lunedì 27 febbraio 2017

Milano Wargame 2017 - Feb, 26 2017

Last week we took part to Milano wargame exhibition. 

Our club presented a scenario of the Italian independence wars: a part of Palestro Battle. The exhibition was also the opportunity to promote the Paolo’s rule systems: Garibaldi all’attacco!

Below a couple of photos of our table during the set up phase

Other details of our table

A view of Mentana battle - Italian Independence wars (1867, scale 15mm, GMBS Faenza, rule system L’Italia s’è desta)

The Old windmill – ACW (scale 28mm, Grande Armeé Parma, rule system Shell for Guns)

Staffarda battle  – Nine year’s war (1860, scale 28 mm, Garibaldi Club Genova, rule system Baroque). A beautiful scenario prepared by the Genoa club with a great work of research

Quatre Bras – 100 days campaign (1815, scale 28mm, Legends Lounge Milano, display game)

Arsuf Battle – 3rd crusade (1191, scale 15mm, Wargames Club Lecco, home rules). A great table with a perfect heraldic recreation

mercoledì 22 febbraio 2017

Double Line Feb, 16 2017 – Play test Farm defense

Last week we performed another play test of "double line"; the ACW rule system wrote by Paolo M. 

We played the scenario testing it as a multiplayer game.

Orders of battle are simple: in the middle of table there is a farm that four Confederate brigades must conquer within 12 turns. The Unionists starts with two brigades while other three will arrive in the following turns.

Just for the record miniatures are not my work … I’m working on but I have to finish a couple of stuffs required by my son before. I hope to start Confederate army by the beginning of May.

Furthermore I was part of Confederate team.

This is the map

Initial deployment

The Confederates cross the river

A detail of Confederate advance

I was the commander of the center and the left Confederate wing. Our idea was that my brigades keep blocked the enemy while my partner uses his troops to attack the Unionists in the flank

Another point of view of the attacks

The Unionist troops are outflanked

Also my brigades start the engagement

The fighting for the farm starts

In the last two turns the Confederate tide is a continuing push and retreat

Final positions

The Unionists keep the farm and win the battle.

venerdì 17 febbraio 2017

To the Strongest! Feb, 11 2017

Last Saturday thanks to Ezio’s help (and his patience considering that he was the only that have read the rulebook!) we played to "To the Strongest!" the wargame system wrote by Simon Miller.

It was the second battle for me and I've already explained quickly in another post the main differences respect other wargame systems.

We didn't play an historical battle because the armies that fought were: a list of Crusaders (around XI century) against a late Roman empire legion (around VI -VII century). Romans were painted by me while the Crusaders were not a work of mine. Unfortunately we didn't finish the battle because, during the day, we hosted a person in our club and so we spent  more time than in a normal struggle.

I tried to write a kind of battle report. 

For the record we played the scenario in four: Ezio and another person in a side (Crusaders), me and Maurizio in the second one (Romans)

Creation of the "terrains" using the system rules

Initial deployment

A look to the armies

The Romans advance

In the centre the knights attack but the Roman legion stop them

On the Roman left wing cavalry and auxiliaries try to outflank the enemy while on the center the fight continues

Now it is time of the Roman right wing

On the left wing Crusaders move back but they remain strong 

The front becomes fluid with the legion that immobilizes the Christian knights

The final positions