Sunday, October 16, 2016

GNW, Trondheim 1718, The Supply Train

Starving Swedish forces waiting for their supplies

Time to try out the classical Wagon Train Scenario. This is scenario no game rules can be without. So when we continued the work on our very own rules "Musket Mayhem" this had to tested with the rules just mentioned.

The basic outline of this scenario is that that one side is trying to protect a wagon train or a transport of some kind, moving from one end of the game board to the other. The opposing forces are trying to capture the train. Not too complicated but quite fun.

In our game the Swedish forces commanded by Colonel Jöns Von Djaefull are escorting a supply transport(consisting of a single sleigh). A third of the Swedish force is stationed at a supply depot at the other end of the game board(seen from Swedish main force). The Norwegians are trying to ambush the train and if possible capture it. As always the Norwegian side is boldly led by Colonel Castrullenfjord.  Both side has 5 units each. The Swedes win if they manage to safely transport the supplies to the supply depot. The Norwegian win if they manage to stop the transport and capture the supplies.
The battlefield....most of it anyway. The Swedish supply depot is to the left of the bell tower.

The Swedish supply train is on the move. The Ostrobothnians and Jämtlandians serving as close support

The Norwegians are moving in...unfortunately Castrullenfjord and his sub commander Flaeksnaes did not manage to get their orders trough and the Norwegian line was static for quite some time( In game terms: Snake eyes for the Norwegian player)

The Norwegian left wing advanced towards the supply depot...

A complete mess on the right flank...Dragoons making their way through the static infantry line. 

The defenders of the supply depot decided to go on the offensive....

Soon to face the opposition on the other side of the frozen pond....a few volleys later and the Norwegians were halted....the Norwegian commander was not amused 

The Norwegian Dragoons dismounted to face the Jämtlandians...

The Norweigan left flank has just been beaten...just few men are still standing...nothing could stop the Jämtlandians this time.

The Norwegian center attacked the Swedish pikes. First a attack by the Norwegian Dragoons(which failed). Then the Grenadiers attacked(and failed). Finally the 1st Trondheim managed to bring down the pikes. By then there weren´t much left to stop the Swedish supply train.

Castrullenfjord known that the battle is lost. He is sounding the retreat....

Well the game was rather swift....the Norwegians got stuck and the Swedes counter attacked. The Norwegian right flank was wiped out and the left was halted. The centre manged to reach the units escorting the supply train. However after a number of rather feeble attempts to take down the Swedish pikes the Norwegian realized that they had to abort the attempt to stop the Swedish supply train.

We ran this game with four players and one game master. It took roughly one and half hour. We are still quite pleased with the rules, although the Norwegian commander(your truely) is less pleased with his own performance.


  1. It was really satisfying to see our club mates embracing the rules and having fun. Thanks to all who participated! :)

    I think we might have to do the wagon scenarion a few times more to try out the balance and maybe make some adjustments.

    Nide pics by the way Jeppan!

    1. I think the pictures taken in our game tonight is better. There were almost not pictures of the supply train itself.

  2. That is a lovely looking game and nice to see your rules coming along nicely.

  3. Another really good looking game and write up. Thank you.