First game of the year!….sort of…

Today I had my first game of the year, though it wasn’t quite what I had planned! My lad Zach has been pestering me for a while about how I play MY games and will I show him. So, as per the last post I acquired some plastic Germans and Soviets and we set up a game. So without further ado…

Eastern Front, February 1945

The Russian Offensive was rolling on relentlessly as the hard pushed Wehrmacht fought tenacious defensive actions again and again. But not everywhere… In one corner of a muddy foreign field, Oberstleutnant Zachmann led two squads and an attached Tiger tank in a counterattack to drive the evil Russian troops from their defensive position and drive a wedge, threatening their offensive and hopefully providing a small respite for his hard pressed comrades.

As the German troops advanced in the early morning light the Russian troops formed up behind a walled enclosure, a muddy field to their front, and a contingent hastened to the woods on their left intent on threatening the flank of the advancing Germans.

The Germans began their advance, opening fire as they walked and their superior marksmanship starting to tell even at long range

The withering fire from the Germans prevented the rush to the woods and sensing victory Zachmann pushed forward relentlessly!

As they approached the muddy field, knowing that entering it would slow their advance, the German fire stepped up a level as the Tiger began to blast the Russian defenders behind the wall.

And soon the Russian defenders crumbled as more and more fell…

…to superior German fire!

Sensing victory and oblivious to the few casualties his men had suffered, Zachmann pushed on to victory!

The few remaining Russians made a last stand in one corner of the enclosure.

Before finally succumbing as the last defender died and the Germans slowed their advance in the mud, but now with little concern as there was no enemy fire to bother them.

Zachmann’s offensive had paid off with a total victory and annihilation of the Russian defenders! Surely that Iron Cross was now his!


Basically, I got diced! I had given the Germans the Tiger to try and balance the Russian cover but was concerned that advancing over open ground would prove costly for the Germans. In the end Zach just rolled a LOT of sizes! I tried to keep it simple. Alternate move and fire. Roll 5,6 to hit in open, 6 in cover. The Tiger rolled four dice per shot, 4,5,6 to hit, 5,6 in cover. I think I managed five hits all game! Zach just pummeled me! With all but two of the kills coming from the infantry, the Tiger never really finding its mark.

Good fun though. He enjoyed it. After the game he spent ten minutes driving the Tiger over the bodies of the Russians…


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Plastics are obviously not for me!

Now, I just can’t be doing with all tis new plastic stuff. I picked up a few a while back and just could not be faffed with sticking the bloody things together. And I am a big supporter of the whole ‘heft’ argument. They just don’t feel right to me. And that’s the crux of it really. I, me. My opinion. Some of them are lovely sculpts. I’ve seen them with lovely paint jobs and they fully hold their own against their leaden brethren. But pick them up and the illusion is shattered. For me… 🙂

So today, my little lad (four in June) was pestering me to show him how I play me games. Now I’m far too much of a coward  to use my own painted kit so I promised him we’d go to town and buy some ‘soldiers’. So in to Model Zone we went and after a lot of ‘discussion’ and dragging him away from the expensive Action Man type models, we came away with a pack of Revell WW2 Germans and Revell Soviets. I’ve got a couple of Corgi tanks I thought we could use as well. So this evening I unpacked them and tried to set up a little table for a game tomorrow. And then I noticed (and this is the reason for the mini rant) that the Soviets were bigger than the Germans. Then I spotted I’d got a pack of 1/72nd and a pack of 1/76th! Now, not a big deal for playing with a three year old, but I’d casually though we could paint them at some point and use them for ‘proper’ skirmish’ games. Damned annoying!

The Germans are quite nice. The Soviets less so. Less defined detail and half of them need sticking to bloody bases! I was really hoping no glue would be involved! Still, I suppose they will do the job and let him try and paint some as well.

Game report to follow if we don’t fall out when I destroy his troops with my superior tactics!


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On the workbench… Feb 2012

As work has been busy recently I’ve not made as much progress on various projects recently but have been slowly pushing on with stuff for the Ayton game. I have a unit of 36 RSM Ottomans on the go but decided to finish two to completion to see if I was happy with the colour scheme. These are they…

First RSM Turks for Ayton game

I’m quite happy with them and will be cracking on with the rest ASAP

More to follow!



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Veltrim for desert terrain

A while back when I was trying to sort out some desert terrain by repainting my Purbeck Terrain tiles someone suggested using a material called Veltrim as a base cloth (mainly for 6mm games). Before Christmas I tracked down a supplier on eBay (toeragstruckmats). The Sand colour I wanted was out of stock but they let me know when it was back in and even posted a small sample. The material is used for lining the inside of cars/camper vans and is about 3mm thick. It has a smoother base side and and slightly furrier top side. The colouring is a more beige type sand but it matched the paint I used for my tiles and seems OK, if not your usual yellow sand.

It comes in 2m wide strips and you buy a meter for £7.95. I went for 2m for a total of £23.40  including shipping. It arrived about 2 weeks ago but with work and kids and the York show it was only last night that I finally unpacked it! I was relieved to see it was the right colour and this evening, after getting the kids to bed I dragged it downstairs and with pen, tape and scissors in hand I set to it!

For the main use (if I ever get a game again!) I wanted a 6ftx4ft piece so the first stage was to trim a 4ft length off the main width (200cm). The piece I was sent was actually 237cm long so taking this last piece I measured off another 4ft length to give me a 48″ x 45″ piece for smaller skirmish and hopefully FUBAR type games!

This still left a decent size piece so I thought it would be good to hack this in to various shapes for contoured hills. I’ve done a good selection of shapes with a few small bits to make them interesting. Taking pictures in the evening in my back room doesn’t do wonders for the colour (and I could really have done with having some models on for ‘effect’) but it does give you a good idea of what it all looks like.

I’m quite pleased with it and having spent today having a big clearout in the attic I have finally cleared the table and laid out the two 4ftx2ft bits of MDF with a view to a little skirmish of some kind in the near future. And at least now I have some terrain!


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RIP Shoebe…

Surveying the battlefield

Today we had to have our cat put to sleep. She’d been off colour for a couple of weeks but the last week saw her go downhill quite a lot and the vets (expensive) investigations turned up the inevitable growth that was the cause of all the problems and the best course of action was to not bring her round from the sedation. She would have been 12 in April. We had her from a kitten along with her brother Max (Maximus). He took umbrage one day a few years ago and moved out! She was originally called Phoebe but never really responded to the name but when my wife’s little nephew came to visit he couldn’t say Phoebe and it came out as She-bee. And she seemed to like that, so it stuck. We never really knew how to spell it so just changed the first letter!

We told the kids earlier. My 3 year old Zach said, “Has Shoebe died?”. Yes. “Was it with a gun?” No…

My daughter Hannah (6) paused for ten seconds before saying, “Can we have a dog now?”. She then went to bed quite happy only to then spend half an hour sobbing and wanting Shoebe back…

We’ll all miss her…

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