Saturday, August 28, 2010

What a week for gaming.

Well after an excellent game hosted by Mark, I have had quite a weekend.  The first game was Thursday night.  It was an Eastern Front Scenario where the Russians were defending the bridgehead that they established on the Vistua River.  The scenario was based on the writings of Evgenii D Moniushko, then a Junior Lieutenant in command of an anti-tank gun.  He described several "episodes" of his experiences on the Vistula River including a Nebelwerfer (sp?) attack, the tactics used by the Russian AT gunners, killing a Tiger tank at point blank range and attempting to attack a PZIVH hidden in a barn with a grenade bundle.  It turned out that the tank was not there but these elements made for creating an interesting scenario.  I dropped the rocket attack from the scenario.

The scenario pitted a Russian platoon with two MMGs and two anti-tank guns against a panzer grenadier platoon, and three panzer IV H's, an off board Tiger I and a Tiger I in reinforcement.

I played this scenario twice.  The first time was with 15mm miniatures on a 6' x 4' table.  There the Russians held out for most of the game but were eventually overrun. The second time I ran the game it was at Mark's house using his 6mm stuff.  We reduced the measurements from inches to centimeters.  The table was still 6' by 4'.  

It was an interesting comparison.  The 15mm game moved much quicker.  The Germans were able to advance rapidly to the Russian positions.  In the 6mm game, the Germans did not advance as quickly.  The AT guns could reach out at a much longer distance to stall the advance.  

Both games were fun.  I think the 6mm game felt right in terms of the engagement distances but the 15mm game played faster.  I will continue to use 15mm for TW&T based on this.

The third game was Mark's IABSM game at Giga-Bites in Marietta.  That scenario was a Russian river crossing.  The Germans were defending.  I played the Germans and managed to stall out the Russian advance.   All in all, a great week.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Troops, Weapons & Tactics - Late War Germans

I managed to take some pictures of the 15mm miniatures that I am using for TW&T.  I have just finished painting some of these.

Late War Panzer Grenadiers

 There are three squads of 11 men each with a platoon HQ of an officer, a sniper and two runners.

Tank Hunters

This is a four man team.

Medium Panzer Platoon 1

 Three Panzer III Ls.

Medium Panzer Platoon

 I have one Panzer IV H painted and one more that is primed.

Recon Panzer Platoon

 Just one Panzer II Luchs at the moment.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Picture Time

I have not posted a picture of any miniatures in a long time. Here are some pictures of some Provincial infantry that I have been painting. These are the first few. I will be painting these in a total of four 8 figure groups with two foot officers, two standard bearers, a drummer and a mounted officer.  The regimental flag was taken from 

The next picture is of the Colonel of the regiment.  Unfortunately this one came out rather blurry.

I will try to get around and post a better picture of this guy.  He looks a litter better in person than the picture lets on.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Peter Pig Mounted Militia & Scouts First Look

Well the postman just brought in my new pack of Peter Pig Mounted Militia(5.39) and Scouts (5.40). The Mounted Militia come in two poses: One with a round hat looking straight ahead with his musket leveled above his horse's head. The second is in a tricorn hat looking to his right with the musket leveled next to his horse's head. Four figures in all come in the pack. The figures look nice to my eye and will add some variety to the other mounted militia that I have from QRF/Freikorps and Lancashire.

The Scouts are interesting. This pack comes with two mounted miniatures (identical pose) with slung rifles looking off to the left side of their mounts. They are wearing round hats. Also in the pack are two horses with two men that are kneeling on the ground looking at something. The kneeling man is supporting himself with his rifle and has his hat in his hand. I will definitely add the mounted figures to my Mounted militia units. While I like the dismounted scouts, I am not sure what I will do with them yet.

All in all, I do not regret the purchase and will probably get another pack of the mounted militia before too long. Now we need to convince them at Peter Pig to create some dead militia miniatures.

Next step is to get some more primer and start painting these guys.....