Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Boxer Rebellion - Two Battles - Rescue the Mission

Sorry for the long delay in posting this. I'm not sure I will remember all the details, but we had two very enjoyable games of Din of Battle 2nd Edition, featuring my 15mm Boxer Rebellion collection. Most buildings were made by Mal Wright. I made the Mud Fort (still need to finish it up). Temple is an aquarium piece.

There were two distinct battles going on in the scenario.

Americans and French attacking a Imperial Chinese held mud fort, while Russians and Italians tried to save the local Christian Mission from being overrun. The International forces already tried to evacuate the Mission with Royal Marines, Russian sailors, Italian Sailors but a large Boxer for appeared out of no where and they were trapped!

There were four commands, each with their own sequence deck:
  • Americans\French 
  • Mission Force - Italians, Russians, and sailors.
  • Imperial Chinese
  • Boxers

We fought this scenario twice over a two week period. I'm only posting photos of the first battle as the 2nd battle was relatively the same, but the Boxers didn't win the second battle.


Here is the International Mission with Black Banner Boxers and Yellow Banner Boxers prepared to launch another attack.

Russians and Italians ready to advance and relieve the Mission from the nasty Boxers.

The Chinese mud fort guarding the busy harbor while US forces on land and French Marines on paddle wheeler troop transports prepare for an amphibious assault.

Junks and sampans everywhere!

Imperial guard wondering the streets.

Busy dockyard

And the Boxers launch their first assault, with casualties everywhere. There were Russia sailors, British Royal Marine Light Infantry, French sailors, and Italian Navali Regina in the Mission.

Here you can also see that there is a RED Banner force of boxers heading for the mission.

Can the Russians and Italians get there in time?

International force holding so far.

Men are tested to their breaking point!

US Infantry and Marines start their attack on the mud fort.

French landing force arrives, but is too far from shore to support.

There is a Russian gunboat also shelling the fort. It is barely visible in photo at the bottom right.

Boxers breach the walls where the French sailors are defending with armed civilians.

Boxer casualties are high

Italian Bersaglia tear into the Red Banner boxers.

RMLI pushed back by Yellow Banners. Italian Regina Navali take over for the French and rout the Black Banners.

Massed Boxer reserve appears as the Russians arrive.

More hand to hand fighting outside the mission.

Massive attack by the Yellow Banner boxers (Each banner was reconstituted once to give the Boxers a better chance). The RMLI is driven from the wall and you can see all the yellow banners in the Mission.

It is over, the Boxers have driven the French, RMLI, and Italian sailors from the walls on three sides, while the Russian and Italian reinforcements are too little too late.

Phil, the Boxer Commander, wins a metal (Boxer Rebellion medal I purchased) and will be rewarded by the Emporer for his glory of destroying the mission!

Truly fun game! The Americans were defeated by being over zealous on their assault on the mud fort so this was a total Chinese victory.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

2018 a Year in Review

Hard to believe another year of gaming has slipped by!

I have to say that it was a banner year of wargaming for me and I was able to get both my wife and son to start playing Euro style games with me too!

This has lead to 22 miniature games and 84 board games (106 total!!!) played over the last year which is an absolutely amazing accomplishment. I wasn't able to run any miniature campaigns like I was hoping, but maybe 2019 will usher in a new campaign! I also need to finish working on two rules in 2019.

Here is the run down of games with links to prior posts if appropriate.

