Monday, 18 March 2013

Desert Campaign

Background to the Western Desert Campaign.

There are 3 main reasons why I wanted to put this campaign together.
I have always found the Western Desert campaign to be fascinating with the ebb and flow of battle and the interesting characters involved from O'Connor to Rommel and Montgomery.  The victories of the British under O'Connor over the Italians in 1940 - 41 must rate as one of the great campaigns but is often over overlooked and the Desert war remembered as a struggle between Rommel and Monty which is only part of the story.
I wanted a campaign where conserving forces was important and in many of the scenarios keeping your forces more or less intact will be an important element.  In reality it took a huge effort to get forces to the Desert and support them.
 The desert also gives the possibility of a wide variety of scenarios, from fighting retreats as in the first scenario at Sollum, set piece frontal assaults, wide ranging battles in the desert where forces often appeared from unexpected directions through to supply harassment.

Battles in the Campaign so far

Game 1 - The Battle of Sollum 13th September 1940
Game 2 - Jock Column vs Supply Convoy (Mid November 1940)
Game 3 -  Into the Gap  (19 November 1940)
Game 4 - Battle of the Camps (December 1940)
Game 5 - Bardia (January 1941)
Game 6 - Beda Fomm (Feb 1941)

Friday, 15 March 2013

Gaines Mill battlefield progress

I've had a go at building a battlefield. I've chosen Gaines Mill from the Fire'n Fury eastern battles book. It's not too flat, has less woodland than some of the others, and above all, there are lots of miniatures in it!

I still have to detail the roads and creeks. I've accidently left out a patch of wood and one arm of a creek but that's easy fixed. We'll be playing this one soon, hopefully more than once! Should look fine with buildings, trees and troops added.

Friday, 8 March 2013

second pictures

                                          Russians WWII.

                                          And again, Russian WWII.

                                          The geniune article. Taken at Les Invalides.

                                          Diorama of Lodi at Les Invalides.

                                          Austrian grenadiers assault the bridge at Scharding,
                                           from our ficticious battle.

                                          Lord Uxbridges' prosthetic leg taken at the Wellington
                                           museum in the town of Waterloo.

                                          15mm ACW battle using Fire 'n Fury.

                                          John and Mitch atop the "Lion Mound", Mont St.Jean,
                                           November2012. Lots of steps but well worth the effort.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

first pictures

                           Greeks v Romans

Russia - Elizabethgrad Hussars