Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Tank War

No completed figures this week but there are loads nearlyly finished including US engineer sections, big men and single figures along with two sets of the Battlefront plastic US Paratroopers from the Open Fire set with some odd metals springled in. The Paras will form another playable force for Chain of Command. Pictures soon.


I have just finished reading The Tank War by Mark Urban, always a good read, I've plenty of Marks books, this one came from the local branch of The Works for £2.99. The book follows the fortunes of the Royal Tank Regiment, in particular the 'filthy' fifth from their opening engagements in France with the BEF to their final drive in to the heart of Germany. Lots of stuff to think about from a gamers perspective and Mark himself was or is a wargamer, I sold him Battle Honours or Old Glory 15mm Napoleonics at Salute one year.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Kallistra BEF additions

Here is the update for my Kallistra BEF army for Through the Mud and Blood by Too Fat Lardies.

First up some more infantry and officers.


Here's the limbers for the 18 pounder field guns.


Finally dismounted cavalry and householders.


Just the two packs of cavalry are left now and this project will complete. For now.

Friday, 11 July 2014

The luck of the devil

We were keen to restart our mid week gaming so on last Thursday night we set up the terrain and played the first few phases of Chain of Command. We rolled up scenario 4 - A delaying action.

I pulled out my US infantry while Ade grabbed his German grenadiers. Our Force morale rolled up 8s for both of us, We rolled to determine the attacker and the support points. I found myself defending with just 3 points versus Ade with 8 points. 

Unfortunately the nature of the scenario precludes me from taking field defences which left me with a choice of the sniper, mortar team or another bazooka team.

Here's the table before we started.


The Germans came on to the table and occupied the central farm and wood on the flanks, we managed to exchange plenty of fire, with the Americans getting more luck on the dice.


Ade suffered from a lack of 3's which meant his senior leader was running around like a loon.


The auto cannon in the 222 started to do some punishing damage, it had to go. My one chance was to attempt an ambush before Ade could build up his CoC dice. I ambushed out of the wood, fired and missed. Taking a risk I left them on the table, then took casualties and fled.

This gave the Germans the boost they needed and on they came eventually reaching the mansion and the US morale finally broke.

This week we played again, Ade wrote the battle up on his blog;


so you can go and read it there. None the less it was close, I wasn't able to get to the objective but managed to inflict more casualties.

Here's what caused me problems, I have the mine clearance team on the painting table.