Bag the Hun
Spitfires over the Channel!I've been having a think about the Plan A (or B, depending on what happens) game for the Lard Day in March, which will be another Bag the Hun multiplayer game of some description. The original idea was to do the Winter War but this would have been starting from scratch, as I haven't even based any aircraft let alone painted anything and I'd need a completely new hex cloth too. This is all a bit too much for what will be a side line this year, so it's time for a re-think.Here's some I made earlier..!Museum Miniatures Bf109-F'sRather than re-invent the wheel, I think I'm going to use my prepared models for the Channel Front c1942, which I've been meaning to paint up for a couple of years but have never got round to doing. These consist of an entire squadron of Spitfire VB's, a flight each of Beaufighters and Whirlwinds and a single Hudson. I've also already based eight Bf109-F's and four FW190-A4's, with more of the latter to be added once I've converted them from A8 models.Fw190-A8's
I just managed to grab the last nine Raiden Miniatures I-15bis fighter models from the Magister Militum web shop thing, which means I have enough of these little biplanes to kit out the scenarios that I'm working on for the Lard Day. I already have some Navwar I-15's but these came without undercarriage parts, so will be better used as I-153's, which were more often encountered during the Winter War anyway. When I get back from my holiday at the end of the month I will start assembling and basing the aircraft for both the Finnish and Soviet forces, which will enable me to play test the scenarios, once I've written them of course. I'm aiming for three potential games, at least one of which will be a bomber interception, so that I can paint up and use my lovely Raiden SB-2's and Scotia Collectair DB-3's.
After locating at least one potential scenario for the Winter War from a Finnish perspective, I thought I'd have a look at the problem from the other way round, once again using Hakan's Biplane Fighter Aces from the Second World War site (which really is an excellent resource for this sort of thing). The Soviets were notorious for overclaiming and making multiple claims that don't match the actual Finnish losses, so it's a bit of a minefield. However, this dogfight could the basis of an interesting scenario if I filled in all of the blanks with some educated guesswork. It features a number of named Soviet pilots making it much easier to flesh out the pilot ratings and formations, and it also has the Fokker DXXI's in action for the Finns and I-16's for the Russians, which is great as I have quite a lot of these in the lead pile and they're both pretty nifty models. Anyway, here's the relevant bit snipped from Hakans Aviation page:Starshii Leitenant Kozachenko served in 38 IAP at the start of the Winter Wa
On the way over on the ferry, I had plenty of time to do some further research for potential Winter War scenarios for the Lard Day. I had another look on the excellent site of Hakan Gustavsson, which I've plundered several times before for scenario ideas:http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/gladiator_finland.htmThis dogfight between Gloster Gladiators of LLv 26 and I-152's of 49 IAP stood out as a potential winner, although there were plenty more to choose from:In the afternoon on 13 February, lentomestari Lauri Lautamäki (GL-253) and ylikersantti Oiva Tuominen (GL-255) were first scrambled at 14:00 and sent to Matkaselkä. After this there was an alarm - a large Russian bomber formation was approaching! Luutnantti Knut Kalmberg (GL-260) and Kivinen took off first as they were in readiness with running engines. Five others followed so all nine Gladiators of Kivinen's unit were airborne. They met nine I-15bis fighters and engaged them. Six Russians tried to form a "Spanish ring"-defensive circle. Kalmberg attack
The Plan B option for Come and Have a Go if you Think You're Hard Enough 2 or just Lard Day 2 as I prefer to call it, is to run a couple of games of Bag the Hun, in a similar style to this year's event. I have a number of options here, both 'off the shelf' using my existing painted aircraft or requiring a bit more preparation. I thought about the scenario I was originally going to run this year, a mid-war RAF versus Luftwaffe affair over the Channel Islands, but that doesn't really appeal. So I've decided to go for a 'starting from scratch' option, which is the Winter War or 'Blue Swastika Rampant'*This would require a new hex terrain cloth or board to start with, which I may have a go at producing myself, and also 1/285th scale aircraft for both the Finnish and Soviet forces. Luckily, I have these already stashed away, having gathered them together over several years from various sources. These are a combination of Raiden Miniatures, Scotia Collectair and Museum Miniatures planes, which together are sufficie
I've now officially signed up to run a game at the local Lard Day next March, so will now have to sketch out some slightly more detailed plans, if I'm to get my act together in plenty of time. As I mentioned previously, the options are either What a Tanker! or Bag the Hun 2, although from initial impressions there already seems to be a couple of the former on offer. Mark says he doesn't mind which way I go, so I'll be working through both options over the holidays.If I do a What a Tanker! set of linked scenarios, I think I'll need a USP to make them stand out. I've already decided to have an Operation Blackcock theme, making use of my existing winter terrain with some additional features to give it a Dutch flavour. To make the games different, however, I'm going to introduce AT guns, AT Panzerfaust / Panzerschreck teams, minefields and some 'Funnies'. I think this, along with the snowy terrain, should do the job.The 7th Armoured Division had it's own Valentine bridging tanks which were deployed to span the nu
