|Dandy British Sailors & Marines take the Choshu Samurai guns at Shimonoseki|
|British Marines get ready to 'pile ashore'|
Hello everyone, it seems like an eternity that we've been away, probably because it has! Work has took it's toll, Amy, my opponent is doing many other hobbies, so our time together has been very limited. Coupled with that is that dreaded 'wargamers block', I haven't picked a paint brush up in 6 months, so the enthusiasm has dropped. Since our 'room switch around' we also don't have a permanant table, so we can't leave a game for a few days & come back to it. Such is life, maybe we'll be able to get back into the hobby soon.
Anyway, this particular game, I'd been looking at a few months ago. I'd read about it in Donald Featherstones 'Colonial Small Wars 1837-1901', a cracking book if you can get it. I was pleased to see Wargames Illustrated April 2012 cover the build up & battle. Victorian Brits versus the Samurai! What a prospect with the Battle of Shimonoseki, which took place in 186-something. Featherstone has 1864, Wikipedia another & WI another. Anyway read the background by clicking on the Wikipedia link above...
In our game it would be ten elements of British Rifles, Marines & Sailors. The Choshu Samurai would have more elements, 2 Cavalry(Samurai), 1 Artillery, 6 Auxillia(Ashigaru), 4 Blades(Samurai), 4 Jaegers(Ashigaru). We would be using the trsuty & stalwart DBA 15-19K rules. Amy took the Samurai & I the Brits, would the Samurai become 'rifle fodder' OR would the Dandy Navy lads get cut to bits..?
|The Battlefield, the Sailors would take the Guns, the Marines battle the Samurai.|
|The Choshu Guns|
|The Brits march to battle.|
|The Samurai advance to meet them..|
|The Marines are split into 2 forces.|
|Rifles lash out & the Ashigaru Gun is destroyed.|
|The Brave Ashigaru charge in, but are cut to pieces.|
|Magnificent! In go the Samurai.....|
|TheSamurai are sent reeling...|
|The remaining Ashigaru can't get close..|
|The Sailors storm the guns|
|In go the Samurai again, Foot troops & the Cavalry prepare to charge.|
|The Ashigaru would be sacrificed...|
|Still the British Marines stand tall!|
|Attack!! Attack!!! Kill the Barbarians!!!|
|Could the Samurai Cavalry turn the battle?|
|A sneaky flank attack from the Sailors & another Samurai bites the dust..|
|The British Sailors make short work of the Ashigaru...|
|The 'end is nigh' for the Samurai, in more ways than one!|
|'Capture the Guns'|
British Rifles are supreme don't mess with them!
Mass your Samurai & try for overlaps!
Wars of pen & ink lead to wars of cannon & bayonet!