Wednesday, 7 March 2012

15mm WW1 "Battle of Peronne" Battle Report Part 2.

At the beginning of each turn you also had to roll for who got to go first or second, the British got a +1 each turn to the dice roll because they were attacking (I won 2 of 16 turns!).

Remember the name......

I started emptying the dugouts, the H token represents special tank busting grenades (3 grenades strapped together).

The first tank (French) to approach the wire.....

Infantry racing along the lines, safe from fire as long as they didn't get up on the firing steps...

A captured Mk IV male tank approaches from the village, this is how the Germans countered the allied tanks by capturing any allied tanks they could....

The view from the trenches....

You had to roll to cross the trenches, don't roll high and cue the maniacal laughter.....

The facine this tank is carrying is to fill the gap in the trenches and there are no more trench rolls and access is easier....

My captured tank makes a short appearance, not getting to go first was a chore at times....

The attrition rate for the allies was mounting.....

A close up of a St Chamond French tank....

Every turn you rolled for duds among your off table artillery and you discarded a dice...

This is a bloody lot of duds, the German war machine was suffering....

More maniacal laughter as more tanks break down or are blown up....

2 French tanks (a Schneider and a Renault F17) try the flank and pay the price....

Willy makes it across the wire.....this brought the first and only morale check which I passed!

A Schneider ditches in the trenches, these tanks were dealt with by the infantry with flamethrowers and hand grenades....

Willy is close to the edge.....

I threw everything into the area, I was willing to sacrifice everything to destroy the last British tank...

Another view of the carnage.....

Regardless of all the dice I threw in the last turns (8 attempts at a 5 or 6 on a D6 and even with some Elvis dice rolling) came to nothing as the last of 21 allied tanks limped off the board, It had virtually no crew or officers left but to no avail as the allies scraped the victory....

The winners and their award, smug lucky gits......

75 comments:

  1. Your poor tank got captured and you didn't win. On the upside at least it wasn't Ray that beat you. This is a nice board and a great job of telling the tale. I've missed you while I was away you big Irishman.

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    1. Same here cailin, it's been quite on the blogosphere without you ranting.....

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    2. I'm still working on your tavern wench, so watch your tongue. The depth of her cleavage remains in my hands...

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    3. Anne - you might want to rephrase that last sentence ;)

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    4. Good Lord you're right. That's presenting quite a visual image there isn't it? I'm drawing a tavern wench for him is what I meant. Those damn ellipses and their implied meaning....

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    5. The bigger the cleavage the better!

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  2. That sounds like a fantastic battle – so much more fun when it's close to the wire right up to the end.

    It's a great looking board too!

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  3. Veru good report, nice of you to include a picture of the winners, I wouldn't!

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  4. Thanks for that. At least you know that 1 tank unsupported is very likely to break down within minutes and the ermans get another captured tank in the process..... AT least that's what I would be saying.

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  5. Better luck next time. :(

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  6. Great tanks, where did you get them?
    My personal intrest goes out to the French tanks allthough I like the rest too.
    Up to now I haven't found a manufacturer to my liking.

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    1. Most of the tanks are from Minifigs.

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  7. Postie really does have the bestest toys! Fantastic looking game, right down to the wire.

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  8. Damn, but you were unlucky at the end! Great batrep and it looked like a lot of fun to play.

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  9. What an intense battle, mein Herr!
    Terrain and miniatures are absolutely stunning. I'd love to see a game with lots of infantry on both sides.

    You better muster ze german troops for a counteroffensive now.


    Oberst von Whiteface / Oliver

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  10. bloody blood-costly game. Nice to share it with us.

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  11. Hopefully next time dice rolls in your favor. Congrats to winners. no mention of Ray?

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  12. Great report. What carnage! A shame those pesky allies managed to squeak out the victory despite being to batten down.

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  13. That is really cool! Good use of cotton. And I dig the barbed wire.

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  14. Cool. I think these post-game reports would be even better if they were stop-motion animated and set to music--"Ride of the Valkyries" perhaps? Surely there's got to be a simple program for that. :)

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  15. This looks way better than Risk.

