Thursday, 13 March 2014

15mm Napoleonic Game "The Battle of Grudge Bridge"...........or is that cooking pot attached?

After my disaster from the mornings game, Ray was feeling cocky and demanded another game and more figures and I agreed as long as I had a chance of a win this time.
So I had to protect the bridge from the French (Ray)and his little gunpowder plot, Ray had one more regiment but most of his units were elite to my line class.


The contractual shot of the head honcho, big cheese, supreme leader and dictator of the Rejects......

Initial set up with my boys nearest the camera and the well named grudge bridge.....

The thin red line.......

The French move first.......

I expand to my left which turns out to be a mistake.....

The French head for my right flank in columns......

Ready for the French advance.....

The columns hit..........

I continue to do well on my left......

There goes one of the French regiments...........

The French columns win the melee and things look bleak.......

Especially as one regiment is routing..........

Ray looking smug which is his normal look to be honest........

On the left flank we are kicking French derriere..........

But on the right flank.........

Now Postie lets me know I have one roll of the dice to save these units and was the officer attached, I had to tell the little Stalin that it was a cooking pot but I would take any help.......

The cooking pot did not help.............

During this period the French sneaked two little stands on to the bridge........

I had nothing to stop the cheating French......

They placed their charges, lit the fuse and scurried away. they needed a 4,5 or 6 on a D6 to blow up the bridge and win the game.......

What a shame, I win.........


Eat my shorts Ray!

113 comments:

  1. "Mangez mon pantalon"

    Well done! Such is war.... The dice are fickle if you do not offer tribute to them.

    (You obviously did Fran)

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  2. Great ending and a good report Fran.

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  3. You don't own any shorts, ya git ya! And none of my troops were elite, they were when you used them in the previous game, but mysteriously when I get them they're normal drilled troops.......I smell a fix!

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    1. I'm buying a pair mate, I didn't even mention your guard unit!

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  4. That's the way to do it, Fran. Victory is sweet.

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  5. I bet he doesn't look so smug now!

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  6. Great looking game - I thought it was 28mm!

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  7. That bridge is strangely familar and I'm sure it has been the cause of one or more of your downfalls in the past.
    Have you thought of demanding a desrt terrain ?
    Great report.

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  8. Nice, challenging game there mate and, best of all, a big board so no worries about units dropping off the edge of the world.

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    1. Postie may be short but never with the terrain.

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  9. Now that was a close run thing! Well done all. Even Johnny Foreigner gets credit for placing the charges. Not 'is fault they didn't go off. : )

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    1. No but the dice did not like his smugness!

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  10. Down to the wire, just the way it should be.

    Well done Fran.

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  11. Hail General Fran!!!!!!

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  12. Nice looking game - love the river and bridges. Best, Dean

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  13. Nice report Fran and 'grats on the win

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  14. Great batrep Fran, way to snatch the win ha ha.

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  15. Enjoyable BatRep! The bridge is fantastic! Where can I get one?

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    1. He's at most shows selling his terrain, I forget his name for the moment?

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  16. I'd have rallied up for whatever was in the cooking pot!. Great story and revenge is sweet, isn't it?

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  17. I cannot be happy with a British defeat no matter whom the Generals may be. That said a very good report

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  18. No picture illustrating the last sentence? Well, except this detail, that's a fantastic report, and once again, love this beauiful bridge!

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    1. He was jumping up and down so much I couldn't get any focus on the camera!

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    2. Sorry for that...but I understand...it happens to me sometimes!

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  19. This was a good read, the dice are sometimes so cruel (or not, depends on the point of view)!

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    1. They are nearly always cruel my friend.

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  20. Good report and great pics Francis .
    Greetings .

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  21. Great report. Does Dear Leader (aka Postie) need stronger glasses? Colonel Cooking Pot? and it's not the first time if I recall correctly.

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  22. Well done on winning Fran. Now if we could replace war with tabletop games we'd be a much better world.

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  23. Sigh, wheres Gandalf with a bridge breaking spell when you need one! ;-) good game guys.

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  24. Nice pictures and a very good read.
    Thanks Fran!

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  25. Hooray for your win, Fran!! I didn't realize the Rejects had a dictator. I learn something new everyday.

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  26. Was that cooking pot an official Le Crueset? Looked like a fun game Fran

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  27. Nice looking game and as usual a very entertaining AAR Fran! I guess the French explosive charge was a bit too damp.

    Christopher

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  28. We believed in your supreme victory, Fran!

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  29. Great AAR, and fantastic victory!!! Wet powder is not a good option...

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  30. Glad to see you beat the bastard Fran!

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  31. I enjoyed this write-up and laughed at the last line. Very funny.

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    1. My second batch of beans didn't work as well as the garbanzo/chickpea. But I made killer flatbread again tonight. You cooking these days?

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    2. Egg and chips and a mean toasted sandwich!

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    3. That sounds good. Leftover goulash for us tonight, with homemade flatbread.

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  32. Congrats Fran, a well deserved win!

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  33. Nice report Fran, and a very nice ending – for your at least!

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  34. That's almost unfair. Seem to have enjoyed it!

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  35. Greate AAR!

    Very nice looking game!

    Best regards Michael

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  36. They look awesome. And happy st.patricks day. We dyed our river green in Chicago and now time for all to puke after heaving drinking. :)

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  37. Ah the old "roll to blow up the Bridge" victory! Well done, mate! A "3" is a great win in anyone's book. I think it was the cooking pot what won it as well, though!

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    1. I'll take anything for a win over mutton chops!

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  38. Cooking pot as Officer?...Strange wargame rules... :-D

    Marzio.

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  39. Cheers to the win and cheers to the indestructible bridge!

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  40. I love these play by plays of your little wars and congrats on the win!

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  41. Ah, blasting bridges. And that's why a man needs to keep his powder dry and not get his wick in a twist.

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  42. At least it looks as though Ray has been putting on a little weight. It must be that his soft life is getting to him. :) Glad to see you win one, Fran.

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  43. Must be a great feeling to beat Ray once more..A 3 on the dice? BigLee not around

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  44. Are the rules of this engagement like risk? Me and my brother used to take board games and make our own games with them. Pretty fun stuff!

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    1. A little more complicated but all on the dice!

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  45. I think it's as good a river as I have ever seen done anywhere, and can't get over when I do see it. I wonder how Ray would look with the mutton chop whiskers, like a General Burnside one?

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    1. Terrible, glad to see you're still around sir.

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  46. Haha! That was a fun report! I enjoy your good-natured banter. You all seem like a good bunch to game with.

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    1. We do like a little dose of shenanigans!

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