through the wheat field, when they are ambushed by a section of Ottoman skirmishers, the Arabs fire early inflicted limited shock on the advancing Russians.
On the far north a Russian section passes the crest of the hill revealing 4 Ottoman Turk blinds. Lets hope the luck of the dice is with the Ottoman's this evening.
Meanwhile in the center the Russians advance through the open woods.
The Ottoman blinds are revealed and by gambling all my best B & C blinds, I hope to turn the Russian flank, Putain orders a light artillery piece to support the right flank, they have to little time to unlimber the gun before the Ottoman cavalry closes with the isolated section.
Whilst a number of the Ottoman Cavalry are driven off, they inflict enough casualties to force the Russian's section backwards and causing the gun crew to flee.
The Ottoman infantry are spotted in the western woods and advance with all haste towards the Russian center.
Meanwhile the Ottoman cavalry follow up on the shocked Russian section, beating them soundly and driving them from the table, but their valiant action had brought enough time for Putain to swing his reserves on to the right flank.
The Cavalry were spent and the infantry too far away to pressure the Russian Center.
OK so not quite that different from the previous encounters and the Ottoman's still lost but the Cavalry got to play a reasonable part, over running the guns and an Infantry Section,
Still plenty more to paint and each week I feel they are getting better and one day they will win the field.