Saturday, August 20, 2016

The anger of Rome

Welcome all to another adventure in Mike's basement during the Summer campaigns.
The last time we gathered Mike hosted a game where the Greeks under Pyrhus ( Mike is this correct) and supported by Latin allies did battle with the cohorts of Rome. Rome won.
But Rome being a pompous and egotistical culture were not about to let the transgressions of the Latins go unpunished. So we now have the subject of our latest game. Rome vs. the Latins.
Gamers in attendance were, our host Mike, Wendel, Bill, Ken, Jamie and myself. Mike, Ken and I were the Latins and Bill Wendel and Jamie were the Romans.

Here is a look at the troops at our disposal.
 Above the Latins.
Above the Romans.
Yes about 6.5 feet of troops on each side. The above pictures are of the table before we rearranged everything to fit our tactics.

Below is the battlefield as we started turn one.
The Latins won the initiative and opted to move first. I was commanding the right flank, Mike the center and Ken the left flank. Our strategy was to advance the flanks and hold back the center where we thought Rome was stronger. Delaying the fight for a turn or two can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of a game.
Below we have Romes reaction to the Latin first move.
Advance and kill those ungrateful bastards!
Now knowing that Rome would not stand idly by while we maneuvered to our hearts content was disturbing at the least.
So we decided to carry on with our original plan and pray for a bit of luck.
 Above we clashed with the Roman heavy cavalry that was supported by light troops. We would be at a disadvantage but we have overcome situations like this in the past.
And advanced our light cavalry to engage theirs.
On our left flank Ken was fighting a similar battle. Go Ken!

Overall, though fought valiantly and with great courage, the right flank perished to Wendel's courageous troops while Ken was fought to a standstill by Bill. Thus having foiled our plans the Romans continued with theirs. Their strength was in breaking our center and then rolling up our troops toward each flank. Below we see the climactic battle where the finest of Rome went toe to toe with the Latin allies who were trying to win their freedom. Jamie was leading the best that Rome had against Mikes brave and rebelling Latins. They went at it like two prize fighters trading blows but for a second time in a row Jamie's dice foo was stronger and Rome carried the day.

Alas, you can see the gaping holes in the line of battle showing where Rome broke through our line and began the inevitable destruction of our army. Another loss!

But in spite of the crushing defeat everyone had a great time! Mike as always was the gracious host and our senseless banter was non stop. Well we were entertained!
Thanks to Mike and all the players for making this another great get together. Looking forward to our next game Mike!
Here are the obligatory pictures of Mikes eye candy.

How does he collect so many wonderful toys?

Monday, May 30, 2016

Pyrrhus angers Rome - Asculum 279 B.C.

We greetings and good wishes to all who visit. After a long Winters pause we are back for a new campaign season in Mike's basement. Mike thanks for having us over and providing wonderful figures and an interesting game for us. As most should know by now Mike has a huge collection of ancient figures covering the era of about 300 B.C. to about 300 A.D. in 25/28mm. Beautifully painted and lots of them.
So we gathered for the first of what we always hope to be many games. In attendance were, Mike, Wendel, Bill, Jamie and myself. The battle was Asculum which saw Rome vs. the general Pyrrhus and his army of Greeks supported by Etruscan and Samanite cavalry.
Bill. Jamie and I were the Romans while Mike and Wendel were the forces of evil, no I mean Pyrrhus. As always with us we were using our old but trusty Tactica rules. As for Tactica II we are firmly convinced that we will not see or play these rules until we travel either to Hades or sit with the Gods. But I digress.
So Rome was fielding a traditional Republican army and arrayed themselves accordingly. Pyrrhus had his trusty Pike men supported by those traitorous neighbors of Rome those Etruscan devils.

The above picture is actually from turn 2. You can see the strategy of each side here. Rome intends to break the Greek left while delaying the Greek cavalry on Romes left. The Greeks on the other hand are out to use their large massed pike unites to chew through the Romans to victory.

Here you can see the strategy of each side in action. The Romans deployed in depth knowing that the attrition of battle would wear away their small unit long before they could break the massive Greek units.

Above is a panoramic view of the field of battle. Rome is on the left. Wendel, the great cavalry master he is, has engaged both Roman flanks and is in the process of trying to destroy the Roman flanks. He did a fair job of it on our right (this is me by the way) but was having difficulty on his right where he faced Bill of the mighty dice. In the middle Jamie commanded a large number of the mighty Roman legions. The only problem with this is Jamie's historic tendency to roll a great number of dice with the opposite numbers to what he needs!

