Monday 11 September 2023

A New War-games Room !

 Last Thursday, a few of us made the pilgrimage to Bishop's Stortford for the grand opening of Steve M's new war room, which is a garage conversion complete with beer fridge !

Here's the motley crew, pre-battle.

An Ancients game had been decided upon, so half the participants were controlling the Romans whilst the others had Carthaginians and allies.

         The following pictures give you an idea of the scale of the game (table was 12' x 6')

It ended as a bit of a Phyrric victory for the Carthaginians but great fun was had by all and Steve and Mrs M laid on a marvellous lunch for us all which was greatly appreciated.

Roll on the next one !!!

Thursday 31 August 2023

Desert War - using Rpid Fire!

 A couple of weeks back, Ralf and I had a return to Rapid Fire! using my 20mm figures and terrain.

Desert Army versus Italians and Italian colonial troops.

This Colonial Battalion are based at a coastal village

and Italian infantry occupy the orange groves and buildings for cover

and here is the reinforced Italian battalion

Here we see the British forces on their start line

when they hear the approach of British armour

as another tank squadron heads for the town acting as Italian HQ

a local Italian publican is unnerved to hear this sound too !

British light tanks have got around the flank and pepper the village with close up fire 

Artillery in the form of a 6pdr porter battery also appears

The Italians have a tank squadron too

and these tanks are pushed forward

as Italian infantry occupy orchards and rough ground as cover

and their artillery is quickly brought into position

British tanks push on into the heart of the Italian defences on the right

A tank duel results in both sides seeing "brews"

The British artillery set up

waiting for the Italian armour to show

but the Italian field guns open fire

and a British gun portee explodes

British infantry make us of a small field to prepare an attack

Colonial troops scuttle for cover as a shell has a near miss


British infantry charge the orange groves

as the first house falls to the light tanks

the remnants of the Colonial battalion have holed up in the last villa

  Tanks amongst the vineyards


The surviving Italian tanks have pulled back to the coast road

and now the Rajputs arrive to assist the British !

It all proves too much and the Italians capitulate.

Took a while to remember the rules, but it was good fun !