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Fisticuffs 2018 Weymouth 26th May –

This show is a local treat as it is held in a lovely area of the Dorset coast and wargamers who have a young family can visit the show and later spend time on the beautiful beach on 200 yards away.

There was a new venue this year and it was very cosy on such a hot day.

For those of you who have never been to Fisticuffs, it is a gaming show not a trade show. This year there were only a handful of local traders. Martin (Peter Pig) is your host and it has to be said he is one of the most welcoming hosts I have ever met. Other shows please take note, gamers who put on games at shows are not an inconvenience but a draw. Think what your visitor numbers would be if people walked in to find tables full of unpainted or even empty tables. At a couple of shows in the last year not a single member from the committee has come over to welcome, thank or say goodbye and in more and more cases charge us for putting on a game at their show!

The boys all agreed that they were interested in playing Bolt Action ww2 set in a Stalingrad environment. I will be honest here in that I had never played the rules or in fact read them until the night before.

They seemed playable but very disjointed in the  reading off due to exceptions to rules not always being near the main rule and the QRF having so much detail missing.

I do not intend the detail the game but we enjoyed it even though at times I spent ages trying to clarify rules. An example was when a mortar was fired and missed, I spent ages trying to find the deviation rules. Made something up only to find out later that missed mortar have no ability to deviate and hit anything else. Seems stupid and why?

Here are a few pictures from the game, all figures and scenery  from the collections of Steve and Laurie, great effort boys. Figures are mainly Bolt action. Quite a few people asked about the fallen rubble and it was ground up plastic waste pipe which was given a dusting of red primer to knock back the colours.

Puma supported by Panzer grenadiers advance through the ruins

German advance through the ruins seeking safety near a Hetzer

Russians attempt to assault a passing Puma

The Puma is finally disabled.

Snipers and AT rifle teams think about abandoning the factory as it is on fire

251 ambulance awaits the on rush of casualties to come. Note the tank of fresh water added to the side. Great

Scrambling through the ruins

Fountain

Russians about to push forward

View from the German edge

Panzer Grenadiers dismount to clear the Russians from the Puma

 

 

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War of 1812 – British Gunboats

For the first time in a long time I attended Fisticuffs in Weymouth. Please check it out as it is a really good show with gaming at its heart.

While there having a look around the traders I spotted a couple of painted gunboats from Britannia Miniatures owned by Grubby Tanks. I know these models well as I have a few unpainted ones waiting in the increasing “to be painted” pile . I bought them for the Battle of Crysler’s Farm but have probably thought that the painting time, to paint the 19 figures per boat was better off spent painting regiments.

Having looked at and walked away a number of times, the voice in my head finally convinced me that I deserved a treat so ……………….here they are.

They suffered a little on the way home due to the everything we bought on what was a fantastic bring and buy. But a few hours and some nice basing will soon have them ship shape.

They will then be ready to provide supporting fire from the British right flank on the River.

The problem is that they have now sparked an idea of 28mm Great Lake Naval battles!

My old mate Brian, an ex marine (reliably, his words) informed me that the oar blades are different colours due to which watch the boat belonged to, Port or Starboard. I love interesting facts like that.

Here some pictures. They are not on ice, just that I thought the detail may have been lost on a green terrain tile and I could not find a blue cloth.

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Legionary 2016 – Pegasus 1940 Part 2

Legionary 2016 is now only a week away (30th April 2016). Therefore I have started to pack away my game, ready for the show.

Here are a last few pictures before the show.

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Legionary 2016 – Pegasus 1940 Part 1

With my local show on a few months away it was time to reveal to the boys what I intend to put on for them to play.

The show is only a mile a mile away as the crow flies and to get to it I have to cross a couple, a River bridge and a Canal bridge.

Here is a picture of the canal swing bridge and in the background is a bascule type bridge (I cross this coming back from the show). The reason I am interested in them is that in 1944 the swing bridge and the river bridge where used in training for the Pegasus Bridge assault.

