Monday, 25 September 2017

Heat and Dust

Sudan 1886

Mahdi forces invade Egypt, we were playing the" To the Last Bullet Scenario" with restricted ammunition.

JPs Beja

River arab shooters

River Arab Swordsmen

Egyptians falling back

Highlanders first volleys
My highlanders are over 20 years old, true veterans!

Beja driven back by Highlanders take another volley
 first game saw a win for the anglo Egyptians, we turned this around rolling a gain for commanders and ammunition I rolled a double 1 giving me an incompetent commander and rolled 1 for ammunition.  I was all for forming square and fighting it out toe to toe, however I was quickly driven back then outflanked.

Beja commander on left

Buildings are close to 30 years old

Creepy Beja

River Arab Gun pounds the square

River Arab shooters pin the square

River Arabs smash into the square!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Claymore 2017

Bathgate Wargames Participation Game  1746 GlenAffar

Three of our club members participated in this game, myself, Lewis and his brother.  We had a great game which flew in.  Under the command of Lord "Elpus" we had to round up the clan, their stock and get the secret of the special whiskey.  All of this would pay tax arrears.  Lord Elpus with the main force sailed up the loch while we would infiltrate from the glen in small parties

Lewis was determined to shoot any thing in tartan, worrying as I had Loyal highlanders. We encountered a number of real and fantastical highland beasts  working us up into a shoot first attitude. the highpoint of which haapened when Lewis shoots and critically wounds Catriona , an old crone with the secret of the special whiskey. then his men are thrown into terror by a ghoullie.

The Dragoons rush on the keep

It started to all look good but the clan warriors were being raised by a piper on the ramparts and came tumbling out of the keep

I had Grant MacPhee now a loyal highlander and hereditary enemy of the local Laird closing in from the other side of the keep

A final over view before the slaughter

My leader challenged and killed the Laird in single combat but the dastardly Jacobite then shot him down with their pistols before charging his shaken men.  Taking our muskets then then trade shots with Lewis killing most of his men.  However we hold the Jacobites up allowing the main force with Elpus to gain victory

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Banjaxed Day of Battle

Saturday came and we had three players, one panzer grenadier  and two british, we chose to play a delaying action the panzer grenadiers would use 650 points but deploy completely on table, against two 450 battlegroups. A 50% point advantage.  The British would play as two separate Battlegroups given their propensity to suffer from command chaos.  Starting will all their recce on table and getting 1d6 reserves each a turn

Battlegroup Preston

Bettlegroup Midders
 Midders had lost all the support vehicles, no comms team, recovery, ammo, 6pr, off board mortars, FAO Dingo had gone and the FHQ was back in their Jeep.

Sherman Platoon commander
 I had two scout carriers and Jp had three Stuart Tanks to wrinkle out the Germans on the 4x10 table, the germans chose the direction of attack and we were playing up the length.

German recce on the hill armed with a 37mm picked off the lead Stuart

From the half tracks we could see this was a well supported pair of Panzer grenadier platoons but could only see one tank a Panzer Ace Tiger with an armoured ammo wagon

 The Tiger 70" away. in this picture it is a coloured blur just to the left of the farmhouse on the far wooded hill , takes out its first kill Stuart no2

One Stuart does make it spearheading the Shermans of Battlegroup Perston onto the flat hill and out of the Tiger firing line this triggers a charge by panzer grenadiers forward and into the attack.  Most of Battlegroup Preston's dying was on this hill

Scouting carriers gets taken out by a panzerfaust 

 Now working my way around to the left I had tried to got right up the middle but changed my mind after the panzer grenadiers flooded the buildings in the centre and then tried to pick off my forward HQ.  20 -30 inch Mg fire from the houses had hit them as they pushed up through the woods however af ter the first shot I rolled a successful Beyond the Call of Duty and hastily drew back to the jeep.

The carrier platoon was formed up the engage the panzer grenadiers in the houses while I hoped the Shermans with the Rams scooted up the left.  the attack on the left knocked out  a hanomag but paid for it in Shermans.  A single survivor of a panzerscheck team blighted by a low ammo counter still put a single successful round into the Sherman Firefly.  in turn he was killed by the bren carrier survivors

Battlegroup Preston battling the Tiger, 17pdr brews up

Rams get into action, the Platoon Command Team is pinned after failing a close assault order
Time was called and the British had lost 25 BP(Preston) and 21(Midders)  The Panzer grenadiers held all of the objectives and had lost 40 from 42 BP

Banjaxed by the Panzer Grenadiers pre battle

 re configured my British this time for a 600 point battlegroup, I was inspired by this garden in Moffat,
ex RAF pilot has his own Spitfire in the Garden

My own mark IX

FAO in Dingo with rocket firing Typhoon

In the battle they didnt appear

Recce Carriers

Sherman tank troop with a n ammo truck and a wrecker

Carrier platoon


a 6pdr with a llyodd carrier

I was expecting this to be a hard fought attack/counter attack scenario battle and to be mauled by panzer grenadiers.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Attack/Counterattack Normandy

With the release of the hardback rule book we have been getting back to Battlegroup Overlord.  We played three Attack counter attack scenarios which saw the US Paras defeated twice in a row by the Germans inside the time it took me with British and JP with Panzer Grenadiers fight the same scenario over four hours. everyone was using 600 point lists.  this gave me

FHQ in jeep, FAO in a dingo
3 Recce Carriers
1 Sherman platoon with 2 extra Shermans
2 Infantry platoons on with a 81mm Mortar

I toyed with the idea on RAMS and should have did it learning the lessons of Normandy.

German startline, this house was an objective

German view brown strip represents a stream this was an objective
 I knew what I had to do take those objectives but I had a long way to go with the British infantry

This carrier became pinned down by MG fire from the hose and the Panzer 4 in Turns  4,5&6 but them rallied and got to the base line dying duelling with a panzerscheck team in turn 10.  The other two carriers survived the game and were a terrible nuisance to the germans as mortar spotters

Britsh lateral advance

Rest of the platoon
The panzer grenadiers came forward and cut down about half this plaoon.

JP won a marginal tactical victory but this was a fantastic game possibly the most enjoyable WW2 game I have ever played