Saturday, 7 September 2013

Borodino Bicetennial: One Year On

An Excuse for More Photos

One year ago today—200 years to the day—we began our game to mark the bicentennial of the great and terrible Battle of Borodino.
This game was the biggest game of our 'bicetennial series', and of our wargaming lives, to that date. It marked the culmination of a 30-year wargaming plan (and dream) for Mark and was something that Julian and I just thought would never be possible. It took nearly 12 months of detailed planning, scenario-development, painting, terrain making and preparation from the three of us.

Naturally it occupied the majority of last year's posts on this blog; including an initial report and a full report of the game. Yet, there is more to show. So, below are some more photos of the game.

I have focussed on those that show the game in its grandeur. Thanks again to Stephen who took a lot of the photos that are posted here; you may detect the two separate cameras and styles?!
We hope that viewers of this blog will enjoy seeing these photos—almost as much as we do!
No further text with this one; we’ll let the pictures tell the thousand words...

Don't forget to click on the thumbnails to see them in all their splendour!


  1. Awesome!! How many hours to store your troops after such a huge battle? Great pictures...

    1. From memory it took us over four hours to set-up and three or four to pack up at the end.

      You have commented previously about the strength of our table. One of the advantages of using 1/72nd plastics is that we don't need a steel reinforced table to support them!

  2. Impressive dispaly! I have downloaded all your pictures to enjoy slowly...
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Rafa. I hope that you did/are enjoying viewing them almost as much as we do!

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    1. Thanks Rodger. It was pretty amazing every time we sat back and viewed that table 'full of figures'!

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    1. Pleased that it was not entirely self-indulgent David!

  5. Excellent photos showing the full scale of the massive battle. Most impressive.

    1. Thanks Mark.

      It's a crowed battlefield/table, as you commented in the post about the Borodino game that you were involved in back in the early 90s.

      Others may wish to view this impressive game.

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    1. Thanks Ken.

      The planning and set-up time limits such big games to about once or twice a year, so it's great to relive them via the photos!