sabato 28 novembre 2020

Aurelian's Punic Army - SAGA

 SAGA - Age of Hannibal is just published by Studio Tomahawk and our club is prepared.

Considering the good result of the dark age version in my club ... a group of my club mates are preparing miniatures for the future battles. But this time I have to admit that our news herald is Aurelian.

He prepared many miniatures and is still working on ... unfortunately the new Covid measures forced us to close again the club. Below there some pics I took before the temporary closing of our activities.

He painted two war elephants. This is one of them ... on the battle field

He prepared also some Punic troops and ...

... and the command group

domenica 22 novembre 2020

Test scenario: Italo-German forces vs English troops - Bolt Action October 24, 2020

In October, before Covid forced us to close again the club, we hosted some people who wanted to play a trial game using Bolt Action rules.

Antonio prepared for them a table and easy scenario ... the target was easy ... to take the control of San Antonio's statue

Antonio used his British troops helped by Stefano ... below some of their men and ...

... the artillery observer.

Danilo and Dario with their Italians and Germans were on the other side

A funny game that we hope to repeat at soon as we will open again the club and that saw a UK victory ... 

sabato 14 novembre 2020

SAGA maxi scenario - Oct 10, 2020

SAGA continues to be one of the most played games in my club. Last week end my mates played a maxi scenario that involved four players and a lot of miniatures

Some pics of the Aurelian's Polish-Lituan forces that fought to defend their village

But my friends do not forget also the "standard" scenarios

Some pics of Giancarlo's Irish command group ...

... and his enemy ... Riccardo's crusaders leader

sabato 31 ottobre 2020

Bilbo’s birthday Oct 10, 2020, Lord of the Rings

Before Covid forced us to close again the club, my  mates organized a game to celebrate Bilbo's birthday. Giancarlo arranged the event preparing the table adapting an original scenario from the rule book: Assault to Esgaroth. They used Lord of the rings rules.

The protagonists for the Good are: Bard the archer, Bilbo Baggins, Thorin and his 12 friends. For the Evil: Goblins and the Orcs with a special character (Smaug the Dragon).

Our dwarfs are host in the city of Esgaroth and they ignore that Smaug is flying on them after Bilbo’s attempt to steal his treasury. Unfortunately, the same night, Dol Guldor Orcs and Goblins decide to raid the city.

To simulate Smaug’s force … every turn he launches a ball of flame in a random direction (decided using a directional dice). Every heroes hit by the fire must use on of his Fate point to save himself. Every turn Bard, with his ballista, tries to hit the Dragon.

The Evil wins if Bilbo and Thorin die. The Good wins if Smaug dies or if Bilbo and Thorin survive after 20 turns. Draw if at the end Thorin or Bilbo has left us and Smaug returned unharmed to his lair.

The game took to my mates all the morning. The Evil does not adequately use the surprise factor ... the dwarves come out from the houses and organize themselves in powerful lines that block the access to Bilbo's home. Thorin, under siege, defends himself in a great way  risking something. ..The Dragon flies over the city without creating great damages ...

At the end of the game ... despite Bard wounded Smaug ... he manages to set fire to Bilbo's residence. But Bilbo is a lucky hobbit and he  goes out without roasting. 

It was a very hard game ... uncertain till the end ... but after 20 turns the Good wins. Both Bilbo and Thorin survive to the Evil's attack.

But we are Italians and we cannot close a so important date celebration as Bilbo's birthday without our cakes

domenica 25 ottobre 2020

October 2020 ... La Piccola a lot of new projects

Despite the Covid 19, one of the reason for which I love my wargame club is that every person is free to share his interest with others. 

For example Valerio and his group are continuing their develop of new Improved Panzer Leader scenarios

Other club mates, as Nevio, can see their efforts published. The "Black Sheep" ... a new role play manual

Another group continue his work on Italian Independence wars 

While others play naval fights between English and Italian navy during Ww2 ...

 ... or work to convert Perry miniatures for new army and battles ...

... or prepare new scenic elements to test new rule systems


domenica 18 ottobre 2020

General test ... How to play ww2 scenarios with different rule sets - September 2020 Part 1

In the last months we played a lot of ww2 scenarios using different rule sets. 

It is a kind of general test for our next idea that it is to play Stalingrad battle but with different miniature scales and manuals. 

Below there are some pics I took in the last period of my miniatures in 20 mm used for: Iron Cross, Rapid Fire, Bolt Action and so on.

Some panzer crews in action

Some American M10s 

An Italian Autoblinda captured by Germans

Two different US squads