Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Conwy Wargames Club 15mm Peninsular Napoleonic

Mel hosted a 15mm Peninsular Napoleonic game which pitted French forces commanded by Mel against Allied British, Portuguese and Spanish force commanded by Dave.

Based on a historical battle the French were all classed as unformed as they had been surprised at breakfast by the Allied force. The rules used were General de Brigade.

Spanish cavalry take the offensive

British advance

95th Rifles attempt to disorder the guns

British cavalry

British cavalry with a Spanish brigade in support

British artillery

British light bobs

French shake out their defence

Spanish brigade

Allied bottom and French top

French defend the village

British assault

French cavalry

French artillery holds it's own

Spanish cavalry retreat having done some damage, including the destruction of a French battalion

The French will not be budged from the village

French advancing to the right away from the British cavalry - what do they know?

They are subtlety making way for French reinforcements

The final moments of the battle were not seen but heard by my humble self. The French reinforcements arrived but the grand manoeuvre to sweep the Allies from the field came a cropper to the good old 'you can't fit through there in that formation' followed by the well heard 'you can't change formation and then do that'. Much rule searching followed, resulting in the conclusion that the French manoeuvre failed, resulting in the Allies bottling them up in the village, which  if time allowed would result in a siege.  History was not repeated with a decisive Allied victory.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Battle Group Market Garden Campaign Game 1

My first game saw my veteran British paras (borrowed from Dave) face off against Andys' German armoured reconnaissance force. The scenario was the Recon game from the rules.

The table before our forces entered.

First moves. Andy won the recon phase so I took a battle rating chit. By taking a German recon force he gained extra scouting points although I had more dedicated recon units. In an attempt to redress the battle rating balance I had the recon jeeps go full throttle, 1 for the objective, the other in to a flanking position to bring down artillery with it's observer.

The sole German armoured car

Recon jeep with artillery observer trying to find a safe place to observe

My paras begin to take positions

I have 3 battle ratting chits. 1 from being out scouted, 1 from the recon that reached the centre board objective being destroyed, and 1 for losing said objective!

In position to call in the artillery

This cost me 2 battle rating chits. The more I take the more my force's ability to fit is degarded. My battle rating score was around 40 so I could take some punishment. The average chit value is 2.

Andy's observers get comfy

My paras start taking up ambush positions

My engineers jogging towards the enemy

German artillery merrily pinning my 6pdr anti tank gun and surrounding units

PIAT ready to make Jerry pay

Lots of Jerry armour

Jerry passes past the now blown up recon jeep that had failed to call in the disruptive artillery fire on such a rich target of open topped vehicles

More armour and resupply trucks

Andy's Germans very much in control.

Still no British artillery fire

If only the Germans would come closer!

German artillery reliably arriving and killing and pinning like I want mine too

My corner start point is getting crowded with units and battle rating chits

More pinned units

At last ... but I'm pinned

Andy fully in control of the board 

My furthest advance burning in the centre of the board

Andy even had time to threaten my other flank. Good German tactics, horrible British artillery dice and deserved win for Andy.