ALY MORRISON'S "BUTTERFLY" ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD OF WARGAMES AND TOY SOLDIERS

Saturday, 9 September 2017

From my side of the table... Syria 1941

I had another very enjoyable game of toy soldiers last weekend...
I took part in a Bolt Action game hosted by Michael Perry.


https://store.warlordgames.com/collections/bolt-action


The action was set in 1941 in Syria.
Alessio Cavatore and I took the part of the Australians and Steve May and Alan Perry joined the Wrong Side...


The scenario was a fictional one and involved our brave troops securing a small hamlet outside a French held town.





The hamlet...


Unknown to the Wrong Side we had placed a section of Yeomanry and a 3"mortar in the hamlet ...we had sneaked in early in the morning,the sound of our horses covered by the snoring from the town....
I made a dash to the hamlet with a Carrier borne section and an armoured car...






Tally Ho...




Broom Broom!


The Wrong Side brought out tanks!!...






I was to shocked to take a picture... But they looked a bit like this...


At this point the gods of dice looked kindly on me... A rare thing.
I decided to fire my 3"mortar at a 75mm gun that was positioned at the edge of the enemy town, it was a bit of a long shot but I thought 'what the hell'.


I needed a six...






I got a six...Hurrah!


All four crew were caught in the blast...


I needed fours to cause casualties...






I got a four ,two fives and a six..Hurrah! Hurrah!




BOOM!


The Wrong Side brought on their Senegalese troops in front of the hamlet...




You are on the Wrong Side...




Supported by two Armoured Dodge Lorries...


Although this opened target opportunities for me sadly the dice gods were once again looking the other away






The rest of the Wrong Sides infantry appeared from the town to support their armour...


Alessio brought on our 25pounders and a 2pounder anti tank gun supported by infantry and a Marmon Harrington armoured car...








It was decided to move the Marmon Harrington over to my side of the table to help engage the Dodges... unfortunately the enemy took advantage of its exposed position and...



Blew it up!... Bounders and Cads...


Alessio having deployed his artillery started pounding away at the enemy troops skulking at the edge of the town...





With some success...






The enemy remained there for the rest of the game , taking the odd pot shot and reading La Vie Parisienne .






Unfortunately the 2pounder could make no headway against the tanks ...




Slow but well armoured...




And was sadly exterminated.... Boooo!




The Senegalese now made an attempt on the hamlet...


But our brave Yeomanry jumped up and let them have it...




Thank you dice gods....




Not so many now...


They were stopped in their tracks...
Unable to get their men to try again and in frustration the HQ section attacked on their own...




They were soon shown the door...


Due to mortar and MG fire from the town the Yeomanry were finally forced from their building...


But our support sections were already entering the hamlet...





HURRAH!


One section - part of the cricket team I believe - assaulted one of the Dodges on the way in...






Bowling a magnificent six with a hand grenade (or two)






And leaving it a burning wreck...


At this point the game came to an end...
With the Wrong Sides attack pretty much stalled it was declared an Aussie victory... Hurrah!


A very enjoyable (I was on the winning side) and unusual WW2 wargame...many thanks to Michael.


The toys were all from Perry Miniatures...


https://www.perry-miniatures.com/


And of course an alternative version of this can be found on the Perry Facebook page...


https://en-gb.facebook.com/perryminiatures/


All the best   Aly





8 comments:

  1. Wonderful terrain, minis, smoke...and report!

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  2. Thank you Aly, jolly nice to see the encounter from a different angle.

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  3. Those early war Daleks are always a challenge.

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  4. Aly you are a man after my own heart...taking photos of those rare good dice rolls...it does wonders for the soul and gets under the skin of others! It is often a necessity when playing one of my frequent opponents is renowned for his ability to roll sixes on demand.

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    1. There is a long standing belief that I simply need to touch a dice to remove all the luck from it....
      Like yourself when it goes my way I want to record it for my pleasure and my opponents discomfort...;-)

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  5. Great report and wonderful pics Aly - and I also agree with you and Mark that game winning dice rolling should be recorded for posterity! (Mind you, when I rolled 8 saving dice and scored 8 Ones, I didn't take a photo of that.....)

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