Sunday, 29 March 2020

Red Typhoon - East front 1942

Currently in print and published by Revolution Games, this is a redo of Shigeru Hirano’s design, previously published by Command Magazine Japan and with new map graphics by Joe Youst and development by Roger Miller.

The game is covering the Soviet winter counter-offensive 1942 in front of Moscow against Army Group Centre. With it’s 5 pages of rules, this has all the makings of a really good players game. This post highlights elements of the system and gives an AAR to example some points.

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Sunday, 22 March 2020

A tale of two tank platoons.

Around 18 months ago, I did a post based on two tank platoons, one German the other Soviet, facing off against each other, using the very detailed boardgame ‘Panzer’ by GMT (see link in the Resource Section below).

The idea of the post was to give some insight into the different experiences of the two platoons, based on their training and tank types on a 1943 battlefield.

I am going to use the background information and scenario of that post again and give a run with 15mm models on the tabletop, using simple rules from Wargaming - An Introduction by Neil Thomas. Can they show such marked differences in the performance of the two platoons as the Panzer game did?

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Sunday, 8 March 2020

Alumwell Show (WMMS) 2020

The WMMS (The West Midlands Military Show), also known as Alumwell is a UK show located just outside Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. It is a spacious location with 38 traders and 28 game tables and there is a very friendly atmosphere.
One of the many excellent models on
the modelling club stands

I have always liked this show and was glad to get a visit in, after missing it for the last couple of years. The Coronavirus (Corvid 19) is just becoming a ‘thing’ in the UK and I wondered how that might impact the show. Would people stay away? or would it be seen as a good chance to get to a show now, before the virus has a bigger impact on life and public movement? 

The rest of this post gives way to some comments and pictures on what I thought was a fabulous show.