It has been a few weeks since these games were played but things are still pretty hectic and blogging has taken a definite back-seat to everything else that is going on.
There were two games played with Paul, Terry, Shane and Jeremy playing a Flames of War Desert Encounter and John and I playing a Contemptible Little Armies World War One game.
The Great War battle was a trenchline slog with the Brits assaulting the German lines. It had been a while since we had played CLA, and it was some time into the game before we found our rhythm. The game is very simple, but for the sake of ease of play we didn’t include any off-table barrages. That was a bit of a mistake for the poor old Brits.
The first part of the British assault was a failure, but the German counterattacks were just as bad, and in the end with the body count mounting we decided to call it a draw. This game reinforced all the stereotypes associated with the First World War, mostly because we weren’t using the key weapon – artillery. I’ll make sure that for the next game we take the time to plan the use of the barrage rules.
Anyway, some pictures of the battle:
The German line
The British Line
The advance on the left flank
The advance on the right flank to capture the town
Going over the top can be a hazardous business
trying to storm the trenches from the town proved too difficult
The German counterattack was no more successful
Having seen off the RFC the red baron took to strafing the PBI.
The other table saw the Afrika Korps take a bit of a hammering as the Brits stubbornly held onto their objectives:
No commentary on this battle I’m afraid, it was still going when I headed home. Not too sure who won, but the Brits were looking pretty comfortable.