Thursday, 25 April 2013

Charge! - English Civil War

I had a quick ECW battle today but instead of using Warhammer ECW rules I used Charge.

 Parliamentarian soldiers. The toys are a mix of Foundry, Essex,QT, Hinchcliffe and Irregular.
 A Royalist foot regiment.
 A cavalry clash is imminent.
 Hampdens Greencoats ?.
 A view down the battlefield, Royalists on the left.
 A Royalist regiment look on as the horsemen clash.
 A fierce melee ensues.
 Cromwell getting his ear bent by a puritan preacher.
 Surprisingly the larger Royalist cavalry unit are defeated and the survivors fall back.
 The victorious roundheads rally in place.
 The infantry lines are closing up now.
 A small unit of firelocks attack a Royalist gun crew!.

 But are seen off by a blast.
 The infantry firefight continues.
 The Parliamentarian cavalry threaten the Royalist flank.
 The Royalist Green regiment are defeated, the enemy cannon close by did not help them.
 In the middle of all this our son John came home from school in a stretched limo, just for having good attendance, he had a nice time though.
 The cavalry charge the gun and put the crew to the sword.
 Another Royalist regiment is defeated.
Great game!, fast and furious, I used my amendments to suit the smaller table and rolled dice to see if pikemen or musketeers were hit. The amendments are on Pauly Waulys Wargames Blog (see link) which is entirely devoted to 18th century battles using "Charge!, or how to play war games" by Lawford and Young.

Monday, 22 April 2013

CWC 1973 - Saturday nights game

After a series of good command rolls the Egyptian battlegroup rolled forward but in subsequent turns they failed to manoeuvre and spent the rest of the battle shooting from static positions.

In contrast the Israeli command checks were mostly passed and that made all the difference to the outcome. The IDF CO had a command rating of 10, the HQs 9, while the Egyptians CO was 9 and the HQs 8, not a lot of difference on paper but a big difference when the dice fly.
 The Israeli infantry hurtles forward and occupies the village.
 Israeli bazooka fire is very successful against the BMPs.
 The Egyptian T-55 unit comes under fire from the IDF tanks.
Egyptian air strike suppresses the Israeli carriers but fails to do much damage.
 Friendly fire from the Egyptian BM-21 unit makes the situation even worse.
 The tank battle in the centre sees many Egyptian T62s ko'd
 An Israeli air strike finishes off the BMPs.
 The T-55 unit is done for too.
 Israeli artillery impacts.
 Some close ups of the toys.

 Irregular Miniatures trucks.

 BRDMs with SAGGER missiles had an early success but failed to act afterwards.

 Israeli M113 carriers.

 Israeli command tank passes a burning BMP.
As a game it was okay, but it didn't inspire me much. Previous games had seen the Israelis totally outmanouevre and outgun the Egyptians so I did tweak the command rules by using the "Black Powder" form whereby only one command roll is made per unit and all units in range and LOS get to shoot once. I thought that this would balance the game much more but it was still a walkover for the IDF.

I'll give it another go sometime and maybe make the command ratings equal.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Cold War Commander 1973

 Looking south in to the desert the Egyptians and the Israelis deploy.
 Israeli infantry - GHQ vehicles and Irregular Miniatures US Vietnam period infantry.
 GHQ Centurions
 Israeli Phantoms buzz the oasis - Heroics and Ros models.
 Most of these models belonged to my cousin Brad from Australia who bought them while visiting us in the UK  probably about 1977, he took them home with him and very generously gave them to me to bring home when I visited them in 1981.Well travelled models,eh!.
 Egyptian BMPs GHQ with Irregular Soviet infantry.
 Egyptian T62 tanks.
 Egyptian command and artillery.
Egyptian SU-7 - Heroics and Ros model.

 BRDM1s with SAGGER missiles.
 Egyptian T55s.
Roaring overhead shaking those palm trees around!.

Game on tonight, but first I'm going to do some work in the garden.