Saturday, February 6, 2016

20MM RAPID FIRE: LISSJANKA 1944

On Thursday I played a 1944 Eastern Front Rapid Fire scenario at the SESWC.  It was the Lissjanka scenario from
http://www.worldoptions.com.au/fourpipers/…/lissjankarf2.pdf

It proved a bloodbath and a draw. Luckily the Soviets go first in the game and I managed to decimate the leading Panther unit with my Pakfronts first volley.   I provided the Red Army (sadly I forgot my Sturmovik) and Bart provided the Germans.

Pakfront faces massed German armour

Soviet armoured reserves - Frontline resin T34/76s

Bart's burning Panthers

Here is the Red Army OB all regular

Elements 5th Guards Tank Corps

20th Tank Brigade

HQ T34/76, BA64 a/car

1st, 2nd & 3rd Battalions each 2 x T34/76 (AT3)

1499th Anti-tank Artillery Regiment
16 figures, 4 x 76.2mm ATG, 4 x medium trucks

Motor rifle battalion (test @ 20 casualties)
HQ CO + 3 figures, ATR, car
1st, 2nd and 3rd Companies each 8 figures, medium truck
HW Company 12 figures, MMG, 82mm mortar, 57mm ATG
37mm AA, 3 x medium truck
Gun Company 3 figures, 76.2mm ATG, medium truck

Sturmovik 2 x 37mm, 2 x light bombs

Saturday, January 30, 2016

28MM BLACK POWDER: THE DEFENCE OF CUIDAD ESPANOLA

At the SESWC this week I staged The Defence of Cuidad Espanola scenario from the Albion Triumphant campaign book.   The French had won the previous scenario and so gained an extra 3 battalions of veteran Polish grenadiers and 2 guns as the attacker for this game.

French move up to the stream

View from the town

British right wing
It proved a difficult task for the French as it is very difficult for them to cross the stream to get into action versus the town of Cuidad Espanola. So after 12 turns of play it proved to be a British victory.  My new Portuguese militia were blooded in this action even managing to win a round of close combat against the veteran Polish (GDW) grenadiers.  Sadly however they did break in the second round of combat.
 
French finally begin to develop their attack on the town

Polish grenadiers charge the town to be broken in the melee by the KGL
 
Here are the OBs.
 

BRITISH
Lane’s Brigade
3 Battalions line infantry one small
1 RFA gun
Hoole’s Brigade
2 Veteran battalions
2 Battalions Line infantry one with one hit
Dale’s Brigade
Rifle detachment
KGL Hussar Regiment
2 Portuguese Militia battlions
FRENCH
Dupont’s Brigade
3 Battalions Line infantry two small
Ft Gun
Maurice’s Brigade
2 Battalion Line infantry one with one hit
2 Swiss battalions Veteran one small
Ft Gun
Brune’s Brigade
2 Chasseur a Cheval Regiments
HA gun
Lapisse’s Brigade
3 Combined Polish Grenadier battalions
Foot gun


 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

28MM MUSKETS AND TOMAHAWKS FRENCH INDIAN WAR GAME

Some photos from our Muskets and Tomahawks FIW game at Falkirk and District Wargames club last night. I was testing out a scenario for an upcoming M&T weekend this March.  It was adapted from a scenario posted on the Scotia Albion blog.  The British had to rescue their captain who was being held in a settlement by the French and their Huron allies.  It proved a blood bath but a British victory as they rescued their captured captain.
French Indian Chief leads 2 warbands to support the Canadian militia

British Rangers engage the settlement at long range from the forest line

British Indian allies make a run for the cabin the captain is held in.

Another view of the French Indians crossing the swollen stream

The forces were fairly balanced the British had 2 ranger units and 2 Mohawk ally units versus the French Canadian militia with 3 Huron ally units.




Thursday, January 14, 2016

28mm MORE NAPOLEONIC REINFORCEMENTS

I continue to work slowly away on my Napoleonic collection.  Kevin Bowman painted for me 2 units of Portuguese militia from Eagle Miniatures.  I have based them and fitted them with standards from Warflags.  There are 2 more units in preparation to give me a full brigade.  With a change of flags they can easily masquerade as Spanish.

Two units of Portuguese militia - an unusual subject by Eagle Miniatures
I have also added a brigade of Grand Duchy of Warsaw infantry as supports for my French army.  I bought the figures ready painted from South Africa and I added some more shading and rebased them.  They were my official Christmas present from my wife.  I really like the pose of the officer figures.Their flags I adapted from images available on the Internet.

