RECON 2018 Thursday and Friday Photos

April 29, 2018

Photos of some of the games Thursday and Friday at the HMGS South convention RECON 2018:

FLICKR album Thursday

FLICKR album Friday

Fire & Fury 10mm:

 

Canadian Autocar Armored Car in 1/144 Scale

April 16, 2018

Shapeways Canadian Autocar armored cars in 1/144 scale. These required very little cleanup. The only oddity is that two of the four have the steering wheels on the right and two have them on the left. I can’t tell from the photos of the real vehicles which is correct.

Blue Max AAR

April 14, 2018

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a game of GDW’s Blue Max (first edition 1983) using 1/144 scale planes from the Wings of War series. The scenario was an Allied advance in the spring of 1918. A few rules were added to cover attacks on ground units and anti-aircraft fire. Five players (two German, three Allied) each flew one plane, and got a replacement if they were downed or left the table.

Both German and one Allied plane left the table damaged and low on fuel and were replaced. One S.E.5a exploded. We played 28 turns in about 3.25 hours.

 

RJW Naval – Skagerrak 1905

March 24, 2018

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a fictitious naval battle set in the North Sea during the Russo-Japanese War.

The Russo-Japanese War has been in progress since 1904. Historically, the Franco-Russian Alliance of 1894 did not require France to support Russia since no Triple Alliance member state was involved. The Anglo-Japanese Alliance of 1902 did not require Britain to support Japan since Japan was not at war with more than one state.

In this somewhat altered history, Germany has decided to spend money on the army and not build a large fleet. Anglo-German relations are good. France finds it necessary to support Russia due to the military balance in Europe. Japan, assuming that this is the case, attacks French assets in Asia. Thus France and Russia are at war with Japan and the Anglo-Japanese Alliance (Article 3) is invoked.

Player briefings: Skagerrak 1905 Briefing

Visibility 18,000 yards. Wind westerly at 14 knots. Sea state 3.

Status at the end of the game: sk1905 IO

Damage output file: sk1905 output

Player reports:
sk1905 side 1
sk1905 side 2

Plots of ship movements:
0-40 minutes sk-plot-0-40
40-70 minutes sk-plot-40-70
All sk-plot-all

Computer code (described here)

The British concentrated their fire on the Russian ships and damaged all four of the Borodino class (the most valuable Russian ships). The French placed themselves between the British and the Russians. The Russians fought on, declining to leave the French to fight alone against a much larger British force. After about 3.5 hours of play and 70 minutes of game time, many of the heavy ships were low on ammunition. A minor British win perhaps, but all sides acquitted themselves well.

Saga – Vikings vs Saxons in the Snow

March 10, 2018

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a SAGA game. Consistent with the recent weather in Britain, the game was played on snow-covered ground. Each side had one battle board and shared the available activations and actions among the players.

Casualties were high on both sides, but in the end the Saxons had repelled all the Viking attacks and were declared the victors.

 

1/6000 Naval – Armored and Protected Cruisers

March 6, 2018

Some earlier British, French and German armored and protected cruisers completed between 1892 and 1905, using Figurehead 1/6000 scale models.

Heroes of Normandie – Behind Utah Beach

February 24, 2018

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a game of Heroes of Normandie.

June 7, 1944 – behind Utah Beach. 

Baker Company of the 8th RCT, 4th Infantry Division is pushing inland to the town of St-Marie-du-Mont. However, the route to the town is blocked by the Germans of the 2nd Company, 919th Infantry Regiment. The Germans have placed a PAK 40 ATG to cover the road and dug in around a cluster of farm buildings. The PAK has already knocked out the leading M4 Sherman of Baker Company’s armor support. The scenario begins with Baker Company deployed for a full assault against the German positions.

This used the Attack/Defense scenario. The American point total was around 500, the German around 250 points.

No photos were taken due to the poor memory of the photographer.

We played 7 turns of the 8 turn scenario in about four hours. The Americans had not reached the objective bridge and had lost their light vehicles and some infantry. The Germans had lost about half their units and the outer defense line was gone.

 

WW1 Naval – Brindisi 1915

February 10, 2018

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a fictitious naval battle set in the Adriatic in WW1. On June 15, 1915, a few weeks after the Italian declaration of war on Austria-Hungary, the Austro-Hungarian fleet sails to attack Brindisi and to lure out the Italian fleet. The Italians are alerted and hope to avenge Lissa.

Visibility 14,000 yards. Wind WSW at 10 knots. Seastate 2.

Status at the end of the game: Brin IO

Damage output file: Brin output report

Player reports:
Brin Italian reports
Brin A-H reports

Plots of ship movements:
0-20 minutes brin-plot 0-20
20-45 minutes brin-plot 20-45
All brin-plot

Computer code (described here)

After four hours of play we ended the game with the Austro-Hungarians having lost 2 battleships and all their destroyers and the Italians having lost most of their destroyers. Several cruisers on both sides were badly shot up.

 

Heroes of Normandie Demo

January 27, 2018

This weekend the local HMGS-South group tried a demo game of Heroes of Normandie. Five players divided up 3 US and 3 German platoons, including one tank platoon on each side. It was an informal meeting engagement to try out the rules.

Klingon Frigates

January 24, 2018

These are Amarillo Design Bureau Starline 2500 series ‘Klingon E4 Light Frigates‘ cast in metal several years ago. At 36 mm in length, they are much larger than my old escorts. They will be used for a class intermediate in size between my F5s and D7s. The E4s and F5s will thus be reversed by size, but that avoids re-labeling all the old models.

Decals on new ships are from Mark’s Models and Toys.