I had an email from Mark 'Peaches' Backhouse yesterday, in which he was kind enough to invite me along to the second 'Come and Have a Go, If you think you're Lard Enough' wargaming day, which he's organising for the 7th March next year at the Sarisbury Green wargaming club. This was great fun last time, so I have asked Mark to save me a table, so that I can run another game of something suitably lard flavoured.I've already been thinking about this and have come up with some potential ideas. The first is to run a mid-war Channel Front Bag the Hun game, featuring my as yet unpainted RAF Spitfires, Whirlwinds and Focke Wulf 190's, along the lines of the plan I originally had for this years game. The second option is to do something on the Russian Front or for the Winter War, again in 1/285th scale for Bag the Hun, which would be an excuse for a nice new winter themed hex cloth. The third option is to do a What a Tanker! historical scenario or set of linked games for the Russian Front, Battle of the Bu
I've been doing some research for a potential Bag the Hun scenario, set in the Kanalkampf phase of the Battle of Britain, early July 1940. I have a basic selection of 1/285th aircraft for this, so I'm limited to six Hurricanes, eight Bf109's, four Bf110's and eight Do17's, which means that any historical scenario has to be constrained to these limits. In retrospect, it would be so much easier if I'd originally started out in 1/600th scale, but that is something I may well do in the near future. I also wanted to feature No238 Squadron, which was based at Middle Wallop, which is only fifteen minutes from where I live and on my route home every day.I have managed to narrow down the potential scenarios to three engagements, all fought in early to mid July 1940, right at the start of the Battle of Britain. These are all feasible with the models I have and also manageable in terms of preparation. In order to simplify things and keep it all to a sensible scale, I have decided not to have any bombing or anti-sh
I've been inspired by the new Bag the Hun Facebook group to set up a club multiplayer game in a couple of weeks time, assuming I can drum up enough interest, which isn't usually a problem. For a change I thought I'd dig out my very first collection of 1/285th scale aircraft, which I painted up way back in the mists of time for the Battle of Britain. The scenario will be set in June 1940 and will involve a flight of six Hurricanes intercepting a gaggle of Bf110's with top cover provide by four Bf109E's, somewhere over coast of Northern France. I've never actually used my Bf110 Zerstorer in a game despite having painted them over ten years ago, so it will be good to dust them off for some aerial action. It's all a bit sketchy at the moment but I'll get working on the scenario and card deck over the next few days. Tally Ho!
There's a new group on Facebook for Bag the Hun which I found out about yesterday, via the TFL forum. I don't do Facebook as most of it is drivel, but this looks pretty good, so I've hijacked the wife's account again and signed up:https://m.facebook.com/groups/852996231701764
I'm really enjoying reading Force Benedict but it won't be long before I've finished it, so I was happy to find this digital book on the CAM ships and their Hurricane pilots for 98p. I've read some of the authors books before and the evocative paperback cover art just makes you want to dive in, especially as I have a soft spot for the Hurricane. I'll be looking for some scenario material for Bag the Hun and I'm sure I won't be disappointed. Good stuff!
This was 99p in the Kindle monthly book sale so, as I'd been wanting to read it for ages, I downloaded a copy. It would make a splendid Bag the Hun project and there is a set of scenarios for it in one of the old TFL Specials. If I wasn't already busy with other things, I'd dig out some 1/300th scale Hurricanes and give it a spin.
For some reason the writers of Cruel Seas decided to make the Il-2 Shturmovik the default aircraft in the rules, despite the fact that they weren't really used in a maritime role, except on an ad-hoc basis and as a non-operational torpedo armed variant. So, I have decided to not use the model that is supplied with the Soviet starter set and instead will be fielding the IL-4T, a proper torpedo strike variant of the standard Il-4 medium bomber. I have three Scotia Collectair Il-2 models that were in a bundle of 1/300th scale Soviet aircraft that I picked up from the Bring and Buy at Colours a couple of years ago. These are surplus to requirements as the other aircraft are slated for Bag the Hun in the Winter War. They are really nice models and I might as well make good use of them, adding a torpedo to the ventral centreline and basing them on transparent plastic GW flight stands, using magnets so that I can use them for Bag the Hun as well.I will rate them as the equivalent of the Bristol Beau
A bit of a random mix but lots of nice terrain and figures. I had to grab some photos in the tea break, so didn't get round all the tables, which was a shame. My favourite was the Boshin Wars Sharp Practice game, which looked lovely and was really original. I'm hoping the event will run again next year and, if it does, I'll definitely be back to run a game of Bag the Hun or What a Tanker! or perhaps just take part.
I grabbed half an hour or so this evening, while the other half was away from the laptop, to word process up two simple information sheets for the Lard Day Bag the Hun games. I bought a couple of acrylic L-shaped A4 display stands a few years ago for a Warfare game, so I'll use them to display the blurb for any passers by who are interested. It's a pretty basic job but at least it gives people an idea of what's going on, assuming they're not engrossed in their own games all the time.