As WR works on his upcoming 28mm Clash of Empires Battle of Dara 530 AD report, he found several ten photo files of past late YR2019 and YR2020 games unreported on Wargamerabbit. These ten games were either “pick up scenarios”, test game scenarios, or WR found the photo log too incomplete to write up a full AAR blog article. Most are Flames of War games fought out in Russia, in Italy at Salerno or Anzio, the Ardennes Bulge 1944 period, or even in Greece 1941 with fallschirmjager and EW British/Greeks. Other games include a grand 28mm WWI trench assault/raid game at David’s (fellow gamer), and two more 25/28mm napoleonic Peninsular battles. The scenario results or outcome, if WR remembers are noted, many of these scenario battles lasted to the final turns.
In order of blog article appearance, I list the photo grouping, if you wish to scroll for your favorite gaming era. Most miniatures and terrain from the WR collections unless noted from David, Bruce, or Gary’s collections;
1). Peninsular War 25/28mm Battle of Almonacid 1809
2). F;ames of War (15mm) German Fallschirmjager airborne landing in Greece
3). Flames of War (20mm) Ordeal of the 179th Regiment at Salerno 1943 replay
4). Flames of War (15mm) Panzer Invasion Russia 1941 “Meet the Train: scenario
5). Flames of War (20mm) Operation Fischfang 1943 Anzio scenario
6). Flames of War (20mm) Rail yard raid 1943: Soviet Partizans vs. German rail security
7). Warhammer 1917 “Over the Top” 28mm Trench raid/assault scenario (at David’s)
8). Peninsular War 25/28mm Battle of Vimeiro 1808 test game
9). Flames of War (20mm) Bulge 1944 with Pz Brigade 150 with support vs. Americans
10). Flames of War (15mm) Bulge 1944. German Panzers vs. 99th American Division
First up: The Battle of Almonacid 1809 fought between the French and Spanish armies south of Madrid. French advanced from Madrid to confront the Spanish nearing the capital city. This scenario ran true to history with minor adjustment for the scenario notes. WR expects this scenario will become a full AAR scenario post this year.
Second: FOW German Fallschirmjager landing in Greece 1941. This was WR’s first FOW scenario or game using German glider models. Scenario had German Fallschirmjager land by glider or chutes on the double tabletop. Defending a Greek port was British infantry company and inland, a Greek infantry company. WR”s air-landing company took the village after hard door to door battles but the Greeks totally owned the Fallschirmjager who landed by their chutes. Miniatures and terrain for this scenario from Bruce and Gary’s FOW 15mm collections.
Third: FOW scenario called “Ordeal of the 179th Regiment” at Salerno 1943. This replay scenario featured on WR blog perviously. Scenario play was different from the first run-through. The Americans elected to screen off the head of the valley German defense then apply maximum effort to clear the mound village. A close game if WR remembers correctly.
Fourth: Back into Russia 1941 with “Meet the Train” scenario. This 15mm FOW Ver3.0 game featured a long table (12′) which had a double track railway along the entire table length. Scenario had a German “Panzer Division” force attacking alongside the rail line. A German recon force was ahead and deployed mid-table astride the rail line. Soviet forces held a front line against the Panzer advance and additional Soviet companies seeking to reduce the mid-table German recon force. Of course, a train will appear on the tabletop. Miniatures from Bruce and Gary’s collections, The terrain from WR’s terrain drawers and cabinets.
Fifth: Operation Fischfang 1943 at Salerno. This FOW-Battlefront scenario game was a real “in your face” scenario. The platoon miniature battles at the overpass was fought for inches of tabletop with Tigers, Elephants, and die hard German infantry held by equally hard nosed Americans. Was a challenging scenario. That table wide raised roadway and overpass created unusual terrain situations unlike other typical FOW scenarios. Sort of like attacking a castle wall in WR thoughts during the game play. In the end the German lost but what a struggle for a football pitch sized area of ground.
Sixth: In Russia again with a rear area Soviet Partizan raid on German rail yard set up circa late 1943. WR had just finished painting up his FOW 20mm Soviet partizan companies and their opponent, the German security forces from Latvia, Lithuania, and Ukraine. Plus the fun of using some of his military and supply rail cars on the tabletop. Soviet win here.
Seventh: Change of gaming for WR with one of David’s grand WH “Over the Top” WWI miniature scenarios. David lives locally to WR in California and he runs a fabulous collection of painted 28mm WWI miniatures. Plus David joins WR in mutual Ancient battles using Clash of Empires ancient rules. Ancients example forthcoming with the battle of Dara 530 AD report. Back to this WWI game…the terrain setup is worth the price of playing with drooling mouths. This scenario had the Allies, with some 1917 tank support, rushing a weakly held German trench line. Nothing weak about the German defenders as several Allied platoons found out. Still, the Allies prevailed for the scenario win and capture of a little piece of France back.
Eighth: Back in time to the Peninsular war again. This scenario was a YR2019 HMGS convention followup running of the Battle of Vimeiro 1808. Recently landed in Portugal, the British army vs. the French army of Portugal marching from Lisbon. WR still needs to fine tune this scenario. The scenario test again showed a couple of scenario faults with the mid board terrain and advantageous French movements. Not uncommon for a scenario design attempt, sometimes the mental process needs actual game play with gamers to iron out scenario goofs. Another scenario WR will revisit this year for the final proof version.
Ninth: As we near the end of YR2020 and the start of “slightly cold” winter weather here in Southern California, it is time for more Bulge 1944 action. Before the WR posted article “Pz Brigade 150 vs. the Bloody Bucket xx” AAR, WR’s Panzer brigade 150 ersatz panthers and StuG miniature platoons had a warm up scenario to learn some of the FOW Ver3.0 Bulge supplement rules. Long table set up, with the Germans attempting to break in the American lines and rupture the front. The American line held and the Germans never made it near the Meuse river. Call from the T27 Xylophone operator… will you teke the call?
Tenth and final game: Week later, with the same snowy tablecloth covering, WR’s game room has another Bulge 1944 scenario. Another German offensive battle trying to break the American 99th US Division front lines. Unlike most WR game room battles which last for a single day, WR elected to have a two day event, over two different weekends, and retaining the tabletop set up during the week period between. Since WR’s game room is detached from the main house in most regards, WR just closes the sliding door, turns off the lights, till the following weekend to finish game play. Larger point battle, over the full 15’x6 table, and featured Bruce and Gary’s 15mm miniatures on WR terrain. Once again, the German player team handed a defeat…. but it was close. For early morning warmth, WR even lit the 1960’s era Swiss chalet style vintage floor furnace to heat the room.
That’s it for gaming photos. One last photo showing the vintage 1960’s Swiss floor heater. Bright orange in color, the gas heater does the job keep WR’s game room warm in winter.
Well, we have arrived in YR2021 and the first tabletop eight player game was the ancients Clash of Empires 28mm Battle of Dara 530 AD. Finished sorting out the photo file, looks good for the complete AAR currently in typing.
Cheers from the winter warren.