Above we see the mighty class of Bill and Wendel on Romes left flank. Fortunately for Rome Bill drove off the Italian allies but it took a long time to accomplish.

At the same time Wendel completely destroyed the Roman cavalry on Romes right and began swinging his troops to swoop down on the Roman rear and flank.

In the hotly contested center Jamie is holding his own rolling massive amounts of 5's and 6's. All the right numbers! Yea Jamie! But those massive numbers of Greeks lead by the brave and determined Mike were not to be denied. In Tactica the skill is in the setup but all can turn on the luck of a die.
Both sides made critical morale checks and succeeded a number of times. But today fortune favored Pyrrhus and failed for Rome.
Licking their wounds Rome fled from the field vowing to return for revenge another day.

Again a wonderful time was had by all. It is always a good time when friends can gather to enjoy each others company and play with wonderful and amazing toys at the same time. Thanks again to Mike for hosting the game and thanks to all our other friends who each added another layer of enjoyment to our gathering. Looking forward to our next game, the revenge of Rome!

And now we have the traditional eye candy!

The sheer numbers and quality of Mikes collection is staggering.
Thanks again for all who played and all who visit.
Good gaming,

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Crusades update

Hi all,
Here is the first update of my Crusades project. Below are pictures of my first Muslim heavy cavalry.
All figures are 25mm Perry Miniatures from 3 separate code numbers. I will be mixing the different poses to get 3 units of 5 figures each.
Well I will let the pictures do the talking. All comments are welcome.

Good Gaming to all.

Monday, February 1, 2016

French counter attack, 1940

Well greetings everyone.
Some of my gaming buddies got together with me this past Saturday at my house. We have been itching to play an early war game with Bill's new French forces. As you will see from the pictures, Bill should be proud of the job he has done painting these for our games.
So having decided on the period we needed to figure out how the game should be set up. We decided to have the French involved in a counter attack against the German invaders. Trying to cut through the corridor created by the Germans when they swept into France. The French gathered up some armored units along with a British tank platoon that had nothing better to do. They attached some infantry support and had at it.
Bill and Wendel were the French and I played the Germans. Below are some pictures of this epic battle that as usual did not turn out as expected!

Below are two pictures of the table at the start of the game. This one is looking toward the French from the  German side of the table.

This one looks across the French left flank towards their right.
 Here you can see the great jog Bill did painting these figures.
 This one looks at the front of the French right flank.
The first move goes to the French as they are an armored force and have the burden of attack. They begin their advance toward their objective which is in the small town occupied by the Germans. No firing for the French though as there is nothing within range for them. They are deplyed with most or the armor on their left and most of the infantry on the right.
The Germans in their half of the turn send out their armored cars toward their objective in the large village between the two adversaries. Along with this they rush their motorcycle troops and make a general advance with the balance of their forces. The Germans do get their air support but are intercepted by the valiant French air force.
Turn two has the French continuing their advance trying to eliminate the German armored cars so close to the objective.
 The Germans consolidate their advance and in a moment of doubt and indecision loose the opportunity of a lifetime! More on this later.
There developed a savage battle between French and German armored cars in the large central village. Panhards and French Sappers vs. Rad 8's. Eventually the outnumbered Germans are overwhelmed.
Turn 3 has the French continue their advance on both flanks having engaged and occupied the armored cars attention.

The Germans though have lost their motorcycles are frozen with indecision trying to defend a thin grey line so close to the objective that would give them victory.

During this time the French air force has been doing a bang up job of keeping Uncle Herman at bay. But the Germans finally start to lay into the French armor with the 88's. Knocking out a great deal of the French light armor but not getting a good shot at the French Char B's. The French light armor rushed forward and blazed away with machine guns and trounced the German infantry on their left flank.
 The French kept up the advance across the table and did a good job of tearing up the German's left flank.
 At this point the Germans had lost so much in men and equipment that there was no way to prevent the French from sweeping the German right flank and capturing their objective.
Well we have a decisive French victory! Really a well fought battle with a sound and methodical strategy on their part. The Germans on the other hand threw away their advantage in mobility by not sweeping around the French right flank with their armored cars, 35t'x and motorcycles. They should also have continued to advance and or dug in with the infantry to form a barrier to the French armor.
Se la vie!
Here is another picture of some of Bill's French.
Really, really nice! The pictures do not do them justice.
Thanks for looking!