Last Saturday I got together with a good mate Iván, who's been a gaming buddy of mine for many years. Unfortunately we hadn't been able to get a game in together for quite some time until now.
Iván said he'd like to put together a scenario and I did the part I most like, setting up the gaming table.
The scenario consisted of a Chindit type operation, two groups entering the table with a mission to locate a bridge being constructed at some point on the far edge of the table.
It's the first time the sand table's been used for a jungle setting and ended up consuming practically every plastic plant, tree, shrub, and palm I own.
We were originally going to game using the Bolt Action rules, but as Iván was bringing his young son to game too, he put together some simple rules to accompany the scenario.
There were various points of interest that had to be reached before the bridge could be located, and each point coincided with an event occurring based on a pre-prepared table and dice throw.
Some of the events meant an encounter with indigenous jungle dwelling tribesemen, discovery of important information, an encounter with crocodiles when crossing a swamp, a Japanese patrol that had to be avoided at all costs, discovery of a compound with allied prisoners being used to build the bridge thanks to information from one of the tribesemen, recovery of airdropped supplies, and finally the location of the objective that had to be blown.
Iván used a "gamemaster" roleplay style together with the simplified rules so his son could take full charge of one of the Chindit groups.
An encounter with local indigenous tribesmen, looking suspiciously like Revell Sioux warriors
One of the dangers lurking in the swamps.
A Japanese patrol through the jungle.
One of the groups locate prisoners thanks to help from the tribesman and overcome the guard.
The guard's companions (drinking sake in an Airfix Jungle Outpost) hear the commotion and sound the alert.
One of the group separates and leads the liberated prisoners away to safety
The two groups meanwhile locate the objective and begin the attack. A firefight ensues, the guards are overwhelmed and the Chindits place their explosives and BOOM !
The Chindit commander celebrates victory !!!!
An entertaining afternoon, the roleplay style and simple rules meant a fast, smooth and enjoyable game, The young lad had a whale of a time, which is the most important and is what memories are made of.
Hope you enjoyed the pictures, I should have taken more, but at the time it wasn't feasable. I had in my mind ideas about maybe taking reposed shots and put together a more detailed report or story, but no doubt I'll end up sidetracked... too many projects :-)
By the way, I´ll finish by giving a plug for Iván. He's an illustrator for board games and has also designed and produced his own boardgame based on Nelson's failed attack on the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife here in 1797. You can see some of his work on the links below :
Incredible scenery! Not my period, but what you achieved is wonderful, congratulations.ReplyDelete
Nice to see those venerable Airfix crocodiles, too :)
Thanks very much for the comments Philotep. Yes ! Airfix crocodiles, glad you recognised them. I painted them the night before the game, their very first time in a wargame lol.Delete
Fantastic on all levels. Great scenario with a "live" board. Great models with some really nice conversions. Superb table. Getting "new blood" involved in the hobby. What's not to love... Really impressive.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Ian. The lad seemed to enjoy it and I'm sure the day will stay in his memory for a long time to come, same as the very first time I saw adults wargaming at the local church hall which left me in awe :-)Delete
Incredible terrain. Even looks hot and humid.ReplyDelete
Love the Matchbox figures and your conversions.
Always nice to see the younger generation getting into the hobby.
So entertaining. What's next?
Thanks very much CTMM. Yes, hopefully the young lad will get hooked, it's a great hobby to get into if you enjoy it like we do. What's next ? Colonials on the workbench, DAK, modern / near-future stuff, my never-ending Arndennes project and still enough unpainted plastic and other half-finshed projects to sink a battleship :-)Delete
Simply superb miniatures and terrain. Must be the best I've seen. Well done - and well done to the young Chindit commander too :)ReplyDelete
What a great complement, makes it really worthwhile thanks a lot. The Chindit commander really enjoyed the game,especially winning :-)Delete
I love your stuff John, always a privilege to see your minis! I started a blog of my own too, tell me what you think if you want. The link isReplyDelete
Thanks very much Corporal ! Just took a look, have added you to the bloglist links section. Good luck with the new blog, always a pleasure to see a new 1/72 scale blog online.Delete
Yeah, sorry about posting too many comments before... I tried complementing you but the comment wouldn’t publish! And then they did... anyways, I apologize.ReplyDelete
No apologies needed, thanks for the comments. Sonetimes comments are automatically held for moderation, don't ask me why but it must be some agoogle algorythm, so they don't get published until the next time I connect to the blog.Delete
Ok, thanks, and I just uploaded a new post if you want to give it a look.ReplyDelete
Cracking narrative and gear. Scenery really really effective as always and your figures are just great. Where did you get those prisoner figures? They're quite something. Well done sir.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much ! The prisoners in uniform are Airfix and Matchbox ozzies and the shirtless guys who are bent over and look as if they are on their last leg are crouching Italian mechanics / tank crew by Italeri.Delete