Saturday, April 1, 2023

Back of Beyond - Autumn 1920

Kind of feels like this campaign is fizzling out... No communications have been sent in weeks and only two (of the remaining six) players sent me orders for this turn. 

 The Illustrious Arm of the Nine Illuminated Terrestrial Immortals held their position at Pyrohy, ever vigilant for another counterattack - which never came! Instead Kombrig Mahat Mikhan led what remained of his Ist Guard Regiment, Ipatiev House back to Bakunin!? The sad train marching to Bakunin was described by one obsever as being "a handful of gunners apprentices riding on an empty artillery caisson, pulled by a decrepit three-legged yak".

The Reds at Borschka also prepared to defend their base of operations against an attack by the Western Interventionists, that never materialized. 

Altan Baatar Kahn remained with The Red Horde in Bashkent. Bored and somewhat demoralized that their leader would not lead them to relieve the siege at, some of his troops started to dessert, while others were killed in drunken brawls that became almost a nightly occurrence in Bashkent by the end of Autumn. 

The Siege of Wurumchi

With no sign of their Khan coming to relieve them and the citizens nearly ready to revolt, the city garrison finally capitulated and gave up the town to the mongrel band of brigands led by the Margrave of Grosswardein; Hedwig Markus von Eggenberg (who still referred to his band of thugs as the East Asia Cavalry Division)

The Back of Beyond at the end of Autumn 1920. 


  • Commander of the Field Army: Lieutenant General Sir Percy Arbuthnot-Worcester-Gruntfuttock-Smythe
  • Faction: Western Interventionists
  • Army: 14th Allied Eastern Expeditionary Army
  • Base of Operations: Canadar 
  • Other Cities: Canuckand, Molsensk, Stlojia, Borschka
  • Resource Points: 2
  • Field Army:
  • 3rd Battalion, Winnipeg Grenadiers (11)
  • 5th Battalion, Cape Breton Highlanders  (15)
  • 2nd Battalion, Regina Rifles - Heavy Infantry Battalion (12)
  • 105th Canadian Fusiliers - Heavy Infantry Battalion (12)
  • 8th Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles - Cavalry (15)
  • 37th Field Artillery (11)
  • 38th Field Artillery (15) 


  • Commander of the Field Army: Hedwig Markus von Eggenberg, Margrave of Grosswardein
  • Faction: Tsarist
  • Army: East Asia Cavalry Division 
  • Base of Operations: Gura
  • Other Cities: Wurumchi, Driutsek 
  • Resource Points: 0
  • Field Army:
  • 337th Infantry Regiment (Heavy) (9)
  • Mongolian Cavalry (5)
  • 38th Hussars Cavalry (7)
  • 77th Imperial Artillery Regiment (10) 


  • Commander of the Field Army: Altan Baatar Kahn
  • Faction: Warlord Chinese
  • Army: The Red Horde
  • Base of Operations: Lung-Hu
  • Other Cities: Sui-Pei, Bashkent 
  • Resource Points: 12
  • Field Army:15
  • Heavy Infantry Battalion (13)
  • Heavy Infantry Battalion (13)
  • Infantry Battalion (13)
  • Infantry Battalion (13)
  • Cavalry (13)
  • Artillery (13)
  • Tank (13) 


  • Commander of the Field Army: Win-Cao Lo-Fat, The Most Illustrious Beacon of Celestial Light and Commander of the Arm of Earthly Might
  • Faction: Warlord Chinese
  • Army: The Illustrious Arm of the Nine Illuminated Terrestrial Immortals 
  • Base of Operations: Wei-Li
  • Other Cities: Ching-Ho, Ulaan-Goom, Pyrohy, Holopchi
  • Resource Points: 3
  • Field Army:
  • 1st Heavy Infantry Battalion (9)
  • 2nd Heavy Infantry Battalion (5) 
  • 3rd Infantry Battalion (7)
  • 4th Infantry Battalion (10)
  • Cavalry Regiment (14)
  • Artillery Regiment (4)
  • Tank Regiment (14)


  • Commander of the Field Army: Kombrig Mahat Mikhan
  • Faction: Bolshevik
  • Army: Ist Guard Regiment, Ipatiev House
  • Base of Operations: Kubassa
  • Other Cities: Kroptkand, Bakunin
  • Resource Points: 0
  • Field Army:
  • 6th Artillery Regiment (6)

RED (of course) 

  • Commander of the Field Army: Commissar-General Lev (Leon) Davidovitch Runstein
  • Faction: Bolshevik
  • Army: Первый Бабушка Армейский корпус (Ist Babushka Army Corps)
  • Base of Operations: Baboushka
  • Other Cities: Vlodkask
  • Resource Points: 5
  • Field Army:
  • 1st Transuralian Peoples Infantry Battalion (Heavy)  (10)
  • 2nd Transuralian Peoples Battalion (Heavy) (10)
  • 3rd Transuralian Peoples Battalion (12)
  • 4th Transuralian Peoples Battalion (10)
  • 1st Babushka Cavalry Regiment (12)
  • 1st Borschka Artillery Regiment (11)


  1. Too bad to see interest dwindling. I think that is a risk in campaigning. I have seen this happen in Diplomacy and Empires in Arms. Once the tide turns against, many players stop participating.

    1. Cheers!

      If this is the end, I had fun and learned a lot for any future campaigns. I didn't have hopes of this going all that long and was really just to playtest some campaign rules and try out One Hour Wargames, so... Mission Accomplished...?

  2. Maybe all the armies just need a bit of a breather before exploding into action again?! It's certainly been fun while it lasted!

    1. Maybe? We shall see. It was fun - and I learned for future campaigns.