Picking up those brushes again.

Hi and welcome to the occasional mutterings of Dave Doc, a military modeller and some time gamer. Gaming and model making has given me a real education, History & Geography(obvious really), Artistry, Politics, Economics, Logistics, Project Management -you try building miniature armies without the last 3.

I will use the blog to record my creations & the odd occasion I actually do some gaming.

I have always been inspired by the aesthetic side of gaming. Playing on well constructed terrain using excellently painted units is always a joy.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Gaming , BoB games 10 and 11

Today saw another couple of scenarios on the campaign ladder. Both having their challneges


                                                    Game 10 - RAF resources stretched

The RAF are having to deploy any aircraft that can fly... in this case a pair of Boulton Paul Defiants on patrol ,who have to deal with a pair of Me109's.  Now if you know your WW2 aircraft you can see the problem here... in real life this didn't go well , how would it go..

It was set up as dog fight encounter amongst the clouds. As this game was based on shortages it saw the return of PO McMillan who had recovered from his previous encounter but was flying with only  one good eye. He was accompanied by PO Scott.By dice roll the pair were bounced at short range as the German ace and his wingman burst through a cloud at close range.

of all the angles to get bounced ... 


however the Germans powered straight on , and pair of Brits engaged the plane flying past  their companion,, .. ouch smoke was seen! result


I split the British pair up , turning in circles to try and see if I could get something on the German pair ..

As the Brits came back round from their circles , one Me109 was behind both.. PO McMillans gunner  hit home hard and with bits flying off the Me109 the pilot was seen to bale out! .. result!
shortly after the other Me109 blasted PO Mcmillans kite , wounding the gunner who could no longer fire . At this he tried to fly home , but the next burst downed the Boulton Paul , the pair bailed out,..

At this point a pair of Hurricanes joined the fray and they soon had the best of the lone German  who was seen to bale out,.

British Victory
Certainly a surprising result! 

PO McMillan , they had shot down the German ace ,,,the pair had baled out.  Campaign XP 4 
PO Scott.. crash landed , two wounds, one minor , 1 serious eg wound , missed 2 turns , campaign XP 1 
Flt Lt Thompson , shot down an Me109, he's 1 off being an ace.. landed ok campaign XP 13 , no promotion , no medals 
PO Wallace, damaged mE109 , campaign XP - 4 landed ok 

Lt Steinburger , shot down , baled out ...but captured , POW 
Lt Franze , shot down baled out ...lands amongst the land girls and uses his parachute silk to distract them, makes his escape to the coast and steals a boat ... escapes across the channel.. now "lucky!"



                                                                       Game 10 - Crystal trouble

This saw a mistake by the germans as a unit of Do17s had failed to pick up an abort call and had carried out a bombing mission where the fighter escorts had headed home early .. 

Two Spitfires with PO Cooke and PO Anderson were vectored to intercept ..


The German bombers had the full length of the table to make, and the Spitfires were soon on the tail of one hammering away . it didn't take long before the first fell
                                                                  

The Germans had dispatched some fighters to try and protect the bombers , and they showed up just  as the second bomber blew up in a ball of flame as PO Anderson blasted away at it . 

The German fighters were determined to get some revenge . The first long range cannon shot wounded PO Cooke , the next saw chunks engine flying off .PO Cooke was seen crash landing his Spitfire into a Kent field... 

PO Anderson who had the chance to head off home had turned to help instead was blasted by cannon fire in two shots too which had added to the damage he had picked up from the bombers .. he went down too.. the Germans flew a victory roll and headed home back across the channel .

                                                                                Game 11  - Draw

PO Cooke, crash landed , 2 wounds, 1  minor , 1 more serious however while convalescing he took. shine to a nurse and took her out to a restaurant .. where he suffered food poisoning and misses 2 turns. He however has been promoted to Flight Lt .. no medals though . Campaign XP 17
PO Anderson , crash landed , 2 wounds , one minor, and serious leg wound misses two turns , campaign XP3

Both German bomber crews crash landed with serious wounds and are all POW's 
The two fighter jocks made it home landing safely...

                                                               Campaign  , British 6 , German 4 , draws 1 


Thursday, 16 May 2019

Normandy ‘44 - Utah beach defences

The building of the defences for the beach end of the table is coming along with the beach wall , fortification pieces and barbed wire being completed . Next up more beach obstacles and some minefields for the rear of the resistance nest. This will be the first 4 feet of the table as it leads in land .
It’s getting there,,,










Work in hand

The RULES!

No more than 3 things on the PAINTING table at once. Nothing new added until something is finished.

PREPARATION work is done when I don't fancy detail painting. Cleaning up, converting, undercoating etc.

PLANNING is expressions of interest or things that have inspired me to be created with no definite timescale as yet.


On the PAINTING TABLE
28mm Napoleonic Brits
15mm WW2 US engineers
15mm WW2 German tanks

On the PREPATION table.
15mm beach terrain for D Day
15mm flooded areas
15mm beach assault platoons

In the PLANNING
Storage wars
15mm US Infantry