A Small 6mm Great Northern War Game

Some silence on the blog for a while. I have a few drafts posts I never seem to get out of the door. Here is a short one, but I hope it will give you some of that Joy of Six.

Have had the pleasure of playing a fair amount of games with Des, and friends, in his shed of war (more about this later). Over the bank holiday weekend I wanted to introduce Des to the Twilight of the Sun King rules and bringing over some of those 6mm I “used” to dabble with.

I decided to go for the variant of Gadebusch scenario in the Great Northern War scenario book, I put this on at Joy of Six, a few year ago.

However this time I am going for a Summary board and replacing the Danish force with a full Saxon force and making some bespoke river/marshland board to represent the terrain. You can read about the actual battle here.

This the map fromm the book…

I did not feel that the rivers I had worked well and wanted to cover the marshlands as well, so I set about making a small river system for the game, with some vinyl floor planks, some acrylic adhesive mixed with brown paint and sand.

The final set-up, well worth adding the river sections.

Then pack it all up in my Swedish handbag.

Everytime I lay out a table with 6mm stuff I fall in love with the scale again, look at that…

Anyway some more pictures from the game…, this is not an AAR, but in summary.

  • The terrain tough and will break up the Swedish Advance and timing is important, the bombardment from the Saxons also served another problem to the advance,
  • The Swedish mobile light guns did a great job as they did in the real battle, and
  • It was somewhat in the balance but the Saxon morale broke after a successful attack on the left flank.

In other news I finally finished these old Holger Erikssson models, a little bit bigger than the 6mm stuff. They are lacking some detail here and there but an absolute joy to do.

So did Des like it and the rules, well I believe so?

“I had never played anything like them, but once I played a few turns and with Per being a good tutor, I got into the swing of things. The terrain was awful to manoeuvre over so a unique battle to try and fight. Ready for the next game now!”

Go and follow his adventures on Twitter – always tinkering with his collections and sharing some great stuff.

/ All the best, hope that was of some interest.

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