Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Ice and Fire

Well the dust settles on the Arnhem project and the mind starts wandering. 

A few posts ago I introduced Ser Gregor Clegane. I did finally paint his retinue of henchmen, all 6 of them, and played a few games. It was all good and then I bought this

A very nice light hearted set of rules, completely mission based. 
This got me thinking and it led to the construction of another 30 figures to fill out most of the force I would need

That isn't the worst bit, I then thought I better get an opponent for them,

Which looks like this,

And that's only half of them!
All this from the guy who says he hates painting 28's

You've gotta love any hobby that makes you challenge your own opinions lol 

Thanks for following, and always go with the craziest ideas.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Arnhem the battle

Well we were only a month late, but we finally got the battle played.

The Paras started the game dug in to the ruins of the city. 

Kampfgruppe Brinkmann arrives with a few platoons of panzer grenadiers 

This had little effect on the defenders, however reinforcements arrived swiftly.
Graebner and his armoured cars charge over the bridge 
And dive into a salvo of fire 

And they kept coming!

As the beleaguered Paras dealt with these persistent enemies Knaust arrived with his training school armour 

And surrounded 1st platoon which lead to their destruction 

Afterwards 2nd platoon and the 2ic stood there ground to the side of the bridge under heavy fire.

As if this wasn't bad enough Hummel arrives with his Tigers and grenadiers 

The Paras hold out valiantly for the remaining turns, fighting tooth and nail for every inch of ground.

As burning wreckage litters the bridge the heroic 2ic eyes up a chance for glory.
A panzer tank gets stuck between the buildings, time to strike back. He destroys the tank and sends the rest running.

In retribution for the tanks, SS grenadiers hunt down the hero
And finish him off before he does more damage 

Its looking grim for the airborne troops now
But they hang on and dig in further, even when the mortars stop firing due to ammo shortages 
The game ends with the narrowest of wins for the Paras.
The players certainly seem to have enjoyed the game. I must admit it worked very close to how I wanted it to. Bags of tension and stress, and went to the wire.

This game will definitely get rolled out again sometime, but it's got me thinking of making more scenarios, I enjoy the research and plotting twists in the tale.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

15mm german armour

Some more units to fill up the arnhem tables.
First up a platoon of panzer III

Next is a platoon of panzer IV 

A couple of AA half tracks

And finally a couple of support vehicles 

These were all done in a more early to mid war scheme to represent Luftwaffe units and the tanks as from the training schools in the area. 
I'm sure they will come in handy when I go back to mid war gaming though😊

Bye for now.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014


I have been ridiculously busy in the last few weeks so progress has been very slow.
However I got some more buildings nearer finished and did a quick layout for the game.
The whole layout 
And again 
And just for fun a german convoy passing through.