WW1


Trench Clearance!

Our Centenary of Remembrance WW1 gaming continued this week with the Germans clearing out a French Trench system after a successful dawn assault, while a French rearguard desperately holds them off to buy time for the Regiment to withdraw.  I adopted a scenario from Too Fat Lardies' Stout Hearts and Iron Troopers supplement and kept with To The Last Man rules from last week.  I had the French start hidden and gave each team written orders to keep a few things hidden from eachother. It added a bit of tension which was fun. The Germans moved up with their two squads and HMG team, while the French held their fire.  The Germans, unsure of what awaited them in the now seemingly empty French trenches, advanced cautiously, throwing grenades around corners (and taunting the French players to open up on them if they dare!).  And when the opportune time came, the first French HMG team opened up!  On the other flank, the veteran German squad found the trench ahead of them blocked

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

All I can say about this amazing place is if you are interested in Naval History and you haven't visited yet GO , really this is the place for Royal Navy Buffs .Amongst the many things to see are HMS Victory ,Nelsons flag ship at Trafalgar ,a really fascinating ship it took us about an hour and a half to walk round and listen to the facts abiout the ship ,Nelson and the battle ,beware of aa stiff neck though once we got below decks I was stooped all the time ,there is also the Nelson museum to visit.  nearby is HMS M33 the last surviving ship that fought at Gallipoli .HMS Warrior 1860  at the time the largest ,fastest and most powerful ship in the world .Until December this year there is agreat exhibit "36 hours Jutland 1916 " this alone is worth the visit .There are many exhibits and museums plus attractions for the kids ,take the water bus to Gosport for the subamarine musem and a harbour tour around the modern Royal Navy ships and the Napoleonic forts . A few tips if you are going buy the full na

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Trench Raid!

Some players get right into character to make the most of the experience After a number of us scored some painted WW1 troops from the MOAB bring and buy, we were keen to throw down and get them onto the table. French Infantry advance along the trenches France, 1916. Sometime after dinner. German Jager HMG team Für das deutche Vaterland!  The new stahlhelm proved most popular amongst the troops  3 Central Powers players - all playing Germans, faced off against a tripartite Allied force comprising British, Belgians and French. German Jaegers and French infantry go bump in the night. What followed was...messy The objective - a German artillery piece in the centre of the Battlefield. For the German players - deliver the change to the fire plan and defend the gun. For the British - capture the maps (showing the locations of the other guns in the battery) and spike the gun. We used "To the Last Man" rules which I may review later but suffice it to say that they provided a

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Wings of War - a battle report

My very first game ever of this airplane combat game, and I took some pictures to go with it as usual...It was at last weekend's TSA Openday that I sat down with Albert, and indulged myself in this fast play game.I took command of the Sopwith Camel of Belgian aviator Olieslagers (his statue btw is outside Antwerp Airport) and faced of against an infamous German threedecker.I started with some swivveling manoeuvres to errrrm, confuse my opponent.Both fighters closed as firing range came closer and closer...And then my navigator bid the dust (and I learned I needed to put them face down).We both circled wide after the intitial pass, ready to go nose to nose again...And my guns strafed a critical point, as the German plane exploded in a ball of fire.  My plane got one additional damage in the pass for the record.This is a fun little game to be honest, and maybe one I might get a few planes for if I find them at a bargain stall or something...

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WW 1 Bolt Action

The other night a few of the lads got together for a WW1 game.Rules used were Bolt Action.Figures are 20mm from Brad's collection.The battle was based around a British force sent to capture a German occupied town.   German artillery quickly b...

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