Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Jim using Peter Moy's 1995 Pontic Army
Peter's 1995 army was famous for being a heap of crap, but it still came second, beaten by Mark & tying with Jim. Tonight the Ponts deployed most of their foot on a ridge in the centre, Chariots and low grade cataphracts on the right, grotty cavalry on the left - all screened by a horde of skirmishers.
Once again the 1995 result was repeated with the M2M 2011 edition rules working nicely with the old lists.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
in refight of their 1995 Maharajah battle.
We decided to fight an "historical" battle. The 1995 army lists easily transposed to the 2011 rules. The same figures were used. The player's hair had changed colour & in Mark's case there was a significant change in profile, but the result was the same as in 1995.
The pics are taken from behind Jim's right & the description below is from the same viewpoint.
In the centre, Jim's barbarian charge was beaten off with small losses & the Phalanxes closed in to slug it out.
On the left, the cavalry fight had wins & losses on both sides, but Mark's cataphracts made the critical difference. One tied up Jim's Companions, the other beat a big Heavy Cav unit, then rode down 2 Peltasts units to outflank the enemy centre.
With the right just holding on, the left destroyed and the centre being surrounded from the left Jim conceeded.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Jim's Schutzen v. Leigh's British Rifles
Cauldron Mission on 6x4
The Brits lost the toss & defended, placing 3 infantry down with 2pdrs in immediate ambush & with 25pdrs, MkIIIB, bugs & HMGs in Reserve.
All pics taken from behind the German right.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
2000 pts Breakthrough on 8x6 table, Germans defending.
The US put Engineers & Shermans in flank reserve, 105 & 76 Shermans in the centre, Priests in rear & infantry threatening the German artillery. The US tanks in the centre moved forward carefully out of range or LOS of the Paks. The Stugs came on 1st turn on the flank of the 76 Shermans, folowed by the Marders on turn 2. The Shermans turned to fight, but were destroyed for no loss. But the US also got good reserve dice, their Engineers coming on turn 3 & the Shermans on turn 4. The P/grens in the central wood were quickly over-run & the objective taken.
The Stugs, followed by the Marders, rushed across under fire & managed to contest the objective with 1 Stug in the nick of time. The Stug died, but it bought time for half the other P/grens to remount their half tracks and rush over to retake the objective, clearing the wood of both engineers & tanks.
The final action was a shoot out between the remaining armour. Only 3 Marders survived but the US had nothing left to contest the woodsd full of P/grenadiers.
Another exciting see-saw FOW battle. Pic 1 is behind the Stugs & Marders where they came on. There are 2 burning Shermans, the others ran off. Pic 2 is from behind the objectives. A Stug contests the objective, the armour shootout is beyond it, the mounted P/grens are coming up in the foreground.
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
v. Mark's Parliamentarians
Parliament lined up conventionally with cavalry on the wings & infantry in the centre coveirng the whole field. But the King's men deployed entirely on their right with cavalry in reserve behind their left.
In the Royalist centre, they had pikes in the central wood, but they advanced out of it & the Roundhead cavalry recoiled back. Royalist musketeers entered the other wood to face off the Roundhead dragoons for the duration.
The Royalists tried to send some cavalry across from their left, but it was too late & it only rode to its doom as the Royalist left collapsed into chaos.
Monday, January 03, 2011
in 2000 pts Breakout, Steve Defending
Nick used his recon move to grab an objective on turn 1 to gain an initial advantage. Pic 1 shows Nick's recon and infantry rushing the village on the left while Steve is advancing from the top right.
Nick then pinned down one Steve's infantry platoons with artillery and they refused to unpin for far too long to be fair.
Steve's attack through the wood drove the US infantry back out of the wood and into the village, but Nick held the second line to hold an objective on turn 6 to win the battle.
It was a tough ask for Steve as defender in this unfamiliar mission, but Nick had a better grasp of the essentials of the mission than Steve and exploited that to the full.
Nick's Armour will fight Jim's Panzergrenadiers in the Grand Final.