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'A gaping silken dragon,/Puffed by the wind, suffices us for God./We, not the City, are the Empire's soul:/A rotten tree lives only in its rind.'

Friday, 1 November 2013

Thrown back...

... the local assault by the Reds has been thrown back. But, without a shadow of a doubt, they will return.

It is many years since I played with the Lyall rules, and they are interesting in that they give real potency to anti-tank artillery (well, Pak42s, at least), and machine guns. In that, they are probably very accurate. However, it does mean that the type of across open fields assault that the Soviets put in was very costly.

Although two of the attacking T34s in the thrust down the road had been knocked out, the infantry pushed on, following up a single T34.

Red mortar fire pounded the German lines. Mortar, and artillery fire tended to be difficult to get on target, but, as above, when it did range in, was devastating.


Above is the famous Lyall machine gun grid in play - in this case an Eastern volunteers' LMG caught a half platoon in the open. End of the half platoon. Things were beginning to look difficult for the attackers, but, to be sure, Von Stahlein ordered up the:

Hetzers and their accompanying Eastern volunteers infantry.

A wise move too, as the German T34 was knocked out at close range by the remaining Soviet T34.

The Reds continued the infantry assault, although their mortar support had to cease as they closed on the enemy's lines, which:

were being reinforced by the Hetzers...

It was all too much, Soviet numbers dropped below morale levels, and a general withdrawal began.

The LFD and the Eastern volunteers still held the town. There were lessons to be learned here about the Lyall rules. Even though the Bolsheviks had an advantage in tanks, mortars and rocket launchers, it still wasn't enough to seriously incommode (shades of Moriarty's conversation with Holmes there) the defenders. What was needed was a longer opening bombardment, and/or more armour.

Meanwhile, that nice fellow the (privatised) postman has been, and look what he brought:


  1. Very nice. I can't work out the scale, is it 20mm?

  2. Cheers, old chap. Yes, 20mm - a real mix of makes, though. Some of the figures are SHQ, some Platoon 20, some that I just can't remember where I got them from. As for the vehicles - Frontline Miniatures, Italeri (the quickbuild ones), some metal too - again, all a long time since I got them.

  3. Looks like a good time was had by all. How do you find the Lyall rules stacking up?

    1. Being a simple fellow, I find the Lyall rules a tad tricky. I'm going to use them again for my current 'Drive thru' game, and I'll say a little more about them. I used the new, John Curry, edition last time, and I wonder about how the explanations underlying the rules have been integrated with the rules themselves - unlike the original, separate, layout. But, will say more.

  4. Interesting looking game,The machine plastic template thingy is amazing ,do tell more...
    How do the Lyall rules compare with Gran'ts "Battle Practical Wargaming" in complexity and playability?
    Privatized postman has brought an interesting looking book there... again do let us know how you find it.

    1. Ah, the template of toy soldier doom! Yes, I'll say more with my current game - also the artillery & mortar templates...