Monday, 18 September 2017

The Colonel's Lady

Yesterday was a regular Essex Warriors games day - next Sunday is our Open Day to which you are all invited - check out the Essex Warriors website for details (we are the war-games club NOT the wrestlers !)

Anyway, we had decided to fight a Sharp Practice American Civil War game, but as we had so many keen players we "bigged it up" effectively having two battles going on either side of a river.

The Union were trying to escort a VIP lady across the table. As the Rebels had thrown a duff die, they were not informed that this was the real mission of the enemy forces.

Here we see the chaps examine the battlefield (which was taken from "Terrible Sharp Sword" ACW supplement)

Rafael, Allan, Ian, & Wes are the Confederates, Richard, Bob, Les & Mike the Feds with Steve C and I trying to help them all with the rules.

The Union have to start on the road over the other side of the board and get across and off on the road nearest the camera.

To do this, the Union army has provided plenty of cavalry as escorts !

Sent to meet them, a force of infantry, under Mike & Les, which gets into a fight straight away as they approached a building only to find it occupied by Rebel skirmishers !  Bloody for both parties.

bob gets a lick on and sends his cavalry forward (with the Colonel's lady hidden amongst their ranks).  Only Bob and I knew where she was hidden. Allan's Confederates emerge from the corn field and buildings on the right. 

Ian and Wes's Confederates appear on the other side of the river, facing towards Les & Mike's men.

Ian sends skirmishers to cover the ford as the cavalry approach.

The first unit of which gets there at the gallop but promptly gets shot up by various Rebel units. Fortunately for the Union, the Lady was not in their midst.

More Union cavalry get tempted into attacking Allan's men

Whilst all this is going on,  another Union cavalry unit moves towards the ford (this is the one escorting the VIP Lady)

With Allan busy with a hand to hand combat contest

and his other men seeing Union infantry approaching,

the important unit has eluded them.

Allan and Bob's men continue to slug it out for the rest of the game

This is the view from the Union start position - where did that dice/chip bag come from ?!

Mike's men exchange long range fire with Wes's men t'other side of the river.

Again, providing a distraction to the Rebels 

As the Lady's escort canters over the ford, with one casualty only - not far to go !

As the officer's chip has not come up, they have been activated by Command flags - you need to know the rules to understand I'm afraid (see Too Fat Lardies web store !) 

Allan's skirmishers who had fled from the Union cavalry now emerge from the orchard to fire a volley at the departing escort.

But his main force are focussed on enemy still to their front.

The Lady's escort reach the protection of the wooded hills - well nearly, I made them pay a penalty for climbing the slope which leaves their back exposed still !

Wes tries to get his column moving to inflict more casualties before it is too late

But Mike's men have moved forward to cover the withdrawal of the escort

A happy Union commander knows his job is done !

Great fun - well I enjoyed it so I can only hope the rest of the chaps did.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

More Reinforcements

Hessian battalion guns

Royal Artillery

Heavy artillery

46th Foot

15th Foot

Still more to come in the fullness of time !

British Reinforcements

Well, these fine chaps have arrived in the post to bolster my growing AWI forces

17th Light Dragoons in column

and line ready to charge !

British Grenadiers

a must for any British commander !

More to follow ...

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Take Sorok or else !

Today, Steve C and I returned to our I Aint Been Shot Mum WWII campaign - the Germans had pushed the Soviets back last time and the battle has moved on to the small town of Sorok which guards a ford crossing.

Sorok viewed from the German end- this has to be captured and the enemy ejected.

and from the Soviet end beyond the ford

First unit to be spotted is a Panzer Grenadier "Zug" in half-tracks.

Followed by Panthers !

Oh ... and more Panthers !

No finesse here ... they decide to destroy the Russian cottages in their way

Devastating - one is demolished but no sign of Russian casualties here.

More 75mm tank gun fire

puts paid to the one stone building in town - no casualties again.

Where are these Commies ?

More half-tracks are "spotted", this time on the left.

A German command half-track follows.

The Panthers keep up their attack

A third house is blown to smithereens.

At last - Russians ! They uncloak to fire from the small wood beside the river - Anti-tank rifles !

Target the half-tracks approaching them.

Their CO is also in these woods.

Success ! The lead command half track is hit. 

Hidden in one of the wheat fields, two Russian guns open fire on the enemy trying to outflank the town.

The oblong of MDF is to remind us they are dug in !

 Bang !  One half-track erupts in flames and another has taken damage too.

Those infantry still alive leap out.

The lead half-track has got engine damage & shock.

The sound of gun fire attracts two Panthers.

Which engage the enemy anti-tank guns.

But line of sight is difficult with all these burning half-tracks in the way.

 Two Panthers move into town and also aim at the enemy guns. 

Some of the Panzer Grenadiers have made it into the ruins of the small church.

A Russian anti-tank rifle feels the heat from a German mortar battery

This crazy German "Dynamic Leader" has clambered onto a house to direct fire !

A Panther has taken out one of the Russian anti-tank guns

A dash forwards by three German half-tracks with MGs mounted on the front, pepper the woods and hit the Russian HQ unit.

A Panther gets in amongst the buildings

and discovers a Russian infantry unit in its path !

This could be awkward !

The German tank commander has dashed forwards to engage the remaining enemy anti-tank gun.

Firing as he goes, the gunners are reduced to two crew.

And then a double six throw sees this go up in flames.

With the Russian infantry fleeing before the advancing German armour and totally outgunned, the town falls to the German force.

It was not an equal contest - but who knows what is coming next - well, we do because we have looked at the next scenario and the T-34s are back.

Tank fest !