Friday, November 17, 2017

Thursday afternoon BA at Good Games

Jim's Panzergrenadiers v. Chris' Soviets: 1000 pts Meeting Engagement

The Germans are coming on from the near side of the table.  Both sides put all their troops in the first wave.   The Germans took the initiative, advancing their full strength units units down both flanks though the cover with fire support from the ridges.
The German plan was endorsed by the dice gods and by game end only 4 Soviet units were left.  The Germans had some units badly mauled, but none destroyed. 

We tried out a couple of house rules:
1. No templates: Use the dice like v. houses, but cap the no. of hits at the no. of figs in the target.
   (Because we don't like the fiddling about encouraged by templates).
2. Going down bonus only +1 if you go down as a reaction to current fire, but is +2 if already down.
   (This sort of means being dug in.  It speeds up the kill rate a bit & seems to reward thinking ahead).
3.  Assault weapons re-roll misses rather re-roll hits.
    (We think they overcompensated for Assault weapons being too powerful at 2 dice each in HTH & also that this reduces the probability of outrageous HTH results).
They all seemed to work fine & worth more trials.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tank War: 2220 points

Jim & Mark's Germans v. Chris & Steve's Soviets
The Soviet force compised a horde of inexperienced troops with 1 reg HT full of veteran infantry.
The German force compised regular tanks & vehicles & veteran infantry.
The Soviets had 16 dice to German's 12.
The table is 10x6' with 8 objectives scattered about it.
Both sides deployed in two groups. (Germans in foreground).
On the near flank both sides sent infantry forward into the farm.  The Soviets supportted their infnatry with armour.  The Germans instead turned their Hetzers to the right to concentrtate their fire on the Soviet left.  3 reg MkIV's & 3 Reg Hetzers should have made short work of 4 inexperienced T34/86's, but the dice gods decreed otherwise & the T34's in the open & inexp destroyed all the German armour in cover at the cost of 1 tank destroyed & 1 immobilised.
But the Germans infantry, HTs & Puma kept the Soviets on the left pre-occupied & distracted from the victory conditions.  On turn 7 infnatry who had been hiding behnd the house moved left onto the objective, still to far away for the Soviet tanks to reach.  The Soviets had 1 tank left to fire, to destroy the 8 vet infantry to keep the objective neutral.  10 shots at 4 to hit gave 8 hits, 8 dice at 5 to kill got 5 kills, morale test at 9 to pass, 11 so infantry destroyed (it was just one of those bad dice nights for the Germans).    The kuberwaggon in the woods had to evaporate as enemy closer thanfirends, so this left the objective neutral & the objective count 3 each & 2 neutral.  As the Germans were now reduced to 3 panzer grendiers in the orchard, the Soviets with just 4 units lost won by kill difference greater than 1 (actually 7 better).

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Napoleonic: Prussians v. French

Steve's Prussians had a Line & a Landwehr division of 6 battalions each, 3 guns & 2 cavalry divisions, each 2 cuirassier & 2 hussar. Command Rating 7 for Landwehr, 8 otherwise.
Jim & Chris's French had 2 infantry divisions of 4 line & 1 legere, 2 guns & 3 cavalry brigades of 2 units: hussar, chaseur a chevale du guarde & a horse grenadier du guarde.  Command Rating 9.
The French deployed first. Infantry in the centre, horse grenadiers on the left, chasseurs in central reserve & hussars on the right.
The Prussians deployed their Landwehr on their left centre, Line on right centre with the guns & a cavalry division on each flank.
The Prussians rapidly advanced their left where the French withdrew their hussars & formed a defensive line on the line of the stream to meet the attack. Despite their poor command rating the Landwehr moved up briskly and took the farm before the French could get there.  A drawn out fire fought ensued between the infantry as the Prussian cavalry manoeuvred around the French flank.
On the near flank, the French intended to advance their legere as skirmishers through the orchard & with the help of the artillery in the centre silence the guns while the line came up ready for an attack in concert with the cavalry.  Poor command dice ruined the plan.  While the Line dithered, the French guns were forced to withdraw by counterbattery fire & a Prussian battalion drove the skirmishers back with a bayonet charge.
On the far flank the Landwehr did remarkably well, but superior French musketry was gradually getting on top.  However the Prussians hussars pushed back the French hussars in the woods & threatened to outflank the French as their heavy cavalry prepared to charge across the stream at shaken infantry.  It looked scary enough for the French commander to move the Chaseurs back to the centre & go on the defensive on his left. 
On the far flank the French musketry with some artillery support finally broke the Landwehr & the heavy cavalry was held on the stream line by the legere.   In the centre the Prussian infantry columns stormed through the orchard & broke 2 French battalions.   This attack was supported by their cavalry, but the with the heat off his right, the French commander pulled his chasseurs back in support of the Grenadiers a cheval in time to meet them.  The Prussian columns in the orchards were halted, & the French infantry in the orchard fell back to a new defensive line as the Prussian columns prepared for another attack. The French artillery was again forced to withdraw by counterbattery fire.
On this flank the cavalry finally engaged & bashed each other into impotence with all but 1 unit on each side shaken & the others close to it.  The French infantry in the fields just managed to hold off the Prussian attack, but the remaining battalions are shaken.

