Sunday, September 18, 2016

Battle of Santa Clara

Another battle in the ongoing war between the People's Democratic Republic of La Cucaracha led by El Supremo Jefe Patronis and the Confederate Union of Buena Vista ruled by President for Life Elvis Narcisso.  This took place at Pacificon and used OPFOR from Hoplite Research.

La Cucaracha fielded two brigades.  One with three T90 tank battalions, a BMP2 battalion, and a 122mm artillery battalion plus brigade assets.  The other with one T90 battalion, a BMP2 battalion, two BTR82 battalions, and a 122mm artillery along with brigade assets.

The Buena Vistans had two battle groups of one Leopard2A6 battalion, one Puma battalion, a 155mm artillery battalion, and attachments.  The Buena Vistans cross-attached companies.  One group had two battalions of two tank companies and two mechanized companies, while the other had battalions of three and one companies.

The ground scale was 1cm = 100 meters, but movement rates were kept at the full distance in the rules.   The battlefield was 24km wide by 18kmn deep.

During the opening stages of the battle the Buena Vistans quickly advanced to hold the city of Santa Clara and two other town to the north of Santa Clara.  The Buena Vista battle group on their right wing was able to rout the La Cucaracha infantry brigade, but their other battle group was driven from the city by the La Cucaracha armored brigade.  With the La Cucaracha army in control of the city and surviving Buena Vista battle group not being strong enough to retake the city victory went to La Cucaracha.

NATO equipment tends to have an advantage over WARPAC equipment due to the additional plus factors that their tanks have.   A Leopard 2A6 gets a basic +3 to its attack die and another +1 for superior weapon.  Additional plus factors for attachments can alos be gained making it very possible to double or even triple the defense die roll of Russian tanks.
view of the battlefield
 view form the other end 
 Buena Vista, on the left advances to take control of the towns and city of Santa Clara
 fighting for control of Santa Clara. La Cucaracha tank brigade below and to left of city
 La Cucaracha motorized brigade's morale collapses
 Motorized  Brigade retreats


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Pharsalus at Pacificon

This time the game departed from the historical account immediately.   Instead of advancing quickly to engage Pompey's army Caesar's army held its position and shifted third line to the right.  Pompey's army then spent the next three turns advancing to engage their opponents.

The extra infantry on Caesar's right helped his cavalry hold off Pompey's cavalry and light infantry.  As the infantry lines clashed Caesar joined the tenth legion to inspire them by leading them from the front.  Caesar's army was slowly winning the infantry fight.   At one point it looked like Pompey's army might collapse when a couple of cohorts were broken in the center of his line, but the other cohorts nearby held and continued the fight.

As cohorts became shaken both sides shifted them to the rear and replaced them with fresh units.  Pompey's infantry were becoming shaken at a greater rate than Caesar's when disaster struck Caesar's army.   Caesar had been leading from the front of the tenth legion for a couple of hours in game turns when he was slain.  This brought about a morale check for his entire army.  The first morale checks saw the right wing of Caesar's legions break.   At this point the game was called with Pompey the victor.

Previous games  round two
round one

 Before the start.  The river is off table at the top of the photo. 
 Pompey's army advances
 The armies meet
 Part of Pompey's infantry breaks
 The battle on the cavalry wing.  Caesar is in the middle of the picture leading the 10th Legion.  Caesar would perish a couple of turns later.

The Armies:

Normally each unit would represent about 500 men.   However, Pompey deployed his infantry in 10 ranks instead of 8 and Caesar's legions were understrength and are deployed six ranks deep.    This is not actually represented on the stands.   Pompey's legion units represented about 640 men while Caesar's represented about 384.   Caesar's army was all high quality veterans while Pompey's was a mix of newly raised and a couple of veteran legions.   Pompey's men were all rated as average to reflect this.   Pompey's side also had the option of having 14 units of cavalry with half being poor and the rest average or 11 average units in a deeper than normal formation.   Once again the later version was chosen.  Extra points were paid for Caesar to give him a higher than normal morale and combat effects and to win tie die rolls for initiative each turn.   Caesar's army also had the initiative for the first turn.  His army was all rated as veteran troops with a higher morale rating.   The 10th Legion was rated as elite.

CAESAR ADD 2 X X 14 +/-2,1, OR 0 15 1 15
GENERALS ADD 1 X X 14 +/- 1 OR 0 free 6 0
LEGION 3+2 6 X 6 11 10 55 550
UPGRADE 10TH 4+2 6 X 6 11 +1 (8) (8)
CAVALRY 3 6 (2") 12 OR 14 11 11 4 44
POMPEY ADD 1 X X 14 +/- 1 OR 0 FREE 1 0
GENERALS ADD 1 X X 14 +/- 1 OR 0 free 6 0
LEGION 3+2 6 X 6 10 9 57 513
CAVALRY 3 6 (2") 12 or14 10 10 11 110
LIGHT INFANTRY 2 4 6" 6 OR 8 10 6 4 48


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Pacificon 2016

Pacificon took place on Labor "Day weekend.   As usual there were a large variety of miniatures, board games, and role playing games.   The following photos are from the miniature gaming room showing most of the games on Saturday.   One that I missed a photo of was the Sword and the Flame game.  Where possible I have identified the game and rules.  The games I ran will be in separate posts.

 Maximillian War in Mexico
 Battle Cry Napoleonics
 Battle of Pharsalus using Scutarii
 fireball Forward WW2
 Sharp Practice
 The Alamo
 Star Wars
 Command and Colors Ancients
 WW2 Aircraft
WW2 skirmish level 
 Battle of Pensacola Colonial Period.
 Modern Armor using OPFOR
 Aspern Essling
 Pirates, Monkeys, and Monsters

 Somewhere in Baghdad
 Battle Cry ACW
 Fantasy Naval
 Infinity Electronic Miniatures Game
 Wooden Wars
 Regimental Fire and Fury
 Sci Fi
 Wooden Wars 54mm Wood Soldiers
American Civil War - From Manassas to Appomattox