Monday, 14 November 2011

Engagement at Arnhofen: scenario

You've seen the models, you've read the battle report, now you can read and play the game. Here's the scenario for the Engagement at Arnhofen game:

PDF file - Engagement at Arnhofen
Engagement at Arnhofen (1Mb)

Enjoy responsibly!

_Update 20/11/2011_: changed wording of Bavarian orders (thanks Phil) and increased picture resolution.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

The defense of Bricqueville: a photo report

Last Tuesday, we had a full house to play another WWII battle using my 20mm collection (recently augmented by Crisis purchases). The scenario involved a follow up to the fictional battle of Saint Clair radar station: the British paratroopers, having destroyed the radar station and retreated across the Dives now have to defend against the inevitable counterattack:

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Any hopes of the British that their blowing up of the bridges would slow the Germans down were quickly dashed when the first thing to crest the bridge ramp was this bridging unit:

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British artillery strikes notwithstanding, the bridge was quickly repaired and the German players busied themselves pushing their armor across:

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This seemed to cause some disquiet among the British players:

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The following three pictures show the German advance, as yet strangely unopposed by British troops:

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Until finally the first British paratroopers are spotted defending a detached villa:

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Much to the delight of the British players, it seems:

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While a certain _gravitas_ seemed to descend upon the German players:

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Especially when a British 6Pdr AT gun revealed itself behind a hedge:

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However, the AT gun only managed to lightly damage a Wirbelwind which promptly retaliated and wiped out the gun crew. The way was now open for the Germans to steamroller on into Bricqueville:

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However, as seen on this picture, nighttime was quickly approaching, and as the Germans were still fighting for Bricqueville, a hard fought draw was declared:

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It was judged that the British paras would extricate themselves and evacuate during the night, moving further west towards the British beachheads. Will be continued!

Friday, 11 November 2011

Some more 20mm WWII things

Some time ago, I painted some British paratroopers for a game following shortly thereafter. This Tuesday, we played another game with my WWII figures (the Defense of Bricqueville) and, true to form, I painted up some stuff for that as well.

First up, two Airborne jeeps and crew, from Brittania miniatures:

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And, to drive their opposition around in, a Steyr personnel car from the RTR (Raventhorpe Ready to Roll) range:

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That last model was bought at this year's Crisis and featured in the game three days later, painted and all :)