AVBCW: WyRD Force

In preparation for tomorrow, and should I be capable of attending for more than 5 minutes (due to recovering from Man-Flu administered probably by Russian agents) I dug out WyRD Force.

WyRD Force is the Wyvern River Defence Force, charged with keeping pirates and ne’er do wells off of the lower ares of the Severn and Wye rivers.

Command unit, mostly Empress Matelots and inter/early war British infantry. Added to which a couple of medics from the Dice Bag Lady.

Warlord British Naval Landing Section.

Second section, again Empress Matelots.

Third section, inter/early war from Empress.
I really wish they’d do a Lewis gunner standing up, and yes I know that is starting to stretch the physical capabilities of troops lugging it around at waist/chest high.

The support – Vickers HMG and Oikerlon gun used as an anti tank gun.

the wheels. I thought if they were a river borne organisation vehicles would be rare so I don’t think I’ll add any more vehicles other than maybe motorbike outriders and the like.

Medical team, from Dice Bag Lady/Bad Squiddo’s Land Army grils range.

The hawk eyed amongst you will have noted I haven’t finished painting most of these figures – they need highlighting. That was this week’s job. 😦

But good enough to field on a large war-games table. 😛

The Office of Saying NO

So ten days after my last osting, things have gone awry with my plans.

Free badge given out at Sarah Millican’s gig on Sunday, one of the few highlights of the last week.

I’ll be wearing it at council meetings I think.

Another highlight, Rangers as done by Richard – the antlers are separate from the heads which are separate from the body. I have been told not to buy anymore of them.

Couldn’t decide which base size to put them on. 32mm or 23mm ?

Asking the College of Wizards on the Frostgrave LAF forum, the feedback was 25mm.

Citadel C05 Ranger, just cannot photograph this guy sharply, mainly because he is leaning forward.

I love the detail on these, several of them come with bunnies attached to belts, or stuffed into bags.

More to come including my first proper Ghost Archipelago game (from last Saturday with Jim !), AVBCW Ward Force, and later after tomorrow a write up of another AVBCW Big Game.

Dates for the Diaries – AVBCW & Frostgrave – Hereford 2018

The AVBCW TNG guys (Clive & Roo) were in contact today, with updates on two new AVBCW Big Games planned for 2018, so if you’re in the West Midlands region and can get to Hereford, here are some dates for the diaries:

– FrostFayre 29/12/2017

– AVBCW 17/03/2018 – 6th Anniversary extravanganza !

– AVBCW October 2018

Yes it is SIX years since JP and I held our first AVBCW Big Game in Burley Gate Village Hall.

We have handed over to “The Next Generation”, but are being welcomed back (as ever) to be special guest stars at the March game.

If you want to attend any of the three events listed above, make a comment below and I’ll put you in contact with the right people (Clive, Roo, and me).

AVBCW Hereford 2017 11 04 5

They claimed they were Police.

Having chewed up one or was it two units of Criag’s in the King’s Acre Woods, the Plod arrived, newly bought by crag at the lunch time auction.

he also pushed his command unit forward, which got massacred by a well aimed LMG burst of fire, and then his commander dies with a second LMG. Tragic. Such a sad story.

The Red re-dploy but make a complete hash of it and have a road block.

Roo was the only winner here, with his field gun raining death down on the unfortunate DrAlzheimer (GenialJim) and his patients !

Big view of the big table !

The Reds also deployed Human Wave tactics (Chairman Maos was watching), resulting in a dust off between GenialJim and Rob leading to mass casualties and Rob losing almost all his infantry. Curiously Loo’s infantry survived. 😉

meanwhile the killing zone in the woods continued to chew up sections, I’d lost 1.5 units, and Craig at least 3 when Alan’s troops arrived and added to the mayhem.

All along Rob and Too were trying to un-nerve me with unsubtle hints Alan was about to betray me. Pull the other one it has bells on.

Hand to hand in the woods !

Craig’s ungentlemanly cricketers fared no better in the woods either.

Whilst GenialJim’s Clockwork man got to work on the Reds !

They’re Dead Dave, they’re all Dead.

Or running away.

The end of the game…Dr Alzheimer (GenialJim and I caught in the middle suffered grievous losses, not least when I rolled really badly and the recalcitrant natives of Hereford decided to revert to pebbles for their coinage.

The field truce between Anglicans and HRH had held, just, and the Reds were the beta noire of the county.

A return match is likely ion the spring, by which I should have anew house, and new forces to bring to bear on the false Bishop and his cronies…

AVBCW Hereford 2017 11 04 4

..The Umpires decided that the alliance between the Anglicans and Communists would rupture.

So whilst the Commie cavalry raced towards the Anglican lines ostensibly to join up with them, and got machine gunned by me (lower left hand corner), their innocent biplane dived in for the kill.

It shot up GenialJIm’s troops, before…

…getting a taste of it’s own medicine, and then it crashed. As the rules don’t have…rules for crqashi9ng -lanes…we agreed a random direction roll…and it looked like it’d be heading my way…

Phew !
It crashed inches in front of my HMG.

Pity the Anglicans whilst in covert negotiations with my ally managed to shell both my HMG (killing two crew effectively rendering it useless), and my anti tank gun (one dead, still therefore in action).

I brought on my third section (also Sailors) to counter the TREACHEROUS DEVIANT CRAIG.

Whilst my ally Alan brought his troops up as the fragile alliance with the Anglicans he had brokered held.

Just very slowly, as he found driving vehicles off road.

AVBCW Hereford 2017 11 04 3

Clive moved an Anglican tank out in to the open to have a crack at Alan’s field gun.

Whilst Gavin moved more troops with support of yet more of Clive’s tanks.

King’s Acxre woods turn in to a battle ground as Craig’s Bee Keeper’s and my Marines start to slog it out at close quarters.

Craig’s HMG and command moved up in support.

With the flank refused, and now bolstered but heir treacherous ally, the Reds do a quick right turn (ha !) and stream towards the middle of the table to put pressure anatomy forces.

My HMG caught Rob’s cavalry mid-field, and shot a couple down.

GenialJim’s mad Doctor and his forces disembark into the field, including a mechanical Tin Man. (No sign of Dorothy)

Whilst the Bishop of Ludlow cowered behind a glass house in his tank.
No stones were thrown.

Lunchtime.

I decided to bring on my third section, more sailors and pitched them straight in to the woods to fight off Craig’s traitors.

And at this point, the Umpires had had a confab and decided….

AVBCW Hereford 2017 11 04 2

Red Cavalry advances towards Half Cut Farm.

And the Anglicans advance with their mighty armoured column down their road.

Hang on, aren’t these the cards I had last time ?

Questions are asked of the Umpire’s shuffling ability.

Which is then handed over to Alan for the rest of the day.

Talking of whom, Alan advanced his troops forward to counter the Anglican thrust across the open field, with both sides finding off road manoeuvres of vehicles is not really a good idea.

Which is why my A/C stayed on the road and allowed the sailors and heavy weapons to move more swiftly in support.

Macguffin’s tank advanced, only for the reds to send in a wrecking crew killing his two manservants.

With the tank wrecked…

Craig’s real commander revealed his true colours – a TOTAL TREASOUNOUS TRAITOR.

And yes, yours truely got attacked by the bees keepers with piles of bees sick.