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The Battle of Framerville 1918

Posted on January 11th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

On Sunday several members of Posties Rejects gathered for our first game of the new year. We played a WWI game set in August 1918 with the Germans defending desperately against an Allied offensive that never seems to run out of steam. A mass of British Mk V and Whippet tanks, backed up by infantry, advance towards an apparently weak and demoralised German line. It should be a simple matter to sweep aside the defenders and continue the advance…shouldn’t it?

The British objective is to get one of their tanks to the German base line. This would result in the weary German troops breaking and pulling back. The German objective is simple, stop the Allied advance at all costs. 

Order of Battle
British 3rd Corps
 18th Division – Maj General R P Lee
   53rd Brigade
     10th Essex (12 Bases + 1 LMG)
     8th Royal West Kent (12 Bases + 1 LMG)
     7th Royal Bershire (12 Bases + 1 LMG + 1 HMG)
     10th Tank Battalion – 13 Mk V Tanks (7 Male & 6 Female)
     3rd Tank Battalion – 5 Whippet Tanks
       1 Lorry with Mortar
       1 Lorry
     1 Sopwith Camel (British)
     1 Sopwith Camel (Belgian)
     Heavy Artillery Batteries (off table) 
German 2nd Army
 51st Corps – Gen Lt Von Hofacker
   14th Bavarian Division
      25th Bavarian Infantry Regiment (36 Bases + 3 LMG)
      2 HMG (K Rounds Available)
      1 Fokker Triplane
      1 A7V Tank
      2 Captured Mk V Tanks (one Male one Female)
      1 Motor Car
      2 Batteries of Artillery
      1 AA Lorry
      1 Trench Mortar
      2 Flamethrowers
      1 Sniper
      1 Lorry
      4 Redoubts
      Heavy Artillery Batteries (off Table)

The Action

Framerville sits astride the German trenches. The Commander has evacuated/evicted the civilian population and sent them out towards the Allies but knows that the main road through the town is an open invitation to the allied tanks.

Two captured Mk V’s have been pressed into German service. The Male tank more than proves its worth against its former owners.

Meanwhile a German A7V guards the main road into the town.

This view shows the initial deployment before the British rolled for their starting positions. Some would start a full 24″ onto the table but most wouldn’t. 

Frammerville is a rabbit warren of destruction and an ideal location for a sniper. Ours was in a hidden bunker by the road but the Allied players were convinced he was in the church tower.

The Allied players with their tanks in their start positions. Dave’s tanks in the centre (opposite me) are in the most advanced position and look very threatening. 

The captured Mk V gets first blood. It knocks out one of Dave’s tanks with one sponson mounted gun and one of Surjits tanks on the left flank with it’s other gun. 

Boom! Unfortunately for the Allied this wasn’t the only tank to meet a fiery end.

With the civilians moving away the road through Frammerville suddenly looks very vulnerable. Meanwhile Ian positions his infantry in various buildings ready for the expected advance of the British.

Looking out across Framerville towards the Allied lines. The column of civilian refugees can be seen heading away down the road and for a while the town falls eerily silent. 

Then the buzz of an aircraft engine can be heard and a British Sopwith Camel comes into view. 

Thankfully the Germans have an Anti-Aircraft HMG truck….although it eventually proved to be useless as a weapon and better as a roadblock.

The Sopwith drops two sticks of 25lb bombs on the German lines – aiming for the tanks – but fails to hit any of its targets. 

Then the Brown Baron appears and so begins an aerial battle to rival the conflict down below.  

Meanwhile the captured Mk V continues to deal out lethal damage. By the end of the game it had destroyed five British tanks.

Dave’s tank command in the centre is in poor shape. Two vehicles are burning and a third has broken down. 

The Artillery template was used for Off-Table artillery fire, mortars and the bombs dropped by aircraft. In this instance all the bombs landed in empty sectors of the grid. 

The Sopwith is now out of bombs, but it still has teeth. From now on it will strafe ground troops with its HMG’s.

Richards advance towards Frammerville is starting to stall. His fast moving Whippet tanks are being targeted but one vehicle still trundles forwards. If can get past the fire arc of the German guns it will have a straight run to the road through the town. 

The British Sopwith adds a little support although its strafing runs are not proving very effective.  

Disaster for the Germans as their prized A7V goes up in flames. There is now almost nothing to stop the British Whippet from racing through the town. 

 Birds eye view of Framerville. The British tanks in the center have been decimated and most of the vehicles on the right have also been destroyed. But other than a few infantry and an LMG there is very little to stop the remaining Whippet tank from driving through the town and reaching the objective. The German players have one last chance in the form of a Flamethrower team which can be seen in the trench in the Bottom of this picture. If I can get this unit into the buildings alongside the road I may be able to ambush the Whippet as it passes. 

