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pushing tin11 Apr 2021 1:25 p.m. PST

our latest 6mm socially distanced bash, using Bloody Big Battles
















Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2021 2:21 p.m. PST

That's a great looking battlefield layout. The star fort is well done.

I like Krudener's way of skating from a battle lost!


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2021 2:32 p.m. PST

Nice AAR! Thanks for sharing

Bandolier11 Apr 2021 5:20 p.m. PST

Interesting game.
BBB are really good rules.

Old Contemptible11 Apr 2021 9:22 p.m. PST

Very nice. 10mm or 6mm?

pushing tin12 Apr 2021 6:04 a.m. PST

6mm, the clue is where I say '6mm' in the original post :)

Joe1870 Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2021 6:08 p.m. PST

That looks great. Where did you get the star fort?

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP13 Apr 2021 2:57 a.m. PST

Beautiful layout. Though if I recall right from my own visit to Nikopol, you need to add a toothless and fragrant Bulgarian goatherd.

We fought an earlier draft of this at OWS in 2015:
It was too tough for the Russians then – looks like the revised version is still tough for them!

pushing tin13 Apr 2021 4:52 a.m. PST

The Star Fort is from Brigade Models range of small scale scenery, I added the ditch and glacis, made using coffee stirrers and acrylic sealant.


Yes, the Russians took heavy casualties, partly thanks to them being 'tactically inept' although the plan to seize Nikopol by coup de main was always going to be ambitious.

I tried it as a solo later (which I know is not the same as a 'live' opponent) and it was a walkover for the Russians. Possibly it is a result of the small number of forces, which can make the results quite volatile in BBB.

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP13 Apr 2021 5:00 a.m. PST

Aha, yes, fortunes of war. Good to have it confirmed that either side can achieve a thumping win. The scenario does have the virtue that both sides have enough options to try different plans, which is always good for interesting challenges and replay value.

pushing tin13 Apr 2021 5:17 a.m. PST

Indeed, in the solo version I concentrated all the Russians in the centre and set the steamroller rolling, heavy casualties but by turn 5 the Ottomans had nothing left to retake the central redoubts and could only snipe bitterly from the walls of Nikopol.

I used the Ottoman deployment as indicated on the scenario map, so may try it again but having the Ottomans less spaced out and concentrated more on the objectives.

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