On Friday 15th March 2019 I put on a Battle of the Bulge game at the club. Richard and Simon each had a panzer division, while Noel controlled a Volksgrenadier division, as the German side was tasked with crossing two rivers to capture the US fuel depot. Meanwhile, Mal, Doug, and Mark, each with a battle group of Americans, stood in their path. Jonathan and Phil took control of the German and American air forces respectively.
I've been wanting to wargame the November Uprising (1830-1831) - one of the nineteenth-century Polish revolts against Russia - for years. I wrote an article on the subject for Miniature Wargames, issue 220 (September 2001), based on a few Polish books, but have never got round to collecting the armies. I now have about a dozen Polish books on the war - more than enough to recreate the armies and uniforms for both sides.
Phil bought many of us back to early youth by painting some Airfix 1/32nd scale plastic figures for the Far East campaigns on WW2 which included the Australians, Japanese and Gurkhas!
Phil created a set of rules for this which involved moving the figures between irregular rectangles. The type of terrain was only know when moving in it unless defending when the player was aware of the surrounding terrain. Combat / firing was pretty straight forward, each base having a firing ability which was downgraded as it took hits. The rules also allowed the Japanese to "Banzai charge" when worn down! we have a good fun day although the Japanese were probably rated a little too highly in the rules.
Attached are some photos of Christmas Trees on display in St Matthews Church Ashford .
Have a nice Christmas and a Happy New Year
I have been working away buying and priming more figures for the British although the weather is now turning against me for priming outside. Well to date I have acquired and primed the 1st Special Service Brigade of 4 consisting of 3rd, 4th, 6th Commando and 45th (Royal Marine Commando) which also includes the Free French commandos. This included Lord Lovat's piper!! I have built and primed the Royal Marine 5th Independent Armoured Support Battery - Centaurs and Sherman Op tanks. I have built and primed are two of the artillery regiments which each need a carrier OP vehicle.
I have bought the 41st Royal Marine Commando and engineers for 17th, 246 and 253rd Field Companies - not yet primed. Also acquired heavy 3.7" AA gun - not built or primed yet. I now have the vehicles now for both Infantry brigades of 3 Battalions. What is left? Well I need one more Artillery regiment and some HQ vehicles. I now realised that this will not be ready for June 2019 so I am going to set this back to June 2010 when the 6th June is a Saturday. I think it has turned out to be a bigger project than I first thought. I am now turning my attention to rules which work on a platoon/ Company level that is quick play.