Tuesday, 30 March 2021

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 Greetings to all.

Thanks very much to everybody who has viewed the posts on my gridwargaming blogsite. Unfortunately, Blogger is not an easy website to understand  especially when trying to answer comments. It’s next to impossible.

Therefore, if you have any Wargames related questions you would like a reply to, you can email me at;

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Thank you one and all.

Mike Smith.



Thursday, 25 March 2021

Battle of Lesnaya; Belarus Sept 28th, 1708 ( julian calender).

 This was a bit of an awkward battle to start with. The Russian Army approached the Swedish army via two roads, which came together in a small clearing prior to heading for Lesnaya.

The right hand Russian column, led by Golitzyn ( with the Czar as "assistant" ) had the hardest march even on a track.  The left hand column under General Menshikov also approached in a road column, but they had the easier march.

I did not want the armies moving long ways because that could cause problems for player access. Therefore I used the " around the houses" approach in that stands cannot be moved through the woods. 

The battle came about when a Swedish relief column under General Lewenhaupt, containing waggonloads of supplies along with livestock was spotted by Czar Peters army. Peter realised that if he could destroy these supplies  Charles the 12th’s army would be in dire straits.

Russian Army = 19,000 = 19 points x 3 = 57 points;

Right Hand column;

1 stand of Pikemen @ 3 points.

4 stands of Line Muskets @ 2 points = 8 points.

1 General ( Czar Peter ) @ 1 point.

1 General ( Golitzyn) @ 1 point.

1 stand of Guard Infantry @ 3 points.

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Cossack Cavalry;

4 stands of Light Cavalry @ 2 points = 8 points.

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Dragoon Cavalry;

1 General  ( Christian Bauer ) @ 1 point.

7 stands of Line Dragoon Cavalry @ 2 points = 14 points.

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Left Flank Column;

2 stands of Pikemen @ 3 points = 6 points.

5 stands of Line Infantry Muskets @ 2 points = 10 points.

1 stand of  Artillery @ 1 point.

1 General ( Menshikov) @ 1 point.

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Swedish Army = 11,300 = 11.3 x 3 = 34 points r/u.

Right Flank;

1 General and C-in-C ( Lewenhaupt) @ 2 points.

4 stands of Dragoon Cavalry @ 2 points = 8 points.

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Left Flank;

2 stands of Pikemen @ 3 points = 6 points.

3 stands of Line Infantry Muskets @ 2 points = 6 points.

1 stand of Dragoon Cavalry @ 2 points.

3 stands of Waggon Guard @ 1 point = 3 points.

1 General ( Stackelberg) @ 1 point.

1 stand of  Artillery @ 1 point.

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Forward Post;

3 stands of Dispersed  Infantry muskets @ 1 point = 3 points.

1 " General" ( Lieutenant ) Freijbourg @ 2 points.

4 stands of Line Muskets @ 2 points = 8 points.

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● Russian Army stands cannot be moved into or through the wooded areas. Neither can any Swedish stands move through the woods.

● The streams can only be crossed via the bridges. Any stands forced into the streams are lost.

●  Any stands forced into the wooded areas will be lost for the length of the battle. ( It seems that any units suffering a retreat into the trees lost their enthusiasm pretty quickly!). 

● The battle will be played for 8 Game-Turns. The Swedish Army must stop any Russian stands from reaching the bridge over the Lesnjanka stream.

● The log counts as a trench.

Here are the armies laid out;



Notes;

The real battle finished on the first day at the Swedish outpost in a stalemate and went into a disjointed second day of battle.  General Lewenhaupt burnt the wagons in order to move faster hoping to reach the King with the wagons that had already crossed the Lesnjanka. However, the Swedish column ,with morale collapsing, lost its cohesion. With many men getting drunk and being captured by the Cossacks, the majority of  waggons were lost.

There are two ways you can fight this battle depending on which result you want. Either;

1) On the First Game-Turn, the Russian Army moves first. For the next 7 Game- Turns, a die is thrown for each side. The higher score moves first, and also has the Initiative Point for that Game-Turn.

After movement, a die is thrown for each side. The higher score fires first. Combat is simultaneous.

Or;

2) For the 8 Game-Turns, the Russians move first and fire first. Combat is simultaneous.

If at the end of 8 Game-Turns, if it is decided to carry on then the Night Move rule can be used and the battle played for another 8  Game-Turns,

Here is the map;


Notes on the use of Pikemen.

There is a current school of thought that is suggesting that during the English Civil War, the Pikemen were kept together as a block rather than being distributed through the muskets. I have gone along with that in my Northern War armies.

