Month: May 2013

Brink of Battle: Skirmish at Cockroach Creek!

I tried out the Brink of Battle skirmish rules this afternoon. It was a solitaire game as I wanted to take a look at how the gaming system operated. So without further ado, I give you Skirmish at Cockroach Creek!

Background: It is 1905. Most of the major powers have been economically devastated by a Great War. Two of the unscathed ones, the United States and Imperial Germany have maintained an icy detente…until now. The German Empire has finally decided that now is the time to put the upstart Yankees in their place and seize territory in the Caribbean. Neither the British or the French are in any shape to oppose them.

The Germans begin their invasion by landing troops in Florida. They are hoping that a quick victory will bring the Americans to the bargaining table.  The vanguard of the German assault force is heading for Tampa when they first encounter a squad of Florida National Guardsmen near the banks of Cockroach Creek.

As the Sentry Player, the Americans set up first. One of the big problems facing them was the fact that they only had 5 Activation tokens for an 11 man unit. This problem would plague them for the rest of the short, sharp encounter.

Part of the American squad advancing in skirmish order.
Part of the American squad advancing in skirmish order.
Another view of the American line.
Another view of the American line.
A dreadful occurrence!!!!
A dreadful occurrence!!!!
Disaster strikes again!
Disaster strikes again!

At this point, Pvt Wehmeyer of the Brandenburg Fusiliers after taking careful hit Pvt Fritzlar who dropped like a rock. The unit leader, CPL Wainwright, failed his morale roll and bolted for the rear. Private Bowman is hit and dies instantly shot through the heart. Private Funston breaks and joins Corporal Wainwright in headlong retreat.

A revenge of sorts is extracted on the Germans. Private Wernicke is slighty wounded.
A revenge of sorts is extracted on the Germans. Private Wernicke is slighty wounded.

This was the only casualty that the Germans suffered. After that, I concluded that the Americans would be pulling back. Which they did.

Overall, I found the game easy to run and quick moving. The only die that is used is a D10 for each side. I highly recommend these rules. They are fun and challenging. They can be found at http://www.brinkofbattle.com

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Until next time, Have Fun and Play Games!

The Battle of the White Church!

These are photos of the final battlefield and of the miniature soldiers which fought on it. I love the spectacle of Miniature Wargaming. The visuals are what really makes it the whole experience so much fun.

The Union advances towards the church.
The Union advances towards the church.
The Confederates do the same.
The Confederates do the same.
The Union captain establishes himself on a small rise.
The Union captain establishes himself on a small rise.
The Confederate Captain does the same
The Confederate Captain does the same
Now, the crackle of musketry is heard as thick smoke begins to roll across the land.
Now, the crackle of musketry is heard as thick smoke begins to roll across the land.
The firefight becomes more intense.
The firefight becomes more intense.
Casualties are taken.
Casualties are taken.
The battlefield is wreathed in smoke.
The battlefield is wreathed in smoke.
A desperate charge...
A desperate charge into the Confederate position!
Which results in savage melee combat!
Which results in savage melee combat!
The Union stands victorious...
The Union stands victorious…
The Confederate captain leads the counterattack!
The Confederate captain leads the counterattack!

Another melee only this time it is the Union troops who are weakened and outnumbered.
Another melee only this time it is the Union troops who are weakened and outnumbered.
Now the Confederates are victorious!
Now the Confederates are victorious!
But the triumph is short lived...the Union has brought up a 12lb Howitzer and its crew. The gallant Confederate captain has no choice but to order his troops to withdraw.
But the triumph is short lived…the Union has brought up a 12lb Howitzer and its crew. The gallant Confederate captain has no choice but to order his troops to withdraw.

So ends the Battle of the White Church. Most of the figures were painted by Reinforcements by Post Painting Service.

Coming next…the Skirmish at Cockroach Creek!
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Can the Florida National Guard hold back the Kaisers marauding hordes!!!

Until then…Have Fun! Play Games!

