The collection has grown over the years and the current rules have not been able to keep pace with the growing collection of units and the bigger games – That’s where SP has been such a winner.
Skirmish at Anting Station
An advance party of sailors from Admiral Seymours column are sent ahead of the main force to protect the railway line and station at Anting.
Their orders are to protect the railway line and defend the station.
The Boxer orders are simple to destroy the railway line and/or capture the station.
They are hindered by the fact that reinforcements enter the table at random points around the station.
Using The Sharpe Practice rules with a number adaptions from TSS, the Allied payers had 5 Naval units from France, Britain, Russia, US and Italy together with 3 Big Men. The Boxers 10 units and 6 Big Men mostly status 1.
The Allies deploy around the station with a large detachment under Lt Gordon Smith sent up the embankment to spot the approaching Boxers and defend the rail line.
The Boxers enter the North whilst the Americans and French rush to meet their attackers.
Boxers begin to mass to the South and West of the Station out of sight of the Allied defenders.
In a bold move the Boxers sweep from behind the wood and along the road leaving the Russian sailors to defend a barricade with no attackers to their front.
Elsewhere Boxers burst from the tree line only to be stopped by accurate Rifle fire by the British contingent the charge falls short and more shock is applied to the units forcing them to retire.
The battle for the Buildings continues, the Russian Big Man Card comes up first and they are able to defend the buildings, but faced with several groups they are wiped out in the first building and take a excessive shock to make them in effective in the second building, it’s only the thought of being chopped to bits by the Boxers that stops them from surrendering.
On the Western Flank the boxers mass and charge up the embankment, the French are faced with Boxers to their front and Left Flank, they turn and deliver a Volley which drives one Boxer Unit from the field, only to be forced from their position by the Boxers scampering up the embankment.
The Italians having spent all game marching from one flank to the next, rush to support the Russians only to be caught in the open Street and whilst inflicting a number of shock points the kills inflicted from the Boxer attack including their CO forced them to retire.
Another disaster for Seymour to contend with, the station in Boxer hands and the rail line likely destroyed.
The British (as usual) acquitted themselves well, but the weight of the Boxer attack and the lack of concentration of fire from the Allies proved to be their undoing.
The rules flowed really well and plans for an all dayer continue to take shape.
Next All Dayer January – Western…..