Sonntag, 24. Juni 2018

Chain of Command - Somewhere in Holland 1944

Just a few snapshots of a recent game of Chain of Command we had at my place. It saw an American advance column facing off against German Fallschirmjäger somewhere in Holland late summer 1944.
Both forces were regular and had minimal support, i.e. no tanks or other flights of fancy.
The Germans started off with a Force Morale rating of 10, where as the Americans had to make do with a mere 8.

The attackers table edge
The objective for the Americans was to exit on the opposite table edge, while the Fallschirmjäger obviously sought to prevent just that.

The American forces had opted for a pre-game barrage as part of their support options and thus, after the patrol phase was completed, managed to advance relatively far towards their objective before German troops even managed to arrive on the table.

German Fallschirmjäger deploy into the woods on the lower right table edge

But when the Germans arrived all went pear shaped for the American player. With their first action almost the complete American advance squad was wiped out while their Junior leader was wounded causing the first roll on the Force Morale chart.

American return fire was largely ineffective causing just two pins which were swiftly rallied off in the next German phase and the Fallschirmjäger unleashed hell once more upon the hapless Americans. This caused the already reduced American squad to first loose their leader and than break due to excessive shock. Causing two further rolls on the Force Morale chart.

Again American fire proofed to be largely ineffective against the Germans in the woods, causing a single casualty and a pin. A lucky command roll allowed the Fallschirmjäger to end the turn and thus causing the broken American squad to flee off the table causing a Force Morale roll once again.

With just three points of Force Morale it was just a matter of time till the Germans caused another roll on the Force Morale chart. But now the American commander pushed forward his Senior Leader in order to more effectively rally shock off his second squad which was facing heavy German fire in almost the same spot where their comrades had suffered at the hands of the Germans.
With most shock rallied off he thought ready to once more take to the offensive in the next turn and get rid of those stubborn Fallschirmjäger squad in the wood, which was still blocking the way to victory.

German reinforcements appear in the ruins

But alas it was not to be. A lucky German bullet killed said Senior Leader and another catastrophic roll on the Force Morale chart saw the American resolve finally crumble. The Germans had managed to blunt the American advance and had bought valuable time for their comrades to prepare better defensive positions.

Throughout the whole game the Germans suffered just two casualties where as the Americans lost a whole squad, a senior leader and a few more guys. But in the end it wasn't so much the casualties inflicted on the Americans but my opponents abysmal rolling on the Force Morale chart that had won the game for me.

It may read as if it was a pretty one sided game, but it definitely wasn't. If morale hadn't deserted the Americans, which were definitely suffering from the pretty bad pre-game morale roll,  they certainly would have had the necessary numerical strength to force a breakthrough.

Samstag, 9. Juni 2018

SCW - Yet more Republicans

It's summer. And as in every summer thus far the hobby is placed on a backburner while other things get priority. So these guys were sitting on my painting table for quite some time now. To be perfectly honest it wasn't only the summer though...

Montag, 21. Mai 2018

Back to late antiquity

I haven't painted anything for my Late Romans in a while and, truth be told, even todays offerings were finished quite some time back in 2017. But I've finally got in gear and took some photos.

First off my new mounted Warlord/ Tribune. Figures are Westwind Miniatures with heads taken from Wargames Foundry. Westwind do some very characterful figures, which fit nicely with Footsore and Gripping Beast, but some of the heads can be a little hit and miss unfortunately.

Sonntag, 29. April 2018

Sightseeing 500 A.D.

I've been running a small competition on the German Sweetwater Forum. The goal was to create a small vignette.

To see the other entries I encourage you to visit the link above. Some really nice scenes there.

Have a nice sunday!

Mittwoch, 18. April 2018

Ludi incipiant!

I hardly have touched a brush since the end of the challenge, thus I finally took the opportunity to take some pictures of miniatures I already painted last year but didn't come round to post.
First will be my small collection of Gladiators.

remember to click for a bigger picture
Miniatures are from the superb Crusader Miniatures range and were a real joy to paint. I even took the chance to try to hand paint the shields. I'm rather chuffed I have to admit.
In my opinion Gladiators also offer the perfect chance to try out some recipes for different skin colours.

I still have some more of these in the painting queue but these will have to wait till I feel a little more like painting again.

Till next time!

Samstag, 24. März 2018

Some 15mm for a change

After having painted a sizable US Paratrooper force for the Battle of the Bulge over the last two years, I decided it was about high time to give them some opponents...

... oh well, bugger that.

No, in fact I started work on some US Army guys ready to invade Tunisia/ Sicily/ Normandy. Figures are the current Battlefront plastic offerings. I got them for a steal which meant instead of painting up some Brits for a change, I was stuck with US... again.
The figures are OK-ish. Better than most of their metal ones but still there's the odd miscast in the mix.

Donnerstag, 15. März 2018

Bring on the armour!

Having had a few days off this last week I decided I'd would probably make best use of it by painting up some of the armour, that was sitting unfinished on my shelf for months now.
While I generally like painting armour I need to be in the right mood for it, as firstly I actually quite hate airbrushing and secondly I'm always worrying about overdoing the weathering.

Freitag, 9. März 2018

Soviet Tank Rider Squad

Who would have guessed? Three consecutive entries in just as many weeks. Seems like while the challenge slowly but surely is drawing to a close my hobby boat is finally taking up some much needed steam.
This week sees me back at a project I keep returning to time and again, but never quite seem to have the stomach to see it through. 

Freitag, 2. März 2018

Fallschirmjäger Support & Volksgrenadier with ride

Just a token submission today as life has once again got rather busy around here. I won't bore you with the details as I know you all will be familiar with such moments in your hobby lives.
After having just recently made the switch from Bolt Action to Chain of Command -and not having regretted it for a second- I felt the need for adding a few items to my Fallschirmjäger force.

Samstag, 24. Februar 2018

SCW Milicianas & Milicioanos

It's almost been a month since my last entry, which is a shame as I had the miniatures for this submission sitting almost finished on my desk, for the best part of two weeks.
Real life got in the way and thus I only came round to take pictures this week.