Tuesday, August 31, 2010

18th Century - Unlikely allies

At last the forces of Litharus (Russia) were able to take the field, albeit with unexpected allies.  A rare, and in the opinion of most of the army, unwelcome alliance was formed with Germania (Prussia).  "Have not our soldiers fallen in battle against these machines?" raged the high command.  But ever loyal to their oaths they marched in all haste to succor the Prussians who were facing the Gallian allied (French-Austrian) army alone.  As you view the description, clicking on any picture will enlarge the image.

Here the army advances under their bold banners, resolved to do their duty.  A new unit and new Imagi-Nation standards since their last outing.

The heavy cavalry are riding hard to spearhead the relief column.

And relief is needed as you see but a small portion of the host arrayed against the Prussians.

Here you see the Prussian center.  The Russians are scheduled to arrive at an unknown time, somewhere to the right of your view.

Huge numbers of Austrian and French cavalry prepare to descend on the Prussian left.  The Prussian heavies move to intercept.

And they crash together for the first of many rounds of melee.

General Arkady Gregorovich Ouromov, with his ever-present priest gives direction to Brigadier General Anatol Gogol as the Russians hit the table.  But are they in time?

The scenario was based on the changing fortures of war in the latter stages of the Seven Years War.  Faced with enemies on all sides and almost certain defeat, Frederick the Great and Prussia were saved by the death of the Czarina Elizabeth and accension to the throne of her Prussian loving son, Peter III.  The Russian armies had clashed several times with Prussia and even had Cossacks briefly occupy Berlin.  Now they had to fight alongside their enemies of the previous campaign season.

Perhaps in the spirit of the occasion there was little communication between the new allies before the game.  Only the scenario designer and I knew when the Russians would arrive and no effort was made to coordinate our forces.  Tune in later this week for Part II.

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