Battlecars - 1980’s nostalgia

My secret wargaming friend brought this classic Boardgame over today and we had a blast. I never played it as a kid, but SWF and my other secret wargaming friend both did.

The back of the box explains the idea.
Just think about a weaponised car and free for all battle, and you will get the idea 😊.

The playing area. You can edit and set up the map in anyway you wish. This is a Games Workshop game.
You set up your car by installing weapons in the weapons pod, or using passive defence mechanism such as smoke, or mines and spikes etc.

A blank outline of the car.

My set-up.
We started in various parts of the board and the objective was to be the last car standing.....very much like our local rush-hour.

We were soon zipping around at speed, when I found myself in the fortunate position of being able to try one of my shiny new rockets against an opponents shiny new car.
Each car also has armour fitted to the sides, front and back. With hits from weapons and ramming this armour deteriorates. This is …

News Bulletin for my Pacific Campaign - May 1944

As an aside the the European Theatre of operations, I am running a smaller solo Pacific Campaign which will also feature.

Portugal 1805 - movie of battle

A short movie of the battle with new photographs and music. 

Portugal 1805 - Sharp Practice II Battle

A peaceful coastal province in Portugal.
Today, my Secret wargaming friend put on another peninsula based battle.
My little force, under the command of  Major Julian Morris, a Welshman from the valleys, was tasked with aiding Wellington by drawing French units away from the main army. 
As a result, another coastal operation was planned, and was aided by the mighty 74 Gun HMS Indestructible. 
“Si vis pacem, para bellum”

Lt Pete Hope and his group were the first to arrive, and took up refuge in this barn. It overlooked the square. The men soon found a hidden bottle of Portuguese port and settled in for the game.

As billets go, it could be worse....

Captain Lawnmower and his group of sailors soon arrived to strengthen the British hold on the deserted farm. Our hero Richard Blunt and six chosen men arrived shortly afterwards.

It wasn’t long before some French scouts turned up.

Blunt had taken up position behind a solid stone wall on the left flank and soon gave the French scouts something to worry…

Battle somewhere off the British coast - 1944

A small convoy found itself engaged in mortal battle after encountering an Elbing class torpedo boat in a fog bank off the English coast.

SS Falmouth Docks under the command of Captain Herbatious Lee (he grew up in the Borders).
The Falmouth Docks was carrying a valuable cargo of Cornish Pasties to miners in the north of England.

HMS Worcester, an old destroyer under the command of a gruff Lt Commander (RNVR) Artemis Greaves. He was the convoy commander.

Finally, the minesweeper escort, HMS Bangor under the command of Lt Toby Williams.
The three vessels found themselves emerging from a fog bank right into the path of a German warship.

An Elbing Class vessel.
The Germans reacted first, turning to starboard and firing a broadside against the British Destroyer.

The first salvo knocked the forward 4” out on the Worcester.

The return fire by the Royal Navy was less than accurate.
This game provided a much different flavour to the one we played with the fast torpedo boats.

The Germans switched their t…

Coastal Naval - 1/600th Action Stations

This morning we are going to have another run at some 1/600th Naval wargaming. This time a convoy battle in the day.

A big fat juicy merchantman.

HMS Worcester - V&W class Destroyer 

The venerable HMS Bangor

The Kreigsmarine representative. Elbing class vessel.
All ships are currently in DMP (Dockyard Maintenance Period), so excuse the undercoat.
Rules used - Action Stations by David Manley.
Models - Heroics & Ros
Stay tuned

Soviet Steamroller - World War II in colour

The Soviet onslaught. Fearsome stuff....