Saturday, January 16, 2016

"For Wessex!!!"

The weekend before I headed back over to my second home in PNG I caught up with my very good friend Scott Robertson, who was responsible for getting me involved with wargaming 22 years ago....he also happened to be my section commander when we had both served together in the Army, again so many years ago. However this weekend not only did we talk about the old times but managed to have small game of Impetvs with Scotts Viking and Anglo-Saxon Dark Age Armies.

The majority of the Viking were painted by me 20 years ago when Scott and I were living in the UK for a few months and during those numerous overcast and raining days we got out the paint brushes and splashed a little paint. Since then however Scott has applied a light ink wash and rebased the lads for Impetvs (they were once based for Warhammer Ancients).

The game we played was for the Basic Impetvs rules and Army lists, however we double the Army size of both sides just to increase the numbers and look of the game. The was short and sweet lasting no longer then one & half hours, with and Anglo-Saxon victory....even after their Warlord was slain. 

Viking Odalsbondi advance toward the Anglo-Saxons

As the Danes advance the Saxons form a shieldwall. 

My old Viking Bondi (Old Glory Miniatures)

The battle lines face each other and pass a few nasty words between each other.

Saxon Huscarls followed closely by a unit of Fyrd break shieldwall and challenge a unit of Bondi

Viking Odalsbondi (all Blacktree Design)

Saxon Huscarls and Commander

Viking Odalsboni charge the Saxon shieldwall

The battle commences in ernest.

Viking Warlord against Saxon Warlord...the Saxon Warlord is killed and his personnel bodyguard killed to a man.

However instead of the Saxon fleeing the field as the Danes thought they would, it only increased their bloodlust to push the dreaded invaders back to their ships.

Monday, January 11, 2016

A Skirmish on the Frontier

The other weekend my good friends Jeff, Dave and Josh played a very nice game of Dead Man's Hand. I thought, when setting up the table that a more open table might play OK for DMH. However after a few comments from the guys the normal set up with loads of places find cover and to hide would have suited the Indian fighting style better. 

All the figures have been painted by Leroy Simpson and are now part of Jeff's collection.

Rengade Indians watch for approaching US Cavalry from the high ground

US Cavalry advance 

Indians waiting in ambush

"Wait I think I see something up there in the hills"

The move slowly forward with caution 

The Indians spring their trap

"Take cover boys here they come!"

Deadly in hand to hand the Indians tried hard to close with the Cavalry troopers

However the spencer repeater rifles of the cavalry played havoc and mowed them down.

'Nice time you dogs!'

Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Russian Invasion of the Kuril Islands Aug/Sep 1945...A small Bolt Action Game

Just a few images from our little Russo-Japanese game Dave Lowe and Terry Moran played at the club today. Both armies had never been on the table before so this was there first outing and it was bloody. The Russian troops overwhelmed the Japanese infantry but were finally halted by the two Japanese medium tanks..well at least for a short while. Eventually one was knocked out and the other withdrew. Good game and something different. 

After seeing many posts and images of games on either the Western or Easter fronts I thought it would be a good idea to play a completely different theatre war, so we moved our game to the Russo-Japanese front and to 1945, where Russian invaded the Kuril Islands in a last minute land grab before peace was declared. It also got us out of  the jungle where the majority of games against the Japanese seem to be played.

We did not work on a point system for this game and just basically placed what troops we had on the table. The Japanese fielded three small squads, PHQ, a sniper team, light mortar and two Type 97 Chi Ha tanks. The Russian forces were however greater in numbers, but I did not allow them to have any armour. They fielded four large squads of infantry, one squad of veteran Naval troops, PHQ, one HMG and a medium mortar.

Just the small arms firepower of the Russian was able to suppress and then destroy the small Japanese squads with relative ease...however there was one Banzai charge, which put the wind up the Russian player but alas after three rounds of drawn combat the Japanese veteran squad died to the last man.

So in the end all that was left of the Japanese troops was the light mortar team, PHQ and the two tanks. The two tanks however  catch two Russian squads in the open and before one tank was destroyed, managed to destroy both Russian squads...a little pay back for the Japs.

Russian troops advance towards the Japanese lines.

Tough Russian veteran sailors suppress the Japanese while other Russian troops move up to support.

Four large squads of Russian infantry move rapidly across the battlefield.

Most of our battlefield was open rice fields and a few farmers cottages.

Russian infantry prepare to charge

The two type 97 Chi Ha tanks 

The Japanese Veteran squad digs in and stubbornly holds ground.

Russian casualties were many

The Japanese PHQ seeks cover behind a stone wall.

Russian HMG

The tanks advance

Japanese sniper team

The Russian Political Commissar fires his pistol over the heads of the troops in order to encourage then to keep going forward.

Russian troops advance but are surprised by a Banzai charge from the Japanese veteran infantry

Russian support squad

Both side fight well in hand to hand combat but the overwhelming numbers of Russians finally tell and the veteran Japanese died to the last man.

One of the type 97's slowly moves forward and engages the Russian HMG and supporting troops.

Russian troops breakthrough the Japanese left flank and into the open ground...only to be destroyed by the Japanese tanks.