Monthly Meeting Saturday 2 November 2002

after action report

 

We welcomed Ken Chan, back after an absence of some 10 years, together with Robert Li, our ex secretary who was passing through HK on his way to take up a position in Indonesia.

 

 

Four players, James, Robert, Chris Lam and Andrzej got together for a game of Clash of Arms' "Chariot Lords", set in the period 1500 and 600 BC, across Asia Minor and the Mediterranean.  Each player taking on the role of a Lord and vying to to make the nations under his control, spanning several epochs, garner enough points to assure victory.

 

The game is similar in certain respects to "Britannia", each Lord controlling between 5 and 6 nations, some strong, others weak, each with varying goals and objectives - indeed some of these countries do not exist at the same time.  Nations quickly become rivals, involving them in death struggles over expansion.  In each turn (90 years) new countries come to the fore, while established empires struggle to levy reinforcements and arrange alliances. A fine line is drawn between conserving one's forces and expanding one's empire. Too much expansion will see resources spread thin and possibly swept away by a new emerging empire, but not enough aggression will see an empire fail to garner sufficient victory points to win.  Armies are of a mix of foot and mounted units (chariots, horse and even camels), along with the occasional leader of note.  It is not enough to conquer - a player must be able to keep what he has taken.

 

In the first turn Egypt (Chris) stormed in to the lead, with the Canaanites and the Kassites (James) not far behind.  The Elam and Hatti (Andrzej) happy to keep out of harm's way, and the Sumerians and Mitanni (Robert) eking out an existence on the periphery of the known world.  By turn three, The Hatti had expanded dramatically, placing Andrzej in the lead, ahead of Robert, Chris and James in that order.  It was not until turn seven that Andrzej lost his lead to Chris, whose Arameans had managed to grab enough territory to edge 1 point ahead of his closest rival, Andrzej.  However, this marginally lead could not survive the arrival of Robert's Assyrians the following turn, who stormed through opposing nations like a scythe through ripe corn.  The next turn saw Andrzej resurgent, due to the timely arrival of his Cimmerians, although his Nubbians failed to make any headway down the Nile.  The score at this stage stood as 394 Andrzej, 378 Robert, 378 Chris,  and 297 James.  The last turn saw the spirited expansion of James' Chaldeans, however, it was a case of too little too late.  Chris made sure his Egyptians, who had beaten off the Nubian incursion, together with Medians would give him a much deserved victory.  Final score 461 Chris, 438 Andrzej, 404 Robert and 374 James.  A splendid time was had by all, even though the game did go on too long - some much for the so called fast play rules!

 

 

For their first game of WH40k at the club in some months, Wayne and Michael decided to try out the Cityfight rules, which are a supplement to the WH40k system.  Cityfight requires a lot of urban terrain, so they borrowed John Jenkins' superb ruined buildings.  The battle would be between the Speed Freeks (Orks with a need for speed) and the Blood Angels (psychopathic Marines).  The Orks were all mounted in ramshackle Wartrukks, and led by Warboss Badgutz.  The Marines were mostly infantry, with a powerful HQ unit consisting of a Sanguinary High Priest and his Honour Guard. 

 

A major feature of Cityfight is the large amount of difficult terrain, which limits rapid movement.  Michaelís vehicles had to keep to the roads, while the Orks were better off taking cover in the buildings.  The opposing forces warily approached each other from opposite sides of the ruined city sector, jockeying for the best launch point for an assault.  Wayne moved up in one mass then began to fan out to Michaelís left, while Michael sent some Tankbustas around the left flank with a couple of Trukks in support, while the rest of my Boyz dismounted and went towards the BA on the right.

Wayne 's Marines attacked first.  Two Death Company Marines led the charge, landing out of the sky on Michaelís left flank and trying to pummel a Trukk.  They failed, however, and copped a volley of Rokkits that blew them away.  Meanwhile, a full-strength Tac squad ran forward into a large building on the other flank, and jumped a Trukkboy mob who had taken up residence there.  There was a short, sharp fight, and the Boyz withdrew from the building, both sides having suffered a couple of casualties.  This building became the focus of the rest of the battle.


The Orks counter-attacked into the building, while Orky firepower stunned the Razorback APC which had taken up position a corner on Michaelís left flank.  The Marines in the building were destroyed, but the Orks were exposed to attack by the dreaded High Priest and his Honour Guard, who would be able to hit them if they were prepared to risk entering the building (they were jump-packers, and ran a risk of crashing and dying when entering difficult terrain).  Ominously, Warboss Badgutz, who had failed to get into combat with the Marines, was separated from the other ladz.


