Thursday, 31 December 2015

Boxing Day game

Well here it is our first game in Spain

A simple attack-defense game with a Carlist column trying to force its way across the table towards a Republican held town (off table). The Republican commander has decided to hold a defense line at a river north of the town, there is one solid bridge and an ancient ford which passes a Roman ruin. The commander has limited resources - a company of militia (green but eager) supported by a single mortar with a trained crew and an armoured car.

The Carlist had an infantry company and a cavalry platoon supported by a motorised column with an armoured car, an armoured truck and a towed 37mm AT gun

Basic table and my new wargames room

View from the republican side - very basic and simplistic terrain :) 

Roman ruin - fish tank items :)

Simple bridge (veneer) over river (Tiny Terrain piece as reviewed in the last Journal)

I commanded the Nationalists, Alex & Chris took the Republic. 
I decided to use both roads, my motorised column would use the good road and bridge, supported by an additional infantry platoon. Whilst my cavalry plus the rest of my infantry would use the old track and ford.

Nationalist Cavalry advance onto the table

My armoured column advances towards the bridge

Where a miliciana platoon awaits 

Supported by the company HQ

My cavalry reach the ford and are promptly cut down by concealed militia, the survivors dismount and take cover along the banks.

My carlists move forward to try and force the ford

At the bridge a superb (lucky) first mortar round damages the armoured car, stalling my advance

I deploy my AT gun and bring up my reserve platoon

The armoured truck trys to drive across the bridge into the teeth of the miliciana fire supported by the armoured cars MG. 
I gave the chances of rifle/LMG fire of damaging the truck to 10% - Chris rolled 04 on his percentile dice :( The truck was halted in the middle of the bridge and it`s crew forced to bail out and attack on foot.

The mortar continues to deal the Carlist mortal blows - a direct hit on the stranded armoured car, knocking it out for good.

The thorn in the Carlist side

The Republican armoured car moves forward to finish any possibility of Carlist advance across the bridge.

Meanwhile at the ford, my Carlist company are cut to pieces trying to cross under fire and eventually dig in on the north bank to await help - game over 

Valiant defenders of the Republic

The game ran over ten turns, pretty one-sided really, but the Republicans were very lucky.


  1. A rustic even simple affair. On the plus side how many people have a bread oven in their wargames room? Hmmm pizza with the game! Congratulations on your move, it looks even more exotic than Swansea.

    I always enjoy checking your games for pieces of kit I have not got. This time its the open topped armoured truck, Resin?

    Best wishes in your new home and a Happy New Year.


    PS Don't let me spoil your game room but that looks perfect for a pizza restaurant with cushions along the wall seats and jugs of local wine and wood cooked pizza. Perhaps its just that I haven't had my breakfast yet.

  2. Bread oven? - ah the hole, it leads to another part of the under-build :)

    The truck is by Shellhole Scenics, resin with white metal parts, it is part of their new Mexican Revolution range, I thought perfect for SCW.

    The layout is a bit basic, it will improve as we move more kit out and get a proper table. We`ve only owned the hose since July, it will be just a holiday home for a few yrs until the guys finish school and are off to college. Until then we`ll stay in Swansea and run our guesthouse.

    Festive greetings and Happy New year to you and yours.


  3. Cool stuff! I really do like that armoured truck. You could use that in any-when.

  4. Yes, highly useful model, I`m certainly getting another for my Mexican Revolution forces.