Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Battle of Camsix - pictures from the front..

Apologies for the delay but I finally managed to find dome time to apply finger to shutter and get some pictures of the table top action that is currently being documented in my two previous posts on the Battle of Camsix.

As you know DG (my regular opponent) and I are using Battle Chronicler to play the game for the simple reason that DG lives a couple of hundred miles away, but even I can't miss out on the opportunity to push some lead around even if it is only to show the action on the actual table top that is being fought on the virtual table top!

So without further ado then here's the action from moves 1 and 2... these are the two engagements that the British cavalry earned their battle honours in.

First off we have the engagement that resulted in the the American Dragoons routing from the field...

In the first picture, the American Militia (in the distance) have just seen off the Rangers, the American Dragoons have just crossed the fence line only to see the British cavalry move up - sabres glinting in the sun...

The American Militia fire in an attempt to stop the cavalry in their tracks - unfortunately unsuccessful (it must have been the angle they were firing at!) The "smoke" by the way is authentic welsh sheep wool rescued from a wire fence near DG's house - looks much better than cotton wool....

So having seen off the American Dragoons, the British cavalry align themselves to deal with the Militia and (in the distance) the hussars of Lauzun's Legion. Little was I to know what an impact this little engagement would have! The Militia and the Hussars had combined to see off one of DG's Ranger units when they should have pushed on to safety... caught napping the British cavalry commander must have been quite literally licking his his little metal lips!!

In the ensuing skirmish the British cavalry saw off the Militia, and in a very unusual situation (for us - I can't think of more than 3 or 4 other games where the cavalry have managed to get a second charge in all the games DG and I have played) charged home ont he Hussars and drove them off as well...
I think we're enjoying the game - DG will soon tell me if he isn't - I know he's enjoying it more than I am but the luck will turn... he said hopefully! We're just about to start turn 8, so in the next post I'll bring you up to date.. suffice to say the pace of the battle has slowed down now that the initial skirmishes have finished - major manoeuvring is now the name of the game.


Been a while, so what about the sailing trips?

14th June:

Last weekend involved a quick sail in winds far stronger than we should really have been out in, but everything had gone OK until the wind picked up just as we were turning for home. In the strong winds I had turned into the wind to put some reefs in and while the jib was rattling about some of the stitching had given away. I always knew that a replacement was on the card so it wasn't too much of a surprise - the jib is much older than my main so I'd already planned on replacing it. The new jib is now on order and due to arrive this week which is a bit exciting...

Distance: 3.5 miles (39.5 miles year to date)
Wind: Moderate (Force 4 gusting 5)

21st June:

Over the weekend just gone (Fathers Day here in the UK) I managed to get a couple of days on the boat - Saturday to do some maintenance and repairs which among other things included unattaching the mast so as to do some maintenance on my roller furling gear (that's one to the left - the things you learn on a wargaming blog!) Don't ask, by the way, when we were getting the boat ready at the beginning of the season we had to "drop" the mast so as to do some work on the electrics and when we put it back up we must have put the furler on back to front! .

Everything went ahead as planned and it's always a boost when you do succeed at something difficult that you've been thinking and planning about for far too long...

On the Sunday of this weekend, and to celebrate Fathers Day, the two little'uns and I went on a massive 'voyage' ending up within about 50 yards of the open sea - it was a lovely days sailing was basically just a long run down wind, sitting in the sun and looking at all the boats... fantastic, and massively relaxing..

Distance: 11.5 miles (51 miles year to date)
Wind: Light (Force 1 gusting 3)

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a good day on the water (on Father's Day).

    -- Jeff