Sunday, 17 August 2014

Wargame Building Project

Jan was pleased to move on to Spanish buildings.   They offer more variety than those for France, and are more attractive looking.

We already have a large collection of Hovels Spanish buildings, but they are all quite large and take up too much space on the table.   So we wanted to create a range of our own buildings which we could use with them.    

The building on the right is Hovels, the other four are our own.    All four are town buildings, but ours are two stories high and Hovels three stories.   We could not recreate the Hovels balconies, so we used different designs to add variety.
We are experimenting with outside steps for the latest model, and this shows how we made them
This is the finish result, with a few models to show their comparative size.   We are very pleased with the look so far.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Wargaming with a Spanish Army

 The Battle of Olot

I have always found wargaming a Spanish army to be a real challenge.

It’s not too bad if they have a limited objective, and it is a one off game.   They usually end up running away, which is fine from an historical point of view.   And indeed if they were to defeat a similar sized French army it would seem odd.

But as part of a campaign it becomes an even greater challenge and particularly a PBEM like ours where one player only has a Spanish army to campaign with.   I am very aware that a series of defeats is likely to result in a sharp loss of interest in the campaign.   

So I have tried various ways to enhance the ability of the Spanish army.   They have two guerrilla bands to cause disruption of the French lines of communication and provide intelligence.  

I have also increased the size of the Spanish army from four corps to five, and the addition is a British corps.   So they outnumber the French.   I had hoped that this would move the balance to their favour.

However a Spanish army has to consist of mainly low quality troops, and poor commanders.   A numerical advantage in infantry and artillery does help, but only if the luck is on the side of the Spanish.   Once one brigade fails their morale and runs, nearby brigades are likely to join the rout if they are poor quality.  

I had great hopes for our latest Spanish v French battle.   At Olot three French corps attack three Spanish, but the latter have a fourth corps within four hours/game moves.   So they only had to hold for four game moves.

The Spanish had a good defensive position, with lots of hills to hide behind and keep them safe from French artillery.   The French attacked, took the right hand hill with ease, and routed the Spanish defenders into the reinforcements arriving behind them.     The game ended in seven of the twelve moves.

So back to the drawing board!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Wargame Building Project

We have finally completed the last of the scratch built buildings for France and Germany.   There is sufficient for two farms and four town sections.   This photo shows all of them as they would be used in a wargame.   All of the buildings are scratch built, the trees are commercial.

A different angle, and slightly closer.   You can see the scale from the 28mm figures marching on the road.
This angle shows the layout of the farms.   The buildings and walls can be rearranged if required, and the buildings could be used as part of a village rather than a farm.   But we find we often need two farms or villages as well as the named town.
All of the built up areas are based on felt squares which define the footprint of the farm, village or town.   This is so that the buildings can be removed to allow for movement and melee

This completes the first stage of our model building, which is designed for use in France and Germany.   Next comes buildings for use in Spain