The Prussians had lost their Landwehr division & their cavalry was all pretty well spent, though not broken.   The French had lost just 1 hussar brigade, but like the Prussians only had one infantry division in any condition to fight on.  They were moving to the left & might have arrived in time to save the shaken division on the left, but it was now past 10pm & nightfall was declared & the battle a draw.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Sunday at Good Games

This Sunday we took over the back room at Good games with 3 games, 6 players, 1 umpire & a few spectators.
Steve's new Australians attacked Chris' Japanese in the jungle in a BA Point Defence scenario..
We can all rest easy as the Japanese were decisively defeated. 

John umpired a Chain of Command battle for Rusty' US v. Sean's Germans so Sean see how the game compares with BA.   (COC uses very similar forces & figures to BA).
This battle was still going after the Bolt Action battles were finished & packed up.  When I left it looked like the US were going to win.

On the third table Matt's Panzergrenadiers fought Jim's Brits in a BA Key Positions scenario.
Matt wanted to try out his Panzergrenadier force of a lot of small units all mounted in half tracks.   It was a decisive win for the Germans in an enjoyable battle, though the Brits felt they were rather hamstrung by their dice. 

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Austerlitz - the North Flank

Austerlitz is difficult to simulate as a wargame in 28mm because of the sheer size of the battlefield, but the action on the plain at the north end of the battle makes a nice battle within a battle where Bagration's Corps fought Lannes' Corps.  In the real battle Bagration was supported by Leichenstein's Cavalry Corps & Lannes by part of Murat's cavalry Corps.  On this occasion we fought Bagration v. Lannes to keep the game to a size more manageable for 4 players on a Tuesday night.  We intend to fight the action again with the extra cavalry & a bigger table at a later date.
This pic is taken behind the Russian left at the start, the remaining pics are taken from behind the French line.  The Russians have their infantry in the centre with Cossacks on their right & their beter cavalry on their left.  The French have their single cavalry brigade in reserve behind their right.  The French have slightly more infantry, but the Russians have more cavalry & artillery.  The numbers are in favour of the Russians, but the French have better command.
Lannes attacks in echelon leading with his left.  Bagration responds by moving his infantry reserve to his right to extend the infantry line to the woods in front of the cossacks. 
Despite the French advantage in command, the Russians managed to re-deploy their right before the French attack struck their line.  The French charged in anyway without any preparation or numerical advantage.  They failed to get the luck they needed for such an attack & bounced off.  Seeing their left was now vulnerable to counter-attack Lannes sent his cavalry reserve to the left to provide support. 

