Friday, 9 November 2018
Wednesday, 7 November 2018
A couple of weeks ago I attended a Not Quite Mechanised game hosted by Trebian and run by Chris Kemp. The photo above reveals the sad spectacle of eight men old enough to know better wearing silly hats. Back row, L-R, Phil, Gary, Chris, your humble correspondent, Richard, Steve. Front row L-R Trebian, Tim M. I claim the prize for best hat.
The day was punctuated by copious quantities of tea and cake, while a splendid lasagne lunch had been prepared by Suzanne Kemp. She was clearly rooting for the Italians...
Trebian has posted a report on his blog, while Chris is posting a more detailed (and objective?) report in instalments on his blog.
Chris had 'cast' players into specific roles which was presumably why I - though not having played NQM for over a decade but still an old hand with 'form' going back to 1991 - was unwisely given command of a corps.
The 15mm toys were mostly provided by Chris, with Trebian providing a couple of Italian divisions (fresh from the Spanish Civil War, with transport from 1970s Africa) and Phil bringing his Free French brigade. I had been asked to bring suitable 1/144 scale aircraft models but Chris had rather underestimated the size of my Regia Aeronautica. You may remember this earlier post , and indeed this one and this one. This mattered as Chris had decided to limit the Axis air effort by only allowing us to use each model once.....
My photos generally feature my aircraft models and are mostly taken from my vantage point on the Axis left. Our units from L to R were Ramcke Bde, Brescia Div, Folgore Div, Pavia Div. Behind the lines we had 21st Panzer Div and the Italian Ariete armoured div, both of the latter were subordinated to a higher HQ and we didn't have clearance - or indeed fuel - to use them.
MC200 and CR42 over Folgore (left) and Pavia
The Ramcke Bde prepares to defend it's positions
21 PD deploys to the flank.
Ramcke under pressure from 7th Armd Div.
...so most of our remaining air assets were committed.
But then British armour appeared from the north. Bugger.
In the end everyone claimed victory and we all had a nice day out.