Sunday, 22 May 2011

Toy Soldier Wargame Rules - v.2 Playtest.

 All is quiet in the vicinity of the ruined workshop.
 French Zouaves advance past grazing cattle.

 The Germans capture the workshop.
 The hedgerow doesn't save these two fellas.
 The Germans advance.
 Marching Zouaves, Hat models.
Armies In Plastic Germans 1/32nd scale.
Lurking in the workshop.
 With a rapid advance ( a 2d6 score of 11), the Germans get within close range.
 With devastating consequences for the Zouaves.
 Hand to hand fighting on the hilltop.
 Those Zouaves are good fighters!.
 More Germans attack.
 The Zouaves are still fighting like demons.
 This time the Germans outnumber the French 2 to1.
 With predictable results.
And take the hill.
 With only three French soldiers left lurking behind the hedge the game is over.
I tweaked the first draft of the rules slightly (click on the picture for a closer look).

I'm pleased with the rules up to now and I'm looking forward to bringing in cannons and cavalry.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Toy Soldiers - Taking the bridge.

 Sorry, but I didn't think to get the camera till the game was a few moves in.
The Germans reach the bridge first ( the rule giving the officers a movement die re-roll aided them here).

 The French seek cover as casualties mount.
 The French right flank company advance and shoot at the German supports.
 Who are in cover behind the hedge but still lose a casualty.

 The French have occupied the ruin.
 But have taken many casualties.
 The French right hand company wheel to attack the Germans storming the over the bridge.
 But the German support company advances to counter the French advance.
 The Germans attack the French occupiying the ruined buiding.
 German rifle fire within the yellow zone (5 or 6 to hit) is deadly for the French who lose four men.
 The Germans line the river bank to shoot down the French sergeant and the private who are still attacking the bridgehead ( there are no morale rules at present, I let them fight to the last man toy soldier style).
 Desperate defence.
 The last man bravely fights on!.
 But falls!.
The Germans are victorious.

The forces in this short battle were as follows :-
French - three companys of five men each led by a sergeant. 18 in total.
Germans - two companies of ten and eleven men each led by an officer. 23 in total.

The sergeants give a shooting re-roll and the officers a movement re-roll which adds a little tactical interest to the game.The rules used are shown on an earlier post.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Toy Soldiers - Germans painted!.

 Armies In Plastic WW1 Germans painted up as circa.1900.

 I was lucky and there were five extra soldiers in my box.I trimmed off grenades and some telescopic rifle sights and painted over the collars to fit the earlier time frame.The two grenadiers in the box have been saved for their heads which I plan to use to convert some artillery crew.
 I've had this book for over 20 years, I knew it would come in handy one day!.

 The book has some lovely contemporary illustrations from 1900. Sorry about the camera flash, I took these shots during a thunderstorm and it was pretty dark in the house at the time.

 In the distance are my HaT French Zouves half painted.I'm going to put some more paint on this afternoon.
 They got a coat of pva and a coat of Klear/Future to achieve a good gloss finish. I do intend to paint the underside of the bases green and "wrap around " PVA and Klear to totally seal the paint job.

I'm delighted with these soldiers and look forward to getting them on the table.