Sunday, 14 April 2013

Black Powder, Chain of Command and more painting.

Last week went pretty well and too damn quick.  We finished the Black Powder colonial game, which went totally wrong for the British.  Although Panjo was doing well pushing back the Sudanese cavalry and camelry, Zob's plan went completely to pot.  His firing line was charged and charged again by the hordes of screaming dervishes.  Although he won or drew all the fights, he was gradually worn down to the point where he had to test morale.  Morale is pretty simple, roll 2 dice at get more than 4.  So he rolled and got 4!  Oops.  So the first British unit broke and ran.  The bad news is any supporting unit has to test if the unit it can support breaks.  So the unit behind rolled and got.......yes, another 4.  So two units down, the morale rolls moved on tho the third British line unit.  They had drawn their fight so had to roll morale.  Another 4 and off they went.  They also had been supported and the morale roll for that unit was 4!  Four consecutive rolls of 4, which  was hard to do, meant the entire left flank of the British force had gone.  The game was called there as the remaining British units decided discretion was the best option and chose to retreat.  So another victory for the Sudanese and history was being rewritten.  It was a good evenings gaming, which is always a good way to start the week.

Tuesday to Thursday was spent either sorting out the house with SWMBO or painting.  More of the former than the latter sadly, but I did get a bit of painting done.   The vehicles from the Open Fire box have been painted and will be appearing on eBay later today.  I have almost finished the Paks as well, but they need another day to finish off.

So here are some of the Shermans.  Nice models, although they did require a bit of filling along the right side.

I also finished off the Stugs, which are very nice and compare very well with the resin/metal Stugs that I have already.

Friday brought another visit to casa del Stumpy.  Nathan has started his own blog now, finally moving into the 20th century. He has photos and a report of the game we played on there, so check it out for a better view of what we did.  We played a playtest game of the new Too Fat Lardies rules, Chain of Command.  These are platoon level rules and use a very nice system for command and control.  The end result was my Americans saw off Gus' Germans, but sustained heavy losses doing it.  We really had a good game though and will be playing it again tomorrow night.  Stupidly I recently sold off my painted 28mm WW2 figures because I never used them!  Doh.  Face-palm moment.  I still have some Bolt Action Americans here, but they are unpainted so will have to join the list.  Or do I wait and get some Perry's plastic desert figures?

Saturday was the monthly meet of the Devon Wargames Group, but sadly I was a sick as a dog yesterday and didn't attend.  Seems like they had a good day though, going from the post on the blog.  Memo to self, do not overdo it the day before the club meet.

Anyway, off now to sort out some pictures to put on the AWI page I have.  Keep rolling those dice and I will catch you later.

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