Posts by Author: Bill Hamilton

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July, August, September and October 2021

Saturday October 2, 2021–10am

Location: Jay Stribling's Home

Scale: 20mm

Title: Flogging the Assyrians

Rules: Pharaoh Rides to War

Game Master: Jay Stribling

Notes:The game will used Eric Teuber's old (30+ years old) 20mm armies of  Egypt and Assyrians.

Saturday October 16–10am

Location: Fondren Presbyterian Church Library

Scale: 25mm

Title:Russo-Japanese war

Rules: I can not remember the name of the rules, but they are the same ones that we used in his last RJW game.

Game Master: Steve Haller

Notes: This game will use Steve's"True 25mm"RJW armies.

Saturday October 30

Location: Alex Kirk's home in Forest Ms

Scale: 6mm

Title: WWII Armor game

Rules: Memoir 44 rules from the Board game of the same name.

Game master: Alex Kirk

Notes: A fun game in Alex's splendid"Wargamer's man Cave"

Saturday September 18–10am

Location:Jay Stribling's Home

Scale: 25mm

Title:  Cavalry Action on the Way to Leipzig

Rules: To the Sound of the Guns

Game Master: Jim Pitts

Setting:    A meeting engagement somewhere south of ParisAs the allied Armies of the North and of Silesia advance south towards Leipzig, part of the cavalry of the Grande Armee attempts to halt their advance cavalry force.

Notes:Specific cavalry oriented play sheets will be available.A light lunch will be provided

Saturday September 4–10am

Location:Strawberry Patch Park in Madison (smaller yellow house behind larger one at 7574 Old Canton Rd. across from MRA athletic field)

Scale: 25mm

Title: The battle of Eutaw Springs

Rules: Whites of Their Eyes

Game Master: Steve Haller

Notes:  This was the last large battle in the Carolinas during the American Revolution.  There will be  250 BritishLoyalist figures facing an attack by 300 Americans from Steve’s 25mm collection.

SATURDAY August 7 – 10am

Location:Jay Stribling's Home MAP—


Title: The battle of Perryville 1962

Rules:For this battle in the American Civil War we will use Larry Brom's"ACW rules"

Game Master: Larry Reeves

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SATURDAY August 21 – 10am

Location:Fondren Presbyterian Church Library


Title:  Tanks, Tanks, and More Tanks! The Battle of Prokhorovka, July 1943

Rules:Memoir 44‘Overlord'(Epic)

Game Masters: Jim Pitts and Jay Stribling

Notes:  This will be quite a large game.   The tank battle of Prokhorovka was a clash between two immense armored forces. As the SS Panzer Corps started its advance, the Soviet artillery erupted and soon after the 5th Guards Tank Army under Gen. Pavel Rotmistrov accelerated toward the German advance. Rotmistrov's plan was to close quickly to negate the advantage held by the longer range German tanks.The fighting became a swirling melee and soon the battlefield was littered with the shattered remains of smoking armor. Losses on both sides were enormous. Combined, over 700 tanks were lost and because the battlefield remained in Soviet control the Germans could not recover and repair their losses.

Notes on the Location:We are finally getting to return to my church for a club game.But there are a couple of considerations for attending—If you are fully vaccinated, you are encouraged to wear a mask; if you are not fully vaccinated, you must wear a mask.These are not my directions, but those of the Session of the church.As an officer of the church, I must insist that these considerations be followed, especially the latter one.Right now with the proliferation of the Delta variant among the unvaccinated, we must all be especially careful.

There will also be some members of the church there preparing the Meals on Wheels in the Fellowship Hall.If the front door is locked, please call my cell phone (769-226-5754) and someone will come let you in.If the door is unlocked, please walk all the way down the hall, take a quick right then left, and continue down to the library at the end of that hall.

Jim Pitts

SATURDAY July 3 – 10am

Location:Jay Stribling’s house MAP—


Title: The battle of Quinby Bridge and Plantation.

Rules:We will use Larry Brom's The Sword and the Flame rules.

Game Master: Jay Stribling standing in for Steve Haller

A light lunch will be provided so that we will lose less time.

