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The mini campaign - Turn 10 (12.00hrs to 16.00hrs)

The mini campaign is still ongoing.In turn 10 the British commander decided that he would withdraw his light cruisers out of the range of the Axis air power - eminently sensible in the circumstances.
However, what he did not realise was that the German player had only 12 of the JU87 available to him, and this was reduced to 11 after the attack earlier in the day. As a result the German commander had decided to husband his valuable dive bombers - and use them against more worthwhile targets. He hoped that the attack had scared the British from the Norwegian coast - it had.

The view from the Axis recon room of the Kondor squadron - you will note that they have sighted two British warships - despite the withdrawal south.

I have to say that a campaign always alters the way war-gamers play their games, the British and German players are both normally gung-ho on the table top - but both appear to be a little cautious in the campaign, perhaps, dare I say it, a campaign brings a little more rea…

Pacific Island Battle

A Sunday battle - on a damp December evening. The location, the Pacific in mid 1942. The Rules - Rapid Fire
The premis - an American Marine Regiment with supporting armour and weapons companies assaults a Japanese held island. The orders - take two hill top positions in order to allow SEABEES to build an airfield.
The American commander had never commanded troops in battle before. It was to be a baptism of fire.............
The Allied troops landed at dawn and quickly moved inland. Their intelligence was poor, a previous attempt to have a reconnaissance flight over the island failed, the plane was intercepted by Japanese fighters (this was played out using the wings of war game system and miniatures).
So, a brand spanking new commander (and war-gamer) found himself on enemy territory with no intelligence on the enemy.
The US Marines had two full strength infantry battalions, including weapons companies (with HMG, mortar, flamethrower and bazooka equipped troops). Added to their order of b…

Wings of war - Pacific

A cold and damp, early December Saturday afternoon, mixed with a bored son, allowed the excuse of a quick game of wings of war.
I played the Japanese, my son took the role of the Americans.
The premise was not complex - two patrols clash over the Pacific in world war 2..........................

Two Japanese planes on a routine patrol - somewhere in the pacific theatre - the lead pilot is Ichi Naka.

Two American wildcats - led by Mark LePoitier

Aerial view of the two wildcats

Aerial view of the two A6M2 Reisen
The two patrols have met mid way through their flight plan and a desperate dog-fight ensues. Both flights are at high altitude and the Japanese go full throttle straight to the American fighters. To the utter amazement of Ichi Naka and his colleague, the American planes dived to a lower altitude, evading the machine gun bullets.
The Americans dive to a lower altitude - preventing the devastating initial Japanese attack

Neither aircraft could fire on the other due to the rapid loss in he…

I am still around

I will be updating the blog...... real life took over from wargaming for a bit. But I'll be back very shortly.

Mini Campaign – Turn 9 (08.00hrs to 12.00hrs 20th May 1941)

The British player has tasked three light cruisers to form a search screen off the south western edge of Norway – in the hope one of the ships would spot any German vessels transiting from the Kattegat to a base in Norway.

British Admiralty plot (using Berthier)
It appears to have born fruit when HMS ARETHUSA, the eastern most cruiser picked up and tracked two German heavy vessels – suspected to be the Bismarck and a Hipper class heavy cruiser.

Enhanced range finder photograph taken from HMS Arethusa – at dawn on 20th May 1941

It also appears that the British player failed to consider Nazi air power……………………

At 8am on the 20th May 1941 the alarm bells sounded on both HMS Arethusa and HMS Kenya – each vessel was attacked by 12 JU87 dive bombers based in Norway.

HMS Kenya – somewhere in the Norwegian Sea circa 1941

JU87 aircraft (the four models represent 12 aircraft)
Battleships Zenith computer moderated rules were used for both battles. HMS KENYA found herself under attack by 12 JU87 aircraft …

The Battle for Middle Earth

The Secret Wargamers Secret Wargaming friend had a battle on Sunday with another secret wargaming friend. He was kind enough to let me put some pictures of the scenario on the blog................what a nice chap he is.
The fate of Middle Earth was at stake Sunday night

The Secret Wargamers Secret Wargaming friend (photo taken just after the battle - he lost)
The Secret Wargamers secret wargaming friends - friend

