Monday, 19 September 2016

Urban Assault scenario

I have completed the last of the Battlegroup scenarios that I have access to with the Fall of the Reich Urban Assault, buildings were constructed over 20 years ago by Kenny Swanson.

Set  Up and deployed

Soviets are forming up

Snipersabove, machine gun pillbox below

T-34/85 roll forward

A nosey t-70 food for the Tiger

Tiger lets rip bagging it's second t-70 and a flamethrower tank
The new project goal is to buff up these venerable buildings, as I have finished my Soviet Assault Pioneers!

Saturday, 27 August 2016

High Ground Scenario Barbarossa 1941

Barbarossa Battle report German Panzer v Russian Mechanised

I had started out setting up the table for a Blitzkreig British v German bash when the British called off, the Russians were the last minute substitutes.  The Russians players had to literally pick out of the box around a BT-7 company, the German’s were able to revise the list at their leisure.  We were playing the High Ground scenario which gives the defenders an additional trench to defend a hill with an MG Bunker and a minefield.  The fast and furious early war tank battles are greatly enjoyed by our group!  We elected to allow each side to use one tactical co ordination order every turn.  Objectives were the Hill and two Bridges on the river cutting the table at the third way mark.  The Russians could deploy half their forces up to the half way point on the table.

German List

FHQ in Sdfkz 250/3*: Radio van with communications
Armoured Car : Kradschutzen patrol
Panzer 38t Squadron*
Panzer 2c Squadron*
Panzerjager 2 pak38 50mmAT with loader teams and Sdkfz
Schutzen Platoon *3 antitank grenades 4 medium trucks with Anti tank rifle
Anti tank Gun 37mm with loader team and sdfkz 10
Light bridging unit
Requested Stuka strike
  • officer

Russian List

2 Motorcycle patrols
Platoon of infantry + ATR + infantry gun 75mmL/16
BT-7 Company
Sapper squad with Demolition charge
2 obstacles (wrecked kubelwagens)

The Russians deployed the FHQ(1), a platoon of infantry with ATR in the Trench(6): the infantry gun at the base of the hill(1): sappers (1) at the bridge to blow it; and 6 BT-7 tanks and the KV-1 lurking in a wood on the hill.

Recce was deployed then the Russians nominated 4 units on ambush fire all BT-7s on the far side of the river.  We rolled for weather and it was bad no airsupport as the airfields were fogged up. Germans took the first turn without their stuka strike The German Initial wave 16 units Panzerjagers(4): infantry squad in truck(3): 5 panzer 2s(5):Schtzen Platoon command with ATR team(3).

Turn1 General advance Panzer 2s right up the road to the fork already covered by the Armoured car,  where they spread out.  Armoured car advances.  One Pazerjager guns make for the hills.  One on the south bank is covered by the recce motorcycle and the infantry platoon commander and the infantry squad.  The gun deploys then the motorcycle attempts a drive by of the BT-7s but is destroyed by ambush MGfire first blood for the Russians!  The recce Mg supresses the Pak38 crew before the  emboldened the BT-7 then races around the corner and close assaults the Anti tank gun crushing it under its tracks.  Fire is attempted against the panzer2s by the second BT(Iron Ivan) and the infantry move down the hill to support the sappers and the infantry gun.

Turn2  The BT-7s suffers the wrath of the panzer 2, revenge is dealt out for the pak38s destruction and the other unfortunate crew of  Iron Ivan  is suppressed.  The German infantry dismounts and MG squads shoots up the Russian recce bike while the infantry squad moves forward to close assault the now suppressed Iron Ivan ,which results in an infantryman detonating on  his AT grenade. The Panzer 2 and Armoured car move to wrinkle out the BT-7s.  The remaining Pak50 is set up on the hill. The Russian phase sees one BT-7 breaks cover flanking the hill but the fire is wide against the Panzer2. Tactical co ordination is used on the suppressed Iron Ivan but only a 1 is rolled for motivation.  Russian infantry now join the sappers and the BT-7 platoon commander(Two Flags) places himself behind the bridge. A chit is taken to rally the suppressed BT -7.

