FFT3 AAR: Battle of Klinkerhoff Gap pt. 2

So we left it last week with the situation thus: Terry had unsuccessfully assaulted Klinkerhoff and losing just over a company’s worth of infantry and APC’s and Jamie had secured the crossroads with his armoured cars for a couple of losses whilst taking out a complete Austrian PanzerGrenadier company.

Polish starting positions
Polish starting positions

I actually won the initiative on this weeks first go but allowed the Poles to go first as I didn’t need to move owt and wanted them to trigger my overwatch fire where necessary. Over on the right Terry started to manoeuvre the remainder of his Mechanised Infantry Regiment to the right of the town whilst Jamie seemed to have thrown off his caution of last week and pushed his force forward with the armd cars pushing along the road and to the left of it – he also moved his remaining two tanks from the hedge line to the right of the crossroads up to the hedge line at the top of the square enclosure. This proved a costly decision as they ran smack into 2 platoons of Landwehr on the other side of the hedge and in the following close assault they suffered 1 ko and 1 QC failure – ouch! (those Miniman LAW’s again, they are a beast!). Jamie did get some payback as an AML took out one of the Landwehr during their fire phase, but still not a great return. Over on the right an AT gun opened fire and destroyed a Polish Fox platoon that Terry had sent scouting ahead.

Remains of Polish Tank Coy at end of turn 1.
Remains of Polish Tank Coy at end of turn 1.
Austrian ATG goes Fox hunting!
Austrian ATG goes Fox hunting!

The second turn saw some more Anti-Tank Guns pop into action as the Poles ground forward (I had won the initiative again but still allowed them 1st move). The left hand gun platoon scored a ko against another AML whilst the Bill ATGM armed platoon on the hill to the left took out another. Terry was still moving round the flank of the town whilst avoiding getting within MAW range. The brave hedge defenders took some 90mm fire from the AML’s and failed their QC which caused a morale check on the remaining platoon – they weren’t made of the same stuff as their kameraden however and promptly legged it, all that was between the Poles and the end of the valley now was a company of Anti-Tank guns, I really needed to roll up my Panzer Btln now.

More Fox hunting from the AT gunners, whilst an AML brews too.
More Fox hunting from the AT gunners, whilst an AML brews too.
The grand sneak!
The grand sneak!

I managed to hang onto the initiative (but didn’t manage to get enough pips to activate my reserves) and elected to go first, I needed to get some fire onto the Poles before they could call artillery on my ATG’s to supress them. I only managed to get rid of another AML with my left hand gun due to a QC, whilst my ATGM on the hill missed completely. Bugger! The Polish gunners then started to lay barrages on me – they got nearly all the artillery they could this go – supressing my guns and causing the PzrGren platoon on the hill to bug out (a 6 for a QC needed and they got it, then I failed – damned bad luck I say!).

Jamie did seem to become very wary of the hill over on the left as well as the thinness of the armour of his Armd Cars and moved them back up towards the crossroads and away from the ATG too. Over on the right Terry launched an Infantry company towards the ridge of the right hand hills and I let rip with my waiting Kurassier company – result, 2 destroyed Grizzly’s and 1 infantry platoon ko’d, however I suffered 1 platoon lost due to return fire from his Vickers tanks.

Jamie's cavalry scuttling off back to the crossroads.
Jamie’s cavalry scuttling off back to the crossroads.
The remains of the terry's infantry company after being hit by the SK-105's
The remains of the Terry’s infantry company after being hit by the SK-105’s

I won initiative again by 2 pips –  so now I had a decision to make, release the Panzer Btln waiting in Reserve or use it for a guaranteed Btlns worth of Artillery – I chose the latter. Why? Well to be brutally honest it would have ruined the game, 16 stands of M60a3’s turning up would’ve been game over for the Poles as they had failed to release their own Armoured reserve and it’d be like shooting fish in a barrel. So I laid smoke to prevent the Vickers from having another go at me and bugged out the remaining Kurassiers on the right flank. In the centre my left hand ATG had succumbed to AML fire (failed a QC) whilst my other 2 were kept supressed by Artillery. Jamie laid down smoke to mask the left hand hill and edged forward down the centre, whilst Terry made a move on the right hand ridge line just vacated by my tank destroyers with some infantry and his mighty Ferret/Swingfire whilst positioning himself for another assault on Klinkerhoff.

