BATTLE OF THE ALMA 1854 – CRIMEAN WAR

CRIMEAN WAR – BATTLE OF THE ALMA 1854

1854 Russian batteries

After a three week break, action was resumed in the Wargamorium last night this time on the banks of the Alma river in the Crimean War of 1854.  The Russian force under Prince Mentschikov was drawn up on the Alma heights north of Sebastopol in an effort to prevent the Franco-British armies from taking the city and its naval port.

The British were surprised to find that the Russians had created a large artillery redoubt to cover the two main roads leading to the city but not as surprised as the Russians were when they found themselves under artillery bombardment from the French Navy anchored just offshore!

The allies presented a colourful array of sparkling British scarlet and dashing French Chasseurs d’Afrique all of which contrasted with the more sober earth brown of the Russian greatcoats but the Russian doggedness would ensure that this was not going to be a walkover for the invaders.

The battle lines were drawn up and action starts next week.

WEEK 2 – We continued this game but unfortunately did not take any more photographs.  The game ground to a halt because the artillery rules were far too strong so it is back to the drawing board.

The French advance begins against the Russian left.

The French advance begins against the Russian left.

Four French Divisions on the march.

Four French Divisions on the march.

The French Navy takes up position offshore.

The French Navy takes up position offshore.

The French naval bombardment in full swing.

The French naval bombardment in full swing.

Russian cavalry waiting in reserve.

Russian cavalry waiting in reserve.

The Russians awaiting the onslaught.

The Russians awaiting the onslaught.

Russian gunners awaiting orders.

Russian gunners awaiting orders.

Russian infantry in one of the valleys

Russian infantry in one of the valleys

Russian infantry on the heights.

Russian infantry on the heights.

The Russians are determined to contest the bridge.

The Russians are determined to contest the bridge.

 

The great redoubt and supporting infantry.

The great redoubt and supporting infantry.

The Russian redoubt opens fire.

The Russian redoubt opens fire.

The British in battle array.

The British in battle array.

On the Allied left the British advance into the valley.

On the Allied left the British advance into the valley.

The British infantry advance on the Russian right.

The British infantry advance on the Russian right.

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6 Responses to BATTLE OF THE ALMA 1854 – CRIMEAN WAR

  1. Phil says:

    Great looking pictures, waiting for next step!

  2. Wayne lennox says:

    Great pictures, did you make the redoubt from scratch ? Keep us posted on developments, always fancied Crimea !
    Regards Wayne

  3. wargamorium says:

    Thanks Wayne
    Yes I made the redoubt from scratch. It is part of the fortifications I made for the Russo Turkish War 1787 to 1792. See former blog post on this for the rest of the fortifications.
    https://thewargamorium.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/rtw-field-works/
    Regards

  4. Don Williams says:

    I see that you are using Eureka 18mm Crimean Russian infantry figures. Have you experienced problems with bayonets breaking off? I’m thinking about jumping into this period and buying a lot of these figures, but am concerned about durability.
    Regards,
    Don
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  5. wargamorium says:

    Hello Don

    Sorry for the delay in responding but your comment got blocked in the spam filter.

    I have had no problem with Eureka bayonets but I believe the Russian figures in helmets have this problem. Mine are all in undress caps as you can see from the photographs. I spoke with the UK supplier (Fighting 15s) and he does not stock the helmeted figures for this reason.

    I hope this helps.

    Regards

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