Monday, 21 August 2017

"They Shall Not Pass" 217BC

As Brian and Dave were not available last night,it fell to Paul,Graham and I to fight a grand battle,pitting Carthaginians against some Alpine Tribes-and what a tussle it turned out to be!

Top photo is scenario and initial troop dispositions,bottom photo is the table before any movement.
Because Paul is fascinated by Hannibal's exploits,he was put in charge of the whole Carthaginian army,whilst Graham and I split the Alpine tribes between us.

This shows my section of the board-my plan was simple-ATTACK!!!!

This shot is from Paul's right flank-opposing him,Graham had light troops as well-all was set for a prolonged and hard-fought struggle!

In the centre, Paul is sending his skirmishers forward,in front of the Elephants,while I am moving my "suicide squad"(front line warbands!) forward to meet them-isn't Paul's face a study in concentration?

With bravery beyond comprehension,my men threw their little javelins,and then were met with tons of charging grey flesh!!-the result was inevitable,but spectacular!!!(fifty shades of grey was mentioned!)

Meanwhile,on our left flank,Graham is making headway-but Paul,the master of light cavalry tactics,is moving his Numidian cavalry onto Grahams exposed right flank!!!!

On our right,it was "swings and roundabouts" although my fighting points were better than Paul's,I was outnumbered,so the balance was keeping the flank open to anyone-great stuff!

As the tussle on the left continues,Graham has successfully taken the hill,driving Paul's Spanish cavalry backwards,and is now pouring his warbands onto the plain-this is looking good!!!

OH DEAR!!!-not looking so good now-an elephant unit has run amok,and flattened one of Graham's warbands,sending the others fleeing to the high ground!!-another elephant unit went amok the other way too,hitting one of my warbands,but also disrupting Paul's heavy cavalry!!!

There they go!!-bloody elephants-so much for our plan!!

It was at this point that our old friend, Billy Brown,who we haven't seen for years and years and years,turned up(he lives in London and is a councilor )-Billy offered to throw some dice for Paul,and promptly threw the requisite dice to destroy, one of Graham's warbands,killing their officer in the process,and forcing them to check morale,which they failed,causing all kinds of mayhem!!!!-well done Billy,the look on his face says it all!!!!

With the elephants out of the way,my weakened warbands pushed on to the steady Spanish infantry.Paul's cavalry had recovered from their elephant "scare",and moved onto my flank-now this really does not look good!!!

With our left flank on the point of collapse,and the right  flank still undecided,it was thought that the Carthaginians had done enough to win-the African infantry hadn't even been in contact!!-so we called it a night-well done to us all,this was another very enjoyable game.
Roll on next Sunday-I hope,if the boys can get their act together,that a WW2 game is in the pipeline!!

Monday, 14 August 2017

Battle of the Kipchaqu camp 1240AD.

Last night saw our second attempt at staging a game involving my Mongol army,against a combined Russian and Kipchaqu army.

Top photo is scenario and background info. and bottom photo is the table before any movement.
Because Brian was still feeling not quite at full potential(!) and Graham is on Holiday in Norway,it would have been up to Dave and Paul and I to play the game,however we had a surprise visit from Charlie Wesencraft,who bravely accepted the Kipchaqu command,so Paul took the part of the Russian commander,whilst Dave and I were the Mongol khans!!

No comment!!!!

This shows the objective of the game-the Kipchaqu camp-Charlie is just about to launch an attack on Dave's advancing  troops,whilst moving his Polish knights into a position on the central hill.

As Charlie advances,Dave has ordered his force to sweep to the right,leaving the Kipchaqu archers with an exposed flank,which(,Charlie didn't know this),is where my force of heavy and light cavalry are coming onto the board!!)

Here they are!!-Charlie ,wisely, beat a hasty retreat,leaving Paul,who had just come onto the board at points A and C,in a bit of a quandry,as he now had very little fire-power support!

As Paul's Russians, from point A,move into position,Charlie launched a grand attack on one of my isolated Mongol heavy cavalry units on the central hill,whilst at the same time containing my other units with a Kipchaqu charge and archery-this was touch and go for a while,but superior morale and weapon capability(but not dice throwing!) eventually saw the Mongols triumph!!

Meanwhile,Paul and Dave were having the most tremendous struggle,as Paul's troops from point C made their prescence felt,even though he was "out-gunned"(ie archery!) he was giving Dave a hard time,and Dave was forced to put Jebe and his Guard into the fray!!

