Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Jetstar, bless them, robbed us of Carl & his 28mm Wars of the Roses figs, we can only hope he ejoyed his wait at Tullamarine. But Steve stepped up with his e-bay 7 Years War 15's to fill the gap.
Field of Glory battle:
Nick's Byzantines v. Leigh's Arabs
It was Leigh's 2nd FOG & Nick's 3rd & it was slow going with endless searching through the rule book for that rule cunningly placed where you would least expect it. There is obvious advantage in learning a commercially successful set of rules & for some perhaps the mastering of an arcane set of rules is a satisfying, if machocistic, end in itself, but it's a pity FOG are so ordinary in every way except presentation. Nevertheless, hard core as they are, Leigh & Nick enjoyed their battle. Leigh gained some advantage in the deployment as Nick's best infantry was left hanging out on a flank a long way from the action. But in the end it was Leigh's better dice winning a 50/50 cavalry fight in the centre that won the battle.
Koenig Krieg 7 Years War battle:
Steve's Prussians v. Joe & Jim's Austrians
Steve's 15mm e-bay troops look magnificent & the Koenig Krieg rules are a beautifully printed set of rules (out of Queensland I think). Unfortunately, Steve had not done enough homework before the battle and things went terribly slowly as he struggled with rules. Things sped up a bit after we downloaded the summary sheets Steve had forgotten to bring, but there was no way the battle was going to get anywhere in the night. The battle didn't go far enough to make a fair assessment of the rules.
Comment from Nick: To be fair on Koenig Krieg, Steve put the battle together with only an hours notice, so he had no time to really read the rules or otherwise prepare. The game played on after Jim left and the two remaining participants seemed to think the system showed a lot of promise as they got more familiar and discovered some misinterpetations they had used earlier. So we will see how the rules really work at some future battle!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Eumenes (Mark) v. Antigonus (Barrie, Joe & Byron)
1st pic shows Antigonus & staff advancing their horse archers on their left.
2nd pic shows Eumenes getting his left on the move.
3rd pic shows the battle about to reach its climax.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Jim & Barrie’s US Mech v. Joe & Adam’s Falshirmjager
1730 pts HTL on 6x4, Germans defending.
The line of half tracks & Shermans backed up with half dozen Priests looked very intimidating compared with a lone Falshirmjager platoon on the objective & neblewerfers in rear. But that changed quickly on the German’s 1st turn when 4 Pak 40’s in ambush evaporated the Shermans & half the centre Mech Coy was blown away by Neblewerfers. The Yanks pressed on with the plan sending the other Mech Coy down the right flank towards the rear objective. The lead half track did take it, but the platoon did not survive the Marder ambush supported by Neblewerfers & recoiless artillery. It was Kasserine Pass all over again.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The French deployed with a massed battery in their centre, infantry behind & on each side, cuirassiers on the left and dragoons on their right. The Prussians put all their heavy cavalry on their right, hussars on the left & infantry in the centre. Their artillery was in 2 batteries, 1 in the centre one on the right of the infantry line.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Saturday, September 05, 2009
The basing of cavalry is a bit odd - on 2 rank stands - so even when in line cavalry units look like columns.
Friday, September 04, 2009
Thursday, September 03, 2009
It was a thundery evening, with power out in some parts of Launceston. And the club was packed -- all tables were in use!
There were three Flames of War games -- Nick (US) vs Les (SS), Nick R (US Paratroops)vs Starn (German), and Keenan (German Sperrverband) vs a friend of his (Russian Tankovy).
The plan was that Nick was to play Liam, who wanted to use a king tiger force. But Liam found 40K more interesting, so Nick played Les as a pick up game. Nick also supplied troops for two of the younger players -- Keenan and friend.
Both Nicks were winners, as was Keenan. The younger kids seemed to really enjoy FOW -- Keenan was playing for the third time and knew the rules well enough to teach his friend. There was a swinging game, with lots of spectators and laughter from the other 40K players. Even some parents watched!
Elsewhere there was a massive fantasy battle for 40K type monsters that seemed to attract a large audience.