mercoledì 25 luglio 2018

Bolt Action Vietnam – Jungles fights July 21, 2018


Last week end Antonio and Maurizio prepared a great scenario inspired to Vietnam fights.

In the last months they worked hard to prepare a version of Bolt Action that can work for this kind of setting, and, as it is possible to see below, their work had a good result.

Below a Bell AH-1 Cobra in preparation and…



… the same model finally in action during the game


but also the Viet player prepared his secret weapons



The mission they prepared was easy to better test the rules …  and now a short battle report

During a recon mission, some US troops found a significant concentration of Viet not very far from a little village




After the recon starts the real game

Viet forces were under the control of Antonio, Enrico and Eugenio while US troops were deployed by Maurizio and Giancarlo. All miniatures are 20mm and they are painted by Maurizio (USA) and Antonio (Vietcong).

Viet forces have to evacuate the village using the street at the bottom of the photo


The first Viet move is an escape and…



… the American players try to stop them with the armored forces



Unfortunately, the first platoon that leave the M132 is heavy attacked by the Viet veterans hide into the village



and also the American tank is hit and destroyed after some turns


Viet forces continue their advance



and Us units slow down them with the artillery



And with a suicide attack of M132


it is time for the Americans to show their military power



but the American losses are too high and they have to go back




To conclude a cameo prepared by Maurizio inspired by "Apocalypse now"





giovedì 19 luglio 2018

Black Powder – Battle of Auerstädt July 7, 2018


On July 7, 2018 my club mates decided to recreate the Auerstädt battle using Black Powder rule system. The scenario and the table are prepared by Ezio and they simulate the fights from 9 am to 1 pm.

The battle of Auerstädt was fought on October, 14 1806 between the forces of Napoleon and Frederick William III of Prussia and, it was part (with his twin and best known battle of Jena) of the decisive defeat for the Prussian army.

Below an imagine of Jena and Auerstädt battles from Wikipedia.


and another detail of the Auerstädt battle movements during the day.


My mates played this scenario on a 240x150 cm table and with around 900 miniatures (scale 15mm). 

The French forces are controlled by Ezio and Luciano while the Prussian-ones are under the control of Antonio and Alberto. The miniatures are mainly painted by Alberto (around 95%) but also by Ezio and Riccardo ... and now the battle

An imagine of battle preparation


Troops are arriving on the field



The Davout’s French divisions advance even if further west respect what heppened in the real battle. While the left wing commander decides to cover the flank with a line formation…



… the right wing are more aggressive maintaing the attack columns



The Prussian forces start their fires …




… and continues to hammer French lines that absorb part of their shoots thanks from voltigeurs screen (as well as happened on the real field).


The Prussian cavalry starts his attack but even if they break the central French division it is too late.


… the Prussian infantry divisions leave the field and so Auerstädt remains another Napoleone’s victory.

I have to point out that also in the real battle Blucher's cavalry was been not able to break Davout’s men and so the Prussian commander was force to order the withdrawal. Below a Richard Knötel’s imagine that can witness very well what have been happened



lunedì 16 luglio 2018

Casale Monferrato – La Rocca Implacabile IV – June, 17 2018


On June 17, 2018 my club (“La Piccola Armata”) took part to La Rocca Implacabile IV, an exposition that held in the castle of Casale Monferrato. It was a local exhibition organized in cooperation with Casale Comics&Games and another club: I vendemmiatori implacabili that kindly invited us.

Below some pictures of the Castle of Monferrato. The castle is a 15th century military construction with a hexagonal plan and four round towers encircling by a moat



The exhibition was not dedicated to miniatures but to role play games and ghost players as it is possible to see below




Our stand was dedicated to Paolo Montinaro’s wargame expansion: “Garibaldini all’attacco!”


In addition to Castelfidaldo scenario we prepared also another table with some miniatures of different periods to help people to understand our hobby


Paolo published with Chillemi Editore the first expansion of his game dedicated to Italian independence wars but I’ll treat this topic in another post as is correct to do considering the great work (ie to write rules, play tests and so on) that my club mates did to prepare it.
The scenario prepared by Paolo (and re create for the exhibition) was Castelfidardo battle. A battle between Sardinian and Papal troops fought on Sept 18, 1860 that was permitted to new Italian kingdom to take control of Marches and Umbria.


Below some imagines of the miniatures and table prepared and painted by my mates.




During the day many persons decided to play with Paolo’s wargame and, considering that the event was not for miniature players, I have to point out that Paolo created a very good system rules