So there we were the Thuggees were in the mountains and the British army was in march column moving forward, unknowing of their danger. Then a small Indian man in a British red jacket of Regulars, stands tall on a parapet! With his trumpet angled high in the air, the sound of fall in rang along the mountain sides and on to the valley below. The British are warned, a shot rings out and our hero Gunga Din is down!
So starts our battle of the pass of Gunga Din! Brent out did himself again! Field of Honor was used with all units named and marked for easy play. 28 mm figures. The British Cavalry were told to attack an artillery battery by a hill in the center left, but the Thugees come down out of the mountain…we had to charge them…we are British Cavalry after all. With great fighting we nullify that hill of tribesmen but there are few British horse left. On the right, the British tried the same thing but were surrounded and none survived the conflict.
In the center, well the Thugee guns were still there and putting up a tremendous fight, but the British line held and the British Elephant gun held the right. The Thuggee army has lost the standard of the Kali, and both commanders on the left flank. The British Sgt Mjrs, still held the parapets and the Thuggee’s started the move back into the hills.
We had 2 new players and a number of cheering observers this night, capping off a great time!
Thuggees on the hill
Gunga Din is down!
The last of the British horse after the great charge
The Elephant gun stems the tide
It is the Mexican/American War and the US Army invades Veracruz and starts their march on Mexico City. Santa Anna wants to pull all forces he can muster back to his defense works, but Pachiano, decided to make a stand forward a narrowing of a mountain valley. Santa Anna joins him to maximize his troop strength. Command and Colors Napoleonic’s were the rules used with these additions. The US Army used British Stats, the Mexicans used Spanish Stats. The Command ratings were 6 for the USA and 2 for the Mexicans with a bonus card drawn randomly on the first turn and used immediately. The USA set up first and then the Mexican commands.
The Mexican army started out with strong attacks all along the front. This caused a break in command as Pachiano wanted to wait in his redoubts and let the US Army come to him. Gallent charges and amazing small arms fire from the Mexican Militia won them the day, but command was shaky in the Mexican army. As the US Army broke off to regroup the Mexican Army slipped away in the night to man the defense of Mexico City, making the victory somewhat less. Great times, 15 mm figures
US Army deployed for Action
Mexican Army defends the Passes
Lancers Forward…to Victory
US Army attacks Santa Anna on the right flank
The Lancers get 3 of 3 hits and Kentucky looses in a one sided fight!
The US Army attack on Santa Anna grinds to a halt. Both sides break off
We had two games last night. The main event was a great! Using Konig Krieg rules we fought a meeting engagement in the War of Austrian Succession. We had French/Spanish army running into the Austrian/Savoyard army. The French and Spanish horse lost a spectacular battle following by the complete out flanking of the French/Spanish army. This was followed up the center of the Austrian/Savoyard army holding strong and the rear of the French/Spanish army was compromised by Austrian Hussars. But in the moment of crisis Marshal Tony rolled a 1 and the French/Spanish army stands strong! They will fight to the end right here. Ah, if it were so, General Fitz rolls a 6 … the die of shame…. and us, (Austrian/Savoyard army), goes home instead… great times and a hard fought game.
This was followed up by a game of Crossfire. Both games were done in 15mm. Photos to follow I hope
The Battle of Tewksbury started off with a large tank battle for the control of the bridges that lead to London and then on to Liverpool. Anglican forces defended the area with the last of their armor support and 2 battalions of infantry. The Fascists attacked with a large mechanized force and broke into the Tewksbury after huge losses in tanks and armored cars. The bridges did hold and the flanks of the Fascist attack was being pressed hard by Red armored columns ! Great game – 15mm figures – Spearhead rules.
Anglicans scrape up some “tanks” to screen Tewksbury
British Union of Fascists attack the bridges
Royalist Tanks press on to Tewksbury
International Harvester defends the bridge….its a trap!
The Tank Duel!!
15mm Arab – Israeli 6 days War using Spearhead.
This is a West Bank fight with an Israeli armored column forcing its way through a Jordanian Mechanized force. the Jordanians are very tough, the fight was bloody, but Jordan’s troops were spread too thin with no heavy weapons. The break through in the center sealed the fate of the battle. Jordanian M48’s vs Israeli Super Sherman’s, but not enough fast enough. Well fought on both sides, Huzahs to Ray and Todd .
Jordanian 106mm recoilless Rifles ready in ambush
Israeli armored advance
Jordanian Archer took a heavy toll on forward Israeli light armor
Isolated Jordanian defenders
Super Sherman’s on the advance
Jordanian Patton’s on the counterattack. They were penny parceled out…so screened or isolated
Re enforcing Victory! Israeli Centurions
19 November 1809
Encouraged by a lack of cooperation between the British and their Spanish allies in the aftermath of Talavera, the newly crowned King Joseph Bonaparte of Spain, along with his trusted “advisor” Marshal Soult, pressed an offensive against a Spanish army twice the size of their own force. The battle was met along a dried river bed on the outskirts of the Spanish town of Ocano.
