Sunday, 8 September 2013

This was a trial game for the Society of Ancients rule system Corvus (V2).  For the sake of the narrative I will be the red fleet and Mark ( be green. 
All of the ships used are from the Xyston Miniatures 1:600 range of galleys, painted and based by me.  The playing surface is a 1200x900x3mm mdf panel painted blue.  I didn't want to put too much effort into the "terrain" as I wasn't sure how well it would play or even if I would enjoy it.
Both fleet were identical:  7 bank flagship, 5 quins, 3 trireme and 3 trihemiolae.  This was done to make it easier to work out the factors.
Initial deployment of the green fleet - 5 quinquiremes and a heptereme as the flagship in line abreast, 3 trihemolae on the right wing and 3 triremes on the left
Initial deployment of the red fleet - 2 quins and a trihemiola in line abreast with the 7 flagship in reserve, 3 triremes on the right wing and 3 quins and 2 trihemiolae on the left.

 Green moves first

A couple of moves in and the centre lines have clashed.  The red trihemiola in the centre has been wrecked by shooting.  On the red left 2 quins have rammed 2 trihemiolae while 2 ships have broken through to flank the greens.

 The green triremes split up leaving them vulnerable.  Here we see a green tri with both sets of oars sheared.  He is effectively out of the game - immobilised.

The green quins are resisting being boarded in the centre but look out behind you!  The rest of the green centre has wandered off in search of targets.  On the far right you can see the 2 flagships going at it.

The red flagship has been rammed midships by the green flagship.  Disaster - she sunk on impact!

You can see here that after backing off, the green flagship has been rammed midships in both sides and the stern simultaneously whilst another red trireme has collided with her.

On the red left a quin has been rammed midships and in the stern whilst engaged frontally and having her left oars sheared.  A green trihemiola has been rammed and captured by the reds.  (Final deployment)

Close up of the green flagship being ganged up on.  One of the green quins has tried to come to her aid by ramming one of the red triremes but it was too late.

At this stage the green fleet broke as a result of a morale failure due to attrition.  Red captured 3 green ships and lost 1 to ramming and 1 to shooting.

A very simple, fairly quick but really enjoyable to and fro game.  There is a bit of ambiguity in the rules concerning combat factors but we have resolved them to both our satisfaction and intend to play this game again.

The supplied counters are sufficient but I want to make more that are less obtrusive and more in keeping with the visual aspect of the game.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Yanks defend the town, 1944.

 This was a game of Blitzkreig Commander played against Richard and his formidable SS. 

The yanks set up to defend the town against incursions.

Initial deployment of the tanks (M4A1s) and tank destroyers (M10s) with some towed 76mm AT guns.
 The AT guns ready to deploy.
 Infantry shelteing in the church graveyard awaiting the inevitable onslaught.
 Just show us where to shoot sir!

 Logjam!  This was one of those battles where deployment was critical but as I had to set up first I had to try to get my armour into the thick of it asap hence the doubling up.
 I see Kraut armour!!!  Panzer IVH(?)
 Engineers and infantry guns rush up to take the centre.  Tigers... oh shit!
 I sink ve heff a target, her hauptman!

 Hans!  Americaner ahead
 Nice overhead shot of the American inital deployment.
 Here come the Panzers.  Left flank under seige.
 Fall back... Tigers!

 Oh dear.  Those 88mm guns certainly pack a punch at long range.

 AT guns ready for action

 This is what happens when yuo get assaulted by infantry with lots of close up bazookas!  Tigers looking pretty shaky
 Arty spotters doing a great job bringing rounds home.
 I love bazookas!
 AT guns giving out a pasting.  Panzer IVs thinking twice.
 Unfortunately somebody forgot to mention there was 3 tigers!
The Germans won on this occasion but took considerable losses.  This is a new game to me, a lot was learned, some mistakes were made.  Looking forward to the next game.