Monday, July 22, 2013

Operation Overlord Updates! JR - DS - GF - MKL

German infantry await the Irish Guards attack.

As a part of the WWPD Operation Overlord campaign we have a pair of battle report updates! 

Grant's German infantry company faced an assault by the Irish Guards in a "No Retreat" scenario.  Will the German's reinforcements arrive in time to blunt the attack?  Visit our Rounds Complete blog to find out results of this battle.

Michael and Cory got together for a game featuring a Canadian Armored Recce company v. a 21st Panzer Division  Panzer Grenadier company... 

The story so far:
Captain Hubble has been ordered to spearhead the attack on the French town of Colombelles.  His men are going up against determined German veterans.  There have even been reports of dreaded Tiger tanks being spotted in the German lines.  To see how Captain Hubble and his men fared click here.

The Canadians at the outskirts of Colombelles.

Friday, July 12, 2013

German 352 Division Faces off Against U.S. 29th Infantry! JR - GF - DS

A German Squad Advances Down a Narrow Lane.

Jim, Grant, Mike S., and Dave got together Wednesday evening for another Normandy inspired Flames of War game.  This one featured two infantry companies facing off in a "Pincer" scenario.  The terrain board was dominated by the notorious French bocage.

Check out our Rounds Complete! blog for the full battle report.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Operation Unicorn Bridge - WWII - MKL

D-Minus 1.  Another uneventful night for the German garrison?

It's 3 June 1944 just before midnight.  A British Glider Company is flying in aerial tow, on a mission to secure a vital bridge.  The commander, Captain Mott mentally goes over the plan in his head hoping that all the details have been attended to.  He gives a knowing wink to a nervous looking private as their Horsa glider section are released from the transport craft.  They sail through the air almost silently towards their objective.  In a few moments they will know whether all the training and planning paid off.

The German guards are looking forward to another uneventful night.  Most have turned in for the evening, after a boring day by the sleepy French village.  It's a dull posting, but at least they are not on the eastern front...

The few unlucky soldiers on duty are walking their appointed patrols and wishing they were in bed.   Most of the soldiers are asleep in the barracks.  A couple have just stumbled in after a night of drinking beer at the pub.  Several loud cracks and a clatter break the calm of the June night.  Men are jolted awake, confused and bleary eyed, from their slumber.  Was that a machine gun?  Now someones shouting.  What is going on?

The garrison are about to start earning their pay.  Operation Unicorn has just commenced.

Mike and Jamie got together for a Flames of War game featuring British Paras v. German Festungskompanie.  Will the British be able to seize the objective, forever known after this battle as Unicorn Bridge?  Or will the Germans defend this vital point, helping blunt allied efforts to gain a foothold in Normandy?

For full battle report check out our Rounds Complete blog!

Friday, July 5, 2013

WWII - Flames of War "Hit the Beach" scenario! DS

The Canadians approach the beach...
On Wednesday July 3rd, Chris and I joined Jim for a Flames of War game.  We played a beach assault scenario for WWPD podcast Operation Overlord game.  The scenario featured an attack force from Canadian 3rd Division attempting to secure a beachhead against an entrenched infantry company from the German 716 division. 

To see how the boys from Winnipeg fared in the attack on Juno Beach, check out our full battle report at the Rounds Complete blog!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Build a WWII Beach in an Evening! JR & DS

There's nothing better than getting a project done.  Beach terrain for Normandy WWII scenario.

Jim and I played in a Hit the Beach scenario on Sunday 30th of June with Mike S, and his brother Jeff S.  The game was played for the "What Would Patton Do?" podcast and blog's worldwide Flames of War D-Day Campaign game.   Mike S. had done some great work on his beach terrain for the scenario and provided a nice table for the game.

The battle was between an American assault force and a German 352nd Division Infantry company.  The photos and battle report are listed on Mike S.'s gaming blog here.

Both Jim and I have wanted to make a beach terrain board for some time.  A couple of years ago I purchased the Normandy defenses Battlefield in a Box set, as well as a pack of 3 US landing craft.  I was a bit surprised when I got an email from him this afternoon saying that he wanted to work on it tonight...and have it ready for a game tomorrow.  

He had many of the materials ready and was hard at work by the time I got there.  The base board was  2'x 4' piece of mdf that he had spray painted gray.  By the time I got to his garage he was finishing the sea wall.  It was made out of pink 2" double density styro-foam.  Jim had not picked up anything to paint the sand with, so I stopped by a Michael's  store to pick up some hobby paints (6 paints for $6.05US!)

I got to work on the ocean...and it turned out better than I would have thought it might, as I have never tried anything like that before.  We added tan paint to some Woodland Scenics hydrocal plaster material, along with some fine and medium sand, for texture, and applied it to make the beach.  I had brought a couple of colors to to paint the sand, but the tan added to the plaster turned out really well. 

Lastly we painted the sea wall, added flock and we were done!  Not bad for an evening of work.  Jim is going to clean up the flock and apply some sealer before he goes to work in the morning, but otherwise it is a usable board.  There's nothing like getting a project done.  Two people putting some effort in can really get things accomplished quick. 

Wednesday evening it will be used by the 3rd Canadians when they hit Juno beach facing a  German 716 Infantry Division company.  !Warning! to the Winnepeg Rifles:  Beware the MG42s...