Saturday, August 27, 2011

Skirmish FoW Round 3, Kiwi Infantry vs Brit Infantry in Fighting Withdrawal

The Maori are defiant in the face of tanks under the watchful eye of the old man!

The final round of the tournament I played against Nick and his Trained Brit Infantry list in Fighting withdrawal.  I won the dice roll so I had to attack.  His list was scary with 2 units of Churchill IIIs that I would have to deal with.  His list looked like this:

3 x Rifle Platoons
Light Mortar platoon
Heavy Mortar platoon
2 x Churchill III platoons

Friday, August 26, 2011

Skirmish FoW Round 2 Kiwi Infantry vs German Pioneers in Free-for-All

Shermans make short work of the Pioneers in the open!

The 2nd game of the tournament was against Table Top Gamers Diragi who was playing a German Pioneer list that looked like this

Infantry Company Comd

2 x Pioneers platoons with 2 Flame throwers and a Goliath

2 x StuGs
4 x Brumbars

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Skirmish FoW Round 1 - Maori Rifles vs German Pioneers in Encounter

Maori's wrestle an objective away from the Germans, but is it too late....

Round 1 (Encounter) I was matched against Bob McBride who has playing a lean German Pioneer force.  Which consisted of:

2 x Pioneer Platoons (5 x Stands in each)
3 x PaK 38s
4 x Marder I's
3 x Panzer III M's
3 x Anti-aircraft guns
4 x 10.5cm Arty

Kiwi Maori Rifles
2 x Platoons with Piat (3 sections)
1 x Platoon with Piat (2 sections)
1 x UC Platoon (3 carriers)
3 x Shermans
8 x 25 pdrs

Sunday, August 21, 2011

More Armies from FoW Skirmish 2011!

Tally Ho at Skirmish 2011!

I found another couple of pictures of armies from the FoW tournaments while I was working on the first After Action Report.  Enjoy!

Friday, August 19, 2011

FoW at Skirmish 2011, the terrain nights pay off!!

Here is a collection of pictures from the set up of the FoW Skirmish 2011, the battlefields and some of the armies.  Special thanks to Pripyat who wasn't able to attend up still loaned us a ton of scenery and Ca$h for organizing the whole thing.  Good luck on your exam next week!

Ca$h is great at organizing but unlucky when it comes to pictures.  The was taken around 0700 in the morning when we were all setting up tables.

Way more awesome pictures to come!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

FNF 5 Aug Round 2 NZ vs Panzer Grenadiers in Free-for-All

The combined arms of Kiwi Arty and Infantry drive back the Germans!

The second game that I had the chance to play was Free-for-All against Ca$h's Germans Grenadiers.  I was using the same 1500 point New Zealand Rifle Company list as last game.  Again it was in preparation for the upcoming Skirmish.  

Ca$h's Germans
2 x Rifle Platoons
2 x PaK 38s
2 x 8-Rads
3 x Marder IIIs
3 x Brumbars
1 x KV-1e
3 x Nebs

Big Willie's New Zelanders
3 x Rifle Platoons with Piats
3 x Shermans
3 x Universal Carriers
8 gun 25 pdr battery

Sunday, August 14, 2011

FNF vs The Terrain Guy in Free-for-all

German Planes swoop down on the Kiwis!

I had the chance to play against Shawn Morris (aka The Terrain Guy of RHQ fame) this FNF as he was in town for the 2011 FoW Skirmish.  I was playing my New Zealanders and he was playing Pioneers.  We had Ca$h, Matt Varnish and Lothlann hanging out and drinking some refreshments.

Monday, August 8, 2011

FNF 5 Aug Round 1 Russian Motor Infantry vs NZ Rifles in Encounter

NZ 25 pdrs and Shermans put a hurt on Soviet Armour!

I had the chance to get to FNF this week and get in two games.  With the FoW Midwar tournament coming up in a week I still hadn't settled on a list but knew I wanted to play veterans.  After much deliberation I settled on the New Zealanders.  They are Confident Veterans with all the British special rules and they also get mission tactics.  I played against Lothlann's Soviets and he was running a Motor Rifle list.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Universal Carriers, 6 pdrs platoon and remaining Battery teams done!

I've was finally able to finish off a couple of platoons and the remaining teams for my 25 pdrs.  I'm going to be using the Universal carriers and the battery stands for the upcoming Skirmish.

Universal Carriers, 6 Pdrs and remaining battery teams.

Zoomed in pictures below.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Aussie Div Cav End of the Beginning

Its taken quite a while, but I finally finished the start of my Australian Divisional Cavalry Squadron...

This force is around 905 points of the final 1500 force.

It consists of 2 platoons of crusader II tanks, and 1 platoon of 2 universal carrier combat patrols (with 0.5" MG added).

The models themselves turned out quite nicely I think, and at least will give me a functional force that can face Milton's Afrika Korps when they are done.

The final force will look like:

HQ: 2 Crusader II
3x Crusader II
3x Crusader II
6x Universal Carrier + 0.5" MG(all)

3x Grant Tanks (British)
1x 3 squad Aussie Infantry + Sticky Bombs
Limited Air Kittyhawks

Total: 1500 pts

The plan is to have the crusaders race ahead and get around enemy tank's flanks. They have the Tally Ho rule so can shoot at full ROF even after moving. Also, their turrets is the "front" of the tank at all times. Since I have Grants in front, I'm hoping enemy tanks will face them instead as they are more threatening (75mm gun vs a crappy 2pdr!) so the Crusaders should have flank shots. Against a Tiger they're screwed, but that's why I have the kittyhawks acting as my artillery. The infantry are there because I HAD to have somebody with the aussie hats, AND I figured they would be handy to hold any objective I eventually take. The HQ Crusaders will probably lead the charge, each one commanding a separate combat platton.

The carriers are there to take out any dug in infantry. Those 0.5" MGs have ROF3 and a better firepower so should prove threatening to infantry, although their armor is crap, so hopefully the infantry don't have too much AT. Also, since all my Crusaders don't have HE, I can't take out AT guns very well. But again, that's what the kittyhawks and Grants are for. Should be fun. Fearless vet tanks can't be bad!

Not only this, but I'm hoping these guys will be available in the new Early War Desert FOW book (perhaps not the Grants), and THEN the 2 pdrs won't be so silly...

A quick update. Some close up views:

I think I screwed up the crusaders' hatches. Oh well. A nice close up of the Australian 9th Infantry Division symbols. Technically the 75 regimental symbol should be green on blue, but I couldn't be stuffed with that much finicky decals...