Monday, 14 July 2014

A Little Update

Well, I did manage to get some gaming and modelling in despite a week at Nescliffe Training Camp (I still bear the nettle stings)...

 First, a game of Battlefield Evolution. These figures used to be extremely cheap and came pre-painted from Mongoose Publishing, but the range was short lived and quickly discontinued before I was even aware of it. Still, I nabbed a few before they ran out of warehouse stock.

 SAS snipers support British and European Federation Task Force troops who are moving up the road.
 The three Egyptian technicals inflict casualties on the British infantry section, but they are quickly wiped out in the open by the Challenger II and underslung grenade launcher of the SAS spotter.

 The Egyptians are held up in an old Suez-era bunker covering the valley. They have plenty of Kalashnikovs surpressing the SAS sniper team, and a sophiscated bought-in Russian rocket launcher capable of destroying the Challenger.

 The casualties inflicted on the British infantry by the technicals delays the main thrust of the attack, but the Challenger is almost unstoppable.

 The Egyptian regular troops in cover behind the bunker. Eventually, the Challenger destroyed the bunker, but before the EFTF could reach their positions, the AA tank withdrew with some of the Egyptian infantry.

Also in my projects list, is this... those of you who are big on heraldry, or 20th century British politics, will notice the markings and may be able to guess at what my next project will be...

My Waffen-SS section has finally been finished, with only the MG34 gunner and loader to go.

Some ghoulish zombies from Gentle Giant, which were quite pricey to ship across the Atlantic.

And my three WW2 superheroes, Oberfuhrer von Kartoffelsalat, Captain Liberty and Union Jack.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

I will post more!


I will post on this blog at least by the end of the week. My modelling has suffered from a particularly busy period and so has my blogging.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Making Tracks

Not literally! I am aware of the abysmal lack of posts for... a month, so I thought I'd give you and update.

After a bit of a lull on them modelling front, I treated myself to some more troops for the Rodnovian Army to counter my Nato troops...

The first bit of armoured support for the Rodnovians, in the shape of a Tamiya 1/35 T-62A. So far, quite good... far being, of course, only the wheels!

I have also been working on a unit of SS troops, to fight my Allies in Normandy.

And the Rodnovian special forces and regulars. This gives me quite a good force to field, actually. The one problem will be the very Nato HKs that the SAS figures are holding... with a bit of wooden furniture rather than synthetic, hopefully I can make them look more Warsaw Pact and they can fulfil their role as Rodnovian elite paratroopers.

Sunday, 23 March 2014


After months of waiting, I managed to get good enough weather for a long garden wargame. I know I posted a short one earlier, but that was played very quickly because of the wind and the cold. Today, although unfortunately I have no pictures, witnessed the massacre of the Argyllshire Regiment to the hands of the Rhamatat's fierce Khefir warriors, the death of Colonel Montmorency, a Punjaub mutiny, a sniping duel and the final defense of the English Pan-Indian Railway Cricket and Bowls Club, and the final demise of the Rhamatat to his own cannon.

Hopefully next time I will have my camera on hand!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Guess the Figure

A little game, I think...

These thoroughly tough looking gentlemen have just been rattled off my painting board, with one or two more to go. I think I've done about a section and a half, with a few minor conversions as you might spot.

But who are they meant to represent? If you can give me their nationality, theatre of operations and period I'll be extremely impressed... extra marks if you can tell me which two sets I crossed to make the figures!

There's just one parish notice, and that is my very fortunate sniping of a full boxed set of Airfix Modern Russians on eBay. They went for £35 all told, which comes in at just over £2 a figure, probably the most I've payed for a set. They're just the thing to provide a few soft targets for Cold War armoured battles, along with their NATO counterparts, the Modern West Germans and British, also from Airfix. I might even use them (with a bit of historical license) with the the above figures...

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Attack on Montepagano Hill

 I decided to seize the opportunity that the good weather has provided and play a little wargame. The scene, the hazy fields of southern Italy, 1943. The Allied advance has stalled due to heavy and extremely accurate artillery fire, and British command decides something must be done.

