Sunday, October 25, 2015

September 1914 - Somewhere in France near the Marne River

Just this afternoon Myself, Dave Lowe, David Hancox and Daniel got together and played a great little WWI game using the Bolt Action WWI variant, which I down loaded from the Internet. There was no real scenario other then 'Lets have a bash at the rules and the winner is the last man standing', which seemed to work out just fine. So on the German side Myself and Daniel fielded one platoon of three sections, another platoon of two sections, two medium machine guns and a light howitzer. 

The two Dave's played the colourful French, who fielded two small platoons of two sections each, plus one platoon of Senegalese (with two sections) and to medium machine guns. Both side were fairly evenly match with the Hun on 60 odd infantry and the French on 55 odd infantry, including command. 

The was a very mix of 28mm figures ranging from the very nice Mutton Chop Miniatures (pictured above, painted by Terry Moran), to Great War and Renegade Miniatures French and Germans, then  finally the Artizan Senegalese.  All of which made for a great variety of figures and painting styles on the table top.

Our little game using the Bolt Action WWI variant seemed to work well and the game ran fairly smoothly. Initially it looked like the Germans might win however the hand to hand combat in BA seems to be quite harsh on the looser of the combat, which took one of my sections out of the game after loosing a round of combat by one. I am not quite sure if that was correct at the time, but after reading back in the main rule book it does state that if you loose a round of combat your unit is destroyed and removed from play....very nasty indeed.

So in the end after nearly four hours of battle the Germans were finally overwhelmed and forced to either flee or be prisoners of war. However we all seemed to enjoy the game and professional banter between sides was of the best nature.

Senegalese advance 

Lots and lots of Germans...looked good at the start but French small arms fire soon thinned the ranks

Overview of the battlefield from the German side of the table.

German infantry move into the village...just ahead of the French 

The Senegalese were not great shoots but scared the breeches of the Germans so I gave them a +1 in close combat.

More Germans swarm across the battlefield.

And the French do the same

German infantry clear the buildings.

The French on the other side of the village advance to the road and move into the village.

The Germans set up first and start to inflict serious casualties on the French below.

A maxim machine gun sets up in support of the infantry

French infantry break into the village and start to engage the Germans across the street.

The platoon of Senegalese advance across the fields in order to engage the Germans with a bit of cold  steel.

A section of German infantry make a rush onto a few French soldiers held up in a ruined building.

Hand to hand fighting ensures and the Germans are the victors this time.

However the French soon counter attack and destroy my Germans in the village first, then Danial's Germans on the next move.....victory to the French...however casualties were high.


Phil said...

These pictures are splendid, love the details on the terrain and figures...

Nate said...


Vinnie said...

Thanks for the comments Phil and Nate, it was a fun game.



Jonathan Freitag said...

Terrific work, for sure!

NW Crew said...

Beautiful stuff! /Mattias

Syl said...

Beautiful job!
I like senegalese soldiers.
Good game.

Rodger said...

Fantastic sight Vinnie!

CAP said...

Beautiful figures, magnificent table. Congratulations from the distant Argentine Republic, Carlos

Vinnie said...

Thanks Carlos

Gordon Richards said...

Superb pics...really bring it all to life!

Moiterei_1984 said...

Awesome looking game! Terrain and figures are top drawer.

Mark Strachan said...

This is truly beautiful stuff!

Vinnie said...

Thanks for the comments Gordon, Miterei and Mark. I like to make my games look good for the players and for my followers on this blog.



Stefan (aka. Monty) said...

A splendid collection of pictures!