Tuesday, 16 August 2016

The Allied Advance From Varna (Part Three).


With suprising ease the Turkish infantry moved forward to the river bank to counter the Russian threat and opened fire on the enemy column.


Their fire power and the British artillery was enough to break the Russian column and send it packing in full retreat ! .


Ali Pasha watches with great satisfaction as his traditional enemies flee !.


On the other flank the Highlander cross the river and open fire on the Russian Hussars that are reorganising themselves . Unfortunately for the Russians the leading unit of cavalry fled and General  Ryzhov was seriously wounded and had to be carried from the field .


The Highlanders are thrown into confusion by the Russian H.A. as a infantry column positions itself to attack their left flank.


The Light Brigade is finally recalled to the Allied centre The threatening Russian column is thrown into confusion by the accurate rifle fire and artillery shells of the British .


The Russians finally get their remaining Hussars reorganised and charge 'The Thin Red Line' ,  unlike real life the Highlanders caused hardly any casualties on the cavalry - lost the melee and fled ! , luckily the Russians did not pursue across the river . A black day for the Highlanders - a high percentage of new recruits and being shaken by the Russian artillery fire was the cause to this debacle .


However the combined fire of the British artillery and Riflemen caused the last Russian column to flee and with over half their army now leaving the battlefield the Russian commander decided to retire, his rear covered by Cossacks and the Rifle company . The British were quite happy to let them go in peace with the Light Brigade and Rifles seeing them off at a safe distance. A victory for the Allies aided by a slice of bad luck for the Russians . The well placed Royal Artillery and Rifle Brigade broke up the piecemeal Russian attacks who never seemed to get it together . Nice to get the new figures onto the table and we will have to see if the Highlanders can redeem themselves in the next game.








11 comments:

  1. Brilliant looking game. The 1/72 plastics came up really well.

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    1. Yes I'm impressed how they have come up , Tony

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  2. Agreed! Very attractive units there.

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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    1. Plastic 20mm figures have been looked down on by the wargaming community at times, I think they can be just as good as metal, Tony

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  3. Fled? Fled! Sure you are mistaken sir! How could such attractive toy soldiers fee? The sutler must have opened early.

    Quite right. I've Long been a fan of plastic.
    Ross

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    1. Had a horrible feeling that something like that would happen and it was their first game, these plastic figures have got me looking at other eras using them, Tony

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  4. A very interesting Battle Report for the first Crimea encounter- thought that the Russians may have done a little better with their Infantry and Cavalry...looking forward to the re-appearance of the Highlanders- splendid report and great photos. Plastics? I've gone back to 1/72nd for my Colonial Project and later will do WW2- again in Plastic...I've no bones about it- I prefer 1/72nd Plastic to 28mm Metal/Styrene...1/72nd looks great on the Games Table and they are very enjoyable to paint. Regards. KEV.

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    1. I agree about the plastics they are much better nowadays and with fewer silly poses , Tony

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  5. Enjoying your reports very much. Great work on the figures and terrain!

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  6. Thank you, I enjoyed painting them, Tony

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  7. What a nice looking game!!

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