Here's a great looking battle report from the Devon Wargames Group, playing the Over the Hill scenario produced as a free PDF download by Rich Clarke the author and co-partner of Too Fat Lardies during the early incarnation of the rule set and easily converted to the latest version of the rules.
The scenario along with others is available to download from the Lardies Yahoo Group, which is well worth joining if you are interested in the best WWII Company level rule sets available!
One of the great things about the IABSM Facebook page is that it encourages people to post a few photos and comments about their games, even if they don't have the time to write up a full AAR.
Sometimes, however, all the various bits and pieces posted on FB about a particular game add up to what is effectively a full AAR: a group effort if you like!
Mike Whitaker, for example, posted a note about an incredibly lucky shot in a recent club game: an Elefant spotted despite cover, distance and the weather, and then dispatched by a single shell from a 17pdr, despite a considerable difference in Strike and Armour values.
The German player, Gary Martin, then replied: giving an outline of what happened in the rest of the game. Put the two together, and Lord Salisbury's your uncle...
Click on the picture below to see how I've stitched the various posts and pictures together into an AAR.
Here's a quick battle report from Ioannis Pavlidis, take from a recent post on the IABSM Facebook page.
It's 1941. A unit of Soviet soldiers has fallen back in disarray in the face of the overwhelming German assault. The German spearhead has now moved on, leaving a force behind to mop up the battered Soviets, who have fallen back to an abandoned barracks not far from the Niemirov Ferry crossing.
Click on the picture below to find out what happened.
Seems like ages since I updated the Painting Challenge, but it's only been about a week. Must be all the work for the publication of the BEF handbook for IABSM yesterday that makes it seem longer. Anyway, to business: in today's update, in no particular order, we have:
Matt Sladewith a cornucopia of colourful creatures
I'm very happy to announce that Blitzkrieg in the West: The BEF, the second of the series of theatre handbooks covering the early war in the West is now available. It covers the British Expeditionary Force from 1939 to the fall of France in 1940. Designed primarily for use with IABSM v3, the handbook will still prove useful to all players of WW2 company-sized wargames.
This incredibly detailed guide to British forces, written by me, is 75 pages in size and is packed with data, including the following British forces:
From the Infantry Division
The Infantry Company
The Infantry Battalion Carrier Platoon
From the Motor Infantry Division
The Motor Infantry Company
The Motor Infantry Scout Car Platoon
The Motor Infantry Motorcycle Company
From the Line of Communication Troops
The Line of Communication Infantry Company
The Pioneer Infantry Company
The Searchlight Infantry Troop
From the Reconnaissance Troops
The Divisional Cavalry Squadron
The Armoured Car Squadron
From the Detached Element of the BEF
An Infantry Company from Saar Force
From 1st Tank Brigade
A Tank Squadron from 4RTR
A Tank Squadron from 7RTR
From 1st Armoured Division
A Paper-Strength Armoured Squadron from 1st Armoured Division
A Tank Squadron from the Queen's Bays
A Tank Squadron from 10th Royal Hussars
A Tank Squadron from 2RTR
A Tank Squadron from 5RTR
From Calais & Boulogne
A Best Guess Tank Squadron from 3RTR
A Motor Infantry Company at Calais
A QVR Motorcycle Company at Calais
The Guards at Boulogne
From the Beauman Division
An Infantry Company from A Brigade
An Infantry Company from B Brigade
An Infantry Company from C Brigade
With additional sections on the Second British Expeditionary Force, other British independent formations, fielding British forces, rating your forces and a comprehensive armoury.
Just in case people were wondering why it's all been a bit quiet on here lately, it's because I've been working hard on the series of Blitzkrieg in the West theatre books for I Ain't Been Shot, Mum.
The French handbook is already available from the TooFatLardies website, and I'm pleased to announce that the handbook covering the British Expeditionary Force should be available to buy on Thursday this week, 1st March.
Covering everything from the Regulars to the Territorials, from the Pioneers to the Searchlights, the BEF handbook will give you everything you need to field a British force in May/June 1940. There's a lot of background info too, so the handbook should be useful for players of other game systems as well.
The good news is that I've finished the first draft of the Belgian Army handbook for IABSM v3. That should be out in a combined Belgian/Nederlands pack on 1st April, following the BEF handbook which is still on track for publication on 1st March.
The bad news means that all the research and writing is severely cutting in to my painting time. All I have managed to finish this week is three late war German Panzerschrek teams for my Aufklarungs Kompanie.
Nice figures from The Plastic Soldier Company, but it's going to be a long haul to finish the main body of the infantry!
Another great podcast from the Big Rich, Nick and Sidney.
The lads get together once again to discuss what's new in the world of Lard and what they are working on, and then get stuck into a couple of meaty topics: including political symbols in wargames and how the design of a game can provide a plausible command experience for the gamer.
Please note, the section on Nazi symbols is potentially contentious but they were asked the question and didn't want to shy away from the tough ones. You may not agree with what they say, but hopefully they don't upset too many people.
The usual trip to the library rounds off this episode.
I'm pleased to say that the first of my official early war IABSM handbooks, Blitzkrieg in the West #1: The Frenchseems to have been very well received, even if the news item on TMP showed in full for only about five minutes on Friday, so no one's commented yet!
On the TFL Forum, Arlequin said: "Having grappled with the French organisations and techno-speak for CoC:Abyssinia, I'll give a standing ovation for this concise, detailed and invaluable work. Well done chaps!"
And Archdukek said: "Congratulations, Robert, on an excellent piece of work. Fascinating stuff."
On the Lead Adventure Forum, Powermonger said: "I do not play IABSM...but is perfect for reference. The book is very, very good. Nice historical references and a comprehensive OOB for France 1940. All divisions listed, with their properly attached support units. As the author says, it is perfect to lay down a company and attach to it the suitable, historically accurate supports. Recommended."
On the TFL Group, Benito said the handbook "Looks fantastic" and Tom McKinney said: "Well done! Just had a look at mine. Lot's of great information and well ordered. Absolutely delighted with the inclusion of campaign/division cross-reference."
Those of you who are on Facebook might be interested in the Charlie Don't Surf group that I've just joined. It's been around since July last year but, I must confess, I've only just found out about it.
As a reminder, you can also find an I Ain't Been Shot, Mum group on Facebook as well. Click on the name to go straight there.
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Welcome to Vis Lardica, a website mostly dedicated to the company-sized wargaming rules produced by the TooFatLardies, but encompassing my other gaming interests as well.