Sunday, November 3, 2019

Turkish forces push south into Egypt ... a HotT game report

This was a Big Battle HotT game that Andy and I played a few weeks ago. (The pressures of work etc have meant that the photos have sat here for a little while.) The game featured Andy's Semi historical Egyptians vs my VSF Turks.

Set up, Egyptians on the left, Turks on the right

Egyptian blade, with flyers tucked up behind

Chariot general, and behemoth (da cat!!)

Turkish airboat

Turkish behemoth

So Andy and I both made perhaps the worst choice possible.. we both chose a Hero General, and what's more, this was our CnC. They went head to head in turn 2, and on the simple roll of a die, I won/Andy lost. His entire centre disintegrated. We'd both made a bad choice.. the fate of the game hung therefore on a single die roll -- winner takes all.

Andy's centre has all but disappeared, and his reserve is rushing lover to fill the gap

On the Turkish right, Turkish riders circle around in an attempt to get in behind the Egyptians

Turkish blade battering away at what was left of the Egyptian centre

The Egyptian right is having a better day of it against the Turkish left

The Turkish right, flyers in advance, backed with Riders, pushes across into the Egyptian centre

Battering away at the Egyptian reserves

The Egyptian right makes some headway against the Turkish left

However casualties mount amongst the Egyptian reserve

The game went to the Turks with over 50% of the Egyptian forces counted as casualties. Both Andy and I had forgotten that when hero goes up against hero, each is a 'quick kill' to the other. So the entire game went the way of that single die roll.

Neither of us is likely to do that again. The game was still a bit of fun, albeit that it wasn't typical of what other of us can do as players.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Adventures in North West France, 1870 ...

Keith and I continued our small Franco Prussian War games using Frank Chadwick's Volley and bayonet rules. The games are small because... well, we just haven't yet painted sufficient forces to fight larger battles, despite having bought a fair swag of figures more years ago than we care to admit. We fight our battles at half scale, using our 6mm armies built using figures from the Heroics and Ros range,

This scenario was formulated using an abbreviated version of the Road To Glory scenario system. Each of us ended up with a deployment that saw us remove our left wing after our first moves.

Initial deployment

The Prussian centre remained, with the army commander visible centre left

The French advance

The French commander launches an attack on the left of the Prussian centre. The aim was to get in before troops had established themselves (gone stationary)

The French first attack was repulsed

The Prussian commander pushed resources across the river, clearly determined to similarly attack the French left

Each commander had his reserves come on in the same turn, The Prussian commander pushed his reserve division towards his left to bolster his left flank. The French commander pushed his reserves towards his right, to threaten the Prussian left

The Prussian right advances, with the cavalry pushed across the river, with infantry support, to make a wide swing around the French flank

Meanwhile the French commander massed for an attack against the Prussian centre and left

The position on the Prussian left , seen from behind the Prussian position - the scale of the French forces and their attack is apparent.

The Prussian commander withdraws some of his centre brigades and infantry in the face of withering French fire

The Prussian right wing flank march bypasses the French left on the other side of the river

Prussian forces on the lft bank of the river ready themselves to support their flanking attack

Th French right wing attack goes in, supported by plenty of bronze napoleons, and a Mitrailleuse battery seen top centre

The Prussian centre reconsolidating

The Prussian cavalry top right has well and truly bypassed the French left. The French commander has withdrawn a Mitrailleuse battery and an artillery battalion to protect the flank (upper left)

The Prussian right flank attack about to go in

The Prussian left under attack. A French brigade that had occupied the centre high ground had been eliminated

Prussian forces cross the river, Prussian Cuirassiers seen top centre of the photo

Prussian centre right wth artillery stationary, ready to support the attack

The second wave of French attack on the Prussian left goes in - the effect is devastating

A Mitrailleuse battery ,moves forward and drives the cuirassiers back across the river

Prussian infantry cross the river to begin the attack

The Prussian left wing division suffers a morale collapse, so devastating are the casualties. The surviving troops fall back through the woods

The Prussian right wing attack goes in, supported by mo less that five battalions of Krupp guns

The French artillery is taken in the flank by the Cuirassiers, and eliminated. The infantry guarding the French left is routed back from its position

The Prussians take the position, and begin the unhinging of the French 'position magnifique'
At this stage the French attack on the Prussian left also runs out of steam as both attacking divisions have run out of momentum (in VnB terms they are both one casualty off exhaustion).

We agreed that the French position had been sufficiently compromised that they would abandon the position. Casualties were fairly similar, the bulk of the Prussian casualties coming ffom the left flank division that had suffered the morale collapse.

For a 'small game', this had so much nuance. We both noticed that as we become more familiar with the sub period and it's own rules nuances, we are each tending to have infantry go prone more often.

Wow, what a game.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

WWW1 arillery stand

After a flurry of painting activity (you can always tell when it's a term break), in 15mm (French Ordonnance for DBA) and 6mm (1940 French for Spearhead), I was about to get stuck into the remaining 6mm FPW army (which have sat unpainted for perhaps a decade.

However I managed to tweak muscles in my lower back while in the garden this morning and, feeling pretty annoyed, I wanted something different to do. Even sitting at the painting table for more than 10 minutes at a time resulted in some discomfort, so it needed to be a project that could be done in small easy chunks. Aha, I had a spare Airfix RHA 18pdr, and some British Colonial artillery crew (Ha0, so put these together to create an artillery stand for the 20mm Weird World War 1 artillery.

The artillery stand. I chose a slightly unorthodox uniform for the crew.. a mix of Colonial British and WW2 with a blue tunic and khaki trousers, and helmet

The old and the new.. the two artillery stands for the army..
The army is progressing towards a "Big Battle" configuration - 72 points. I have been occupied with other projects lately, so it was nice to make this little bit of progress. The army now sits at 62 points.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

French Forces for the France 1940 campaign

Ours is a hobby that has a number of recognisable 'moments of excitement'. There is the conception of and commitment to a new project, the completion of a new project, and the appearance of new troops on the table. This is a record of the second of those three, the completion of a project that arose some months ago, the decision to expand a small French force to sufficient size to be able to field attack and defend lists for a French army in the France 1940 campaign. I have a selection of 6mm French forces (about a battalion of infantry, and a small selection of tanks and artillery pieces) that I had painted back in the '90s.

Expansion meant requiring up to five battalions of infantry, and a range of AFVs to suit any of the OOB options - infantry, armoured division, and Light Mechanised Division. Finally this week I managed to finish the painting and basing. There is still the base labelling to be done.

So, despite poor photography, here is the finished product. The figures and vehicles are all from the heroics and Ros range.

Turkish forces push south into Egypt ... a HotT game report

This was a Big Battle HotT game that Andy and I played a few weeks ago. (The pressures of work etc have meant that the photos have sat here...