The mighty Ferret/Swingfire moves up towards 'Kurassier Ridge'
The mighty Ferret/Swingfire moves up towards ‘Kurassier Ridge’
Kurassier ridge with Polish infantry moving up.
Kurassier ridge with Polish infantry moving up.
Poles get ready for 2nd assault on Klinkerhoff.
Poles get ready for 2nd assault on Klinkerhoff.

The next move didn’t have much going on, I won the initiative again and let the Poles go first as there wasn’t much I needed to do and I felt sort of ‘safe’ doing so – more artillery fell on my ATG’s one being surpressed with the other being knocked out, whilst Jamie edged forwards. However his smoke had only partially obscured the view of the Kurassier company on the left hill and they opened up in overwatch fire, knocking out another AML. Terry started to systematically target the infantry trapped in Klinkerhoff with both Artillery and direct fire from the Tanks, which caused suppression. I decided then that I’d call the game informing my opponents that I had already withdrawn the infantry from the left hand hill, and was willing to sacrifice the plucky defenders of Klinkerhoff – their CO was under instructions to either sell themselves dearly or chuck it in and ‘hande hoch’ if they wanted to!

Although my Kurassiers would’ve made minced meat of their Armd Cars they would have been very vulnerable once Terry had his Swingfire ready on the hill he’d just taken (plus he still had 3 tank stands left), also if they had gotten to activate their reserve it’d be no contest so I reckoned I’d given them a bloody enough nose why not pull back with what I had remaining and maybe come back in a counter attack……….?

The guys said that they enjoyed the game, as Terry said it made a nice change to not have tons of tanks either side (although we do love those sorts of bashes!) and that it was a good tactical challenge which is what I was aiming for so that pleased me no end. I learned a lot about putting on a game and know how I would change a few things if I was to do it again, also I was quietly chuffed when a few guys at the club commented on how much they liked the KO markers I made, and wanted to know how I did them – which was nice!

I hope you enjoyed the write up too, please leave a comment if you have any suggestions to improve them or hit the like button! Lastly a few photo’s of the table at the end.

Cavalry burning!
Austrian ATG on the receiving end!
Polish armoured cars light the way.
Polish armoured cars light the way.



Polish Mechanised Division

OK here is the first Orbat for my Alt-History Modern madness which I have just edited as the TO&E has changed somewhat since inception and the new version of the list has just been released! For the full OOB of the Polish Armed Forces look here: https://tracksandthreads.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/polish-army/

As I’ve mentioned before, I am trying to base the ‘imagined’ forces in this project on real life TO&E’s, with a few tweaks here and there. For the Poles I sort of extrapolated their pre-WW2 units, with a French influence for their organisation and basing their equipment on Vickers products with some French kit thrown in for good measure – Nigeria had just that so that’s where the basis for the equipment mix came from. This also gave Saurer APC’s from Austria and Piranha APC’s from Switzerland, so I had to go for it – this meant I could use Canadian Grizzly/Cougars which are, quite frankly, well cool!

As for organisation I very nearly went the whole Nigerian hog as they’ve got quite a distinct one, but in the end I’ve based it on the Polish Cold War Naval Landing Division, which does give a slightly French feel to the unit as it consists of Regiments that are smaller than Soviet ones but bigger than ‘regular’ battalions.

There are 10 Mechanised Divisions in the Polish Army, 1 being a reserve unit, so form the majority of the Army’s strength.

Mechanised Division

HQ Coy

  • 1 Cmnd OT-64/Sigs LandRover
  • 1 ‘Grom’ SP quad 25mm adg/Grom sam

This is the Chinese type-95, it is the closest thing to a SIDAM turreted vehicle that there is which is what I wanted to replace the ZSU-23-4 the Nigerians use. It is also different enough to be feasibly be a home made Polish vehicle.

