Sunday, 9 September 2012

Borodino Refight.

This weekend in Christchurch NZ saw a huge Napoleonic re fight of the battle of Borodino. With over 5000 troops and more than 150 guns a large number of New Zealand wargamers converged to play this epic game.
 There is an excellent battle report on Craig's blog
 http://craigswargamingblog.blogspot.co.nz/2012/09/borodino-20120-report.html    
with another bunch of wonderful photos.
This was a fantastic way to spend a weekend, playing with the wee chaps and meeting a great bunch of guys.
Below are photos from the game showing just how big this game was.




Looking from the French left after the first turn.

From behind the Russian right.

A view down the table from the Russian right.




The French right flank.


Troops from the French right flank advancing.










French centre and right.




French left wing under pressure






 
The Commanders at the end of the game.

Several of the Commanders had already left by this stage, some had flights to catch back to their home towns and others could not make it back for day two.
An awesome sight to see so many Napoleonic troops on one table.
Thanks to John and co for organising this event.




Chris Packer who was Napoleon over the weekend managed to find time amongst his command responsibilities to shot  some video footage of the game. The link below is for the first part of 9!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nglNHTaYJU&feature=youtu.be

more to come.

Enjoy.

70 comments:

  1. Crikey, I am surprised the tables could handle that amount of lead Rodger.

    Nice post!

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    1. There were a few plastic figs about but mostly lead. The question was asked, if the tables were up to it.Certainly alot of lead!

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  2. What an awesome looking game and my favourite battle of the period , but I'm not jealous.......the heck I'm not as I'm positively green with envy!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher, shame you couldn't of joined us.

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  3. That looks fantastic! Hope it was fun too?

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  4. Wow, great stuff! Thanks for sharing all the pics of this awesome game.

    Jason

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  5. Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing.
    Regards
    Bruno

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  6. Must have been a wonderful time you've had, great figs and photos!

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  7. Thats a massive game, lots of eye candy and great photo. Looks like one heck of a game.

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    1. Thankyou sir, Biggest game ever for me.

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  8. Did you play in your kitchen?
    Absolutly wonderful, huge and impressive!

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  9. 5000 troops, incredible, thanks for posting the eye candy.

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    1. There were quite a few more troops that were not even used.

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  10. Wow, great looking game and photos, thanks for sharing

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  11. WoW, What a fantastic table and layout!!

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  12. You lucky man, our hobby doesn't get any better than that.

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  13. Now that is a mega layout, brilliant!

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  14. HUGE is an understatement! that is one massively massive battle, Wish I was there

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  15. Never been part of anything like that before, it was absolutely fantastic- great pictures of the game Rodger.

    BP handled that many troops and players (around 30 at some points) very, very well.

    Craig

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    1. Yes, the rules played better than I thought they would. An awesome time.

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  16. That is impressive. Looks like it was fun.

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  17. My goodness me, now that is seriously impressive. A grand day out indeed.

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  18. What an impressive deployment of troops on the battlefield!

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  19. Very impressive , I was looking forward to seeing the pics of this event. Well done to all!

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  20. I wasn't there long Rodger - just long enough to get myself (waiting to be fed) into one of your photos, and to like what I saw. Aside from the well presented figures and terrain, and tables rather freer of clutter than you often get, it looked as though the battle was going to end with a clear cut result. Excellent game: lots happening in the two hours or so that I was there, can't ask much more than that!
    Cheers,
    Ion

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    1. Thanks Ion. Actually you are in a few photos, I just haven't gone through all 150 or so photos yet.

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  21. Many thanks for sharing this, that is something to behold. Surely the high point in anyone's wargaming career to play in a game like that,Cheers,
    Mike

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    1. Certainly is Mike. If plans go ahead there will be more next year.

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  22. Looks awsome... love the terrain :)

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  23. That is a tremendous display and a perfect way to mark the anniversary of the battle. Foundry had a sale to celebrate it, but I think being able to go to this would be much better.

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  24. This is well above awesome. Thanks for sharing.
    cheers

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  25. An impressive game. Lots of 28mm Napoleonics, what is not to like.

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  26. That is one impressive game Roger! Many thanks for posting these awe inspiring photos. I get to do a game that size once a year.

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  27. Thanks Ken. I think everyone at this game is keen to do more next year. A great way to game.

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  28. Wow! Great photos Rodger! I love a big Napoleonic battle!

    What scale did you fight it? We did Wagram in 1:120 this year, because our usual 1:60 scale just wouldn't have fit!

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    1. Thanks Rosbif. Sorry not too sure what the scale was in the end. I know there were a lot of troops though!

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  29. Great photos of an awsome looking game. Thanks.

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  30. Great job - loks likie you had about 50% more figures thabn we had for our version... and that was a heck of a lot! Getting gamres together from throughouit the country for an event like this must have been especially enjoyable. Bravo!

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    1. It was a fantastic time. Loved it. Thanks.

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  31. One game to behold! Fantastic photos, too!

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  32. It was very enjoyable. Thanks for the comment.

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  33. Awesome pictures! Like the banner as well...

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  34. Thanks Mike. Great to see you back.

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  35. Some great shots there Rodger...and I really like the looks of your Harpers Weekly blog

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  36. Thanks Captain. Harper's Weekly is a blog that we are going to have for our Gettysburg refight next year. Just waiting on Gav to stsrt the writing!!!

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  37. Great game and beaut report Rodger. Yours was one of three big bicentennial Borodino games that were held that weekend in NZ/Aust. (including our own)! I have put links to them on our 'communal' blog dedicated to the bicentennial Napoleonic years 'Wargaming Waterloo 2015' (http://waterloo2015.blogspot.com.au).

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  38. Epic battle and stunning photos:)

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  40. Must be a dream! So many figures on such big table! Wish I could have been there! Thanks for sharing!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.be/

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  41. Excellent battle report! I'll pop back here to read all the Nappy stuff I can find! I need to know who made that pretty Russian church? I want one!
    Best wishes
    warpaintjj

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    1. I have no idea who made the church or who even supplied it for the game.

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