Posts Tagged ‘WWI’

Remembering Private Job Henry Charles Drain VC

Posted on November 11th, 2016 under . Posted by

This remembrance day I will be thinking about all the men and women who have served their country and given their lives. But I will also be remembering those that came home and had to live with what they experienced. One man in particular has caught my…

Manfred the Moocher

Posted on October 12th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Club night but not Club night, I set off as usual yesterday having organised my aircraft for Wings of War, the bases, the tokens, the bumf, sorted out a scenario but once at the club and having got the table organised found out I had not brought the ac…

The Battle of Horn Reef WWI 1914

Posted on September 16th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Five Rejects got together last weekend for a WWI game, unusually for us it wasn’t a land battle, but a sea battle!! Also resident Evil Umpire Postie was playing not umpiring!! That honour went to Reject John, who bought over his collection of 1/2400 ships and his three Tiny Wargames mats.
We picked out sides out of the hat, me and Surj (Germans) were pitted again BigLee and Evil Postie (Brits). You can read Lee’s battle report here.

The battle plan was simple, the German High Seas fleet were stuck on the wrong side of the Horn Reef sandbanks, and had to wait for an undetermined time to cross them safely. Also there was a minefield all along the edge of the smaller mat, leading out into the open ocean , with only two narrow corridors left open for access. If we could we had to lure the Brits into the minefield. Otherwise we were to engage the fleet and destroy them.

Order of Battle German High Seas Fleet (Surjit and Ray)
   Surj    
   Helgoland (Battleship) 12″ Guns
   Grosser Kurfurst (Battleship) 12″ Guns
   Bayern (Battleship) 15″ Guns
   Hannover (Pre Dreadnought) 11″ Guns
   Schliesen (Pre Dreadnought) 11″ Guns

   S53 (Torpedo Boat) 3″ Guns + 4 Torpedoes
   S54 (Torpedo Boat) 3″ Guns + 4 Torpedoes
   S55 (Torpedo Boat) 3″ Guns + 4 Torpedoes

   S56 (Torpedo Boat) 3″ Guns + 4 Torpedoes

   Ray
   V44 (Torpedo Boat) 3″ Guns + 4 Torpedoes
   V45 (Torpedo Boat) 3″ Guns + 4 Torpedoes
   B109 (Torpedo Boat) 3″ Guns + 4 Torpedoes
   B110 (Torpedo Boat) 3″ Guns + 4 Torpedoes
   Sayolitz (Battle Cruiser) 11″ Guns
   Lutzoli (Battle Cruiser) 12″ Guns
   Leipzig (Light Cruiser) 4″ Guns + 2 Torpedoes
   Nurnberg  (Light Cruiser) 4″ Guns + 2 Torpedoes

British Grand Fleet (BigLee and Postie)
   Ajax (Battleship) 13.5″ Guns
   Benbow  (Battleship) 13.5″ Guns
   Ramillies  (Battleship) 15″ Guns
   Thunderer  (Battleship) 13.5″ Guns
   Britania (Pre Dreadnought) 12″ Guns
   Inflexible (Battle Cruiser) 12″ Guns
   Indomitable (Battle Cruiser) 12″ Guns
   Tiger  (Battle Cruiser) 12″ Guns

   Monmouth (Armoured Cruiser) 6″ Guns + 2 Torpedoes
   Glouchester (Light Cruiser) 6″ Guns + 2 Torpedoes
   Rifleman (Destroyer) 4″ Guns + 2 Torpedoes
   Fury (Destroyer) 4″ Guns + 2 Torpedoes
   Africa (Pre Dreadnought) 12″
   Liverpool (Light Cruiser) 6″ Guns + 2 Torpedoes
   Mameluke (Destroyer) 4″ Guns + 2 Torpedoes
   Oberon (Destroyer) 4″ Guns + 2 Torpedoes

The German big boys Helgoland, Grosser Kurfurst, Bayern, Hannover &
Schliesen at anchor.

The German Torpedo boats (on the right) patrol the waters looking for the enemy

We spot each other…

My SMS B110 is the first ship to take fire.

Come on tide…….. the Seydlitz, Lutzow, Leipzig and Nurnburg all wait patiently.

Me and Surj managed to get into Torpedo range,
but of course that meant we were also in close range of the British guns! 

It was hard trying to keep a line….

Turn 4 – At last the tide is high enough for the German big boys to try and get
into the action.

Turn 5 – The first casualty!!
HMS Fury sinks  S53

Then HMS Rifleman has a lucky shot and S56 goes down as well!
but on our return of fire Surj manages to damage HMS Glouster, which is dead in the water.

My V44 fires a torpedo at HMS Mamluke which blows up and sinks.

HMS Liverpool and SMS S54 both slug it out….
Great dice rolls from both sides cause catastrophic damage to both ships
who both sink!

The British big boys arrive on the table.

Including HMS Thunderer and HMS Ramillies

The German High Seas fleet manoeuvres through the minefield and try and link up.

Surj did his usual, pushed all his ships far to close to mine, so I had to split my force
and go in two directions???

But we finally managed to get into some semblance of a line.

And we all fired along the line.

Surj very bravely pushed his last torpedo boat up into close range

In one of the last shots of the game the Seydlitz damages HMS Indomitable’s rudder.
After this John, called the end of the game as night was closing in  so the ships pulled apart to lick their wounds.
It was a close game, but the German High Seas Fleet were victorious, nearly all ships on both sides were damaged, some more than other, but the Brits lost a Battle Cruiser, 2 Light Cruiser’s also effectively another the Gloucester that was drifting off table and 2 Destroyers, while the Germans only lost 4 Torpedo boats.
Casualties
German
S53
S56
V44
S54
British
HMS Gloucester – Dead in the water
HMS Mameluke
HMS Oberon
HMS Liverpool
HMS Inflexable
This was the first time I’ve played WWI ships and the first time I’ve played John’s rules. John’s rules were fairly simple and very effective, they did give you a great feel for the period, so I shall be looking forward to another game with these and maybe if I’m lucky………..another win????



Battle of Horn Reef- 1914

Posted on September 13th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

On Sunday Posties Rejects gathered in the shed-o-war for a WWI naval battle. For a change Stuart wasn’t umpiring and we weren’t using his models or rules. Instead John brought his collection of 1:2400 scale ships, some newly acquired Hex mats and his o…