Another game in Whitley Bay!

Last night was one of my rare forays to a local club. Whitley Bay 3D Gamers meet on a Tuesday evening. Tuesdays are usually a bad night for me during school time but being the summer holidays I managed to free up an evening. The original plan was to play a game using the forthcoming Lardies Fighting Season rules which I was quite looking forward to. Unfortunately, Dougie, who was running the game was tied up at work and couldn’t make it but fortunately Lawrence arrived with the extensive makings of a Colonial game and so four us took the valiant forces of the crown (me, Callum, Nick and Alex) with Darrel helping Lawrence run the rebellious natives! As ever, we had the pleasure of playing over Lawrence’s excellent terrain with some lovely figures.
IMAG4553Myself and Callum took command of two units of Askari on the left.
IMAG4554 Nick and Alex took two units of regular Sikhs on the right. We were using Herkybird’s solo system so the enemy were triggered by spotting ‘tokens’ to either reveal dummies or enemy troops. The Sikhs drew attention straight away.IMAG4556Meanwhile, the Askari began to cross the riverIMAG4555An overall view of the advance.IMAG4558The Sikhs gave fire to the tribesman. Wounding quite a few and driving them back.IMAG4557 IMAG4560The river was proving a hard slog to cross…IMAG4559Finally across, the first tribesmen approached driving back some of the Askari. IMAG4565 IMAG4563Meanwhile the Sikhs pushed forward.IMAG4561As my Askari finally crossed more tribesmen burst from the treesIMAG4568While the other Askari had a little debate about advancing while knee deep in the river….IMAG4567 My troops fought valiantly in a to and fro battle with the enemy, gradually whittling down their numbers.IMAG4571 IMAG4570Finally the rest of the Askari joined the line delivering supporting fire both for my troops and the SikhsIMAG4566 IMAG4573 IMAG4572The Sikhs finally advanced up the centre only to be greeted by far more ferocious warriors!IMAG4578And after a long struggle my opponents were finally driven off.IMAG4577 IMAG4576 IMAG4575Things were now starting to get serious!IMAG4580 IMAG4579As the Askari advanced they were immediately charged and driven back by native warriorsIMAG4583 IMAG4582With more advancing on the SikhsIMAG4581 IMAG4586 IMAG4585 IMAG4584The warriors charged in all down the line but the line held!IMAG4589 IMAG4588The Sikhs started to take casualties (the red markers are wounds) but managed to wound the native chief. IMAG4592Before the warriors facing the Askari could regroup both Askari units charges them front, flank and rear and wrought terrible slaughter! IMAG4590 IMAG4593The other warriors were pushed back by the Sikhs and a lucky shot finished of the chief and with that resistance melted away. Order was restored to Her Majesty’s colony!

It was a most entertaining game. I’ve only played Herkybird(Richard Bradley)’s rules a couple of times but I really enjoyed this. You can get the rules for this game and other periods on the download section Tyneside Wargames website.

And it was a most entertaining game from the social side as well. Plenty of good natured banter! Thanks to Lawrence for putting on the game and to Neil for keeping the club good and active and facilitating the organising of the weekly games. Not sure when I’ll get down again as school soon starts again but hopefully I can free up a Tuesday sometime!

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More Belgians…

A slow month but some progress in filling the gaps in my developing Belgian force. Still quite a few more bits to do but getting there… So these are the new additions:

IMAG4546GepardsIMAG4551Jagdpanzer KanoneIMAG4550M109s with HQ stand. The latter having a rough attempt at a M108 VBCL. It’s OK but was a bit rushed and the added boxes need to be more clearly defined.IMAG4548 IMAG4549And some more M75s to finish off the Reserve battalion and provide transport for engineers along with the HQ stand.IMAG4547And finally, the rear view showing the little Belgian flags they all have! 🙂IMAG4552

More to come…

 

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