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Shadespyre
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Oct 6 2013, 09:11 PM #61

There has been another big AVBCW game, sadly I missed it due to being on holiday.

But you can read all about "The Bridge on The River Wye" via these links:

AVBCW Bridge on the River Wye

AVBCW Bridge on the River Wye

AVBCW Bridge on the River Wye

And finally, my absence from the game even made the papers:



(In real life, I was in Rome on holiday)
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Oct 7 2013, 08:42 AM #62

A VBCW seems to have quite the community, I'd definitely play it if I lived in the UK. I've had some good use of a "recommended minis" blog I found to pick out fitting minis for my partisans, and even painted up some models, a Vickers MG and some brigands.
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Oct 7 2013, 02:12 PM #63

Lol!

See this is the I've always wanted in wargames.

One of these days I AM going to write A Very Baltic Civil War.
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Oct 7 2013, 08:09 PM #64

I can't take any credit for this, I'm very much on the fringes of the AVBCW scene.

I believe there are people around the world playing AVBCW games, you don't need to be in the country to take part! And if you played some games in a parallel Scandinavian setting I'm sure people here would love to hear about it.

If by chance you are ever coming to the UK, let me know and I will make sure there is a game on for you to come and play in!

Back to the game, there are currently a series of in character post-battle letters being bandied around the internet, including a challenge to a boxing match and other nonsense... :shrug:
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Oct 8 2013, 07:55 AM #65

Shadespyre @ Oct 7 2013, 08:09 PM wrote: I believe there are people around the world playing AVBCW games, you don't need to be in the country to take part! And if you played some games in a parallel Scandinavian setting I'm sure people here would love to hear about it.
Hey, didn't say it was. Though a lot of the stuff I see seems very much locally focused, ie people draw inspiration from their localities. Hard to do when your locality in the UK is Terminal 3 on Heathrow. :P
Although admittedly I could always play a dastardly band of drunk sailors delivering wheat to starving Britons. At a modest and entirely reasonable profit mind.

It just so happens that the idea intrigues me and there are a lot of explorable possibilities in the early intra-war period for "our" region. Sweden was close to revolution due to food shortages thanks to the WW1 blockade, Imperial Russia was collapsing, Finnish Civil war, Baltic independence and most funny enough it turns out the Japanese were busy founding all kids of civil unrest, starting with the Russo-Japanese war.
Not sure about 'parallel', though, since that period doesn't "work" for Scandinavia. We are in the eye of the storm as periods go here then.
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Oct 8 2013, 08:44 AM #66

As is so often the case I have a hard time getting enthusiastic about another country's civil wars, I'm just the same with the ECW and ACW for example.

There's a guy calling himself Dalauppror who runs a blog and plays games in a "Moderate Swedish Conflict". That's set in the early 30's and triggered by the Ådalen shootings. Linky.
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Dec 24 2013, 04:50 PM #67

Christmas Eve modelling frenzy!!!

A pair of Schupo Sonderwagen 21s. You've got to love the asymmetrical turret madness?!



Recent releases from Copplestone Castings, and these are probably the best yet from an assembly point of view, with molded on back wheels and easy-to-fit resin front wheels.
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Dec 25 2013, 11:57 AM #68

Nice model. How do you get into it?
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Dec 25 2013, 02:00 PM #69

Haha! There are very narrow doors on each side, but I found it hard to fit the equipment without obstructing them. I guess true 25mm soldiers are much thinner than the models we are used to in Warhammer! :shrug:
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Mar 10 2014, 10:44 PM #70

Gosh, it's been a while...

Here's the interview piece I wrote on my (and my character's) return from Italy:

In a candid interview given exclusively to the Hereford Times the newly
returned and sun tanned Captain Arrowsmith of the BUF commented:

"Rome is.... stupendous! Inspiring in so many ways. I spent a lot of time
punch drunk on antiquities - and that was before I met Mussolini! The
history of the place is such that you can walk on stones which were trodden
by great men such as Julius Caesar, Trajan and Vespasian – statesmen –
indeed, generals - of legendary vision and ability, who built an Empire
across the breadth of Europe. I couldn’t help but be uplifted by that
experience.

Moreover, modern Italy is equally impressive under its Fascist regime.
Despite all of that history, the Italy we see today is a relatively new
state, and under the leadership of Mussolini there is a strong sense of
national unity and vigour as Italians look towards their future rather than
dwell on past glories. As promised, the trains run on time and there is even
talk of a high speed rail link between Rome and the north called Umbria,
(which is indeed similar to our Cumbria). These railways are highly
efficient for transport of persons and goods, and would also be well suited
to speed military activities (as the Baron of Foy has suggested). They are
surely a bridge to the future of transport and a key part of the
modernisation of Europe.

