I have just returned from a short break in London. The weather was pretty good, no rain, which was a relief. We took advantage of the sun to walk along the embankment and look at the memorial to the RAF and the Battle of Britain.
Monday, 17 February 2014
With family and other priorities, Steve and I have not managed to meet for a game for two weeks and with half term that is likely to extend to three weeks. However, I have managed to find my paint brush and fight my way to my painting table to finish the first unit of Austrian infantry for my Grand Alliance collection. The figures are Wargames Factory plastics and work out pretty good value, plus with all the options available in the box all sorts of units/nationalities can be created.
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
A double-header for last weekend, a reprise of Brandywine on the Saturday,followed by a trip over the Pennines to York for Simon Chick's Cravant game.
We drew cards for commands on Saturday morning and once again I commanded the British left flank. One change in the deployment was that Mathews elite brigade was put on the far right, by the fords to lead the attack, rather than get tied up in the fields and fences in the centre. As often happens in larger multi-player games I had little idea what was happening on the opposite flank as I was soon involved in a a protracted struggle to secure the crossroads by the Meeting House. Grey's brigade advanced against the Virginia battalion defending the crossroads
Von Donop's brigade made swift progress at first but once they reached the turnpike they struggled to push on and their delay gave the American reserves enough time to march onto the table and deploy.
Over by the fords the American infantry (commanded by Phil), were fighting manfully to halt the British advance but were hampered by low 'action' rolls which often allowed the British to pre-empt any of their manoeuvres.
As the slugging match around the meeting house continued the Virginians were eventually worn down by the casualties they received from the British, but before they were driven off Ian had managed to get reinforcements forward.
Things were beginning to look a little bleak for the British left, both brigades required morale tests because of the casualties they had taken. Fortunately, Chris, the commander of the British right had by now secured the fourth objective, a hill overlooking the American centre and was poised on the flank of the American line.
Up early on Sunday morning we travelled over to York for the Vapnartak show. This year's show was up to the usual high standard with plenty of games and traders attending. Here are a few examples
|Justice Mills by M Wheatley|
|Wake Island 1922 League of Extraordinary Kreigspielers|
|WW1 North Hull Wargames Club|
|A Panama Game from the League of Augsburg using their new Donnybrook rules|
As I mentioned in my previous post the Lance and Longbow Society were showcasing Simon Chick's Cravant game. Here are a few photos of the excellent terrain and figures.
An excellent weekend.