Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Chain Of Command again !

Another game using CofC today this time with a scenario from the Scottish Corridor campaign 'Le Valtru' which is a meeting engagement between SS and Brits.
I took Brits again (glutton for punishment) and Stephen the nasty Nazis.

Very interesting Patrol Phase in this one with lots of decisions as to placement for both Patrol Markers and Jump Off Points.
This is a very nice system for setting up an encounter.

During game the SS sections once more showed their prowess with double MG42's pumping out massive firepower.
An 8 man SS section yields 20 dice against the Brits 8 men with lesser 13 dice, which on average rolls means Brits will suffer 1.5-2 times the hits and casualties.

I had a Churchill VII (great armour poor gun) which managed to survive a hit from a mighty Tiger 1 (great armour great gun !) but my Infantry suffered badly.

Of course not only was Stephens rolling good as ever but he managed a couple of double phases and therefore volleys at my troops (one poor Section had 44 dice rolled against it !!!) and of course I then rolled for my hits and (in the inevitable reversal of dice fortunes) I rolled numerous sixes (ie Kills) on my troops (even in hard cover !!) and then managed to Wound several NCOs all of which saw my 8 Force Morale whittled tout suite to zero and the game ended (6 morale tests yielding the 8 minuses) in a mere 2 hours or less !

We both love the Patrol Phase and the Command Dice/Chain Of Command dice system of CofC (bit of genius to be honest) but the Shock/Morale model and 'buckets of dice' combat is maybe too simple/bloody to give much depth to the games, certainly it is tough to manouvre when speeds are randomized and with a lot of long fields of fire even in Normandy.
Of course as it is a 'simulation' of a very few seconds or at most minutes of combat it certainly plays well as a short sharp shock style of game easily and quickly resolved

Planning another WW2 game next week either CofC again or maybe IABSM.......................

SS get to good positions first yet again

A race to the hedge line on the right was won by SS (I just could not get timely usable dice)  

The losers of the race...................

Overview of Le Valtru

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Chain Of Command - Another trial of Op Martlet

Another try with CofC rules (as we are trying to learn nuances).
Played the same opening Op Martlet scn but this time at Stephens.
Having mucked up the Patrol phase last time I had more success this time being able to at least Deploy a good deal further forward this time.
However with such a lack of cover on Brit half of table the high firepower of the German section (2 x LMGs) made forward progress costly or stymied it completely.
Pz IV took out my Sherman support again.
We are still not sure of a couple of rules re attaching Leaders and the vulnerability but otherwise think we have rules mostly down.
Using 15mm figures we decided to reduce off-board Mortar barrage to a 12" square instead on 18" and to reduce Covering Fire areas from 9" & 4" to 6" & 3" respectively otherwise everything as written works fine.
Planning another bash with rules next week but trying a different scn :-)

Not many pics from CofC games as not much density of troops for posing purposes

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Chain of Command - Operation Martlet tried

Had a try with CofC rules today using the Op Martlet 'pint-sized' campaign as a handy scenario generator.

I took British and Stephen Germans using our 15mm kit.

Played two games on the initial 'Probe to Fontenay' map.

We like the rules especially the dicing systems for Order/Commands.
Shooting etc is 'buckets of dice' but works fine and all pretty easy to pick up and remember.
Tough scenario for British as very little cover for Jump Of Points or any advance.
Mis-use of Patrol Phase to a degree made it harder still as I tried a broad front approach which saw all but one of my JOPs moved to rear edge.

We certainly intend (when I have I heard that before !) to re-try the rules and the campaign.

The table prior to action (Brits appear from near edge)

The story of the day Brit Inf stuck in open fields

German Inf 'in' a building block (we used drawn floor plans as roofs fixed)

More Pinned and exposed Inf

Panzer IV advances

Some damage to Germans mainly from Mortar fire

Monday, May 14, 2018

Quatre Bras using General D'Armee

Game using a Quatre Bras scenario and GDA rules today at Stephen's, I was French versus his Allies with some newly painted Hanoverian and Dutch-Belgian units see their first action.

A big game with some 20 Foot Bttns, 3 Gun Battry and 6 Mounted Regts in the French OOB with something similar for Allies.
Thankfully not everything starts on table with several Brigades in Reserve or arriving of course of several turns.

A tough proposition for French to get anywhere near the crossroads however (especially with my Command dice rolls for ADCs !!) and they took a lot of casualties.
We failed to finish the game (too much waffling as usual) but felt that GDA has a lot to like with slick systems and a nice period 'feel'.

Only a couple of photos as I forgot !

French Light Cavalry Brigades arrive

As their Foot suffer attacking the ridge

Festung Europa board wargame played

A board wargame played with my Dad on Sunday with newly acquired 'Festung Europa' from Compass Games.

A quick playing CDG type game by Mike Rinella covering Western Front 1943-1945.

Game starts with Op Husky the Allied invasion of Sicily (or the proposed Op Roundup as alt-history alternative).
Pretty standard CDG card play (a lot of the events are familiar from BTB:WW2) with a few twists such as powerful Allied Airpower both strategic and tacical.

Game played pretty quickly as low rules overhead and unit count (Armies and Corps).
Allies lost in Winter 1945 as they had not gotten to Germany allowing Donitz to replace Hitler and sue for peace.

Will be trying this one again.

Initial set up (Italian front not visible)

Overall view of map

Opening activity in Sicily/Italy

Overlord target Brittany

Breakout towards Paris but too late in the campaign

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Nine Years War action with Field Of Battle at Le Ducs

After a few weeks enforced hiatus from gaming (sob...) had a wonderful game of FOB2 at Le Duc's based on battle of Walcourt 1689 using Duc's most excellent 28mm troops.

As ever a great and excitingly fun game fought to completion with FOB.

Intense Cavalry action on my left wing, a stand-off in center and a glorious charge into buildings by British troops against Wild Geese on my right !

I also managed to lose both British Commanders namely Messrs Tolemarche and Lord Churchill !!!!
How different history would have been under my tutelage.

But sadly the Coalition Forces under Waldeck (a pitiful D8 CinC) succumbed to first Army Morale check.

However it was close as Duc's French down to 3 Morale Chips even after having 4 of mine.