The “Cruise” of the Landship Borodino
January 16th 1878
Corringham Essex England
The stage is now set for the action near Corringham to begin…
- The Russian have the initiative every turn
- On turn one every vehicle has automatic Activation
- The British enter from the western edge of the table
- The Russian enters from the eastern edge of the table
- To win the Russian must exit the Borodino from the western edge of the table, any damage taken is irrelevant as long as it exits the table edge
At long range the Borodino took out one of the British Armoured Steam Wagons and continued straight down the centre of the table.
The British suffering from inconsistent activations fired as soon as they were in range of the Russian Landship but initially to no avail.
Turn 4 and the Borodino’s front turret again belched smoked and flame and put a second British Vehicle from the Prince of Wales Own Dragoons out of action but its machineguns were still out of range and turning to manoeuvre the rear turret into action would mean slowing down its westward progress.
At this stage British fire was still ineffective they scored only a few hits and the Russian saving throws negated them all!
The next turn literally turned the game. Captain Matyushenko decided it was time to turn and bring his full broadside to bear on his foes when an Activation roll of one sent the Borodino to the Breakdown Table. The result was a power surge; the Borodino was to move straight forward the total number of inches on two regular dice. The result was TWELVE suddenly the Russians were over half way across the board and within two inches of ramming a British Armoured Steam Wagon!
Luckily for the British their three remaining vehicles passed their activation rolls on this turn and a hail of fire was poured into the Borodino. The results a the barrage were nasty, four crewman dead, one secondary machine gun destroyed plus 2 speed hits and 2 two steering hits were accumulated. One more speed or steering hit and it was all over for the Borodino.
The Dice Gods turned on the British next turn as the Borodino lumbered around them all three of their vehicles failed their Activation Rolls and to make it worse through the Breakdown Table one of the Armoured Steam Wagons surged forward and rammed another while a second brewed up!!!!
Some pictures friom the AAR above:
Next time…errrm Building the USLS Lexington