Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Otterlitz game

Just to show I haven't disappeared, buried under a deluge of submissions and subscriptions for CWJ (keep em coming...!), here are a few pictures taken at the home of Alasdair Jamison during a game last weekend. The game was a SYW version of the Otterlitz scenario recently featured in CWJ (and originally in War Gamer's Digest in 1957).

above: the town of Otterlitz, on the Rusian right flank, is about to have it's peace disturbed.
Above: Alasdair (on the left) seems confident about the Russian dispositions.
Below: the Prussians cross the stream
Above: The Prussian cavalry second wave charges the Russian right-centre.
Below: And now the chink in the armour of the Russian defence becomes a hole and the Prussian Dragoons prepare to exploit their breakthrough.

All figures from the collection of Alasdair Jamison.
I played the part of commander of the Russians (General Ivan Awfulitch), defending the ridgeline, ably asisted by Alasdair, with David Shuttleworth (see Wargames Amateur blog link) and Steve Ayers being the Prussian attackers. A full report is on David's blog... and in truth he has been kind to us Ruskis in his account. The reality is that whilst the game did hang in the balance till mid afternoon, in the end we were well beaten.


tradgardmastare said...

Lovely piccies and it looks like a fun time was had by all concerned.
What rules were you all using?
best wishes

WSTKS-FM Worldwide said...

Agreed! And what a terrific set-up Alisdair has there!

Best Regards,


Martin said...

Did General Awfulitch find solace for his defeat in the arms of his mistress, the infamous Igotta Scratch?!

Looks like a great time was had by all.

abdul666 said...

Mouth-wareing eye-candy as usual - thanks for sharing!

Phil said...

Thanks chaps.
Rules in use, Alan, were Koenig Kreig - the old version, originally designed with 15mm figures in mind. Battalions are 12 figures, which seems small, but when operating as brigades of 4-6 battalions, creates a good "look". I have only ever played these rules about 3 times, when visiting the "Lancashire trio". They do seem to work very well, and the initiative rules are neat (especially if you are Prussian!)

As for General Awfulitch, Martin, - well some say he ought to be a "rash" general... but his performance was more cautious!


Uncle Jim said...

Where do those wonderful buildings come from? Great display.

Phil said...

Thx Peter.
Buildings are from Alasdair's collection - many picked up from toy shops, museum shops, and tourist shops on his travels around European cities. I particularly like the town clock-tower.