The scenario went by the name "Mr Brown Goes Off To Town", a reference to the classic TV series "Dad's Army". Details are a little sketchy in my memory, but I remember it as being based #29 "Raid on a Train" from "Scenarios for all Ages". The 8:21 train from Walmington-On-Sea had broken down, and the small detachment of troops on board had to defend it until a recovery engine could reach it. The aggressors in this scenario were actually Russian instead of German, at the time this was simply because I had more of them painted up, but now it firmly places the battle somewhere in the far north of England or even Scotland. And everything, of course, was in 15mm (this back in the day when almost nobody was doing 15mm VSF.)
|"Hold on, 'Arry. I fink I hear something..."|
Details of the actual course of the battle are sadly lost apart from these few pictures. I do remember right from the word go we had players wanting to close assault vehicles with infantry or cavalry. Or have their vehicles trundle over infantry. Or ram vehicles with other vehicles. Basically pretty much everything that wasn't covered in the original rules booklet (I was pleased to note the Compendium now covers such "unexpected" eventualities.)
I'll let the photos tell the rest of the story, such as it is.
|Brave Tommies assaulting the Russian steam tank.|
|This is what I like about VSF. A cavalry charge with a |
steam tank in the background.
|Another cavalry charge. Against a train. (sigh)|
|The relief column arrives. The P5s looked positively |
gargantuan in 15mm!
|The steam tank rams the recovery engine. Certain players |
who shall not be named now consider this the main objective
for every GASLIGHT game I run with a train track on the table.