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Modern Era

In September we had healthy turnout at the club in terms of numbers and games played. This report is from one of the meetings where an interesting mix of games were played and indicative of the periods that we play.

28mm Sudan game

A spectacular looking game put on by Roundie to introduce Rob to the wonderful world of Colonial gaming using The Sword and The Flame (TSATF)  rules. The game used Roundies 28mm Perry Sudan figures and his homemade terrain boards. The Colonial side has a nice mix of Eyptians, British Redcoats and the Naval brigade, vs a hoard of Dervishes and Fuzzy Wuzzies.

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Here’s a round-up of the action at the first meeting in March at the Auckland Wargaming Club. Another good turnout with 5 games played and a diverse range of games and scales being played.

28mm DBR game

A large battle between the Holy Roman Empire and the French, in Spain in 1521AD with a narrow victory to the Empire. This game was played between John and Grant with some great looking looking figures. John’s baggage (painted by Andrew Hunter) was very nicely done but someone forgot to flock all their figure bases! Continue reading

Combat Tanks MagazineCombat Tanks Collection Magazine from the UK is now available here in NZ – you can subscribe on line or pick it up from Whitcoulls or similar book stores. Each issue includes a 1/72nd Scale Die-Cast Model similar to those produced by Dragon Armor; Forces of Valor; and similar. The magazine covers World War II and more Modern Vehicles. This is a great way to get some good quality models for Wargaming World War II & Modern conflicts in 1/72nd (20mm) scale. Issues cost NZ$19.95 each so you get the model for half or less what a Dragon Armor or FoV model would cost; albeit the models aren’t quite the same quality as the latter 2 manufacturers (e.g. no weathering effects). The publication has been running for about 24 months in the UK and over 12 months in Australia with 2 issues normally coming out each month. The following is an approximate list of what models have in been each issue in the UK…

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Saints & SoldiersSaints & Soldiers – Ardennes/Battle of the Bulge – Based on Historical Events – Story of 4 U.S. GI’s whose unit surrenders when cut off on the very first day or two of the German Offensive, but who then escape – in their efforts to elude the Germans and get back to friendly lines they encounter a shot down British reconnaissance pilot, who got a glimpse of the size of the German forces that were advancing before the weather closed in – he is desperate to get back to an HQ somewhere to report as no one may realise how large this attack is, etc… The G.I.’s agree to help him and with just 1 German 98K Rifle with a few bullets and the RAF Pilot’s Revolver (and little food) they strike out for the closest U.S. unit.

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AATB No.1Last year, 1995, the United States Marine Corps began trials of a modified LVTP7 amphibious APC with a rather interesting Power plant; A gas turbine-driven electric generator of some 750 thousand watts of power production. Electric current from this generator drives two engines on the tracks and two aquajet water drives, replacing the Diesel engine and standard Hamilton Jets. Even including the mass of the complex cooling fans required for the gas turbine, the weight is precisely the same as what has been removed, and in fact the situation for the engine now becomes more flexible; the lighter fuel storage system required has improved the performance of the vehicle by around ten percent in speed.

This is a vindication of the 1990 study by the US Department of Defence that predicted the day of the “ All-Electric Tank “ was within sight; An armoured fighting vehicle in which locomotion, weapons and defences are driven by electricity. This is not Sci-Fi, in the sense of ray-guns, but Science Fiction that becomes Science Fact, and it has some very interesting effects on wargaming.

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