I am glad to be back writing on the blog again. The holidays, overtime at work, and the arrival of a new member to our home has played havoc with gaming and writing.
Last night I was able to play a game that had been set up and waiting for over a week. Here are the starting forces for the British:
1 Commander Unit(in Chevy) 2 Strength Points
4 Tank Units(A9 and A10's) 12 SP total
2 Light Tank Units(Mk VI's) 6 SP
1 Armoured Car Unit 3 SP
2 Field Artillery Units(25pd) 4 SP
4 Infantry Units 16 SP
6 Trucks and Tractors 12 SP
1 Hurricane fighter 3SP
15 Combat Units, 58 SP, 4 Initiative dice. All rated 'average", except the tanks and light tanks, rated "poor" for thin armour and breakdown problems.
Dug in and waiting, here are the Italians:
1 command Unit 2 SP
2 Tank Units(M13) 6SP
1 Anti tank Gun Unit 2 SP
1 Infantry AT Unit(ATRifle) 2 SP
1 Machine Gun Unit 2 SP
1 field Artillery Unit 2 SP
1 Motorcycle Unit 3 SP
2 Infantry Units 8 SP
1 CR42 Falco Fighter Bomber 4 SP
11 Combat Units, 33 SP, 3 Initiative dice. All rated average, except the Field artillery, rated
elite". The motorcycle unit was portrayed using the "cycles" section in the Optional Ground Combat Rules. The "fighter bomber" was treated as a "bomber", with no gun capability UNTIL releasing its three bombs, at which point it is played as a fighter plane.
Early action saw the British advance on a wide front. The Royal Horse Artillery raced to get their guns in position. A bold Italian pilot launched an unsuccessful bombing attack on the gun team and tractor.
As the British tanks close with the entrenched Italians, the RAF goes after the CR42, getting in a couple of quick hits.
The "Hurri" moves up to cover the left flank attack, which has hit solid opposition from an M13 Unit and a 47mm anti-tank gun.
Meanwhile, the RHA unlimbers, no longer threatened by the biplane fighter.
A field of large stones channels the attack to both flanks. Thin armour does not protect the British tankers from an assortment of Italian ordnance. Still, the right flank does begin to roll back the defenders.
A Mk V1 brews up following an assault by the Italian infantry AT Unit. The "Hurri" now strafes the Italian artillery, with good results.
The Italians are beaten, but still manage to blunt the attack. The British have taken the field, but will have to await reserves to exploit their victory.
All of the vehicles and planes, and the Italian Infantry is from Flames of War. The British Infantry is from Old Glory.
Here is our new family member,Queen Victoria, known as "Tori". She was found on our doorstep the week before Christmas, and conned Spike, Boye and I into keeping her. We are having to spend some extra effort to get her adjusted to living inside, but it is well worth it.
NEXT WEEK: 1941 Mobile Action in the Desert. Hope to see you then,