VICTORIAN OUTPOST GRIMSBYS NUMBER ONE  GAMING VENUE

  THE  COLONIAL AGE OF EUROPEAN EXPANSION

UPDATE 22ND JUNE - CRUSADES PAINTED - WORKBENCH.

Been pretty busy creating and painting over the last couple of weeks, here is another batch of Crusades completed, which can be viewed in the "Workbench" tag.

Have yet to put up more photos of the Saracens, Boshin war of 1868 and more of the WOR,
plus a number of  Japanese buildings i have created
UPDATE 15TH JUNE - RUSSIAN CIVIL WAR PT 2 - GALLERY
UPDATE 6TH JUNE - RUSSIAN CIVIL WAR - GALLERY

The Russian Civil War of 1918–20

The civil war between the Bolsheviks (Reds) and the anti-Bolsheviks (Whites) ravaged Russia until 1920. The Whites represented all shades of anti-Communist groups, including members of the constituent assembly. Several of their leaders favored setting up a military dictatorship, but few were outspoken czarists.

Armed opposition to the Soviet regime centered at first in the south, where the volunteers under Kornilov (succeeded by Denikin) joined forces with the Don Cossacks. The Ukraine was the scene of fighting after the Germans evacuated it following the general armistice of Nov. 11, 1918; it was seized by the Bolsheviks (early 1919), by Denikin's forces (Aug.–Dec., 1919), again by the Bolsheviks (Dec., 1919), and finally by the Poles (May, 1920), with whom war had broken out over the Russo-Polish frontier question. Denikin in the meantime had turned over his command to General P. N. Wrangel, who after the conclusion of the Russo-Polish armistice was driven by the Bolsheviks into the Crimea and was obliged to evacuate his forces to Constantinople (Nov., 1920).

The civil war in the east was equally fatal to the Whites. A government was organized at Samara by a group of Socialist Revolutionaries who had been members of the constituent assembly. It received the support of the Czech Legion, which controlled the Trans-Siberian RR, but it merged (Sept., 1918) with a more conservative government set up at Omsk, in Siberia, and a few weeks later fell under the dictatorship of Admiral Kolchak. Although at first successful, Kolchak's forces were eventually driven to the Russian Far East; by Jan., 1920, all Siberia except Vladivostok and some other Far Eastern territory was in Bolshevik hands.

The civil war was complicated by Allied intervention. In N Russia, British, French, and American forces occupied (Mar., 1918) Murmansk and later Arkhangelsk with the stated purpose of protecting Allied stores against possible seizure by the Germans; they were evacuated only in Nov., 1919. In the Russian Far East the Allies occupied Vladivostok, which the Japanese held until 1922.

The Bolshevik military victory was due partly to the lack of cooperation among the various White commanders and partly to the remarkable reorganization of the Red forces after Trotsky became commissar for war. It was won, however, only at the price of immense sacrifice; Russia by 1920 was ruined and devastated. Atrocities were committed throughout the civil war by both sides.

1ST JUNE - 1857  WATER SUPPLIES PT 2- GALLERY
BRITISH BRIGADE EXHAUSTED FROM THE HEAT OF INDIA, ARE IN NEED OF WATER SUPPLIES FROM THE VILLAGE,A LARGE MUTINEER ARMY STANDS BEFORE THEM - THE ORDER IS TO ATTACK.
UPDATE 25TH MAY - 1857 - WATER SUPPLIES - MORE PHOTOS IN THE GALLERY.

BRITISH BRIGADE EXHAUSTED FROM THE HEAT OF INDIA, ARE IN NEED OF WATER SUPPLIES FROM THE VILLAGE,A LARGE MUTINEER ARMY STANDS BEFORE THEM - THE ORDER IS TO ATTACK.
UPDATE 20TH MAY - YET MORE CRUSADES UNITS COMPLETED- MORE PHOTOS IN THE WORKBENCH AREA.
UPDATE 16TH MAY -  LOTS MORE PAINTED UNITS UP OF THE MUSLIM ARMY FOR THE CRUSADES - JUST HEAD ALONG INTO THE WORKBENCH TO VIEW THE LATEST PHOTOS OF THE INCREASING ARMY
UPDATE 11TH MAY - WW2 CITY BATTLE - GALLERY
2ND MAY -WW II CITY BATTLE - GALLERY

28mm game from Grimsby's finest gaming venue, WW II city battle with the excellent Iron Cross rules - enjoy
27TH APRIL - RAMESES II BRINGER OF WAR PT 2- GALLERY
UPDATE 19TH APRIL - RAMESES II BRINGER OF WAR - GALLERY

Rameses II Bringer of war

Fantasic game at the Victorian Outpost, lots of Ancients on display all 28mm, we decided to use a marsh and see what would happen between the Egyptian and Hittites, the marsh in the center became a massive pain in the backside for both sets of players, chariots on the left and right flanks charged each other supported by infantry.

