Saturday, 31 December 2011

Zvezda 1/144 ju-87

Pick these up at a show last year and while waiting for terrain to dry decided to do them.
Really clean casting,hardly any clean up and the fit is outstanding for a plastic kit and they have to be as their snap fit!!! but i added a bit of super glue just in case.The only complaint i have,if you can have a complaint  at £2.50 a plane:-))))) is the decals No swastika for the tail and No letters only numbers for for the plane id.I used a few left over letters from other models.  

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Bagrades plains re-fight

Wargaming friend mark Bullock has been boring us with plans .....sorry working on this game for ages,inspired by an article in practical wargamer wargames mag back in 1999 written by Chris Cope.As fate is a strange thing the same Chris Cope i game with and we were lucky enough to have him playing on the day.
Mark worked hard to get the game as historically correct as was possible using our chosen set of ancient rules "Amarti."
 Mark,Dave and Chris took the roll of Carthaginians and Andy and i the roll of Romans.Basically its a roman race against time to destroy the Carthaginian center before the out numbered roman flanks cave in.
Early turns saw the carth  elephants fighting in an honors even battle with roman skirmishers finally pushing  them aside.Then ploughing onto the roman heavy infantry center with small success.Only one elephant survived and hit the heavy infantry in the flank.meanwhile the far right of the roman heavy infantry had flanked the carth center and was posed for a close end as it depended on initiative dice roll and the winner would get first crack at a flank.
Meanwhile the carth flanks commanded by dave  and supported by Mark had cleared off the last roman resistance(bravely held by Andy for longer than expected)and heading for the rear of the roman center this was going to be close.
The romans rolled well and took the initiative and got first go finally killing the very stubborn carth center commanded by chris who had resisted for 2 turns.Ending the game.

Carthaginian dead at the end of the game

Roman dead at the end of the game
Thanks to Andy and Charleen for hosting and mark for the work in army lists and thankfully ending his endless Carthaginian army list talk year after year after year.:-))) and Dave and Chris for a very close and great game played in great spirit.   

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Disposable Heroes

Ivan Killastug's handy work.

I did this:-)))))))))

The Christmas game at the club was WW2 using 28mm figures and vehicles,which is new to me as a 15mm flames of war man.The rules as the title above says were Disposable heroes and they really worked well.Unlike smaller scale rules you do get the feel of small unit action,the rules are a you go i go system but only one unit gets to move on your side then one of theirs etc this really made a tactical difference as commander of the Germans we had to hold the 3 bridges the soviets had to take them.In the end we managed a minor victory by taking 1 bridge (steve Braveheart Harris) and keeping the soviets from the other 2 (but this was a close run thing as stuart on the soviet right flank was a real handful all game).Which we thought was a fair result having lost are only tank on turn 3 to a outstanding piece of firing from the T34 command by Adrian or "Ivan killastug" as his now called.I mangaged to even it up with a lucky panzershreck shot on to the soviets SU 85 (i wasn't called Hans Killasu 85 after this but something more unprintable by the soviets 
    The game was run as always by Glen Brooks who has the ability to understand rules unlike any one i know,not only that but within 3/4 turns makes it so easy that first time players understand as well.
Great game to end the year with,which was in part the rules in part the company.