The Random Ramblings Of A Wargamer And Painter (OHQ Painting Service) Of Associated Miniatures

Monday, 12 March 2018

A Dark Age Debacle

We wanted something small today so I thought we would give our modified Neil Thomas rules a run out again having made to changes to the effect leaders would have on combat.
Both sides advanced tentatively at first, each weighing the other up before committing, while on the right each sides skirmishers proceeded to fight their own little battle for the game. The Brits fielded their recently built ballista, but it had little effect with its own infantry limiting its deployment.
Eventually both sides decided to get stuck in and all the troops who could were engaged while both hearth guards stood back ready to intervene. Things were even for a time but eventually the British casualties mounted up and units started to disintegrate, giving Bikka the new Saxon warlord is first  convincing victory.

I do need to get some more figures painted so that we can begin our campaign, but I have been diverted to medieval Italy for a joint project with Dave and I now have a terrain commission giving me little time for my own figures so it might not happen until autumn, but we will no doubt have a few games in the meantime to test rule tweeks if nothing else.
Off to WMMS on Sunday, snow permitting.


Tuesday, 6 March 2018

CoC Espana

Today we had a little extra playing time so I decided to give Chain of Command a try with the Spanish Civil War lists compiled by Jim Hale and Rolf Grein.
I had to use some Falange to bolster the Legion numbers, Spanish platoons are huge, it makes handling them a tad difficult too, well for me anyway.
It was an epic struggle with Comrade Dave's forces finally winning the day, although, had the game been part of a campaign I would probably have withdrawn earlier in proceedings. With hindsight knowing that the Republic could have bought, and did, a T26 to the party I should have left the Panzer 1 back at base, where it appears the anti-tank gun team decided to stay until it had to be deployed in a less than satisfactory way, but needs must and had it hit the T26 things may have been different. The what ifs of war eh.
Too engrossed in the game again to get many pictures, but here in no particular order are the few I took.
The Republicans Begin Their Assault

Where Is The Pak36 When You Want It? 

The Legion Brace Themselves.

He's Behind You!

Its A Bit Late Now, Their Infantry Are Up!
Dave has the decorators in so the next game will be at OHQ again, a Dark Ages set to is in order I think.


Monday, 19 February 2018

Baldinus Triumphant!

Today General Baldinus took his revenge and bested his arch nemesis Bikkagern AKA The Viper, for a while it seemed that the Goths were getting the upper hand, but impatient that he could not get behind the Roman flanks with his cavalry, Bikkagern sent them  headlong against the Roman infantry in a frontal assault. Although the infantry held things were not looking good for the Romans, Baldinus then unleashed his cavalry and the unengaged legion, the Triani, whilst the Moorish cavalry harassed the uncommitted Goth cavalry. The tide turned and the Gothic hoard was defeated.
I had recently painted up some extra Goth infantry on half bases, these were added to two of the  other Goth warbands giving them six bases. We adjusted the rules accordingly, giving the Goths an extra two D6 in the first round of close combat, this would give them some initial humph and sustain the unit in the next rounds. This would offset some of the Roman superiority as they get more combat dice in continuing rounds and better saving throws 4 - 6 as opposed to the Goths 6. It did not help in the end, next outing we may let them add the extra dice in continuing rounds.
I was too engrossed in the action to take any pics I'm afraid but here are a couple of shots of the forces as they stand, I currently have Roman cataphracts on the painting bench and will follow these up with another half base of Goths to increase the third warband.

In fact no pics, I'm afraid Blogger is being a complete arse again, I give up !

Edit - Here they are, weird. Thought Jon's comment on my previous post would appear, but alas no. Thank you for the comment Jon, I got the email notification. I believe our mutual friend is having some "renovation work" soon :~)

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

A Complete Ruin

Pictures of the completed Charlie Foxtrot Models ruined house #3

Next up will be Pantile House #3 for my Spanish terrain.


Monday, 5 February 2018

Fire In The East

Dave came over to OHQ today, I organised a game of Chain of Command using my 20mm German and Soviet forces, we played the attack and defend scenario with the Germans defending on a 4 x 4 table.
Now I have to say that my tactics were diabolical, with my usual abysmal dice rolling talents adding to the debacle. With my force morale reduced to five and with only a complete German squad entrenched in an untenable position and the other remaining squad reduced to four men together with the senior leader and a panzerschrek team I conceded the game to Comrade Bikkliski.
The pictures can relate the rest of  the sorry tale, a thoroughly enjoyable game none the less, fortified with splendid banter, company and lunch.
The Soviet Flamethrower Team Advances, Covered By An Infantry Squad

My Aborted Advance On The Barn, Should Have Had The Courage To Follow Through, Now Occupied By The Soviets

Soviet Squad Supporting The Advance Of The Flamethrower Team

The Entrenched German Squad Totally In The Wrong Place And Deployed Far Too Early

The Bold Advance, Before I Chickened Out

The Flamethrower Team, You Can See The Result Of My Desultory Fire Over Most Of The Phases, I Did Manage To Kill One Man Eventually.
Over to GHQ next week for a long overdue visit to Rhanzlistan, lets hope I do better there, on today's effort it will hard to worse.


Friday, 26 January 2018

Time For A Ruin

I have a lot of figures on the go for commission work at present, so in my downtime I want a break from the little men. I picked up ruined house three from the excellent Charlie Foxtrot Models at WMMS back in 2016, so it is way past the time that it should be assembled, so I have set to.
The base is a bespoke one from Warbases, the cobbles are Wills, the flagstones are Slaters placticard and the rubble is again from Charlie Foxtrot. Th outside walls have been rendered with birdcage sand and grit.

To be continued......


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

It Seems A Little Quiet II

Until'.................... Dave arrived :~)
La Legion Occupy The Stable Block

An Anarchist Armoured Truck Turns The Fascist Flank

Meanwhile The International Brigade Advance

The Nationalist Pilots Eye View

The Legion Light Mortar Advances To Give Supporting Fire

The Captured T26 Is Immobilised!

The International Brigades Advance Continues

More Brigaders Advance On The Right

After Two Unsuccessful Assaults On The Tank The Legion Are Driven Off By The Lincolns

The Lincolns Work Round The Fascist Right Flank
We played the surrounded scenario from the rule book, the dense terrain made it a very challenging game, with line of sight being at a premium. The Nationalists in the village should really have taken the fight to the Republicans, instead they sat pretty to await the arrival of the reserves, which turned out to be a big mistake. By the time the reserves arrived the Republicans had closed down the village practically, however help was on the horizon. I decided that air support would be a random event, when three order dice for either side was drawn consecutively a dice off would occur to see which sides plane appeared, the Nationalists would add one to the score, having air superiority. They duly won the dice off, but disaster struck, the rookie pilot strafed the wrong target, pinning the Nationalist T26. This sort of luck dogged the Nationalists throughout the game, resulting in a resounding win for the Republic.
A challenging game, the Republic rose to the challenge, while my Nationalists ducked it.

Viva La Republica!