Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Operation Herkules "What If?" Unofficial Bolt Action Supplement Released!

Well, everyone here it is - the totally unofficial supplement for Operazione C3 "Herkules", the joint Italian-German invasion of British-held Malta. PDF includes a short historical overview, breakdown of forces assigned for the invasion, breakdown of units defending the island, an Italian Reinforced Platoon list, German Fallschirmjager/Kriegsmarine Reinforced Platoon list, and British/Maltese Reinforced Platoon list.

Special thanks to everyone who proofed and reviewed the final draft - all of them are WWPD members!  ;)

Comments and critiques are welcome.

If you enjoy this, please let me know as I'd like to release another for the Siege of Budapest, 1944-45.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Adepticon 2015 Recap - FOW Early War Combat Patrol

In addition to running both my annual Necromunda tournaments (which none of the pictures I took turned out of!), I decided to take on one more event and branch out into something completely different for myself. This year's Adepticon was the inaugural FOW Combat Patrol tournament on Sunday. Mostly this event was an excuse for me to expand my collection of 15mm terrain, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised with both the players and the support I received from Battlefront.

FOW Combat Patrol is meant for new players to get experience playing Flames of War  in a tournament setting and for veteran players to get a chance to play in a time period that is less widespread than Mid and Late War. Players choose a 1000pt force, with only 1 HQ platoon and 1 Combat Platoon mandatory, and take them through a series of four linked scenarios. The spirit of these scenarios are geared towards fast play and limited objectives.

I had four players for this event (that's actually more than the first year I ran Necromunda!) - 1 German Czech Panzer Company, 2 French Combat Squadrons, & 1 Greek Infantry Company. I had five table set up, each representing a different country involved in the Early War battles - France, Greece/Albania, Finland, Byelorussia, & Egypt/Libya. When the dust had settled, the Greeks emerged the overall victors! However, all the players walked away with an award and some great prizes.

Though I undertook this event with the awesome assistance of the Adepticon crew, I was lucky enough to be approached by members of the Battlefront staff on the day of the event who provided even more prize support and guidance. More than likely this event will return in some form or another (with the news of the upcoming Cold War Gone Hot expansion - "Red Dawn" anyone?) at future Adepticons.....stay tuned!

Big thanks to the Adepticon staff (Hank, Matt, Rich, & Jamie), David Griffin at Battlefront, and everyone who signed up to play! 

French and Vichy AFVs duke it out for control of the chateau's wine cellars

Stukas divebomb a Greek artillery position

German Pz38(t)'s move to outflank defending Greek infantry

French AFVs take on Greek infantry in Finland (?)

Greek CV33s enter the table behind a decimated French AMD platoon

German Recce vehicles push hard on the French left flank

French tanks attempt to outmaneuver the steel rain of Greek artillery

Heavy French artillery ideally placed to engage the wily Germans

Stukas dive-bomb the surrounded Greek infantry 

A wall of Czech steel

Free & Vichy French tank forces fight one last bitter battle in Algeria

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Adepticon Saga Grand Melee 2015 - Every Warband Ever!

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to play in the inaugural US Saga Grand Melee this year at Adepticon. All I can say if it was one of the best events I've ever played in - well-organized with amazing terran. I was only able to play a fraction of the players who signed up but every player was amazing - all-around great sportsman who offered good games and lots of friendly banter. Unfortunately, because I lost track of time, I didn't get any in-game pics.

I DID get pictures of every warband from the first day and all of them were great. My apologies for some of the poor pictures - the lighting in the ballroom was very poor and it was difficult to get good, balanced pics.

These Skraelings took first place overall

"Not the face!"

The Scots' Spiritual Advisor

These Irish won best painted overall

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Italians @ Malta, 1942: Paracuditisti Weapons Teams & Squads

While they aren't 100%, I'm pleased to be finished with this batch of my Bolt Action Italians for Adepticon. I won't be fielding all of them this weekend, but I feel like this is a solid start to my larger Italian force. Below are the remaining weapons teams - an 81mm medium mortar team, a Breda medium machinegun team, and a Breda light mortar team. 

Below is the completed Officer and Forward Artillery Observer. The FAO is probably my favorite Airborne mini - lots of character.

First Squad

Second Squad

This is the graphic I'll be using for my display board during the tournament and a picture of the entire army together.