Sunday, April 22, 2018

More Musket Action in 18th century America

Friday afternoon at Camp Cromwell
JohnM's Brits are on the far side of the table, Jim's French on the near side.  The 3 houses are the objectives in a Key Positions scenario. 1,000 pts.

Both sided raced grenadiers up the centre to grab the middle house.  The Brits got there first.  Both side advanced their right flanks.
The French grenadiers drove the Brits out of the vital house to control 2 objectives. 
A British cavalry charge across the corn field caused Indians to flee then rode down two coys of French line infantry.
The successful British cavalry were disposed of by musket fire from the houses & the French grenadiers held onto the centre house - so the French won even though they had higher casualties than the Brits.

Sunday Afternoon at Good Games: War of Independance
Envelopment Scenario 1200 pts.
We tried a more open battlefield this time, with just a bit of close terrain on the flanks.
Chris is defending on the far side with the French/Americans.  Jim is attacking with the Brits.  All the Brits are in their first wave.  Half the French/Americans are in reserve. 
The Brits don't muck about - they advance on the whole front.
A French counterattack in the centre has knocked out 2 Brit infantry coys, but a cavalry counterattack took out one of the victorious French coys.  The mostly inexperienced American reserves are slow to come on to help their French allies.
That battle has developed into 3 different types of fights:  On the left - a fire fight.  In the centre - charge & countercharge.  On the right - Indians in the orchards v. Inexperienced line infantry.
The Brits are getting the upper hand all along the line.  
The last Americans have finally arrived, but it's too late. 
At the end, the Brits lost 5 units so the French have 10 VPs.  The Brits killed 9 plus have 6 units in the 2VP zone for 21 VPs & a clear win.  This game took us about one & half hours - a bit faster than usual because of the more open terrain.  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Musket Action: French & Indian War

We tried a larger multi-player game of Musket Action with 3 players a side, 10x6' table & 1,500 pts.
British: Mark, Mike & Mitch.  French: Jim, Steve & JohnS.
We did a blind deployment.  The French on the near side of the table deployed to the right with their regular infantry on the open ground, Indians one each flank, Canadian militia in he orchard & Cavalry in reserve.  The Brits deployed their regular infantry in the centre with their cavalry on the left, artillery on their right & Indians in the woods on each flank.   
Both sides advanced their right flanks.
A British cavalry charge has destroyed French line coy.
The British right laps around the French left.  In the centre the British line engage the Canadian skirmish line.  
On the far flank the British Indians destroyed the French Indians & the French have had to leave a line coy to cover their flank.  The successful British cavalry troop has been broken by musket fire & the other has retired.  The British left has fallen back.  On the near flank the French are falling back.

At the end of turn 6 the two forces have rotated to face each other at right angles to the initial start lines.  The Brits have lost a cavalry troop & an Indian band.  The French have lost a line infantry coy & 3 Indian bands.  The Brits claim victory because they have broken 2 more units than they lost.  The French claim victory because both sides lost the same number of regular units, but the Brits have lost significantly more casualties.   A draw is a more disinterested description of the outcome.

The scenario wasn't as good as it might have been.  Blind deployment produced an unsymmetrical that made getting a decisive result in 6 turns difficult.  It's evident that having objectives can make a better game than just playing for kills.  It took us about 2.5 hours to play the 6 turns.  Partly this was because for most of the players it was their first game, but also the Bolt Action one unit at a time system slows down multi-player games as you can't have all the players of a side doing stuff at once.  In battles this size or bigger our BA doubles system with two command dice bags (one for each flank) would speed things up.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Operation Cromwell 2018.1: Bolt Action Tournament

16 players:
8 Axis: 6 German, 1 Romanian, 1 Italian.
8 Allied: 1 French, 2 Soviet, 2 British & 3 US.
6 players from Area 52, 5 from Good Games & 5 from Devonport Gaming Club.
Area 52 provided us with a great venue & returned the entry fees in prize vouchers. 
Many thanks to Andrew for his help.
The roster was made strictly Axis v. Allies, but also avoided matches between players from the same group.
There were 9 tables, 3 provided by the Devonport Gaming Club. 1 by Area 52, 3 by the Devenish bros, 1 by John Mumford & 1 by me, the TO.
The players made being TO a breeze - they all turned up on time & had a great attitude.

There are some detail pics of the figures & scenery posted on the Bolt Action Tasmania Facebook page.  The standard of modelling was as usual pretty amazing - so many great looking armies I couldn't possibly pick one out for a beauty prize.

The prize vouchers went to:
World Domination Prize for best Axis: Chris Mackonis
Fight for Freedom Prize for best Allied: Richard Harris
Banzai Prize for killing the most enemy but not winning: Sean Devenish
Peace Prize for killing the least enemy but looking great: Dennis Berwick
Bragging rights for best team: Good Games
Axis v. Allies: Axis well on top

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Musket and Bolt ACtion

Mark & Steve played a practice match for next Saturdays Bolt Action tournament.  Jim & Mike did Musket Action.

Musket Action:  Jim's Brits v. Mike's French: French & Indian Wars
The forces are 1,000 pts.  The Mission was to hold the hamlet or of that was still disputed to kilel at least 2 more enemy units than you lost.
The Brits are on the near side. 
The Brits plan was to grab the hamlet & hang on. 
The plan was to let them have it then blast them out of it.  
There was a lot of activity on the flanks but they were side shows.  The main event was in the centre where the bigger French coys overpowered the smaller British ones despite their greater number of coys.  away 
The French grenadiers stormed the house on the right. 
By turn 6, the Brits still held one house, but they had far higher losses than the French so Mike won his first game of Musket Action by a big margin.

