History is Fun

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Clash in the woods 1808-1809

 Last moth I was able to get in a solo game with the Russian and Swedish forces that I have painted up so far. Since I did not have the number of figures to do play a game of Sharps Practice I decided to try out another set of skirmish rules that I recently purchased.

The rules played very well it is a set of card driven rules and they worked out very well. The rules are One-hour Skirmish Wargames by John Lamshead.  I enjoyed the rules and I think it works perfect for the size of the battle I had played.

The scenario was pretty basic. The Swedish are holding a wooden hill with one unit of Infantry and one artillery gun. The Russians were to attack and take the hill and force the Swedish off the hill. They were coming across a pretty open field with some hedges that provided some cover. Since this battle is taking place in Sweden/Finland I added a Rune stone.

The Russians had one unit of Jagers to lead the attack, they also had a unit of Grenadiers and a unit of Hussars who did try to conduct a dashing attack on the Swedish position. Unfortunately it did not work out so well for the Russians.

The Swedes did very well holding off the attacks from the infantry, the Artillery was very instrumental in holding off the attacks from the Russians. After the Infantry attack stalled the Russians had enough activation points to bring on the Hussars.

The cavalry charge was broken up by the timely adjustment to the aim of the artillery gun and it was able to inflict enough damage for the Russian force to reach it's breaking point. The Russians had to retreat off the battlefield in defeat but they will be back for more. The Swedish side had won a delaying action as they would now displace to another location that would give them the advantage when the Russian hordes continued there push against the Swedish troops.

The overall deaths for each side were not that significant but it was enough to tip the victory to the Swedish. The Swedish lost on dead infantry man and the Russians lost 5 of the 6 Jagers they had deployed, the Grenadiers had lost 3 of the 8 men they had deployed and the Hussars lost only one cavalryman in the short but sharp battle.

I enjoyed the rules and the game played very well. I am working on more 28mm miniatures to add to both sides and after the summer break I hope to be able to put on a game at the club once we are back to meeeting in person. 

I hope you all have a great summmer.



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  2. I love these rules, too! Great to see them in use. And you've inspired me to add some Swedes as a Silver Bayonet force against the Russians I just ordered. Great report!