Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Turning out at the Red Lion

These pictures are of my Pixie/Gnome army one of the largest I have fielded.  The scenario was based on their shrine being seized by the Evil dead while they were celebrating in the local Red Lion.  The angry little folk spilled out from the pub foregoing any invisibility thus my force remained under 36 points. I backed them up with a wizardling mounted on a unicorn, the Lady of the Woods, who warned them of the impending doom.  Finally I added a Lute playing bard , classed as a cleric to command my lucky unit of "Pixies and other scum" .

Turning out the Red lion the forces form up

The Evil Dead are Raised!
The fighting was brutal for the Undead and the only units holding the Pixies were skeleton heavy infantry formed up in wall of spears.  The Zombies were cut down by Gnomish firepower or the dreaded pixies.  After trouncing three units of undead the pixies were blown, then battered by a lightning strike and finally overrun.  The  Lady of the Woods did manage three consecutive heal thee spells on the Pixies.  However Pixie scouts in the roof of the Red Lion failed to get a shooting activation on the Necromancer.

Skelies on the Roof of the Red lion
The Skelly second wave cascaded over the remaining defenders who started to flee on their little feet

Gnome militia

The Lady of the Woods declares "Run for your Lives"
A great battle with some very funny moments.  Most of my Dragon Rampant armies are based for a woodland theme.  Goblins, wood elves, woodland monsters and heroes.

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Men of the North

A dragon Rampant battle the mushrooms were to be carried off by the protagonists. A battle fought and Willie's garage.   The Men of the North faced my gnomes and Pixies.  Such worthy opponents but so hard for them to reach down and kill me.  figures are all Alan Cs.  My battleplan was not to touch the toadstools with a barge pole but to spend by time shooting up the opposition, nearly worked.

Hurrah for the union!

A Johnny Reb battle at Willie's garage, superb blast from the past for us

Saturday, 16 March 2019

A Bridge Too Far

Alan was commuting back over the pond and as his farewell battle I thought up this little Scenario.  Livi's Undead (Paras) had be raised (parachuted in) behind the Dwarven Bridge Guards.   The White orcs of the North and the Men of the North had to clear the way (British Armour up a narrow road) to save the Undead.  Each had a bridge to cross.  Willie had the Dwarves out numbered 2:1 in points.  with two bridges he was stretched out.  However his Dwarven Hero proved to be my undoing fighting off six attacks over the bridge. The Dwarves lived up to their ethnically challenged reputation and gave my Orcs a right doing.  Jp had the Back fortress line with an army of the West, he had one bridge to cross to get at the Undead and the help of two towers counting as light archers (flak towers)  and fields of toadstools where no undead could be raised (and anti glider obstacles) on his side of the river.

I tested this with buildings but there was no way to shift the Dwarves or other tough fighters so no Arnhem 

White Ors in the second assault
The Dwarf hero had three casualties by this stage but was still dishing it out

Undead face Men of the West
 The Undead were assaulted by the Men of the West promptly here in the background left is a unit of damaged Dwarven heavy infantry.

there are some great figures I think from Copplestones Alan used as his Men Of the North.  his archers fielded as Heavy Archers had some great shooting while his warband soaked up the Dwarven attention
Men of the North Storm their bridge
Archers of the North 

Orc Camp
More carnage on the Bridge
A victory for the good guys.  Maybe next time I will try an accent I got one spell to work in the entire game!

Sunday, 17 February 2019

The Red Sun Rises

I had the pleasure of being able to use nearly all of my 20mm figures to play Bolt Action with Young David and Sparkie (both playing Japanese).  The Red Sun Rises is one of my favorite periods for WW2 with the Japanese being the Underrated Enemy.   Uncle Robert who had served in 1st battalion of the Cameronians Burma told me masses of first hand bloody, gruesome and heroic stories of fighting the Japanese.

We played Scenario 4 Airfield Defence from the Empire in Flames book with the proviso that the attacking Japanese had to take the Airfield by 3pm and who ever held the airfield would then be subject to a night attack, after recovering D6 casualties for each until.

I initial battle was fast and furious once the Japanese players got a hold on the Banzai rules.  The inexperienced Sikh troops held up much better than I expected and fought in the tradition of the FFP.  However just before 3pm the Airfield had been taken.

First some pictures of my Britannia Figures post battle.