2018 Total Miniatures Games Played: 22
2018 Total Board Games Played:      84

JANUARY (MG: 2, BG: 7)
 3rd - Formula De x 2 (EB, Phil, Brian, Jan, Steve)
 5th - Merchants and Marauders (EB, Wes, Phil, Hammer)
 6th - Raiders of the North Sea, Kemet x 2 (EB, Wes, Phil, Charles)
10th - 878 Vikings (EB, Phil, Wes)
24th - GWSH2 - WWI - Russians vs Turks (EB, Wes, Brian, Phil, Jan )
31st - 1790s Russians vs Ottomans - see bottom of link above. (EB, Phil, Jan)

 7th - Raiders of the North Sea (EB, EC, Paul, Brian, Jan, Phil)  
14th - Russo-Turk 1877 battle (Brian, EB, Wes, Phil)      
21st - TALON - Base Attack (EC, EB, Jan, Hammer, Phil, Wes)
24th - Here I Stand 500th (EB, Brian, Wes, EC, Jan, Phil)
28th - TALON (EB, Wes, Phil, EC)

MARCH (MG: 1, BG: 4)
 7th - No Retreat - Italian Front (EB, EC)
14th - Table Battles & Maneuovre with Phil
17th - Burma (Saturday) - EB, Jan, Hammer
21st - 25mm ACW battle (Brian, EB, Charles, Jan, EC, Phil)

APRIL (MG: 4, BG: 6)
 4th - Battle of Bergen (SYW, Franco-Saxons vs Allies) - EB, Mac, Jan, Brian, Phil, Wes
 6th - E-CON - F&IW, 878 Vikings(x2), Andean Abyss, Kemet, Raiders of the North Sea
11th - Kings of War - 28mm Fantasy (Wes, EB, Brian)
12th - Burma - Lions in the Jungle (Jan, EB, and Hammer) - Playtest FOW Series
25th - Lion Rampant (Charles, EB, Jan, Glenn)

MAY (MG: 2, BG: 5)
 2nd - Table Battles (x2)
 9th - Battle of Puebla - Piquet (EB, Jan, Phil, Brian, Charles, Glenn)
16th - Battle of Puebla - rematch! (Brian, EB, Phil)  
23rd - Fields of Despair (EB, Phil, Brian, EC) - 2 side-by-side games
28th - Castles of Burgundy (EB, Steve, Ike)            
30th - No Retreat: Italian Front (EB, Phil, EC) and Brian, Jan (Mr. Madison's War)

JUNE (MG: 3, BG: 18)

 1st - 2 x Pandemic (EB, Paige, Turner)
 3rd - 2 x Pandemic (EB, Paige, Turner)
 6th - Musket and Tomahawk (Mac, EB, Wes, Jan, Hammer)
13th - Dungeon Saga 2 scenarios (EB, Brian, Phil, EC)
10 Games of Explorers of the North Sea with Paige and Turner
27th - 2 x C&C Ancients (Phil and EB)
29th - 2 x Pandemic (Paige, Turner, EB)
JULY (MG: 0, BG: 2)
25th - Dungeon Saga (2 adventures) (EB, Brian, EC, Jan, Phil)
27th - Great War Commander (EB and Phil)

AUGUST (MG: 6, BG: 3)
 1st - Dungeon Saga (#5 and #6) (EB, EC, Brian, Phil, Wes)
 8th - Great War Commander (EB, Phil)
15th - 28mm Taiping Rebellion (EB, Phil, Brian, Jan)
16th - Explorers of the North Sea (Paige, Turner, EB)
22nd - 28mm Taiping Rebellion (EB, Phil, Brian, Jan, Mike, Glenn)
25th - MooseCon - Bolt Action (Red Devils vs SS), Game of Thrones(minis), Captain Sonar (x4)
29th - 28mm Taiping Rebellion (EB, Phil, Jan, Brian, Mike P., Mike J.)

