Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Swedish Strv 103 S-Tank

A nice piece of footage I found here showing a preserved Swedish designed S-Tank trundling around.
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Sunday, 10 February 2019

'What A Tanker!' At Vapnartak

Our club (The Harrogate Wargames Club) ended up putting on two games at this years Vapnartak wargames convention organised by the York Wargames Society the York Racecourse.  The first game run by John S and Gavin was a 7TV game (rules devised by Crook Dice).  The second 'Kesslers Crossroads' was a 20mm tank game using the Two Fat Lardies rules set 'What A Tanker!'.  John Elwen and myself ran the three participation games, 4 Sherman 75s taking on a lone Panther tank defending a crossroads.  This is a homage to the real life event called Barkman's Corner (or is it in fact a myth ?).  To give the lone Panther a chance, the crew were rated as Elite and as per the rules could convert any 1 Command Dice.  Three entertaining games were played over the day with the Panther (mainly run by me) getting KO'd on each occasion.
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Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Happy New Year - 2019

I'd like to wish all who visit my Blog a happy and prosperous New Year :)
One my new year resolutions is to try and do more blog postings this year, we shall have to see if I achieve that !
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Something for sci-fi fans, check out this great sci-fi artwork I stumbled across on the net :)   Fantastic stuff, makes me feel like digging out my 15mm sci-fi armies for a battle :)
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Monday, 31 December 2018

Operation Lionheart 84

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Comment: For those interested in Cold war gaming using rules such as Team Yankee there is a lot to enjoy in this the first of what are 10 videos on U-Tube. 

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Swedish Tank - Stridsvagn 74

Came across this interesting (light/medium tank that the Swedes used to operate up until the mid eighties.  I'm thinking of getting a platoon of them for my Swedish Flames Of War Team Yankee 10/12mm force.  No one makes the actual model, but I'm thinking that a USA Walker Bulldog looks like the closest model I can find, made by both Minifigs and Pendraken,
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This a great bit of vid of one in a military museum collection.  (Link here in case the U-Tube vid doesn't embed properly)
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Sunday, 25 November 2018

Team Yankee Review

There is quite a fair review of the Battlefront Flames of War Team Yankee rules on the Boardgame geek site by a guy called Matt  Link 
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Saturday, 24 November 2018

King Tiger at Militracks 2018

Some fantastic footage here of the French Kingtiger at Militracks  2018.


Team Yankee - Musings


Well I've been lazy and haven't posted must this year but I've still been getting plenty gaming in.  Of recent as I mentioned in my posting on 29th September I've been sucked into playing Flames of War Team Yankee with the rest of my group.  I've been and invested in some Swedish tanks from Minifigs.  There is a real shortage of Swedish unique vehicles so I'm having to substitute a few other suitable types instead.  I've contacted Butlers Miniatures to see if he can produce any, but he seems to have a huge wish list of other vehicles to worth through at the moment.

Anyway here are a few photos from recent games since I last posted :)



French AMX tanks.


 My Swedish S Tanks on the prowl :)

My Swedish IKV-91 Tank Destroys moving at speed down the edge of the battlefield. 





Dutch Leopard IIs conduct some long range fire against an East German unit.





Swedish BpvV302 Command APC hangs out in the town whilst the HQ observe the battle from the top of the building to their right. 

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Beevor on Arnhem - Podcast

Guys
I've taken to listening the BBC History Extra podcasts whilst I'm out walking my hound on an evening.  I found this one very interesting:   https://www.historyextra.com/period/second-world-war/beevor-on-arnhem/ about the battle for Arnhem in WW2 - highly recommended :)
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Saturday, 29 September 2018

Flames Of War Team Yankee At The Harrogate Wargames Club

Most of my gaming group at the Harrogate Wargames Club club are into Flames Of War Team Yankee using 10mm (1/444th) scale vehicles.  Over the last couple of weeks I've been watching a few games, and after some deliberation I have decided to join and get my own army.  Years back I used to do modern gaming with 1/300th tanks (mainly Heroics and Ros) with a Swedish army.  I still have a real soft spot for the old S-Tank, so I think that is army I'm going to get in 10mm.  I shall post more in this subject as my army develops.

In the meantime, here are some pictures I took over the last two games that were played.


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Saturday, 30 June 2018

RETURN TO DRAGON RAMPANT

Well after about two months of pretty much solidly playing What A Tanker! my gaming group has  returned to an old favourite of ours, Dragon Rampant by Daniel Mersey.  Whilst I was I was really rusty on the rules, a quick speed read through them and the latest version of our club House Rules (link) quickly refreshed me.

I dusted off my Orcs and here are a few pictures of them in action.  The opposition (last picture, far side of the table) had a Hydra with mystical armour that just would not die, so a defeat for my Orcs, but an entertaining game nonetheless :)

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

King Tiger Tank - Restoration In Switzerland

There is a King Tiger being restored in Switzerland.  They obtained it in 2006 and have been posting videos (12 thus far) from time to time showing how they are progressing.

