Travels with a Rogue

A small piece of the web dedicated to Gen. Mikhail Skobolev (the White General), toy soldiers (any period), history, politics and books circa. 1850-1900.

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There was an earlier day in my life when I had plenty of time and no money for my hobby, now I have money for my hobby and not so much time. I never stopped playing with toy soldiers "much to my mothers chagrin" exchanging the sandbox, green armymen and rocks for Donald Featherstone's book Wargames, AWI soldiers from the back of a comic book, dice and rulers. Those early games were great fun and very exciting. Eventually I graduated to more complicated systems, better miniatures, headaches, rule arguments and basically not a lot of fun. I thought about ditching the hobby altogether. I realized recently that I like a good game of toy soldiers. I like the look of toy soldiers and I like the way a simple game plays. I like the trusty d6.

Friday, March 23, 2007

The Battle of Lovcha CW07

This was the second game I had signed up to run. It started Saturday at noon and would have well over 400 42mm figures on the table. As it turns out only one person had signed up to play in advance; however, a few more folks walked by and were more then happy for a place at the table. Again setup took about an hour, many thanks to my wife and friends for their help and support; I couldn't have done this without them.

Lovcha was another pesky fortified position that was supplying Plevna from Sophia. The town is known for the covered bridge that crosses the river Osam. The bridge was built in 1872 and is so lovely the Turks couldn’t bring themselves to destroy it. They didn’t occupy the town either, instead fortifying the heights around the area. For pictures of Lovech, Lovitch or Lovcha and the bridge check here:

The Russians were under the command of Prince Imrtinski and Gen M Skobolev. The Russian commanders used artillery to suppress the entrenched positions and to cover the assault columns in what would be a successful precursor to the trench warfare of WWI. The Russians cleared the trenches on the eastern side of the river and then stormed the Osam at a well known ford and through the town. The remaining Turks retreated and were hunted down by the regiments of Cossacks.

It took a little under 3 hours to play the game which is impressive considering the number of figures and that 5 of the 7 players had never played the rules before. In fact by the end of the game the players were running the game themselves and stopping occasionally to ask me clarification questions only. If you are interested in gaming the period 1850 to 1912 I highly recommend Chris Peers Ever Victorious Armies. They might require some small tweaking depending upon the war and scale you wish to use, but they are a solid system. They also give very historical results, I will review them shortly.

Here’s the link to the slide show, enjoy!

The Battle for Lovcha


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent stuff, looks great and sounds a lot of fun. Are the trees homemade or commercial? Steve Gill

March 25, 2007 3:42 AM  
Blogger Poruchik said...

Hey Steve, Thanks! The trees are just the pre-flocked scenic effects trees right out of the box and attached in groups to home~made stands to make then a bit more interesting.


March 25, 2007 1:49 PM  
Blogger Arnie said...

Where did you find the Ottoman flags?

March 27, 2007 12:25 PM  
Blogger tim said...

Good Gracious! Look at all those toys! It's marvellous!

It looks like it was a fantastic game! Very inspiring!

I do like Ever Victorious Armies. We've used it for Napoleonics as well as the Russo-Japanese war games. We play a lot of Contemptible Little Armies too - but we've had to modify it to make it more like EVA!

April 08, 2007 2:09 AM  
Blogger Guido said...

Wonderful stuff!

Thanks for the link, Donald. It has inspired me to get back at it!

April 10, 2007 11:01 AM  
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