Saturday, April 19, 2014

Warclouds Over Woolston. Game 4.

And so on to Game 4, this time against new comer...rats! I've forgotten his name! Nice chap, first games of HOTT and he was doing really well.

From memory, he had...
  • Hero General
  • 1 Knight
  • 1 Rider
  • 1 Behemoth
  • 4 Spear
  • 4 Hordes
All that heavy foot against my poor wee shooters! So I thought I'd try something sneaky. I deployed with a refused flank, or at least one covered with my aerials...

...all the while planning to use my Air Boat's mobility to fly it over to strengthen where the real action was about to ensue!

I even made space for it by shunting across my Steam Tank. Ha! Get it? Shunting!

In the meantime, my flyer faced off a horde of foe. Or more particularly, two Hordes and a Rider.

The hole in front of the enemy Behemoth duly plugged, in we rolled.

At least my Steam Tank Behemoth was at least facing a mounted element. So, I had the advantage there, right?

To try to seed some confusion, I flew my flyer over into the rear of his end line.

And so the clash began.

Not very well for me, as it happened.

On the other end of my line, my Steam Tank was getting itself into all sorts of bovver. Rather than killing the enemy mounted, it just pushed them back. And back. Until...well...

So, the successful Spear block turned to face more Red Coats. Who were in turn supported by the Royal Naval Brigade.

Not that it did them much good.


On the other end of the line, in rolled the Hordes. Urghh!

Worse know how my Steam Tank was sticking it's neck out?


Worse still, the dratted Rider had finally managed to cross into the centre, to the detriment of my brave boys in blue.

Still, against the odds (even though, with the tank being overlapped, the odds were even), the mighty power of steam managed to shrug off the Hero and pursue the enemy.

Talking of against the odds, even though they were did that Gattling gun survive. this time in the game there were a lot of holes in my line.

And it gets worse!

That's another element of Blades. Bother.

Still, at least my Steam Tank was having some success. Not great success, but anything at this point is a plus...

Well, at least I didn't loose my General!

Ha! And I'd managed to kill...a Horde!

But, well...things were looking really dodgy for my General!

He survived (I'm pretty sure this time it was against the odds!), so I pulled him back for some support from the Air Boat.


And that was the end of that. Time was called, so it was considered a draw. Even though I was on a hiding to nothing. Big time.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Home Made Craters

Good evening,

I've just finished slapping on couple of layers of paint on some craters I made out of MDF and Jovi (air dried modelling clay).

You know those silly sabot city sections I made a while back? Well, the MDF bits that I cut out to fit in the vac form plastic craters in the city sections I kept (and a few more from another couple of industrial type sections I'm working on), seeing as they were crater shaped, purchased some air dried clay to build up some crater walls around them. Not particularly robust (the clay shrinks as it dries, and cracks when bent back into shape), but with some PVA and a couple of layers of paint...well, we'll see how they last!

Ironically, I can't use them in the sabot bases themselves, as, well, the fit is too tight! They'll be good for additional atmosphere and cover during Epic and Crossfire games.

And hey, I had these cool crater bases, so...why not?!


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Warclouds Over Woolston. Game 3.

Good afternoon,

And back we go to Warclouds Over Woolston.

Right, where were we? Oh, that's right, two up for me, onto Game 3.

Same army as before vs. Late Imperial Romans.
  • Hero General (or was he a Blade General...? Must have been an Hero, counting up the points...)
  • 3 Blades
  • 3 Riders - or was that Camel element an element of Beasts?
  • 2 Artillery
  • 1 Airboat
We set up, and I already knew I was taking a risk refusing my left like that with an enemy mounted element across the way. Still, he'd take ages to get round that lake, right? The plan was to swing forward with my more mobile elements to roll up his flank. Well, that was the plan...

In retrospect, I would have been better served with the Behemoth (Steam Tank) on my left...

Drats, and there went my overlapping advantage against that Rider element.

And so two of my most visually dramatic elements were thus effectively out of action for the remainder of the game.

On my left, well, things were looking dicey. Ha! Get it? Dicey!

I tried to do something decisive in the centre with my tank, but, well...

...that wasn't really where I was feeling the pressure!

Dratted double artillery!

Bravely my Magician General (the Steam Powered Zappy Gun) turned to face his foe.

And again...though I can't exactly remember how I managed to get him into this situation below...

Still, I managed to push that nasty Rider element back.

And then...?? I have recollections that my General got ran over, but for some reason haven't got recorded evidence thereof. Does that mean that it didn't happen?!

No. No it does not. I went down. Done like a dinner.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Chewbacca Triumphant

Good evening,

As I wait to write up my next Warclouds over Woolston batrep, I thought you might enjoy this. I know I did!

Last Friday Mark D came round and we pulled out the X Wing minis. A 100 point game, he took the Falcon flown by Chewie with a weapon specialist and engineer, along with Wedge with R2, and I flew Vader with assault missles and Squad Leader, Soontir with Push the Limit and...that other TIE Interceptor named pilot, whose name escapes me.

For good reason!

He near'y got off a shot.

Mind you, I had managed to pound the Falcon, striping its shields and chewing away at its hull. Get it? Chewing away?!

So Mark flew him away a bit, and I decided to concentrate on Wedge.

In the next two rounds I had stripped him of his shields and down to one remaining hull point.

So Mark flew him away too.

Still, it hadn't been all one sided, Soontir was also down to his last hull point, and Vader down to his last two.

So we played rock around the rocks for a bit.

"I have you now," said Soontir to Wedge.

And he dodged every. Single Shot!

Alas for Soontir, Wedge kinda turned the tables...

...and, well...


It was at this point that Vader decided that discretion is the better part of valour...

...and zipped off into hyperspace.

Leaving one very satisfied Wookie!

Well played Mark. Well played.