|My British Trench Raiders, from Great War Miniatures. At last, the Allies can go on the offensive!|
Up to now, we've been taking turns to use the Germans as the attackers since I only have Russians to defend with. Well, I treated myself to some Trench Raiders from Great War Miniatures, so now those Germans can get on the defensive. I won't spoil the forthcoming model post, but I was pleased with the bases which used GW's texture paint Stirland Mud.
Anyway, it was a smashing day which saw a win, a loss and a draw for both sides. The first game was my favourite, with my rapid start becoming bogged down into swapping grenades round a corner, and all my attempts to flank frustrated.
|The 'Fourtex' - with one exception (a six), every dice that landed in the central gap between the four perspex sheets scored a four. There was a lot of dice aiming, with superstitious players trying to land the dice inside.|
Lions Led By Donkeys?
One thing that came out from today's game was the difficulty the Raiders have. Because they have a limited team of eight, each loss is felt much more keenly and we found they tended to loose two games for every victory. To try and rebalance this, we decided to experiment with giving the Raiders one free re-roll per turn.
|Haig with his dustpan and brush - |
not quite as simple as that?
It sparked an interesting discussion - I asserted that this would be a real reflection of the 'offensive spirit', dash, pluck, whatever you want to call it. This abstract quality has been unfairly maligned in popular WWI history, in my view - bumbling Melchett-style commanders ordering infantry in to action against machine guns, telling them to rely on this offensive spirit. It is a very important, and very real factor, to be on the offensive and in tactical control of a situation, rather than passively defending and waiting for the enemy to attack you. There were plenty of instances of plucky, determined 'wave attacks' overcoming dug-in machine guns - albeit at a horrific cost.
I thought it was particularly apt given the news in the UK at the moment with a debate on the portrayal of these 'lions led by donkeys' raging - the BBC report on the subject is here. I have to say, while I don't quite agree with the left-wing conspiracy theory put about by Michael Gove, I do think that commanders like Haig and others have been unfairly treated. Anyone interested by this topic is encouraged to read The Chief by Professor Gary Sheffield - not a straightforward defence of Haig, but rather a balanced review of his reputation with a close look at the facts.
Does anyone else have any thoughts on the matter? Anyway, thanks for reading. A lot of 'rounding off' posts to come in the next few weeks, looking at old projects I've finally managed to finish off as well as one exciting new one...
Thanks for reading,