The German Triplane circles overhead as the British continue to advance. Most of the German infantry in the trenches are wisely keeping their heads down and cannot be targeted by the British, whose tanks bristle with HMG’s. The following British infantry have consequently made it through most of the battle unscathed up to this point.  

With the refugees safely evacuated both sides find their arcs of fire are now clearer. The German bunkers begin to take damage from several sides and some gun crew are killed. The Sopwith’s strafing runs have also taken a toll. 

The Triplane gets the Sopwith in its sights and rakes its side with bullets. Thankfully for the British pilot nothing serious is damage and he lives to fly another day. 

In the center the British tanks burn (and in once case have broken down. Now only two tanks remain along with all the infantry doing their best to stay behind the armored behemoths. 

A very well placed barrage by the German off-table artillery lands right over the advancing tank and infantry. As this was in my secot it fell to me to roll the dice for casualties…and for once the dice gods did not desert me. The Mk V and several bases of infantry are killed. 

Meanwhile the British Whippet continues its advance unimpeded into the town. Two more turns of movement could end this game with a British win.  

The Triplane pulls a tight 180° turn and strafes the whippet but despite killing a crewman the tank rumbles onward. 

In a desperate act the Germans drive their AA truck into the bath of the tank to block its path. The Whippet crew open up with all their HMG’s and soon the truck is a burning wreak. Literally nothing stands between the British and victory other than one last desperate move by the Germans.

The Flamethrower team that moved into the buildings earlier judges itself to be in range of the tank and unleashes a burning spout of flame towards the tank. In seconds the Whippet is alight and destroyed… and the last hope of the British offencive is snuffed out. 

Despite the heavy casualty rate of the British, and the loss of most of their tanks, they came very close to wining this game. 

This was a tough fight for the British and I did feel rather sorry for them by the end of the game. They had taken a lot of casualties and most of their forces hadn’t even crossed the center line of the table. But they were very unlucky with their dice rolls (fists full of hit dice rolled without a single kill) while for the German players sometimes it felt like they were hitting with every shot. Of course this wasn’t the case, but the dice gods definitely favored the Germans in this game.

I had a particularly good game with seven tanks kills to my name by the end of the battle, most caused by the captured MkV in the center of our line. If the dice had favored the British a little more this would have been a much closer affair. As it was they still came to within an ace of snatching victory with their Whippet tank in the town. It took an impromptu roadblock, a quickly re-positioned flamethrower team and a lot of luck to deny the Brits victory. 

Over the Top: Brett’s Brawlers Mission Contest

Posted on October 12th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

By Mitch ReedIt seems like I got an extra box of Bret’s Brawlers from my work on the new Great War book that just came out. Instead of sending it back, the folks at Battlefront told me to give it away to someone who wants to get into the Great War peri…

Boston War Memorial

Posted on August 18th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

While we were on holiday a few weeks ago the family and I visited Boston in Lincolnshire. We went to a small local museum, did a bit of shopping and I climbed the eighty three meter high tower of St Botolph’s Church, known locally as the “Boston Stump”…

28mm WWI British from Brigade Games

Posted on June 25th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

As promised here are the WWI British we did for Brigade Games of their African/Palestine WWI line. This batch included some Australians and African Colonial troops. First up the Australians:Here’s some British cavalry:The King’s African Rifles:

28mm WWI Germans from Brigade Games

Posted on June 24th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Sorry its been quiet lately. We were on vacation, then had to try and catch up on things once we got home. Then we had to get the business back up and chugging along. That’s the downfall of being self-employed with no employees: nothing gets done when …

Topside Minis Product Review

Posted on June 18th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Hello again! Today, I take a detailed look at a product that I am quite excited about: Topside Minis.  I feel that this product represents an important development  for naval wargaming, making it much easier for gamers to get into … Continue reading

Gallipoli Diorama Opens

Posted on May 4th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

I just read the post on the official blog for the project detailing the opening of the diorama today in Wellington. Wow. It is even more visually stunning than I when I last saw it – when it was 99% complete but in a room that resembled a construction site with no lighting in place … Continue reading Gallipoli Diorama Opens

Chunuk Bair Diorama opening delayed until 4th May.

Posted on May 2nd, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

The opening of the Gallipoli Room at the Great War Exhibition has been delayed until the 4th May. Until then there are the occasional teaser shots of work on the diorama available to whet your appetite. Check out the official blog Mustering the Troops for more articles and information regarding this and other W100 commemoration … Continue reading Chunuk Bair Diorama opening delayed until 4th May.

My daughter’s contribution to our Anzac Day at home

Posted on April 25th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

We have this biscuit (cookie to you Yanks) that has traditionally been made on Anzac Day. Story is that these were sent to the soldiers from home and they ate them at Gallipoli. However, that is not quite the case – those poor souls had to break their teeth on Ships Biscuits. From the NZ … Continue reading My daughter’s contribution to our Anzac Day at home

Check out the maps

Posted on April 20th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

I am really happy with how these maps turned out. They are all actual period maps of the battlefield that I reduced and printed. I didn’t reduce them to the size shown, but to a larger size and cut out pieces of them otherwise any detail would have just disappeared into a few pixels.

