Thursday, August 16, 2018

Two games of "Chosen Men"

Well, second and third games of the Napoleonic skirmish (1 man per casting) have proven most enlightening. I suck at this game.

Right before our trip to Yellowstone Nat'l park, Greg, Roger and I had a smallish game using about 300-350 points.  All infantry, Brunswick troops against the French.

 A fuzzy shot of part of the Bruswick Avante Garde jaegers backed up by muskets of the same unit.

Our enemies the French, or  a part of the force.  Hmmm, looks like a lot.

 Egads, more of them! A unit of line troops, in line formation, no less.
 The Avante Garde spreads out as the drill book calls for.
The French advance using brush as cover.  Note the red D20 as turn counter.

 The shifty enemy shifts to the right.
Egads, even more of the snail eaters!

 Slowly the French advance and start to take casualties.
 Somehow, my clever plan is dismantled by me placing units one in front of the other, robbing the Jaeger of targets.  This hurts as the rifles covered from firing are longer ranged and easier to hit with than the muskets!

 The clever plan of the French unfolds, dastardly they are sending in all their units so that they can fire!
 Trading shots as I finally get units sorted out. Note that I have placed the musket company in the corn.

Just before the end, the French charge the cornfield. We fight our first melee in the two games played,
Greg takes the win and the game. 

Shifting forward to yesterday, my grand-daughters, aged nine and twelve handed me a another shellacking. They played the Brunswickers, I the French.  We used six five man units and a CO per side, everyone counted as musket armed. The table was as indicated in the photos above.  The object was to get the majority of five wagons that were on the central road off the player baseline.  We played hard and long. I forgot the camera but must report getting two wagons to their three; losing three units to routing to their one.

Grandpa not only graciously conceded, but bought lunch. The ladies feasted on grinders and I had Philly cheese steak in my sandwich, so the day seemed a little brighter.

I do like the rules, I can see using them quite a bit for the 'scout and shoot' type games I like in this game scale. Oh, yeah....grand-daughter approved as well.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Anno Domini 1666 Kickstarter

I have never done a kickstarter..... until now. 

I did go in for the subject kickstarter.  I am a fan of the Sienkiewicz's "Fire and Sword" trilogy from way back, and the main characters from the story as well as the team from Dumas' "Three Musketeers" are showcased with some great miniatures. 

Anno Domini 1666 project video thumbnail

The people behind it are the folk who make the Fire & Sword  rules and minis. The game is a skirmish based setting in Vienna and environs in 1666. You can play Zagloba or Porthos, a Cossack, a witchhunter, Ottoman poet. And much more.  Worth a look, just to see something different from the standard rules and situations.

Now all I have to do is wait until April next year.  You can be the first kid on your block if you join by June 11.

Bolt Action Follies

Played some Bolt Action yesterday, with some of the most horrendous rolling I have done in a long time. Playing a US Army reinforced platoon (750 points) of three squads, 2 MMG teams, an attached Sherman and an Air Observer.

 I attempted to secure a town versus a pretty scraggly group of regular Wehrmacht, some Hitler Youth and Landstrum squads, supported by a Sdkf 222 armored car.  Piece of cake, right?

 Some of the regular Germans.
The Volktsrum posing. 
 The Hitler Youth were too shy to pose.  The Mortar and armored car were too deep in camo to be seen. Notice the WW2 stinger missile; I did not know we were playing fantasy. Oh, sorry, official BA list option for 1945 Germans.

This squad on my left flank thought it would have an MMG team in support.  Seems reasonable on turn one, eh?

Turn one saw his medium mortar immediately home in on a squad in a building. Turn two saw my air controller call in a green pilot who managed to put a kill and five pin markers on my right hand MMG squad. Meanwhile the Sherman got a few pins from the strafing run as well. And rolled boxcars for the morale check, causing a FUBAR move right off the table.

On the opposite side my left hand MMG team also FUBARED as it tried to rally off some pin markers.

By the end of turn two, I had ½ of a veteran squad, two regular squads with multiple pins and two FUBARED, moved off the table units.

The Forward Air Observer was still ok, but I did not want to use him again.  

