Last week I was walking a short section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path with my wife and some friends, when we met the guy shown below going the other way.
Friday, 21 July 2023
Wednesday, 14 June 2023
Well, it seems I just can't get away from those old Airfix kits. My original Airfix nostalgia project was supposed to be all over in 2020, but it seems the itch still needs scratching. So this is a short post recording a couple of recent bits of kit building.
Tuesday, 6 June 2023
|Roy took the Brits - Crusaders to his left, Grants to his right.|
|The cracking Diana models - or to be more accurate, the two|
7.62cm FK36(r) auf Panzerjäger Selbstfahrlafette Zugkraftwagen 5t (Sd.Kfz. 6/3).
|The Grants get going in the foreground. |
Their thicker armour was useful, but 2 were soon knocked out.
|But by move 4 the Pz.III (kurz) platoon had been wiped out...|
|...as had the platoon of Pz.III (lang). Plus half of the PzIVs!|
|2 or 3 Crusaders had also been destroyed, but my Rommel impersonator had little |
choice but to call it a day. A game that seemed to be over before it had really started.
|© WRG 1973.|
Monday, 24 April 2023
The quote is from Donald Featherstone. He wrote the words in 1960, during a dispute over editorial policy in War Games Digest, the pioneering historical wargaming magazine that was at that time being published in alternating British and U.S editions. You can still source the full article here. Don wanted the magazine to stick to strictly recreational wargaming articles, whilst Jack Scruby (the U.S. editor) was happy to have general discussions of military history published as well as articles tending towards attempts at simulation - in fact he was happy to publish anything relating to military history or wargaming that he could get his hands on.
|A fine set of wargaming rules.|
Those seeking to understand our hobby were on much firmer ground with the second podcast. This dated from 2019 and occurred on the Ready Room channel. It involved a couple of the leading lights from Little Wars TV. LWTV already have a succinct and accurate summary of the background to our hobby available as a YouTube video, so I expected a better result than Nick Skinner's effort. I was correct. The whole podcast goes on for 2 hours, and does diverge into non-wargaming issues towards the end, but the first hour is an entertaining discussion on what our hobby consists of. For LWTV fans such as myself, there is also some interesting background into how the club and its YouTube channel started out. This is another podcast I urge you to find time for.
Friday, 31 March 2023
|Overview of the table, with dummy counters in place.|
|The Germans made reasonable progress on the southern road.|
|Things were a bit slower on the northern route, due to a nicely|
placed artillery strike which caused casualties and disruption.
|As dummy counters were revealed, it became necessary to |
winkle out Polish opposition.
|The leading armoured cars from the southern column reach the ford.|
|The Polish 'strategic reserve', as Steve called them, take some |
mortar fire at the crossroads. Polish AFO seen behind.
|The Poles are making a stand at the northern roadblock.|
|A German airstrike appears, but as so often the effect is limited.|
|After 7 moves it was time for Steve to head home. |
German progress had been halted - it seemed they
needed more mobile firepower to make a breakthrough.
Wednesday, 8 March 2023
For the moment, my main project continues to be developing my variant of the WRG 1973 Armour and Infantry rules. Tweaking the morale rules (or 'reaction' as the rules call it) had been causing me some trouble, but I thought I now had it figured out.
|A Polish 75mm field gun waits in Rudnik|
|The Polish positions in Rudnik. |
Many infantry bases were inside the houses.
|Polish positions around the bridge.|
|Overall shot before game start.|
|The pre-game barrage fell on Rudnik and was deadly.|
Many infantry elements were knocked out and the platoon fell back.
|German armour races forward past the orchard.|
|Polish artillery claims a truck on the German left flank.|
|Tank platoon with infantry on the German right.|
|As the Poles fall back, German armoured cars enter Rudnik.|
|The Germans edge forward towards the bridge.|
The pillboxes are pounded with suppressive fire.
|Polish reinforcements (the 7tp platoon) enter the table,|
passing by the Polish mortar position.
|Overview in mid-game.|
|The Germans press forward to the bridge, firing as they go.|
|Polish casualties around the bridge include |
a 37mm anti-tank gun and an FT-17.
|At last the German infantry close up to the stream, |
only to be bracketed by Polish mortar fire.
|The Poles evicted from Rudnik manage to fight back.|
German armour burns in the village square.
|A Stuka strike arrives over the bridge area.|
|The Poles at the bridge are under pressure but holding...|
|...They have the support of both tank units.|
|After 6 moves I stopped the game. Rudnik is in German hands,|
with Polish armoured cars acting as rearguard for the retreating infantry.
Friday, 3 March 2023
|A close-up of last year's 'Best Game'.|