My last day on the Gallipoli diorama

Posted on April 18th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

I finally had to pack up the paints and return home. That is my involvement with this fantastic project officially at an end. My last day was spent like most others – doing last minute painting. I started the day out at a McCafe where I had breakfast and mostly finished the Brig-Gen Johnston figure … Continue reading My last day on the Gallipoli diorama

Another day closer to completion…still painting

Posted on April 17th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Today was spent at the Museum doing figure placement, touch up painting, painting a NZ Staff officer that Alan had just sculpted this morning and fixing broken models.  Having a talent like Brian Nelson (from GW) tell you that your repair on the model he just broke was ‘a good job’ is rather gratifying.  Two … Continue reading Another day closer to completion…still painting

Some video from the news on the Anzac Diorama

Posted on April 15th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

For you offshore chaps  – a chance to see some of the the terrain and figures in place.

Perry’s gave me homework

Posted on April 15th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

After work yesterday I went down to the Museum to help out with the diorama. My first task was to assist Russel Briant dirtying up some Turkish boots. Then I got to actually place figures on the diorama.  I positioned a Turkish platoon of sixty men advancing up a hill in support of the platoon … Continue reading Perry’s gave me homework

More Anzacs and Turks

Posted on April 14th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Yesterday after work I went to Weta to do more painting. There was only The Armchair General’s son there and soon after I was left alone for the evening.  Apologies for the poor photographs but I left my camera at home and could only use my rather old and crappy phone camera that has a … Continue reading More Anzacs and Turks

Some more work for the Diorama

Posted on April 13th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

I knocked off these 25 casualty figures last Saturday night when everyone else was at the pub and I had to work. Alan Perry did manage to buy me a beer though. I seemed to become the Dremmel King and must have drilled holes in about a thousand casualty figures in the past week for … Continue reading Some more work for the Diorama

Some sneak looks at the Anzac Diorama

Posted on April 7th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Well, not really at the diorama because that is under wraps until the official unveiling. All photos from the official Anzac Diorama blog.

Back to RAF Hendon

Posted on April 6th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

On Sunday the wife and I took our youngest daughter to the RAF museum at Hendon. We’ve been here several times before (see pictures here and here and here) as there is plenty to see. This time we spent quite a bit of time in the WW1 display hall i…

Not the last of my Anzac Diorama figures

Posted on April 5th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

I got two more figures to paint yesterday. Two on-off Turkish Standard Bearers. Flags not attached in these pics.
Really lovely resin figures.

Last of my contribution for the Anzac Diorama

Posted on April 4th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

My last ten figures completed. Ten Turkish officers charging. What a mission. You guys wont believe this diorama. We have spent all day working on it at one of Weta Workshop’s warehouses and it is massive. Beyond massive. Good to see the Perry Brothers back in New Zealand too.  I am not sure I can … Continue reading Last of my contribution for the Anzac Diorama

Ten Anzacs finished.

Posted on March 30th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

I have finally got these guys finished and they should be winging their way to The Armchair General tomorrow. My last lot are ten Turkish officers who are almost done as well. A wee bit more on them to do. Probably be the last person to get their models done and in but I have … Continue reading Ten Anzacs finished.

Johnny Turk he was ready, he primed himself well…

Posted on March 4th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

..He rained us with bullets, He rained us with shells And in five minutes flat he’d blown us all to hell Then he blew us right back to Australia (from the song “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda”) Here are the finished batch of Turkish infantry. The last time I painted any miniature this scale was … Continue reading Johnny Turk he was ready, he primed himself well…

ANZAC Diorama – Progress on my first figures

Posted on February 28th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

I have finally got started on my first batch of figures. Twenty Turkish infantry.  Quite enjoyable to paint these but I have discovered two things – I am going to need some new brushes once this lot is done and I am crap at painting belts in any scale. I guess my infantry will hide … Continue reading ANZAC Diorama – Progress on my first figures

My first Turks for the Anzac Diorama have arrived.

Posted on February 13th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Posting this link so you can pop over to the Anzac Diorama Blog to see the latest message from Peter Jackson. There are now 100 painters recruited. My first 20 figures arrived yesterday. 20 Turks. Preparation has started and I hope to get first paint on them next week. Johnny Turk is currently ‘armless … Continue reading My first Turks for the Anzac Diorama have arrived.

Mustering the Troops (NZ WWI ANZAC Diorama)

Posted on January 31st, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

The blog site for the painting project for the Anzac Diorama for the World War One Exhibition has been created. I urge you to have a look,especially at the FAQ and About pages to learn more about the project.  There has already been media publicity about the project and several people I know who are … Continue reading Mustering the Troops (NZ WWI ANZAC Diorama)