Steven’s 1817 Royalist Army on Big Bases

Conception Regiment - Column

I have rebased by 1817 Royalists on big bases. So I took the opportunity to do a photo shoot including some units I’d not featured before.

This is the army that got smashed at Battle of Chacabuco (12 Feb 1817). I’ve also included the units for the Alternative Chacabuco Scenario in Fletcher (2006).

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No. 1 (Spanish) Company of the Pioneer Corps in WW2

No. 1 (Spanish) Company of the Pioneer Corps Fig 1

A few folk with relatives who served in the No. 1 (Spanish) Company of the Pioneer Corps have got in touch (see Spaniards in British Service during WW2). Brian Coles has even contributed some photos of this unit. So I thought this company deserves a page of its own.

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Combat of Talcahuano 28 May 1813

This is my second blog post in my series on Talcahuano, the port fortress near the city of Conception in Chile. This time the focus is the Combat of Talcahuano which led to the Patriot capture of Talcahuano on 28 May 1813. As I mentioned in the first post the purpose of the series is to figure out how to make an interesting scenario from an assault on the fortress.

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Seizure of Talcahuano 27 March 1813

Map of Talcahuano and Concepcion

This is the first in a short series of blog posts on Talcahuano, the port fortress near the city of Conception in Chile. Talcahuano was the focus of some military activity during the Wars of South American Liberation. The first of these incidents was the Royalist seizure of Talcahuano on 27 March 1813. The purpose of the series is to figure out how to make an interesting scenario from an assault on the fortress.

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The Fight for National Route One – An Incoming Scenario by Barrie Lovell

Once upon a time Barrie Lovell wrote a scenario for his Incoming! Vietnam Rules for the Crossfire System called “The Fight for National Route One”. Neil Morgan sent through the orders of battle but we are still on the hunt for the map.

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How to Edit/Annotate Images for Crossfire Battle Reports

Battle Report Symbols

I was already intending to write a post on how to edit/annotate images for Crossfire Battle Reports anyway, but the discussion following my last Crossfire Battle Report for Push to the City suggested the time was right. I’ll outline how I edit/annotate images at the moment but only because I’m looking for a replacement tool.

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Push to the City – A Crossfire Battle Report

Wire in the woods

Chris Harrod and I played my Push to the City – A Crossfire Scenario in Tarnopol. Although we played it as a stand alone game it is also part of my from my Tarnopol 3 Round Campaign.

Summary: Good game. I won as the Russian attacker.

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Battle of Araure at Salute 2015

Royalists skirt the end of the lake

Ian Spence, Des Darkin and Martin Gane of the South London Warlords put on a demonstration of the Battle of Araure at Salute 2015. It was great to see Liberators featured at the premier show in the UK. However, the stand out feature was the table itself. Very effective and terribly simple. And as a bonus we had a mystery guest from the USA.

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Stalingrad – Gigantic Field of Ruins

Red October

I’ve been reading Winter Storm: The Battle for Stalingrad and the Operation to Rescue 6th Army by Hans Wijers. It is full of first hand German accounts of combat in Stalingrad. The phrase that struck me most was “gigantic field of ruins”. In fact “field of ruins” is often mentioned so I thought I’d collate some of the descriptions.

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Alternative Tucuman – A Liberators HOTT Battle Report

Royalist infantry destroy Patria Dragoons

Chris Harrod and I played my Alternative Tucuman Scenario for Liberators HOTT. Chris played the attacking Royalists trying to reach Tucuman along the main road from the north. I had the Argentine Patriots. Another great little game with victory going to Chris.

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Alternative Tucuman – A Liberators HOTT Scenario

Table Alternative Tucuman - Map 2

This is a “What-if” Liberators HOTT scenario related to the Battle of Tucuman 24-25 September 1812; the deciding battle in the War of Argentine Independence.

Belgrano was expecting the Royalists to march directly on Tucuman so initially deployed where the road from the north entered the plain. As it happens Tristan chose to outflank Tucuman and approach from the south-west. What if Tristan had marched south down the direct road to Tucuman and straight into the Patriots waiting for him.

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Tucuman – A Liberators HOTT Battle Report

Patriots left pivots backwards

Chris Harrod and I played my Tucuman Scenario for Liberators HOTT. I was the attacking Royalists trying to reach Tucuman. Chris had the Argentine Patriots. Nice little game let down my a bit of incompetence on my part. Victory to the Patriots.

The game also saw the christening of my new wargaming table and my new 1815 Liberators armies.

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Tucuman – A Liberators HOTT Scenario

Table Tucuman - Map 1b

This is a Liberators HOTT scenario for the Battle of Tucuman 24-25 September 1812; the deciding battle in the War of Argentine Independence.

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Wargaming the Battle of Tucuman

Options for fighting the Battle of Tucuman

Having written up the an account of the historical Battle of Tucuman (24-25 September 1812) it is time to consider how to recreate the battle. I’ve come up with three options: (1) historical (2) alternative and (3) grand tactical.

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Battle of Tucuman 24 – 25 September 1812

Battle of Tucuman 24 - 25 September 1812 – Successful Attacks

The Battle of Tucumán was fought on 24 – 25 September 1812 near of the Argentina city of San Miguel de Tucumán, in the War of Argentine Independence. The Northern Army, commanded by General Manuel Belgrano, defeated a Royalist army under Brigadier Juan Pío Tristán. As a result the outnumbered Patriots halted the Royalist advance into northwest Argentina. Along with the Battle of Salta (20 February 1813), the Battle of Tucumán confirmed the area that would remain under Argentine control at the end of the war.

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