WW2


Target for Tonight

Bruce put on a game of Target for Tonight this week. The rules simulate the British bombing campaign against Germany.You each get a plane (although it would be possible to run multiple planes or even a squadron if you were keen). The crew have abilities that improve over time (if they survive).The game has area movement and would fit on a coffee table. Below you can see the entire set up. You start on an airbase (bottom right tile). You then move (clockwise) to the coast, across the sea make landfall, fly through a flak belt, hit your target and egress. The number and type of tiles depends on mission you roll.As you move from tile to tile, you roll for random events and the game could easily be played solo. The main weakness of the game is that there are almost no decisions for players to make--just lots of dice rolls.When you reach your target you use a card deck to navigate across the city towards a target square (not shown in this photo). Cards affect your movement, simulating winds navigation, and other c

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Rules of Engagement 3rd game

Our 3rd game of RoE , we added Hmg;s , medium Mortars and tanks ,all worked great really fun and created a lot of interest in the Bolt Actiion players at Sheffield Wargames Society we are putting agame on for them in a couple of weeks as they are looking for a replacement for Bolt Action .Everything runs smoother and feels more realistic than bolt action glad we discovered these rules.Figures a mix of warlord and artisan ,vehicles S&S and company B mat by urban matzThe DAK starting line upMontys men set offa rush to capture the villagethe Brits advanceOuch Tank battle , the Pz got a  turret hit on the Grant killing the gunner and causing the rest of the crew to bail out

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General Electric Transportation

12 years ago I had a design position with General Electric in Erie Pa.   My job was was to design parts for the Radiator section of the  Locomotive.    The work at GE was very fast pace.  We had 6 to 8 weeks before the Locomotive was going to be produce.   The design work was challenging with  customer changes during the build.   Some of the programs China Mainland, Poland, Russia, US train companies and last was for Pilbara Mining company in Australia. The building I worked in had a lot of history.   It was build in 1911 for making refrigerators.   As I found out the plant produce searchlights for Navy.   Complete turrets for Navy Destroyer. The first production Jet engine for the USAF.  Recently I discovered they made 75 mm Pack Howitzers.I never knew how much General Electric and the city of Erie Pa contributed to war effort during WW2.GE produced 75mmPlant assembly at Erie, PaLocomotive I helped designThe train

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Battle Group Market Garden Campaign Day 2

Day 2's other games. Everyone was playing Allied defence German attack. Can the Allies keep the road open, can the paras keep what they've captured!The Allies start defending the middle of the board, with random number of defenders and then reinforcements are come on after turn 4.British paras having more luck on this table than I didNicely dug in Panther camo being effectiveGermans massing to take the bridgeThe Allies must hold this bridgeNot a lot of land to defend or attack on Soggy defendersDry defendersLots of Allied defencesMy mate with my figures attacking over a very narrow frontMy poor Germans then faced defenders heavenParas defending the squareWell dug in, and they'll need it. I've never seen so many aircraft chits pulled. I'm sure the whole Lutfwaffe was on the board at one pointPara's looking threatened but they won this gameRepeated shelling by the Germans destroyed the bridge and gave them victoryHard fought battle in the marshesKing TigerMy mates traffic jam of GermansGermans sitting

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WW2 Commission-British Infantry and Paras

Not all of the British given too me were paratroopers, most of these are regular infantry, so no Denision Smock for them....So 8 paratroopers, lots of brenguns and an officer. A selection of 'Tommys' regular British infantry All are battlefront miniatures but bases as singles for Bolt Action games, or what ever else Al wants to use the for.

