Thursday, 15 February 2018

Close Combat III: The Russian Front

I was up in the loft today when I found my old CD of Close Combat III. I used to play this game and the others in the series a lot back in the day, so I thought I'd load it up on the laptop to see if it has stood the test of time. I wasn't sure if it would still work, being designed for Windows 98, but it loaded up fine and I was able to play through a couple of scenarios. It is still a great little game and I'm going to play a few more scenarios as soon as I work out all the various key commands that I've forgotten. I'm also going to try to find the other two Close Combat games that I have in the loft, if I can track them down in all the boxes of stuff. A cracking little game!

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Command and Colours

I was given a copy of Command and Colours: Napoleonics for my birthday. I have no time now to learn the rules and set up a game but will take the box on holiday at Easter to play through some of the scenarios. It's not exactly beer and pretzels but is simple enough to not be overly difficult to play, so I think it deserves a place here rather than the other blog. I've heard some really good things about  the Command and Colours system, so I'm looking forward to trying it out in a few weeks time.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Tanks: Playtest Game

I tried out Tanks today using a couple of counters from Airfix Battles to stand in for model tanks, with one US Sherman M4 versus a German Panzer IV. The game ran pretty smoothly, as I only used two tanks with an upgrade card each, so it didn't take long to play through the basic scenario to a fair conclusion. In the end the Panzer IV suffered two hits and two criticals, one of which was a bail out, so I left it at that point rather than playing on to the end. I think the Sherman crew would count it as a victory, even though the panzer crew could have re-mounted their tank as it was still working and hadn't actually blown up. I enjoyed the game so will be looking around for some cheap pre-painted plastic or diecast tanks to use instead of the card counters, saving the plastic kits for use with my miniature wargaming projects.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Tanks: The WWII Skirmish Game

I had a £25 Amazon voucher for Xmas, so had a look for something to blow it on and decided that the Gale Force Nine Tanks! starter set would be a good idea. I have read some positive reviews of this 'beer and pretzels' miniatures game and could use the 1/100 scale models for other things if I didn't like it, so it seemed like an opportunity to give it a try. I also added a second Panther to the order to use up the voucher and to make for a more interesting challenge for the US player. I think the boys will like this and will be keen to give it a go, although I quite like the idea of scaling it down to 1/144th and using pre-painted plastic tanks on a smaller area?

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Rifles in the Ardennes

There's a sale on at Wargame Vault so I thought I would try out this solo play WW2 boardgame, which sounds like a great beer and pretzels style game:

Rifles in the Ardennes recreates the tense action that characterized Ardennes in a unique single-player format.  Designer and Artist Gottardo Zancani has replaced the literal map typical of World War II games with a stylized track, allowing for endless customization of the battlefield.  

A simple solitaire system allows the recreation of small combat engagements (five to ten units per side) over a bevy of scenarios. Blind chit draws and die rolls, combined with artfully crafted charts create an impressive “artificial intelligence,” embuing the game with a true fog of war.

The rules are generic enough to cover many periods and genres (the World Wars, Classical Battles, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and more), but the units (American, German, and Russian) and scenarios are specific to the European theatre of World War II, focusing on the years 1942-1944.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Airfix Battles

I have brought Airfix Battles on holiday so will be unboxing it and re-playing the first couple of scenarios over the next few days, having not had a go at it since the summer holidays. I really liked the system when I tried it out then, even though it involved quite a lot of fiddly counters and a bit of head scratching, so this time round I hope it goes a little more smoothly!