Sunday, 14 September 2014

Dottingheim Battle Report

Thanks to those who commented previously requesting to see some of the action.
I personally don't like reading blow by blow wargame accounts, so won't bore you with that here... just a few pictures and maps.
Suffice to say that the action was a tense affair, and an experiment. We ran this game online, with the 2 commanders having been emailed their briefings and maps, sending me their respective deployments earlier in the week.
I played out the game and sent regular sitreps via the AMG forum, and the commanders then texted me updates to their orders (as well as hurled banter at each other on the forum, egged on by quite an assembled throng of witty onlookers).
I posted photos and maps as often as I could, every 2 turns or so.
Certainly, the fog of war was recreated very effectively, and the good nature of the participants tested!
Thanks to Graham Cummings and Chris Sinclair for being so gracious with their time, and playing the parts magnificently.
In the end a close game, with the cunning French plan almost succeeding. Unfortunately for them, they were unable to carry the day, and the Pils Holstein defence held out.

Anyway, here are just a few maps and pictures from the game.

Above: the initial deployments
Below: The situation at turn 4. Note the arrival of reinforcements.
Above: "Der Grossenbomber". Baron von Bluttrott, commander of Pils Holstein artillery, observes the scene and chooses targets!
Below: Grassins in the wheatfields

Above and below: the firefights develop, and meanwhile Der Grossenbomber has landed a shell between regiments Picardie and Auvergne.
Below: the ill-fated French assault on Dottingheim hill. Pils Holstein Leibarde and Kronprinz Grenadiers let loose some crushing volleys.

Below: endgame!

Thanks for visiting.


El Grego said...

A very nice looking game Phil!

I find your rendition of wheatfields very intriguing - might need to shamelessly imitate that....

Phil said...

Der Grossenbomber is really impressive! Great looking game, beautiful minis...

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...


Best Regards,


tradgardmastare said...

Great looking game Phil!


aka Mr Anon

Anonymous said...

Absolutely fantastic. Love the photos, love the wheat fields, love the maps. It really makes me want to have a game!

Phil said...

Thanks for all the kind words.
It was a great game, and I really enjoyed creating the fog of war.
I might do another, so look out for the opportunity to adopt a command for the day!

Rohan Wilmott said...

Hello, Phil.

An entertaining write-up, and excellent figures and scenery. This blog is a pleasing followup to "The Classic Wargamer's Journal".

The map & scenario is a very useful one & I can see it as a likely start to a conflict in my Imagi-nations games one day.

What make is the earthworks for Der Grossenbomber? Is it one of your handmade specials, or is it commercially available, please?

Cheers, Rohan.

Sorry - this is a repeat of my post on the 9th Sept. entry - really relates to this entry.

Phil said...

The redoubt is one of those produced by Forge World (not sure if they are still going?).
Thanks for your interest in the blog.
Best regards

Rohan said...

Thanks, Phil. Cheers.