Art Regt

  • 1 foo Ferret
  • 3 Dana sp155mm
  • 1 APR-41 mrls

Eng Btln

  • 1 cmnd Land Rover
  • 3 Coys
    • 2 Eng (3 ar, rg)
    • 1 Combat eng (3 ar, rg, lmg, Carl Gustav maw, 1 flame)
    •  3 OT-64
  • 1 Cy
    • 2 Vickers AVLB
    • 2 Vickers AVRE

Divisional Amd Cav Regt

  • 1 Cmnd Land Rover
  • 1 Ferret/Swingfire
  • 2 Recon Coys
    • 3 recon Fox amd cars
  • Inf Coy
    • 2 Inf (3 ar, rg, lmg, RPG-75 law, Carl Gustav maw)
    • 1 Inf/Bill (3 ar, rg, lmg, RPG-75 law, Bill atgm)
    • 3 Panhard m3 apc
  • 3 Amd Coys
    • 2 AML-90
    • 1 AML-60

This is the Divisional recce unit. Usually it will detach one company to each of the Divisions regiments to act as their recce unit – the Fox’s to the Infantry Regts and 1 Armd Coy to the Armoured Regt.

2 Mechanised Infantry Regts from:

12 x Tracked Regts

  • HQ Coy
    • 1 Cmnd OT-64/LandRover
    • 1 recce Ferret
    • 1 120mmM
    • 1 tw20mm adg
    • 2 OT-64 (tows for the heavy weapons)
    • 2 Cmnd 4k-4fu
    • 2 Blowpipe Manpad teams
    • 2 Striker sp ATGM
    • 2 4k-7f-81 sp81mmM
  • 4 Coys
    • 2 Inf (3 ar, rg, lmg, RPG-75 law, Carl Gustav maw)
    • 1 Inf/Bantam (3 ar, rg, lmg, RPG-75 law, Bantam atgm)
    • 3 4k-7f apc
  • 1 Coy
    • 3 PT-65 (Vickers mk.1)
  • 1 Coy
    • 3 Scorpion-90


6 x Wheeled Regts

  • HQ Coy
    • 1 Cmnd OT-64/LandRover
    • 1 recce VBL/hmg
    • 1 120mmM
    • 1 tw20mm adg
    • 2 OT-64 (tows for the heavy weapons)
    • 2 Cmnd Piranha (will come up with suitable Polish name soon)
    • 2 Blowpipe Manpad teams
    • 2 VBL/Bill atgm
    • 2 81mmM
    • 2 Piranha APC (tow for the 81mmM – wish there was an SP version available!)
  • 4 Coys
    • 2 Inf (3 ar, rg, lmg, Carl Gustav maw)
    • 1 Inf/Bantam (3 ar, rg, lmg, Bantam atgm)
    • 3 Piranha apc
  • 1 Coy
    • 3 PT-65 (Vickers mk.1)
  • 1 Coy
    • 3 ERC-90

1 xArmoured Regt               (6 Mk3m, 3 Mk3)

  • HQ Coy
    • 1 Cmnd OT-64/LandRover
    • 2 Cmnd 4k-7fu
    • 1 Vickers ARV
    • 1 Blowpipe manpad team
    • 1 Striker
    • 1 4k-7f-GrW81 sp81mmM
  • 2 Coys
    • 2 Inf (3 ar, rg, lmg, RPG-75 law, Carl Gustav maw)
    • 1 Inf/Bantam (3 ar, rg, lmg, RPG-75 law, Bantam atgm)
    • 3 4k-7f-20 aifv
  • 4 Coys
    • 3 PT-78m or PT-78 (Vickers mk.3)

The OT-64 command stand in the mech and armd Regts are the Regimental HQ’s. The 2 APC command stands are tactical stands to allow for 2 task forces to be formed for specific situations – I felt that 6 companies was a tad too much for one HQ to handle.


