Not a illustration of the author as a young man ! . Rather dated and a bit twee , but I like a poem that rhymes !.
Friday, 19 October 2012
The Italian tankettes move swiftly to try and flank the British force and end up having a gunfight with the British armoured cars which swung backwards and forwards for the rest of the game.
The Italian infantry move forward (somewhat slowly) to engage the enemy infantry in the buildings as the tanks start to take causalities from the British guns.
The casualties were not all one way though- a British gun is knocked out !.
The tanketes start to take casualties as well.
The tankettes in the centre charge the guns in a desperate bid to reach the objective and are knocked out and fail a morale test.
The Italian heavy tanks are blown up one after the other - Hodge the cat looks on in disdain - he is more of a SYW period cat and secretly disapproves of FOW !.
By move 7 the Italians had no operational units in the British half of the table and so lost the battle !. The British armoured cars where the man of the match gallantly holding off the Italian tankettes , the Italians failed a lot of motivation tests and so were not able to exploit any successes they had and were a bit unlucky with their shooting. A great game I thought and nice to get my figures on the table once again.
Sunday, 14 October 2012
I have decided to do an FOW desert game as I have been busy painting up some extra bits and pieces for the Brits. I made up 6 X 800pt armies for both the British and the Italians and dice for which ones would take the field , the British 'Jock Force' ended up facing a Italian Tank Company (!) . I then dice for the scenario as in the rule book and got 'Hold the Line' , the British have to hold 2 objectives at the far end of the table and the Italians have to capture them . The British only have 2 platoons on at start (gulp!) , the Italians all their forces .
The Italians set up out of the way of the British 18/25pdr's .
The British have dug their guns in to cover both objectives . The Motorised infantry platoon is being held in ambush on the table.
The Italians speed forward with their Tanketts and the British ambush is revealed and opens fire on the leading Tanketts - and does no harm !.
The Artillery however is more successful and its bombardment takes out a anti-tank gun and pins the Italian Conscript infantry.
The first of the British reserves come onto the table and decide to lurk in ambush . Too be continued.........
Saturday, 6 October 2012
Well I finished the Peter Pig Samurai game but no photos I'm afraid as my camera battery failed just prior to the game and I did not want to postpone the final moves as I wanted the table clear for the next game. The rules worked well and having played PP's Wars of the Roses (Bloody Barons) I found a lot of the mechanisms were similar . The rules have little nuances that try to bring out Japanese warfare i.e. the use of a command centre for the senior general , messengers to help control the battle and personal challenges between generals and unit leaders. Altogether I was pleased with the experience and am tempted to buy and paint up some more figures and some 'Japanesey' scenery.