Well, my activity on the Blog has almost been non-existent this last 12 months. The main reason for this, is my disillusionment with the photograph hosting fraternity. I have now used 3, or even four free sites, and they have all either overnight changed their terms and conditions to having to pay
(what I consider to be unacceptable fees), or changed the way the photos are displayed/stored. It is so annoying :(
Played a game of 15mm sci-fi using the Stargrunt II rules at the club on Thursday night, our fourth SG2 game in a row. This was a follow-on to a game the previous week (one that I've yet to add to the blog).
Year 2250 May 4th
Scenario Name: 'Supply Column Hit'
Battlegroup Elwen having failed last week to secure Ambassador
Lauralie from a downed dropship have been re-tasked to convoy duties.Task Force Ludlam has been given the mission
to intercept them…
Table Set Up
Lightly wooded terrain with a road running north to south. Small village to the west.
Task Force Ludlam
Intelligence have determined the route for a re-supply
convoy belonging to Battlegroup Elwen.
Ambush the convoy.Destroy at least half the vehicles and secure a least 1 prisoner.
Forces At Your Disposal:
Light Infantry Platoon – Veterans (4 squads of 6 men in
each(1 x SAW, 4x Low Tech Assault Rifle + GL, 1 x MAR)).
(dumb) mines for a strip 4” long.
stealth cloaks.Troops completely hidden
when dug-in underneath them.Discarded
once that element fires/moves.
ECM Operator (2 chits per turn).
Mines can be placed where ever you want.
Troops can be placed where ever you want (and can be dug-in).
After recent combat activity you have been assigned a
less onerous task. You are tasked to escort the re-supply convoy from 'Firebase Alpha B’ to ‘Strong Point Dredd’.No
enemy activity has been reported in this sector.This is a ‘safe route’.
One of the soft skins is carrying valuable fuel rods for grav vehicles. This vehicle must make it off the north table edge.
Forces At Your Disposal:
Light Infantry Platoon – Regular (4 squads of 6 men in
each(5x Low Tech Assault Rifle + GL, 1 x IAVR or SAW)
2 x 4 wheel high
mobility scouts, 4 x Low & High Tech Grav APCs, 1 x Low Tech Grav Sled with Rocket Pack (no ammo), 2 x military trucks, 1 x
Piranha APC, 2 x Hover sleds (unarmed and unarmoured).
One of the trucks is a HQ vehicle with some ECM capability (1 chit per turn).
Enter the sector from the South and exit on the North. Vehicles are in column.
The missions for both sides were not known until after the game.
Ludlum had intel and knew the strength and composition of the Elwenian forces. They by contrast knew nothing about the ambush forces.
Elwen secretly picked the vehicle to carry the fuel rods.
The convoy vehicle sequence had to be decided before the game started,
The convoy could not depart the road until the ambush was triggered.
Vehicle convoy spacing was 10".
- Comment: So excited by this film, can't wait to see it ! - Post viewing comment: Went to see it with my son, we both enjoyed it a lot :) I give it a solid 8.5 out of 10. If your a fan of the franchise, 'it's a must see' :) -
10mm Flames of War Cold War is being played on a regular basis at our club at the moment, even joined in a game myself recently. Here's a few pictures from the last two games :) (None of the vehicles or terrain belong to me)
My general observation is that 10mm is a great scale for this set of rules. 15mm I'm afraid just looks like a tank park IMHO (apologies to those purists offended by such heretic thoughts... :) ).
navy during World War II is perhaps best remembered for its vigorous
role in the doomed defense of the ports of Odessa and Sevastopol
in the Crimean Sea. However, in the Arctic north, the Soviet warships
would have a major impact in the opening months of the war with Nazi
ragtag fleet of destroyers and patrol boats, backed up by two
stout-hearted rifle divisions, brought Hitler’s elite mountain troops
skidding to a halt, preserving a vital supply line to Britain and the
United States. Link to the full article.
Comment: This article makes for an interesting read.
An apparently ordinary rabbit's hole in a farmer's field leads to an
underground sanctuary once said to be used by the Knights Templar - a
medieval religious order that fought in the Crusades. Link to BBC web site article.
If your intersted on 15mm sci-fi, check this out.
Published on 12 Feb 2017
by Mech Head studios. This video is intended to begin the discussion of a possible summer gaming campaign for the 15mm Sci-fi Gaming group on Facebook. If you're a miniature wargamer please feel free to watch and voice your thoughts as well. Here's a link to the Facebook group:
My son Alex has joined in the Star Citizen MMO game. It is in the Alpha state at the moment (i.e. still being developed) but looks fantastic. The concept art for some of the yet to be released ships is fantastic.
I'm a big fan of Lion and Dragon Rampant and find myself quite impressed with this article written by David Sulivan on his blog about adapting the Lion Rampant rules to the Late Roman period. Link
Highly recommended :)
- Comment: Came across this article on a site called 'Defence Watch; where there are a load of pictures of Turkish owned Leopard 2 tanks that had either been destroyed or severly damaged by ISIS in northern Syria.
