Sunday, July 20, 2014

Going West(falen)

After Panzerschreck XIV last weekend, I thought I would have a bit of a debrief about using SS-Panzerbrigade Westfalen from Bridge at Remagen.

Before I begin with my dissection of what did and did not work with my list, I'd like to direct you to Eric Riha's excellent theoretical analysis of the army on WWPD. His thoughts are a great place to get ideas on how to get things to work together.

Also, please have a read of Sean Ireland's article, To the Bitter End, as well for even more great tips and tactics for Westfalen.

I'd also like to straight away say that my recent experiences with this list are unique, which took place in an unusual setting. Bear in mind that this was a doubles event and this list was built to synergize with Andrew's Reluctant Trained Tiger IIs and PaK40s, things that are not inherently available to Westfalen in the book. So what worked for us may not yield the same results elsewhere. Like-wise I'll try and stick with tactics that work under normal gameplay situations.

With that in mind, let's head west!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Panzerschreck 2014

Hey all!

I've just got back from a weekend of gaming at Panzerschreck XIV (14), which is, in my opinion, one of the best Flames of War events in the country. It's put on every year by the fine gentlemen of the Manawatu Duellists Society in Palmerston North, New Zealand. It's great to meet up with old friends, meet new ones, and roll a lot of dice for two days. It's a doubles/team tournament, 1000 points per player with up to 100 points shared between them. You can see Andrew's and my list here. In the next few days I hope to have a showcase of the Panzerschreck armies and bit of an article about how Westfalen works (or doesn't), but for now, here's my event report.

Friday, July 11, 2014

On the Road to Panzerschreck!

We're on our way to Panzerschreck 2014! Its a doubles event, and I've paired up with my brother to deliver Bridge At Remagen awesomeness to the tabletop.

I'll be running a group of tricksy Westfalen nutjobs and Andrew is bringing super-cheap Tiger IIs. Should be interesting games ahead of us, considering we got zero practice games in!

Here's what we're taking down with us:

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Blog Catch-Up!

Well it's been some time since my last update, so I thought I'd post up what's been happening around my hobby space.

I've got a grab-bag of topics here, including an X-Wing update, some painting news, an upcoming Flames of War tournament, and more. Each of these deserves an article of it's own, but with my time being pulled in a hundred different ways, this might be the only chance I've got to get it all down!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

D+25567: Citizen Soldiers in France

Yesterday marked the 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the Invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944. It seemed proper to mark the historic event with a Flames Of War battle report featuring the Big Red One on Omaha Beach.

This battle also marks the first in my series of Citizen Soldier games. After several months of preparation, I was ready to hit the beach and I chose 6 June 2014 as the launch date for my article series.

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Bloody Liri - A WWPD Italy Campaign AAR

Pat and I played another game over the long weekend. We both liked our lists from last week, and we were still learning how to use them, do we decided to rematch them. After settling on the Liri Valley as our battleground in the WWPD Italy Campaign, we set up out table.

Our mission was randomly determined to be No Retreat. Like last time, Pat elected to try a Night Attack, putting me on the defensive again. I was quite happy with that because I could use some practice with my defensive tactics.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

'Murican Tank Riders

Part of my New Years resolution is to get a lot of painting done to support the games I intend to play. For the 35ID game I'll be using Tank Riders, which means I need a way to show them on the tanks.

In the complicated hedgerow country of Normandy, traffic was notoriously bad and the going incredibly slow. To keep up and reduce traffic on the roads, some US infantry regiments used their tanks as transports. This increased the survival for both the infantry and tanks as they crashed through the bocage.

Some divisions, such as the 35th, took this to heart and actually incorporated tank-riding tactics into their training. The 83rd did the same on the rush across and beyond the Rhine. In fact many of Patton's infantry divisions did, which is somewhat unsurprising considering the Third Army commander's aggressive posture.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Liri Valley: A WWPD Italy AAR

Pat and I lined up our first game for the WWPD Italy Campaign. I'm working on a Panzer IV army from the 26. Panzerdivision, but I'm pretty far from putting them into the field. I decided to field trucked Panzergrenadier company from the 90. Panzergrenadier Division instead from Fortress Italy. 

Pat's been working on a Kiwi Rifle Company from Road to Rome, but like me, he's a ways out from being ready. Luckily I could cover him mostly with my Italian-theatre Canucks.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

WWPD4Vets 2014!

This past weekend was the second annual WWPD4Vets charity gaming event. It's a great time for a good cause. Organised by Dirty Jon over at, there are groups contributing to their local Veterans associations worldwide.

I can't believe its been a  year since our last WWPD4Vets event! I was a bit behind the ball last year with organizing it all for the Auckland division, but this year I was lucky to be able to team up with Dan Linder and his league of esteemed gentlemen at T.C.O.W.  (That Club Out West). We also got some terrific support from Battlefront and David Grieg over at, who runs the business' hobby division (he's got a great hobby blog found here...). Thanks to this support we were able to assemble a silent auction with the proceeds going to the RSA.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Citizen Soldiers Painting Update

It's been a while since my last post. I've been busy painting away and finding time to blog it up has been a bit difficult with everything else going on! Anyway, enough excuses. Here's what I've been up to! 

I've been trying to break the painting queue for my Citizen Soldiers resolution. I'd really like to post these games in historically chronological order, so I've got to try and get the 1st Infantry Division stuff done first. There is a lot to paint, and a good portion of it is at the start of the project for the 1ID. I'm still not ready to hit the beaches just yet, but I've got a lot of it ready in the last few weeks.
I'm really getting jazzed about this particular game. It's got all sort of interesting stuff in it, like DD tanks, amphibious assault boats, assault platoons, and NGFS. My brother Andrew is going to play the Germans and he's going to field a coulple of historically based Wiederstandneste. I'm looking forward to it!

Friday, February 28, 2014

MacLauchlanov - vs - Von Haught: An AAR

With all of the Late War excitement happening, Steve and I were feeling a bit old-school and decided to throw down an Early War game. Our theme was loosely defined as "A Barbarossa-ish tank battle" so I ran a Mittlere Panzerkompanie from Hellfire & Back (ironically running my winterized Panzers!) and Steve used a Heavy Tankovy Battalion from Rising Sun. The game was brutally fast, so I'll keep the report so as well!

Off the top of my head, Steve ran an HQ upgunned T-28, two T-28 companies (each with 4 upgunned tanks), a BT assault gun platoon with 6 tanks, and a full sapper company. His force was rated Confident Conscript. I ran two HQ Pz IVDs, a platoon of two Pz IVDs, a platoon of four Pz IIIGs, a Sd Kfz 221/222 patrol, and a 2/3 pioneer platoon. My force was rated Confident Veteran.