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Chain of Command

Posted in Games, Historical, Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 28, 2014 by stingersix

Played my first game of Chain of Command today. Finally got to use those G.I.s I painted a few months ago. Bit of a learning curve but a fun and interesting game. My Yanks vs. Chris’ Krauts. The pre-game positioning and movement to contact is very unique and cool. I like the way this game does deployment.

Started off with a couple squads in the woods there. Another squad is in the back out of the frame. This was a basic patrol clash. I had three rifle squads and a 60mm mortar. Chris had the same plus a halftrack.

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These Germans here shot the hell out of me the first few phases, but  I gradually wore them down with mortar and rifle fire til they broke at the end of the game.

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A lot of the game was a medium range shootout between these squads here in the woods and the Germans. The Jerries and their MG42s put out ungodly amounts of fire. This was really hammering my squads here until my Lieutenant showed up to bolster their morale and keep them shooting. Think of the scene in Band of Brothers where Winters and his men are at Carentan and have to hold off the German assault, and Winters was yelling at his men to keep firing. Like that.

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This halftrack rolled up and started spraying my G.I.s with bullets.

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My mortar team is in the ruins back there. It did good work, and I kept it focused on the central German squad. The rifle squad there made it into that house, exhorted on by Sgt. Savales.image

The filthy Nazi commander shows up with his briefcase full of god knows what and keeps his men fighting. The mortars managed to knock him down wounded for a few phases.image

 

I eventually got these guys into a full firing line and began trading shots with the Krauts in the roadhouse.

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The halftrack passes the roadhouse. The other German MG squad I was tradinf fire with the whole game is in that building.

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The guy in the knit cap there with the grease gun is Sgt. Telly Savales. He had to boot these grunts in the ass to get them going, and they got going!image

Cinematic moment here. The bazooka team took three shots at the advancing halftrack, narrowly escaped a bunch of fire thrown at them, and then had to rummage around looking for more bazooka rounds. Finally knocked out the halftrack on their fourth shot!

 

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The Jerries that were here finally had enough and bugged out!image

It was good to finally get a game in of this. The historicals crew has been playing for a while and their games always look pretty good. It was the first WW2 minis game I’ve played at 28mm scale and I did enjoy it.

 

 

Bolt Action G.I.s

Posted in Historical, Minis, WIP with tags , , , , on September 15, 2013 by stingersix

Lest you think I spend all my time painting 40K models these days, I thought I’d post up a couple (very rough) pics of the American G.I.’s I’ve painted for the the Bolt Action game. Specifically, these are the models that come with Warlord Games’ Assault on Normandy starter set. Do I need to tell you it’s World War 2? I hope not.  You get 20 G.I.s and 20 Germans in the set, along with a ruined building kit, two sets of orders dice and the full-version hardcover rulebook.

We’re planning on giving this game a push at the store next year, as there are a few of our minis gaming regulars that are more into historical stuff than sci-fi or fantasy, and Bolt Action has a growing following. Warlord Games isn’t GW, but they’ve come a long way from where they were just a handful of years back, IMO.

Anyway, the plastic G.I.s – they come 25 to a box, 5 main sprues and 3 weapon sprues allowing you to make several different squad formations. I’ve done regular rifle squads; 8-10 men, a BAR gunner and a NCO with a Thompson. Assembly is perhaps a bit fiddly – they can be kitted out with pouches, grenades, holsters, backpacks and so on. There are 5 different bodies and depending on the arms you use (aiming, ready, leveled) you can get a variety of poses. The detail is pretty good and they all fit together well.

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I painted them with a variety of Vallejo WW2 colors then gave them a heavy wash of GW Agrax Earthshade, then highlights with the base colors again. Just trying to get them done, not win any awards. I think they look all right.

I have another box assembled and ready for priming on my painting desk. Along with them I have a mortar crew and a MG team, and I plan to get a Sherman tank. The it’ll be time to play some games!