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Author Topic: Samurai using Pikeman's Lament. Latest painted figures. Page 4  (Read 2190 times)

Offline Bloggard

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Re: The Battle of Mah-Son Temple.
« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2021, 05:17:12 PM »
great looking and sounding game.

good to see the Dixons in action.

Offline has.been

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Re: The Battle of Mah-Son Temple.
« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2021, 06:10:47 PM »
Thanks Bloggard, I never was a fan of Dixon Samurai range,
but Andy (who painted them many years ago) has made them
lovable. Vodkafan is also a convert, describing them as, ' Japanese
Cabbage Patch Dolls'.

Offline Seal

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Re: The Battle of Mah-Son Temple.
« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2021, 03:46:28 AM »
Lovely looking game. Thank you for posting this. :)

Offline has.been

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Re: The Battle of Mah-Son Temple.
« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2021, 08:51:43 AM »
You're welcome Seal.
I have started a unit of arquebus & a couple of buildings,
so I must have enjoyed it.

Offline monk2002uk

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Re: The Battle of Mah-Son Temple.
« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2021, 05:58:49 AM »
Great to see Dixon figures get an outing, looking so resplendent too.

Robert

Offline has.been

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Re: The Battle of Mah-Son Temple.
« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2021, 04:19:55 PM »
Thanks Monk.
The Arquebus unit is now up to undercoated stage.
This was after raiding my weapons stash for three
Essex Arquebus, used to arm the non-Dixon figures.
Also started on two Sarrissa (I think) buildings.
Progress is being made.

Offline has.been

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Re: The Battle of Mah-Son Temple.
« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2021, 09:01:00 PM »
A Bridge too far?
After their defeat at Mah-Son Temple the Mouri Clan fell back behind
the Fudgie River. They hoped that the coming rains would make the
river impassable, they would still have to hold the three vital bridges.
Mouri Hiromoto made offerings to the water spirits & waited.
Takeda Shingen had not been idle, adding a newly raised Arquebus
unit to his retinue he raced for an often forgotten forth bridge. It crossed
the Budgie, a tributary of the Fudgie, but cross that before the rains &
he would have the advantage over the Mouri Clan. The war would be over this year.

View of the Battlefield, from the South or Mouri Side & two views of the bridge over the Budgie.


Offline has.been

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Re: The Battle of Mah-Son Temple.
« Reply #22 on: May 07, 2021, 09:42:37 PM »
This is the set up for tomorrow's game with Vodkafan.

The rains have started in the hills & the river is classed as  dangerous,
(Local rule = unit's opponent throws 12x D6.  5 or 6 = hit
if a crossing is attempted).

In a day or so it will be impassable, the crossing attempt must be today.
Takeda Shingen did steal a march on Mouri Hiramoto, but then diverted to
visit the local Shinto shrine (first picture) to give thanks for his good fortune.  The lost time has given Hiramoto a chance & gathering what forces he could he rushed to stop Shingen his old enemy. He managed to get two units there quickly, they threw up improvised barricades and waited. 2nd picture shows the Mouri forces, the 3rd Takeda troops.

Local rule.  Hiramoto throws a D6 for each unit, adds it to the unit's cost. The two highest scoring units will start on the table, with barricades. Dice off for any draws.The descending scores of the others shows the order that they will appear at the tables edge.  They must appear in that order & must activate to enter the field of battle. They,
however do not have to come onto the battlefield at the same spot,
just south of the river. 'Wot? Sarf of duh River at this time of night?

Shingen's troops start on the Northern table's edge, well they have been waiting for him to finish his prayers!

N.B. We made a few amendments following the previous battle.
For example Archers 'To shoot' score (their raison d'etre) drops to a more believable five plus.

