Monday, July 28, 2014

Couple of games played....

Having just turned 50 (!!!!!!!!!!!!!) on 25th I managed to get in a couple of board wargames

First up was a scenario from White Star Rising

Scenario from the Cobra expansion had US forces attacking to capture a town from Germans.
This one went to the wire with Germans just managing to hold one of the four town objective hexes for a narrow win.
US failing to activate either of its two formations in penultimate turn was main factor.

Next up was a scenario from Combat Commander

Scenario pitted US Paratroops against the equivalent Fallschirmjager in Normandy.
Both sides pretty much mirror image of each other (each fielding 3 Leaders 9 Squads 3 half Squads and slightly different support weapons).
Fjr in Attack posture and US in Recon mode.
Burden of attack on Germans and they got caught in a couple of heavy firepower attacks losing several squads.
This despite the US losing an MMG and an HMG to breakdowns !

Best of the birthday cards I received

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Liberty Roads face to face

Got a game in with my Dad (first in ages) trying out Liberty Roads by Hexasim a game covering Western Europe in 1944/45.
Several options where to invade not just Normandy in this one. Some interesting chrome in form of Support Markers (which cover special events/units such as Tiger Bttns, Air Support etc), Hitlers Influence track (ie his dwindling favour can affect German reinforcements and support allocation), FFL Track and Op Fortitude (limiting German moves until Op ends).
Several types of beaches to invade (each type rated for defence level from 1 - 5) and Invasion areas (vary in numbers of beaches, size of initial and follow-up waves and available support).
There are specific support counters for Invasions for both sides in addition to the 'normal' supports.
The game has some rather different systems in particular units lack any ZOC (expect when tracing Supply) which makes things pretty fluid and dangerous !
The CRT is odds based but in addition to Attrition loss results there are Attacker and Defender Tactical Results (yielding Retreat and Exploitation results among a few others).
Usual effects of Terrain on combat odds but also sometimes on these Tactical Outcomes along with Support Marker effects and sometimes Elite unit status.
Overall a very nice game only downside we found were small counters (needed for non standard over-sized map footprint) and the need for 6 random draw 'cups' for the Support marker  (2 sets each) FFL counters and German Kampfgruppe counters all of which are usually drawn randomly.
Elite units are denoted by a tiddly medal icon on counters which was sometimes hard to discern although we could usually guess which particular Divisions were so classed.
The rules being converted from original French are a tad hard to understand at times but nothing we could not sort out (the Examples of Play booklet was indispensable in this regard)

In our game I invaded in Brittany as Allies and was quite successful in Invasion and was pushing south but having a hard fight against a line of Panzer units anchored on Avranches despite having cut-off and destroyed two SS Pz Divns (the lack of ZOC in effect). We managed to completed 4 turns out of the 9 for D-Day scenario(full Campaign game goes for 24 turns) and thoroughly enjoyed the game.

Allies firmly ashore at their 3 beacheads in Brittany. They later pushed East and South (Brest, Lorient and St Malo all fell later despite becoming Festungs)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Field Of Glory: Napoleonics - 1814 again

Managed another game in between shifts at Stephens today.
We played FOGN again (mainly as my army was ready to use from last game) in 1814 period again but facing a slightly different French army (more units due to a few less Veteran and Superior types).
Terrain a lot kinder to the French who got to attack again (ie no terrain fort for Prussians).
As we are getting the game rules into our over stacked little brains the action flowed much quicker today and we managed to fight the game to a conclusion which was a French Victory. after concentrating against and crushing my right wing.
No time again for a full report and will once more have to let the photos do the talking.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Field Of Glory: Napoleonics - 1814 Prussians versus French

Managed to squeeze in a (much needed) game yesterday with Stephen giving FOGN another run out.
No time to give much comment but will let pics speak for themselves.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Board Wargames ongoing online................

Just a few screenshots from several (ie too many !) Vassal (and one Cyberboard) PBEM games I have going at present.
Vassal has really helped rejuvenate my interest in Board Wargames however to the detriment of my figure painting and bank balance !!

This is Paths Of Glory (Cyberboard version) with Western Front situation in 1915 with Germans mounting an assault on my British and Belgiums at Brussels

Age of Napoleon game circa 1807 against aptly named Greig Goodfellow with me upholding Allied cause against the Ogre

WW2 Barbarossa To Berlin (one of my favourite games) in which my Allies are getting royally duffed having lost North Africa the Caucasus and at one point Moscow !!

Bitter Woods an Avalon Hill (RIP) game my first time playing. I am US forces having a hard time stemming Nazi tide (good luck spotting US units !!)

Southern sector

 Northern sector (with Liege in trouble)

Kingdom Of Heaven against ex-pat Norman playing as Crusaders in Third Crusade scenario. I have suffered a lot from attrition and disease but both Richard and Saladin have powerful armies heading for a showdown.

Northern region

Southern region where I am besieging Jerusalem and suffering awfully to epidemic disease !

Liberty Roads another first time try with me as defenders of Third Reich. Renny my fresh opponent has invaded in Brittany and is firmly ashore. An interesting game this one with no ZOC !! and some nice 'chrome' such as Support Counter draws.

Turning Point Stalingrad another old Avalon Hill (RIP) title I had for years but now playing for first time in anger !! Tough situation for Ivans (ie yours truly).

Soviet remaining 'strongholds' in the northern enclaves of the city

The overall situation with Nazis having cleared southern Stalingrad

And last but not least Hannibal: Rome vs Carthage another AH title I have not played in years. Note this Vassal module uses the newer Phalanx Games Edition board and counters (which I find a little cluttered and indistinct on Vassal)