Rapid Fire


Rapid Fire battle of Bréville 1944.

The table has had its first outing, although all of the tiles require more work. Hedges, trees, airbrushing the fields, some pigments, the roadside weeds, crop fields, water puddles and ponds and road connections to be completed  on the whole twelve boards. So a lot to doVisitors  Cookie and Mick from Perth Western Australia stayed with us at L'Hotel de Hercé, on their way to visit the grand white Chateaus of the lower Loire with their wives. They also booked in a rapid fire game with me, giving me the chance to bless the table for its first outing.We played a scenario I wrote for the 9th parachute regt defending against the german counterattack by the 857th Grenadier  Regiment at Bréville 8th June 1944. The British Commandos were on the left on hold/support orders, the 9th Parachute regiment held the high ground south of Bréville to the woods south of Chateau Sainte Come on hold/defend orders.Cookie who played as the Germans elected to slowly advance using the two battalions of  infantry

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TTSFN part five and six

Total Terrain System For Now Part 5 added tree stumps and drybrushed some more, then taped the edges of the boardPart sixSacrificed several teddy bears, clipped, cut and hot glued down the fur, more clippings, then some airbrushing, quite happy with my results so far, loads more to do yet though CheersMatt

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TTSFN modular wargames table

Total Terrain System For Now.Building a modular wargames table. We are having a rest break at the moment as we have had back to back visitors at the B and B for the last two weeks. I decided to finally get myself sorted out and add some more terrain tiles to my collection, these are specifically built for Normandy and Mayenne Bocage for 20mm and 28mm games, but more suited for 20mm. I have a table just over 5 meters in length and 1.8m wide to complete over the next month or two. So to begin with I am doing four 1200mm x 600mm tiles of ww2 specific + a number of 600 x 600 ww2 specific before I move onto adding a few pieces for medieval and ancients specific table.All of the tiles were made on mdf board with timber edging, polystyrene centre and hills, then paper plaster mix to smooth out the hills. I will be adding magnets and door strips to make the joints more seamless. On top of the table tile grout was used as the road base, which I will paint and add roadside bits. The bocage edge is permanent on the

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Saxony 1945. Saksonia 1945.

Hi! I'm back with game reports. However, before I tell you  about our game, I have to announce something. The Late Medieval Polish army list for To the Strongest! You can download for free from Simon's shop at this link:Cześć! Wracam z raportami z gier. Jednakże, zanim opowiem Wam o naszej grze, mam coś do ogłoszenia. Lista na późne średniowiecze dla Polski dla zasad To the Strongest! jest w końcu gotowa. Możecie sobie ją ściągnąć za darmo ze sklepu Simona pod tym linkiem:https://bigredbatshop.co.uk/collections/all/products/medieval-listsOk, let back to our games. The work with the army list took all my free time and had no time for blogging. Now I am going to fix it. First  the game we had two weeks ago. It was Rapid Fire! game with Polish together with Soviets against Germans.Ok, wracamy do naszych gier. Praca nad listą armijną zajęła mi prawie cały mój wolny czas i nie miałem czasu na blogging. Teraz zamierzam to naprawić. Pierwsza gra, którą mieliśmy dwa tygodnie temu. Była to gra z zasadami Rap

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1st battle of Tomaszów Lubelski, 18.09.1939. Pierwsza bitwa pod Tomaszowem Lubelskim, 18.09.1939.

Last Thursday we replayed the first battle of Tomaszów Lubelski. This battle was very interesting, because it was the largest battle of Polish Campaign with a use of tanks on both sides. For the game we used the Rapid Fire! rules.W ostatni czwartek na stół przenieśliśmy pierwszą bitwę pod Tomaszowem Lubelskim. Bitwa ta jest o tyle interesującą bitwą kampanii w Polsce, że jest ona największą w jakiej użyto czołgów po obu stronach. Do gry użyliśmy zasad Rapid Fire!SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Bartek ŻyndaUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Bartek ŻyndaSCENERY/SCENERIA: SESWC, Bartek ŻyndaFIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI I MODELE: Bartek Żynda1. Introduction. Wprowadzenie.Polish forces, composed of Army Lublin and Army Kraków under general Tadeusz Piskor attempted to break through the German positions around Tomaszów Lubelski towards the Romanian Bridgehead area. Both armies joined forces on September 15, in the area southwest of Frampol. Their road towards south was blocked, by two German corps - 8th Army Corps (

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British Armour for What a Tanker!

I've been thinking through the options for a British extension of the What a Tanker! project, with the same winter theme so that I can use the terrain that I've already set up. This limits things a bit but there's still plenty of scope for some interesting units.This reminded me of an old Rapid Fire project from nearly ten years ago, for which I used Armourfast Sherman M4A2's as Sherman III's alongside an Armourfast M4 Sherman Firefly. These were lightly converted by adding some homemade camo netting and stowage, with the sand skirts removed from the Firefly.These were painted as A Squadron, 4/7th Dragoon Guards, 8th Armoured Brigade, to deploy alongside the 5th DCLI in Normandy, although they really represent a under strength single troop. In Rapid Fire the army lists are based on a condensed format, so a squadron is represented by only three tanks.Unfortunately, they went to a new home via eBay ages ago, when I decided to drop Rapid Fire as a set of rules. However, It has given me some ideas for modelling t

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What a Tanker! Ready to Roll?

I was asked the other day about where I  got my 1/72nd scale tank kits from for What a Tanker!, so suggested Armourfast, Italeri and Pegasus, together with Early War Miniatures for the accessories and other detailing bits. I then realised that I'd forgotten entirely about the Ready to Roll resin models, despite actually having used some way back for a Rapid Fire 1944 British project. These have long since been consigned to eBay but it did get me thinking.I had another look this morning to see what they had in the range that I could use for the Russian Front and was pleased to find a Churchill IV, amongst other things, that I could use for the Soviets. I had considered the Plastic Soldier Company kit for this but it's pretty expensive at £20 and I only want one or two of them anyway, with the Ready to Roll models about half the price and also designed specifically for rough handling. They also have a Matilda, T-26, Jagdpanzer IV and a Hetzer, all of which I'd eventually like to add to the line up. I'

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