WW2


2017-02-12 Battle Group Soviets vs Germans

Pete hosted a WW2 20mm game to run through the Battle Group rules as the last couple of times not all the chaps got to play it. So he kindly hired our normal Conwy Wargames Club venue for the afternoon. He'd asked me to provide some Soviets and Dave some scenery and Germans and Pete sorted the rest.It was also the first time Pete and I had tried the new version of the Battle Group rules, and we wanted to try run through the rules thoroughly to help the less experienced players.Gaz asked for a game with lots of tanks and enthusiasm resulted in a great looking big game. Not always the best to run through new rules, but fun none the less. The ScenarioPete supplied both side with a written up brief with objectives and special rules. The short version the Soviets are attacking with the aim to cross the river. The Germans need to hold them until the reinforcements can arrive.The GameSoviets ready to goBarrage can't missVital Soviet bridging equipmentThe river defended with too few troops in the German opinionB

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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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Conwy Wargames Club May 20mm Market Garden game

Using the forces I had taken to the Battle Group Market Garden campaign weekend I hosted a game at the club.Gaz took command of  the British Paras and Chris the Germans.British Paras defending the villageGermans appear on the roads and the woodsCrowded gardenThe paras are the buildingGood line of sightParas ready to ambush the GermansThe Stug boldly   commands the roadThe paras are too far away First blood to both sidesPinnedPuma firing away to pin enough paras to advanceHiding from the Stug75mm firing over open sightsParas finally reach the cross road to secure itGlory chargeMore Germans arrive. The Puma is lost, but the Para glory charge failedUnhappy GermansThe Stug gets it! but the weight of Germans is unstoppable. No clear winner with the battle ratings but tactically the British paras wouldn't be able to stop all this.Tough games for the Brits, although started off hopeful. Having to use the 75mm over open sights robbed them of their ability to slow the main German advance.

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Battle Group Market Garden Game 3

My third and final game of the 2017 Battle Group weekend hosted by the Deeside Defenders. I had the honour of defending Arnhem. The scenario was from the book.Great terrain on a 4x4 board.The scenario did not allow me to deploy all my forces, just what I could dice forI place my troops in the centre row of building as mutually supporting as I couldThe first bombardment destroys my entire left wing The Germans arrive and mean businessThe fire power directed at my remaining troops pinned them downThe German infantry infiltrated through the building on my left and added their small arms to the lead flying my way, and then charged Only my centre held or should I say had troops left. In 1 move the rest of my force would arriveIt wasn't to be. A German armoured car whizzed through barely defended streets and took the last remaining objective for an all objectives held victory. This was the quickest game of Battle Group I've ever played. I'd lost in 4 moves, and my first ever due to losing the objectives.

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Battle Group Market Garden Game 2

My second game at the Battlegroup Market Garden campaign hosted by the Deeside Defenders last year took place on a very open and marshy terrain.Artillery ready for whatever HidingThe Germans grab the first objectiveThe Germans obligingly come towards meGermans making good use of the roadA well place German machine gun dominates the tracksMy PIAT team move forward to have a go at the armoured car sat on an objectiveThe cover is getting crowdedI secure an objectiveGerman armour advancesMy paras wait patientlyVery cosyMy PIAT does it's job and the paras charge forward and take a 2nd objectiveMy artillery thins out the German infantry3 tokens not enough to break. It was a long game and the Paras won in the end against a gentleman of an opponent. My first victory of the weekend.

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Conwy Wargames Club Cruel Seas games

Mel and Dave co-hosted a Cruel Seas game taking it in turns to ref while Tony played in both games. They managed 2 games over 4 hours and really enjoyed it. I was surprised how long the errata was that had been issued by Warlords Games, definitely a sign of game rushed out for Christmas. The chaps were also puzzled by the torpedo rules because eligible target were based on size and their interpretation meant everything they were playing with was too small. One to look up post game I think.Game 1  Game 2 

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Mediterranean Sea and Boer War. Morze Śródziemne i wojna burska.

