Monday, July 2, 2012

A Rear Guard Action by G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. : Campaign week 9

Riesling, soundly defeated in their attempt to capture the Sauvignon-Blanc capital, withdrew towards Fort Sinn (the former S-B stronghold by the name of Candide). Major Heidegger, taking over for the fallen Dietrich, ordered 6th and 7th Kompanies to delay any Sauvignon-Blanc advance at the Hills of Cordon Bleu to allow the remainder of the force to reach the fort safely and prepare the defenses. [4 turns plus 1d6 additional turns]

For his part, Colonel Duchamp was in no rush to send his sorely depleted army chasing after Riesling. His success had come largely as the result of the fortress and fortifications in the capital. Still he needed a more comfortable buffer and could not allow Riesling to regroup and attack the capital yet again. With only 5 more weeks of good campaigning before the onset of the rainy season on Helvetica, he was sure if he could hold off Riesling until then, he'd be able to regroup and make a big push when the weather turned favorable again.

[Forces were determined by randomly drawn cards]

Duchamp ordered his steam walker crew to advance and harass the Riesling army with its artillery. The walker would be followed by reinforcements as soon as they could resupply [ a roll of 6 on 1d6 any turn after 4]. Their objective was to drive Riesling back up into the mountains [either force one or more Riesling units to rout or by destroying one or more of them].

The forces size each other up.
Major Heidegger is confident in his abilities, but he is modest about it.
The walker under command of Sgt. Deneuve seizes the initiative and opens fire on Riesling's 7th Kompanie.

The shell explodes among the ranks. 
Chaos ensues! Hauptmann Carnap and a schutze charge towards the walker!
Major Hegel regains control of his company and  by sheer force of will, manages to regroup them.
Even as they regroup, Deneuve manages to send another barrage towards 7th K.
On Riesling's left, Major Kant and Hauptmann Leibnitz lead 6th Kompanie to higher ground.
Deneuve orders his gunner to fire again and again they miss (the walker also started up the previous turn)
The walker advancing after firing before reloading and firing again. And missing. Again.

Duchamp has sent 2e Companie to reinforce the walker.
On the Riesling right, Major Hegel and Hauptmann Carnap storm the hill.
Major Bardot, formerly Colonel Baudrillard's 2nd, orders 2e Companie to advance.
2e Companie forms line.
On the other side of the table, 6th Kompanie forms a line, the black flag of anarchy waving over them.

On the right, 7th Kompanie defiantly waves the Riesling flag (a single ant in a field of wheat) at the walker.

The thin blue and white line advances.
The situation at the end of turn 10.
Heidegger has fulfilled his duty and both Riesling companies fall back in good order.


  1. You've been using G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. for this campaign, so I assume you like it. So, sell me on it. What do you like about it? How does it compare to Sword and the Flame? Do you use the compendium or GASLIGHT battles?

  2. Hi Chris,

    I do indeed like G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. Actually at the very beginning of the campaign I was using Bob Cordery's Memoir of Battle rules (which are excellent and free) and I switched to G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T.because I was reading AARs on other blogs that were using it. I think you've given me a great topic for a post - so I'll write up my thoughts on G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. and post it soon.