Played my second Chain of Command game in over 3 years. Fun game, but definitely needed two experienced GM's to run it. I ran a German panzer unit, which did quite well. Played about 10 phases, which are similar to turns. It ended up being a close slugfest with me knocking out a KV-1 early in the game, as well as taking out an anti-tank rifle team. However, I lost a Panzer IV to another KV-1, and my buddy lost most of his infantry. The Russians did lose in overall command points (or whatever it's actually called). All in all a nice game, but as mentioned, mainly due to the experienced players running the game and doing the combat/shooting resolution. I can see the appeal for these rules over, say something more simple like Bolt Action (which is what I prefer), if you were to play these rules as a campaign. In fact, the two experienced buddies are planning a long-term campaign for Stalingrad - even working on a multi-level board with sewers, etc. I should also add that there were elements of other TFL rules - commanders' actions and die roll activations reminded me of Sharp Practice and What A Tanker, respectively.
Saturday, September 10, 2022
Friday, August 26, 2022
Apologies upfront - It's been a while since being on the blog - again. Something about summer activities have been keeping me away for too long. Anyway, just got back from a great game run by one of my buddies - all the figures and terrain are his. He also used his own rules - it had some elements of Arc of Fire, and used D10's for activation rolls, and D6's for movement and firing/combat. D20's were used to track suppression (similar to pins in other games). Not too difficult to pick up and was quite enjoyable. The scenario had the British (and native troops) in a train heading toward the coast with the Germans and their native troops attempting to stop the train and also take over a telegraph station occupied by British native troops. I commanded the British forces and take full responsibility of the train's engine being destroyed by the Germans - as well as having the telegraph station blown up. However, the Germans failed to move off table as it was one of their objectives. So, in essence it was almost a tie in the end. Here are some pictures from the game.
Friday, August 5, 2022
Hello all! I've been off the blogosphere for a while, but actually hosted a Rebels and Patriots - French in Egypt game today. The game played out well enough and I learned a lot from several of the experienced players. I used the "Long Way From Home" scenario, which had the French needing to move off the table diagonally from one corner to the other.
|Gratuitous group shot before the game - along with a bunch of Egyptian aquarium pieces.|
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Here's the small warband that is intended to be used against the French using Rebels and Patriots. A somewhat fanciful, hodgepodge of troops. Most of the troops are from The Assault Group - Janissaries, Tufecis and Levant Musketeers. A Warlord Games command set was added to flesh out a few units - which are in multiples of 6 for the ruleset. They can be fielded as either 12-man units or small 6-man units. The Mamelukes are from Gringo 40's - and as mentioned in the previous post, they are from their Napoleonic French range and have saddle cloths from their time in the Imperial Guard. Also, the TAG figures are from their Renaissance range a few centuries earlier than the Egyptian Campaign.
Sunday, July 10, 2022
Ottoman Army WIP Update - Warlord Games Janissary Command, TAG Levant Musketeers and Gringo 40's Mamelukes
Sorry for the long absence, but finally got around to working on the remaining figures for the Ottoman force to face the French invaders. Just a few more figures - a Warlord Games Janissary command set, TAG Levant with muskets, and Gringo 40's Mamelukes. The Mamelukes are actually from their time in French Imperial Guard service; the saddle cloth being particularly French in style. As usual the figures have been given a Minwax stain over basic block painting.
Friday, June 24, 2022
Thanks to several of my gaming crew, got in a nice Bolt Action game using the recently completed Wargames Atlantic Italians and French Tirailleurs. The Perry Fallshirmjager and several tanks painted last year were also bloodied for the first time. We played 6 turns using a defender/attacker scenario. Unfortunately, the Allied British-Free French attackers were outgunned by the defending German-Italians. I tired to have this balanced by allowing only the British to have an opening artillery barrage, and also air support with a forward observer. These weren't enough to help the attack, however, as the Germans had a lot of hot die rolling with their more numerous automatic weapons. I failed to take enough pictures to capture all of the action, as I was running some of the Free-French forces before one of my buddies showed up. Hopefully, I captioned the images below accurately.
|Grant tank taken out after numerous hits from a Panzer III.|
|DAK infantry squads and a Panzer II moving out of their defenses to take the action to the Allied army.|
|A Crusader and Matilda cautiously maneuvering into position on the Allied left.|
|DAK infantry and a Panzer II taking advantage of cover in a bombed out building.|
|An Sd.Kfz. 7 used to tow the Pak 38.|
|Tirailleurs and French Foreign Legion advancing into no-man's land.|
|Italian Bersaglieri in the center of the line with a Panzer IV in the distance.|
|The Axis right flank with a Panzer IV and Italian and German Paratroopers.|
|Fallshirmjager advancing to the top of a berm with a mortar team and spotter to their left.|
|Fierce fighting in the center of the battlefield.|
|End of Turn 6. An Axis victory with the Allied army's Grant and Crusader tanks destroyed, and their infantry floundering in the attack.|
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Here's another group of TAG Ottomans, these guys are Tüfekçi. When I ordered them, I wasn't sure what kind of troops they actually were, but wanted figures that looked a bit different than the Janissaries - for variety's sake. According to what I've read, they were musketeers who were recruited from woodsmen/hunters, and were similar to light infantry skirmishers. Anyway, they have a very basic "uniform" and most illustrations of them show them in red coats and caps. Here they are with a Minwax stain.