Divisional Cavalry Regt Armoured Car-tastic!
Divisional Cavalry Regt
Armoured Car-tastic!
Fox's on the right, AML-90 and AML-60's to the left.
Fox’s on the right, AML-90 and AML-60’s to the left.
Cavalry Regt infantry element. Company in Panhard M3 with one platoon carrying Milan.
Cavalry Regt infantry element. Company in Panhard M3 with one platoon carrying Milan.
Wheeled Mechanised Regt. (I'm actually short a whole Infantry Company - waiting for the APC's now!)
Wheeled Mechanised Regt.
(I’m actually short a whole Infantry Company – waiting for the APC’s now!)
Infantry element with 81mm Mortar platoon to the right.
Infantry element with 81mm Mortar platoon to the right.
Close up of the Grizzly APC - one of my favourites, cool bit of kit!
Close up of the Grizzly APC – one of my favourites, cool bit of kit!
Ferret with Swingfire - AT support for the Regt.  Mortar Platoon vehicle behind it.
Ferret with Swingfire – AT support for the Regt.
Mortar Platoon vehicle behind it.
PT-77 Tank Company. (Polish built Vickers Mk.3)
PT-77 Tank Company.
(Polish built Vickers Mk.3)

FFT3 AAR: Battle of Klinkerhoff Gap, part 1.

This is a battle from my Alt-History set-up.

A Polish force is tasked with moving along a broad valley to initiate a breakthrough of the Austrian lines. Intelligence on the Austrian forces is, however, very sketchy as the situation has been fluid for a few days but it is believed that there are around 2 Btlns of infantry in the vicinity with maybe some armoured support. To facilitate this the Polish commander has the following forces: a Divisional Armoured Cavarly Regt, a Mechanised Infantry Regt (Wheeled) and an Armoured Btln from the Independent Armd Bgde supported by quite a fair bit of Artillery.

Here’s the terrain looking up the valley from the Austrian lines:

The Klinkerhoff Gap. Low wooded hills on the left and right overlooking farmland. Town of Klinkerhoff to the right.
The Klinkerhoff Gap. Low wooded hills on the left and right overlooking farmland. Town of Klinkerhoff to the right.
The Polish end of the valley. Klinkerhoff is on the right.
The Polish end of the valley. Klinkerhoff is on the right.
Austrian end of the valley.
Austrian end of the valley.

I took the Austrians with Jamie taking the Cavalry Regt and Terry the Mech Infantry. We are trying out my house rules for initiative and to activate units for a bit of friction, (I’ll put them in another post).

Jamie’s Cavalry Regt was first on the table and started off (unusually for him) cautiously moving along the road towards the crossroads with his lead company with the rest of the Regt spread out behind it. He did roll up a preliminary barrage from their Corp 203mm art btln which he chose to split into 3 battery strikes; he guessed correctly where my first line of defence was (along the hedges to the left of the crossroads), suppressing one of my one of my defending platoons but also his Fox scout pltn (he rolled a SNAFU for one of them).

The Cavalry moves up.
The Cavalry moves up.

Move 2 saw Terry start to bring on the Mech Infantry Regt through the hilly area to the right with the intention of developing an attack on Klinkerhoff. Over on the left Jamie had pushed the Cavalry forward after putting down smoke from their MRLS on the crossroads but was still moving cautiously. They didn’t have much luck with the rest of their Artillery though, failing to get any available batteries.

Move 3 saw the Poles gain another unit activation during the initiative phase which they gave to Terry’s infantry. They laid smoke across the front of the town and as Terry passed his activations, and so had a double move, he rushed up a couple of Companies towards Klinkerhoff under its cover. Over on the left my ‘forlorn hope’ defenders at the crossroads opened up on the cavalry with the platoon containing the Bill atgm firing on a AML-90 and missing.

Polish infantry rush towards Klinkerhoff under cover of smoke.
Polish infantry rush towards Klinkerhoff under cover of smoke.
Close up of the brave Mech Infantry charge.
Close up of the brave Mech Infantry charge.

Although the Poles won the initiative for the next move they had a nightmare with the dice, both failing to activate their units and failing miserably with their artillery requests too. Unfortunately I again failed to hit anything with my Bill atgm and I had equally rubbish artillery rolls but I did manage to let loose with my ATG that was located in the town once the smoke lifted, causing a quality check on one platoon before it was taken out by Terry’s supporting tanks.

