Friday, 25 December 2015
Monday, 14 December 2015
Friday, 11 December 2015
As on the day, the scenario had the T-26s charging forwards into Seseña and on towards Esquivias.
The experienced Moroccans, caught by surprise, seek what cover they can.
But where are those T-26s heading now? They scatter for cover in the face of a single antitank gun.
Emboldened by the armoured thrust, Republican infantry slowly make their way forward, but come under fire.
Meanwhile Gharak's Civil Guard emerge quickly from their garrison and into the countryside to face Ian's infantry.
A brave (or, foolhardy) Moroccan tank hunter team makes a dash for an unsupported T-26. Amazingly, their grenades and molotovs cause the crew to panic and bail out! What isn't pictured is the first team, that tried the same, failed to make the dash and were cut down in moments.
From the Republican side - good progress on the left, where a bloody me lee has cleared Gharak's paramilitaries but stubborn resistance continues from my Moroccans.
Lunchtime brings stalemate and the end of our first game. The Republican forces hadn't managed to capitalise on their surprise and take Esquivias but keep a foothold in Seseña. The Moroccans are battered but remain an effective force, but of course two of those T-26s remain in a commanding position. Honours even, but a strategic Nationalist victory.
After a break for lunch, we set up a second scenario to continue the Republican push, moving the battlefield westwards and each side bringing up reserves. We ran a patrol phase and the attack and defend scenario.
...and lay down a heavy fire with their light machineguns. And the Natuonalist airforce is scrambled to provide close fire support.
Game two saw Matt and I's infantry grinding away at each other from range, my Moroccons having the edge, but three wounded leaders bruising their morale.
Meanwhile on the Republican left, Ian Column, better supported by armour that we were unable to draw a bead on and neutralise, managed to maintain up relentless pressure, eventually shattering Gharak's platoon. Game two, a clear Republican victory, but at quite a cost.
All in all a great scenario for the day. Taking the Nationalists, I expected a battering from all that armour and us to be able to do little to mitigate them. But I had Moroccan firepower, six command dice and a sprinkling of luck in my favour. Gharak's platoon suffered the worse, but I gather he enjoyed a day back at the historical gaming.
There were three other fine looking tables taking advantage of a wet Sunday afternoon, a massive 14' AWI game using Carl's huge collection. This was still going on when we'd packed up and left but looked like a close game.
A smaller game of Sharpe Practice, hosted by the esteemed Rich Clarke himself, using a work in progress second edition of the rules.
And a fabulous WWII game using Ade's extensive collection.