|View from the bridge as the Allies withdraw across it, fighting their delaying action|
The battle report re-posted from Sept. 30, 2009Sunday evening we met to try the new rules for Queen and Planet VSF. These included, the joker card inserted into the action deck to represent all uncontrolled movement in the game (warband charges, damaged machines, positional instability of water and air craft, also movement of CinC between units). Also, the modified morale rules to limit units that will require a morale check from taking offensive action without making the check.
|A Chinese and Cephalopod force on the march|
|Russian machine gun company and rifles momentarily check the Chinese/Cephalopod advance|
|The Chinese forces close in on the west village|
|The gallant Russian guard battaltion makes a stand in the center of the west village|
|The allies are slowly shoved out of the west village by the Boxer assault|
And Joel's always humorous take on the action:
The European Powers relief force had collected the threatened civilians and were working on a slow, methodical evacuation. The Allies dug in to provide full cover for their citizens return to safety. The Boxers were on the massed on the right flank of the Imperial Chinese, the Cephalopods on the left and back slightly. The battle opened with a Russian machine gun raking an advancing Imperial Chinese unit, then the Boxers took a slower, caution advance on the village. The Cephalopods seemed fascinated at the hilariously primitive Sikorsky flier. After two turn their side bets were much more important than the battle in the village & wheat fields. The Italians had hoped on a crossfire to stop the Boxers, but the Russians, to their right were pressed and wavered. Then the sound of gongs, firecrackers and bugles signaled the Imperial Chinese & Boxers to charge on village. The Cephalopods were still betting that the Sikorsky flier would/wouldn't crash any minute now. The Italians pulled back in order, then the Russians ran passed and the Cephalopods were disappointed the Sikorsky flier, wobbled & dipped but survived the entire battle. Once the British finished their tea & biscuits they were ready for any fight.