Sunday, 30 December 2012

Hawker vs Richthofen

With the addition of the new Wings of Glory miniatures to my collection I was able to re-fight, almost accurately, the final fight of Lanoe Hawker VC against Manfred Von Richthofen on 23 November 1916. With Brumowski's red Albatros D.III standing in for Richthofen's plane (I know, I know, it was an Albatros D.II and not even red...) and a DH.2 with Hawker at the controls. All explosion cards were removed from the deck as we wanted this to be a game of skill between two aces and with Motörhead turned up to eleven the duel was on!

The initial set up:

The two aces close in on one another...

And let off a burst of fire...

The two planes shoot past each other

Turning as quick as they can to try to get another shot in:

It became a contest of turning circles:

Which Hawker appeared to win by setting the Baron's Albatros on fire:

The Baron did a quick Immelmann turn to get a broadside on Hawker:

 But Hawker survived and slipped past

And the turning contest began again:

Until the two aces looked down their sights at one another and squeezed the trigger:

The Baron triumphed as Hawker's DH.2 burst into flame and plummeted to the ground!

Another game lost, at least I can console myself with knowing this was a historical outcome. A post-game check of the damage cards showed that Richthofen would have only needed one more damage point for the game to have been mine! So close, yet so far away!

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Christmas Non-Truce

For this year's Christmas game I decided we would play with my new Wings of Glory models, which had only arrived a couple of weeks ago. The scenario was thus, three DH.2s were on patrol and had been jumped out of the sun by three Fokker E.IIIs. I took the British planes and my opponent played as the Germans. The game was played on a Terrain Mat's World War One gaming mat. Some of the photos are not the best, but that is because I was using a cheap phone camera and the sun was setting by the end of the game, but I hope you enjoy this report of what was an enjoyable game!

The initial set up:

Spotting the Germans scouts, the British planes split formation:

Lanoe Hawker, VC, makes a beeline for the attacking Fokkers:

Hawker took heavy damage and ended up with smoke billowing out of his crate, but he survived the first rush:

Saundby can only watch from the other side of the table as Hawker is mauled:

But it's not long before the two sides close and Saundby manages to get a shot at Immelmann:

Hautzmeyer and Andrews pass one another and can only wave (or gesticulate rudely...):

As is only proper and correct, Immelmann executed an Immelmann turn!:

But it did him no good as the Eagle of Lille is despatched by Andrews:

Cross fire from the two remaining Germans does little damage to Saundby's plane as Hawker desperately tried to put the smoke out:

More tight turns and close up action:

With the smoke now stopped Hawker is back in the thick of things, taking a pop at Hautzmeyer:

And another:

And again, but Hautzmayer appears to be blessed and stays aloft!:

Saundby finally gets a bead on Buddecke and sends him spinning earthwards:

And after what seemed like an eternity of ineffective blasting away from Hawker, Hautzmayer plane bursts into flames with Andrews taking the credit for the final kill...

But not before Hautzmayer forces Andrews into a fiery death as well:

...and the last German plummets groundwards...

This is Hautzmayer's damage deck... Throughout his flight Hautzmayer drew '0' damage card after '0' damage card, in the end he had thirteen and it was only plenty of hammering away that finally downed him:

It felt like Hawker was popping at nothing all through the game! Two of the British planes stayed aloft, even with Hawker taking a mauling at the beginning, so it was a great start to the new aircraft in my opinion! The game lasted about two and a half hours and was an excellent way to spend the Sunday afternoon before Christmas, although there was very little goodwill to mankind shown amongst the opponents!

Friday, 21 December 2012

200th Tank Brigade at Verkhopenye

Following on from the previous post of the Großdeutschland at Verkhopenye, here are their opponents for the Rapid Fire! Verkhopenye scenario; the 200th Soviet Tank Brigade with attached elements. As mentioned previously, when I play tested this scenario there were many burning Soviet tanks by the end of the game. I put it down to bad dice rolls, rather than bad leadership. Next time I will be luckier! The vehicles and figures are a mix of Command Decision and Flames of War, plus resin planes from Armaments in Miniature
200th Motor Rifle Battalion:

Katyusha BM-13 Rocket Launcher:

SU-76 and the SU-122:

200th Tank Brigade:

'Coffin for Seven Brothers' the M3 Lee:

Air support comes from a lend-lease P39 Airacobra (on a Wings of Glory Gotha base...):

This should have been added to the previous post, a Henschel Hs-129 with 30mm A/T gun mounted underneath. (The flight stand is from Armaments in Miniature):

All those Soviet Tanks lined up like it's May Day make a  very tempting target...

200th Tank Brigade

Brigade HQ = 1 x M3 Half Track
191st Battalion = 4 x T34/76
192nd Battalion = 2 x T34/76, 2 x M3 Lee

200th Motor Rifle Battalion

HQ = CO + 3 figures (1 x AT Rifle), 1 x Jeep
Support Company = 1 x Maxim MMG, 1 x 82mm Mortar, 1 x 57mm AT Gun, 1 x 37mm AA Gun, 3 x Trucks
3 x SMG Companies, each with 6 x SMG, 1 x Truck
Gun Company = 1 x 76.2 AT Gun, 1 x M3 Scout Car

SP Company/146th SU Regiment

1 x SU 76, 1 x SU 122

Guards Mortar Battery

1 x SP BM-13 'Katyusha'

Air Support

P39 Airacobra
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