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  • in reply to: Up and at ’em!!! #137672

    Haggis-bashers!? Seriously?

    Och aye. Dae ye ken?

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Up and at ’em!!! #137629

    The DAK takes the fighting to close quarters, but the Mad Scotchmen have heard the skirl of the Peeps and the Germans pay a heavy price. The two hairy arsed Heelanders, sent crazy by the sound of their Peeper, are met by a blizzard of fire from the rapidly reversing scout car. The Jocks hit the deck after hurling their Mills bombs…

    The DAK scout car commander’s got more than a fly in the eye now… BOOM!!!



    The DAK fight back grimly as B Company sweep forward…

    The 11th Hussars let fly with devastatingly accurate support fire…

    But this is the Afrika Korps, not the Italians faced by B Company a couple of months before, their response is equally devastating…

    “Scotland the Brave Potting!” Roars Major McGregor. “Scots Wha Hae!!!”

    The Haggis-Bashers storm forward firing from the hip, and turn the tide, slaughtering the DAK support units and driving the enemy back over the bridge…

    The remnant of the DAK Recce unit routs across the sands as B Company reclaim the bridge…

    For gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in destroying the enemy scout car at a pivotal moment of the action. Private Shughie McFee  becomes Lance Jack McFee  and is awarded the Military Medal.


    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: A Wargames fenonamumm… #137523

    That’s funny, I’m the same. If I don’t paint for a day or two i get out of sorts. Then I get painting and get ratty as expectation far exceeds talent!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: A Wargames fenonamumm… #137515

    Cripes, don’t forget yer PC re-trayning Harry, lad…

    Yes Mike, All races, colours, creeds, religions, cults, factions and sexes are included!

    As for myself, ‘just buying it’ would never work. I’ve never used figures I haven’t painted myself. The enjoyment in creating miniature worlds for them to play in is also just as important.

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to:  Not bad for our pokey little seaside resort! #137433

    The aircraft was on a training flight, only the guns were loaded, no torpedo or rockets. When the kite was imaged by the Bomb Disposal unit the ammunition was discovered, that’s why the controlled explosion took place. My mate’s with the Coastguard and he tells me there are at east another three downed aircraft in that area, one of which are the remains of a Swordfish. All three appear every now and again depending on how the tides shift the sand.

    It’s a dangerous area to wander about in if you’re not clued up. I’m getting the hang of it, but you’ve got to keep an eye on the sea for treacherous outflanking maneuvers!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to:  Not bad for our pokey little seaside resort! #137388

    One of the benefits of having friends in low places, memento from the wreck area before the big bang…

    Nice to have this little gem in the Emporium, even though a couple of things about it, kind of prove it’s not from  JM333 of 254 Squadron.

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to:  Not bad for our pokey little seaside resort! #137339

    Parts of North Coates is still used for things aeronautical, blokes floating about on parachutes, with propellers strapped on their back mostly! But most interesting is wot’s happened to the old airfield gun-butts, all Raff ‘dromes had these, used for harmonising aircraft guns and for the Raff Regiment lads to play with their popguns. North Coates Butts as it’s now known is one of Lincolnshire’s premier shooting clubs, outside the clubhouse is a bent and buckled Beaufighter prop. It’d be pretty good if we found out it came from that kite on the beach.

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Old Rules #137334

    We’ve been playing ‘Operation Warboard’ since the book was first published, mid seventies, if memory serves?

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to:  Not bad for our pokey little seaside resort! #137306

    Well, it’s not so cool now, they’ve gone and ‘blown the ‘bloody doors off’!

    The Coastguard came and chased us all away, then…

    https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/explosion-carried-out-royal-navy-4177697

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Is It Terrain-Making OR “Crafting”? #137267

    Herself is a crafter making cards, gift boxes, decoupage thingys and wotnot… rooting around in all her crafting rubbish often turns up some surprisingly useful artifacts for us ‘proper’ model makers/crafters!

    So I think this encapsulates an issue I have noticed in life as well as crafting. Anything that tends to be more female heavy is considered less skillfull than something that is male dominated. Women make ‘thingys’ and use ‘crafting rubbish’ but men are ‘proper’ model makers etc. Whether said in jest or not, if you look around, you will see the people who really think that way, including women by the way. It’s a societal issue.

    Yes dear you’re quite right, at least with a bit of crafting knowledge, after you’ve burnt yer bra you can crochet another one, by the way skillful has only got one l on the end of it.

    So bash on making nice thingys and we ‘master modelers’ will get on with the grown up stuff.

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Is It Terrain-Making OR “Crafting”? #137224

    Herself is a crafter making cards, gift boxes, decoupage thingys and wotnot…

    rooting around in all her crafting rubbish often turns up some surprisingly useful artifacts for us ‘proper’ model makers/crofters!

