21 March 2015

2014-15 Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge Personal Review

Figurehead 1:2400 Napoleonic Ships (19-3-2015)
Figurehead 1:2400 Napoleonic Ships (19-3-2015)
Crusader Miniatures 28 mm French Napoleonic Pre-Bardin Infantry (4-2-2015)
West Wind Productions 28 mm Jekyll and Hyde
West Wind Productions 28 mm Victorian Criminals (21-1-2105)
West Wind Productions 28 mm Victorian Criminals (21-1-2105)
West Wind Productions 28 mm Victorian Criminals (21-1-2105)
West Wind Productions 28 mm "Jade Dragon" (7-1-2015)
West Wind Productions 28 mm "H Division"
Gripping Beast 28mm Dark Age Britons
Gripping Beast 28mm Dark Age Britons
CPModels TQD 20mm NKVD Maxim HMG (22-12-2014)
CPModels TQD 20mm NKVD 3" Mortar (22-12-2014)
CPModels TQD 20mm Soviet Sniper (22-12-2014)
CPModels TQD 20mm Soviet Platoon (14-12-2014)
CPModels TQD 20mm Soviet Platoon (22-12-2014)
CPModels TQD 20mm Soviet Platoon (22-12-2014)
CPModels TQD 20mm Soviet Flamethrower Team (22-12-2014)
CPModels TQD 20mm Soviet Minesweeping Team (22-12-2014)
SGT'S Mess 20 mm Tiger I (3-1-2015)
Front Rank 28 mm French Caisson (11-12-2015)
Perry 28 mm British Cannon (11-12-2015)
PSC 20mm British Firefly (11-12-2015)
Armourfast 20mm Achilles (11-12-2015)
PSC 20mm PaK40 ATG (11-12-2015)

 Well it was a great contest yet again, many thanks Curt.

27 February 2015

Winter War Test Scenario

Finnish Propaganda Poster
After a year of planning, painting and gathering, I finally got to play a Winter War scenario using the Chain of Command rules. Things generally went well, some adjustments in the terrain need to be made and there is still some work to do on the campaign design.

For the test game, I went with the simplest scenario from the CoC rule book "The Patrol". Here we have two forces, who have yet to make contact carefully advancing through no-man's land to see where the other is. In our Raate Road campaign this represents the early stages of the battle where the Finns are advancing north through the snow covered forest from Vuokkijärvi to locate the Soviet 44th Rifle Divisions positions along the Raate Road.
This was going to be an interesting game, as I had a platoon of Elite Finns and Mike had a platoon of Green Soviets. This meant that although I had 6 Command Dice and Mike had 4 and an advantage in starting morale, Mike had twice as many men and almost 4 times the support options. We diced for Morale, I started with 10 and Mike 7, I had 3 supports and he had 12. I picked the a Satchel Bomb and an an Anti-Tank Team. While Mike took a KhT-26 Flame Tank, a BA7 as well as a Maxim MG Team.
I started my Patrol Markers in the lower right, Mike started in the upper left. 
I did not do well with 2 of my JOP's behind some snow drifts and 1 in the upper right.I got a sense we were doing something wrong here, I find this the toughest part of the game. 
Mike had one JOP in the forest and the other 2 in the forest.
I laid down a LMG section behind the drifts in the northeast sector, Mike put down a Maxim Team on the hill to the west just outside of the photo. Although Elite, my teams are brittle because of their size and the Soviets appeared to be making short work of them, a HMG has a short range of 24" and takes cover down a notch so I was being pounded.
Meanwhile I had put down a Anti-Tank team in the middle of the forest, which was a useless move and they were soon threatened by a large Soviet squad in the forest. Time to take off.
It took work but I was slowly killing of the Maxim team.............
...............but as you can see I lost my rifle team in the process, first morale loss to the Finns.
Time to send in another LMG section, Mike immediately plunked down another Soviet squad but not before I took out the Maxim team, I almost immediately had a lucky shot and took out 1 of his SL's and soon after another JL, the Soviet morale was plummeting. The tide was turning. My second LMG team was now in close range of two Soviet squads. 
My Anti-Tank Team running away, with one of my SL's.
By now the Soviet squad in the woods had taken a ton of shock from the Finns from the south and from the northeast. Time to declare Rynnäkköön (very similar to the German Handgranten). My SMG section attacks the Soviets throwing grenades while advancing contact is made. The Soviet squads breaks, another SL and JL dies. Finnish Victory on morale.
I made a lot of mistakes in this game and I still have a sense that we are messing up the Patrol phase, but otherwise the terrain and forces were workable. I am going to pull out a few trees from the stands to make it a little easier to get through the forests.

There is still lots of work to do on the campaign structure, but I am hoping it will be a fun and interesting campaign.

Anyway I will leave you with some photos of two other games that were going at the Hobby Bunker at the same time. First up was another winter game during the SYW, absolutely beautiful set up. I think now that I should of went with 18 mm for Napoleonic gaming, they are less fun to paint but they are just great for large games. The second game was an modern urban Southern Sudan game. I just love that UN compound, all the buildings are scratch built. great stuff.

26 February 2015

Engagement at Kalisz

My gaming will switch back to Montreal this weekend. We will be playing Lasalle, the first Napoleonic game in over a year for our small group. I put together a fictional scenario for the 1809 period so we could get some of our new troops on the table. Myself and Nico will be taking on Iannick and Rusti.

What will be particularly interesting for me personally is that this will be the first IGO-UGO game I have played in well over a year. This year's gaming has been taken up with Chain of Command and Dux Britanniarum, two games with variable activation. I am not sure how it will go with me.

We really have put work in on a lot of different Napoleonic rulesets over the years and I have to admit they all have had drawbacks to me or others in our gaming group.

Anyway, we will have to see. I am looking forward to getting a game in with my friends there.

23 February 2015

Chronica Iohannes: Massacre on the Swale

We had another battle in our Dux campaign about 10 days ago and it did not go well for the Britons. In a stunning reversal of fortune, the Saxons got a +6 victory. You can see the AAR on Adam's blog.

He really played a great game, by avoiding my shieldwall and maneuvering into positions where he could chip away at my troops. I do not remember the exact numbers but I believe I lost 23 men to Adam's 7. Really a great Saxon victory.

But the worse was yet to come, as Adam had won a battle he could now lay siege to one of my provinces. The length and success of a siege is decided by a single dice roll and Adam threw a 2, really an extremely lucky toss, as the siege only lasted a month before he took the province of Caterick. What was worse is that he now has raised his warlord to a King, has gained another unit of warriors and was able to gain two more gold in an uncontested raid in the month of July, 553.

Well I really will have to pull up my socks in our upcoming battle, hopefully this week.