Tuesday, September 15, 2020

FOW Solo Play US Airborne vs German Grenadier

I've had these two companies painted for a long time and now with my son on the west coast, I am giving it a go by myself. Be advised I am not a strict adherent to the FOW rules. I am not a tournament player and I take into account history & common sense. So if you see a tank or unit out of command distance its because there were radios in WWII.  I'm playing this as a meeting engagement with the ultimate US objective for the airborne company seizing the fuel dump at the train station. The German objective is to stop the Airborne advance before they can gain a foothold in the town. 

The 82nd was the first to move their platoons. 1st plt crossed the hedgerows and road from their staging area into the woods along the river and adjacent to the river crossing. The 1st plt also has a forward observer with them. The 2nd plt crossed over the hedgerows and moved to south side of the bridge before halting. 

The artillery battery deployed in the field. 

The Sherman platoon (+) and Wolverines started their movement through the hay field to the road. 2nd plt securing the bridge will be paramount to the success of getting the armor across the river!

The 3rd and 4th platoons sat tight in their assembly area so as to not congest the area. 

Also moving to the road were the two anti-tank guns.

A look at the quiet French town lying between the two forces.

Now the German Grenadier company responds to intelligence reports of US activity in their sector. 1st plt moves to the East side of the village (the German left flank). 

The Stugs and the Marders move into town.

The German artillery sets up in the field behind the town and the anti-tank guns prepare to move. (I need to get some trucks)

The 2nd plt in the center hold up just short of the village and the 2 Panthers await mobilization. 

The 3rd Grenadier plt deploys to the right German flank and enter a small grove of trees.

That's the end of the movement phase. The shooting phase is next, but I doubt, with all the terrain there is anything within line of sight. BTW, for scale purposes my table is 4x8, this operation is moving up the long section of the table.  More to follow!

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Le Bucentaure!

I give you one of my son’s GHQ ships. His research and details are second to none. When he’s home from college he takes over my painting bench! I don’t really mind since I really appreciate his passion for Napoleonic naval warfare. This ship is A 1/1200 scale model of “Le Bucentaure”. Launched in 1803, Le Bucentaure was a French 80-gun ship-of-the-line. She suffered heavy losses in the Battle of Trafalgar (1805) before being captured by the British “HMS Conqueror”.

She was captained by Vice-Admiral Louis-René de La Touche-Tréville.
And the ship!!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

WWII Table

Almost done. Three or four more hedgerows and some street rubble and I’m calling it done. Just in time for my son when he gets home so we can play our brand of FOW and Crossfire.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

FUBAR in Chechnya

Son was home from college for a couple days and we got into some skirmish games. First up was a game of FUBAR. I had the Russians and he played the Chechens mostly represented by Afghan mujahideen in Chechnya around 1999-2000. All miniatures were painted by my son. Terrain was all his effort as well except for a couple Battlefront buildings.  Had a great time and in the end my Russians held the town but barely.  We also played some western skirmish and once he's done his AAR I'll post the link.  Now for the pics. Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Long and Winding Road

Well straights for now. Completed some city streets and dirt roads in 15mm. Going to add some T sections and I think I will have enough. Pics below are somewhat progessive but I forgot a few steps.

And the dirt roads with puddles.

 And what I need after building roads!