Bolt Action: Steve's Germans v. Mark's Italians
1,000 pts, Sectors Scenario. 
Steve's Germans had the Italians beaten by the end of turn 5.

Monday, April 09, 2018

Practice for Operation Cromwell at Good games

Operation Cromwell 2018.1 is on next weekend & there were two practice matches at Good Games this Sunday.
Sean's Australians beat Chris' Japanese in a Meeting Engagement Scenario in the jungle.
John's Germans beat Rusty's US in a Sectors Scenario in Italy.

The event is looking good with 16 entrants - 5 from Area 52, 5 from Devonport Gaming & 6 from Good Games, 8 Axis & 8 Allies.  I've made an Axis v. Allies roster with no one playing anyone from their own mob.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Hail Napoleon: French v. Austrians & Russians

The scenario started with a Russian infantry division & cavalry division facing 2 French infantry divisions.  The Russians had an Austrian infantry division & an Austrian cavalry division coming.  The French also had an infantry & a cavalry division coming. 
The place where the reinforcements were coming on was decided by lot & known only to their own side.  The time of arrival of each at the table edge was decided by dicing at the end of each turn after turn 1.
The command ratings of the forces are: French 9, Austrians 8, Russians 7 (8 if charging).
Players: Russian foot: Chris. Austrian foot: Mike.  Allied cavalry: newbie JohnS. 
French cavalry: SteveJ. French centre: Mitch. French left: Mark.  Umpire: Jim.
Rules: Hail Napoleon = house ruled Hail Caesar.
 The Russians are on the right.  The French began with an advance on the their left.
The French softened up the end of the Russian line with skirmishers while waiting for their reserves.  Their infnatry came on behind their left, their caavlry on their right.
The Austian cavalry came on the near end of the table, their infantry behind the Russians. 
With their reserves coming up behind the French attacked the Russian right flank.
The Austrian infantry are moving towards the French centre.
The Allies have been trying to attack with their cavalry, but poor command has slowed them down.
The French attack has stalled in the farmyard & the attack on the house beaten off.  The Austrian foot has gone into line in the centre.
The Austrian cavalry has finally attacked the french cavalry on the far flank & is doing well.
The French infantry attack in the farm yard stalled & that division has been withdrawn before the Russians could break it.  The French have mow attacked in the centre & are driving the Russians back there.
The French cavalry has been defeated, but the victorious Austrian cavalry is in no fit state to do much.  The Russian cavalry finally got a good command dice & charged French infantry in line.  They failed to get into square & were ridden down.

The Russian infantry get less dice than the French, but deduct 1 from their Break Test dice under our Stubborn rule.  The French columns pushed the Russians back in the centre but they failed to break them before their columns became shaken & unable to continue the attack. 
The Austrian attack left of centre has stalled due to heavy casualties from French fire.  
At this stage the French called a retreat.  Their attacks have run out of steam & Russian cavalry is behind their right flank. 

Monday, April 02, 2018

More Musket Action

Dave scored a leave pass to come & try out  Musket Action, bringing his 1,000 pt American force with him.   We fought a modified Bolt Action Key Positions scenario.There are 5 objectives - the 3 farm houses & the church, plus the ridge on the near left.
The Americans are on the far side.  American regulars in the centre.  French regulars on their left & woodsmen mostly marksmen or riflemen on both flanks.
The Brits have their regulars in the centre, Indians on the left & grenadiers, light infantry & Indians on their right.
The British plan was obvious enough - advance quickly, grab the church & hang on.
The British advance succeeded in taking the church but the line came under heavy converging fire from the Colonial regulars & their supporting artillery & skirmishers.  The grenadiers advanced to cover the right of the line infantry taking on the French threatening their flank.  On the other flank the Indians advanced to distract some of the colonial fire.
By the end of turn 6 the Brits held their original 2 farmhouses & the church so were in a winning position.  But in the wood on the right the Colonial light troops had swept the British light infantry & Indians away & had the last unit there - close to taking the farm on that flank.
The dice gave us a turn 7 & there was nothing the Brits could do to intercept the Colonial light infatry taking that objective & turning it into an American victory.
Dave used his Inspirational leader & his marksmen particularly well in his first game of Musket Action - demonstrating how easy it is to pick up for Bolt Action players.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Good Friday Musket Action: French & Indian Wars

Chris's French v. Marks's Brits
The forces are both 1350 pts & 15 units. 
BA Envelopment Scenario with some tweaks for large table.
The Brits are the attackers on the near side with Regular infantry on the their left, Colonial infantry in the centre,  Indians on their right & cavalry in reserve.
The French are defending with Canadian Militia on their right, Indians on their left & brought on regular infantry from reserve in the centre.  The cavalry from reserve was delayed but later came on their far left.
On the left British grenadiers have broken the Canadian line.  On the right the Indians of each side have had mixed fortunes. 
The British regulars have taken the farmyard.  One British cavalry unit charged the French line - it broke a front line coy, but their follow up charge on the 2nd line failed.  The other Brit cavalry was sent to the right to deal with the French hussars.
The battle ended as decisive British victory collecting VPs not only from getting units into the French deployment zone, but also destroying a lot more units than they lost.  The French erred in putting their best infantry in reserve.  The Canadians were no match for the Brit Regulars & the French regulars took too long to get into the action.  It was all over in about 2 hours so time for a couple of schooners at Knoppies.