Thursday, 1 August 2013

Russo-Japanese War AAR, Battle of Tawan 1904 or........

.......if I owned Posties shed on that day and Hell, I'd live in Hell and rent out Posties shed!

The Retards Rejects met up a few weeks ago for a game in Posties shed (to be called Hell during summer gaming) and I forgot to do my report after the blog whores BigLee and Ray did their AAR's, so after Postie nagged Ray and then Ray nagged me, here we go then.......

I was lucky and picked myself as c/o of the Japanese forces and picked the position at the doorway to the shed and fecking remained there all day trying to survive in a light breeze, there was a paddling pool in Rays garden that I frequented quite a bit and then there was some fecking about with a garden hose but I digress...........

1st Japanese army under the command of Gen Kuroki has orders to meet up with the 2nd and 4th armies south of Liaoyang a major town in the area and defended by a large (not large enough!) Russian army. To make matters worse the 1st army has been engaged in fighting a retreating Russian army, the main part of the Russian force has reinforced Liaoyang, but a substantial part has dug in to await the arrival of the Japanese 1st army, just outside the village of Tawan,south east of Liaoyang. The Japanese commander must attack the Russian positions as soon as possible and must not waste time.
Meanwhile the Russian commander Lt-Gen Slutshevski (what a great name) of the 10th European Army Corps must hold his position at all costs, if the Japanese 1st army cannot make the rendezvous the two armies will be seriously outnumbered and defeated and the way will be open to relive Port Arthur.


The Russians: Ray, Dave and John.........

The Russian redoubts, all troops are prone in the trenches, artillery is in reserve, all infantry and cavalry reserves are hidden behind these redoubts as well.............

The Japanese: Surjit, BigLee, Postie (contractual shot) and the rarely seen Ian.........

All that lovely blue...........

......and cavalry..........the one is the dice roll required for where reinforcements might and with Postie that's never a certainty.........

Preparing for the assault...........

Ready, ready........

The Russians looking and appearing confident........

How can we fail.........

BigLee been disciplined for his potty mouth...........

Russian artillery begins to appear, these bunkers were close topped, the Russians were slow to this initially but wised up and they had a lot of hit points and only vulnerable to shell.......

We advance.........

Russian artillery starts to cause problems (white dice starting to show)........

Great flags.............

Ray was farting all day and even offended himself........

BigLee has now shed a t-shirt and is starting get a little fruity, Ian never saw it coming.......

The Japanese guard turn up, good morale but nothing else compared to line infantry........

BigLee...when told that the last t-shirt had to stay on..........

The Russian artillery was good but the Japanese artillery was frightening, we were so lucky with dice rolls, the Russian players actually wanted to concede at lunch, shocking cowardice........

My cavalry which survived the battle intact, machine gun bringing up the rear as well.......

Aerial view from my balloon........

Getting ready for the assault, Russian fire had not been effective due to losing artillery early and infantry still prone in their trenches.........

Then Postie said we had walked into a mine field, this was Postie feeling sorry for the fecking Russians, Ray never stopped whining (he was offered a lot of cheese throughout the game to go with his whining, geddit?), the mines were the most effective item on the Russian side........... 

Russian artillery reinforcements turn up and remain behind the hills..........

Japanese artillery trying to counter battery fire.........

BigLee sweating like a page 3 photographer............

An untouched redoubt, we focused our attack on 2 of the 4 redoubts to concentrate our forces.......

They still had a lot of stuff left, cavalry and infantry abound.........

Their right hand redoubt........

.......their left hand redoubt before our assault and then they conceded but we thought they were still a viable force, troops still remained in reserve but Ray convinced the other Russians to concede and the Japanese won the day!!!!!!

Good game for the Japanese but gaming in the heat and Posties shed barbecuing Reject crackers is a tough day but not if you have access to a decent paddling pool................

Going into work tonight on another training shift but it's fecking hot today and reminded me of the game!

108 comments:

  1. Nice pics Francis and great army .
    Greetings

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  2. Hell yeah Japanese forces! I realise they were technically on the side of the Nazi's and did a lot of cruel things in the war, but they're still my boys.

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  3. The blue army does look sharp. I see Ray was dressed in Russian red for the occasion.

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  4. We were doomed, doomed I say!!! John and Dave didn't need any convincing to pack up the game, after you blew all our artillery up early on it was only a matter of time, we should have packed up and gone for a beer in the paddling pool!!!

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  5. Nice to get your version of the day. I can only imagine how hot and stuffy it must have been in Posties Shed. But you persevered and looks and sounds like you had a good game.

    Nice one mate.

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  6. Some fun pics, the yawn makes them really look engaged haha

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  7. God it was hot in that shed. I feel sweaty just remembering it.

    Fran your a git for posting those terrible pictures of me, you always seem to get a shot of my balding head!

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  8. Was he farting or picking his nose? So hard to tell. Looks like a little of both.

    Good luck with training.

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  9. Wow, was this quite an extensive battle. My husband would be so jealous of this.