     

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Is It Terrain-Making OR “Crafting”? #137157

    Because they’re talented but thick…

    AnYone can sppel ‘crafting’ it’S ded eazy. buT trIy spellink ‘terreyn’!!!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Is it just me? #136951

    Had a lot of M-16 barrels break though….

    Which, in my ‘umble opinion, makes ’em about as much use as a chocolate teapot!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Up and at ’em!!! #136858

    At the critical moment as the bridge looks like falling a wondrous sound drifts over the desert on the wind…

    To the skirl of the Peeps the rest of B Company advance from over the dunes and far away!

    Two hairy arsed Heelanders are sent crazy by the sound of their Peeper, storming out and grenading the DAK scout car!!!


    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Up and at ’em!!! #136699

    The DAK recce car commander ducks his head down as he gets hit right in the eye by a flying fly, by such little things, are battles lost. By the time he’s cleared the mini missile’s remains from his mince a British armoured car has gone racing across his front without a shot being fired! A familiar figure may also be seen skulking into the ruined ancient temple thingy on the DAK scout car’s flank.

    No.4 Platoon make their way into the rocky ground as No.5 head for the road…

    The speed with which the DAK can move and deploy once again catches the Jocks on the hop, a mortar and heavy machine gun being deployed under the cover of the wall.

    A rain of bombs and tracer bullets are very soon hitting the ranks of the plucky Scotchmen…

    As the Tommy’s hit the dirt the 12th Panzer Grenadiers storm the bridge!

    Recovering it’s composure the DAK recce car storms in, all guns blazing!

    At the critical moment as the bridge looks like falling a wondrous sound drifts over the desert on the wind…

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: (FOR SALE) Osprey Wargames Books… #136655

    SOLD!!!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Up and at ’em!!! #136616

    Calm down, calm down we haven’t got that far yet!

    The next update from the frontline will be broadcast on May 20th.

     

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: ‘In The Bag!’ #136576

    As the confused Germans streamed into the village square excellent shooting from the rooftop cover does for two of them…

    Unfortunately the NCO leading the Black Watch rescue party gets spotted and hit by a volley of enemy fire. Under covering bursts of Schmeiser fire he is finished off with the bayonet!

    The Germans flood into the compound which Alf and Tom are holding, neither of the two B Company stalwarts could shoot at the enemy without presenting their melons as perfect targets to the covering DAK machine gunner. Stick grenades exploded all over the roof, the final one blowing the two of them off and down into the Wadi…

    Dazed and lightly wounded the two of them snuck off down the wadi, tails firmly between legs, but still making time for a morale restoring brew of char!

    Next morning prisoners and escort formed up…

    “Now vine good Major, you vill, how do you say, go into zer bag? Varn zer man mitt zer bagpeep zat if he toots it, he vill be shot… Vorwarts Menschen!”

     

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    A scene of devastation…as the fifth British soldier is hit (centre, by tree)!!!!

    Even the bleedin’ trees are on the adolf’s side!!!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Need Help/Advice/Guidance with 10mm Basing #136260

    What would happen to the glossy clear bases with a coat of matt varnish?

     

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Wadi Fookem, May 1941… #136123

    “Haz zer Englander began to singing like zer Canary?”

    “Nien Herr Oberst!”

    Major Shytes McCregor answered that one alright…

    “This here Sasanach’s a Scothcman laddie! They’ll nea break us Potting if they canna even tell what country we’re from, the noo!”

    Suddenly, out of the night came a loud bang and a piercing scream…

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Wadi Fookem, May 1941… #135985

    My son-in-law’s a Scotchman (they just love it when you call them that!) I practice my linguistic skills upon him…

    he’s very impressed, says I speak their language like at native… the noo!

     

     

     

     

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Wadi Fookem, May 1941… #135948

    I’ve just been leching over Perry’s 28mm SAS/LRDG figures…

    they’d make a perfect raiding party to put some hurt on them bleddy Stukas!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Wadi Fookem, May 1941… #135941

    Not as one sided as the AAR reads, those jolly nice, blonde haired, German chappies suffered fifty percent casualties to capture the wadi. Excellent morale and timely intervention of the Luftwaffe (the Stuka is a Corgi diecast model) swung it for adolf’s North African tourists.

    The next episode kind of invented itself as I sat among the ruins of B Company glowering at Von Richter’s impromptu boy-band’s singalong at the bridge. It’ll be a skirmish game using either ‘Fistful of Lead’ or ‘One Hour Skirmish’ rules, fought this coming Saturday. This will be a much more equal affair With Private Alf Tupper and his cronies out for a bloody revenge.

    Tune in Saturday for the next installment of this ripping yarn!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Wadi Fookem, May 1941… #135937

    “Open Fire!!!”

    A thunderous volley stops a section of the 12th Panzer in their tracks, but support fire from their machine gunners exact a grim revenge, the fight’s on…

    On the right flank the Grenadiers come on in fine style, till a burst from the advancing Cherrypickers’s armoured car, drives them into cover.

