Tuesday, 29 July 2014

New Table Christened - a big VBCW engagement

On Monday night (28th July) the Shed hosted a massive VBCW game using the bolt action rules. I was delighted to report that Matt, Mark and Alastair along with the infamous Legatus Hedlius attended the proceedings.

Prior to boys arriving I decided that it would be classic defence game with the attackers (a motley crew of League and disaffected Royalist forces would attempt to secure a number of key objectives across a broad BUF front line.

To keep things simple in this report the attackers had a distinct numerical supremacy in both armour and infantry.

The following pictures hopefully give a flavour of the action...

The BUF commander inspects troops outside the as yet unfinished Manor

The Manor house was one of the key objectives...

Meanwhilst on the BUF left flank a platoon awaits in the ruins of the old abbey

You can see the abbey sits on the far left of the battlefield in the section bisected by the river and the rail embankment. This was also a key objective.

A view across the left hand side of the table

Sitting on top of the manor were an Artillery Observer and Sniper - both played roles in the battle

BUF forces await the attack - the School house is another 1/48 dolls house

BUF armoured support
The right of the BUF flank is the Village - the Railcrossing is another Key objective

The final objective was the Pub...the playing cards denoted the objectives. A red facing card illustrated that it had been taken by the league...black by the BUF

League Troops advance towards the town

Members of the Naval brigade cross the railway tracks
A unit of Sikhs seem to have got entangled in this very British affair
A choice shot from a League Armoured Car takes care of this artillery piece
The league tanks start to draw fire as their infantry advance

All hell breaks out in the village
The BUF AT gun gets mobbed by a light League tank - The Armoured Car powerless to stop the tank

No body will be crossing this bridge for a whilst
The League Commander investigates the pub...

The Blockage holds up vital League reinforcements

Suddenly a plane swoops into sight scattering the League forces...

Boom --- as its strafing fire takes out a League tank
A victory roll over the battle field...Add caption

The guys played out 10 turns of rapid play...the game was brisk, deadly and a great deal of fun...

Who won...well technically the BUF still held three objectives but had time permitted they would have lost the Village...so a marginal victory for the men in Black Shirts

Until next time


  1. Another great looking tablescape and a fine game. Kudos to you!


  2. Great game report! Great Table Great miniatures and a Great Scenario

  3. A great game with fantastic terrain! I'd never tried Bolt Action before so it was a great introduction despite my tank being mortared to pieces on the bridge and the efforts of the evil Fascist airforce!

  4. Lovely looking set up now! Super report and pictures Mr Shed!

  5. The terrain looks FANTASTIC!
    Seems like so much fun!

  6. Cracking stuff, this is what its about.

  7. I loved playing in a game with an air strike by a lovely silver plane! The shed scenic board is now truly a wargaming wonder! Thanks to Eric and my fellow gamers. I nearly understood what was going on!

  8. Fantastic looking table! Lovely photos!

  9. That looks excellent., a great way to use the new boards.
    Did I spot a Bilbao armoured car that got lost on its way to Madrid :)

  10. I always said it was a bridge too far...

    Excellent game! Looks spiffing!!

  11. Great stuff and amazing table - is the ruined abbey scratch built?

    1. The ruined abbey is an old Jarvis model repainted grey and flocked