As we had a good five or six hours for a game I decided to put on a big VBCW game for four of us. The scenario was that the BUF, in the guise of Black Shorts and their militia lackeys, has taken it on themselves to try and take an Albrtine HQ stationed in a local farm, the Albertines just had to hold it. The BUF forces were one motorised Black Short platoon with Vickers and Boys as support, two platoons of militia with a Vickers as support, one Matilda I, one Romfel armoured car and a Carden Lloyd. The Albertines had one platoon of LDV with a Vickers and Boys, a platoon of militia with Boys and 2" mortar, one 18pdr, one Rolls Royce armoured car and one mkIV male tank. Special rules for the game- the mkIV needed to be started before it could be used by rolling a 6 on turn two, a 5 or 6 on turn three and so on, once started needed to roll 4+ each turn to actually move and only had ammo for the mg's (the Black Shorts players didn't know this last bit) and the 18pdr only had 6 shells...
The Albertines set up first with the 18pdr being towed towards the farm and the mkIV at the back of it. The LDV set up one unit in each of the dugouts to the front of the farm and the third hidden in the woods next to the farm with the Vickers, the LDV Boys was stationed behind the side gate at the the farms main entrance. The Albertine militia were positioned in the barn and behind the wall and dugout to the right of the farm.
By keeping their forces in one rough area it made the defence of the farm so much easier for the Albertines, they managed to get the mkIV going on their first roll but it only managed to move every other turn and never actually made it into combat! The 18pdr was set up in the main entrance making short work of the BUF militia as they came over the hill in front. The Black Shorts managed to get the LDV out of the woods in hand to hand combat but it cost them almost one and a half units to do it (man of the match went to 'Mad Jock' Hamish McTavish who took out the last of the the first unit and three of the second unit before falling heroically :) ). This severally weekend them and losing the Romfel and Carden Lloyd to Boys anti-tank fire just as they got near to the farm didn't help... The Albertine LDV on their right flank left their dugout and headed up the field to hit the BUF militia in their flank, even though the militia had the Matilda and the Vickers they managed to do a lot of damage before being wiped out. With the loss of the centre and taking heavy casualties themselves the Black Shorts beat a hasty retreat...
A few more pictures from the game-
The Albertine right flank LDV head up the table while the mkIV slowly trundles along (it didn't make it much further than this the whole game!)
The BUF advance and start to disembark their vehicles
The 18pdr sets up in the main gateway
The Albertine hassle the BUF militias flank
Sunday, September 01, 2013
Second Sunday Monthly Gaming Session VBCW Game
Posted by Exmouth Wargames at 6:01 PM