Sunday, 21 August 2016

WW 1 Bolt Action

The other night a few of the lads got together for a WW1 game.

Rules used were Bolt Action.

Figures are 20mm from Brad's collection.

The battle was based around a British force sent to capture a German occupied town. 

 German artillery quickly began dropping shells on the advancing British.
 Meanwhile the German infantry made good use of the cover of the buildings.
All rather peaceful at the moment.

That is about to change though.

 The British advanced toward the town using the hedges and woods as cover.
 As soon as they were seen the German artillery began firing.

 When the British artillery had deployed they started returning the fire and the Germans in the town began to suffer.
 A couple of groups came through the orchard while others walked boldly down the road.

 The German defenders waited in the buildings until the Brit's were close enough to open fire.

 With their artillery raining down shells the British advanced from hedge to hedge.
 Pins and casualties were mounting rapidly for the Germans.
With all the reinforcements for the Germans committed now it was only a matter of time.
The Germans were forced to withdraw from the town and lick their wounds.

Thanks Brad for organising a great game for us.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Capture that gun.

Had another crack at Smooth and Rifled the other night with our 54mm guys.

We are slowly getting the hang of these rules. Here are a few photos of our latest skirmishs.
We played the game twice with each side having a chance to defend the gun.

 The Reb's formed up behind the fence line in support of the gun.
 The Union split up into three groups. Two groups came around one flank while the Iron Brigade went round the other flank.

 The Iron Brigade charged into the woods before the Confederates had time to react. The Confederates reeled back, out of the woods.
 The gun got off one round of canister but by the time it had reloaded the Union were among the crew.
 The remaining Rebels take flight and abandon the gun.

Part 2.
 Then more Confederates, including a cavalry patrol arrive on the scene. Again the attackers split up but the speed of the cavalry was the key this time.
While the Union are busy forming a defence the cavalry crash into them and manage to recapture the gun.The Union infantry fought well and did manage to empty most of the saddles.

The figures are from various manufactures.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Thomas Stonewall Jackson

When the group decided to have an ACW battle a few weeks back, I thought  it would be a good idea to maybe finish off a couple Generals that had been siting quietly on the painting desk for far too long.

Although Jackson had been finished for some time, the other figures on his base were only half done.

The other command stands will be used as Brigade commanders or Divisional commanders.

Jackson and his aids.

Flag is from GMB
 Lt. Gen. Jackson is a Foundry figure and the other two are plastic Perry figures.



 The foot figure is a left over from the Old Glory hospital set that I painted a while ago.
The mounted figure is the Perry's General Lee figure with a head swap. I felt that having two of General lee would be a bit much!

Confederate General from the Perry boys.




This guy is also a Perry Confederate General.



Sunday, 3 July 2016

The Attack of the Austrians.

Set during the SYW with the Prussians defending a vital crossroads and a town.

The Austrians lunched an attack straight at the Prussians but also a flanking attack on the Prussian left.

The Prussians had set up some defensive works in front of the Austrian army making it difficult to attack them frontally. The Austrians therefore moved a large part of their force to the Prussian left and some of their cavalry to the Prussian right flank.

Slowly the more numerous Austrian army pushed in the Prussians until they broke and fled.

With the Austrians almost surrounding the town the Prussian army had no choice but to abandon their hold on the town and give it up to the Austrians.

Austrian flank attack going in.

Some of the frontal attack force.

The town and crossroads to the front of the Austrian army.

Prussian defense.

The Prussians being attacked on three sides.

The flank attack hitting the Prussian left.


A counterattack about to happen.

The Austrians are slowing pushing the Prussians back.

Austrian cavalry charges on the Prussian right.



At the end of the game the Prussian still held the town but we decided that it was only a matter of time until the Austrians would take that too.

15mm scale using Volley and Bayonet rules.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Don't panic, don't panic!

Just a few photos of a recent Friday night game.

It involved the Home Guard, the local police force, the crew from a shot down German bomber, a highly trained unit of German Para's and a very unhappy German General.

I can't reveal too much as we intend to do this game again with the Southern Strategists.
However it was a very close and enjoyable game that came right down to the very last turn and in fact the very last shot of the game.

Finished painting the Verger, from the Dad's Army, set in time for the game.

Hodges on the lookout.



All quiet, for now.

The plane crew head for cover.

Home Guard on the move

The Germans in ambush.


The police want in on the action.


I think there is something in the rules about using cows as cover.






Some of the Para's trying to get to safety.



A shoot out going here.

The lovely Para's are from Brad's collection and the police and some civilians are from Geoff's collection.