SATURDAYJuly 17 – 10am

Location:Jay Stribling’s house MAP—


Title: Rage among the mercenaries

Rules:Renaissance Rules by Dave Tuck

Scenario: various bands of mercenary Condottiere soldiers fight in Italy to advance the cause of France or Spain.  Set in the 1500s, this is the period of the most colorful armies of all time.

Game Master: Jay Stribling

A light lunch will be provided so that we will lose less time.

The Battle of Moriarty’s Tavern

We fought a "Murican Revolution" game in 25mm on July 4, 2015.  It seemed appropriate somehow.  I am going to pop up some photos for your amusement, and then follow with commentary a bit later.

Russ Schnieder, one of the British commanders, looking a bit skeptical as the game begins.

Jim Pitts, one of the Patriot commanders (along with his son Sean Pitts) hurries newly-arrived reinforcements into the battle.

The action begins!

More troops are involved.

Russ, along with his fellow Royalist commander Ed Sansing are in action.

A view down the battlefield later in the game.

The surviving British and loyalist cavalrymen go "view-hallooing" along after being withdrawn from the British right and sent along a safe path to the left.  General Schneider wisely kept them out of range after an initial blooding.

The colored plastic rings indicate the units' morale state.  A yellow ring shows a morale state of 4 (the best), a Blue would indicate a morale state of 3, a Green ring would show a morale state of 2, while a Red ring would be a morale marker for a morale point of 1–the worst!

A view of the battlefield before the battle began.  Photo by Jim Pitts

A view of one of our regiments.  Each is composed of six stands of 3 figures each.  While real-life British or Patriot units varied wildly in size, ours are the same size, for easy identification of current strength as opposed to starting strength. Photo by Jim Pitts.

Patriot dragoons attack the British lines  on the right flank of the Rebel lines.  Sean Pitts launched this attack in an attempt to slow down the enemy advance, which it did, but at the cost of most of the Rebel mounted troops. Photo by Jim Pitts.

Photo by Jim Pitts.

A patriot unit milling about in confusion having fallen back in rout due to British volleys.  The tag on the unit shows that previously it had gone low on ammunition.  Cute markers instead of clumsy labels to show low ammo or loss of officers are just around the corner–and have been for years! Photo by Jim Pitts.

Photo by Jim Pitts.

This Pennsylvania regiment has fallen back out of the Holmes Farm with the prisoner, who had been the object of the search by both armies.  The British had been trying to "rescue that brave man" while the Patriots had been trying to "Get that prisoner to headquarters before the Militia do something stupid".  Photo by Jim Pitts.

Photo by Jim Pitts.

The Rebel right flank, under the command of Sean Pitts, at the end of the battle.  They had severely attrited the British left, and were bending it back, but it never quite broke.  The Patriot center and left, HAD broken however.  The Patriot army was in poor shape (Major Morale) and was leaking units to the rear.  Photo by Jim Pitts.

The Rebels had their prisoner, but they lost on points with 8 (5 of them for the prisoner) to the British 10 points, all from inflicting casualties on the Rebels.

Thee will be a bit more text to be added to this report.

The Battle of the Alma

On Saturday June 30, 2015, the Jackson Gamers refought the battle of the Alma.  This was the first action in the Crimean War, on September 20, 1854.  The allies (Britain and France) had landed north of their objective, the Russian city of Sebastopol on the Crimean peninsula in the Black sea. They then marched around the city to attack it from the south.

The high ground beyond the river Alma was where the Russian army made its stand.  We took as the basis for this game an older SPI "Quad" game published 30 years ago. This board game contains four battles, including The Alma, Balaclava, Inkerman and Tchernaya River.

John Murdaugh, commanding the French 3rd Division and the British 3rd Division, considers the battlefield.  The troops that we used were part of Jay Stribling's 15mm Crimean War army, placed on enlarged versions of the board game counters.

Some of the Russian defenders, under the command of Prince Menshikov (Jay Stribling) await the allied onslaught.  Because of the difficulties that the allies had with the crossing of the Alma river, the French army was unable to cross for the first two turns of the game.  This is a carry-over from the board game rules.

