The Club game we played today (Sunday). It was set in Germany in 1985
and the scenario was based upon a scene in Howard Coyle's book Team Yankee, the
scenarios are from the board game of the same name.
The game opened with a Polish (Soviet) heli-borne assault to capture two
bridges on the West German border. Here a Polish Choppers across the border
The Polish airborne troops come in aboard their Helicopters.
The first wave of Polish airborne land and assault the factory which was
held by British infantry. The Brits in the factory had been hit by the Hind's
chain gun the turn before and lost about half their men.
Polish special forces are landed on the rooftop of a building in the
centre of the town. From there they destroyed the British APC you can see. One
thing that helped the Poles greatly was that every time the British battalion
rolled a morale test it rolled 1. They did this several times in a row!
This meant that British battalion could do nothing for those turns which
essentially gave the Poles free reign over the town.
The second wave of Polish airborne come in. These took the hill in the center and wiped out the Brits who were holding it.
A view of one of the Polish helicopters carrying the second wave into
the town. By this time the bridges were firmly under Polish control. The
British battalion failed its morale again and surrendered! Questions will no
doubt be asked just who those Brits were.
The Hind takes out a British Scorpion. When the Scorpion unit tested
morale it failed and abandoned its sole remaining AFV. NATO morale dice during
the whole game were appalling.
The second part of the game was a Russian armoured assault that Team
Yankee had to meet and defeat. The table was lengthened for this part of the
The lengthened table
Soviet armour arrives and begins to cross the bridges captured by the
airborne earlier in the game. The Polish airborne infantry advance through the
Team Yankee waits for the onslaught.
The Russians deploy as they exit the town
A US infantry battalion waits in cover
Tanks engage. One US Tank brews up. No matter what they did the US tankers
could not hit the Russians. The dice had decided they were communist dice this
The battle turns into a massacre of US armour. All the US MBTs are
destroyed and half the US infantry Bn is knocked out by airstrikes. Not one
Russian tank is lost. In the final turn the US got air support and a Phantom F4
came in. Before it could do anything Russian AAA hit it and shot it down. To do
this they needed a 9 on a d10 and they rolled a 9.
It really was not NATOs day
at all. Thanks again guys, miniatures were Americans, Esci tanks, S model 113s and Italeri M113 mortar and Vulcan, american infantry Liberation. British, mix of matchbow, S models, Dragon, and figures Liberation. Russians Revell, Dragon, S and S and Um, trumpeter, & diecast MBT & APC kits, helicopters were Italeri, Hobby Boss, academy and diecast, Infantry are wartime miniatures and plastic Spetznatz.
This club meeting Unlucky General decided to run out his early war Germans vs my Polish. My units are part of the 9th Infantry division, so I picked a scenario around were the 9th was deployed on the 3rd of September after falling back in the face of the Wehrmacht divisions of the 2nd Motorised -armoured in the outer suburbs of Bydgoszcz.
I could not roll a 5 or 6 all game on my tanks or anti amour all game, so the germans closed to short range and murdered my Polish in there trenches! I still have not managed to pull off a win with the Poles as yet but I still enjoy the rinky dink nature of the AT guns!
Well a number of the guys got together to play out the 200, 300 and 400 point battle groups in the RF Normandy Campaign book on the weekend, I played one game as a stand in for a Brit player as I did not finish my FJ that are still on my desk awaiting some love. A big thanks to those people who traveled down from the Cumberland Society in Sydney to add some new players to our RF group in Goulburn.
Each table had a terrain and road set up that was worth bonus points each set up:- the different options were,
200 point single village, one wood and one hill each and 24 ft of Hedges, crossroad
300 point two villages, one wood, one hill each and one wood and one hill extra that had to be in the set up area between the troops.
400 point one town, one wood, one hill each and one wood and one hill extra that had to be in the set up area between the troops.
Panzer Lehr was the most popular choice for the Axis and US armoured btn the most popular for the allied.
I recently finished these miniatures from the old 1/72nd Esci Spetnatz range. I painted them for the Guild "Green" painting competition. They will become part of my Presidential gaurd in my modern Imagi-nation.
I have been meaning to post these pictures from the Australian War Memorial open day back in April, I concentrated on the displays outside as I always manage to drop in at least once a month for a look through the galleries inside the memorial.
Australian Light Horse Display
from left to right
1920 - 1935 NSW Lancers uniform, 1914-19 Light Horse uniform, NSW Mounted Rifles 1899-1902 (Boer War) uniform
Vietnam Era SWB Landrover with 105mm recoiless (the green seat covers are wrong.....)
WW1 era Ambulance
Japanese Ha-Go light tank, captured at Milne bay, September 1942