I've found this web site called 'The Perfect Captain'. Their own description of the site is as follows: "We are a small group of gamers with some big ideas! We like to play and design
boardgames, miniatures rules, and campaign games for a host of periods.
We have a yahoo group that supports our products. By the way, maybe we
should mention that our goods are totally FREE! If
you'll be so kind as to look below, you'll see a list of products under
the headings of their historical periods. Each one of these has its own
webpage with a bit of background, a list of variants, and of course, the
Comment: I've very impressed with what I saw. This is a great resource for the wargamer.
- Comment: Taken on Thursday night at my club, here we have a couple of A10s making a pass over the table in a 10mm scale Flames of War 'Team Yankee' game. I wasn't playing in it, but it looked a fun game.
Fans of the PC game Company of Heroes should check out this new mod that is available on Steam: Link.
"EaW is a historical mod for Company of Heroes that adds new battlefronts with new commander trees, abilities, units, vehicles and weapons for each, representing in the best way, as far as possible, historical accuracy, to immerse players in a much more realistic gaming experience."
2017 will see the centenary of the Battle of
Passchendaele with events taking place in Belgium in July. The battle
which was also known as The Third Battle of Ypres was one of the major
engagements of the First World War and one of the
largest battles Britain’s Armed Forces have ever fought.
Here’s eight facts on what First World War soldiers used to call the Battle of Mud:
1.The battle took place on the Western Front, from
July to November 1917, for control of land south and east of the Belgian
city of Ypres in West Flanders. It lasted just over 3 months,
marginally less than the Battle of the Somme. The
loss of life was considerable and the offensive achieved mixed results.
2. Within a few days of the battle the heaviest
rain for 30 years had turned the soil into a quagmire, producing thick
mud that often immobilised tanks. When the Tank Corps was formed it had
no distinctive colours but in 1917 — just before
the Battle of Cambrai — it adopted its Brown, Red and Green colours
which are still used by the Royal Tank Regiment today. The colours
represented the struggle of the Corps — ‘From mud, through blood to the
green fields beyond’.
3. The standard British army rifle in 1917 was the
iconic Short Magazine Lee- Enfield (aka the SMLE), a marksman could fire
15 aimed shots a minutes and earned an extra six pence a day — almost
doubling his pay back then! It weighed around
four kilograms, a similar amount to the SA80 individual weapon carried
by troops today; however the SA80 fires a potential 610–775 rpm.
4. The battle saw an estimated 325,000 Allied and
260,000 German casualties. By 1917 armies had tried to modernise to
reduce the casualty rate. At Passchendaele soldiers of all sides wore
protective headgear. The weight of the British Mark
I helmet was about 2 pounds, made out of manganese steel alloy, it was
light, robust, simple to make and had the best ballistic performance of
any WW1 helmet. The Mk 7 helmet used by troops today weighs 2.2 pounds
and can stop fragments travelling at over
650 metres per second.
5. Some estimates claim 90,000 British and
Commonwealth bodies were never identified and 42,000 never recovered
from the battle. However bodies from the First World War are still being
found and identified 100 years later. The remains of
two British soldiers were found recently and given a ceremonial burial
with full military honours on 19 October 2016. The Ministry of Defence’s
Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre will deal with fallen soldiers
in the same way whether they’re casualties
of the First World War or recent conflicts like Afghanistan.
6. As with the battle of the Somme in 1916,
Passchendaele saw Britain forces fight closely alongside its
Commonwealth allies of Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and South
Africa. This would be repeated many times in the next 100 years,
including the Second World War, the Korean War, in Afghanistan and
currently in the fight against Daesh.
7. Blood banks and transfusions were developed
during the First World War and by 1917 the Royal Medical Corps (RAMC)
established the first blood bank on the Western Front in preparation for
Passchendaele. The RAMC expanded rapidly during
the First World War; on mobilization the Corps consisted of
approximately 9,000 ‘other ranks’, by 1918 there were 13,000 RAMC
Officers and 154,000 ‘other ranks’. Wherever there is conflict featuring
British Armed Forces the RAMC is always there. Since the
Victoria Cross was introduced in 1856 there have been 29 Victoria
Crosses awarded to members of the RAMC.
8. The last British surviving combat soldier of the
First World War was 111 year old Harry Patch who died in 2009. Harry,
who fought as a Lewis [machine] gunner at Passchendaele where he was
wounded and evacuated never spoke about the war
until he turned 100 years old. Harry was laid to rest in Wells
Cathedral, his body was carried by members of his old unit The Rifles
and walking behind his coffin in solidarity were military
representatives of France, Belgium and Germany.
Comment: Saw the above info on UK MOD web site and found it quite interesting.