Wednesday 24 April 2024

Friekorps und Spartacist

Last weekend I paid a visit to my friend Lenin and we played a number of games. Unfortunately, I stupidly forgot to take photos of some of them but I did remember for this one.

This was the first outing for the Freikorps und Spartacist rules by Stephen Danes using my Empress figures.  The game covers skirmishes during and following the German Revolution which saw the right and left political movements taking up arms across parts of Germany.

One of the key elements of the game is the asymmetric deployment which helps to represent the different nature of the two sides (hence the markers you will see in some of the pictures.  There are also groups of civilians who can become hostile to the Freikorps if roused.

The two factions consisted of Freikorps and armed police facing off against Spartacists and red sailors.  I took command of the Freikorps but was seriously hampered by an unlucky roll during the deployment phase with only my machine gun unit starting on the table whilst the Spartacists managed to deploy their entire force.  Fortunately I did get some reinforcements during the game but I never quite recovered (I am contemplating some house ruling here if I play this with more than two players).

Here are some photos from the game:

The game was a lot of fun and seemed to capture the essence of the period.  So I will be investing in more terrain and fielding a few more figures (and possibly an armoured car or A7V next time!)

Saturday 13 April 2024

Normandy 1944 - Big Chain of Command

At our last club meeting I played in a 28mm game of Chain of Command (using the Big Chain of Command supplement) which saw elements of the 1st Polish Armoured Division engaging elements of the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend.

I provided one of the Polish infantry platoons and some of the game accessories; and it was nice to be just playing in a game rather than having to organise it.

We fought hard but struggled to dislodge the SS forces and the game ended ina draw.  We could have done with some artillery support but the forces were set by the organiser (but then a bad workman always blames their tools don't they!).

Here are some photos from the game:

Friday 12 April 2024

General d'Armee 2

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to play a game of the new Second Edition of General d'Armee umpired by no less than the author himself! 

The game was at the Herts Volunteers and was a 28mm outing in the Peninsular War.

As usual I was a commander on the French side of the engagement facing one of the two villages in the centre of the table (in my case made up of two sections one of which was fortified).  I did manage to successfully assault and take the unfortified section but couldn't hold on to it and took heavy casualties.

Here are some photos from the game:

Second edition GdA isn't a radical departure from the original, it's more of evolution rather than revolution with some streamlining of mechanisms.  Having played the first edition a couple of times I found the transition pretty straightforward and will be playing these again (using other people's figures as I don't have enough suitable ones of my own!)

Tuesday 27 February 2024

Battle of Bannockburn 1314

Last weekend I visited the Herts Volunteers for a refight of the Battle of Bannockburn using the second edition of the Hail Caesar rules.

 I took command of the Scottish left wing and despite a string of particularly poor dice rolls managed to hold off the advancing English.  Unfortunately our attack in the centre were equally unlucky at key moments and so history was overturned!

 Here are a few photos from the game: