Wargaming in Hertfordshire

Friday, 9 March 2018

Sharpe Practice 2, Spain 1808

Last night's game feature a mob of Spanish Guerillas stiffened by two skirmish units from the Loyal Lusitainian Legion and a unit of lance armed caballeros, versus a force of French infantry and dragoons.  The objective was to secure a small bridge in advance of the arrival of larger regular forces and ensure safe passage of artillery and baggage. 

The French quickly adopted a defensive position dominating the open approaches to the bridge but failed to neutralise the LLL skirmishers deployed on the edge of a small wood to the left of the bridge.  A piecemeal approach by French skirmishers was repelled by the LLL and thrown into confusion.  Meanwhile the main Spanish force lined the river to the right of the bridge and began to bravely exchange fire with the main French infantry line and the Spanish cavalry forded the stream on the extreme right threatening to charge the French line. 

The dragoons who had dismounted and taken cover in a small casa on the left of the French position began to fire on the caballeros wounding their leader (Julian).  At the centre of the action the Spanish were getting the worst of the musketry duel and so a tardy column of Guerillas decided to gallantly charge across the bridge and engage the evil French.  They were trounced! and ran back through their supporting troops paralysing them with shock and indecision.  Fire from the LLL was now brought to bear on the French line and some French casualties fell.  Despite receiving flanking fire from the dragoons (now deployed in a small vineyard adjacent to their original position) Julian courageously led his caballeros in a charge against the French line. Desite causing some casualties the Spanish were brutally slain by French bayonets and fled carrying away the main Spanish force in confusion. 

At this point the Spanish accepted defeat and retreated covered by the LLL and a remaining band of Guerillas.   The French victoriously took possession of the of bridge.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Some new build projects

Just a few pictures from a couple of recent build projects. Nice models, so worth passing on some details.

First off, some Battle Scale 10mm buildings.

As part of my Kallistra Hexon II WW2 project, I bought this set of 10mm Battle Scale buildings. Painted up, these look very nice and should fit nicely in a 4" hex.


Next off, the Wargames Tournaments 28mm Church

A fairly basic, but nice 28mm church model from Wargames Tournaments. I have detailed it, ie, rendered the walls with filler and sand and built up the tower crenelletions, but the model goes together well and is a good size. Great if you want a multipurpose church that isn't too big and is reasonably priced.


Friday, 26 January 2018

Ragnor's Recruiting Trip (Dux Britaniarum)

A message from our latest correspondant, Mal.

This scenario was set around Ragnor's Viking raiding band (Mal)  returning to their ship with their hostages/captives, in the face of a Saxon (Dave) rescue mission.  Ragnor's plan was to mask the Warriors with their hostages with a screen of archers and levy, while the Warriors, captives in tow, made directly for the longboat, around the right flank. A mob of Viking berserkers were also available to spoil, delay, upset any promising Saxon attack. Ragnor and his personal elite hirdmen waited anxiously at the longboat.