Using a damaged house as an observation point is Major Kurt Knodd of the Fallschirmjager regiment. With his radio operator, artillery fire can be called on any British units moving in the valley below.

To flush him out, the local British commander knows he'll have to send his best man; Major Terrence Raingill, commander of 'A' company, Royal Westshires. He is accompanied by Dog platoon, lead by Lieutenant Rupert Filton.

 The Germans set up their positions, with reinforcements arriving in a half-track. The house and the surrounding trees provides good cover.
Before the game began, we rolled a twenty-sided Luck die...

 And the Germans score an amazing 19! Obviously this means luck is firmly on their side, and this was reflected by the arrival of some Italian troops from the garrison in Montepagano.

The Italian troops quickly take up positions next to the Germans. The extra manpower allows them to move further forward and set up a position behind the hedgerow.

But the British are not without some good fortune. Dog platoon's 2-inch mortar, on loan to another company, is returned ahead of schedule and arrives just in time for the attack.

The time comes for the British to move. Guns in the valley provide a covering barrage.

Major Raingill starts the attack by sending half a section across to the right.

They fire and throw grenades, although a few poor rolls causes them all to miss. The grenade explodes against a rock, injuring nobody.

 The Germans and Italians lay down some fire on the exposed British troops with their submachine guns.

Lieutenant Filton leads his men over the hill. He's not one to shrink from a fight.

The Germans know what they're doing, though. They all saw action in Crete or the Low Countries. Although they lack heavy weapons, an FG-42 is quickly put in place on the roof.

 Major Raingill moves in behind cover, accompanied by Company Sergeant-Major MacLeod. Both of them are veterans of Dunkirk and countless desert skirmishes.

MacLeod gives the enemy behind the hedgerow a good burst from his Tommy gun, narrowly missing a bullet from the FG-42 that is now lashing the advancing Britons.

However the British have their own heavy weapons. A particular nuisance for the Germans is the 2-inch mortar, placed behind the hill, which is keeping up a steady hail of mortar shells on their positions.

 In an effort to sort it out, the enemy player sends a squad of Italians he'd been keeping in reserve to flank the British.

 For a while, all seems to be going well, with the Italians firing into the side of the British troops.

Lieutenant Filton move to stop them. Dog platoon's sergeant is killed.

Filton's Bren gunner, though, lays down a withering hail of fire on the Italians and scores a few hits.

With a poor die roll, the Italians break and run.

By now, Major Raingill has moved in further. The British are now in range of the paratrooper's MP-40s.

Desperately the German radio operator asks for air support, but to no avail.

The Germans and Italians at the hedgerow fail a morale test and break for better cover.

The British move up to the other side of the hedgerow.

Lieutenant Filton moves in from the side.

He only joined the regiment for the tail end of operations in Africa, but he's seen plenty of action since the invasion. He scores a hit with his Webley.

Major Raingill's main party has been slowed again by the FG-42 on the roof.

British rifles crack as the Westshires return fire, but without better cover it could end up becoming a massacre.

Fix bayonets! Raingill signals his men to be ready to rush the enemy.

Working their way around the back of the enemy position, Lieutenant Filton has lost another man; but with his Lance-Corporal on the Bren he delivers a knock-out blow to the enemy behind the sandbags.

 Raingill leads his men forward, over the hedgerow.

The German commander and the paratroopers in the house have escaped through the back. He gives the signal to withdraw before retreating himself.

But for some of his men, the order comes too late. The paratroopers keep fighting.

The last man fires his MP-40 from the roof before being picked off.

With the observation point now in British hands, Raingill gives the signal to the troops waiting in the valley to advance. The hill will prove useful as a command point to co-ordinate the attack.

One paratrooper who was unable to escape is not so keen on on the idea of dying for the Fatherland. He surrenders.

I hope you enjoyed my little game, and I hope to post some more in the future! The rules we used were Covering Fire!, detailed in an earlier post, and they worked well for this kind of skirmish. Until next time!