Game was very even and went down to the last roll of the evening, Egyptian winning this one by the skin of the teeth.

Rameses II is the son of Seti I who became an Egyptian Pharaoh in his 30th year of age. He ruled Egypt for about 67 years. He was believed to be the greatest and the most renowned pharaoh of Egypt. As the 3rd Egyptian pharaoh of the new kingdom, he ruled Egypt from 1279 BC to 1213 BC .

Being the leader of a nation brings with it a responsibility to keep his land free from the danger of invasion.  It is an obligation of a Pharaoh to make use of his power to maintain the peace of his land during his supremacy.

 Rameses II most famous fight of conquest was the one with the Hittites of Kadesh. During his fifth year of being a Pharaoh, Rameses II battled in Syria against the Hittites and its alliance. The war continued for twenty years after the series of battles with the Hittites.

In his second battle, Rameses II experienced difficulties during his attack on Athe, a city of Kadesha where he almost fell during the battle through deceit. It happened when he grouped his soldiers into four groups namely:

Amun, Ra, Ptah and Setekh. Rameses II led the Amun division outside the city with the Ra division about a mile and a half behind. The Hittites however, hid waiting to ambush the Pharaoh’s army. They first attacked the Ra division so that the Pharaoh wouldn’t have it as reinforcement. Fortunately, the group managed to escape. The Hittites then attacked the Amun group and surrounded the Pharaoh. However, Ramses II managed to fight back in the combat and was able to pave the way out for him and his men after killing quite a large number of Hittites. 

After that, the Pharaoh and his men camped to regroup the army. They then went into battle again for four hours until all of them were drained of energy.  Rameses II decided to pull his army out from the battle.

It was a draw battle. After several years, Rameses II reached an agreement with the prince of the Hittites. It was settled that Egypt and the Hittites were not to invade or attack each other’s land. They also formed an alliance to defend one another against common enemies and in subduing revolts in Syria. 13 years after the truce, Rameses II married the daughter of Manefrure’s, the prince of Hittite, a daughter named Hattusilis.

The Victorian Outpost is a new building created at the beginning of 2016, we can cater for almost any period and we now have the support of "Adrians Walls" and "Hovels Buildings" who have come on board.

Victorian Outpost has quickly become the number one wargaming place in town with its friendly welcome and fun place to visit, please pm myself to arrange a set time and date.

Thanks Malc
UPDATE 13TH APRIL - IRON CROSS PT 2 - GALLERY
UPDATE 4TH APRIL - IRON CROSS DESERT BATTLE - GALLERY

his was our first game of Iron Cross, we started small! 30 units a side and what a great ruleset it is. The bulk of the game centres around spending your command points and the skill is knowing when to pass the initiative to your opponent and when to interrupt the opponents move. We set our game in the western desert, with the axis forces tasked with defending a town and the British and commonwealth forces having two objectives to capture the oasis and to clear the town. This was always going to be difficult as both sides had equal forces (in numbers at least)

The game commenced with the British having the initiative and making reasonable progress, with their right flank taking on the Italians who were supported by some Mark III’s. This developed into a real slugfest with a cat and mouse approach being changed to outand out attack by Lenlater on in the game.

In the British centre and left the commander decided to eliminate the anti -tank screen before advancing in a final charge.

The result was a draw with the Germans holding the town but the British capturing the oasis.

We really liked the decision making element of this rule system it is not IGO-UGO but a simple to operate but hard to master system where the non -initiative player can interrupt the other sides flow 3+ to succeed and on a roll of a 6captures the initiative back. Each tank or squad acts independently and the more tasks given them or damage inflicted the harder it becomes to carry things out.

There are no range restrictions apart from for panzerfaust type weapons, and firing is elegantly simple relying on a D10 roll

There are no melee rules and the whole system has a flow and logic to it. We have made one change to the rules making troops in cover 1 pip harder to hit and are looking forward to getting the Soviets and German 28mms out for a spot of urban warfare. We just need to finish the town boards, so give us a week or two.

This game was played at the Victorian Outpost, the newest and only custom built Wargames Venue in Grimsby, where you are guaranteed a friendly welcome and a wargame played in the spirit of fun rather than a re-run of the Monty Python argument sketch. (You know who you are! ) Contact nevermore if you fancy a game. Our group of 11 can cater for most periods and genres.