Yes, I conceded at that point. Luckily my opponent was very kind in pointing out I had some pretty bad rolls. Maybe next time I can let my opponent have a chance to beat me. ;-)

 Results of friendly fire by aircraft. The Sherman's crew already had moved to a 'better position.'

I can't believe this is the game for which I have photos!

Chosen Men

Chosen Men

Osprey has a lot of skirmish based rule sets out, and this one features man to man work in the Napoleonic Era. The booklet includes force lists, scenarios and rules. The force lists are Spanish and Belgian campaigns centered, but very little work would be needed for Russians, Austrians or other groups to be added.

The happy circumstance is that the rules coincide with our 'usual suspects' group having plenty of Napoleonic castings but less time to play large set piece games. I have a small forces of Brunswickers and British as well as French. This allows me to field two sides, or concentrate on one contingent if another player brings their own units to the table.

Notice what I did here. Table lay out, before the game.  Then we had so much fun playing, no photos of the action.  Duh!

Some thoughts on recent playing

 Greg, Roger and I (the usual suspects) have been the Friday afternoon irregulars since November.  Almost every week we've enjoyed Armageddon, Mansions of Madness, Pikeman's Lament or Chosen Men.  Yeah, pretty eclectic. There is a track here to smaller figure counts, even as we paint up our piles of Napoleonic lead into usable units.

Pikeman's Lament

We have recently started playing the scenarios in the book once we assembled forces from our collections. So far, it's been the 'usual suspects,' Roger, Greg and myself.

Greg has put together a couple of solid lists with dragoons, pike and shot... often accompanied by a light gun.

Roger has put together a Scots based force, complete with some clansmen.

I managed a set of Polish forces and one more or less Zaporazian Cossack list. It is heavy on muskets, one cavalry unit and some forlorn hopes.

 We have played the standard meeting and river crossing and tried the raid scenario once as well. 

 It's good fun, next time I'll try to take photos and notes for a proper AAR.

Greg's Horse against Roger's Clansmen.  Real hammer and tongs game where a river runs through it.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Last 40k apc's and walkers

Cleaning house, the end of my IG era in 40k.Vehicles, anyway.

Sisters of battle vehicles

 The organ assembly is all metal, weighs about 2 pounds.

Also, 3 three retributors.

Finally, the walkers, IG Sentinels...3 w/flamer, others with las or autocannon.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Two games in three days

Well, Friday saw a pair Armegedon games, Greg and I tried out the Tyranid warrior on two different gangs.  First up were Greg's orks...they had several upgrades and a full crew due to some new recruits as the Yoofs had been advanced to full 'Boyz'as well as a Runtherd and grot from spending a promethium.  Sadly, three figures down and only one wound to the 'nid models,  the gang bottled (left the field) as it was only going to be worse.

Three amigos, although they are not terribly friendly.

  The Tau and I  did no better, in fact the Tau  lost both the specialists ( ion and rail rifle) over the first two turns, and the third turn saw the Tau team leader go down and another Pathfinder go out.  I voluntarily 'bottled' the squad at that point.  In both encounters, we had not gotten close enough for melee, and the 'nid leader was only armed for melee. 

We have decided, only after some serious upgrades to our squads would we try our luck against the 'nid squad.  Well, once every 15 or so years is often enough to play these critters. 

On Sunday we started the Bolt Action Sicily/Italy league.  The first (500) point game I got a chance to play Paul's Italians. I had to adjust my list, as I had not brought any anti-tank.  Silly me, I thought 500 points was too low to see a tank and an armored car.  It did  not help me, my Sherman kept rolling ones for a/t fire, allowing Paul to grab a great flank shot with his 13/40.  Worse, he hit, connected and took out my only armor.  We were playing the  "demolition" scenario from the main book, Paul ended the game 4 inches from the objective.  I conceded as I had only two castings left, the LT and a squad leader.   Great game, came down to maybe two die rolls on the last turn played. 
Here are some of Paul's Italians.

 Some of this squad got very near my supply dump.
While this squad guarded his command post.

Maybe at 750 points I can get revenge.