Turn 3 The lead Panzer 2 boldly charges over the wood hill and is met by the fire of the waiting BT-7 a hit pins him in palce before he can get his shot off. The Armoured car flanks this but he misses with his shot. The Pak38 goes into ambush. A pair  Panzer 2s fire on Iron Ivan resulting in more suppression, the infantry squad tries another close assault with another man dying, with so many glancing shots the squad loses heart and is pinned in the trees.  The platoon commander is trucked up and dismounts with the ATR team which is thrust forward behind the BT-7 taking a shot which misses Iron Ivan.  Two Flags on the far side of the bridge takes out the German ATR team, and kills 3 out of 6 of the platoon command group.  The Russians then goes on to again tactically co ordinates Iron Ivan this time successfully, Iron Ivan takes a shot at the Panzer2s before pulling back to the bridge. The Soviet players express a need for reinforcements

Turn4 The Pak 36 fires on the Iron Ivan  has two hits but no penetration again the BT is suppressed..  The battlegroup HQ moves forward in his half track. The German Platoon commander moves forward on foot to the pinned Iron Ivan then the MG Squad. Pak50 from the hill moves to get arc and opens up on Iron Ivan long range not getting the 6 needed to hit.  The concealed Panzer 2 tries to bag Iron Ivan they hit immobilise Iron Ivan but don’t force the crew  to bail, the prayers to God are answered, while the second Panzer II fires misses Iron Ivan but also moves forward towards central Bridge.  The German second wave arrives 2 squads of infantry backed up by the radio van reinforce the Big Bridge attack.  The Panzer 38t Squadron with the light bridging unit. The Russians get a low command roll of 10.  The Russains get 6 BT-7s from their reserve and Stal Stal Stal them onto the table in two groups they don’t fire.  Iron Ivan The BT-7 Platoon commander fires twice once at the German HQ half track with He and once against the Pak36 with MG hitting five times but seeing five saves from the soft cover.

Turn5 The Pak 36 fires this time 3 time s with a successful loader role Iron Ivan the first shot is a penetration, the others pure revenge The 38t Squadron moves forward in line the lead tank just cresting the river berm.  The Russians get a very low command roll total of six.  What to do? They don’t bring on their potential 5 reinforcements, the 4 BT-7 tanks go into action, taking their lead from Two Flags who fires twice and the on table reserves move forward to hull down positions at the river berm before firing at the lead panzer 38t with failures to spot and missed shots there isn’t even a glancing hit.  BT-7s move down towards central bridge.

Turn 6.  The German platoon commander storms over the bridge to be met by rifle and Mg fire from the Russian infantry squad, out in the open they fall back over the bridge pinned.  The Mg Squad then crosses the bridge. The Panzer 2s, Pak 38 are now trying to hit Two Flags without any luck.  The Pak36 Crew really get into their stride, again making the loader role and destroy two out of three of the Russian BT-7s that arrived from the reserve. ,.  The Russian players have 34BR in casualties and rallies and can see the Germans have five chits, all their tanks are finished on the west side of the river and most on the East are burning.  Ka-boom the bridge is blown by the sappers, stranding a lone German MG team on the eastside.  This comes under close range infantry fire.  The KV-1 churns into action bearing down on Central Brigade, the remaining 5 BT-7s move on from the reserve using stal stal stal ,area firing at the Panzer2s.

We ran out of time at this point and the Russians lost on Battle rating, tactically they however held their position

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Dwarf v Goblin The Shouting begins!

The King

I started raking about in my old figures and discovered some 15mm survivors, Dwarfs used for playing HOTT.  These were backed up with some sturdy Pendraken Hammers and rough looking mountain dwarfs. The raking continued to discover  treasure of some unpainted/painted goblins.  Lovely figures from RalPalpha they seem to be noisy with a lot of well defined faces.

I tried out Hott campaign but couldnt work up the same enthusiasm, now I have discovered Dragon Rampant, this time I hope the shouting will begin.

Two headed mutants

Before and after mutation!

Which way boss?

Trumpton fire engine with a twist

Dwarf girl?

Pendraken Mountain Dwarfs

Fist Pumping druid


Friday, 6 May 2016

JUTLAND 1:3000 ships

Here are some shots of the Tumbling Dice 1:3000 ships, still to get a final touch up.  Nice clean models with no flash and ready to mount on bases to match the Jutland Board game counters.  These are all British

Jutland Refight

Using the AH board game 1974 version with the 2004 critical damage tables.  This was the third sequence game using these elderly but excellent rules.  Players were Andrew(Hipper),Ian C(Scheer), Jimbo(Beatty) and myself as (Jellicoe).

Again the Germans went right at the British, Beatty obliged by doing the same.  this saw carnage for the Battlecruisers firing at under 3000yards and popping off torpedoes.  The German destroyers were decimated and the 5th Battle Squadron came in for a hammering from the main German Battleline.  ships are from Tumbling Dice 1:3000 which are excellent models and could be placed on the counters


Ian C

The British


The Battlecruiser colllide!

Jellicoe about to deploy
We played on the floor you need the room but it was easy to pick up and play.