Napoleonic — Battle Four at the Gun Bar — Last for a While

The last time Général de Corps Anthony faced Major General Thomo the Lost was the 5th of May.  Nearly eight weeks later we faced each other across the field of battle one more time. This was a special battle as it was the last time I was going to be in the position to battle with Anthony, face to face, beer to beer, for some time to come as I up sticks and high-tail it out of Dodge … er … sorry … Singapore.

The battlefield was laid out as I arrived and it was decided to play along the battlefield rather than across it. Because of the wicked dice feng shui plaguing Anthony in the past, we decided to dice to see who took the French, with the winner to take them. Once again, I ended up as the British commander.

Forces were equal so we set about deploying. At about this moment, a very nice beer was offered by the commander of the French so toasts were drunk and we retired to the balcony for the Singapore version of a sausage sizzle and that marvel of Australian gastronomic delight – the sausage sanger! The sangers were despatched, as was the beer, so we returned to the table.

I had based my tactics around holding the village in the centre of the table with my forces able to run back into the forest should the going get a little tough. My artillery was massed on my left. The rifles were in the best position to take the town and they were ably supported by the Portuguese.

My right flank was protected by three battalions of English and Highland troops. Battle commenced, dice were rolled, the French were rolled, au revoir, c’est tout ce qu’elle a écrit.

Whilst I lost a light cavalry regiment carelessly, and a few troops from other battalions, the French lost heavily. Again, the dice smiled upon me and laughed at Anthony. I must remember to take my pilgrimage to the shrine of St Magnus (the patron saint of dice rollers – read the Orkneyinga Saga for verification)!

In any case, thanks Anthony for the hospitality, beer, sausages, the games and most importantly, for being a mate!

And then, what better way to complete the battle than …

Bang on!
Bang on!

Bang On!

5 thoughts on “Napoleonic — Battle Four at the Gun Bar — Last for a While

  1. Greg Kelleher 1 July 2014 / 7:27 am

    So Ian, where are you off to and does it mean you were successful in your hunt for a new job?




    • Thomo the Lost 1 July 2014 / 10:19 am

      Yeah – supposed to start a new role next Monday and I’ll give you two clues – Moro Wars and Commodore George Dewey 🙂

      Now just working out how to get stuff from here to there 😦


  2. Anthony 1 July 2014 / 7:46 am

    BANG ON !!!

    A good fun battle, even if after 4 Napoleonic encounters I am batting zero. Thanks for the mateship, the dice rolling and teaching me about table fengshui 🙂 The beer fridge will be stocked for October, and hopefully by then I will have weeded out the die that hate me.


    • Thomo the Lost 1 July 2014 / 10:16 am

      The dice only hate you during the game – the rolls after the game were managing 60%+ 4, 5 or 6 as compared to the 10% during the game 😛


  3. Greg Kelleher 1 July 2014 / 2:59 pm

    So you’ll be working with manila envelopes 🙂 Yes moving everything will be a bitch. Good luck with that.



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