Yes, all of the above is true - I've found a new FLGS: 'Darkstar Gaming' in Plymouth. It's fairly new, but open, friendly, and not too terribly inconvenient for me... which is a development!
To my particular joy, I broke my duck there with my pal Mattenbury: we played a friendly 750pt game to both try out a few ideas and increase our familiarisation with the 2nd Edition rules.
It was a blast!
Mattenbury very gallantly let me field a cheeky wee 'armoured platoon' - nothing too scary: a troop of Recce Carriers supported by two five-man squads, a Sniper team, a PIAT team (in a fourth Bren Carrier) and the obligatory Free Artillery Spotter. There was a 3-Ton Lorry to transport the Toms, of course, too. Oh, and a Cromwell CS:
|These pics came out well - I like the black background!|
For his part, Mattenbury brought his Commandos (I was expecting Americans, but they're not painted yet): a five-man command squad (such a great idea!), two five-man squads, two(!) Light Mortar teams, a 25pdr, a Sniper team, Arty Spotter and a Crusader AA:
|The Commandos were armed by squad: rifles or SMGs.|
We rolled for a mission and got 'Demolition', which is essentially capture-the-flag, but it's instant death after a unit is plomped on the enemy's base - no contestation.
Deployment in some missions of 2nd Ed has taken a clever turn: it's a little more time-consuming, but now you draw dice to deploy units. I liked this, although I didn't do it quite as well as I ought to:
|My deployment edge. Foolishly, I split up my Recce troop,|
and they couldn't benefit fully from their radios.
|Note the two objectives and the 25pdr's killing field (in red)|
|A close-up of Mattenbury's deployment: the 25pdr|
covers its arcs, and the objective is that round base
just this side of the hill. White die = my arty aim point.
Turn 1: The first turn was relatively quiet, as everyone was hidden. Artillery spotters on each side placed their aim points, and my sniper (to my great surprise) killed his. Having thus given away his position, my sniper was then instantly wiped out by a very lucky 25pdr shot. Bastard.
|End of a Veteran Light Mortar Team|
|Pins on the Bren Carrier from the sneaky Crusader (top-right)|
|The extent of my movement by the end of Turn 1. Note how foolishly |
close so many of my units are to his artillery aiming point (red die).
Turn 3: At last both of our artillery stonks arrived and did untold damage on...nothing. The only casualty of both was the 25pdr, which took a couple of pins. If either had arrived on turn 2, it could've been a very different story indeed. During this turn, a number of key things happened: (1) I finally started closing on the objective, suppressing the 25pdr with MG fire as I went to pin it out of usefulness; (2) I realised (he told me!) that Matt's intent was to drive his crusader up to my objective and claim it that way...bugger. I hadn't thought of that - I'd assumed he would just inch his Commandos closer then overwhelm me. I could've been gamey and used my carriers and troops as a screen, but I try not to roll like that. Instead, I tried to bring the fight to him!
|Shot 1 from the PIAT. A swing and a miss.|
|My 15/19 KRH Cromwell advances into the muzzle of the field gun...|
|...and the Comando HQ backtracks for morale support.|
|KA-BOOM! - I love this pic!|
The game was an absolute joy to play, despite the simplicity of the terrain (more will be a-comin' as I understand it, as BA takes off) and Mattenbury was - as he always is - a very pleasant and sporting opponent. In particular, it's grand to play someone who's chilled about things like taking the time to look rules up as we go.
|The movements of my various vehicles. Just experimenting.|
Cheers for reading,
Awesome! Beautifully painted forces and it looks to have been a lot of fun!ReplyDelete
Thanks, mate - it was indeed (but then again, Bolt Action always is!).Delete
Looks like a lot of fun. And congrats on the FLGS, as the best I can manage is 30 minutes for a semi-friendly semi-game store that has gaming one night a week or an hour track to a very friendly game store with very intermittent attendance by gamers.ReplyDelete
Well, my gaming 'club' night for the last year is very friendly and cooperative - as well as very very cheap to play - but it takes an hour of driving winding, often single-lane country roads to get there.
This new place is an actual store, but as such it's more expensive to play and I have to pay for parking. BUT it is only about a 35 minute drive!
And yes, *fully* friendly, which does help!
Wonderful! A great looking game on beautiful paved roads and great looking minis!ReplyDelete
Ah yes, the gaming mat. Fantastic, isn't it? Even Mrs Drax was waxing lyrical about it!Delete
"I broke my duck"ReplyDelete
I had to google that...lol.
I really cannot abide cricket either...I just like the expression. It was extended metaphorically (and inevitably, given the pastimes of the officer cadre!) into RAF slang, which is - I suppose - where I got it from.
War comics, books and films!
Likewise revulsion to the game of Cricket here, but I still use "Hit for 6" when something gets smacked to heck. Which of course confuses my American friends to no end!Delete
Would one 'hit a fly ball' in baseball? Not sure. Did go to watch the Cubs a few years ago though, and had a great time! I also knew what was going on - not like cricket at all in either way!Delete
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Yep - a flyball is when the batter smacks it straight up and typically behind himself too. It counts as a strike though a batter cannot be struck out hitting a flyball.Delete
Bored yet? I know I am. :)
I enjoy seeing baseball at a game but on television it is so dull...
One thing that is fun is trying to explain cricket to Americans. Quite the task.
Lovely game, that - and nice ISIHAC reference, too. :DReplyDelete
Ha! Thank you, Peter, and merry Christmas!Delete
You do seem to play a lot of Brit on Brit games. Still though, seeing all those Commandos on the table was pretty cool (My choice for Brit theme if/when I start a collection) and the game report was very fun to follow. I like also how you lot's dice rolling is on par with my own shite results!ReplyDelete
Glad you have a closer place to play! They charge to use their space though???? Not familiar with that concept - perhaps I am spoiled by the LGS's over here, none of which charge for tablespace?
Don't have enough experience of FLGSs to comment, although I think it's fairly established practice in some fixed venues over here to pay a table fee. Certainly I asked in advance in full anticipation that there would indeed be a fee. I've no objection to it as it's so tricky for these places to stay open, let alone to make money!Delete
Regarding blue-on-blue fighting, I think it's the minority of my games, but yes: Brits are proportionally more popular over here; Germans proportionally less so. I wonder if that's for historical reasons...?!
Still, I shall slowly try to redress that balance...!
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