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  10. I always cheer for the Russians :)

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    1. well, I do speak their language fluently and even sing in Russian LOL

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    2. Sing in Russian, now that's something worth seeing!

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    3. indeed, when I hit a good ol' communist tune even you and Ray would do a little kazachok :)

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    4. Ukranian spirit dance, similar to an Irish spirit dance?

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  11. Between Ray's farts and the image of barbecued crackers I now have in my head I think I'm going to sick up. I like me some BBQ, but I'm more of a burger girl myself:)

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    1. Good to hear woman, whereabouts in Ireland?

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    2. Definitely West. I'm thinking out in the country somewhere between Clifden and the Connemara National Park. We have to have a house built though that will accommodate the Hubby's special needs. We'll see what happens on the 19th though. If there's a God in Heaven this will work out.

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    3. I've said a prayer cailin that it does!

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  12. That is a good looking table, congrats on what can only be considered tactical genius.

    I'm sure Postie can afford a window A/C unit for that shed; he's so tight.

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    1. Thanks Mike, he's shockingly tight!

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  13. Great looking game although you should of warned us about the sweaty man flesh coming up!

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  14. Very nice BATREP, specially like all the anecdotes concerning the players. How the shed must have smelled afterwards I do not want to imagine... poor old you!

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  15. Great game!. Which rules are youy using? I have a friend looking to play the period but is hesitating about which set to use

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    1. Bodged up set made by Postie, still a work in progress!

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  16. This looks really nice!

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  17. Nice report Fran, I would have retreated to the pool with an ice cold beer!

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    1. Rays kids were against it, seemingly I took up too much room!

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  18. Even from your unbiased pov, Postie's shed does seem akin to being sent to "the hole" in any prison film.

    Still, it was a good battle even if Ray seemingly beat himself by halftime.

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    1. Very unbiased and fair pov my friend!

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  19. I love your opening line, and all that follows. Maybe part of gaming is to recreate the conditions the combatants had to fight in? Good luck when you play the Retreat from Moscow in the shed!

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    1. Looking forward to long john weather!

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  20. Good report Fran. Nice to see opinions from all sides.

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  21. Nice table, and looks like it was a great day all round. Thanks for the nice pics and write up.

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  22. Didn't you get actually o carry the position? It's no fun unless you see the lads surging over the trench lines and putting the defenders to the sword. Nice looking table and the armies look superb, and all.

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    1. The rats conceded and went for tea!

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  23. Clearly its been a noteworthy game!

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  24. BigLee sweating like a page 3 photographer...Best comment of the post.

    Great AAR Fran, Banzai!

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    1. There's a poet in every Irishman.

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    2. Don't you know it.....
      I'm a poet!

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  25. I love seeing those giant arms on the table/board and really getting a feel for perspective.

    Sorry for the heat! Sweating is healthy, you know!

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  26. Love the Japanese War Flag. Looks like you had fun, despite the heat!

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  27. You guys really need a fan or an open window in there!

    Would cool things down, and air out those farts.

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    1. We had an open door and window but little effect, they get stuck in the wood!

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  28. Very nice AAR !!!

    Best regards Michael

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  29. Excellent reporting Fran!!

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  30. Nice report, but some very scary photos there.. glad the keep the last shirt on rule was in effect ;)

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  31. After the thumbs up, all must have went well

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  32. Good looking game Fran! I remember seeing Alec Guinness in a similar box created by the Japanese I don't think he was seating as much though!!
    Good to see you all enjoying yourselves!

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  33. Great looking game Fran
    Things always get grouchy, lol

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  34. Great AAR and photos of an impressive game, Fran. Best, Dean

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  35. Another really big battle! Great AAR, Fran!

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  36. Awesome report and photos. Gaming in the heat -- that's devotion to the hobby!

    Hope all goes well with the training shift.

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  37. I just get over the size and scale of the battles you chaps fight and they look so good too. Great batrep

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    http://asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2013/08/a-sunday-drive.html

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  39. Much sweatiness all round...great looking game though; where does he get those wonderful toys??

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  40. Lucky rolls are what I think make it so realistic. So many small forces have overcome some great odds with luck. Thanks for sharing this game, Fran.

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  41. Wow, great looking game and it sounds like you guys had a great time!

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  42. I scrolled and scrolled and scrolled and scrolled some more but was very disappointed. No pictures of all you men dancing around in your undies in the garden hose. Or is that the next post?? Take care, Fran!!!

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    1. Those pictures are on my other blog:P

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  43. Being disciplined for a potty mouth? Come now, this is war, boys! You'd better believe those soldiers are gonna be saying things that would make a nun blush!

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  44. Sounds like a funday. Loved that fire cannon love the color and the men, next time your rejects should dress up like your war men and post for the pictures. In my grandpas home we used to have those rock balls which we mistook for Shotput balls and used to practice with those. Then my ganny told me that those were cannon balls used during British period .

    And cheese feeding as mimic a mute button, sounds like a lovely idea, let me try that with my older twin kid, oh my he is non-stop chatter box nowadays,

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  45. Great review and pictures! Thanks for sharing!

    Greetings
    Peter

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