Jim's Panzers v. Chris' Brits on 10'x6' table. Deployment in turn 0 up to 24" in.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Swedes Mark & Chris v. Imperialists Mike & Jim
The Empire is on the near side of the table. The Swedes are veterans & have a higher proportion of musketeers. The Empire's troops are regulars, but their pike, swordsmen & cavalry are more heavily armoured than the Swedes. The Swedes put most of their cavalry on their right & are advancing that flank. The Empire strengthened their right with their Landsknecht swordsmen brigade & are advancing on that flank.
On the left the Imperial foot is attacking while the cavalry of both sides have regrouped. On the right one of the Imperial tercios has broken thru on the left of the cavalry.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Tonight we were finally able to continue the campaign battle off the coast of Denmark.
Admiral Sheer had expected the Grand Fleet to come out & try cut his fleet off from base & he wanted battle, but on his terms. His plan was to run south to turn & fight close to home base where he had set a trap of submarines & minefields. However, Sheer miscalculated & stayed in the Skagerrak a little too long & the Grand Fleet were able to pincer him between themselves & the Danish coast.
On the plus side for the Germans, they had their entire fleet in the area - mostly coming south, but 5 pre-dreadnoughts & some DDs were coming north to join the HSF, whereas the British did not have Beatty's 4 battlecruisers & 4 Queen Elizabeth surper dreadnoughts (who were late getting to sea apparently for some reason). The other ace the Germans had up their sleeve was a minefield laid early in the campaign off the coast of Denmark that they believed the Brits did no know about.
In the first phase of the battle described in an earlier post, the HSF steamed south as the Grand Fleet approached steaming SE slightly in front of them. The German battle cruisers took a pounding in the van, but in their haste to get ahead of the HSF the right wing of Jellico's fleet ran into the German minefield. A battleship was sunk & 3 battlecruisers severely damaged on the minefield.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Die to it being Melbourne Cup day Admiral Jellico was unable to attand to allow us to finish the Jutland campaign battle, so again used to small table for BA.
Mike's US v. Chris' Japanese 1000 pts. Key Positions Scenario.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
We had to postpone finishing the Jutland campaign battle as one of the players couldn't make it this week. Jim's Panzergrenadiers v. Mike's US. 1000 pts, key positions scenario.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
In their 5th & last sortie of the campaign the High Seas Fleet paid another visit to the Skagerrak & gained another Economic Victory Point. Zeppelin patrols found that the Grand Fleet had put to sea soon after the HSF, so Scheer headed south to run south down the Danish coast, calling his detachments he left nearer home to head north to join him. He was hoping for battle, but wanting to make sure he had a clear run home first. But he found British light forces in his path near the south edge of the Skagerrak.
A squadron of German DDs has appeared from the SE in front of the British.
Off-shot to the south the Germans have their squadron of pre-dreadnoughts & a DD squadron. With Beatty's force not present & the losses on the minefield, the numbers are as close to even the Germans were ever likely to get. But the 2nd British division is on a course to squeeze the HSF between the GF & the Danish coast (which neither side is allowed within 3 hexes of) & there are British light ships both in front of & behind the HSF. It's a fascinating situation & this battle could go either way - a fitting climax to a great campaign.
It is turn 18 of the battle with nightfall at turn 34.
We decided that this was a good time to finish for the night & will continue next Tuesday.
Monday, October 19, 2020
Rich's US v. Chris' Japanese: 1,000 pts key positions mission. The scenario was varied for a 6' square table by having a deployment turn where units were put down up to 24" from baseline. 4 objectives.
Rich is an old FOW veteran, but hadn't played for a long time & was unfamiliar with Bolt Action, but his strategy was excellent & produced a decisive victory.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
The Empire: Chris & Mark.
Swedes: Mike & SteveJ.
Both sides are sending cavalry around the enemy's left flank.
On the Swedish left their infantry have formed hedgehogs to hold off the Imperialist horse.
On the near flank Swedish horse have galloped off shot around the Empire's left.