Sunday, 29 January 2017

Action at the crossroads.

Had a wee game of Bolt Action the other night.

A bunch of Americans and some Germans found that they both required control of the crossroads for future operations in this area.

 There were a couple of damaged buildings near the crossroads.
 The Americans moved in quickly to try and secure their objective.

 The Germans moved up also from the opposite direction.

 As it happened the Americans gained control of one house while the Germans took over the other.
 One group of Germans ran straight into an American HMG crew. After the melee the Americans came out on top and the German squad fled the scene.
 The Germans in one of the buildings were making the Americans, in the other building, pay for lifting their heads. Soon reinforcements were on their way but they too came under some heavy German MG fire.

 German troops line the hedge on the American right. On this side the Germans were doing well and managed to mow down any American brave, or stupid, enough to try and take them on.
 The German held building was attacked by several American units.... didn't take long for the thing to be decided and the few remaining Germans were forced to surrender.
With their reinforcements still getting hit hard and their right flank squads forced to retire the Americans held both buildings and had control of the crossroads. Time to call the game as a narrow win for the Americans.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Fallschirmjager drop by.

Managed to get these guys finished off over the Christmas break.

30 German paratroops in this little lot by the Perry boys.

 Knocked out a few hedges in the weeks before Christmas .

 I also had a crack at making  some fields.

 There are a fair few rifle armed dudes as well as a command pack worth of MP40s.

 Three two man MG34 teams.
 A medic, for patching up the wounded.

 Even a two man radio team.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

15mm Fire and Fury

Some of the lads got together for a wee bash using our 15mm American Civil War figures. This battle was loosely  based on the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern. The terrain and the objectives were much the same as per the Regimental Fire and Fury scenario book, but the flags are all wrong.

Elkhorn Tavern.

 On the Union left flank the battle began with the Union up hill from the advancing Confederates.
 At the base of the hill the Union were behind some hasty breastworks made by piling up logs taken from the woods that cover most of the battlefield.

 The Rebels pushed up the hill from the start. It was slow going for the Confederates with the rising ground, trees everywhere and Union fire all making life difficult.

 At the centre of the Union lines the Rebels pressed their attack.
 Several charges were put in but were beaten back each time.
 On the hill it was the same story. The Rebels charged all along their line .
 Most of the charges pushed the Union back, slowly, but not all found success.
 After several hours the Union still held the breastworks and the tavern.
 The confederates poured on the pressure from both sides and from out in front on the Union troops at the tavern.
 Finally a bit of a breakthrough and the Union were going back.
 The Confederates piled on the pressure in the centre.
 And were rewarded with gaining the breastworks. Time was running out however, Union  reinforcements were on their way.
 Lots of casualties to both sides on the hill resulted in something of a stalemate with both sides deciding to shoot it out. The real efforts were going on down near the tavern.

 The Confederates repeatedly charged the centre pushing the Union back.
 Rebel superior numbers were starting to tell. The Union line was at breaking point.
 Union reinforcements could be seen marching up the roads. Desperately the Confederates threw all they could at the Union troops to try and scatter them before the reinforcements arrived.
But it was all too late. The Union troops held firm. With their final charges repulsed the Confederates were forced to withdraw. Close though!