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I am currently going back and making my print format larger and trying to make the pictures bigger to make it easier on the eyes. But you can always click on the pictures to see a larger image of it.
I am just now posting pics and a
brief AAR of a miniatures game that I ran in late February using a heavily
modified The Sword & The Flame rules. I would say that they are so
modified that probably only half of the original rules are still there.
The game was held at Blake's house.
I provided the miniatures and ground mat, plus managed the game and
rules. Blake and Glenn ran the Bolshevik's Red Guard or who were commonly
referred to as 'Bolos' by the Allied forces in North Russia during that time.
Steve ran the mixed Allied forces of Americans, British, and Canadians.
The scenario is based on an actual battle which will be explained below.
The actual engagement was across a massively open area which is why there
is a lack of terrain on the board. Also, since I was trying out the new
system, I just wanted a massive shooting game to try out that part of the
rules. Future games will be more terrain heavy to reflect the wilderness
The scenario's historical text
Prior to the Armistice of the 'War
to End All Wars', one of the major combatants, Russia, started to slip into an
internal chaos as their government failed in so many levels during the war.
With that, the Tzar of Russia abdicated with a Provisional Government set
to replace him with Lvov, then Kerensky, leading the failing empire. As
the Provisional Government started wobbling in the face of defeat, different
Allied powers started to send troops to Russia with the Provisional Government's
permission to keep it in the war or to prevent war stocks to fall into German
hands. After the collapse of Kerensky's government in the October
Revolution, 1917, to the Bolshevik Soviet power under Lenin, the various Allied
powers found themselves in combat with the Bolsheviks or to a lesser degree
with different opposing factors in the Russian Civil War for the next few
years, until 1925, when the last Allied power, Japan, finally withdrew their
forces from Russia.
November 11th, 1918
While a war weary Western Europe and
United States celebrates the armistice truce with Germany, a small outpost of
Americans, British, and Canadians fight for their survival against a foe that
outnumbers them 4 to 1 for four days alone.
In the North Russia region of Tulgas
are three small villages, Upper Tulgas to the south, Tulgas, and Lower Tulgas
to the north all along the Dvina River. Garrisoning these villages are
American soldiers of B Company, 339th 'Polar Bears' Infantry Regiment, British
soldiers of B Company, 2/10 Royal Scots, and the Canadian 67th Battery, as well
as some British medical personnel running a hospital for the Allied powers and
their White Russians allies.
The main Bolshevik force have
attacked Upper Tulgas and forced the American platoon that was there to fall
back to Tulgas. The Americans sent out a telegraph that they were badly
outnumbered and to send reinforcements before the wires were cut by Bolsheviks.
Just north of Tulgas was the
Canadian battery of 57 men and two 18-pdr guns and a squad of American soldiers
with a Lewis gun were deployed. To the surprise of the Allies, the
Bolsheviks were able to flank the Allies up to Lower Tulgas through the swampy
marsh forest to their west which was thought to be too soft for a rapid
flanking attack. A force of 500 Red Guards came running out of the forest
behind the Allies rear positions at Lower Tulgas. As the only force in
Lower Tulgas, the Allies hospital was quickly captured by the Bolshevik force
commanded by a giant of a man named Melochofski and his mistress who was
following him on the campaign.
Now Melochofski leads his force in
an attempt to silence the Canadian artillery to the south of him and just north
and outside of Tulgas, but they must cross 1200 yards of snow covered open land
to do it. Can Melochofski overrun the combined American and Canadians
defenders or can the mixed Allies force hold off long enough for the
reinforcements from B Company, 2/10 Royal Scots to arrive from Tulgas in time
to push the Bolsheviks back?
With that the game is set-up with
the Bolos on one end in four groups of 20 figures to represent the four rifle
companies in a 1918 Bolshevik Red Guard battalion. Two companies were a
very poor quality Red Guards which the mixed match overcoats on the western
board edge and are being commanded by Glenn. The eastern flank has two
companies of aggressive Red Guard with better morale and close assault
abilities, but equally poor shots as the other Red Guards. These two
companies are all uniformed and lead by Blake. Do to the poor leadership
qualities of the 1918 Red Guard, each two companies only have one officer and
the Battalion staff was made up of one commander (Melochofski), his mistress,
and a flag man, which Glenn ran too.
On the opposite side of the board
was the Canadian battery and the American protection squad armed with a Lewis
machine gun. They are facing the opposite direction until they
pass a notice roll to start reacting to the advancing Bolos. The big
advantage that they have is both the Americans and the Canadians are top
quality troops. The Americans performed very well compared to all of the
other Allied units for infantry in the North Russia Expedition and the Canadian
battery was a front-line unit that saw action on the western front in WW1.
The relieving British unit was not very good as it was a Category B unit,
which is not fit for front line combat. The British would come in
randomly once the Bolos had reached a certain point. Steve ran all of the
The game ended sort of historically
correct. Melochofski was killed and the Bolos attack collapsed and then
retreated back to the wood line north of Lower Tulgas. The Bolos loss probably
more men in the game than in the actual engagement, but this was the bloodiest
part of the actual battle too, so it might have been representative correctly
as well. In the actual battle over the course of four days, roughly 2500
Red Guard attacked the mixed Allied command of roughly 600 soldiers. The
losses were estimated round 500 killed, 30 captured, and unknown wounded for
the Red Guard and 30 killed and 100 wounded for the combined Allies forces.
Below are some pictures from the
game. Enjoy! Sapper