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This got me thinking and as a lot of people have done a Pegasus bridge based wargame scenario I started to think about Operation Seelowe (Sea-lion) and the possible importance these bridges may have played if the Germans had come ashore on the Devon coastline. In fact we have two large flat beaches (Dawlish Warren and Exmouth) with a few miles. Both are either side of the estuary and for the forces to link up they would need the bridges.

Below are a few shots of the planned game so far. Still plenty to do as well as a set of display rules to write.

Infantry -Home guard are Foundry with Heavy  Support Weapons ( Northover Projector, Spigot Mortar, Smith Gun) and Beaverette from Stronghold Miniature. I have also scratch built a Standard Mk III Beaverbug version. Regular infantry are Warlord. Germans are mostly Foundry with a few Blacktree with some additional heavy weapons from Artizan Designs.

Vehicles – Vickers, Matilda and Panzer 38T tanks(all metal) old Blitzkrieg Miniature now Warlord, I think. Panzer II are old Frog Fumen kits. Kubelwagon is Corgi, Opels and Styre? Unknown.

Buildings – Mainly Charlie Foxtrot and Sarissa with some unknown and some scratch built. River Bridge is a Hovel.

Tree and Hedges  – Scratch built

Boat – Scratch built

More pictures will follow as items get completed.

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Attack 14, Devizes

This weekend 19th and 20th July was an opportunity for my wargaming buddies to all meet up at a show. Six of us got together at the Devizes show, Attack. Three came up from Plymouth, 2 from Chippenham and myself from Exeter.

Father and son, Chris and Robert living the nearest put the game on. It was a 28mm early Japanese attack against a British/American force trying to stem the tide and allow an evacuation. Below are a few shots of the game. Hope you enjoy them.

Terrain – Chris

Rules – Chris

Figures – Chris, mainly TAG.

Vehicles – Chris, various manufacturers.

Ships – Chris.

Planes – Robert, only joking Chris.

I am starting to think Chris may be a megalomaniac !

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The whole table 10×6 with Jetty and some of the best jungle terrain I have ever seen.

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Compound area and a few buildings. the large red rooed building was the officers mess.

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View from the other end with paddy fields on the left.

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Japanese VAL patrols the air looking for some targets

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British manning the barrier. That red and white pole will stop all comers.

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Parade ground starting to fill with people looking for a way out

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Only boat available so far! Who goes and who stays?

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The Val misses the vehicles and hits the corner of the laundry.

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The Val has a group of Ghurkas in its sights. Lucky for them the Val is off target.

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The Japanese are burning the buildings as they advance through the jungle causing more panic.

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First of the Japanese armour rolls on to the table with infantry support.

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The Val takes out the staff car, he is already at the dock demanding the first safe passage away.

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A junk turns up to help the evacuation.

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Japanese clear the village.

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British in a trench come under mortar fire!

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The tanks start to break out from the village. No resistance met, yet.

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Japs stumble on a bunker and start to clear it. Slow progress. they lose a few infantry and an armoured car in the progress.

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More Japanese wadding across the paddy fields.

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Japanese armour having assisted clearing the bunker only have to defeat the red and white barrier to be in the compound.

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A merchant ship turns up. Cheers go up from all waiting to get out of there. This was made by Chris from the Snowberry kit.

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British get some much needed air support in the shape of a Brewster Buffalo. It did manage to drive off the Val.

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The merchant ship in a bit more detail.

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The returned Val eyes up the ship.

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Japanese tanks fail to advance due to the Lee.

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Swarms of Japs burst out of the jungle. Figures are mainly from The Assault Group.

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Crew pulling up the gang plank.

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In a last ditch attempt the Val has another go at the merchant ship. Only light damage caused.

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After 2 days of great gaming Father and Son, Chris and Robert receive the show award. Well deserved even if I say so myself.

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