 5th - 1754 x 2 (EB, Wes, Jan, Hammer)
 8th - Clans of Caledonia (EB, Hammer, Brian)
13th - Explorers of the North Sea (EB, Paige, Turner and Maggie)
14th - Pandemic (EB, Paige, Turner and Maggie)
15th - 1775 (EB, Paige, Turner and Maggie)
16th - Hearts (EB, Paige, Turner and Maggie)
17th - Explorers of the North Sea (EB, Paige, Turner)
19th - Maneuovre (EB, Jan, Brian, Phil)
21st - Viticulture (Paige, Eric, Turner)
22nd - Viticulture (Paige, Eric, Turner)
23rd - Viticulture x 2 (Paige, Eric, Turner)
26th - Belleau Wood 15mm using Take Action! (EB, Brian, Phil, Mike J)

OCTOBER (MG: 1, BG: 5)
 3rd - Great War Commander (EB and Phil)
17th - Dungeon Saga (EB, EC, Jan, Phil)
24th - Pericles (EB, Jan, Brian, and Phil) - didn't finish
27th - Raiders of the North Sea (EB and Paige)
28th - Raiders of the North Sea (EB and Paige)
31st - Napoleon 1806 (EB and Phil)

NOVEMBER (MG: 1, BG: 11)
 7th - Scythe (EB, EC, Wes)
14th - The Great War (C&C) (EB, Jan, Phil, Charles)
15th - The Great War (C&C) (EB, Phil)
19th - Raiders of the North Sea (Paige, EB)
21st - Raiders of the North Sea (Paige, Turner, EB)
22nd - Raiders of the North Sea + Expansion (Paige, Turner, EB)
23rd - Viticulture x 2 (Paige, Turner, EB)
24th - Robin Hood x 2, Raiders of the North Sea x 1 (Paige, Turner, EB)
28th - 15mm Fantasy (EB, EC, Brian)

 5th - Scythe (EB, Jan, EC, Brian)
19th - Architects of the West Kingdom (EB, BW, BC, Phil)
26th - Maria (EB, Phil, Hammer)    
28th - Viticulture (EB, Paige, Turner, Maggie)
29th - Explorers of the North Sea and Viticulture (EB, Paige, Turner, Maggie)

January 2019 has already started with a BANG as my son was in town before going back to UNCW.

I hope you all have a blessed year filled with lots of gaming and joy!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Orc Raiders! 15mm Hostile Realms Battle

This is a battle we fought a week or two ago.

Rules: Hostile Realms by Piquet Inc
Collection: Eric's 15mm Fantasy figures

Brian and Eric C. were the Orc and Gnoll raiders, while I was the sturdy Dwarves and their Human allies.


This was  quick scenario where a large Orc and Gnoll raiding party has just finished torching a human village, and now sets their sights on the valley entrance into Dwarf territories.

The Dwarves and human allies must hold the evil horde from invading their homelands.

The Dwarven army is spread across the hills defending the entrance to the valley.

The Orcs see the Dwarves in the distance.

The view from the Dwarven side, with humans coming up in support (with the beer cart).

The humans (one of longbows and one with swords)

Ah, the BEER CART! Dwarven Craft Brew!

The burning human village

Heavy armored Dwarf spearmen.

The Dwarf Druid, with mana stone next to him.

The Orcs advance rapidly towards the Dwarves

The humans rushing forward

Come and take it!

The red caped Dwarf Elite ready to repulse the Orcs, but they are heavily outnumbered.

The Gnolls slam into the Dwarves.

Crossbow bolts fly!

The Gnolls rout the Dwarves after the first melee! Not a good start for the Dwarf army.

Run away!!!

The Dwarf general attaches to the Dwarf Guard to plug the gap.

Meanwhile on the right flank the other heavy Dwarf Spearmen are routed by Orcs! What is going on here?!? RU = Rout Unralliable!

The Orcs amass after sending the Dwarves packing.

The Humans launch into the breach with the longbowmen and Druid destroying the Orc "berserkers".

The Humans and Orcs clash back and forth several times, before the humans rout.

Dwarven unit hit from the front by two orc "regiments" with one lurking to their right flank.

The Gnoll Female Guard unit, "The Royal Bitches", just destroys the longbowmen  before they can do more damage.

The remaining few dwarves retire to a stoney hillock with their General.

The last stand!

At this point the Dwarven army had run out of morale chips and it was a matter of time before their sheer numbers would overrun the stubborn dwarves.

We had a great time and hope to setup some more battles soon.