Thursday, May 24, 2018

Chain Of Command - Another trial of Op Martlet

Another try with CofC rules (as we are trying to learn nuances).
Played the same opening Op Martlet scn but this time at Stephens.
Having mucked up the Patrol phase last time I had more success this time being able to at least Deploy a good deal further forward this time.
However with such a lack of cover on Brit half of table the high firepower of the German section (2 x LMGs) made forward progress costly or stymied it completely.
Pz IV took out my Sherman support again.
We are still not sure of a couple of rules re attaching Leaders and the vulnerability but otherwise think we have rules mostly down.
Using 15mm figures we decided to reduce off-board Mortar barrage to a 12" square instead on 18" and to reduce Covering Fire areas from 9" & 4" to 6" & 3" respectively otherwise everything as written works fine.
Planning another bash with rules next week but trying a different scn :-)

Not many pics from CofC games as not much density of troops for posing purposes



Saturday, May 19, 2018

Chain of Command - Operation Martlet tried

Had a try with CofC rules today using the Op Martlet 'pint-sized' campaign as a handy scenario generator.

I took British and Stephen Germans using our 15mm kit.

Played two games on the initial 'Probe to Fontenay' map.

We like the rules especially the dicing systems for Order/Commands.
Shooting etc is 'buckets of dice' but works fine and all pretty easy to pick up and remember.
Tough scenario for British as very little cover for Jump Of Points or any advance.
Mis-use of Patrol Phase to a degree made it harder still as I tried a broad front approach which saw all but one of my JOPs moved to rear edge.



We certainly intend (when I have I heard that before !) to re-try the rules and the campaign.









The table prior to action (Brits appear from near edge)











The story of the day Brit Inf stuck in open fields












German Inf 'in' a building block (we used drawn floor plans as roofs fixed)










More Pinned and exposed Inf











Panzer IV advances










Some damage to Germans mainly from Mortar fire


Monday, May 14, 2018

Quatre Bras using General D'Armee

Game using a Quatre Bras scenario and GDA rules today at Stephen's, I was French versus his Allies with some newly painted Hanoverian and Dutch-Belgian units see their first action.

A big game with some 20 Foot Bttns, 3 Gun Battry and 6 Mounted Regts in the French OOB with something similar for Allies.
Thankfully not everything starts on table with several Brigades in Reserve or arriving of course of several turns.

A tough proposition for French to get anywhere near the crossroads however (especially with my Command dice rolls for ADCs !!) and they took a lot of casualties.
We failed to finish the game (too much waffling as usual) but felt that GDA has a lot to like with slick systems and a nice period 'feel'.






Only a couple of photos as I forgot !






French Light Cavalry Brigades arrive









As their Foot suffer attacking the ridge




Festung Europa board wargame played

A board wargame played with my Dad on Sunday with newly acquired 'Festung Europa' from Compass Games.

A quick playing CDG type game by Mike Rinella covering Western Front 1943-1945.

Game starts with Op Husky the Allied invasion of Sicily (or the proposed Op Roundup as alt-history alternative).
Pretty standard CDG card play (a lot of the events are familiar from BTB:WW2) with a few twists such as powerful Allied Airpower both strategic and tacical.

Game played pretty quickly as low rules overhead and unit count (Armies and Corps).
Allies lost in Winter 1945 as they had not gotten to Germany allowing Donitz to replace Hitler and sue for peace.

Will be trying this one again.












Initial set up (Italian front not visible)









Overall view of map










Opening activity in Sicily/Italy










Overlord target Brittany










Breakout towards Paris but too late in the campaign


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Nine Years War action with Field Of Battle at Le Ducs

After a few weeks enforced hiatus from gaming (sob...) had a wonderful game of FOB2 at Le Duc's based on battle of Walcourt 1689 using Duc's most excellent 28mm troops.

As ever a great and excitingly fun game fought to completion with FOB.

Intense Cavalry action on my left wing, a stand-off in center and a glorious charge into buildings by British troops against Wild Geese on my right !

I also managed to lose both British Commanders namely Messrs Tolemarche and Lord Churchill !!!!
How different history would have been under my tutelage.

But sadly the Coalition Forces under Waldeck (a pitiful D8 CinC) succumbed to first Army Morale check.

However it was close as Duc's French down to 3 Morale Chips even after having 4 of mine.




























Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Panzer Grenadier 'Cintheaux' scenario


Game of Panzer Grenadier Deluxe game played today using the Cintheaux scenario from Western Front scenario book. 
I used British/Canadian forces against Stephens German force.
The three Tigers were awesome against Shermans especially when my two Firefly tanks succumbed. 
Whilst I had superiority in Infantry numbers they proved insufficient to take control of the village.
The game ended when my auto-break point was reached.
Great game with a good set of WW2 rules.

















Wednesday, March 28, 2018

L'Art De La Guerre - Romans vs Seleucid


Quick game of LADG today at Stephens using my Punic Romans against his Selecuids.
Another fast and furious game using LADG with Romans again failing to have any impact at Impact against the Pikes phalanx and being ground down.
My Elite legion was particularly poor.....