Therefore, the same rule applies. Any musket stand in close combat with an enemy stand that has a friendly stand of pikes in an adjacent square, can add the points of the pikes to their combat total.


As you can see in the above photo,  the Swedish muskets about to go into close combat with the Russian stands. The 3 points of the Swedish Pike are added to the points of the muskets.

3 points may seem excessive for an unarmoured pike block in this era, however I figure that if a group of aggressive pikemen got that close to an enemy musketeer, that gentlemen would be more concerned about getting out of the way of the large metal spike rather than shooting straight!!


Well, that's my version of events. The table is 3 feet x 2 feet ( 90cm x 60cm). The figures are mostly Miniature Figurines with some Peter Pig figures. The cavalry are Miniature Figurine Cavalry with Peter Pig heads.

The houses are by Total Battle Miniatures. The bridges are from Kallistra ( cut down a bit). The bases the trees are sitting on are from S and A  Scenics. The trees are from various manufacturers.The small wagons are from Tumbling Dice Miniatures.

The square bases are cut from picture framing cardboard. The round stands are 3mm mdf from Minibits.

The river and track way are cut from thin card. The standards are made from masking tape and hand painted.





Monday, 8 March 2021

Battle of Chotusitz ; Bohemia, 17th May 1742.

 After the battle of Mollwitz, King Frederick of Prussia sought to get his conquest of Southern Silesia ratified by peace treaty with Austria.

With the help of the British Government as mediators, Frederick wanted Austrian recognition of his  right to the territory.

Maria Theresa, the Austrian Empress was having nothing to do with that. Frederick decided that another pitched battle would have to be fought and won in order to pursuade the Austrians otherwise!

As it happened the Austrians were in the same frame of mind. Therefore 1742 found both opposing armies facing each other in Bohemia. Prince Charles was a far more cautious commander than King Frederick. At one point the Prussian Army was divided and some hard marching was required to unite the two halves.

Prince Charles could not take advantage of the Prussian mistake because his intelligence was poor,however he was determined to bring the Prussians to battle. With the blessing of the Empress and a steady advance he did ;

The Prussian Army;

28,000 = 28 points x 2= 56 points.

Left Flank;

1 General (Jeetze) @ 1 point.

3 stands of Line Cavalry @ 2 points = 6 points.

1 stand of Hussars @ 1 point.

Forward Line;

1 General ( Prince Leopold ) @ 1 point.

4 stands of Line Infantry @ 2 points = 8 points.

1 stand of Grenadier Infantry @ 4 points.

3 stands of Light Artillery @  1 point = 3 points.

Rear Line;

1 General and C-in-C King Frederick 2nd @ 3 points.

8 stands of Line Infantry @ 2 points = 16 points.

1 stand of Grenadier Infantry @ 4 points.

Right Flank;

1 General ( Buddenbrock) @ 1point.

4 stands of  Line Cavalry @ 2 points.


Austrian Army;

30,000 = 30 points x 2 = 60 points.

Left Flank;

1 General ( Count Karoly Bathyanyi ) @ 1 point.

3 stands of Croat Light Infantry @ 1 point = 3 points.

5 stands of Line Cavalry @ 2 points = 10 points.

1 stand of Hussar Light Cavalry @ 2 points.

Forward Line;

1 General and C-in-C Prince Charles @ 1 point.

4 stands of Line Infantry @ 3 points = 12 points.

2 stands of Grenadier Infantry @ 4 points = 8 points.

2 stands of Light Artillery @ 1 point = 2 points.

Rear Line; 

1 General ( Konigsegg) @ 1 point.

4 stands of Line Infantry @ 3 points = 12 points.

Right Flank;

1 General ( Count Leichtenstein) @ 1 point.

4 stands of  Line Cavalry @ 2 points = 8 points

Here is the map;


Notes;

• The Prussian Army retains the Initiative Point for the 8 Game-Turn battle.

• The Austrians move first on the first Game-Turn. For the remaining Game-Turns both sides dice for which side moves first at the start of the Game turn.

• The Prussians fire first on every Game-Turn.

• The Artillery stands can be moved up to two squares. ( Horse Artillery had not yet been invented).

• The River; can only be crossed at the bridge.

Here is the armies positioned for battle;


The figures are mostly Miniature Figurines with Peter Pig and Essex Miniatures also. The buildings are from Total Battle Miniatures. The  hills are by Brien of  Essex Miniatures.

The trees are a mix of Manufacturers. The roads and river sections are from thin card. The bridge is scratch built.

The square bases are from picture framing card, and the round 40mm mdf bases are from Minibits.

As before the table is 3 feet x 2 feet, ( 90cm x60cm).