    A DAK scout creeps out to recce the way forward, in the shrubbery round the bridge, Private Alf Tupper puts the crosshairs of his sniper rifle right between the scout’s minces, and gently squeezes the trigger…

    But the sun’s glinted on his telescope and a burst of MG fire drops him!

    In the heat of the moment the armoured car presses a tad too close to the Germans, a loud clang from an anti-tank rifle round brews it up…

    Luftwaffe Stukas dive out of the sun reigning death and destruction on the Desert Rats’s mortar positions.

    After bitter fighting with heavy loss on both sides the British forward line is overrun. The 12th Panzer Grenadiers storm into Wadi Fookem…

    Major McGregor and Piper Potting move forward to bolster the line, halfway through ‘Scotland the Brave’, Potting get potted right through the Bagpeep!

    In a shower of stick grenades and machine pistol fire the bridge is overrun. Nothing has prepared the Desert Rats for the brutal ferocity of a DAK all arms assault. As the dust and smoke blot out the sun the Major and Piper Potting are rounded up by grinning Germans and put into the bag!

    The self same conditions enable B Company’s few survivors to slink away into the rocks, Private Alf Tupper, nursing a flesh wound accepts a welcome cup of char from the Major’s now redundant batman…

    Back at the bridge Von Richter’s triumphant Battlegruppe break into a pc acceptable chorus of the Horst Wessel Lied. While on the roof of B Company’s old command post their master and commander plans his next objective…

    Luckily for the The Von, the rifle that has him in it’s telescopic sights is out of ammunition. It’s owner moves back down the ridge to the remnant of his Company. Once there he makes an announcement

    “They’ve marched the CO into Fookem under guard, and we’re going in to get him oot… tonight!”

    As the B Company survivors rested in cover Alf Tupper studied Fookem and it’s little garrison through his telescope…

    he was forming a plan!

    Fookem…

     

     

     

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: TALLY-HO! #135868

    I was wondering if the length of a sword was within accepted social distancing? If it is the Big Bean should dispatch a chariot to convey Captain Tom to her Londinium hovel, whereupon it should be…

    “Arise Sir Tom, Knight of the Realm, a shining endorsement of what put’s the Great in Britain.”

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: lancaster radio dambusters #135773

    Be a laugh as to how they airbrush the codeword for a breach of the Mohne Dam from history, if they ever do the film’s re-make!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Wadi Fookem, May 1941… #135730

    I’ve mended Piper Potting’s frock!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Wadi Fookem, May 1941… #135674

    Just found out mi’ Bageeper’s got the wrong frock on!!!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Wadi Fookem, May 1941… #135661

    And so you shall Jack…

    seeing as your KG Klink campaign was a major inspiration in getting the Desert Rats and those jolly spiffing German chappies of the DAK into action.

     

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Wadi Fookem, May 1941… #135654

    Sorry Mike, it won’t happen again… kind of spoils the effect I’m aiming for though. Funny you don’t mention my denigration/racism against the Scots though mate, innit?

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Wadi Fookem, May 1941… #135640

    Serpently is old bean, chiseled jawed working class Tommies lead by amiable old upper class duffers, giving it large to the thick bull necked Teutons!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: KG Klink in Greece, Fight #4 #134566

    Harry –  My only question is… Where the hell have ya been!!!??? 😉

    Thanks to KG Klink…

    “By Jove, I finally think I’ve got it!!!”

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: KG Klink in Greece, Fight #4 #134561

    Jack, this is one of the most inspirational threads I’ve read. Due to moving house I’ve lost my regular wargaming cronies and have spent a year playing solo, finding it a very poor substitute for ‘proper’ wargaming. But now, thanks to your good self, I think I’ve finally sussed this solo gaming lark!

    I’m going to get my early Desert Rats Infantry Platoon finished and then follow it up the blue. I’ll make a Platoon roster and see wot fate has in store for them as they first meet, and take on, the Afrika Korps…

    thanks for the inspiration.

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Monsewer, put those on… #134331

    Yes please Mike.

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    I’ve just run a remote WW1 game with four players, it was utterly exhausting!

    You poor sausage, and here’s me thinking a 12 shift in’t rolling mill was a tad wearying!!!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Campaign in Greece using Chain of Command #1 #134018

    Now that’s how to write an AAR, great stuff Jack, just like reading a novel!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: Trying to get to the bottom of this Viking? #133939

    In the lands of the North, where the Black Rocks stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night that is very long the Men of the Northlands sit by their great log fires and they tell a tale… of Noggin the Nob.

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: A hunting we will go! #133787

    Yes, but the question is, if all life on earth has been extinct for centuries…

    who built them haystacks!!!???

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    in reply to: A tale of two tank platoons #133747

    If I was in a foxhole with a Bren and saw a tank crew bale out I’d probably give ’em a burst. If I spotted a tank crew re-mounting said tank I’d give ’em a full magazine.

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

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