Tuesday, 31 January 2017


 This was a WW2 game run by Martin a couple of weeks ago using 15mm toys and a version of John's 'Battlegroup' rules.
Apparently Martin had been planning this game for around 17 years, partly inspired by a visit.  I visited the site in 2005 and I can well understand why it proved such a problem in 1944.
A full report appears over on Martin's blog so aside from photo captions I'll not repeat the course of the game.
 The Suffolks form up on the outskirts of Coleville.
 A squadron of the Staffs Yeomanry in Hermanville.

 The wicked Germans were quick with a mortar stonk

KG56 put in a brief appearance. The Ju88 survived land and sea based flak and the RAF but sadly failed to hit it's target.  I built this 1/144 scale model in the late 1990s and bodged it into a night fighter version.  The paint effect was achieved by painting the thing black and then adding oversprays of dark and light grey while the previous coat was still wet.

 The Staffs - with an added troop of DD Shermans from 13/18 Hussars - laid down barrages of HE on the Hillman position.
 It looked impressive and kept the Germans' heads down.

 A particularly troublesome bunker was treated to concentrated fire

 Not a sight my die rolling often produces!

 By now the German gunners were warming up.

 Ouch!  But by now the main British assault was about to go in.
 It was led by heroic assault engineers ...
 ...who did away with a troublesome MG position.
 Mopping up would continue for some time but we had broken the main 
German resistance.  Clearly it was the tanks wot done it....
The A-Team.  Col. Armatys, J; Maj. Mecredy, T; Capt. Elsmore, J; Cpl. Gow, T.


Conrad Kinch said...

Glad to see that the game made it to the tabletop after such a long gestation. Looks like it was a good 'un.

RMacedo NoVember said...

Lots of fun, for sure! Fine minis and table! :) Cheers!

Martin Rapier said...

Your pictures have come our rather better than mine, thanks Tim.

Stephen Beat said...

Very entertaining...Loved the little wooden houses!

Chris Kemp said...

I'm sure it was the one on the far right, Officer! The night-fighter cam has come out rather well, Tim. Well done, Sir!

Regards, Chris

Tim Gow said...

Conrad Kinch
It never does to rush these things....

Tim Gow said...

RMacedo November

Tim Gow said...

Martin Rapier
You had plenty of work on running the game. I had more time to take photos.

Tim Gow said...

Stephen Beat
Marin and I both have lots of the wee wooden buildings - they're very useful.

Tim Gow said...

Chris Kemp
I've never seen any of these dodgy blokes before. Honest.

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Nice little game
Anything nautical on the horizon?