The French army, lead by Zouave regiments has finally gotten itself in gear and has crossed the river.  The French 1st, 2nd and 4th divisions were commanded by Phil Young.

The Russian defenders await the French onslaught.  Jay Stribling commanded the Russians on the left and Ed Sansing commanded the Czar's troops on the right side of the battlefield.

Telegraph hill (named for an incomplete semaphore telegraph tower that was on it) has been occupied by British and French in this image, take about half-way through the game.  The British battalions consist of two infantry bases on a "stand" with a pinkish label containing movement, morale, and combat information, taken from the boardgame.  The French battalions have blue labels.  Note the red rings on two of the British units, showing that they are disrupted, halving their fire and melee factors.

On the Russian right, the first of two defensive worksthe great redoubthas been overrun by the British after a prolonged defense.  General Sansing attempted to recapture the work, alas to no avail.  The British and French units had a much greater fire effect than the Russian battalions, but the Russians had a higher hand-to-hand combat value.

The village of Bourliuk which was stuffed with straw and set ablaze by the Russians in an attempt to deny the allies shelter and to slow their passage of the river Alma.

Another view of the French battalions on their extreme right, attempting to turn the Russian left.  By this time, the Russians were withdrawing slowly with occasional bayonet counter-attacks.  The Russian army's morale that grown shaky with units being lost, and every turn, to avoid a loss of victory points, they had to withdraw to battalions off the table edge to the rear.

On the Russian right, the lesser redoubt has also fallen to the British, under the command of Sean Pitts.  The surviving Russian defenders have retreated out of the image of the camera.

So, who won this battle?  It was closer than it seemed at the time.  The Allies destroyed 8 Russian units, while losing 7 of their own.  The Russians still had their road-exit to the rear, but had lost one Victory point on turn 7 for not being in a position to withdraw two battalions as their army morale broke.  So, the Allies had 8 victory points, and the Russians had 7.  An allied victory!  The war would continue, with thousands upon thousands of soldiers dying, mainly of disease.

Here is a photo of the boardgame that Jay Stribling stole (was inspired by) the game mechandisms, map and order of battle. Actually the allies should have had 10 more units, but we did not have enough infantry stands to create them–not that they needed them.

The Little-Known Battle

Did you know that there was a small invasion of Britain in 1941 by elements of the German Army and Air Force?  Well neither did the Jackson Gamers till I ran this game on December 5, 2014.  The Germans fielded five units (7-9 figures each) of Fallshirmjaegers and two units of infantry. There were also supporting units such as an 81mm. mortar and two tripod mounted machine guns.

Jay Stribling (your humble correspondent) set up the game, at his home, and wrote the rules, which are an unpublished variant for Larry Brom's The Sword and the Flame colonial rules.  We call this variant Right in your face! after the old Spike Jones song.

The troops are 28mm figures from a variety of makers.  They are owned and painted by Jim Pitts, Mark Stevens and Jay Stribling.

This shows part of Phil Young's command, German Paratroopers, behind a hedge while the British home guard under the command of Larry Cole rush the same hedge.  Unfortunately Phil was able to fire before Larry (first fire card drawn was a German one) and cut down many of these sturdy older soldiers.

A long view from the North side of the table showing the bloody slaughter of the home guards (under Larry Cole's command) by the German Fallshirmjaeger led by Phil Young.  Photo by Jim Pitts.

This shows "The Machine Shop" after Jim Pitts had moved British Infantry into it.  The British had eight units similar in size to the German ones.  Three were home guard, two were infantry, and three were pararoopers.  There were also supporting weapons such as two 3-inch morars and two heavy machine guns.

The machine shop and the area around it, full of scrap metal and junk gave excellent cover.  The open space just to the south of it looked like it would be a killing zone to both sides so Jim did not progress beyond the machine shop and his opponent in this area, Russ Schneider did not advance into it either.

The young lady on the bicycle is a "non-player character" that various gamers moved around the game table at their whim.  She was apparently unaffected by the whizzing bullets as she cycled about!  The figure is one of a set made by the Foundry some time past.  We used a number of these in the game.  They are owned by Mark Stevens and were painted years ago by the late Andrew Doyle.

