Club Night – Tuesday 20th February, 2018

Table 1:

Organiser:

Stuart Insch & Andy Scott

 

Game / Table Size / Ruleset:

World War II – Northwest Europe (28mm Germans vs Americans)

Table Size: 6ft x 4ft

Ruleset: “Beneath the Lily Banners” by The League of Augsburg

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Overview:

Stuart and Andy will continue their “rules run-through” with their mini-campaign covering small scale actions typical of the Great Northern War period.

 

Table 2:

Organiser:

Mike Travis & John Curtis

 

Game / Table Size / Ruleset:

Game: World War II – Northwest Europe (28mm Germans vs Americans)

Table Size: 6ft x 4ft

Ruleset: “Chain of Command” by Too Fat Lardies

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Overview:

Mike & John will continue their own Normandy mini-campaign and rules run through. So far the rules are proving popular with favourable feedback so far!

 

Table 3:

Organiser:

Robert Travis & Ross McGee

 

Game / Table Size / Ruleset:

Game: Fantasy Wrestling!

Table Size: 1ft x1ft

Ruleset: “Rumbleslam” by TT Combat

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Overview:

Robert and Ross will fight it out in the ring this week with this fun, fast paced game!

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Club Night – Tuesday 13th February, 2018

Table 1:

Organiser:

Stuart Insch

 

Game / Table Size / Ruleset:

“Beneath the Lily Banners” by The League of Augsburg

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Overview:

Stuart is planning on continuing his rules play-through to introduce the club to the rules.

 

Table 2:

Organiser:

Mike Travis & John Curtis

 

Game / Table Size / Ruleset:

World War II – Northwest Europe (28mm Germans vs Americans)

Table Size: 6ft x 4ft

“Chain of Command” by Too Fat Lardies

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Overview:

Mike & John Stuart is planning on continuing his rules play-through to introduce the club to the rules.

 

Table 3:

N/A – nothing else planned at the moment. Please comment on the post if you want to put something on!!

Club Night – Tuesday 6th February, 2018

Table 1:

Organiser:

Stuart Insch

 

Game / Table Size / Ruleset:

“Beneath the Lily Banners” by The League of Augsburg

59

 

Overview:

Stuart is planning on continuing his rules play-through to introduce the club to the rules.

 

Table 2:

Organiser:

Mike Travis & John Curtis

 

Game / Table Size / Ruleset:

World War II – Northwest Europe (28mm Germans vs Americans)

Table Size: 6ft x 4ft

“Chain of Command” by Too Fat Lardies

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Overview:

Mike & John intend to use the rules included mini campaign system as a scenario generator to introduce the club to the this set of popular Platoon Level rules.

 

Table 3:

N/A – nothing else planned at the moment. Please comment on the post if you want to put something on!!

Club AGM – 30th January, 2018

Folks,

 

Just to let all our members and subscribers know that it’s time for the clubs AGM. As usual it’ll be held at the Oldmeldrum branch of the Royal British Legion on Tuesday 30th January, 2018.

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Topics of discussion will include the selection of the Committee Members (Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary) for the coming year, decisions on what shows the club will be attending and what games we will be putting on. The treasurer will also comment on the state of the clubs finances and the membership and nightly club fees for 2018 will be decided upon.

 

If you can’t make it to the AGM and you want to put yourself forward for selection for the committee this year please let us know via email. The same goes for any topic you want raised during the meeting or suggestions you may have – the chairman will raise it on your behalf.

 

Hope to see you all there,

 

Oldmeldrum Wargames Club

Battle of Pfaffenhofen, 15 April 1745 – After Action Report

words & pictures by Stuart Insch.

 

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I had a look on the excellent Honours of War Forum and came across the Pfaffenhofen scenario. This battle involved the Austrians trying to either capture or drive the Franco-allied army from the field. Not so much a fire fight as a chase!

Being somewhat short of players, unusual for us nowadays, we had a three player game with Club member (and resident Prussian) John taking on the allies (using his Prussians) whilst I controlled the Austrians (with some Russian stand ins) with another club member Robert, (because I have light infantry, much to John’s chagrin!).

An interesting fight, with plenty of melee and some good and bad dice throwing on both sides. The Austrians failed to get their Grenadiers to do anything constructive, but the cavalry charges looked great. In the end the French and their friends did manage to get away just, but were badly mauled.

The rolling terrain and lines of figures made for some nice pix.

Battle of Magnesia, 190 BC – After Action Report

words & photos by Stuart Insch.

