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Normandy Firefight

June 12, 2012 in WW2

With all the Jubilee based fun last weekend, we had the club put back a week, we had four games going on with another couple of new faces popping in for a look. This week we had Saga, 40K, a 15mm War of the Worlds game and a new 28mm WW2 game.

Normandy Firefight is a set of detailed skirmish rules written by Warwick Kinrade, as written the game is designed for 1/35th scale. As nice an idea as this might be I have loads of 28mm figures all painted and ready.

Luckily the rules include conversions for 28mm and 20mm, which I ignored on the night as it meant mixing inches and centimetres. We used the distances as given which did make movement rather rapid which will need toning down, also the table was supposed to be 4 x 4, but we just filled up what we had. Flipping wall kept falling down.

Playing Mission 1 from the rulebook, the Germans bring three figures on from the far edge, the US three from the near edge, I split the US and attempt an approach from centre and both flanks.

One of the privates advances past the tank disabled the previous day and on towards the enemy. Alas he snatches at his trigger and fires ineffectually, the German is able to return fire and incapacitates the model. And the wall fell over, again.

Over on the right flank, a GI was manoeuvring in to a good firing position. The NCO armed with a Thompson was able to take down a German but later when he tried to hit his opposite number, despite two hits, the German renamed conscious and took him from the game.

My third GI moved in from the right flank and took the remaining German out with a couple of well placed shots from his Garand rifle.

The game was plenty of fun, as with a new game we did things wrong but that is how you learn new rules. We are playing again later this week so hopefully will get the rules right this time.

Chocks away!

June 21, 2011 in Aerial, Colonials, Flames of War, WW2

Another summer club night, this week we had two prospective new members, so welcome Kev and Dean and don’t forget to organise yourselves a game for next club.

Later in the year, we are having another all day game, with the Zulus getting another outing. We are planning a 12′ x 6′ game with lots of models and lots of players. Rules will again be Toofatlardies Sharp Practice amended to suit the period, another game to test the new card deck tonight.

On another table, World War Two continues to be refought with the popular Flames of War rules.

Finally we took the opportunity to bring out the hex mat and the Check Your 6! rules, a great set of rules and some great models from Raiden Miniatures.

Playing ‘The Swede’ scenario from the rulebook pits a lone pilot ace against three fatigued Zeroes, a great scenario to learn the rules. In the first near miss off the game the US Ace just managed to side step the zero but then fluffed his attack with his rear MGs.

The Dauntless takes out a Zero but takes damage from another, reducing it’s speed. Losing altitude the more robust Navy plane maneuvered it’s way out of trouble. Another Zero takes more damage and explodes, finally as the final Zero overtakes and turn round to fire on the Dauntless it flies off the board to bring about the end of the game and a draw.

Sunshine Vs Wargames

April 19, 2010 in WW2

Well after last weekends bumper club, this weeks was a little modest with the good weather tempting gamers from their figures and out in to the fresh air and sunshine. We still saw a couple of Flames of War games, a game of Warhammer and I played in a WW2 game with the Operation Overlord rules and our 28mm figure collections.

A few photos;

Here is the table, we are playing across the table – an escalating engagement with reinforcements available during the game.

I had a plan, use the woods for cover and use the MG teams to keep the British heads down.

Almost in to the farmyard in the center.

My MGs were really inaccurate, Dane’s dice were as bad as we traded shots to no effect.

Well Dane’s luck has changed first, yes these figures are hiding behind the barn.

Trading fire across the woods, I was soon to lose the MG team just visible in the left corner.

Some bold advancing by the Germans, off camera a squad has taken a mauling from very accurate fire from Brens and Lee Enfields.

Over to Flames of War and 15mm. This is a cracking bocage table with British facing Germans here too, I didn’t have King Tigers though.

A great King Tiger model about to brew a couple of Shermans, both the King Tigers were lost later in the game due to heavy British artillery which is pretty true to life.

We have also fixed the dates of the next 3 all dayers, these will hopefully see some Flames of War tournaments and some big games for the rest of us.

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    All of these Saturday games replace the normal Sunday games that weekend, the next club is Sunday 2nd May.

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