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Battle-Affront

Congratulations on last place?

Congratulations on last place?

Wargames competitions do suffer from bad press. If you are ever in two minds as whether or not to enter one, I would always recommend that you do. The number of games in rapid succession ensures that you get a handle on the rules in double quick time. It also means that you get to meet those gamers who are not afraid to venture into daylight from what can be quite a subterranean hobby. Who wouldn’t want to meet the likes of Robin Spence, and his renowned good cheer, or the last of the Mancunian Gold Miners ( I kid you not!)?

This Saturday was a case in point, two great opponents who couldn’t be more obliging. In less than ten turns over two games,  they joyfully added wool smoke to my newly painted Uber-tank force.

Game One- counter-attack. Can you spot where the arrow is pointing?

Game One- counter-attack. Can you spot where the arrow is pointing?

The legend that is Coxy, of Breakthough Assault fame, deployed a panzer-grenadier platoon in the ville, with a battery of nebweffers behind. Three panthers in ambush. I went for a feint in the direction of the cornfield arrow, whilst my GIs got on to the backs of Odd-balls Shermans for a drive on the flank objective…..

All quiet so far....

All quiet so far….

Oh good, Coxy’s reserves have arrived…….

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“Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves!”

Oh good, we've found the Panther ambush!

Oh good, we’ve found the Panther ambush!

A swirling firefight developed on my left between these armoured monsters. Coxy took down two of the new American wonder tanks and then carved into the supporting Priests. The Pershing officer and half the battery exit stage left…….

What is he looking at? Not even the observer tank can score a hit at this great range!

What is he looking at? Not even the observer tank can score a hit at this great range!

My hope lay with Odd-Ball on the flank attack. He was only facing the AT hanomags but one lone gunner would not let us pass. Another panzer- grenadier platoon arrived and camped on the objective whilst Luchs screamed around the station to join the fray…..

image imageMy heroic infantry took out two light tanks but the stubborn hanomags just wasn’t to be shifted! The Panthers arrived from the high street and it was all over….

Donald Sutherland? What ever happened to him?

Donald Sutherland? What ever happened to him?

Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

Why don’t you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

My thanks to Coxy for a brilliant game, great opponent and a really fun experience. Next up was Chris from Bournemouth. Hold the Line was the scenario and I was defending with tanks. What could go wrong?

Pz IV swarm attack on Left

Pz IV swarm attack on Left

Hysterically my Pershings ambush Armoured cars and forest dwelling SS men!

Hysterically my Pershings ambush Armoured cars and forest dwelling SS men!

In the centre Chris and I fought a really tense battle for possession of the central objective. One lone PZIV survived four shots and claimed a well-deserved victory!

See you at 9-30 tomorrow!😂😓😩😱😢😰😥😪

See you at 9-30 tomorrow!😂😓😩😱😢😰😥😪

Another classic, my thanks to Steve for being a great sport!

Another classic, my thanks to Steve for being a great sport!

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The wild ramblings of an infamous wit and wargames guru. One of nature's true gentlemen who devotes his time to the care of his two sons, i.e. watching episodes of Peppa Pig together, and recreating great moments of military history using toy soldiers. Currently a leading light in The Collectivo Despertaferres wargames and duelling association who meet regularly at Firestorm Games ( formerly Ali Baba's Carpet Warehouse). Find me also on Facebook "Despertaferres"!

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