Saturday 26 October 2013

Me an Skip submit to Domination.

So we played our first of the I95 domination games aptly titled "Domination" on monday night. The premise being slightly different to a standard mission. Your game is now fought over more than the usual objectives.  The objectives are placed on table by a third party, each obj is rated in points ranging from 1 to no more than 5 and for a total of 12 points in all. The obj are taken by standard method, in the mission we played once taken they could be left but remain in the victors possesion until captured by the opposition.  But different rules apply to different missions.
In ours the mission was simple... take 8 points on or after turn 4 and the game is yours, failing standard parameters,  company morale failure or total destruction.
Skip was taking jerry and I was taking the aussies (borrowed from a pal), at this point I realised I needed something mobile, and as it turned out I should have taken more. Hey hindsights a beautiful thing.
So, to my plan, with ten platoons in comparison to skips 8, I was gonna see his panzers before he'd see my 25 pdrs (MW game), this mission is just like free for all accept you're much closer and depending on obj placement you have to engage and quickly, which is how we like it! So as the polite fellows we are, we thought we'd oblige. As it panned out my UC's held off an advance by probing jerry recon on my left flank (1pt obj) and if they'd driven round have faced 3-4 25 pdrs, the bofors AA did the same on the right (2pt obj) with a short vickers platoon in support. The Matildas and 1st platoon advanced with 25's in support on the next 3 pointer in skips half, mine was already safe (straddled by 2nd & 3rd platoon either side), ha! Skip pushed up into town, his pioneers moving up through the wadi supported by panzers, recon and 10.5's. 3rd platoon thought they'd have summa that so off they headed, however the dice gods thought different as I failed several infantry saves on the way in, but hey the proverbial happens, so toe to toe time, once again the dice gods ignored me or thought they'd twist my melon. See the pic below for two separate rounds of assault dice. So that was 3rd platoon gone. 1st platoon and the tildas made their way onto the 3 pointer, although I waved goodbye to the brits. 2nd platoon dissappeared along with a UC platoon in a similarly spectacular way to 3rd platoon, they were turned back by 7 out of 8 4+'s and more rare infantry saves. And then decided that they no longer wanted to stay in the fight and take the c.o. along with them. Skip made my vickers pay for moving out into the open. Time wasn't on our side, but the game was over, it was and could only be skips. If skip hadn't failed some earlier firepower tests, would I have made it to that 3 pointer? The game was a blast, I love the 25pdrs along with the british rules for them, I'm glad to see my FV troops performing to the best of my opositions ability, but like the Murphys... Loved the mission and it panned out as we expected, a nice fist fight in the middle. Here's to the next domination game.

See the below link to the I95 domination PDF.

Sunday 6 October 2013

And back again.

Alright all?

I know it's been a while, almost a year, so where n what have I been in that time, well apart from the kids, life, births (couple, not mine), deaths (at least 3 in close family), stressed, the council, touring britain from south to north an back.

Main reason for absence, no decent internet access, ever tried uploading pics from ure phone with a crap connection? My advice, don't bother, as our hobby is a visual splendour, text doesn't really cut it, an rather than putting youse off I thought i'd stay quiet, the council predicted our house adaptions to takesomewhere between 3-4 months, 6 months down the line and too many cock ups too list. We're back, although I sit here surrounded by boxes an bin liners (no i've not done a lady gaga, although most would agree I am the latter).

M8's are the dogs!

So hobbywise, after talk of the brighton bash tourney being d-day based I thought I can take my f.j.'s add the at boxes, some obstacles and a captured panzer platoon and form the brest company, i've managed to finally finish my AT boxes, from small styrofoam boxes do pak40 at boxes grow. Using Mike Haughts guide, antenocitti's french propaganda posters and the infamous and now out of print (heard through the grapevine these were changing hands for big dollars recently) modeldads french decals. I got them finished to a playable standard, if anyones interested in any of the processes in any of the thread I can post a more extensive explanation and a lot more pics.

Small acorns

The Saplings
The Oaks.
Achtung minen!

Murzuq mission see a mock up from card of the murzuq hangar, i've used modern pics of the hangar and a little licence too plan the model, still working on the foamboard and hopefully playtesting the mission once the hangar is built (sorry it's taken so long Mike).

Cheers for the box Barbie, extension to be added.


I finished my LRDG and off to the Milton Keynes tourney we went, I was consistant, I lost every one of my 5 games, my closest being a 3-4 (my favourite game btw, not just the score) however we (3 members of brighton warlords) managed to place 2nd in our league, which meant we got a trophy, honestly I was and am still well chuffed. Thankyou Skip for pulling me out of the mire. I tried to play using somebody elses set up, but not being that person doesn't help. Have been playing better since I swapped my tirraileurs out for commandos (which was my original plan), do commandos chew up other infantry, oh and p.s. I'm glad I put so much effort into my SAS, as they are the dogs!
Get me ma lewis gun boy.

Another shemagh nightmare.
Lewis gun conversion.
Tirraileurs HMG

So since finishing my boys from chad (tirraileurs support for the LRDG), I've added another combat platoon (there's a few fez's in there), a mortar platoon, HQ and a 60mm mortar SP truck to my Decouverte (the french LRDG), i'm currently constructing the flatbeds for the Breda 20mm SP trucks then it'll just be a question of getting another couple of bases done for my magnetised hot swappable AT/AA/Arti, covers almost all the desert forces in Burning Empires cheapskate armies. :) This will all bleed into being able to field the FF and Vichy forces.

Hhhmmm magnets, Arti/AA.

Breda SP truck inserts. Thanks again to BF UK customer services for all there help.
Darth Gamgee loses an arm.
Banzai Motherfunker

So onto the latest project and my current favourite Japan, the weekend I decided to take them on as a new force (wargames illustrated helped, as soon as I read the japanese rules I was hooked), on the sunday my mum came over with a copy of a photo for me she'd found in with a load of my grans stuff (she died earlier this year), it's a picture of my great grandad (Jack "oogie" Noakes) shaking hands with Emperor Hirohito, so no turning back now. In regards to the pic I'd assumed it was taken in the thirties, my great grandad was out in the far east trying to flog the Beardsmore Inflexible (monoplane bomber) he'd help designed and tested. But upon closer inspection of the pic both my GG and hirhito look to be in their twenties, an the houses in the background don't appear to be of Japanese origin. So as I recently found out due to my daughters school project hirohito was the first of the Imperial Japanese Family to leave Japan and went on a tour of Europe in 1926 and maybe the pic was taken at this time, any help in dating this would be useful.
Oogie & Hirohito