More comments & pictures should follow the battle tomorrow.
« Last Edit: May 08, 2021, 05:49:14 PM by has.been »

Offline has.been

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Re: The Battle of Mah-Son Temple.
« Reply #23 on: May 08, 2021, 01:55:36 PM »
I gave James (Vodkafan) the choice of which side he wanted to be.
He decided to remain as Mouri clan. I had one more unit, the untried
Arcquebus, but he was allowed two sets of barricades.
Absolutely certain that at least one barricade would be used to defend
the bridge, my battle plan was as follows.
Both of my samurai units to move up the road & take the bridge. I expected the first to absorb  casualties while Shingen would lead the
second to victory. To support the attack on a fortified bridge I would have the archers on one flank & the Arcquebus on the other. To distract his
other forces, & keep them away from the bridge area, my Ronin were
to cross the river on my left flank & the Monks (led by mad Father Jack)
to cross it on my right flank.
I tell you all this dear reader as, 'No plan survives contact with the enemy'.
James deployed neither barricade near the bridge?!?
Of his two (on the table at the start) just a lone unit of Ronin defended
the bridge, while his mounted Samurai (led by the great man himself)
wandered to the east of the bridge. James thought better of staying there & ordered a withdrawal to a safer area, but he threw double ones for the activation!  This led to the unit charging at the hated Takeda clan... across the swollen river!!!!!!
But more of that later.
First his Ronin holding the bridge, then two pictures of the mighty Takeda clan advancing, & finally my Ronin cross the river.
 

Offline has.been

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Re: The Battle of Mah-Son Temple.
« Reply #24 on: May 08, 2021, 05:11:36 PM »
Realising his Mounted Samurai, & himself, were not in the best place...
Hiromoto orders a withdrawal, but...
he throws double ones!  The cavalry charge into the foaming river!?!?
So desperate were they to fight the Takeda troops on the far bank.
Once in the icy river they realise their foolishness. Three Takeda units
close by the far bank, enemy archers & arcquebus firing on them &
my Ronin closing in from behind. He orders a retreat, but the river,
archers & arcquebus take a fearful toll. The unit breaks & flees.
1st picture = Overview of the tactical situation. As Hiromoto said,
                    'Oh 'eck lads, get the hell out of here!'
2nd picture = My Ronin closing in along the south bank.
3rd picture = The throw that got them into the mess.

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Re: The Battle of Mah-Son Temple.
« Reply #25 on: May 08, 2021, 05:23:26 PM »
Mouri Ronin on the bridge are taking casualties, then from first
the Sushi shop behind them bursts forth a unit of Samuri to help.
A move later some archers pile out of the Saki House opposite.
The help comes too late for the Ronin, who finally break when
forced to fight my Samurai.

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Re: The Battle of Mah-Son Temple.
« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2021, 05:38:22 PM »
On my right flank, the Warrior Monks (led by father Jack) cross the
river & manage to charge James' Ashigaru.

James withdraws his cavalry back to the south bank.

Last photo is of the first ever volley from my arcquebus.
This was what finished off the Mouri cavalry.

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Re: The Battle of Mah-Son Temple.
« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2021, 05:48:05 PM »
Just as things seem to be going my way, something else comes my way.
From ambush out of the woods a unit of Samurai hit my unsuspecting
Ronin. The result however, I am sorry to relate, was not a surprise.
Ronin were pushed back into the river. The number of drowned caused
another morale test. Throwing a total of 3 on two dice lead to them
breaking, scratch on unit of Ronin.
James' other Samurai unit move onto the bridge & start to taunt my troops. His archers turn their attention to the Monks.

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Re: The Battle of Mah-Son Temple.
« Reply #28 on: May 08, 2021, 05:55:46 PM »
A big turning point. Activating the arcquebus to fire I threw
double ones!!!!!  The resulting event was a Ninja attack on Shingen
(Me !!!). They emerged from the river & managed to drag him away.
I always thought Dixon had moulded a blowpipe into the hand of that
Ninja, but it was in fact an underwater  breathing tube.

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Re: The Battle of Mah-Son Temple.
« Reply #29 on: May 08, 2021, 06:03:50 PM »
 Then the ferocious monks... fail to break the lowly Ashigaru. Forced to retreat they become targets for his archers. Literally shot in the back, a cowardly Mouri trick. A Clan with no Honour!
 Father Jack survives, but has to lead the Monks back into the River. As many drowned in the crossing, Jack was heard shouting, 'Fecking water!!!!' so he at least survived.
Mouri Samurai decide to attack, rather than wait for my arcquebus
& archers to get into firing positions. They fail to break my Samurai & are forced back onto the bridge. They prepare to sell themselves dearly.
In their final fight they are wiped out, but their spirits have their
revenge as mine fail their morale test & break.

 

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