lunedì 23 ottobre 2017

TMWWBK – October, 23 2017


Last Saturday Ezio and Ivano tested their new miniatures in a colonial match using Osprey's TMWWBK rules system.

Ivano lead a group of Italians that have to protect a local nobleman from a Mahdist attack.

Normally, the Mahdist revolt is considered an "Anglo-Egyptian" issue but also the Italian troops had their role ... even if under the English rule. From 1890 and 1893 a powerful Mahdi army crashes the border of Italian colony (Agordat) inficting several defeats to Italian army. Only on July 16, 1894 the new Governor of the colony (General Baratieri) personally carried a column of ascari and Italians conquering, after a short battle, the Sudanese city of Kassala. The city will return to English troops only two years later and after a long and cruel struggles with Mahdist army.

Below some images of the match and a my attempt to write a kind of battle report

The initial Italian position and the local nobleman 




Unfortunately per Ivano the Mahdi army starts at full strenght 





The Mahdi's cavalry attacks the Italian unit supported by other two group of warriors





Italian bersaglieri tries to hold the line but it is very hard




The arrival of our colonial cavalry (penne di falco) could change the outcome of the struggle but their charge do not crash the enemy unit




Other two Italian units arrives on the table but it is too late





The counter-charge of Sudanese cavalry destroys our Penne di Falco while the reinforcements are pushed back by the Mahdi numbers 





The Mahdi leader can celebrate the victory


venerdì 20 ottobre 2017

La Piccola Armata - September activities

With a significant delay I post some pictures of La Piccola actitivies. 

I want point out that during the months of Sept and Oct, thanks to Luca’s initiative, we organized a Bolt Action internal tournament but I’ll post some images of this event another time. Now some works of our creators

Unfortunately the Mad Max’s director has never known our friend Carlo





Aurelian continues with his Colonial dreams and …



… Ivano replies with his Italian ascari



Even if Riccardo takes part to Dbmm events with his army…


… he doesn’t forget to continues his British 8th Army



But Montgomery mates will have hard times with my DAK


Finally … we are speaking of battles, soldiers and so on but without Maurizio's efforts no one would be cured



lunedì 16 ottobre 2017

La Piccola and Games of Thornes

Last month one of my club mate, Aurelian, started with some other wargamers of a shop near our association to paint a new group of miniatures.

They decided to dedicate their efforts to create the atmospheres of a popular movie fiction: "The Games of throne". 
Unfortunately, at the moment, there are no specific miniatures available for this kind of fantasy scenario, so Aurelian converted some Perry and Fireforge miniatures to be suitable for his need.

He decided to paint House Bolton. Below some of Aurelian's pikemen 




He painted also some knights and the warlord. 



I want point out that the last two photos are taken at the shop: Goblin Torino

domenica 15 ottobre 2017

Bolt Action Civil wars – Sept 23, 2017

Last month I played my first match, with my son, using Bolt Action rulebook. It was not a real battle but only a kind of playtest to understand if he was interested to play it. Bolt Action is a simple set of rules easy to understand.

My son is 11 years old and he was very proud to play in the Association as well as the other-ones club mates.

He lead an English army against my evil Germans. Below there are some photos

A company of tommies with their artillery observer that is approaching to the houses while, on the other side, also the Germans try to reach their objs



 The red devils take the control of the houses and start to hit my paratroopers



Another action of the match in which … this time … my Germans hit the Gurkhas



At the end my son won the battle ... a good start!

martedì 26 settembre 2017

Rommel playtest - Sept 23, 2017

Last Saturday some of my club mates organized a first playtest to Rommel, the latest rules system published by Sam Mustafa. Unfortunately I couldn't take part to the battle but it will be for the next time.

Rommel is a game able to re-create great battles for European and Mediterranean  theatres of the Ww2. The players can command a division or a corp. It is not necessary to have a ruler, the table is divided into squares in which different units can be deployed. For this game Ezio (who organized the play test and prepared the table) used simple pins.

Below some pictures of the table (180 cm x 120 cm) ... 


... and a detail of the squares (15 cm x 15 cm)



Miniatures are 15 mm and are painted by Riccardo (the Italians), Luca (the Germans) and Ezio (the 8th Army)
There are no specific rules for miniature bases. Ezio modified some photos to explain better the solutions we adopted.




My clus mates decided to play an introductive scenario that it is possible to download free from Sam Mustafa's web site: operation Brevity 

Brevity was a limited offensive conducted by British troops in mid-May 1941 to attack the weak Axis forces in the Sollum-Bardia area.






It was our first club match.  The rule system is simple and easy to play.  You have to manage your army/division/corp/company using a pool of dices able to reproduce  events and troop movements for offensive and/or defensive tactics.