Ruleset used: Stuart’s own set based on “Ancient and Medieval Warfare” by Neil Thomas.

 

Battle Of Magnesia

We like to try to stick to a single set of rules for a few weeks at the club. This lets everyone get use to the rules and the period and get into it, before we move off into something different. With a couple of members really just kicking off their armies it helps to give them something to keep the painting going. For the rest of us it saved having to remember of this week if numbers are good, do we get saving throws and how far do things move!

With a couple of buckshee weekends I’ve been able to get back to playing Ancients. My first attempt was scuppered when I had to deal with a work emergency and nearly had to fly off that afternoon, but I’ve managed four games since which have more than made up for it.

The culmination of this was last Sunday’s refight of Magnesia.  This battle effectively spelled the end of the territorial ambitions of the successor kingdoms and brought Rome armies to the eastern Mediterranean. The Seleucid army was defeated by the Romans in a battle which saw pikemen, scythed chariots, Celts, elephants and cataphracts clash with the three lined Roman republican legion and its Latin allies.

This refight of the battle was a short notice affair because of some unexpected free time last Sunday. So armies were quickly put together and some stand ins were required. However the key elements were all present and we got kicked off with an attack on both flanks from the Seleucid.

Quite quickly the attack on the right got bogged down with the Cataphracts and Aegma becoming tangled up with the Latins. This ground on slowly for the most of the battle. Neither side gaining the upper hand until quite late in the day. Whilst the Seleucid cavalry failed to defeat their foe, they were able to tie up large numbers of the Romans which kept the Phalanx secure from attacks on its own flank.

On the left the Seleucid swept away the enemy light cavalry and infantry and that side became a swirling series of melees which drew in the Pergamene troops as well. Again neither side had the upper hand for much of the battle, but as it drew to its close it seemed the Seleucids were starting to edge ahead.

When the two central portions of the armies clashed the Seleucids pushed their elephants out just ahead of the phalanx. Faced with these creatures there was little the Romans could do but hang on and hope their multi line formation could soak up the damage. However the pike versus legion combats seem to grind away with the phalangites slowly losing an extra casualty here or there, succumbing to the effective gladius in the press of melee. And so it was with this fight. At a critical moment a phalanx battalion was lost, the Romans turned to their flank to take an Elephant which was carving up a neighbouring unit of hastati. This caused it to go berserk and it turned and crashed into the side of another beast on its right, causing its death in the smash. Suddenly this left a hole in the front line and several fresh Romans units able to exploit it.

With the flanks if not safe then at least secure the Romans would have been able to push through the centre and overlap the remaining phalanx units. No second line for the Seleucids and no reinforcement meant that after several hours of playing, the game was over.

What a way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

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Emsdorf 1760 – Honours of War Scenario

words and pictures: Alistair Massey

 

For Tuesday’s Honours of War scrap, Stuart devised a scenario that was a rearguard action in Emsdorf, 14th July, 1760. It was played on a 6′ x 4′ table, where the front was the narrow side and play ran along the longer one. Assembling his troops, the Prince of Brunswick devised a plan to catch Glaubitz’s Bavarian force off-guard in its positions on a bridgehead guarding a crossing of the River Ohm.

The battle began with a furious Hanoverian attack, the stuff of which legends are made. Without halting to fire, the brigade rushed upon the enemy with a double move. The cost was high but it meant that there was less time for Glaubitz to put his defences in order. Meantime, the Hanoverian and Hessian brigades skilfully deployed to threaten the shaken Bavarians on their flanks. The Duke of Brunswick was clearly waving his hat in the right direction.

The next major development was to take the Francophile Bavarians by surprise. A rather motley regiment of Hanoverian Hussars seized the moment and charged the Bavarians in the flank near the centre of the table and went on to destroy a battery that had been specially placed to repel the Allied advance. A poor initiative rating is a severe handicap in these circumstances. With his communications cut, the Bavarian commander waved his hat towards the rear, so he could regroup on the other side of the river.

The main rules question that arose was about the nature of “pursuit”, whether it is the follow up of the beaten enemy or a movement in the same direction as a charge. We agreed that the rules envisaged a pursuit move as an extension of the charge move and allowed targets of opportunity.

This was a valuable little scenario that only took two hours to play. As well as geographical objectives, the Bavarians should perhaps be awarded points for delaying or fending off the Allied vanguard. Thanks are due to Stuart for devising the scenario and umpiring.

 

 

Emsdorf Scenario notes & OoB’s etc. – Emsdorf – 1760