UPDATE 29TH MARCH - DEFENDERS OF OASIS PT 2 - GALLERY
UPDATE 21ST MARCH - DEFENDERS OF OASIS -GALLERY


Under increasing attacks from Saladin's men, the Crusaders reached a plain by the twin hills of the Horns of Hattin by mid-afternoon. Advancing with his main body, Saladin began attacking in force and ordered the wings of his army to sweep around the Crusaders. Attacking, they surrounded Guy's thirsty men and cut off their line of retreat back to the springs at Turan. Under increasing pressure, the Crusader rearguard was forced to halt and give battle, stopping the entire army's advance.

Though advised to fight on to reach Tiberias and water, Guy elected to halt the advance for the night. Surrounded by the enemy, the Crusader camp possessed a well but it was dry. The next morning, Guy's army awoke to blinding smoke. This came from fires set by Saladin's men to screen their actions and increase the Crusaders' misery. With his men weakened and thirsty, Guy broke camp and ordered an advance towards the springs of Hattin. Despite having sufficient numbers to break through the Muslim lines, fatigue and thirst badly weakened the cohesion of the Crusader army.

Advancing, the Crusaders were effectively counterattacked by Saladin. Two charges by Raymond saw him break through the enemy lines, but once outside the Muslim perimeter, he lacked enough men to influence the battle. As a result, he retreated from the field. Desperate for water, much of Guy's infantry attempted a similar breakout, but failed. Forced onto the Horns of Hattin, the majority of this force was destroyed. Without infantry support, Guy's trapped knights were unhorsed by Muslim archers and forced to fight on foot. Though fighting with determination, they were driven onto the Horns. After three charges against the Muslim lines failed, the survivors were forced to surrender.

UPDATE 17TH MATCH - HAMMERHEAD PHOTOS - GALLERY
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UPDATE 10TH MARCH - HOTEL RESCUE 93 PT 2 - GALLERY
UPDATE 8TH MARCH - SIKH ARMY INFANTRY - WORK BENCH
UPDATE 3RD MARCH - HOTEL RESCUE 1993 - GALLERY

Game of 28mm Mogadishu,Black Hawk down and the crew some how made it to the top of the hotel building, here they called for a rescue and a convoy of 5 Humvee and air support was given.

A sniper team was to cover from the south west of the city while the Italians with the help of other UN nations were to secure the East side of the city, the Delta teams were to clear the hotel and get the survivors out and head south.

 

Victorian Steel rules came about as a result of us not being able to find a set of rules that captured the spirit of Victorian Colonial Warfare. The aspects we wanted to capture included the European ability to deliver a volley and follow it up with cold steel whilst  also giving the natives a chance to use their natural advantages of climate and familiarity with the terrain often accompanied by rapid movement which the European forces could rarely match.
We both wargame at Grimsby Wargames Society where large battles are the norm, but these rules give a perfectly good game with only an eight stand European force taking on three to four times its number of native opponents ,so for the cost of a few boxes of Perry Ansar ,Warlord games Zulus or Wargames Factory British and Zulus the Colonial World will come alive! For those of you with a bigger budget there are some superb figures out there in metal and troops of all types will be shown in the rules and the soon to be released Scenario books.
We wanted to add to the value of both the rule set and the scenario books so along with the rules we will include a full colour flag sheet for the rule set covering the British and for the scenario books covering the flags of all the protagonists (assuming they had some!)
We both have years of experience in the hobby starting in my case back in 1969 when I started senior school and we prefer uncomplicated rules with whole figure casualties, no record keeping and easy to remember mechanisms which do not rely on you having to rebase your figures. We also wanted a clear result in a few hours as most games take place in an evening with definite time constraints.In this game the Europeans are always under pressure to complete the task before running low on ammunition or becoming exhausted both of which effects are dealt with simply in the rules.
We have tested the rules using troops from the Indian Mutiny, The Sudan, The Boer War, French Foreign Legion in North Africa, The Boxer Rebellion and Both Russo Japanese  and Sino Japanese forces not to mention Zulus. They seem to work for all of them and the troop classification system allows you to reflect the difference between a Zulu Impi  and a Sudanese Arab Rub as well as the vastly different qualities of Tommy Atkins and an Egyptian soldier impressed in the ill-fated force led by Hicks Pasha.
There is no reason why they cannot be used for the Crimean War and that will be the subject of a future scenario book ( Once we have painted the figures required!)
We are very happy with our first venture into commercial rule writing and we hope you are too!

Dave Tuck and Malc Johnston