Thursday, 6 September 2012

A tank battle by way of a rules test

Last night Peter and I played another Western Desert game. The rules are working quite well now - though there are lots of things to add, and everything to write up. The game is a German attack on an isolated British infantry battalion in a defencive position, perhaps the flanking battalion of a brigade (currently being painted), with British armour rushing to support.  The table might seem quite crowded, but each unit (typically 2 - 3 stands) is a company and ground scale is 18" to 1 km - the table is 8 km long. Anyway, here are some shots of the action.









13 comments:

Lee Hadley said...

That's an awesome set of photos and a very inspiring setup. Very nice work all round!

TamsinP said...

Superb set up and lovely looking models there James :)

Paul Scrivens Smith said...

Great looking game. What rules do you use?

JAMES ROACH said...

PSS,

We are using our own version of classic Piquet.

These rules are sequence card (there is no fixed move sequence, you act on cards - such as ARMOUR MOVE - as they are turned) and initiative points (used to turn cards and carry out actions - you roll off D20s and the higher gets the difference) driven.

The system leads to very tense games with lots of inbuilt fog of war.

Sgt Steiner said...

Excellent pics as always

pancerni said...

I see you're using the chains here, looks like you found a good way to model the terrain od small rises or soft ground.

The density of stands and vehichles makes sense when you realize it's not a skirmish game, but rather a map exercise with well done 'lead counters!'

Gunny Highway said...

James,

Good presentation! Like the looks of the escarpments too! Although the chain is functional, it doesnt quite seem to fit your board with the other terrain.... FWIW
Respectfully,

Gunny

JAMES ROACH said...

Hi Gunny,

Someone has offered me another solution to terrain boundaries involving 'centre point counters' from which to measure a radius. I'm actively thinking about the hows. But, for now, this is practical if not that visually appealing. I'm also going to paint a lenght of paint to see how that works.

Thanks, for the FWIW. All FWIWs give food for thought, although I reserve the right to puke them back up afterwards. LOL

JAMES ROACH said...

"paint a lenght of paint"

should be "....of chain"

BigRedBat said...

Looks great, James!

Simon

DadExtraordinaire aka Marcus Maximus said...

Superb models and terrain, James. Damnn you, I'm desperately trying to avoid looking at my 20mm early desert war lead and plastic pile....so I can finish off my Ancients and Napoleonics....but your pictures are so tempting....

Gunny Highway said...

James,

Always willing to help some poor Englishmen bring up his helping of shepards pie! :} Youll have to keep us informed about your WWII ruleset thats tied to PK. I enjoy your ancient set so much Id like to try your variant when youve polished it up for my Polish Campaign....
Respectfully,

Gunny

Gunny Highway said...

James,
Just a note I have picked up some of the inks in your "how to" and am excited to give the Olinclad technique a try. Will let you know how it goes in the next few days. Thanx for taking the time to show us Yanks a thing or three....:)
Respectfully,
Gunny