The Mick Evans Memorial Game is always a large all-day multi-player event, with barbeque and drinks also part of the deal. This year was no different, with a huge re-fight of the Battle of Borodino in 6mm using the very good Blucher rules by Sam Mustafa.
I made the trek down from Canberra to Melbourne and stayed the weekend with my mate Ray and we headed out to Berwick on the Saturday for the game.
We had 15 players attend, with 5 playing sub commanders on each side (with several Corps each), as well as a C-in-C on each side calling the shots and controlling the Reserves. Additionally, we had three umpires familiar with the rules; Ray as the chief umpire, Peter as the French umpire and myself as the Russian umpire.
Some Photos follow - enjoy.
|A closer shot of the table we were using for the day.|
Photo is taken from the Mezzanine level, which provides not only plenty of storage
but also a perfect vantage point for aerial photos!
|Men cooking meat!|
An essential part of the day was bonding around the BBQ for lunch.
Many beers and wines were consumed, as well as a glass of Port to toast Mick's memory.
A view from the Russian Lines (right flank).
|....and the Russian left flank.|
|A few turns on.|
The French have advanced in the centre, and are also attacking on their left.
The Russians have re-deployed the Reserve Artillery and Guard Cavalry to their centre right,
to reinforce against the main French threat.
|On the Russian far right flank, the battle raged all day for the town of Borodino.|
|There were some moves and counter-moves on the Russian left flank, where the French were initially content to capture the town of Utitsa and the Russians were content to hold their fortifications (the Fleches) and threaten the French right.|
|Casualties on both sides started to mount by the afternoon turns.|
Artillery on both sides inflicted some impressive attrition.
|Late in the day, the French make a push on their right flank as well.|
|Close-up of some advancing French Brigades.|
Ray's miniatures are beautifully painted and based.
|Another gratuitous photo of advancing Frenchies!|
|The Russian sub-commanders in action,|
overseen by yours truly (resplendent in pink!) as the Russian umpire.
|A nice view down the length of the table.|
|Battle for Borodino town.|
|and another view down the table.|
Due to the extended lunch, the number of newcomers to the rules, and the fact that some players had to leave earlier than others, we got through 22 of the allotted 30 turns (not bad!). The French had inflicted more casualties, however the Russians were still in a strong position, with a large number of French units fairly heavily fatigued. I think the French would have been hard pressed to break the Russian army by nightfall, and a second day of battle would have been required.
All up, it was a great day. For the umpires, a multi-player game on this scale seemed a bit like 'herding cats', but it was well worthwhile.
Many of the chaps will be heading up my way to Canberra next weekend for CANCON 2016, Australia's largest games convention (held each January over the Australia Day long-weekend), so it will be good to catch up again within just a week.