Hi! Recently I don't have a lot of time for blogging and that because I am working hard with Simon Miller (creator of To the Strongest! rules) on Polish late Medieval army list. As soon as it will be done, you will be first, who get that news. I promise! Back to the blog and gaming. During last two weeks I had two games. First with General Quarters  2WW Mediterranean naval game, Regia Marina versus Royal Navy. Second was First Boer War with The Men Would be the Kings. Both reports will be short. As soon as the list will ready, I will be back with longer posts.Cześć! Obecnie nie posiadam zbyt dużej ilości czasu na blogowanie, a to z powodu tego, że wspólnie z simonem Millerem (twórcą zasad To the Strongest!) pracujemy nad listą armijną dla Polaków na okres późnego średniowiecza. Jak tylko będzie ona gotowa, będziecie pierwszymi, którzy się o tym dowiedzą. Obiecuję! Wracając do blogu i gier. W ciągu ostatnich dwóch tygodni rozegrałem dwie gry. Pierwsza z zasadami General Quarters, drugowojenne starcie w bi

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It's Another Tank. A French One. I bet you're surprised.

As I banged on about some time ago, Pete and I have spent actual years getting ready to play the linked Fall of France scenarios from the Germany Strikes! Bolt Action book. Last week we finally got going and played the Battle of Orp scenario - a battle based around French Somua S35's and a variety of German tanks.It did not go well for me.So, let's ignore that, and press on. The next scenario is the Battle of Stonne, which, as if to bolster my chances, is based around the much more interesting Char B1 bis.I'd already got two of these slightly weird (much longer than they are wide!) monsters painted, so I needed to add a third.Fortunately, I had one waiting - a Warlord Games resin version that I've had waiting in the garage for an almost embarrassingly long time.It went together very easily. That in itself was something of a surprise, as it turned out that on the first attempt I'd managed to put the *&#@ing tracks on the wrong way around. I discovered this when I was looking at one the versions I'd already

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Heroes of Normandie: The Tactical Card Game arrives

Heroes of Normandie has arrived. Coming hot on the heels of an announcement that shipping was indeed imminent. The final hurdle for this kickstarter has seemingly been bested. Originally due in June 2017 the first [...] The post Heroes of Normandie: The Tactical Card Game arrives appeared first on Tabletop Games UK.

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Bolt Action - Somewhere in the Western Desert

The scene was set for another run through of the Bolt Action rules for Roo's benefit. An 8th Army v D.A.K clash (sticking to my preference to fight with historically comparable armies) we were playing this time the "Surrounded" scenario from the main rule book (number 11). As the 8th Army player I decided to be the defender which required half of my available units to be set up in the centre of the table, in this case they would deploy in the village and try and hold their positions until relieved.I  must really iron out the creases in that matIt was only after deploying the units in the village that I realised that I had already made a number of mistakes. Firstly, in this scenario the attacker gets to try and call in a preparatory bombardment, something that the Brits have an advantage in that they get to roll twice on the table and pick the best result. Secondly I realised that I didn't have a MMG team in my list so that had to be removed and replaced with the light mortar team. Finally, Roo, as t

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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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Bolt Action - Roo's first try out of the rules

So Roo was keen to play more miniature games, as well as more hex and counter games, in fact, just keen to play MORE games and that's fine by me.Bolt Action, as most of you probably know, is a set of rules for recreating WW2 battles. Written by Alessio Cavatore who has many rule sets and board games to his credit and published by Warlord Games and Osprey Publishing, it is now in it's second edition, which was released in 2016. The rules have also spawned a number of army list books and campaign supplements -Currently it is the WW2 rule set of choice for the THAGGers (although some of us in the past have played Rapid Fire when we were still going up to the Kirriemuir Wargames Club) and, if you read the previous blog post we have played What A Tanker, but that is just for playing with tanks. We also started playing BA in 20mm but, as is usually the case, Kev persuaded us to all paint up 28mm forces in order to take part in a tournament that was being run by the Dunfermline Wargames and Roleplayin

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