Saturday, June 26, 2010

Wargamer Historical Moment

Personal Historical Wargamer Moment
Afrika Korps tank formation in flames.
Godfrey and myself locked horns again on Saturday in a game of Blitzkrieg Commander, 15mm Afrika Korps v 8th Army. This was the first game we played for real, using balanced armies from the rule book. We limited ourselves to 1000 points. The battle lasted three hours and it included a historical personal moment. For the first time ever I wiped out one of Godfreys super duper combo German tank formations using my poor Brit tanks and AT Guns. This has never happen before in years of dueling. And it proved Blitzkrieg Commander is a first class game and combined arms thinking is a must.
Two rule points to checkout and clarify :
Q1. Can infantry fire at Universal Carriers?
Q2. Do infantry suppress automatically when shot at?

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Matilda II Frog (& 100TH POST)

This is my 100th post to blogger. Can you believe it. I have been a bit slack over the last couple of weeks with my 28mm Schiminwagon half finished and motivation lacking. My next project is an Australian Matilda II Frog (Flamethrower tank). The above model is 28mm scale from Company B. The kit is 100% resin. The tank commander is metal. I picked the Australian 4th Division decals.

The 4th Division Matilda Frogs saw extensive action in New Guinea, Borneo and New Britain. My grandfather saw action alongside these tanks during the assault landings on Labuan Island in 1945. The Matilda Frog was used to burn out fanatical Japanese defenders holed up in area on the island known as The Pocket. The Pocket had a natural cave/tunnel system which made the Japanese immune to air and artillery attack. The Matilda Frog saved the day and many Australian lives. Hence the reason I'm making this one.

I will post another photo after I glue it together.

In other news my little group of mates have decided to do 15mm Early WWII using Blitzkrieg Commander. We are all starting off with 1000pt Battlegroups. I am going to build a Belgium Army because I favour the underdog. Mike is going French, Guido and Godfrey will be Huns. So look forward to seeing some weird and wacky Belgium tanks soon.

Have a good one.