Terry's tankers about to silence Austrian ATG.
Terry’s tankers about to silence Austrian ATG.

The next move everything got a lot more interesting with Jamie’s Fox Pltn laying down the hurt on my infantry and his AML-90’s taking out an APC, however the Austrian Bill chaps finally got their act together and brewed up an AML-90 in return whilst Terry started his initial assault on Klinkerhoff with an artillery barrage on the defended part of the town which only managed a suppression on one platoon. He debussed the infantry and came across the road and into a Close Assault on the right hand part of the town, unfortunately (and much to my surprise if I’m honest) the Landwehr company defending it managed to see them off without any loss to themselves at all. either destroying or QC’ing nearly a whole company of Poles and their APC’s – Miniman LAW’s are the way to go!

The Austrian ATGM finally get a hit on the Polish Cavalry!
The Austrian ATGM finally get a hit on the Polish Cavalry!

With the Poles still retaining initiative they ground forward, Jamie pushing his Cavalry up with more confidence but still not closing up too far, seeing the Cavalry’s Vickers mk.3 tanks come into view at last the Austrian Bill platoon fired and brewed one up before they and the remainder of the company decided to bug out (I did try to do this the previous move but failed my activation) embarking in their APC’s and legging it down the valley. Over at Klinkerhoff Terry prepared to assault the left hand part of town whilst pulling out the remainder of his first assault.

One of these Vickers is about to have a bad day!
One of these Vickers is about to have a bad day!

The next move was the last we had time for and was the bloodiest turn all night. Jamie finally got his mojo back (I think I had upset him by taking out a tank) and he pushed forward to take the crossroads whilst destroying all of my escaping APC’s – I had failed to scare up any artillery for a smoke barrage to cover this move. Bugger. Over at Klinkerhoff the plucky Poles piled forwards again and were bloodily repulsed once more – Terry having as much luck as me with his artillery.

Polish Cavalry in possession of the Crossroads
Polish Cavalry in possession of the Crossroads
The Polish Infantry Regt's reserve
The Polish Infantry Regt’s reserve
The situation at Klinkerhoff with the Poles in possession of one part.
The situation at Klinkerhoff with the Poles in possession of one part.

We have agreed to carry on the fight next week, we really didn’t get through as many turns as we expected as it has been a good few weeks since we had all played the rules so took a few turns to get into the groove again.

I was quietly pleased with how the scenario is going as it is the first time that I had put a game on at the club and the chaps seem to be enjoying it and they liked my Initiative and activation rules so looking forward to next week now to finish it off.

One for the Future?

Me and the good lady went round to visit a good friend the other day who is convalescing at home after a serious operation (she took some flowers, I took a big bottle of Lucazade – old school.). When we entered his front room there was a sight that immediately warmed the cockles of my heart, laid out on their coffee table was a vision straight from my childhood – a box of British Commando’s and a box of American Paratroopers supported by a Centurion, a Patton, a SP Gun with a DUKW and Landing craft are trying to take on a box of German Infantry who were defending a Coastal Defence Fort (the Gun Emplacement wasn’t ‘on-table’ but had definitely been thought about as it was on the floor) – all Airfix of course.

My mate, Gaz, quickly stated that it wasn’t him playing with them by himself but his eldest lad, Sid, had done it. The missus then promptly said that it wouldn’t be a problem if he was playing with them as ‘you should see what he does’ pointing to me. Really though it was the embodiment of most an early wargamer’s ‘career’, even more so when Gaz told us that it had taken Sid nearly 2 hours the night before to set up and he was under strict instructions not to move anything until he got back from school. He really had thought about the set up too, all figures with the same poses were grouped together and some even had the obvious NCO figures in charge of them. Now if that lad is not a future wargamer I don’t know who is – Sid I salute you!

It was the first time that I had seen the German set in years and I had forgotten that it had my favourite all time Airfix sculpt in it until I saw it again – NCO on one knee with MP40 waving someone forward, might have to get a box!

A few pics – I did take a few more but they didn’t come out well.

Moving to support the gun
Moving to support the gun
Objective: Festung Couchtisch. Notice flanking unit with NCO!


