David Bickley's Wargames Blog

The occasional ramblings of an average gamer, journeyman painter, indifferent modeller, games designer, sometime writer for Wargames Illustrated and host of games in GHQ.

Thursday 12 June 2014

The Battle of Ballykillmoore...

...or, "To be sure, Sor, those Frenchies really are coming!" A first outing for my Wars of the French Revolution collection and Jon's first try at Maurice. A small imaginary encounter battle set in western Ireland between General Le Blanc's Armée des Marais Ouest and General Wythering-Fyre of the Irish station.  The objective is the strategic crossroads you can see on the left in the first picture. But first, some scenes of the rural idyll that was Ballykillmoore ~
The sleepy hamlet of Ballykillmoore
Paddy McGinty's Goat?

Seamus O'Toole, a blacksmith
Eugene Barry, his hardworking assistant
The right flank of the British force enters Ballykillmoore to deny the French the strategic crossroads. However, French cavalry can be seen ominously advancing in the distance ~
On the British left the French Infantry with artillery support does not daunt the gallant and impetuous (aka suicidal) British cavalry "Stirrups Up men!"~

While on the British right the French cavalry are looking ever more threatening as the move to flank the British line of march ~

With his right flank threatened by the French cavalry, and with only a small force of Light Dragoons as support, discretion proves the better part of valour and General Wythering-Fyre orders the 8th and 12th Regiments to enter the safety of Ballykillmoore ~

Meanwhile, over on the British left, their cavalry's gallant charge is shattered by the French conscripts!

Over in Ballykillmoore a French attack on the crossroads in an audacious attempt to force a win is repulsed by the 8th Regiment ~

Back on the British left, the French infantry are taking Disruption points from repeated Bombard Actions by the Royal Artillery, but continue coming on in their old way ~

Despite their gallant, and at times foolhardy, performance, General Wythering-Fyre's lads are finally broken by their old enemy lead by Le Blanc! The French are in Ballykillmoore! ~

Our game lasted three and a half hours and was keenly contested throughout. At times a paucity of Action Cards hindered us both and both sides suffered from sharply declining Army Morale on occasions as a result of judicious enemy use of Event Cards. In the end I ran out of units and could not deny the French the game objective of the crossroads. A good advert for the Maurice system as both of us were thoroughly engrossed in the contest. Jon is keen to try again, so I think there may be a rematch next month sometime.


  1. Cracking photos and narrative, it's great to see this stuff getting its first outing, it does look rather splendid.

    1. Thanks, Phil! I must say I'm pleased with how the project is going!

  2. Mr. B's new collection is rather splendid. He's done a super job with the old Foundry paints. I found myself fondling his figures,and now I want some of my own ....Noooo, resist man, resist!

    Maurice, or as we like to call them Morris, I felt produced a rather good game. The cards & counter cards mean that you put the same scenario out 50 times and it would almost always be an entirely different game very time. I'm looking forward to another bash soon .....

    1. Thanks, Jon! I'm glad you enjoyed the first taste of a Maurice game. We'll revisit the genre in due course when a few more troops can take the field.

  3. Beautiful report, love the atmospheric first pics, great looking minis...and a nice French attack too!

    1. Thanks Phil! I was quite pleased with the pics myself.

  4. Great game report. Amazing table setup!