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AAR: 2x FoW: Brit Armour v Russian Armour

Recently I played against Fraser at the NWGC with some Tank on Tank goodness. Using the Brit 11th Armoured from “Market Garden” I fancied giving them a first taste of action.  Fraser obliged, but instead of bringing German tanks, he brought a 4 platoon Russian tank force. Not all those AT11 / front Armour 7 little T34’s again! Yes…. it was a bad memory from last year returned (see August 2012 AAR post here and September 2012 AAR post here).

Lists:

Brit 11th Armoured, Confident Veteran.

HQ: 2 x Sherman V with .50 cal MG

3 x Combat platoon: 3 x Sherman V plus firefly

US paras (Fearless Veteran) with bazooka and mortar.

1 x Universal Carrier patrol (3 of) (recon)

1 small unit of Brit Pioneer rifles.

Soviets: (Gvardeyskiy Tankovy Batalon – Red Army)

HQ – 1 x T35/85 obr 1943

Tank platoon 1 (10 x T34/85) obr1943

Tank platoon 2 (as 1)

Tank platoon 3 (4 x SU-100)

Recon platoon (3 armoured cars – BA64)

Game 1:

The mission was Hasty Attack. Fraser got to Attack, and wasted no time in putting both his large tank platoons on the table opposite each objective. His heavy tanks and recon BA64’s were in reserve. I put three of platoons sown, with the rest in scattered reserve. Not a good mission for me. The US paras defended in the central wheat field backed up by the 1iC and a platoon of Sherman’s with a firefly. The other tank platoon stood alone outnumbered.

The game rolled on pretty fast. The Ruskies moved in to get close enough to make shooting feasible. The shermans failed to do much to them, bailing not killing enough to force a platoon morale check. After that, the T34’s opened fire and took out the Brit tanks in pretty short order. The fearless US paras could not hold the position as the Soviet recce platoon removed gone to ground and after a shooting spree, the para’s were mauled in assault.

Some pretty bad dice rolling hampered by delayed and useless Brit reserves.. A good solid victory for the Russians, 6-1.

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The first game rolled along quickly so we rolled for another mission and swapped armies for Game two….

Game 2:

The mission was Dust Up. Being a less experienced Attacker, maybe I was cautious. I placed my tanks between the two objectives then headed out with 21 tanks to try to win the game with same confidence that Fraser seems to have. Fraser seemed happy to keep the defences in place in his quarter. Probably a good move, with two tank platoons and the US paras covering the village and the objectives.

I moved up keeping out of the LoS of the Sherman’s. Fraser moved one of his platoons behind a building, trying to keep his tanks safe I guess. When my reserves turned up opposite his deployment area my SUs had a nice line onto those Sherman’s…. some damage was done (as per the smoke markers!)

The other Sherman platoon retreated across the wood it was in to keep away from harm. At this point I forgot I think that I had only 4 platoons to play with.
My final recce platoon came on close to the enemy deployment zone but this left nothing defending my objective back in the other corner from all the action. I tried to get the 1iC back across to the centre of the table, but not before Fraser brought on a tank platoon and doubled it close to one of his objectives. Two turns and he would win the game. My 1iC couldn’t even damage a recon carrier that came on from Brit reserve!

I tried to get onto Brit objective, ignoring the damage from the Sherman’s in the wood, but with only an eight 8 inch move out of the corn field, I couldn’t make it to 4 inches from my objective before Fraser took the win with his 3rd sherman platoon. It was silly of me to forget to put something in defence. Just putting the SU-100’s in that corner would have made him think about it and probably give me the win first.

I don’t think I killed off any enemy platoon enough so believe this was another 6-1 to Fraser. The SU-100’s just can’t do anything until 16 inches away and not moving (or so it seemed). I would drop these instantly if it were my list in favour of some infantry I think.

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Saga – building a 6 point Welsh faction

A few days ago I decided it was time to start on my Gripping Beast metal Saga faction. Its been sat in its little box looking left out for a while now. So I got busy with the Renedra bases, a craft knife and some superglue.

I had a bit of fun with a couple of figures whose arms needed re-posing. They are supposed to be armed with javelins, but the Warlord and one of the hearthguard look like they are swordsmen. I cut off the right arms at the shoulder and tried to find a way to get the arm into a throwing position. For the Warlord, that means building a wire arm. Next job is to cover it with green stuff putty and build one up. I can fasten the hand and javelin at that point…

The process of drilling with a pin vice was laborious for almost all the models. No shields for the Warriors here! I used a mix of soft metal and wire spears to fit in with the drilled hands. A little moving of the arms was done, but on the whole, I haven’t had much joy with re-posing Gripping Beasts metal figures. Metal is not easy for me to work with. I guess these figures from GB are meant more for other wargames, Saga being a bit of an afterthought, as the poses of the figures in this case are just wrong for a number of javelin armed figures.

Here we go: a Warlord, 4 Hearthguard, 4 mounted Hearthguard, 24 Warriors, 12 Levies with bows.

Saga – progress on my 6 point Viking faction

Here are a few shots of my Gripping Beast metal Vikings – they took a back seat for some Flames of War (models and games)… and some Saga Welsh (interrupt mode engaged…)

As a reminder, there are a Warlord, 4 Bersekers, 8 Hearthguard, 16 Bondi and 12 bow armed Levy.

Saga Review: Varjaji & Basileus

The new Saga supplement was calling out for review. I cover it here on the sagatapestry.com

Quick stopover at Warhammer World

I recently made a quick stopover at Warhammer World in Nottingham and couldn’t resist the opportunity to wander round and take some photo’s…

PS: the roadworks in Lenton Lane have shifted recently. We came through the Industrial park, off the A52, and found ourselves having to U-turn just before the railway bridge about 200 metres from GW and go back onto the A52 and come off at the A6005 then take a right turn into Gregory Street at the White Hart pub to get onto the other end of Lenton Lane, the way I always used to go!! Please finish the roadworks Highways Agency!!!

Building and painting the Airfix 1815 La Haye Sainte farmhouse

Here’s a little project I was keeping on the back burner but then it just came out of the loft for a look and a three days later was finished. The box set was a reprint of one from the 1970’s I believe.

This kit cost me a little over 20 pounds several years ago. It comes in 20mm scale and contains a multi-part snapfit Farm, a two-part textured baseboard and several bags of figures from the Airfix range. It did have some paints and glue and brushes but they went from the kit some time back. The figures are a task for another time….

The 2×2 baseboard was cut to match up the two halves as best as possible and then glued to a piece of hard board. I chose to mount it on 2×3 foot board and then textured the rest of the board. The board was undercoated with spray primer and then painted with standard emulsion paints (“tester” pots are wonderful for this). The top-level paintwork was finished off with Vallejo Game color acrylics in the places where the static grass wouldn’t be covering. PVA glue was used to secure the static grass. The whole thing was matt varnished with a spray to dull down the paint and help fix the Javis static grass.

The Farm was glued together with plastic glue and then undercoated with a white spray. Vallejo Game color’s were used to give life to the model. A light drybrush was used on the roofs to give more of a 3D effect. It was finished with a watered down black wash to show the brickwork then sprayed with a matt varnished.

Here is the process…. a small conversion of the farm gate had to be done as the real Farm has the front gate flush with the walls. You can still see the farm on google maps and panoramio here.