They make fascinating viewing are are recommended viewing for any WW2 tank enthusiast :)
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Annoyingly the video link is now dead, but the tank has its own web site, which I would encourage you to visit :)

http://www.koenigstiger.ch/english/story.html
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Saturday, 2 June 2018

WHAT A TANKER! - Puma Outing

Had a fun game the club on Thursday.  Myself, Andy B and Simon A as the clean living Axis players took on John E and Theo as the Soviet peasants.

Andy took a Panther, Simon a Tiger I and myself a Sd234/2 'Puma'
Theo had a ISU152 and John took an SU100 and a KVIS
Due the points different the Axis had 5 cards (Andy had 1, myself the other 4)

Fighting over our usual 8' x 6' we had a reasonable amount of manoeuvre room for our 20mm / 1/72nd vehicles.

On the Axis side we decided to that the Panther and Tiger would concentrate on the ISU 152 whilst I tied up the SU100 and KV with my superior speed.   This cunning plan almost went badly wrong very early on the ISU152 spotted me in the open and successfully lobbed a huge shell my way.  Lucky rolling on my part meant I only took two damage which I was able to recover straight away with one of my cards.

I then powered into the town and with some good die rolling surprised the KV with a shot into its rear.  Annoying, due to its heavy armour (and bad rolling on my part) the round only lost the KV one command die.  He successfully reversed and firing back hit me the turret causing two permanent damage and damaging my optics (+1 to hit).

Meanwhile the Panther and Tiger and had been skirmishing with the ISU and shells were bouncing off all over the place.

Down to 4 command dice now and at the back of the gaming table I came round behind the ISU and with some good rolling banged a round into its flank knocking it out.  As it was almost midnight we ended what had a fun game at that point.

For those interested, the stats I used for the Puma were:


  • Armour Value:  3
  • Strike Value: 6
  • Slow Turret.  (it doesn't have a powered traverse).
  • Fast  
  • Fast Backwards.  [can go the same speed backwards as foward]   (has the same number of reverse gears as forward and a rear driving position). 
  • Wheeled.  [Cannot cross major obstacles, and if on a road can convert any die to a movement die, but must remain in the road, cannot rotate on the spot]
  • Total Points Cost: 10

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Saturday, 26 May 2018

WHAT A TANKER! - LADDER TOURNAMENT

Having finished a campaign based on the one in the WaT rule book at my club I've suggested to my gaming crowd at the Harrogate Wargames Club (HWC) we try a ladder tournament.  The advantage of this structure is that:
a)  Players get to try out a large variety of tanks,
b)  The tournament is time-bounded.
c)  Kill rings are not awarded, so failure is not reinforced.
d)  Its easily adaptable for different lengths and periods.



HWC – 2018 - WHAT A TANKER – LADDER TOURNAMENT

1.            The tournament involves every player, playing in 13 games.

2.            There must be an equal number of players in the tournament (i.e. 2, 4, 6, 8 etc.)

3.            The winner is the player at the end who has the most kills.  In the case of a draw result, then a 14th game is to be played by the respective players to determine the final winner.  

4.            The tournament starts with each player having 10 points with which to purchase a tank from the 1943, 44 or 45 years. They cannot select a tank less than 10 points.

5.            After each game the number of points available to each player increases as per the following ladder.

Game 1                10 points.
Game 2                11 points.
Game 3                12 points.
Game 4                13 points.
Game 5                14 points.
Game 6                15 points.
Game 7                16 points.
Game 8                17 points.
Game 9                18 points.
Game 10              19 points.
Game 11              20 points.
Game 12              21 points.
Game 13              22 points.

6.            Players may select a tank with less points than they have available and randomly draw cards from the tanker deck to compensate.
·         Example. In game 5, John selected to play with a Sherman Firefly, a 14 point tank.  He liked the tank so much that his next game (game 6) he opted to keep it and draw a Tank Deck card.  He kept also the same type of tank for Game 7, and so drew 2 cards.

7.            Players may not select a tank that is any more than three points less than the table above (i.e. you cannot select a 10 point tank in game 13).

8.            Players are free to change nationality from game to game, so for example there is no requirement for a player who started in a Panzer III to always have to fight in an Axis tank.

9.            The sides in each game must be always balanced, i.e.  1 v 1, 2 v 2.

10.          The sides must always be Axis versus Allied.

11.          Players do not get awarded kills rings as per the campaign in the WaT rule book.

12.          The terrain can be set-up to play however the players sort between themselves. 

13.          The starting side of the table, or corner should be determined randomly.

14.          The 12” spacing between players on set-up, does not apply in this tournament;  i.e. in a multiplayer game tanks may come on within inches of each other (as if they were a Platoon).        

15.          If there are multiple players in the tournament, it may not possible for everyone to play together in each round.  In those circumstances, those players missing need to play catch up games.  It is for those players to sort out at which level they are playing, some flexibility needing to be shown by players.  It doesn’t necessarily matter if each player doesn’t get to play at each level as long as everyone gets to play the same number of games overall.

16.          In multi-player games if one side loses half the number of tanks they started with, they have the option as per the normal WaT rules to immediately stop the game and withdraw.  However, if they choose not to do so at that time, they must remain in the game until either:
a)            They all get destroyed, or
b)            They destroy all the opposition, or
c)            The opposition exercise their option to withdraw (assuming they haven’t already foregone it).

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