Friday, 19 February 2010

WWI trench warfare

This afternoon I put on a WWI game at my house. Thanks to Peeler, Alex, Jake and Stuart for coming a good game was had. Peeler and Alex took charge of the Germans and Jake, Stuart and me took command of the British. The scenario was that both sides were advancing towards each other to rebuild the front line which had been battered by enemy fire.

The two sides set up.

The British win initiative and begin their bombardment phase causing a fair amount of damage to the German line.

The Germans retaliate with heavy fire pounding the British.

The British advance forward and begin to move into the trench.

The Germans start to advance.

The British begin to move down the trench.

A fierce firefight begins in the centre with both sides taking casualties.

Meanwhile, the British try to prevent the Germans from reaching the bunker.

The fight in the centre continues.

The British line on the right begins to crumble from German fire.

But the left seems well secure as yet more British units pile into the trench.

The Germans continue to pound the British on the right, leaving them with almost no support.

A view of both trenches on the right.

The British continue to hold firm on the left as the German centre breaks making victory seem almost certain.

While one unit of British continue to move down the trench, the rest charge over the top hoping to rout the remaining Germans.

Disaster! The British morale on the left breaks leaving them with almost nothing left. Things are beginning to look bleak for the Brits as it seems the Germans may well clinch victory.

Luckily the British nerve holds out and the diminished right flank pulls through to take the German trench causing them to flee.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Anniversary post

Well doesn't time fly when you're having fun, my blog has been running for exactly one year today. The last year has been really good wargames wise for me as I've met up with old friends and made new ones, plus I've played a wide variety of games from various periods in history. So I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all my wargame chums for their friendship over the last year and for some great games, long may it continue.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

A weeks gaming in a nutshell

Well, I've managed to cram a fair bit of gaming into one week. Last Sunday I called round to Alex's place after work to catch the end of his DBN game which looked very impressive. I got some pictures of the game, I'm sure there will be a battle report up soon.

On Friday I called in at Peeler's gaffe for a game. Alex had brought an ACW variant of DBN to play. The game was played using 1/72 plastics which seem to be appearing more and more in the games that we do, and why not they're a perfect way to game as they don't cost as much as the usual stuff we use. I didn't get any photos of this but I'm sure Peeler will have some to put up on his blog.

Then today I went along to the York wargames show. Unfortunately Peeler had to give it a miss due to work so I went along on my own. It was a good show and I got some good stuff on the bring & buy along with the rest of the stuff I needed for the Elvington game. Here are some pictures of some of the games.

I left the show at about 12:30 as I was in need of something to eat and the cafe at the show was packed out, so after escaping from the mud in the car park I set off for home, stopping off at a nice little fish and chip place on the A64, the same one we called at on the way back from Leeds. I got home at about 3:00. All in all it was a good show and a good way to kick off the wargames show calendar. Bring on Elvington!
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