The allied assault takes shape
The allied assault takes shape
The other flank.
The other flank.
I think the Centurion is about to rung! (I'll get me coat)
I think the Centurion is about to rung!
(I’ll get me coat)
Great fields of fire there Young Sid.
Great fields of fire there Young Sid.

Austrian Panzer Grenadier Bgde

Here is the first unit that I have done for FFT3 and my Moderns project (OK not completely finished, but its on the desk – honest!).

Why Austrian? I’m not sure but I’ve always liked the more obscure armies and when I visited the H&R stall at Salute this year I saw that they had released the 4K-4FA and the SK-105 so just thought, why not and you have to start somewhere.

It is a PanzerGrenadier Bgde, modelled on the early 90’s TO&E, (all TO&E’s in this project will be gleaned from MicroMark’s fantastic series available at Wargames Vault) and all vehicles are H&R. I’ve gone for the early 90’s version to give them ATGM as they weren’t allowed them during the Cold War due to Treaty restrictions but they can easily be used for the 80’s by just changing the infantry bases and dropping an APC stand per company – really need to add another PzGren Btln but I’ve managed to get them on the table a couple of times to fight Cold War scenario’s and they have done well both times, it is actually a nice balanced force.

So in FFT3 terms it has:

PzrGren Bgde

  • HQ
    • 1 Cmnd 4k-fu
    • 1 M60a3
    • 1 M88 arv
  • SP Art Btln
    • 1 4k-fu FOO team
    • 3 M109a5
  • Recon Coy
    • 2 recon teams (ar, Pzf-3)
    • 2 Jeep/hmg (will be Pandur when model available!)
  • AD Coy
    • 3 Mistral manpad teams
    • 3 4k-4f-G1

Pzr Grenadier Btln

  • HQ Coy
    • 1 Cmnd 4k-4FA-G2
    • 2 4k-FA-Gw81 sp 81mmM
  • 4 Coys
    • 3 4k-4FA-G1 (12.7)
    • 1 4k-4FA-G2 (20mm)
    • 3 PG (4 AR, 4 lmg, 4 Pzf-3)
    • 1 PG ATGM (3 AR, 3 Pzf-3, 3 Bill atgm)
  • PzrJgr Coy
    • 3 Sk-105

Panzer Btln

  • HQ Coy
    • 1 M60a3
  • 4 Coys
    • 3 M60a3

So here’s the big picture – Panzer Btln on the left, PanzerGrenadiers in the middle and Bgde HQ on the right.


The Panzer Btln – These lads have quite a few tanks knocking around in Coy and Btln HQ’s so I’ve given them 2 stands in the HQ coy to reflect this rather than include them in the platoons. EDIT – now changed this to 1 command tank due to realising a mistake!


The PzGren Btln  – Again the 4k-4f APC is a nice model and a great release from H&R as they are used by quite a few armies round the world. I need to do a Btln Cmnd stand which is on the desk and waiting for a new base to turn up from Warbases. With their SP 81mmM and Sk105 Kurassiers in the support Coy they have a nice level of support. I went with 4 stands per company as the platoons are really large and it allows the ATGM to be put into one stand – I figured it works ok. By the way, the BILL ATGM the Austrians use is a great bit of kit – as it is a top attack missile it attacks the side armour in FFT3 which makes it quite a potent weapon, and a nasty surprise to ones opponents!


Bgde HQ – At the moment: only the M60a3 stand, with 2 attached M42 Duster for AD and a PzrJager Coy from Corp HQ. I’m just finishing this off, waiting on a few bits from H&R for the Recon coy (Jeeps) and need to finish painting the Artillery Btln and the Bgde Manpad Coy. I’ll be doing an attached Engineer Coy too.

One of the good things about this unit is that it can split into 2 balanced combat teams, and even without the ATGM they have quite a good AT punch – the infantry also have good close in AT capability too with their Pzf-3’s.

I’m just waiting for a delivery to arrive to start on an attached Landwehr Battalion – complete with 85mm ATG’s – which will be grown into a Brigade and hope that someone makes a Pandur soon so that I can get started on a Jager Bgde and upgrade the Recon companies.


