Sunday, June 20, 2010

First Game of Crusader

On the 20th, we played a game of Crusader and I took the pictures and Britt wrote the report(thanks Britt).

Greg arrived today at about 1PM, bearing a new set of rules to try (Crusader) as well as his beautifully painted 28mm hard plastic Romans that you’ve probably seen pictures of on his blog. I had set up some terrain ( a line of woods on my left flank, a few hills near our table edges) which played little part in this Roman Civil War battle. We had identical forces. I placed my 2 Veteran Legions in a deep formation in my centre with 2 Skirmisher units in front of them. To my left were my Green Legion and my right held the Auxiliaries. Greg’s (Pompey’s) force was deployed in a thinner line, overlapping me on both flanks. The forces were about the same, but his skirmishers were placed on either flank…a major concern to me throughout the game.

   The game was mainly to learn the rules and have a bit of fun. Both sides moved forward, and those flanking Skirmishers of Pompey began to remind me of Cannae . My skirmishers managed to kill a base of Legionnaires in the centre, leaving them shaken. Greg’s Auxiliaries attack my Green Legion, but it routs them. My skirmishers fire, then retire behind my Veteran Legions who then charge their opposite numbers. My deeper formations win the day (but we later learn I should have been using fewer dice). My Green Legion pursues Pompey’s Auxiliaries. The enemy Skirmishers are now even with both my flanks. A cause for concern! Pompey’s charge on my left Veteran Legion, comes to naught, and it routs back.

   But then things started to fall apart. My Veteran Legions attacked his shaken one, but he not only held, he threw me back Shaken as well. Pompey then makes a drive on my right with his Legion pushing back my Auxiliaries and his skirmishers inflicting missile casualties on them. Repeated attacks in the centre failed to budge Pompey’s Legions, but finally one died and then his Auxiliaries. Luck (or my tactical dice rolling skill?), saved my Auxiliaries but I lost a Legion. The two Skirmishers now shot it out, and Pompey’s loss here caused that Great General to call it a day. Caesar should be back in Rome in time for the “Ides of March”! My friend Brutus says he has a surprise for me.

   This was an excellent learning game and many thanks to Greg for buying and learning all the Crusader rules as well as teaching them to me. Those 28mm Roman minis were a nice aspect of the game. Very easy on the eyes! Next Sunday we should be doing another Crusader game, this time with some Cavalry.

The pictures below are in no order, I wish I had taken more.


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Any ways, may the dice roll high for you.


Sunday, June 13, 2010



On the 13th we played a game of VAS and i took the pictures and Britt wrote the report(thanks Britt)


BB Dunkerque

CL Algerie

BB Richelieu

CL Glorie


BB Bismark ,

PBB Graf Spee

CA Admiral Hipper

CA Prinz Eugen

Report by Britt

Greg arrived at about 1PM today for our game of Victory at Sea. He certainly looked a lot healthier & happier than I last remember.(The happy part was soon to change as he rolled 'snake-eyes' for his first initiative test! :-). Both sides had terrible luck).

Anyway, I had 4 German ships..Bismark, Graf Spee, & 2 cruisers. Greg had the French equivalent...and we were off to battle. I was able to get in some good hits early on, with both French cruisers sent to the bottom in exchange for a (badly) ventilated Hipper (cruiser). Bismark then took a Schnaps break (scoring only a few hits with its full broadsidein 2 turns) and got whacked badly by the French Dunqurque BB, causing a small magazine explosion and another turn of dithering. Graf Spee (pocket Battleship) and Hipper were now but memories and burning wreckage on the water. One of the French BB's finally sunk, but Bismark was in little better condition, and the Dunqurque finished her off the following round. The German cruiser Prinz Eugene knew when to leave, and promptly did so!!!

Victory to Greg's French fleet. They deserved it. I rather doubt if the Furher will waste any more money on German surface fleets after this, with all naval personnel being transfered into subs or the infantry. Great game. It played very"historically".

Setup pic on Left and end of first turn on the right.

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Turn three on left and then Turn four on the right.

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Some wonderful dice rolling that went on in the game on the left and Hipper going to the bottom on the right

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The last three shots are from the last couple of turns. the right one shows the Graf Spee going done(cotton wool), the middle one is the BB Dunkerque going to the bottom. the last one is the Bismark a crippling wreck, with the Prinz Eugen on full steam to leave the fight.

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I need to take more shots of the game but got wrapped up in it and for got in the middle of the battle.Anyways enjoy.


Monday, June 7, 2010



Ok here is the rest of the fleets I have, as before some touch ups will be need and I’m sure my deck blue is to dark on the USA fleet.


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Well that all the fleets, I may add some more ships to each nation for WW2. The the WW1 Fleets may grow, just waiting on the new sup for AOD.