Here are some pictures of the Dawn Attack Scenario from turn 2 when the Sun came up revealing the Sikhs to the Japanese who were in the main now on Ambush orders.  David P lent me a crusader tank to give the attack a bit more punch and all my troops were considered Regular.

David Ps crusader

Knocked out
 Crusader did manage to Knock out it's Japanese counterpart which was the only high point of the Sikh Dawn attack.
My scratch built model fordtrucks

Covering fire!

Sikh s face a  Banzai charge

Dug in Japanese

Slaughtered like water buffalo!

Saturday, 12 January 2019

550AD Pictish Wicker Man

2019 saw Livi sacrificing to the Pictish gods, with some muttering from the Pictish King that his wife's screams was finally doing some good. The Picts were invading the Saxons and I rolled up a marshy terrain.

We were using armies from the excellent Shieldwall supplement for Hail Ceaser.  Some of my Saxon figures are now 35 years old and veterans of many battles

 I must say the screaming did discourage the Saxon warriors on the left right off advancing towards the  burning tower of wicker. Only the one unit of gesith was able to go forward on its own initiative.

burning in the dawn

The Sacrifice Revealed!

Pictish battleline
The Pictish King had placed the wickerman in his centre his chariots out on my left overlapped me. I had stacked up my left "in column of companies" with the idea they would move forward with some of the light infantry going into openorder and slipping into the marsh.  They were having none of it only the Gesith went forward all the light infantry consistently rolled 9 for command roles and stayed  frozen in horror to the spot.

Saxon left
The highpoint of my battle saw Gesith heavy infantry advance from the centre to support the saxon right, punched a hole through the Pictish battleline suffering only one fatigue and complete a sweeping advance ended by crashing into the last Pictish unit on the table.  My oat takers wrecked that lone unit but didnt break it.  The Pictish King then did a follow me with a foot unit to take them in the rear in turn.

Saxon oat-takers

Saxon left being crushed
The centre had its own problems with moving, a bit sticky in this supplement, eventually they got into action, thes farmworkers are my newest troops Peter Pig Germans.  Here fighting as light infantry.
Saxon farm workers
The left just about to implode, all threee commands had been soundly beaten although my lord was able to race back to his meadhall and ruminate on this disaster.
Before the implosion

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Battlegroup Bunkers1941

Willie had got some new fixed defences which we had to try out here are some of the pictures I took. it was a good battle for my Soviet defenders.  The German players each had a platoon (one pioneers),  then split up 4 panzer 3s, a sniper team two mortars and a tripod MG team in support. In points terms for Battlegroup two to one for the Germans.

I had 

FHQ in a dug out and well out of sight
2 Platoons of Infantry in trenches  each 1 sqaud in deep bunkers
2 Maxim machine guns in reinforced bunkers
Single 45mm AT Gun with a loader team

This was a massive 15BR with three officers and one dice of orders.  However they fought like Soviet heroes.  The plan was not to go onto the firestep until the fascists had crossed the stream 20" away then the AT Gun would move up to fire.
Tip of the spear closest point to the Germans

Two soviet squad in some trenchline
An improvised deep bunker out at the end of each trench line each held a squad and the platoon commander

The bunker

Willie has some great 15mm Germans that we hardly see on the table.  the germans rolled up to the stream after they had sent in the infantry to cover the Panzers.  Of course they only had 37mm VL guns

Panzer 3s led the Fascist onslaught
Repeated area fire from my soviets pinned down the fascist advance and they had to dig deep into the chit box to get mobile again.  Sniper team picked off the maxim gun in the dugout but I picked a MINE STRIKE counter rolling a six to knock out a panzer3!
 German mortar fire started to rain down but with no effect.

Bunker front on
I had to step up the infantry squads who died like heroes, one squad wiped out to the last man by German fire, but rolling a 6 followed by a 6 .his Beyond the call of Duty saw him kill two of the enemy squad which became pinned down.  Meanwhile the AT gun under tripod MG fire Knocked out all three of the German Panzer threes over the next two turns. Wille had to use his one tactical co ordination to boost  his firepower on the last MG Bunker even so one man survived.  MG bunker still had a single crewman who pinned done the squad below.
Tip of the spear
Just over teo hours and the Soviet BR was exceeded at terrible cost to the Fascists. Two hours closer to the Winter Snows