The Forces of Good defend the ruins

Boromir leading from the front

Close quarters battle - the Forces of Good under pressure
" They've brought a cave troll ! " (or two) - I have to say the one on the right has an uncanny resemblance to my secret wargaming friend.....
A wide view of the battlefield
After the battle, the Secret Wargamers Secret Wargaming friend sadly reported:"A small forgotten garrison of Minas Tirith guard the borders of North Ithilien against ever increasing attacks from the forces of Darkness.Warriors of Minas Tirith led by Boromir and supported b…
Mini Campaign
This campaign is a test run for a more complex one to be run in the Autumn. Please understand that the order of battle and the like has not been researched, but put together to test various methods of managing the campaign – it is to be enjoyed at face value and not taken as a historic recreation of potential events.

British Order of Battle
Home Fleet
HMS King George V – Flag
HMS Prince of Wales
HMS Nelson
HMS Revenge
HMS Hood
HMS Repulse
HMS Victorious (800 and 825 squadrons)
HMS Norfolk
HMS Suffolk
HMS Exeter
HMS Kenya
HMS Arethusa
HMS Cairo
HMS Neptune
Destroyers - HMS Achates, Antelope, Anthony, Echo, Cossack, Sikh, Maori, Zulu
2 x attached Air Recon squadrons
Scapa Flow - May 1941. You can see HMS King George V and HMS Victorious (being overflown by Fairey Swordfish) amongst other vessels.

1st Battalion Durham Light Infantry
Naval Garrison
No 90 Squadron Royal Air-Force (9 Bristol Blenheim IV’s)

Fleet Air Arm photograph of the Reykjavik area (Circa 1937)(Actually its from Google Ear…

Mini Campaign

This mini campaign commences in May 1941 – the Axis player has two options to win the game: Successfully have the Bismarck and Prinz Eugen break out into the Atlantic, and/orCapture IcelandThe management of the game will be undertaken using the free Berthier Campaign Manager system

The Theatre of Operations for the campaign
This is a hypothetical campaign played by two players – with an umpire, so please do not bash me about the head for incorrect orders of battle. The British player is unaware of the Axis victory conditions, and must deploy his forces to cover all potential possibilities.

The British player does start with one piece of vital intelligence – an aerial recon photograph of two ships taken in the Kattegat 8hrs ago:

The British player is expected to make his own assessment of the above photograph
More to follow……………..

Eastern Front game - April 2010

This game was won by my opponent, and was a great game to play, World War II is an old friend. The music and photo's tell the story I think..........................

Age of sail

I love naval wargaming, but I do not like the complexities of simulating the same on tabletop.

I have, over the years tried all sorts of rules with dice, and none have struck the right balance (in my view) of accuracy and game speed. So this is one area I bow to computer moderated rules, and I think they are spot on. I use Malcolm SMALLEY'S " Close for Action ".

A simple yet brilliant set of computer moderated rules (MSDOS) - which enables you to do anything that can be done in the age of sail. For example, move crew to different tasks around the ship, assemble boarders, launch boats, weigh anchor - assign guards and prize crews - they are not available any more - but if you are interested, try emailing Rod Langton from Langton miniatures (who incidentally provides excellent models).

If you have not tried the period - I strongly suggest you give it a go - one of my wargaming buddies is not big on ships - but he loves Age of sail.

I am running a hypothetical mini campaign...…

Pre Christmas on the Russian front

There has been a bit of a delay between posts, this is due to the festive period, and the obligatory family duties, although, I did manage to squeeze in a quick Eastern front 1942 encounter with a wargaming fellow.

The situation involved a Panzer Division's leading elements trying to force a river crossing at a still standing bridge.

The rules used where Rapid Fire.

I commanded the Russian Forces and my good friend, as always, commanded the German forces. We used to battle on a very regular basis with these units, models and rules - in fact when we first started wargaming some years ago these were the only figures and models we had, except for some World War One minifigs and Skytrex World War One naval ships.

Personally, World War II is still my favourite, even though we have branched out into other era's.

An overview of the area of battle. The bottom of the picture is East, and the top, West. The Russian forces are on the Eastern side of the river.

Unfortunately, someone forgot to…