I painted up a BF Panzergrenadier Platoon this week….though the cost is a bit steep @ $60 +/-, I really enjoyed working these up….I love the BF figures & vehicles…they paint up rather nice….still getting back into 15’s, but im starting to get comfortable painting them again…The figures required some prep work as some of the BF molds must be getting old…fair amount of flash & trash to clean…but I like the size & bulk of the figs vs. my other Old Glory Germans that I remounted for FoW….The halftracks were mostly plastic, w/ a resin hull…lots of extra stowage items…I really got a kick out of the gear hanging from the sides of the vehicles…BF has done a good job with the extra stowage items…some of the crates were out of my “bitz” box, but the helmets & such were included in the platoon box…fun project…working on 2 x 7.5cm ATG’s next & then some Marder III M’s….
Work is muderous here lately, but I did manage to paint a Platoon of 5 x Mk IV H’s….these models were from the BF Platoon boxed set and come with some nice extras….decals…stowage bits….open or closed hatches w/ a Tank Commander…and the rare earth turret magnets….the plastic Shurzen side plates are a royal pain, but look cool once they are in place….I had fun doing these up….taking a break the rest of the week from painting to read rules for our Game Session on 5/21….hoping to get a few of these on the table in our 1500 pt Mid-War game….
Shifting gears a bit from my usual 28mm Napoleonic painting…..I have spent the past week painting some Battlefront 15mm German Vehicles and remounting all of my Old Glory 15’s to FoW stands….Managed to do up 2 Stug III G’s, a Mark IV H, 3 Flakpanzer 38 (t)’s and a pair of Sd Kfz 7/1 Quad 2cm’s…..obviously an anti-air theme going on here…..gearing up for a 1500 point Mid-War game later in the month…..Late War is my favorite period, but Mid-War is the next best thing…:>)
Rich and I played our first game of Command & Colors: Napoleonics this morning (Saturday, April 2nd). As detailed in the previous post, I built terrain for the “Waterloo” scenario but substituted my Austrians for the British and my Saxons & Bavarians for the Allied troops vs. my French. My 6mm collection had not seen the light of day for several years – not since we had stopped playing “Grande Armee.” It was good to see them on the table again and I was quite pleased with the epic look of the terrain & figures. Rich chose to play the Allied side, while I commanded the French.
The game opened on the French left with the assault on Hougoumont. We were surprised how easily unsupported troops could be dislodged from terrain features, including the built up areas, but I’m figuring you have to take into account the scale of the game and the scope of what is going on in a rather large Hex. Im guessing that each of my Units (mounted on 2″ Litko stands) must equate to roughly a division of troops and each 3″ hex must be about 100-150 yards in scenario scale. In any case I quickly overran Hougomont with a Light Division but was counterattacked by the Grenadier Guards which annihilated the French Light Division in the next card play sequence. Hougomont would change hands several times during the course of the game, but would eventually fall back under Allied control. The French Left Flank would remain the focal point of the game for several turns. As in the historical battle, it seemed to draw much of the attention (and resources), especially in the first few turns
Meanwhile, the action shifted to the French Right Flank and the action became very hot & heavy around Papelotte. The French took control of Papelotte in the middle of the game and despite all Allied efforts, Rich could not wrestle it back. The loss of the built up area cost the Brits a victory banner each turn, which would prove their undoing. Sporadic fighting would ensue on the French right for the remainder of the game, but focus began to shift toward the map center for the final portion of the game
By late game, the Allies held Hougomont but had lost a couple of divisions in the fray. Both sides began to focus on the map center and I lost an infantry division in a sharp exchange near La Haye Sainte. The walled farmhouse changed hands several times as well. The highlight of the latter portion of the game was a grand French cavalry charge (Cavalry Charge Card) which featured the French Cuirassier Division overrunning an Allied Minor Infantry division and then a supporting Light Cavalry Division in the breakthrough move. This satisfied the French victory conditions and the game was called.
Final score was French (8) vs. Allied (2). Losses were 3 Allied Divisions (Units) destroyed vs. 2 French Divisions lost. Thinking that the game was a bit lopsided in favor of the French, I played a second game today solo and achieved much the same results. Game #2 yielded a score of French (8) vs. Allied (2). Same losses – Allied 3 units lost vs. French 2.
Game balance is a tricky thing with these types of games, as the card draw is all important and somewhat dependant on luck. Our inexperience with the system is of course a factor as well. We could have done a much better job on supporting our units so that retreats were less of an issue. All in all though, I’m feeling that when we replay the Waterloo scenario we should “write in” two special rules: (1) The Allies ignore 1 flag when deployed in the BUA’s and (2) At the start of any turn in which the Allies hold all 3 BUA’s, they score 1 victory banner. I think this may help the Allied side and give a better game. I highly recommend this game though – we had a blast and thought it was the best of the Borg games so far. I hope that GMT releases the major nationality stats & rules soon. I can wait to properly field my Austrians using their own stats!
I have had a collection of 6mm French, French-Allied & Austrian figures for years. I recently bought the new Command & Colors Napoleonics boardgame and just had to try converting it into a miniature game. I bought a custom hand stenciled 3″ hex mat from “Action Terrain” (firstname.lastname@example.org) @ $30.00 (includes shipping). I have a “Hotz Mat” on order as well, but good grief they are slow. I received my felt mat from Action in 7 days. In any case, my collection of 6mm figures are mounted on 2″ stands (for Grande Armee) and so I went with 3″ hexes. I decided to build the Waterloo scenario but use my Austrians and French Minor Allies for the “Allied” side (not having any 6mm Brits) along side my French figs. Im calling this project “Waterlitz” since there are Austrians instead of Brits…..
I bought 3″ Litko Hex Stands for building the terrain pieces and constructed the necessary hills & forest hexes. I wanted a way to show the units deployed into the forests so I made the forest terrain pieces with a removable 2″ center so that I could place my units on the 3″ hex tile. I think it worked well…The towns are from JR Miniatures http://www.jrminiatures.net/ and work well for the game map. I will use an off map display to show deployed troops so that I dont have to remove the buildings.
All units are labeled as to type & starting strength (the camera flash washed out the labels – sorry). We will use numbered beads to display strength, once losses occur. Rich & I plan to play Saturday and I will update as to the results of the game.
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