Monday, October 20, 2014

X Wing AAR: Chasing the Corvette

Yesterday we played a game of X Wing. Six players, the scenario was an Empire attack on a damaged corvette. The bigger, capital ships look great on the table. I was an Imperial player and one of my Advanced Tie's was piloted by Darth Vader. As luck would have it, my son, Brady, was a Rebel and he had the Millennium Falcon with Luke Skywalker as a crew.
This is a fun system. I had four fighters and used two to engage the escorts while the other two fired at the corvette. We had to bring it down before it could cross the table.
Richard had Boba Fett, flying for the Empire. He made a run on the corvette, flew past it and them the corvette swung to the left and smashed into his ship, destroying it. I stayed behind the corvette, now at a safer distance, pouring shots into it. I finally delivered the final hit to the corvette by ramming it with a Tie Fighter. The Rebels had destroyed all but three of our fighters and thus earned a slight victory. Father and son did not square off this time. Next time Brady/Luke will learn to fear the Dark Side.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Battle of Mirkwood AAR

I played my first game of Lord of the Rings miniatures today. I'm not sure how I have avoided these rules for this long, but I'm glad I finally played a game.
My doctor invited me to a game with his gaming group.
My command was a warband of Wargs, with a Warg chieftain. The other commands on our side were a group of Wargs and giant spiders led by a mage, and a cave Drake.
We face two Elvish warbands and an Ent. Our plan was to hit their right flank hard and then turn on their left. Our movement allowed us to hit them first and off we went.

Our plan worked well and we killed half of the enemy force before we lost a figure. By the end of the game we had reduced them to 25% and either fully or partially controlled all VP locations.

It's a nice clean system and I hope to play more of it in the future.

My warband moves to the attack

Beasts of Mirkwood led by the Drake

Closing in on the Ent supported by Elves

Our Drake turns their flank

One of my Wargs guards one of the VP locations, marked by a Hobbit

Dog pile onto the Elvish cavalry

The final round of combar

Monday, October 6, 2014

This Why You Should Read the Newspaper

A few weeks ago I was reading the Classifieds when I saw an ad offering the Flames of War rule book and miniatures for $20. I called the number listed and while trying to arrange a meeting learned he worked in the press room of one of the papers to which I am the IT Manager. We arranged to meet at lunch the next day and he mentioned that he had a tin full of larger scale tanks he would sell for $10. I agreed to look at them and this is what I got; the 1/72 scale Forces of Valor Tiger I, Pzkfw IV, Sherman, and two M3 halftracks. There also enough infantry for one US Company and a below strength German infantry bn for Command Decision.
For my $20 I purchased the rules, enough US infantry for one squad, enough German infantry for a platoon, a German halftrack, and three US jeeps.

I had told everyone in my group that I wasn't going to participate in the FOW army building, and yet here I am.

My advice is to buy a newspaper and look for bargains.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Battle of Brienne AAR

We recently played the Battle of Brienne using Volley and Bayonet. The scenario is from the Volley and Bayonet Page
I used the early start option and the victory conditions that required the Russians to exit all of their divisions. Since the IX Corps starts at the opposite end of the table, the rest of the Russians must march to the rescue, and then the entire force retire in the face of the enemy. There were four players in the game, including one who had never played miniatures and one who had played only in the Wild West skirmish games. Both had a good time.

The historical battle, January 29, 1814, occurred when Napoleon attempted to cut off Blucher's army and destroy it. Two infantry corps and two cavalry corps are attempting to escape the trap.

The field of battle from the French entry point

The Russians have withdrawn into Brienne and formed a line with two divisions. The relief force is at the top of the photo and Guard cavalry engages some Cossacks.

The French attacked with their cavalry; it arrived on turn 1. A corps of French infantry arrived on turn three, and then two divisions of Young Guard arrived next. In a furious cavalry fight, the entire division of French Guard cavalry was destroyed! The Russian line anchored on Brienne held, throwing back attack after attack. Dusk, and then darkness meant that the French would not be able to catch and hold the Russians. The Russians win this one.

A fun, fast, three hour game. I want to try this again with different victory conditions.

Blucher's train attempts to make it off of the table.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Battle of Brienne Set Up

It has really been a long time since I've posted or even looked at other blogs. Work has been overwhelming and both me and my wife have been ill.  I've played in two games since March; a very low number for me, but today I am hosting the Battle of Brienne at my home. Russians vs French in early 1814. Should be fun.

I will be catching up in the next few weeks. 

Happy gaming!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Warhammer Wild West AAR

Several years ago I gave my son, Brady, the Warhammer Wild West rules as a gift. We didn't do anything with them until recently. A week ago, Brady, his friend, Michael, and I played a couple of learning games. Today we played it at our Clob. There were two 8 player games. Each took about two hours to play. 
These are the typical Warhammer style rules; roll to hit, roll to wound. Quick, simple, and fun.
In the second game, we squared off, fathers vs. sons. We older gentlemen won; barely.

Big Mike has three sets of the Cow Town play set. The size is perfect for 28mm.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

X Wing AAR

We played a couple of games of X Wing this past Sunday. Bob and Big Mike brought in their stuff; it was fun.
I really enjoy this system. We had 7 players in the second game and it went very well.