A place to share my thoughts on miniature wargaming, reviews of rules and miniatures, and comments on board and card games, RPGs (and anything else that takes my fancy!)
Monday, 28 March 2022
Field of Battle - Spanish Succession
Friday, 25 March 2022
Sails of Glory
In the vein of catching up on some missed posts, I hadn't posted anything about a large game of Sails of Glory that a friend of mine suggested putting on at the Herts Volunteers club. Between us we have a decent collection of ships (and mine has grown since) and the game is really easy to pick up. We didn't include all the optional rules as, I think, all the players were new to the system but we did include the variable wind direction. Here are some photos of the game:
Monday, 21 March 2022
Battle of San Lorenzo - 8th May 1863
For this first outing I decided to use the Zouave II rules by Bob Jones (the original author of Piquet) which incorporate a rondel mechanism (which is something I have seen in boardgames before but not in miniatures wargame rules).
Having carted almost everything up to the club I realised I had managed to leave my hills at home - and given they are are crucial element of the game some improvisation was needed (hence the slightly unusual shapes!).
Here are the briefs:
Force the Republican forces to withdraw.
General de Division Achilles Bazaine (CinC)
1-2/1st Guard Horse Artillery
General de Brigade Louis de Bertier
Colonel François Charles du Barail
Republican Order of Battle
General of Division Don Ignacio Echeagaray (San Lorenzo)
General of Brigade Frias (Panzacola)
General of Brigade Basilio Garza (Ocotlàn)1-3/3 div. Militia
Colonel Quiroga3 x Squadron Lancers
Friday, 18 March 2022
Their First and Last Patrol
At our last club meeting I put on a 28mm Vietnam game using FNG from TwoHourWargames (a bit of a version mash up as I prefer elements from the different one). Two US squads with experienced NCOs leading a bunch of FNGs on their first (and in some cases last!) patrol. Here are a couple of photos:
Monday, 14 March 2022
Counterattack at Deir el Tarfa
We tried the sample scenario from the rules (which is also available for download from the Honor website). The scenario is set in North Africa in the summer of 1942 and represents the attack of 21st Panzer and elements of the Littorio division on elements of the 22nd and 23rd armoured brigades.
Given the overall scale of the engagements Rommel is designed to cover I decided to do this in 3mm using the Oddzial Osmy miniatures available via Magister Militum.
Here are a couple of photos from the game:
With its use of a grid and the "Command Posts" I suspect Rommel isn't going to work for everyone; however, I think they give an interesting and challenging game. So I will be expanding my collection to do more North Africa scenarios and am looking at the Eastern Front too.
Sunday, 13 March 2022
A friend has been working on a scuba game based around the Bond movie, Thunderball. We had a couple of playtest games of it up at the club. The basic activation is as per the Fistful of Lead family of games but with a bespoke knife fighting card game added on along with a few other tweaks. Lots of fun, here are a couple of photos of the game in progress and his excellent figures and terrain:
Sunday, 6 March 2022
The Relief of Shah Wadi Wadi
I just realised I hadn’t posted anything on the blog regarding the game I put on at the club a few weeks ago. It was a trial of the Sudan amendments and first scenario for Sharp Practice from the latest Lard Magazine. Here are a few photos:
Whilst we all had a fun game I must admit I’m not sure the amendments quite deliver what I was hoping and I remain uncertain whether trying to use Sharp Practice for this period (as it’s not really intended to cover this late). I do have several other sets of rules to try out so expect so see some of those turn up at some point.