Monday, August 31, 2015

Games I've Played Lately

Over the past month I've had the opportunity to play several games.  Here's a couple pictures highlighting the action:

Here's a game from a recent HAWKs club night hosted by Chris:  10mm Lizards, Dwarves, and Elves fight for control of an island.
Bear Yourselves Valiantly:  LSNC Ancients & Fantasy
 And down at the local game store (Critical Hit Games), I played in a six player game of Kings of War to commemorate the release of the KoW Second Edition rulebook.  We played the entire game in less than 2 1/2 hours.
Kings of War 2d Edition
 Another day at the local game store - Muskets and Tomahawks.  This was a four play game with 200 points each.  The British forces completely routed the Canadian (me) and French forces.  Two new players were trying the rules for the first time.
Canadian Militia preparing to drive off the British Indian allies.

British Rangers fire from the woods
 And one more HAWKs game night......This time it was 10mm chariot racing hosted by Buck.  We ran two laps around a figure 8 track.  It was mostly a close run race with only one player wrecking his chariot (unusual for a group of HAWKs players).

10 mm Chariots heading into the first turn

The second lap the pack had closed up a bit

Little Groups of Paratroops - A Battleground WWII Scenario

"March to the sound of the guns and kill anyone who is not dressed like you..."  On D-Day, small groups of scattered paratroopers merged into larger groups. One such group from the 101st Airborne Division found itself near a causeway exit from Utah Beach.  The beach exits were primary objectives and had to be taken and held until the beach landing forces could link up.

Looking from the far side of the village toward the beach

Another view of the village

View from the south side of the village
The Germans had flooded some areas in an attempt to hinder an Allied invasion.  They had a bunker with an anti-tank gun positioned to cover the beach exit.
Looking from the beach towards the causeway exit at the village; protected by a pillbox
The German defenders started in the village and had to send out two patrols on preset routes (until contact was made).
A different view from the beach side
The four groups of paratroopers were scattered around the table after randomly determining their starting points.
The German defenders paid a heavy price to keep one group Airborne troops out of the village

Another little group of Airborne troops approaches through the woods
The paratroopers moved building to building to clear a route to the bunker blocking the beach exit.
"Knock, Knock"
By game's end, they had cleared most of the village and had effectively neutralized the bunker.  The Germans only controlled two buildings and had a bunker full of wounded and broken men.
An Airborne trooper throws a grenade into the bunker
In the end, the Airborne had captured a majority of the village and the pillbox had been neutralized.  A minor victory to the Americans.

(Note:  I forgot this entry was in my draft folder - oops)