The plan all started quite well and the Viking archers quickly slew the Saxon archers without giving them a chance to reply. Unfortunately (or possibly due to leadership incompetence) the Viking berserkers became enraged by the approaching Saxon shield wall, that they immediately charged and met their summary demise despite supporting fire from the Viking archers.  During this slaughter the Viking levy succeeded in forming their own shield wall opposite the Saxons a wary stand-off ensued. Meanwhile the Viking warriors, captives in tow, moved across behind the shelter of the levy shield wall, toward a light wood on the right flank.
Over by the beach Dave had amassed his 3 units of Saxon Levy and his unit of elites, against the single unit of Viking elites holding the Viking encampment.  However, acting on a sign from Odin (umpire Phil) and also heavily outnumbered, the Viking Lord fell back, thus avoiding immediate contact with the approaching Saxon horde.
All this time, the wary shieldwall stand-off continued centre table. Convinced that this well dressed Vikings, led by the striking Lagertha, could not just be levy, Dave moved his Saxon Lord and his elites up, to support a concerted attack on this imposing Viking shield wall.  The Viking Lord responded by moving into a flanking position behind the Saxon Lord, with his unit of elites.
Calamity! Thor was not with us! The Saxons seized the initiative, turned the tables and struck the Viking Lord and his bodyguard, first with levy and then more seriously, in the rear with elites and a Carpe Diem!? The Viking elites repelled the levy but were driven from the field to cower in their leaky longboat by the gloating Saxon elite.   Viking morale was not good.  However, with Loki’s stealth, the Viking warriors had now passed behind their levy Shield wall, traversed through the light woodland and arrived at the rear of the Saxon elites.  With wolfish grins and bared steel, these mighty warriors fell upon the Saxon rear (another Carpe Diem) driving them from the field after a mighty struggle.
All was not done.  As the victorious Viking Warriors moved to escape to their longboat with their captives, they were struck in the rear by a group of Saxon levy rallied by the Saxon lord himself.  After a close fought contest this levy scrum were driven off and the warriors, now joined by their Lord and master, recaptured their scattered hostages and rallying the exhausted warriors.

Centre table, the Saxon warriors finally realising that this well dressed shield wall opposite, were mere levy, now moved to attack! Disaster, poor dice rolling, a misplaced Strong Arm card and shock slowing movement, resulted in the charge falling short in confusion.  The Viking archers, finally realising the ineffectiveness of their harassing fire, now moved around the flank the Saxon shield wall, while both shield walls finally met in inconclusive combat.

By this time, the Saxon lord realised the game was up and retired. They would have to buy the captives back. So the poor hostages were finally dragged into the longboat, to be taken to their uncertain fate in Norway. However Ragnor was not a happy man. He had lost 2/3rds of his elites and a good number of warriors and levy. OK, the Saxon upstart would think twice before tangling with Ragnor’s men again, but Ragnor could not afford this rate of loss. So, a sort of marginal victory for the Vikings, but not for the poor hostages!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Operation Martlet – Push through Fontenay

This is the second game from the Too Fat Lardies Operation Martlet campaign. 

The photograph shows the game layout after the patrol phase and with the jump off markers deployed. This was going to be a brutal fight for the Orchard and farmhouse in the centre of the table.

The British deployed their first section into the Orchard in front of the farmhouse hoping to capture it before the Germans woke up.

Unfortunately the British had map issues or a late breakfast and managed to turn up long after the barrage to soften up the German had ended. So the Germans were now ready and waiting. However the supporting Vickers in the barn opened up killing one of the loaders of the MG team. 

The Germans deployed another section against the farmhouse wall hoping to hold off the British attack. 

In true stoic fashion the British threw grenades and charged.

Charging Panzer Grenadiers in cover was not going to be easy and after rolling a bucket full of dice each, the result was a lot of casualties, or in this case a very quiet battlefield. Both sides force morale dropped to a worrying level at this point.

As the Germans managed to get a double turn they deployed their Mark IV hoping to get a double shot at the Sherman that had deployed earlier. The first shot missed and the dice gods were not with them as none of the dice would allow the tank to activate on the second turn. All that could be done was to bring up the senior leader to bolster the defences in the farmhouse.

The Sherman fired back at the Mark IV and hit, causing to driver to panic and refuse to do anything. At the same time the bow gunner hosed down the farmhouse in preparation for the next assault.

Having not leaned the previous lesson the British went in again with the bayonet and managed to wipe both themselves and the German occupiers of the farmhouse out. At this point the British force morale plummeted to 0 and they were forced to retire from the game. Casualties on both sides were heavy due to the two infantry assaults on the farmhouse and as such the German hold on Fontenay may be tenuous at best. 

One of the other games…..

Simon was apparently conducting some market research for Lancaster University into a game called  Dungeon Saga, produced by Mantic Games.  Enough said.....