And some close up shots……….

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Brewing Up / Workbench no.2

So here’s what I’m working on now.

I made these KO markers yesterday for our FFT3 games, I was inspired by Philip’s ones in the game on Monday night and think they look a whole lot better than our usual ‘chuck a bit of cotton wool on the barrel’ approach. They were a piece of the proverbial, took about 15 minutes to do tops – rip up old bit of sponge from pan scourer to requisite shape, super glue to 10mm MDF square, whack some paint on, yer mum’s brother is called Robert. Really happy in how they’ve turned out.

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Based up some APC’s and infantry for my Modern project which I’m about to undercoat whilst finishing off last bits for the Austrians.


Just to show that I do do other stuff – here’s some Napoleonic types which have been lurking around for a while now and which I really need to get finished. More on these in a week or two.


Oh and my new paint rack from Warbases, how did I manage before I got this? My missus loves it too, she likes the way the colours are arranged (she is an artist so is a wee bit strange!).


Sword and Spear day……

Last week I was invited round fellow SLW member Mike’s house for a game of Sword and Spear. This ruleset has really taken off down at the club and I was only mildly interested as I’ve never been into Ancients at all but Mike had asked me a month or so ago if I wanted a game and I agreed, especially as we would be playing at his place using his table, terrain and troops so who was I to argue!

So I went round and we played a great game with ‘my’ Carthaginian army being narrowly beaten by his Romans and I really enjoyed it – if you get a chance have a go at the rules: they are nice and simple but with some subtle touches and a really simply clever, elegant activation mechanism which makes for an interesting game – so when he asked he at the club last Monday if I wanted another go I jumped at the chance.

This time I was given his lovely painted Britons and he took Romans again – we set up and got to it. Our terrain rolls hadn’t gone too well for me with Mike ensconced on a low ridge and me stuck on a wide open plain. My cunning plan was to move up the left with a ‘combined arms’ force to lever his right hand side cohort off the ridge to allow my main group of Warbands to develop an attack on the rest of the Legionnaires once they had moved to counter that threat. On my flanks I wanted my Chariots and Lt Horse to keep his cavalry/lights busy whilst hopefully braking into his flank and rear.

Needless to say, that plan didn’t go at all well. Mike managed to take out my Lt Horse on the left and his Auxillia with the Blue shields came off the hill and together they started to chew through my left flank group until I had nearly nothing left, then one of his right flank cohorts descended and finished off my Warband thus bringing me close to break point and threatening my main Warband group on the right. The only bright spot in this whole sorry episode was my Chariots ‘escaping forward’ and scaring the bejeezus out of his Legion on the hills as they went all the way round the back and causing them to start moving down onto the plain. On the other flank Mike’s Cavalry managed to hold up my Chariots nearly the whole game, trading blows all the while and putting on hits. Eventually my chariots routed them off and with the other ones about to hit the Legionairres still on the hill in the back and a chance that I might get to engage with my Warbands I thought that I might just be able to save the battle, however the gods were not with us and the follow up melee that the Chariots fought caused them to rout off thus ending the game.

First battle.

As this one was over quickly we decided to have another bash and I refused Mike’s offer to take the Romans as I thought that I could do better. We rolled up some new terrain and this time things went much better with the battlefield being very cluttered with woods, rough and hills – much to my advantage as it turned out. I deployed with most of my Warbands in the large wood facing the bulk of his Legionnaires whilst I loaded my right flank with my big hitting units – Chariots and Fanatics supported by light Horse and Cavalry. I quickly won the smaller wood and took the central hill with Horse and a Chariot unit. On the right I proceeded to clear up, destroying Mike’s force there quite quickly and ramping up the break points on him. He did manage to take out a couple of Warbands but my Chariots and Fanatics were running rampage and into his rear, with me soon forcing the win.

2nd battle overview
2nd battle overview

So two cracking games done and home before 6pm! I must say I really like these rules and am seriously thinking of getting together an army, must resist though too much to do with other projects!!

Here’s some more photo’s of the toys used for these battles. Hope you like them.20150909_140743 20150909_140737

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