Russian Civil War Interlude – Hardly Mechanised at all.

 

RCW Cavalry and Garford Armoured Car

No, not that unit … the other one over there!

In a very welcome return to hybrid face-to-face wargaming, YesthatPhil, Trebian and I met up at Shedquarters for a game of the Russian Civil War. This is a game of Trebian’s in development, so I was less interested in the rules as in the setup and mechanics of running a Zoom wargame from the umpire’s end. The main takeaway lesson that came over loud and clear is that players need signposting clues on the ground.

Red Cavalry pass a scratchbuilt Garford armoured Car (one of YesthatPhil's) at the gallop.

Red Cavalry pass a scratchbuilt Garford armoured Car (one of YesthatPhil’s) at the gallop.

Ex-military types have little trouble talking section fire on to the “red hats ten o’ clock left of the burning armoured car on the road junction twelve inches to their front”. Civilians , alas are prone to saying “fire at that infantry unit by the wood, no not that one, the other one over there”. My time as a toy pusher passed agreeably, with much wry amusement. Coffee, cake and chocolate was involved for those in meatspace.

They've got a Cave Troll - The Garford squats down on the key road junction.

“They’ve got a Cave Troll!” – The Garford squats down on the key road junction in the centre far, far distance left of the village.

The game was splendid, with Trebian doing most of the sums, of which there seemed to be a lot. There was a proper Dr Zhivago cavalry charge across open fields and a satisfactory amount of to and fro-ing with infantry in a key village at the crossroads.

Red and White cavalry get properly stuck in!

Red and White cavalry get properly stuck in. Urrah!

Treb has put a lot of work into getting the period feel right, and it is paying off.  He threw four armoured cars into the battle to see what would happen. They did not overpower the game, although a burning model T Ford probably wished that they were elsewhere.

The Garford was soon renamed Garfield. It was close-assaulted by infantry and went WOOF!

The Garford was soon renamed Garfield. It was close-assaulted by infantry and went WOOF!

Is it safe to come out now?

“Is it safe to come out now?” Discretion proved to be the better part of valour for the White armoured cars.

Richard Lindley officered the Whites and claimed a victory. Steve Churchus and Will Whyler ran the Reds and also claimed victory, because of self-evident historical inevitability. Trebian claimed the last chocolate square, and deserved it for putting on an excellent playtest. Wins all round 🙂

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16 responses to “Russian Civil War Interlude – Hardly Mechanised at all.

  1. Graham Evans

    Good to hear you enjoyed yourself. I don’t think there’s a lot of calculations. There’s a single one everytime you fire or do hand to hand combat. I don’t think that’s a lot. Unless you have a lot of firing and fighting.

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  2. Looks fun- the RCW always looked interesting when played at a sweeping scale.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  3. Sounds like a great game. Zoom gaming does have it’s challenges but the fact that it takes away the “helicopter” view I think is a good thing.

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    • Graham Evans

      Zooming has been a boon through lockdown. It does restrict views, but honestly, people in the same room is more enjoyable.

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  4. I loved this: “Ex-military types have little trouble talking section fire on to the “red hats ten o’ clock left of the burning armoured car on the road junction twelve inches to their front”. Civilians , alas are prone to saying “fire at that infantry unit by the wood, no not that one, the other one over there”.”

    I’m not military anything, but have played in an airsoft MilSim LARP, and learnt to say Contact! enemy at 3 o’clock, 20 meters etc., along with basic radio speak procedure too.

    It helped to be playing with former and active service members to learn the ropes.

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  5. This is great, Chris! 🙂 It’s about time I got back on with my RCW stuff! I’m impressed with that scratchbuilt Garford – even I’m not daft enough to try and scratchbuild one of them (ignore those people in the background shouting “Oh yes you are”)!

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  6. Nigel Drury

    3D print files are freely available for the armoured cars.

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  7. Jonathan Freitag

    Very enjoyable battle account and terrific game photos, Chris. Sorry I missed this one.

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