Sunday, 31 May 2015

38FEST2015: Battle on Fosse Way: A VBCW Batrep, AAR.

Well here is my Batrep for the 38FEST15. I used A World Aflame rules, which I found very playable and I particularly like the limited ammunition rules. Great game, great concept.

The Field of Play

No. 1 and 2 Platoons TAB along the Fosse Way 
A platoon of Socialist Militia, plus the lead elements
of an AL Company.

"3 Platoon, right flanking to seize Brookfield Farm" 
"No. 1 Platoon. Enemy 100 yards, to your front, three rounds.
Rapid FIRE!"
The effect of withering, accurate fire!
Two sections wiped out.
The third section wins the race to Brookfield Farm

No. 2 section left flanks to secure Grange Farm, which has already been taken by 2 platoons of AL.

Havildar Baljit Kaal, attempts to pin down the militia with one section, whilst attempting
to flank  the farm with number two section.
SMG fire takes its toll on No. 1 section.

Suffering heavy casualties 3 platoon fall back.

No. 1 Platoon, engages in a fire fight with the platoons within Grange Farm.
The third AL platoon files into Brookfield Farm to support the Militia.

No. 3 platoon encounter Havildar Major Amarjot Singh Aulakh

Who inspires them to re-engage the far.
Preventing them from adding their support to the defenders of Grange Farm  

A vicious firefight, at Grange Farm, decimates  No 2 platoon.
Captain Matthew Rosewood bolsters their morale and leads the survivors
 to the safety of Bridge Farm. Securing it for the King.

Running out of ammo, the Militia's will is broken and they rout.

A fatal error!
 Spurred on by the retreat of 2 Plt LPR. No. 1 Platoon St.John's Company AL give chase.
Winning the firefight, No. 1 platoon, now led by the Company OC (Maj. Richard Beresford),
 assaults Grange Farm.
The platoon assaults  through the farmhouse, finishing off what is left of the defenders
and falls on the remaining AL platoon. Bayonets and butts are the order of the day.

Not realising that the defenders of Brookfield Farm are broken and cowering.
 The Havildar Major withdraws the platoon to the company position.

After securing the stolen jewels in Grange Farm  and with prisoners in tow
 Maj. Beresford withdraws the company to barracks.

Friday, 29 May 2015

'O' Group: 'B' Company 1st Paneer Rifles.

Major Richard BERESFORD finished the last of his tea, put the tin mug down and walked from his billet to the Company's Operations tent. As he entered the assembled hierarchy rose to their feet. 

"Gentlemen, gentlemen. Please be seated," he said, walking passed them.

They sat, shuffled about and settled down.

"Gentlemen. Orders." 


Since the incident at the Tower of London. The Empire’s Crown Jewels are abroad in the Nation. Although it is believed there is no direct threat to their safety, by the thieves, it is imperative that they are found and returned to their rightful place prior to anything unforeseen happening.
Intelligence has suggested that a proportion of the treasure has been secreted in one of the farm houses off the Fosse Way.

Friendly Forces: In support: No. 3 Battery RHA. Dependent on comms.
Section 3 Royal Signals.  

Enemy Forces: Intelligence is weak here. It is believed that there are local Militia operating in platoon sized units, these are of variable quality and lightly armed. However, the operation is taking place in the TAOR of 3rd Battalion Anglican league. This battalion is heavily engaged elsewhere. But there is always the potential to run into one of their patrols. These troops are well armed and motivated although poorly led.

‘B’ Company will search these premises, secure the Crown Jewels and transfer them to Divisional care.

This is a four phase operation. Phase 1: The Advance; 2 Securing of Bridge Farm; 3 Search and secure; 4 Recovery.

Phase 1:
The company will advance along the FOSSE WAY.
1 Platoon: You will move past the farm houses and set up a defensive screen on FOSSE WAY, as well as the fields to the left and right.
2 Platoon: You will follow platoon one and secure Brookfield Farm.
3 Platoon: You will follow Platoon two and secure Grange Farm.
Captain Rosewood, when you are happy that both Grange and Brookfield Farms are secured. Phase one ends. This will be signified by one long blast on a whistle.

Phase two:
Captain Rosewood: You will signify the beginning of phase two by two short blasts on your whistle.
2 & 3 Platoons: You will create a defensive screen at the fence lines of your farms.
1 Platoon: You will fall back along the Fosse Way and secure Bridge Farm. Once secure, Havildar Bal, you will inform Capt. Rosewood of the fact.
Captain Rosewood: On receipt of this message Phase two ends.

Phase three:
Captain Rosewood: You will signify the beginning of phase three by three short boasts on your whistle.
All Platoons: Will protect and search their respective farms. When the Crown Jewels are returned to rightful custody. You will inform Captain Rosewood, who will inform the remainder of the company.

Phase four:
On receipt of this information custody the company will collapse back onto point x-ray. Order of March; Platoon: 1-2-3; enbus and return to barracks.


Advance to contact: This will be by company transport. The Company will debus at point x-ray and make their way to the start line on foot. OOM 1,2,3 platoons.

Recovery: A Company runner will contact all platoons who will fall back to point x-ray for recovery.
Ammunition: As per SOP.

Feeding: Breakfast this location. Havaldar-Major, sort out haversack rations for midday meal. Return for evening meal.

Timings: 06.15 First light, reveille: 06.30 Morning meal: 07.00 Enbus: 08.15; Debus: 09.00: TPSL.


Company HQ at point X-ray.
Company and Platoon runners.
Sigs to splice into local net and attempt to connect with Arty. Location at point x-ray.


38FEST2015: Set up

FINALLY! I managed to get some time, let's see if it gets finished in time!

'B' Company LPR ( have been ordered to secure three farms on the Fosse Way, in an attempt to secure the Crown Jewels. Blue.

The Anglican League (St. John's Company) are on routine a training exercise, with the area's local Socialist Militia in the same area. Red.

Bring on the fireworks!

This evening I laid my gaming table, much to the chagrin of the youngest heir who had to clear up all his Lego. Sorted out all the gaming admin. I'm playing with 'A World Aflame' rules.

As I am playing solo I drew up three strategies for each force, see previous posts. I rolled a d6 for each force in order to determine which route they would take.

And here they are.



 It looks like there'll be blood on the Fosse Way.

Roll on tomorrow!

Keep safe one and all, I hope it is dry where you are.

Thanks for popping by.


Saturday, 16 May 2015

Odd fortnight really

Well for the past two weeks there has been no movement on the gaming front. I was hoping to run my 38Fest15 game this Sunday but someone has booked a party in the club's room I was going to use. Damn.

I'll try and get another quick skirmish in as I am missing my hobby. Life getting in the way again. However, all is not lost. It was my birthday this week and as well as a voucher for my local gaming store I got these:

A nice troop of BUF tanks ready for the production line. So I may bring some armour to my Fest game. Every cloud has a silver lining.

Keep safe and I hope the sun is shining on you.