Buliding A Battlefield

Last time I revisited some of the setups that I really liked. Now, we’re going to take a look at how I set one up. I’m going to begin with the ground cover. In this case it’s a 5′ x 4′ terrain from The Terrain Guy (www.terrainguy.com). It was originally 8′ x 5′ but I decided to cut it in half to make it easier to store and tote around.

This is how it begins.
This is how it begins.

Next, we’ll add the buildings. I picked the church because it looked nice. It also provides a very clear cut objective.

The church really stands out .
The church really stands out .

I also added some grainfields at the corners of the battle field. I cut up an artificial grass doormat to use.
Here are a few more views of the basic layout. I am going for the “Little Country Church” look.

Front of the church.
Front of the church with the Parsonage sitting next to it.
The rear view and yes that little brown building is an outhouse.
The rear view and yes that little brown building is an outhouse.

With the exception of the Parsonage, all of the other buildings are from Miniature Building Authority. The little family plot is from Architects of War while the Parsonage is from the Perry Brothers line.

The next part will probably be a little difficult to see. I added a couple of small hills, one on each end of the battlefield. The problem is that the hills match the terrain mat so well that it is difficult to see them in the picture.

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Next up, I added some trees. These are resin cast trees from MBA. I prefer them to model railroad type of trees because they are more durable. The thing to remember is that model railroad trees are designed for static displays. They generally don’t hold up well to the rigors of wargaming at least that’s been my experience.
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The final step is to add some fencing. Most of the wooden fencing “back in the day” tended to be what was called serpentine. It was a rail fence that was cheap to make and took advantage of local materials. Battlefield Set Up 026

And there you have it. This set up can be used for several different time period from the American Revolution, the American Civil War or perhaps even the German Invasion of 1905. The next post will feature a battle.
Until then…Play Games and Have Fun!

Miniature Battlefields I Have Known and Loved!

No sooner did I get my table set up then my wife asked me if she could borrow for a day to do a work related project on. Of course I let her after all she is the World’s Greatest Wife and a gamer to boot. So, in the meantime I would like to show some of the miniature battlefields that I’ve laid out on the table while it was set up in the living room of my condo in Clearwater.
The first one is set up to simulate a crossroads during winter. One of my favorite gaming periods is WWII. I especially like NW Europe 1944-45. I’ve used this set up for games set during the Battle of the Bulge.DSCN0839

This first view is a look at the cluster of buildings. I tried to emulate the layouts that I saw in the photographs of the actual campaign.

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This is a closer view of the ruined village. You can see some of the vehicles from my US collection.

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This is the view from the other end of the table. The Germans or whoever would have a long way to go. The beauty of this set up is that it can be used for a variety of battles from the Napoleonic Period all the way up to WWII.

DSCN0860This next one is a walled estate. It took me close to a year to get all of the terrain pieces but in the end I think it was worth it. All of the buildings and accessories are from the Miniature Building Authority.
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It can be used for multiple periods as well. Well, that’s it for now. Next time, I’ll be using the table to show how I set up a Civil War battlefield.
Until then…Play Games and Have Fun!

Well, It’s Done!

Okay, after much moving of boxes and stuff. I have finally got my wargames table set up. It is 6′ long by 5′ wide. I would like to go into exquisite detail about all of the work I put into building it but in truth it is just a couple of heavy duty folding tables laid out side by side with an old green drop cloth over them. I have other drop cloths and a bunch of scenery and of course many soldiers and vehicles.
So here it is.
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The case under the table is one of my figure cases that I use to tote my stuff. I plan on ultimately storing my scenery under the table.

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Another view…I still can’t get over the fact that I now actually have a garage…first one I’ve ever owned in my life.

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And of course next to scenery, soldiers, rules, and such the most important gaming accessory…The Refrigerator!

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I’m hoping that this will be the scene of many different and exciting battles.

Progress Report!

I would like to take a minute to let you all know that yes, there will be a Brink of Battle Report soon. It is taking longer to get my 5′ x 6′ game table set up then I had originally thought. Hopefully, I will have it done by the end of the weekend. Thank you all for your patience.