Friday, July 22, 2011

Die Fighting another SYW action

Played a very enjoyable game using our Seven Years War toys (Russian versus Prussian) today at Stephen's with Die Fighting rules (we now operate a variable game selection system of one picks period other picks rules !!). I used same army as last outing but managed to roll much better officer standard (ie no bloody Inept types) also Prussian used army divisor of 3 (instead of 2) giving them 4 less leaders (a big change) but still with inbuilt advantages and the more flexible sequencing. We really like the flexibility of the rules in these aspects but still struggle a bit to set a 'scenario' that feels balanced (ie both sides have some chance to perform if not just plain chance to win). Ivans burned dice like nobody's business with only 99 left out of initial 321 after 3 full turns of play (ie 18 'action card' phases) especially when subject to enemy firing with loads of Artillery bounce through attacks !!!! Prussians much more conservative with use of less than 100 in same time (starting base of 250ish IIRC). First turn was rather slow as we did a lot of memory refresh with the rules but once into flow it sped along very nicely.
We used a house-rule of allowing Leadership dice to be used defensively in melee which offset standard ability to load offensive melee too heavily as per standard rules. We both liked this and will likely keep it for future games.

Last post for couple of weeks as off to Bonnie Scotland for fortnights R&R from Monday. Lots of reading material to be consumed and Stephen lent me a nice looking Dvd set of AWI documentaries in obvious attempt to try to inspire me to paint the British army which arrived yesterday from Peter Pig (and very nice figures they are too).

Forces of Mother Russia arrayed in all their splendour

Ubermensch deployed in their grubby glory

Russian Cuirassier to the fore

Prussians move to occupy the town

Russian Infantry Brigades advance 

Awaiting Prussian infantry ready to volley

Crack Prussian Infantry deploy into town

Prussian Grenadiers advance through light woods

Russian right wing

Russian Hussars and Horse Grenadiers line up

Russian left wing Cavalry Brigade

Opening salvo from Russian artillery

Russian foot ready themselves in center

Action of left as Hussars bounce off blown after foolhardy charge (forced by headstrong leader)

Prussian Horse arrayed on their right


  1. The game ooks good, Gary. I do agree that DF requires serious consideration of the scenario design for best results, especially when armies of unequal capability face off; In the absence of scenario specific rules, it is usually best for the inferior army to adopt an overall defensive posture, at least initially!

  2. Very nice looking game. Have a great bit of R&R in Scotland.

  3. Great looking board and nice right up.


  4. Good batrep my friend, nothing like supporting the russian green.

  5. Another great looking game there. Fantastic.

  6. Very nice look !!! As always