This shows the central hill,and the Russians from point A,melees galore and arrows whizzing everywhere!!-eventually the Mongols were victorious,and my light cavalry attacked the camp,which couldn't put any worth-while resistance,and the Mongols were declared the winners-hurrah!!

The camp about to be assaulted by the light cavalry,with just a token force of Kipchaqu cavalry opposing them!

After the game has finished,Paul and Dave are discussing tactics,fire-power,weapon capabilities,morale and movement,meanwhile............................

The "Chuckle Brothers" are discussing knees!!!!!
This was an interesting battle,and I was quite pleased with the way the armies are handling,however there may be a danger of no-one wanting to fight against the Mongols if we don't give the opposition a better chance of winning-although,historically,the Mongols almost always won!!-the next battle will be a set-piece one,so we'll see how it goes.
Roll on next Sunday,probably an Ancients game,or a Napoleonic game,followed shortly by a WW2 game-we are going to be busy!!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Castle Roddis 1100AD.

After spending a traumatic day at the R.V.I. with my wife who had a successful,but not straightforward, cataract operation,I am now back on track to deliver this blog on our great game on Sunday!

The usual scenario and table before any movement.
Because Brian reported in as "sick" with a damaged knee(rumour has it that he dropped his wallet on it,causing major trauma!!) it fell to Graham and I to be the Normans and Dave and Paul to be the Crusaders.

Game on! as both sides manoeuvre their troops into position-this is the left of the Norman position-the village is held by enthusiastic,but not good fighting men,known as "Peasants".

As I was moving my light infantry into position on the right flank,Paul had the audacity to charge down from his defensive hill!!!-the ensuing melee went on for about 3 moves,neither of us wanting to give ground-marvelous stuff,great knife-edge wargaming.

This is an over-head shot of the "developing" left flank-someone has got to order a charge soon!!

They both did!!-this was spectacular,and again neither side was willing to give way,but Graham has sneaked a unit of knights into a position on Dave's flank-could this be the winning tactic??

Meanwhile, on the right,I have isolated and surrounded part of Paul's cavalry-hurrah!!,however my infantry are trying to beat Bolt and Farrah,back to the castle,as Paul threw a number of devastating dice ,to mince my lights and heavies!!!-come on Graham,it's up to you now.

A wonderful photo of my troops "fleeing" towards the castle-how's Graham doing?

Well,as the cavalry battle rages on(note flank attack!) his infantry,who,initially were doing great, are being forced back-so Graham decided to put his infantry commander into the fray-and got him killed!! resulting in another stampede towards the now crowded castle!!-things are not looking good for Robert de Roddis-there were shouts for him to throw himself off the battlements at one point!!!

The final straw-Graham's cavalry are beaten,and it was decided that the "Safe Passage Tax" was probably a bad idea,and that the Crusaders could get themselves off to the Holy Land asap!!!!!

One final shot of Castle Roddis-there should be a White Flag flying from the tower,shouldn't there??
Another great game,pity Brian couldn't make it-apparently he has pulled his hamstring-get well soon,mate!
Roll on next Sunday,we will be playing another Mongol game,but involving Kipchaq troops as well as Russians!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Battle for Sunday 6th August 2017.

In an unprecedented move away from my "normal" way of reporting our battles,I thought I would show some photo's before we fight this battle on Sunday.

Top photo is the scenario,and bottom is the initial lay-out of the troops,as the "boys" will see it on Sunday.

This is the "Crusader" right flank,facing........................

The Norman left flank!!!

The Normans debouching from the Castle-light troops to the right,heavies to the left!-the village is manned by peasants(very keen,but not very good!)

The "tail-end" of the Crusader column,formed and ready to fight!

A close-up of the Crusader right flank cavalry(they have a look of "El Cid" Spanish to me!)
I hope these photographs have whetted your appetite for Sunday's game.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

New Paint Source?

Feeling rather brave and adventurous The Wife and I donned our fur coats,loaded our shotguns,and made ready our harpoons,and went to Cramlington today!!
In the Manor Walks shopping centre,we visited a shop called The Yorkshire Trading Company,specifically to buy a new table cloth,but whilst "mooching about" I found,in the Paint Section, a range of paints-and as I needed some black paint,I took a gamble on one of the following pots..........................

It's 20ml,compared to 12ml for Citadel,and 17ml for Vallejo.

They stock a good range of colours too!

This is the best bit!-£1.99,compared to £2.55 for Citadel and £2.40 for Vallejo!!-it's a" no -brainer"as far as I'm concerned!!
In the background you can see some just-painted horses-good coverage and dries quickly,plus the usual wash your brushes in water-in fact everything that the "rival" paints do(but cheaper!)