GDW 1st Infantry regiment


GDW Combined Grenadiers
GDW Voltigeur Unit
 
 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

28mm MUSKETS & TOMAHAWKS: FRENCH INDIAN WAR


Over 2 week day nights last month I organised a big French and Indian Wars game at Hugh Wilson’s who again provided the excellent terrain.  This time Hugh had produced lots of new mountain cliff sections.  We used Muskets and Tomahawks with some minor changes to the rules for shooting hits requiring more than a 6.
View over the table
Large ship in the British harbour
The objectives of each side in the mountainous terrain was to destroy the settlements of the other side.  Over the 2 nights neither side managed to destroy a single enemy settlement!  Despite this it proved to be an enjoyable game which kept 9 and then 7 players amused each commanding a force of 2 to 3 units.


French allied Indians finally cross the deadly bridge


French allied Indians scaling the cliffs to get to the Rangers


Here is the OB for the game
 
FRENCH FORCE 1
INDIAN CHIEF
6 INDIANS
6 INDIANS
6 INDIANS

FRENCH FORCE 2
INDIAN CHIEF
6 INDIANS
6 INDIANS
6 INDIANS

FRENCH FORCE 3
INDIAN CHIEF
6 INDIANS
6 INDIANS
6 INDIANS

FRENCH FORCE 4
IRR OFFICER
12 MARINES (IRR)
6 COUREURS DES BOIS

BRITISH FORCE 1
REGULAR OFFICER
8 REGULARS
8 REGULARS

BRITISH FORCE 2
MILITIA OFFICER
6 MILITIA RIFLES
6 MILITIA
6 MILITIA

BRITISH FORCE 3
6 RANGERS
6 RANGERS
6 LIGHT INFANTRY

BRITISH FORCE 4
MILITIA OFFICER
6 MILITIA
6 MILITIA
6 MILITIA

Indians coming down a mountain track



Sunday, November 22, 2015

TARGE 2015 - KIRRIEMUIR 21 NOVEMBER

This weekend I travelled to the Targe 2015 show held at Webster’s High School by the Kirriemuir Wargames club.  Instead of as usual putting on a display for the SESWC this year I was asked to be one of the judges for the display games and the painting competition.
SESWC Lepanto PP game

Falkirk - Indian Mutiny game
It was unfortunate that a few clubs and traders did not make it to the show due to the bad wintry weather in certain parts of Scotland.   The best display game was the Iron Brigade’s Retreat from Moscow and the best PP game was Glasgow Games Group’s Jurassic Park game.  The Border Reiver’s Preston 1715 display won the Targe trophy which is voted on by the members of the Kirriemuir club.
Border Reiver's - Preston 1715

Leuchars Veterans - WWI display

Iron Brigade - Retreat from Moscow

East Neuk - 6mm Quatre Bras using Blucher
Overall it was an enjoyable last show of the year for me.  I picked up more figures for my Napoleonic Peninsular War collection from the traders and the busy bring and buy stall.

Burma 1944 - using Bolt Action

LRDG raid on a German airfield

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

LOGW BIG GANGSTER WEEKEND


I was away at the weekend at Kirriemuir in Angus for a Gangster event.  Over the two days 12 gamers attended from the LOGW.  All the scenarios were developed by Peter Nicholson and Colin Jack.  The figures were supplied by various members of the group and Colin and Peter supplied the vast bulk of the terrain.
Docklands scenario

On the first day there was a choice of 6 tables with differing scenarios.   Each of the players played 4 games on a different table.  The scenarios were the docklands, the airport, a city centre, Mexican border town, Canadian Border and a backwoods moonshining operation

Nowhereville kinema
On the Sunday we played a single big game – set in the impressive fictional city of Nowhereville.  There were 6 gangster gangs and 6 law enforcement teams some of whom turned out to bigger crooks than the gangsters.  Each player was attempting to make money and achieve 2 secret objectives.  Mine were to rob a bank and kill a police commissioner.
Nowhereville airport
The first bank raid
It was an enjoyable weekend and the rules adapted from Legends of the West worked well and were easily picked up by all the players.   My thanks to Peter who acted as the hard working rules umpire.

Big shootout at the Bank of Baltair
All my photos on flickr at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bill26048/albums/72157660511046638

I am responsible for planning our next weekend meeting in March which will be a series of Muskets and Tomahawks FIW games.