Archive for March, 2012

Club Night – Tuesday 27th March

Folks,

 

A bit short notice but tonight will see the return of “AK-47” – Modern African Wars. These rules re-create the typical tribal / regional wars seen in Africa over the last 50 years. No specific scenario chosen as yet but the rules allow each side to create their own “unique” fighting force whether it be maniacal dictator or religious zealot!

 

This will leave one table free for anyone else that wants to put something else on…..

 

Look forward to seeing you all. Let us know if you’ll make it along tonight!

 

Best Regards

OWG

Tuesday 13th March – Debrief

On Tuesday we staged a refight of the “Battle of the River Plate” . The scenario was run twice with the players swapping sides to see if they could alter history……

Historical Outcome:

Have a look a the wikipedia page to read up on the events surrounding the Battle of the River Plate.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_river_plate#The_battle

Refight Outcome No 1:

Start Time: 0620 just after Exeter had split from Achilles & Ajax

As per the historical engagement Graff Spee concentrated its initial fire against the Exeter seeing her as the greater threat. The 1st 2/3 salvos found the Exeter and put her main armament out of action and seriously damaged her hull effectively putting her out of the fight. The Graff Spee took hits in return from Exeter which, although starting a fire aboard, caused only superficial damage. Ajax & Achilles then closed their range on the Graf Spee using their superior speed to quickly close the gap. The Graf Spee realised it couldn’t outrun the 2x British cruisers so began circling to ensure she could bring the full weight of her broadsides against her pursuers.

unfortunately for the British the Kriegsmarine gunnery was lethally accurate and Ajax was sent to the bottom after receiving just one full broadside from the Graff Spee’s 11″ main battery. The fate of the Ajax did nothing to break the resolve of the Achilles who closed to less than 1km of the Graf Spee and launched her torpedoes. The spread missed the target but at such close range the 6″ guns of the Achilles eventually took their toll and succeeded in knocking out both main batteries of her adversary. However luck favoured the Germans who managed to hit and jam the Achillies’ rudder with their secondary armament as they attempted to flee to Montevideo to attempt repairs.

Result: Kriegsmarine – Major (tactical) Victory; however given the damage to the Graf Spees’ armament it would be very unlikely she would be able to defeat the remaining British surface units hunting her in the South Atlantic.

Refight Outcome No 2:

Start Time: 0620 just after Exeter had split from Achilles & Ajax

Again the main target for the Graff Spee was the Exeter this time however her gunnery lacked tha accuracy of the last game – only her secondary & tertiary batteries hit the mark but with no effect. The Exeter however managed to knock out the rear 11″ turret on the Graf Spee reducing her firepower by 2/3rds. The Graf Spee was not out of the game yet tho’ and an overconfident captain aboard the Exeter paid the price when she received heavy damage from all the Graff Spees’ remaining armament. This caused serious damage aboard the Exeter and she was forced to withdraw.

In the meantime the Achilles and Ajax had been gaining ground and by tailing the Graf Spee from behind managed to use her blind spot to close to effective range with their 6″ guns. After a quick turn to starboard to bring the broadsides of both ships against the Graf Spee the British ships hit home. The Graf Spee received over 15 hits in this initial salvo and sunk due to overwhelming critical damage to her hull.

Result: Royal Navy – Major  Victory

Club Night – Tuesday 13th

Folks,

At the moment we will be running the early WW2 naval “Battle of the River Plate” – using 1:6000 ships and General Quarters Rules – and have two spaces left for anyone wishing to participate.

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This leaves 2x tables free for any other games. Suggestions welcome……..

Let us know if you can make it along!

Best Regards,

OWG

Open Day Success!!

Folks,

 

We would just like to thank everyone that came along and supported our open day yesterday and helped make it a success. It was far busier than expected and we received a great deal of positive comments about the displays.

We hope to see some of those who came along yesterday at our regular Tuesday gaming sessions. We are always looking for new members – whether you’re an “old campaigner” or a “new recruit” – you will be very much welcome.

 

Hopefully see you again soon!

 

Best Regards,

OWG

Open Day – Saturday 10th March, 2012

We’re looking for new members so please come along and see us at our very 1st open day!

There will be demonstration and participation games available along with a display of historical and fantasy wargaming through the ages.

Refreshments available at the Town Hall Coffee Shop.

February 28th & March 6th – Debrief

The last couple of weeks saw us put on 2x Commands & Colours: Ancients scenarios using the “Epic” Expansion Pack details below…….

Bagradas Plain 253 BC (Tunisia) – Carthage vs Roman Republic – 1st Punic War

Romans: 15,000 infantry & 500 cavalry under Marcus Atilius Regulus

Carthaginians: 12,000 infantry, 4,000 cavalry & 100 elephants under Greek Mercenary General Xanthippus

Carthaginians on the left – Romans on the right (Mike Umpiring)

Historically the battle unfolded as follows:

The Carthaginians started the battle with an attack by the elephants. This tied up the main force of Roman infantry. The Roman cavalry, outnumbered eight to one, was quickly defeated. Only on their left did the Romans have any success, when 2,000 troops, possibly allied troops, defeated the mercenaries facing them, and chased them back past their camp. Meanwhile, in the centre the elephant attack had been withstood, but only a few isolated units of Roman infantry managed to get past them to attempt to attack the Carthaginian phalanx, and those were quickly defeated. Finally, the Carthaginian cavalry charged the already shaken Romans from both sides, destroying what cohesion was left. Only the 2,000 troops successful earlier in the battle escaped to be rescued by the Roman fleet. Regulus himself was taken prisoner. The defeat, and serious disasters in storms at sea, ended any chance that Rome would defeat Carthage in Africa, and ensured that the rest of the war was fought in Sicily and at sea.

February 28th refight unfolded as follows:

Romans: Alistair & Andy (Red & Light Grey blocks)

Carthaginians: Mike, Rob & Ross (Brown and Blue blocks)

The Carthaginians opened up the battle by launching attacks on both flanks with their light cavalry – with little immediate impact. The Romans, although outnumbered, countered these outflanking manoeuvres with attacks of their own by their combined medium and light cavalry, causing light casualties on the Carthaginian light cavalry. The Carthaginians then moved up their medium cavalry where their weight in numbers started to tell. The Roman light infantry probed along the whole front line trying to find a weakness in the Carthaginian centre (including some interesting encounters with the Carthaginian elephants!!); however some of these units over-extended themselves and were over-run by a swift charge by the Carthaginian warriors on the centre-right which then broke into the Roman main line causing casualties on their main line. The Roman Centre was bearing up under this pressure; however with the defeat of their cavalry on both flanks they were eventually overwhelmed.

Conclusion: Victory for Carthage

Carthaginians on the left, Romans on the right (Mike Umpiring)

Carthaginians on the left, Romans on the right (Mike Umpiring)

March 6th refight unfolded as follows:

Romans: Rob & Ross (Red & Light Grey blocks)

Carthaginians: Alistair & Roger (Brown and Blue blocks)

Again the Carthaginians opened the battle by sending forward their cavalry on both flanks and again the Roman cavalry came out to meet them. This time however, the attacks were not pressed home with the same force and thus left the Roman flanks threatened but secure. The Roman legions on the centre-left then began their slow advance forward supported by their light troops and Auxilia. Over the next few turns the battle centred around this area with continued pressure by the Carthaginian cavalry on the Roman right flank. With a stroke of good fortune (the right command cards came up!) the Romans were able to make a general advance in the centre to bolster the engagement on their centre-right. With the added weight of the Roman mainline the Carthaginians were thinned out enough to defeat them.

Conclusion: Victory for Rome