Chain Of Command


Easter Holiday Project

I've been thinking through some ideas for a clean up and base project that I can take on holiday next week. I've done this before, with mixed success, as it almost always ends up with a box of assembled and based figures or models, which then go back in a box and are never seen again! However, it's a useful wargamey thing to do and keeps me busy, when otherwise I'd just be sitting around enjoying the sunshine but achieving nothing at all. Nothing wrong with that but it's fun to have something to do in the evenings and I quite enjoy assembling and basing too.This time, I'm going to base up a core platoon of late war winter equipped German infantry for Chain of Command, to use against my existing late war US platoon which I painted a long time ago for Bolt Action! The thinking behind this is that it will enable me to pay solo games with the figures I already have and will make use of the Cigar Box Battle snow cloth that I has been under-employed but for which I have some nice woodland and river terrain. I can e

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The Black Devil's March

A second hand book added to the library yesterday, once again from the Oxfam charity shop in town, this time being an illustrated history of the First Polish Armoured Division in NW Europe, primarily from D-Day to the occupation of Germany. The author is from Winchester, so I suspect that's why it ended up in the local bookshop, but it's a valuable addition to the collection either way. There's lots of black and white photographs, some of which I haven't seen before, as well as an overview of the campaign, so very useful for scenario development and scale modelling, with obvious relevance to What a Tanker!, IABSM and Chain of Command, amongst other things.

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Sandbox Skirmish

I'm reading this now, in a nod to my 15mm post-colonial Sandbox Skirmish project, which I'm planning to pick up again in the Summer. It's a really fascinating account which includes both military patrols in Somaliland and the actual fighting in Oman, the latter being something that I've read quite a lot about but the former being more akin to something out of Kipling or Kitchener. It's all good stuff and, hopefully, will give me some more ideas for my 'Imagi-nations' take on the retreat from Empire. I was quite taken by one of the modern skirmish games at the Lard Day, which used Chain of Command with some tweaks, and I think it could be another rules option for the Sandbox Skirmish project with only a light dusting required to make it fit? Just an idea.

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More Photos from the Lard Day

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.

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What a Tanker!!

So with Mrs kingsleypark and youngest daughter away to see some arty farty play at Dundee Rep, Roo and I had time on our hands to get some extra gaming in. We had been looking at the rules for the old Avalon Hill Hex and Counter game, "The Russian Campaign" and although the rules only amount to 6 pages it still looked a bit of a time sink to play the game so we decided we would come back to that at a later date.He wanted to try something new so I suggested we play "What a Tanker!" by TooFat Lardies.Now I had played WaT a couple of times with the THAGGers, the last time being a Tiger I (me) taking on a seemingly never ending stream of Shermans (the Tiger won 6-0, if I remember rightly -Does it bring back memories Gary and Neil??Strangely enough, I've never been able to persuade the THAGGers to bring it back to the table. However, after a quick peruse of the rules Roo declared himself up for the challenge. He had wanted to use my 20mm T-34's but I got some nice shiny 28mm Panzer IV's and Shermans

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I Aint Been Shot Mum or Chain of Command?

Over the last twelve months or so I've been gathering together the various bits I need for an IABSM US Rifle Company, using both the discontinued Flames of War range of winter troops for the Ardennes and the new plastic version of the US infantry for Operation Cobra. It's difficult to find the winter stuff now and it goes for ridiculous prices but the post Xmas sales have been a bonus.I now have enough figures, AFV's and equipment for both options, with the latest acquisition of some M1917 machine gun platoon packs making it possible to assemble one or the other complete with armoured support. The only thing I haven't got is a 57mm anti-tank platoon but I think I can use the Forged In Battle set for that, at least for the breakout from Normandy configuration. This has been one of my long term project plans, going back to the publication of the third edition, so I may well get round to it now that I have all the whistles and bells? The only thing that puts me off is the Chain of Command alternative, which

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Vacform Church Ruin Kit

This is the most straightforward of the three second hand vacform building kits that I found at a car boot sale a while back, so I'm going to have a go at cutting out the parts and assembling it over the next couple of days, just to see how to go about it. I'll use a textured laser cut base with some additional rubble, timbers and other clutter to bed it down, once I know what the footprint is like.If all goes according to plan, it will be a useful start to the Ardennes terrain for What a Tanker! and could also be re-used for 15mm, as it's fairly scale neutral. I also have some ideas for the basing some fir trees on skirmish bases, with a removable disc base for each tree, which would make storage easier and allow tanks to drive into the woods. 

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