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Blitzkrieg Commander II – Early Russian Front 1941

We had a BKC 2 game set in 1941 Ukraine to have a go with the BKC campaign rules and see how the glorious march of the panzers / glorious defense of the motherland would go. Well, the panzers rolled over the obsolete Russian tanks.

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Roundway Napoleonic Russians – mini review

A fellow gamer recently asked online whether anyone has information on Roundway 15 mm Russian Napoleonics. This is a lesser known brand manufactured by Navwar in the UK. As it happens, I have quite a few of their figures. I quickly took a few snaps of the figures I had lying around, so that you can get an idea of the range. They are relatively simple castings, close to real 15 mm in scale, single pose, and are a good choice if you want to churn out a large force quickly. They are also very very affordable. If on the other hand you are looking for the intricate detail of Anthony Barton’s work, then these are not your cup of tea. These figures were painted a long time ago for our Russo-Swedish war of 1808-09 project, and I was aiming for speed rather than beauty. I used them alongside Minifigs early Russians, and they mix fairly... read more

Oravainen March Attack OB

Here is the MA Oravainen PDF containing the OB that was put quickly together (plenty of generalization) by Aksu to give March Attack rules. The battle report  can be found here. read more

Oravainen with March Attack

Since we’ve been using the modified version of the rules for ACW we wanted to see how the proper nappy March Attack  was supposed to work so dug up the board and 15mm miniatures for the largest battle of the Russo-Swedish War of 1808 that we did for our 1808 project. With March Attack we noticed that the artillery ranges were extremely short, artillery fire with just a few guns was  extremely inefficient unless they were 12 pounders at point blank range, the infantry fire was lethal especially for such small battalions and that rolling for regroup with just one die roll for the formation was a bit chancy (better roll separately for each unit so it evens out in the end). All in all the system seems to be well suited for larger battles with plenty of formations being fed to the meat grinder after one another! You can get the March Attack OB for the scenario from here. The original maps of the battle, General de Brigade OBs and a short recap of the historical battle are in our main 1808-09 scenario page here.     JanneL (Played: Nov 12th  Swedes: Mr V. Finns: JanneL. Russians:... read more

Introduction

On these pages we describe how to recreate some of the battles of the Russo-Swedish war of 1808-09 in miniature. Gemigabok members have long toyed with the idea of doing something miniature wargaming related with the war of 1808 especially because of the local aspects and all. The realization of the approaching 200th anniversary of the war was the final catalyst. In 2005 and 2006 we organised participatory games at Ropecon of the battles listed on these pages. At this stage most of the material concerns the Finnish and Swedish armies, and recreating them in miniature, as there is a wealth of material available online on the Russian armies. Our mission 1. To be able to do refights of several 1808 battles and instead of doing them as just one offs what would be grander than playing these refights on the exact dates of the battles during the 200th anniversary in 2008? Instead of making the terrain from generic terrain pieces each of the battles will have a custom built terrain trying to capture the landscape as exactly as possible but still keeping in mind the playability and durability because of the need for the pieces to be transported every now and then. 2. To pass on information about the war and all its aspects to fellow wargamers around the globe. This information is not that easy to find even in swedish or finnish let alone in other languages. 3. To promote historical miniature gaming locally. If anything is known about miniature gaming in Finland it is only about “warhammers”. We hope to utilize the 200th anniversary of the war and the publicity it’ll naturally get to promote the historical side of miniature gaming hobby. In addition to this “education” of general populace the same is done in more depth in the gaming community with participation games in local gaming conventions. Read more History of the War Battles we recreated Figure reviews Finnish and Swedish uniforms Flags for Finnish and Swedish regiments Converting figures for Finns and Swedes Painting Finnish and Swedish figures Advice on modeling the Russian Army Advice for basing figures for General de Brigade Creating the terrain Historical maps we used to build our gaming boards Making... read more

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