I will definitely go back to see all the things I missed and revisit things
in more detail. I am convinced that Mussonlini’s Italy can provide us with
useful signposts for the future direction of the modern Great Britain which
we must strive to build.

In my absence, I note that anti-government rebels have caused the Baron's
grand scheme to restore the railway over the Wye to be "de-railled". No
doubt I will be asked to sort this situation out in a future confrontation
with said rebels. I am encouraged that some enterprising BUF commanders have
followed my example in adopting an 'off the road' strategy with their
vehicles to force the enemy into direct confrontation, although there remain
many tactical and strategic aspects of modern warfare which must be
embraced.

Reported division amongst the loyal supporters of the government is
worrying. I’m afraid that these personal disputes and games of one-upmanship
would be as unseemly and obstructive on the village cricket fields where
many of these “leaders” belong as they are on the battlefields on which they
find themselves. These “gentlemen” need a swift reminder that there is a war
on, and of why they are fighting it. I am a military man, not a politician,
but it is plain to me that Britain needs a fast resolution of this “civil”
war and rapid transition to a strong unified government so that we can forge
a modern country and take our proper place at the forefront of the modern
Europe which is taking shape while Sir This and Sir That bicker like
children."
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Mar 10 2014, 10:53 PM #71

And now there has been a game...

AVBCW - A Royal Mitre Exchange

The game followed the debacle that I had previously missed - BUF troops are trapped in the village of Foy, in a bend of the River Wye, and besieged by the Anglicans. The BUF's Royalist "allies" try to hatch a deal with the enemy, swapping the Bishop of Hereford (captured in the outhouse at the battle of Ledbury) for their freedom. Various forces get wind of this and attempt to thwart the deal.

In the meantime, "free" BUF troops (including the dashing Captain Arrowsmith) receive orders to attack the local big-wig Sir Gilbert Hill to stop his forces intervening, while the trapped BUF attempt to make use of the confusion to escape...

And so I was sent to attack an enemy stronghold with a rather small number of troops. I knew from the off this was a waste of my resources, but orders are orders...

The battlefield from the Anglican end - look at all those defences!


Captain Arrowsmith's newly assembled motorised infantry platoon advance...


and deploy under heavy fire...


Assorted rabble await... but note the steam powered armoured car and its deadly HMG...


Repeated shelling and machine gun fire takes its toll on the brave BUF infantry... it got worse than this before I retreated!


Too late! As the remains of my forces run to their trucks to escape, my crippled tank finally takes out the armoured car


My column retreats to the safety of our own lines, ably held by Captain Arnett. Note that Captain Arrowsmith's Companion Cavalry are pretty much unscathed, as I refused to advance them into range of the HMG!


Here is a shot of Captain Arnett's tanks having fun, fighting off the older Anglican tank and machine gunning a lane full of infantry to boot!
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Mar 10 2014, 11:16 PM #72

We certainly met our goals of distracting Sir Gilbert's men, but at considerable cost to my recently conscripted infantry (I get through a lot of those).

Sadly, the news from the rest of the game seems to be that the BUF and Royalists escaped, but with egg on their faces - they had to cross a rickety pontoon bridge and leave all their artillery and vehicles behind! Rumour has it that BUF commander Baron Foy shaved off his fine moustache to make his escape amongst the common men.

Personally, I think a better result would have been to save the men and equipment but leave behind the damned officers!

What next for the BUF? This is two defeats in succession, after significant victories, and perhaps a change in leadership is required...?
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Mar 11 2014, 10:52 AM #73

Shadespyre @ Mar 11 2014, 12:16 AM wrote: Personally, I think a better result would have been to save the men and equipment but leave behind the damned officers!

What next for the BUF? This is two defeats in succession, after significant victories, and perhaps a change in leadership is required...?
Hehe, good luck with that! ;)

Are you using the VBCW rules when you play? I've seen some people use Bolt Action for their VBCW gaming, and since that's a game I play and like I think it would be fun. :coffee:
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Mar 12 2014, 12:13 AM #74

Currently we are playing with the "Went the Day Well?" rules.

Honestly, I'm not such a big fan, they are clunky in places and the morale of what are often irregular militia troops seems a bit too hard to break, but they basically work and one of the authors comes to our games, and is at least willing to tweak them based on our feedback.

It's fine as we play for fun and the dice just shape a narrative really, but you couldn't use them in a "serious" environment I think.

Some of the guys have played with other rules sets, but as I'm only a fringe member of the VBCW scene I haven't as yet.
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Mar 15 2014, 06:28 PM #75

This version of our battle is offered by the staff of Sir Gilbert Hill:

Sir Gilbert Hill

Utter nonsense, of course! :nono:

Finally, here are a few random pictures I took of the other tables on the day...

Socialist transport...



Various troops...





This railway embankment was knocked up in an evening by one of the players, and made a great centre piece to table two:

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