Thursday, 28 February 2013

May the Force be with you........

Tonight saw me venture to an area of wargaming that I have never trod - Star Wars.

Now there was a very good reason for this, my son.

Strangely, at 11 years old, he has more interest in Star Wars than my fine American War of Independence armies. He normally hangs around when I set up a game for my secret wargaming friends, and utters things like, that looks 'ok', and wanders off to watch the Simpsons or some strange Japanese cartoon that I still don't understand.

Tonight was different, we played Star Wars, using some of his collectables, and very quick home made rules.

I was in charge of a Rebel force escaping after blowing up an evil Empire shield Generator

My lad was in charge of the Storm Troopers trying to prevent my escape

I simply had to race to the other end of the table to win. The Empire had to stop me. A dice was thrown to see which side of the table the Storm Troopers would arrive each turn.

Oh, he also had a chance of Lord Vader joining the fray, or an AT-ST, or both....

The game was on.

A lone trooper sneaks through the under-growth

Soon more troops joined the hunt

Luckily the planet chosen for the battle was very earth like

Soon the AT-ST made an appearance

He caught three of my force in the open...

A fierce close quarters battle took place. Luckily the gunner in the AT-ST was not too accurate, and soon the two legged tank was a burning heap.

Shortly afterwards, Darth Vader appeared. At this point my son said that he was not going to show any mercy.....

Meanwhile, the two bodies of troops closed, and it wasn't long before my rebel force took a number of casualties. Their desperate fight taking a toll on the Storm Troopers, but soon there were just two troops left.

The last rebel sliced down by Vader himself.

His comrade shot by several blasters........

Vader insisted on a team photo as a memento

After his strange victory dance, my son smiled and walked off with his collectables, " that was quite interesting...... " and was soon in the lounge watching some strange Japanese or Korean cartoon.

I think he enjoyed it?

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Battle of the lonely Bridge

Thursday evening saw me revisiting Middle Earth, this time I got to play the bad guys. It is somewhat liberating when you can be forgiven for just being plain evil!

The only photograph I took of the bridge. This shows the forces of evil bursting over the bridge led by a formidable troll (called Barry - much to the annoyance of the umpire - my secret wargaming friend).

Apparently, before the arrival of the evil horde, the world was at peace and all was good. Then my forces arrived to raise the temperature.

The premise was simple, I had a force of evil malcontents who were to be evil, and get at least two companies off at the opposite end of the table. All I had opposing where some chaps known as "The Riders of Rohan" - a doddle then.

The good guys were played by another secret wargaming friend, of no less fame than the author of the very fine Blog - The Repple Depple Club House. I commend this blog to you, but will throw in one word of caution.....do NOT put too much weight on any battle reports that allude to any defeat of the Secret Wargamer, mere propaganda is what I say.

My plan was simple, throw a feint across the bridge, tie down my opponents force in desperate melee, and bring an off table reserve to storm across a ford further up the table. " Game over man "

The plan started off well, I noticed beads of sweat on my friends forehead, and would have put it down to the swarm of numbers heading towards his thinly spread defences, if I had not known it was his turn for the first round at the local hostelry after the battle.....

On my left flank I threw a line of spear armed Uruks to dissuade any rash charges of unseen cavalry - after all, we were fighting the famed Rohan horsemen, who had yet to make an appearance.

The riders soon appeared on my left flank, and seemed reluctant to engage with the wall on impenetrable spears that faced them. They hung around in precisely the wrong place, adjacent the ford my hidden reserve was due to cross. How inconvenient.

I decided I could wait no longer, and revealed my left flank column, and sent a bunch of Warg riders to engage the horse men, in an attempt to protect the slow moving infantry marching toward the ford.

Meanwhile more orcs, and another troll move toward the battle at the bridge. The Forces of good will be defeated, but will it happen soon enough for me to meet my objectives.

Both battles were fearsome, well the one by the bridge was.....the riders swept through my Warg riders like they were Warg butter. Note for future, Warg riders are for infantry, and should not be sent against cavalry.

This left two companies of Uruks terribly exposed in open terrain against a body of the best cavalry in Middle Earth. My plan was becoming unstuck.....

Contact........

In a desperate move, I marched my spearmen toward the massacre that was my left flank hidden reserve, slowly they closed the gap.....but it was slowly.....

There was good news, the battle at the bridge was going badly for the forces of good. Despite Herculean efforts, the imbalance in numbers was telling. Two moves left, and it was unlikely I would break through to the edge of the table.

The last defenders fall to Barry......

Although, I eventually crushed the riders, killing their King in the process, I failed to reach my objectives. A victory for the forces of good, despite the terrible cost.

Now as I said, take anything you read on the blog of my opponent with a pinch of salt......propaganda....

Saturday, 2 February 2013

A visit to Middle Earth

On Wednesday I participated in some wargaming - a rare treat at the moment. I made a Gucci video on iMovie and uploaded it to YouTube. Unfortunately, it appears that the atmospheric music that plays on my iPad failed to make the grade on the YouTube video. I hope you enjoy the pictures. A good night.