The Honour Guard couldn't resist a chance to kill the Ork Warboss, and in they came.  One duly crashed and died on the way in, but poor Badgutz was quickly surrounded by the others.  He died (ignominiously, as usual) to a combination of Boltpistol fire and being brained over the head by a Meltagun.  The Orks killed a couple of Honour Guard, but were almost completely wiped out by the High Priest, and fled the building, regrouping in a waiting Trukk.


The surviving Boyz weren't having any of this, and charged back into the building to try and finish off the hated Honour Guard. Meanwhile, Rokkits from the Trukks blew the Razorback apart, killing 2 Marines, and the Tankbustas killed another.


In the final turn, the High Priest saw off the Orks again, losing the rest of his Honour Guard in the process, while the remaining Tac Marines tried to charge the Tankbustas and were wiped out by massed Rokkit fire. At the end of the game the High Priest was left in control of the much-disputed building, but all his companions were dead, while the Orks still had all their vehicles and a very trigger-happy Tankbusta mob.


A really enjoyable game, which was fast and furious.  Michael and Wayne hope to stage a bigger game of Cityfight at a later date.

 

 

John staged a splendid period piece, having been recently inspired by 'comrade Hunt' to bring out of storage in Canada , his old Russian Civil War figures.  John had painted up 2 small forces, figures by B+B miniatures, about 6 or 7 years ago and hadn't done anything with them since, so it was about time to get them out of the box and on the table.  Itís a fascinating period of warfare, not only including the Red Bolshevik, and Imperial White armies, but also included 'Greens'(Ukrainian anarchists), Britain , America , France , Germany and Japan , not to mention Poland .

 

A search for information on Armoured Trains had led John to the excellent Jackson Gamers RCW wargames site.  This is the perfect, most comprehensive site for wargamers interested in this period.  It covers everything from books, figures, terrain, movies, books, battle reports of club games, and of course rules.


Paul and John decided to try out the site rules, 'Red and White', and set up a simple scenario, determined mainly by what figures were available.  Basically the Whites were on the run, and had to consolidate their forces at a small village situated at one end of the table.  The pursuing Red units would appear randomly at different
points, depending on the roll of dice.  After
some determined defence, the overwhelming Red force eventually forced the Whites to abandon the village.


The rules were a lot of fun, fairly simple, quick, and included several quirky 'period flavour' rules, including rules for officer character and development.  The White Cossack officer after losing a melee with the Red cavalry decided he was better off 'running away and becoming a waiter in Paris
'!


Itís hoped to use these rules for future RCW club games. The rules are available at the Jackson Gamers web site.


It seems recent developments in
Russia have meant a lot of material on this rich and colourful war has now been made available.  Anyone interested in this period is highly recommended to subscribe to the excellent Russian Civil War yahoo discussion group.

 

 

Jeff hosted four tables of games using the rules ďCrossfireĒ, each table saw two players meet in Company clashes, with the Germans in position and the Americans entering from a long edge opposite.  So as not to complicate things all troops were graded Average.  The Americans had the advantage of a squadron of Sherman Tanks and the fact that the bulk of the German Horse drawn artillery was on table and had to be withdrawn to safety before it could be used. 

 

One player had not played before and, as several had not played for sometime Peter led the rule reading ceremony whilst Jeff set up the tables. Jeff sold another two sets of his bulk purchase of the Rules leaving two sets in hand.  The opponents were, Jeff v Dick, Neil v Peter, Philippe v Dieter and Frank v Ken, the first of each pair were the Germans. Jeff and Dick got through two games, in the first Jeff lost two of his three platoons but extricated the artillery which by chance was on his table and the Zone Commander, before Dickís Company were virtually wiped out.  Dick came on again with a fresh company against Jeffís sole platoon and Company Heavy weapons but again was nearly destroyed. Jeff for part of the first game had a German Panzer IV, which he had then moved to Neil. 

 

On the next table Neil again held Peterís Americans at bay during two games. Peter on the second game had a squadron of Shermans at his beck and call, but decided to prove American Soldiers could do it on their own, which they couldnít. One of Capt Huntís forbears was the famed General Stonebrain Hunt of Civil War fame proving the theory on the passage of genes. On the next table Philippe and Dieter slugged it out with the Americans under Dieter winning the day.  Followed by Frank and Ken, the latter who was assisted by the squadron of Shermans , making things uneven.  Another win for the Americans.   

 

The result: the Germans and the Americans held 2 Sectors each with the Germans losing about two and a half Companyís worth of men to more than four of Americans. 

 

Crossfire makes for a good club game, which is easily picked up, having sold some 8 sets of the rules more players are becoming aware and hopefully will be tempted to game it more regularly.  

 

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