Jim Pitts (left) and Larry Cole (right) discuss important matters, such as why Larry'forces, all home guard, were getting shot to pieces by the German paratroopers.

This image shows "The House" and the tiled roof of "The Villa".  The German paratroopers behind the wall were part of Russ Schneider's command and they traded long distance fire with Jim Pitts' British infantry across the way in "The Foundry".

Each structure on the game table was a possible source of victory points, but the players did not know what the "value" of each one was. Here is the game-master's list:

  • "The Bridge" is a lovely ancient thing, but it is not worth any victory points.
  • "The Barn" hides a group of Luftwaffe aircrew, with weapons.  They were shot down days ago and are spoiling for a fight.  They can be added to the German order of battle.  Occupation of the structure itself gives no victory points.
  • "The Machine Shop" has been making prototypes of new Wonder-weapons.  (If any of them work it will be a wonder!)  Occupation of the Machine shop is worth 15 victory points.
  • "The Ruined Church" has valuable documents hidden in the crypt.  Occupation is worth 5 victory points.
  • "The Villa" contains the Mistress of Major-General Bumpf, her little doggie Fritz, and the General’s papers.   Occupation of the Villa is worth 10 victory points.
  • "The House" has been used to billet technicians. Occupation of the house is worth 5 victory points.
  • "The Apartment Building" has been used to billet troops.  Various papers, possibly useful to military intelligence are there.  It is worth 5 victory points.
  • "The Tower" contains refugee nuns of the Order of The little sisters of 7.9mm. Mauser.  They are armed and will fire on  the first side to try to enter the tower.  The tower itself contains weapons and ammunition and is worth 10 points.
  • In addition, each dead or wounded enemy soldier is worth 1 victory point.

This shows the area around "The Machine Shop" occupied by British Infantry.  From here they shot at long range at the Germans occupying the courtyard around "The House" and "The Villa" and received fire from their opponents.  There was little effect on either side.

"The Ruined Church" has been occupied by a party of the home guard under Larry Cole.  The vicar who appeared to them there is probably a ghostly presence, but that did not matter to Larry's men!

The pig sty of "the Keep" occupied by Alec Kirk's paratroopers.  Apparently the armed Nuns in "The Keep" did not care if men occupied the pig pen.  Alec's men fired at and were fired upon by German Paratroopers under the command of Sean Pitts.  There were a number of casualties on both sides from this fire.

These are the positions occupied by Sean Pitts'German paratroopers firing at Alex across the way. "The Barn" can be seen in the background.  Sean did not occupy "the Barn" so its German Luftwaffe occupants did not emerge to join the fight.

Alex in a pensive mood.  This is after the armed nuns had rebuffed his attempted entry into the "tower".  These were the "Little sisters of 7.9mm. Mauser" and as an armed sisterhood, would fire on any group of males attempting to enter the structure.  When the leader of the unit was wounded, Alex withdrew, never testing the close combat ability of the armed women.

This photo by Jim Pitts is a better view of Alex's British Paras and their German Opponents.  Again, "The Barn" is in the background.

Sean has moved German Paratroopers around to the west, in a successful attempt to outflank part of Alex's Paras.  Alex responded by rushing forward to close the range.  He suffered from the crossfire of the two units of Fallshirmjaegers but he also inflicted substantial casualties on the flanking force.  Photo by Jim Pitts.

The figures shown lying down are wounded.  The figure with the yellow ring is a leader.  Figures with red rings are "pinned".

Here is one last photo of "The Machine Shop" taken by Jim Pitts, showing his forces in occupation.  In the background, Jim has a 3-inch mortar in operation.  Note that the female cyclist is heading for a (hopefully) quiet patch of woods.

So, who won this game?  After totaling up the points for occupation of various structures and those for killed and wounded enemy troops, each side ended up with 27 points!  A draw was declared and we watched part of Ian McKellen's Richard III and had hot dogs and chips for lunch, suitably polished off by a fine cake, baked by Larry Cole.