|The Heavy Brigade in action at Balaclava|
Needless to say, the camera goes with me on anything to do with war gaming and so here follows a little record of the fun.
The Battle of Balaclava was our set piece get together this year and I was given the honour to assume the role of The Honourable Brigadier General Sir James Scarlett commanding the Heavy Brigade.
|Sir James Scarlett|
|The briefing in front of the table|
|The Causeway Heights with the Northern Valley nearest to camera|
|All quiet in the British camp with Turkish gunners manning the redoubts on the Causeway|
As a mere Brigadier General, mine was not to question but to simply do, and with the blunder rules in Black Powder added in to the mix, some allied movements became very un-coordinated. It was not uncommon to hear the comment from an astounded commander on receiving his orders for the next turn, "What's this, the man's an idiot, I can't do that!!" History repeated.
|"Russians, and fousands of em!!"|
|The Russian Infantry made straight for the Turkish guns on the heights|
|Systematically the Turkish gunners were put to the bayonet, not however without causing casualties on the way in.|
|Finally the cavalry were called to arms and set off down the Southern Valley|
|The Royal Scots Greys led the advance of the formidable Heavy Brigade|
|Russian infantry under Duke Nathanovich Goodyearovski challenge the arriving British reinforcements|
|With the first six moves completed, time to take stock and grab refreshments|
|"Fox" - The Heavy Brigade strike|
|"View Haloo" - The Light Brigade support the heavies followed up by Allied infantry|
Which side would succeed?
|The struggle erupts for control of the eastern end of the Causeway|
|Suddenly the Heavy Brigade open gaps in the Russian lines|
|As the Russians seek shelter in the emplacements the Allied infantry moves to support the cavalry|
|Anglo French troops arrive to move into the Northern Valley|
|The Turkish infantry seek revenge for their fallen gunners|
|The Heavies go in yet again|
|Anglo French infantry advance on the Russian right flank|
|Again the Heavies send the Russian Bear packing|
|The Anglo Turkish infantry start to reclaim the Causeway with the Light Brigade supporting their flank|
|Goodyearovski's Russian infantry contest the allied advance, suffering under the British volleys|
|And then it was all over - Andy's expression (far right) says it all.|
Many thanks to Charles and Clive for setting up a great days entertainment. Thanks also to Steve M, Vince, Andrew, Andy, Nick, John, Nathan (Duke Goodyearovski) and Mike for their contribution to another great game in North Devon.
Talk for next year looks like it could be the Third Crusade!!