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Rules of Engagement 2nd game

We palyed our 2nd game of rules of Engagement last night at Sheffield wargames Society ,it was the bring and buy night so we had a good look round before we set up and managed to play to a conclusion ,a draw I had reached my break point but the Brits were in no position to capitalize on it , and we still packed up and left before 9.30 some thing we could not have done with bolt action .Firing is simple with realistic results ,morale is so much easier to deal with than BA as well ,we are both hooked on this ,in fact i have already bought some of the supplements .The books are not as flashy as BA but its the rules we are buying really not the eye candy .Next game a bit bigger maybe vehicles but definately our rules of choice.Germans dig in as the Brits advancein good positions but awful dice rolls sealed their fate Brits advance 

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Warlord Games Afrika Korps plastics

I recently purchased a box of Warlords Afrika Korps ,the box contains 30 plastic figures .There are lots of head choices a mix of all the head wear used ,pith helmets ,field caps and helmets all with a choice of plain faces ,face scarfs goggles either on the face ,around the helmet even hung around the neck ,one face even has a cigerette between his lips . Weapons are good ,smg,rifle,ATR,lmg and 2" mortar ,my only issue here is every sprue is the same so you get a lot of mortars and ATR's maybe more rifles or smg would have been better .Poses are ok and the fit is good some of the arm joints are suspect as with most plastic sets .The usual info sheet is included and a nice but fiddly decal set which includes rank chevrons and cuff titles and a couple of mine field signs . Overall above average 8/10a 50cm Mortar team a tooled up NCO 

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Another new models. Kolejne nowe modele.

Today some new reinforcements to my collections. After Normans I wanted something small and unified, before next hard project. With hundreds unpainted figures and models the choice was quite hard, but finally I found something which fit into my needs. Dzisiaj kilka uzupełnień do moich kolekcji. Po Normanach chciałem pomalować coś małego i zunifikowanego, przed następnym trudnym projektem. Z setkami niepomalowanych figurek i modeli, wybór był naprawdę trudny, jednak w końcu znalazłem coś co wpasowało się w moje potrzeby. First were some support weapons for my Polish 1st Armoured Division. Two 2' mortars together with MMG. All models are from Crusader Miniatures.Na początek kilka broni wsparcia dla mojej 1. Dywizji Pancernej. Dwa dwucalowe moździerze oraz ckm. Wszystkie modele pochodzą od Crusader Miniatures.Second is HMG for my Poles for 1920. Models are from Scheltrum Miniatures.Drugi jest ckm dla moich Polaków na 1920 rok. Modele sa od Scheltrum Miniatures.The last is the plane for G

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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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Rules of Engagement -goodbye bolt action

After months of persevering with Bolt Action for ww2 28mm games we decided to try aset of rules we have both had on our vshelves without trying for years ,Rules of Engagement from great escape games . Why we didnt try them beore I have no idea ,ok they are not the glossy games workshop style rules that Bolt action are but they play great ,simple realistic game .Goodbye Bolt Action .all ttoys and scenery belong to John G mix of warlord plastic and artisanevrything seems to work straight from the book and so simple 

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Back to the Brushes 199

Thirteenth day of the 30 days 30 miniatures painting challenge sees two very different items painted and finished.First up is a generic piece of scatter terrain from the Lord of the Rings skirmish game from Games Workshop.This will be used as an objective marker in SAGA and there is a second one that will be painted as desert terrain for use in Crusaders SAGA.Next are six Eboats from Navwar. These are from a long stalled project for General Quarters. Due to the size and limited painting these will count as only one completed figure.Day 13Figures completed: 10Cheers for now

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Imperial Japanese Army museum pictures

Whilst in Japan we visited the "Yushukan" museum/shrine in Tokyo. The museum is built near the shrine that commemorates soldiers who died in battle, and the museum itself is a bit controversial since the shrine was used as a resting ground for a couple of people deemed war criminals. The museum also tells the history of Japan, from the early ages through modern wars, culminating with WW2. As a "hotspot" for Japanese nationalists, I must say that I found very little if anything to be offended by. This museum is a must for anyone interested in Japanese war history as the museum boasts a very good collection of exhibits and items. Unfortunately, most of the museum has a "no photo" policy, but the large entrance and a huge central chamber showcasing primarily WW2 themed equipment was open for photography. Among the more interesting objects on display were two Japanese fighter/bombers, a Japanese tank, a one man submarine and a large model of a Japanese carrier. Of all the museums we visited, this one had

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