Ross's "Hats of Tin" rules
The approach of having units take 3 hits before being eliminated worked better than the "old school" "one hit eliminates" Morshauer basic rules approach and I was able to enjoy a longer and more complex battle with the rules.
The really fun part of having to "cobble" together some plastic wargames armies for these experimental games....was that just today I found a place on the web where I could purchase 292 plastic minis from China for $12.95 USD!??...the really odd thing was that a quarter of the figures are pretty cool sci-fi infantry and the other are WWII vintage. I'll post a review if this turns out to be good...
I'm still looking for a way to get cheap plastic armor into these games...though the "Plastic Soldier Company" 15mm stuff might work well for this scale of game.
I'm really enjoying the "quick-tiny game approach" ...it seems to fit my busy life these days....
...and finally, I'm contemplating heading up to "Fall In" this coming weekend. It's been forever since I attended a gaming convention, so I am thinking I'm overdue for the opportunity!
Thursday, October 25, 2012
I also took a cue from the blogs out there in that I put the "Diceshaker" app on my ipad and used it to generate the die rolls. It actually works really well and is a sort of no nonsense die rolling app that works just fine for this.
I played Quatre Bras out a couple of times with the British winning the first go and the French the second...so fun all around. Such a small game is pretty cool because I just kept it set up on the kitchen counter and played a few turns over my coffee this morning before the kids woke up and I headed off to work...and without the tell-tale clatter of dice, I was able to keep the wife slumbering too!
|French columns assault Gemioncourt Farm|
|French columns take a drubbing from disciplined Brit volleys...|
|A second game experimenting with a gradual arrival of Brit reinforcements as in the historical battle...|
|The French get the better of the British left in the initial stages of game 2.|
|The Black Brunswickers held strong in Gemioncourt Farm in both games despite heavy assaults from French columns.|
Sunday, October 21, 2012
|View from the French side towards Gemioncourt Farm...Quatre Bras off in the distance.|
|A 7" by 7" wargame|
The squares are only 7/8" so not much room for terrain, but still, it looks like a wargame.
Friday, October 19, 2012
|The Americans approach the outskirts of San Lorenzo|
|Under heavy fire the GI's advance. This time US armour tries to outflank the town rather than drive headlong down the main street|
|Still they lose a tank unit to Panzerfaust fire from heavily defended buildings|
Again, the "Portable Wargame" and M44 prove that complex can be simple if designed correctly!
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
|The Valley of San Lorenzo|
|Army Tan playing the role of the Americans|
|Army Green playing the role of Germans|
|First game using Memoir 44|
|the table is a 4'x4' gridded with 2 1/2 " squares 18 by 18|
|The Americans approach the town|
|US armor assaults the outskirts driving back the defenders temporarily|
|Tough German defenders inflict damage as the tanks outrun their infantry support|
|On the right flank the GIs fight their way up the steep slopes of San Lorenzo Ridge|
|The advancing US infantry take casualties from the Germans who have re-occupied the outskirts of the town|
|The battle swings in the defender's favor as one of the American armor units is destroyed by close assaulting infantry|
|Though the Americans manage to clear a portion of the ridge, their attack stalls and the Germans hit their 6 victory points and get a win.|
So on to the next game using the Portable Wargame rules.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
This is a "Bolt Action" 28mm German MG42 on a tripod mount. I decided to paint the tripod armour yellow since I saw a few images of the real thing painted that way. It helped add some detail to an otherwise all gunmetal weapon.
|Using a pencil to make gunmetal highlights|
|(Note: the grey in the pics shows up lighter than actual)|
On the good side, the GW "Skavenblight Dinge" Layer color (available in my town at the local game shop) is an almost exact match for Vallejo "German Field Grey" #830 (that I have to order online). I try to support the local shop if can...and they are always good for a quick Warhammer fix if need arises.
|Pencil trick on an 1/72 "Armorfast" Achilles (MGs and chipped turret edges)|
|Pencil trick on 15mm FOW US M4s ...esp the treads.|
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
|Them si-reeens done loved him up and t-t-turned him into a toad!!!|
The other mere "glint in daddy's eye" here these days is the new SAGA rules for dark age skirmish combined with the beautiful Sash and Saber 40mm dark age minis. Though I'll have to sell something...maybe a kidney...to afford the special dice. (Yes just kidding, I can make some homemade ones I suppose...)
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
|The English defend.|
|The defenders hold the bridge perimeter.|
|Irish Regiment Bulkeley (now with a full compliment of 2 "companies" of 16 men) ...all that is lacking to be cast up is a mounted colonel, a second flag bearer and an NCO.|
|A church and walled graveyard dominate the center of the field|
|The French...Infanterie Regiment Lyonnais and a battalion gun on the flank facing a long march across an open field under the guns of the Brits.|