Monday, January 29, 2018

Labyrinth The War on Terror boardgame tried

Managed a try out of this with Dad.
Took us awhile to get the concepts down but once we got going it flowed very well.
No idea as to best strategies for either side or best use of cards for events or operations.
Some similarities to Twilight Stuggle but otherwise an original concept and system.
Hope to get more in depth play.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Mortem Et Gloriam: Sogdian versus T'ang Chinese

Game at Stephens today and he selected MEG rules once more as he wanted to try his T'ang force circa 620AD.
I chose Sogdian (using a mix of Central Asian Turkish type figures).

This was another cracking game which went right down to the wire.
I was trying to sack Chinese Camp at end and needed just one more kill to destroy the camp and thereby break their army but rolled poorly (the story of my wargame life !) and was then contacted to rear and trounced causing my army to break first.
Excellent stuff once again.

Sogdian center and left

Sogdian Light Horse on right wing

Massed lancers in center

T'ang center foot with mounted reserve

T'ang right

Sogdian light horse holding up T'ang left

As they try to attack on own left

Sogdian left begins to crumble (but skirmish types do not count against army break)

Sogdian lancers get to grips in center and left wing

T'and camp under threat

Piecemeal fighting on left

T'ang camp under assault (to rear) but with game winning unit approaching besiegers

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Combat Commander couple of scenarios played

Busy week so rather late and rushed Blog entry regarding a 'first in a while' board wargame outing with the ever excellent Combat Commander.

My son Steven and my Dad played (I umpired) a couple of scenarios from original set and had great fun too winning one apiece.

Also on the board wargame front I made couple of purchases, the first in awhile as subject matter appeals

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Mortem Et Gloriam this time Sassanid versus Early Byzantine

Another outing for MEG rules today with Stephen fielding Early Byzantine and I the Sassanid Persians.

No time for an AAR but what a bloodfest this one was !!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mortem Et Gloriam another game: Minoan vs Hittite

Another outing for MEG rules today (we intend to play 2 or 3 more to try to get a decent grasp of rules) this time Stephen using his Hittites and I my Minoan (Early Mycenaean).

Lots of Chariots on the table (some 50+ including Generals) with the Hittite types being more numerous.

The Hittite Chariots were quite effective being Superior and with Bows and as Drilled troops were very maneuverable being able to skirmish and stay away from my Battle Chariot types whilst peppering them with arrows.

Stephens foot were fairly weak but he was able to retire them efficiently (good cards) until forced to fight near table edge.

We ended the game both needing to destroy a further 3 units each however as my right wing and center were essentially in tatters I suspect his rampant Chariots would have carried the day. 

Another good game with lots of action.

Minoan spearmen in center

Chariots (light and battle types) on Minoan right

The impressive massed Hittite chariotry

Hittite foot lingering to rear

Spearmen advance

Clash on Minoan right

Minoan chariots advance on left

Hittite chariots let loose

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Mortem Et Gloriam game played Rome versus Carthage

Played a game today using MEG rules against Stephen today using my Punic Romans versus his Carthaginians.
We were quite rusty on the rules and took awhile to get back into swing of system but a good game nonetheless.
Really like the card system for Command works really well and leads to lots of decision making.
No time for a more in depth AAR.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Season of Battles solo action Prussia succumbs....................

Played what turned out to be the final encounter in my play test of Season of Battle using Field of Battle and what a cracker it turned out to be !

Prussia once again had to win (and win big) to avoid losing the campaign.
And win they did but it was such a truly Pyrrhic victory that the lost the campaign.

They won another minor victory but ended with no Army Morale Points and having been given a mere 2 by the Russians who had also gone to zero Morale earlier in same turn.
This meant that as Prussian started of with only 14 National Will Points and lost 18 Army Morale during game with only 2 added they ended on -1 thereby losing overall.

But they surely went down fighting with one unit in particular winning honours: Musketeer unit NR 5-I held a town section against 2 assaults both times winning against the odds (ie twice they rolled 4 on a D4 against 1 on a D10 & D8 !!! repelling their Russian counterparts).
A Russian Grenadier unit also shone twice routing an Elite (C12+1 D8 in FOB terms) unit of Musketeers who eventually fled the field.

Not only did I really enjoy the solo run through of Seasons of Battle but yet again Field of Battle shone as a superb set (great for solo play) with lots of such dramas and swings of fortune and opportunities.
A lot more I could have done to add flavour in terms of using place names for battlefield and significant terrain features and indeed names of officers but that is for future waffling sessions.

Really looking forward to trying the system against live enemy whether its with FOB or another set or period.

Prussians marching through woods

Defenders of the town

Russians trying to refuse their right

Russian mounted move to counter the approaching Musketeers

Overview of early moves

Russian guns cause a drain of casualties on right wing

Musketeers emerge into face of Russian Grenadiers

Russians begin assault on right wing

Whilst holding in the center

Battle joined

Musketeer Regiment NR 5 repels boarders !!

Face off on right