Friday, July 5, 2019

Testing the 'Warpath' rules

The Epic Armageddon armies languish in the drawer .. GW Space Marines of old, rarely used in the decade or more that I have owned them. When Mantic's Firefight and Warpath rules came out we bought them, not because we were dissatisfied with Epic. Quite the contrary, a great set of rules. We sadly play them too rarely to be able to master them with any degree of confidence. What I thought I was seeing in Firefight and Warpath was what I have described as 'Epic Lite'. Similar clever mechanisms, simpler rules, and similar nuance.

We'd tried Firefight a couple of years ago, but had yet to try Warpath, the macro level version of the game, and Andy felt that this would be a good use of those 6mm Epic armies. So tonight we gave them a try. The figures work well, although mapping the old GW armies across to Warpath isn't totally seamless. However, the rules worked well, we used a very simple version with small forces and no orders. Next step will be to add greater variety of forces, and use of the orders system which is simple but again almost elegant.

Here, some photos of the small game in action, using the 6mm Epic figures: my 'space marines' counting as Enforcers, Andy's Eldar counting as GCPS

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Just a few cool games....

For the second week in a row I have been able to enjoy some 'gaming. Last week it was some DBA 3.0 with Keith. This week some HotT with Andy.  These are all interesting games that seem to suit the currently busy life style. Short games with enough depth to challenge to the degree that you fell suited, without requiring the investment of 3-4 hours for a single outcome.

We managed four games in two hours (along with beer, coffee, sausage rolls, and plenty of good conversation). The first saw my 25mm French napoleonics fighting Andy's 28mm VSF army.

Game 1

French columns (behemoths), Cuirassier (knights), Old Guard (blade) and recruits (horde) with a hero general 
Germans.. a behemoth general no less!!!

Shooters ..

The raw recruits ..

The French stronghold

Quick game, Prussian hero general destroyed, and more points than I'd lost..
Game 2 ...

The result a reversal from the first game...  the evening was developing well, with honours evenly shared
 Game 3... weird world war 1 Germans vs British

The newest British behemoth .. first game ever


British Behemoth and hero destroyed, and the first ever outing on the table top for the behemoth .. sob! sob!

A hard fought encounter that went to the German army.

The fourth game saw Andy's British napoleonic army fighting the treacherous orcs which were as nasty as ever, with victory to the orcs.

No detailed AARs here, just a photo record of a great evening of games with some very cool looking figures and vehicles, with honours shared equally at 2 games each, beer coffee and sausage rolls enjoyed, and some of the week's stresses forgotten. That's why I enjoy this hobby, even after fifty years.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Celtiberians coming down from the hills

A few shots of a DBA 3 game from last Friday. Keith fielded his Polybians against my Celtiberians. I hung about on the difficult terrain for a while (my head still thinks of the Celtiberians as they were in DBA 2.0), before finally charging the fast blade down and into the waiting blade and spear. A few 6:1 die results gave two breaks in the Roman line, allowing the Celtiberians to win the day. 6:1s will do that to you.

Friday, May 17, 2019

As yet 'unblooded' on the table top

I've been ill in bed for a week (first sick days off work in 25 years!!) so there's been no painting output, and obviously no games. I felt the need to post something, so.. these T70s, and a Cossack Tchanka, from the 20mm collection. These were all modelled by good friend Gerard, and gifted several years ago. I am sad to say they have yet to see action on the tabletop.

Monday, May 6, 2019

West German air support

A little painting and pottering amidst a heavy work schedule - the air support for the West Germans, repainted with the NATO scheme I like ( I used something similar for the BAOR Harriers).

So, a pair each of Phantoms, and Tornadoes.

That should give a little flexibility in list design for the West Germans.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Action approaching Tula, 1941

Of Marshall Katukov, the record says: "On the onset of the war he took command of the 4th Tank Brigade. In the battle of Moscow in 1941, it was Katukov's Tank Brigade, then part of the 1st Guards Rifle Corps, that checked the advance of Guderian's Panzergruppe 2 near Tula. "

And so the scene was set for last night's Spearhead game, my Germans attacking Keith's newly painted Soviet forces. I've taken a liberty there with the reference to Katukov, because Keith's force was taken from an infantry division organisation. It does however make the point that there were pockets of competence, and even brilliance, in those early days of Soviet defence.

The Germans were executing a hasty attack against a Russian force of three infantry battalions and an armoured brigade.  Andy commanded the Soviet right, and Keith the left, while Jim commanded the German left and I took the right, with the deep armoured thrust. The forces were relatively thin on the ground after several weeks of hard campaigning, and division hd allocated strong artillery forces to the attack to try to shoot the ground forces onto their objectives.

Jim advanced with a motorised infantry battalion, while the German left wing attack had a motorised infantry battalion and a Panzer battalion cross attached. The infantry heavy battalion was to advance into what as expected tp be the strongest part of the Soviet defence, while the tank heavy battalion was to conduct a deep flank march.

The simple German plan, the German forces attacking from the left

The German frontal part of their left wing attack, expecting heavy resistance from the ridge just above the top of the photo

Soviet infantry deployed in the larger town

The German right wing pushes forward

The Soviet right

Action is joined on the German right with the Soviets opening fire

Action heats up

The ridge which was expected to be the main part of the Soviet defence on their right

The Soviets withdraw in the face of the German right wing attack

Keith's newly painted Soviet infantry looking sharp... nice work!!

The German right flank infantry battalion, the Schwere company platoons of StuG IIIs in support

The German left flank approaches the Soviet positions

The deep flank march enters behind the Soviet lines

The main fire fight begins.

While on the right ....

The Soviets commit their armoured brigade which had been held in reserve: T28s and T26s

The Soviet armour pushes forward

The battle continues on the German left. The artillery upon whom so much was dependent failed repeatedly to answer calls .. partisan activity already?

Actin is joined between the Soviet armoured reserve and the deep flank march panzer battalion

Things are getting hot and messy on the German right in what was originally intended to be simply a pinning action

And the action is definitely heating on on the left. A Soviet AT platoon (45mm guns) has accounted for two platoons of Pz IVs

On the right ..

Very ugly and messy

O.. oh..

Wow.. intense ..

The Soviets (random morale) had turned out to be green, but inspired by their Commissars, they held, surviving a . morale check...

Armoured action, each side taking losses. The Soviet armour came up as 'Regular', as had their left flank battalion facing the German right.. 
And the German right flank is stretched too...

We hd to call the game at this stage. The VP situation favoured the Soviets 5:2 in what had been a really interesting action.

My choice of attack list for the Germans was most probably too heavy on artillery, and needed more troops on the ground. We had both take an Option A, mine being a battalion of 170 mm guns for Counter Battery work. Keith had done likewise. His CB had been spectacularly successful, eliminating a complete battalion of German 105mm guns, while mine had eliminated one battery of his CB 152mm, and suppressing the other. The German artillery, normally reasonably successful, was a dismal failure, suffering repeated die rolls of 1 or 2 to acquire. Andy on the other hand had a series of rolls of 5 or 6 to acquire, and then hit, the German artillery.

Such is the 'gaming life'... and what a great game it was.

Testing the 'Warpath' rules

The Epic Armageddon armies languish in the drawer .. GW Space Marines of old, rarely used in the decade or more that I have owned them. Whe...