The Spanish defenders were smartly arrayed two lines deep with forces of light horse covering each flank. A large force of militia was positioned as a reserve, behind the town. The French deployed the bulk of their light cavalry against the Spanish right and arrayed the crack Dutch, Hessian and Polish regiments to assault the Spanish center. The battle was joined in a huge clash of light horse near the olive groves along the Spanish right. The Spaniards fought valiantly but 2 of their 3 brigades were routed and the French turned to regroup and threaten the Spanish baggage trains. A lone brigade of Spanish horse forced a brigade of Poles into square and delayed their assault against the Spanish center. The Hessians and Dutch were met with an unexpectedly fierce series of volleys and were forced back in disorder. They regrouped and advanced again, only to be met with determined resistance. The Spanish fought on bravely throughout the afternoon, contrary to all expectations, but finally they gave way as the quality of the French troops began to tell. As their center gave way, the Spanish generals saw the writing on the wall and ordered a general withdrawal, hoping to fight again another day. The French, victorious despite being outnumbered 2 to 1, held the field, but at a great cost in crack troops who lay strewn about the field. Joseph Bonaparte’s schemes would meet yet another delay…
We used 15mm figures from Heritage, Old Glory and AB and the town of Ocono was portrayed with Miniature Building Authority models. The game was played with Napoleon’s Battles rules. Special thanks go to der Fitzer, who ran home at the last minute to retrieve his French army!
French Light Horse
French Baggage Camp-hmm could be tasty-
King Joseph Bonaparte’s Royal Guard
Massed Spanish Horse!!! OH MY!
Hessians and Dutch Assalut!
Spanish Army defends Ocono! Our bones will bleach the sand in front of Ocono….no behind it !!!
La Grande Melee!
Spanish Cassions go rolling away!
3/16: Battle of Ocana- 15mm Napoleon’s Battles with Fitz and Todd.
3/23: Battle for the West Bank- 15mm 6-Day War hosted by Ray and Charley.
3/30: Russo-Turkish War- 15mm Volley & Bayonet Napoleonics with Andy.
4/6: A Very British Civil War- 15mm modified Spearhead in Old Blighty, hosted by Todd.
4/13: Koenig Krieg- 15mm 18th Century mayhem with our very own von Fitzer.
4/20: Spanish Civil War- 15mm modified Spearhead on the plains in Spain, hosted by Todd.
4/27: GASLIGHT- 28mm Victorian Sci Fi in Darkest Africa with Brent.
5/4: Mexican American War- Our annual Cinco de Mayo 15mm special event, hosted by Barbwire Bob himself.
5/11: Gunga Din: Chaos in the Northwest Frontier with Brent.
5/18: The Emir’s Revenge: 15mm Modern warfare in Berzerkistan, hosted by Todd.
5/25: Memorial Day- The Source Comics & Games is closed!
6/1: Russian Civil War- 15mm modified Spearhead on the endless steppes, with Todd.
6/8: The Other Sepoy Rebellion- 15mm mutiny in 1915 Singapore, hosted by Moose.
We need backup games for all weeks and submissions are always welcome!
14 August 1900 Peking, China
Forces of the European-dominated 8-Power Alliance forced the gates of the city of Peking en route to relieve the besieged Legation Quarter. An impressive array of troops including US Marines, Bengal Lancers and Russian Cossacks repeatedly stormed the city walls in efforts to crush Imperial Chinese resistance. The Imperial Chinese Army, armed and equipped to modern standards, took to the walls supported by militia armed with muzzleloaders, while bands of the Brotherhood of Righteous Harmonious Fists roamed the streets just inside the walls. But bolt action rifles, bravery and dedication to the Imperial throne were not enough to save the day. US Marines scaled the walls, sweeping the parapets of resistance with a dashing bayonet charge while the Bengal Lancers rushed the gates. Resistance ended shortly thereafter, with Imperial Army units withdrawing in good order and the Boxers escaping into the shadows.
The game featured Brent’s 15mm figures and a nice model of the city walls provided by Ray. Brent hosted the game and used Fields of Honor rules. Look for a sequel game featuring the relief of the Legations at a date to be announced. Thanks to Brent and to all who played; this was a great game.
Boxer Braves on the Wall
Bengal Lancers at the Wall! Gotta love Bengal Lancers
British at the Wall!
Imperial Army Guards the Gate
U.S. Marines sweep the Wall
Russians are here!
U.S. Marines Attack! Uh rah!
3/9 15mm Boxer Rebellion Fields of Honor, the Battle of Peking. Presented by Brent.
3/16 Napoleon’s Battles with Fitz. 15mm fun, scenario TBA.
We had a fiercely fought battle this Monday night as we refought the battle of Studienka. This is where the French fight a rear guard action to get as much of their army back across the river to safety, supplies and reinforcements, after a disastrous invasion of Mother Russia. The first four turns saw determined attacks on the French rear guard by Cossacks, jagers, and light cavalry. These were beaten back by a determined French defense, but on turn 5 the heavy regiments of the Russian Army attack and the fight collapse’s into desperate battles of small groups. While most of the French army got across the river, the rear guard suffered much to make it so. For those not knowing about Slaughterloo, it is campaign setting where each of the Napoleonic nations are represented by fantasy races. French are Elves, British are Orcs, Russians are Skeletons and Werewolves, Austrians are Dogs, Spanish are Dark Elves and the Prussians are Dwarves. Wilderness Wars rules were used. All figures were 28mm. A huge thanks goes out to Andy, Todd and Ray for all the good figures and help!
Cossacks, Zombie cavalry start the engagement with aggressive pressing attacks
The Defenders beset on all sides. Elfish Ligne and medium gun
Prince Vlad arrives with the Russian assault force
Final Great clash of armies