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  16. Cool game, shame about the dice

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  17. Great game Fran. Would of loved to have taken part in something like this

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  18. That was epic. Thank you for the finale to the report - you know I hardly slept at all yesterday. For real!

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  19. Very cool! Dont see a lot of WW1 games. You guys did a great job with the trenches, wire, and battleground itself. I bet it was crushing to have your tanks get to the trenches, only to fall in! (and be giggled at!)

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  20. Damn, it's a shame you lost, but you put up a hell of a fight and did good given the conditions.

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  21. An epic struggle, it just wasn't to be... At least Surj got a victory at last!

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  22. That crashed tank in the trench made me LOL. :D

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  23. Poor tanks shooting into the sky, the power of the dice wasn't with you that time 2 of 16 geez.

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  24. Great game thanks for the report.

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  25. Wow, great batrep! Beautiful pics and terrain. I bet it would have been a lot different if the dice had favored you. So many duds!

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  26. roll of the dice and the tanks roll in nice...

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  27. I guess I should be pleased Willy got off the board but it's spelt WILLEY, well at least in my case LOL

    Mr. Ian Willey to be exact ;-)

    Ian

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  28. A very interesting game, Fran, and a lot of tanks lost in the process.

    Best regards.

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  29. I didn't know it was a game!! ::epicignorance:: ...I thought it was just historical models and whatnot. It looks so fun!

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  30. Sometimes it strikes me that Postie has it in for you Fran. He must've fixed the game against you, even Surjit won!!! Great report my friend.

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  31. Looked like fun. The terrain boards are also really top notch.

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  32. Great report Fran and such a splendid looking game. So close in the end!

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  33. Look a great game Fran nice to see all the different WW1 tanks.
    I like the idea of reliability dice as British Tanks were very unreliable

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  34. Awesome game and a brill setup! I would have loved to have played in that one.

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  35. looks pretty awesome... reminds me of tabletop games like Warhammer... but i still find it amazing that youve had 265k visitors to this blog... thats quiet the achivement, keep it up dude :D

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  36. I never knew Renault made tanks. I hope they were sturdier than that Renault 5 I used to drive.

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  37. that is very cool how u named some of those tanks. needs moar of that

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  38. Great AAR for a war/period I always considered ungameable

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  39. Really great : the table, the report, the figs...and the period!

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  40. The more of these I see, the more I realize I'm probably missing out on the fun by just seeing pictures and hearing how things went down.

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  41. Great finish to the game, down to the last few throws to decided the winner.

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  42. Enjoyable reports again Fran, and a fine looking table

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  43. flamethrowers and hand grenades...poor bastards in the trapped tanks!

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  44. Some great looking scenery there, and looks like a very tight game.

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  45. Hey Lurk, the bloody lot of duds part, made me laugh out loud. Thanks for that. Good stuff.

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  46. That's awesome! World war 1 was extremely brutal!

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  47. Even though it didn't pan out for you the table looks great and the report was nice.

    Christopher

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  48. A Pyhrric victory for the Brits Fran, you were robbed. Still a cracking looking game though!!

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  49. Very nice to see that game in action. I love the cotton ball clouds of smoke too.

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  50. @ Vatinam+
    Wish you a good day and full of joy...

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  51. That looks like it was a lot of fun. I'm not sure of all the rules but I am quite impressed with all the work gone into the details.

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  52. Wow.. impressive.. and close game it looks like.. hard luck on the artillery and the going first.. if there is ever a rematch hopefully it swings more in your favor?
    Also, were those Ray's dice you were using? Maybe he hexed them in revenge for having to work :)

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  53. Jeez mate you lost, but it looked like a great game, save for the dice rolls, not getting initiative and losing. Lovelt painted models and nice scenery

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  54. Excellent report with great narration. I hate cold dice!

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  55. Great looking game Fran. Loved the report too. Very nice terrain. Better luck next time mate.

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  56. Great effort on this terrain piece Angry, the Batrep was really good to read aswell.

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  57. You do WWI as well!? Nice one.
    Cheers
    paul

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