Showing posts with label WW2 Japan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WW2 Japan. Show all posts

19 March 2021

Jungle Incursion Game

Last Saturday I got together with a good mate Iván, who's been a gaming buddy of mine for many years. Unfortunately we hadn't been able to get a game in together for quite some time until now.

Iván said he'd like to put together a scenario and I did the part I most like, setting up the gaming table.

The scenario consisted of a Chindit type operation, two groups entering the table with a mission to locate a bridge being constructed at some point on the far edge of the table. 



It's the first time the sand table's been used for a jungle setting and ended up consuming practically every plastic plant, tree, shrub, and palm I own.

We were originally going to game using the Bolt Action rules, but as Iván was bringing his young son to game too, he put together some simple rules to accompany the scenario.


There were various points of interest that had to be reached before the bridge could be located, and each point coincided with an event occurring based on a pre-prepared table and dice throw.

Some of the events meant an encounter with indigenous jungle dwelling tribesemen, discovery of important information, an encounter with crocodiles when crossing a swamp, a Japanese patrol that had to be avoided at all costs, discovery of a compound with allied prisoners being used to build the bridge thanks to information from one of the tribesemen, recovery of airdropped supplies, and finally the location of the objective that had to be blown.


Iván used a "gamemaster" roleplay style together with the simplified rules so his son could take full charge of one of the Chindit groups.





An encounter with local indigenous tribesmen, looking suspiciously like Revell Sioux warriors


One of the dangers lurking in the swamps.

Takeshi Kitano

A Japanese patrol through the jungle.



One of the groups locate prisoners thanks to help from the tribesman and overcome the guard.


The guard's companions (drinking sake in an Airfix Jungle Outpost) hear the commotion and sound the alert.


One of the group separates and leads the liberated prisoners away to safety


The two groups meanwhile locate the objective and begin the attack. A firefight ensues, the guards are overwhelmed and the Chindits place their explosives and BOOM !


The Chindit commander celebrates victory !!!!



An entertaining afternoon, the roleplay style and simple rules meant a fast, smooth and enjoyable game, The young lad had a whale of a time, which is the most important and is what memories are made of.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures, I should have taken more, but at the time it wasn't feasable. I had in my mind ideas about maybe taking reposed shots and put together a more detailed report or story, but no doubt I'll end up sidetracked... too many projects :-)

By the way, I´ll finish by giving a plug for Iván. He's an illustrator for board games and has also designed and produced his own boardgame based on Nelson's failed attack on the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife here in 1797.  You can see some of his work on the links below : 


08 February 2021

El Alamein railway station skirmish game - Bolt Action

Covid restrictions have been limiting the amount of games we've been playing lately, and this game had been planned before Christmas but the local authorities here ramped up the restrictions on people from different households from meeting up and so we had to cancel. 

Now restrictions have been eased up slightly here on a regional level, and so four of us were able to get together again for this game. This was a skirmish scenario put together by my gaming buddy Carlos, German forces attacking with British and Commonwealth forces defending

We used Bolt Action rules. The game was played on a 1.60 x 1.20m sand table 

The British and Commonwealth forces were made up of a HQ, 2 x infantry squads, a Vickers MMG, 1 x 25 pounder, 1 x Matilda and a Boys AT rifle team. 

Attacking German forces consisted of a HQ + medic + FO in an Sd.Kfz. 250 hafl-track, 4 x motorised infantry squads transported in 2 x Opel Blitz & 2 x Sd.Kfz 251s + 1 off table mortar and a pre-attack bombardment. 

The Commonwealth troops started the game dug-in hidden, their positions noted down by the allied players. Allies also had hidden minefields covering the ground in front of the railtrack. 


German objective, cross the railway line and neutralise allied defensive positions


 

Germans group before beginning their advance towards the objective

 





Artillery shells fall
  

 

 

 A Matilda crosses the tracks, takes aim and shoots at the leading half-track.

  

 The first casualties are taken and the remaining troops dismount and hunker down.

 

 Indian troops with a Boys AT rifle shoot but miss miserably, and reveal their position in cover behind concrete filled oil drums.

 

 Another hit from the 25lb gun. this time on a lorry trying to ferry troops to the front along the left flank

 


 

 Aussies manning a Vickers open fire on the dismounted infantry.


 

 More British and Commonwealth troops start revealing their positions as they open fire on the advancing German infantry


 

 The Germans continue their advance and a half-track crosses the railway line, revealing a hidden group of British troops who are quickly mown down with fire from the vehicle MGs.

 

The half-track now supported by a Panzer III also having crossed the railway track, dismount and charge into the railway station and in bloody hand-to-hand combat overcome the allied troops inside

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 More Germans arrive and the the Commonwealth players decide that enough is enough and concede victory to the Germans.

   

 The game played out well, it was well balanced and the Commonwealth players were hindered by adverse weather conditions, a haze in this case, the result of an unfortunate die throw, which reduced visibility considerably and allowed the Germans to advance without suffering too many casualties.

19 June 2016

Airfix 1/32 Scale Spanish Civil War Nationalists


1/32 scale Airfix plastic Japanese infantry.

The conversions by a friend of mine Alberto Beneítez.






Really clever and inspirational conversions Alberto, looking forward to seeing these painted up soon.

Oh, and finally an Airfix British commando who's been transformed into a Spanish Civil War Republican.

07 February 2010

WW2 Japanese and Aussies - Jungle Wargame


Pictures from some WWII Pacific/Jungle games with members of the Brazo de Nelson wargame group.

Airfix Chi-Ha



The 47mm AT gun was made by Alejadro – he used the wheels off a HaT German 37mm gun, and built the gun-shield from scratch. The gun-crew are conversions of HaT German AT figures by Carlos de la Concha.

Airfix 1-76 DUKW



The DUKWs are Airfix classics, cut down to make them warterline models.

Fujimi Bunker 20mm and Matchbox Japanse Infantry




An old Fujimi bunker / blockhouse + Waterloo and Matchbox Japanese infantry by Alejandro, & jungle-plants by Juan Reyes

Revell 1-72 Austrialian Infantry



Revell Australian infantry by Juan Reyes

Italeri 1/72 Watchtower



Italeri Watchtower from Carlos’ collection. On the right you can also just make one of the new Pegasus palm-trees, repainted by Juan Reyes.

Japanese sniper spider hole 20mm



Japanese sniper conversion in a “spider-hole” by Carlos

1:72 Rice Paddies Wargame Scenery



Rice paddies by Juan & more of Alejandro’s Japanese

Close assault


Aussies being close-assaulted by enraged banzai screaming Japanese. The river and bridge belong to Carlos – a product sold by the people who market FOW

Jungle Outpost



Some more of Alejandro’s Japanese figures posing in front of one of his scratch-built jungle-dwellings

Fujimi Ho-Ni Tank Destroyer



A old Fujimi 1-76 scale Ho-Ni by Iván Cáceres, crewed by some more HaT German AT-Gun figures with Japanese head-swaps by Carlos de la Concha