After his infantry repulsed Lannes infantry on the far flank, Bagration counter-attcked with infantry & cossacks.  The mostly shaken French brigade was in big trouble, but Lannes' Hussars arrived in the nick of time & stopped the rot.  In the centre, Russian hussars have forced the French skirmishers back & the Line infantry into square making them fine targets for their artillery.  On their left, the Russian heavy brigade has failed to do much due to poor command dice.
The hussars now hold the line on the French left while the shaken infantry rally behind them.
On the left, the cavalry of both sides have fallen back behind the infantry. On the right, a line of French squares keeps the Russian cavalry at bay while absorbing the artillery fire.  The battle has turned into a stalemate with neither side keen to risk another attack.  The Russians claim victory on the grounds that they beat off the French attack.  The French claim victory on the grounds that they tied up superior numbers on their section of front while Napoleon won the battle elsewhere.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday Bolt Action at Good Games

Jim's Italians v. Chris' Soviets
1000 pts infantry forces in a Point Defence scenario.
The Italians can ask for a re-roll if they do't get to defend, but that failed too, so the Soviets defended.
A diagonal ridge diagonally across the table provided cover for the Italians as they rushed forward from the right of pic putting several units on the ridge line to soften up the enemy. 
The dice gods smiled on the Italian plan & it worked like clockwork.  The T34/85 was a move late arriving & when it did it the puny Italian fire kept getting pins on it while the beast couldn't even knock out the M14.  The Soviet infantry on the centre objective was blown away by mortar, autocannon & MG fire & the objective taken by the Italian commander supported by the AB41 & ATR.  The Paraduitisti came in from flank march on the far right to pincer the defenders there between them & fucileri.  The Soviet right was shot down when it tried to support their centre.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Napoleonics: French v. Russians

It was time to give the Napoleonic Russians we had been collectively working on over the winter a run.  The two long table edges were divided into 4 sectors designated 1-4 diamonds one side & 1-4 spades on the other.  The 8 corresponding cards were shuffled face down.  The Russians had two divisions each with an inf antry brigade of 6 units, a cavalry brigade of 2 units & 2 batteries.  The French had 2 infantry brigades of 4 line & 1light plus 1 battery & a cavalry brigade of 4 units & a horse battery.

The French drew a card to decide where their 1st infantry brigade deployed. The Russians drew one to decide where their 1st division was deployed.  Those troops were deployed up to 24" from the relevant table edge quarter.

The French then drew 2 cards for their other two brigades & the Rusians for their 2nd division. These cards determined where the reserves for both sides would come on put on the table- this was kept secret from the enemy. On turn 3 each side threw 1 dice, on turn 4, 2 dice, etc,  with a 5+ meaning reinforcements arrived at the designated table edge.
Chris drew 1 diamonds & deployed his Russian division on the left end of the north edge.
Mike drew 2 spades & deployed his French infantry brigade right of centre on the south edge.  
Chris advanced as far as his command dice would let him.  Mike advanced to the farm & deployed to defend.  On turn 3 Jim threw a 5 & revealed he had 2 diamonds & came on immediately on Chris' right.   On turn 4, Steve got a 5 & revealed that his cavalry had 3 spades & came on Mikes left.  On turn 5 Steve got another 5 & reveled that his infantry had 3 diamonds & came on the Russians right flank.
On the far flank a desperate fight continues in the farm while the 2nd Russians fight against the usual awful Russian command dice to turn to face the oncoming French flank attack.
Mike is still hanging on around the farm as Steve gets ready to attack across the stream.
Chris relentless attacks in the village have finally paid off & Mike's infantry brigade has broken.  The French attack across the stream has pushed the Russians back but they have now got their defence in order, French casualties are mounting & Chris' troops are beginning to lap around Steve's right flank.  The French concede the battle.

Our rules give the Russians similar combat factors to the Spanish, but with better than normal morale rather than worse.  That simple change makes them a very different enemy.

Sunday Bolt Action at Good Games

I gave my Italians a run on the Eastern front v. Chris' Soviets
The dice gave us a Double Envelopment Mission.  Chris tried out a small high quality army with only 8 units.  I ran my relatively top of the range Italians.  The T34-85 threatened to dominate the battlefield & it quickly disposed of the Italian armour.  But while it was busy doing that the Solothurn ATR team got onto its flank & got a pin on it & the mortar got another.  It then thew bad command dice and retreated for the rest of the game while the Italian infantry stormed across the field killing Ivans & accumulating VPs.  It was a salutary lesson inteh dangers of  putting too many eggs in one basket.