Sunday, 25 January 2009

Boxer Rebellion Game report

Earlier this month we played a skirmish game using Ian’s superb Boxer Rebellion figures and a set of rules he’d created called “Days of Empire.”



The terrain was setup with a central temple occuppied by the Boxer rebels which were controlled by Ian this was two forces of around 7 figures each.


The rest of us were randomly given a team of figures and a mission. Teams can consist of between 1 and 8 figures, where applicable teams have a leader and a subordinate officer. Each figure is then allocated a expertise rating and addition abilities. Our teams are as follows along with further details of the terrain.


The Germans with a mission to search the temple. This team consisted of 4 firgures a Captain, a NCO and two trained troops. Their deployment zone was to the west of the temple behind some rocky ground. To the north of them were some marshes and to their south was a hill and beyond that was a fenced field in the south wes corner.






To the south of the temple was a avenued approach road to the temple with fenced field to the south west at the far south west of this field the British Marines were deployed.


They had a captain and Sergent with three troopers. Their mission was to save Professor Saunders. Who at this stage of the game no one knew where he was.


To the east of the road was another field with hedges for its boundary. In it' south east corner was where the Tiger Men entered the afray.
Thay had a mission to capture Professor Saunders, and consisted of a five figure team






Moving round to the east was open ground and some more trees. in the north east corner was another building with a field on its western side.




The US Marines entered on the north side of the table. Their mission was to capture the German captain. This team was made up of five figures.




Initiative is determined by using a deck of cards which are issued to teams, leaders, elites, and figures with an alert characteristic. The highest card goes first, this provides a great means of mixing up which character or unit that is in play. The card can also be held and used to gain initiative at a later stage if desired. Imitative can also be seized if a figure passes within 4” of an unengaged figure.

I commenced by moving towards the temple. The Imperial Chinese attacked the temple also The British not knowing where the Professor was decided to attack the Germans. The Americans moved round towards the rear of the Germans, whilst the Boxers erupted from the temple killing a German and attack the British and Chinese forces. However the Boxers were driven back by the British, Chinese Imperial and German forces. The Boxers made their escape with the Professor, hotly pursued by the Chinese who with some good shooting slowed them down sufficiently to capture the Professor. The British mean while continued to attack the Germans, when the Americans came in intent on capturing the German leader shoot one of the Germans and a British Marine.
Soon after the US Marines subdued the German leader and attempted to make there escape but were hindered by the remaining German NCO and the advancing British.

This was an excellent game and we look forward to another game sometime.

Friday, 16 January 2009

6mm Sarmatians - Part I

I got an amry pack of Sarmatians from Baccus6mm for Christmas.
They were initially requested as an army for Field of Glory as I had hoped to read them over the hols. But things didn't work out (do they ever.?).
So, now I'm just painting them up and basing them for DBMM (or some other derivitive) to determine exactly what I have.
I started with the Psiloi as they were the easiest...








Then I did the Light Horse because they were easy too...





Next are a few bases of Cavalry, then I may have go at some Knughts before painting up a few Generals bases...

Friday, 9 January 2009

Nicopolis at Recon 2006

The Wallachains...


Wallachians versus Turks with Serbs just arriving...


The Ottoman Turks on top of their hill...


French versus Turks...


French emerge from the woods...


View of the battle from above the Turks camp...


Monday, 5 January 2009

2009 Tasks

Happy New Year.!

Over the next month or so, I intend to post the photos and write-ups from our past demo games.

The main reason for this is to give any viewers a better idea of what we do as a club. These photos are on our KC Yahoo Group (http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/the_kirklees_crusaders/) but one must register to view them, which could put some people off.

Another reason is to make more use of this blog. We have no web-site, so this blog (and the Yahoo Group) should complement each other; one as a display and the other as a working communication centre.

Cheers
Ian