Peaceful South Staffs. A view looking towards Wolverhampton
Pendeford Farm in the foreground, the River Penk on the left.
The game was played out using Bolt Action rules over ten turns. We like the rules very much for their deceptive simplicity, ease of play and the unpredictable nature of the game turn using the Action Dice. Jon commanded the forces loyal to the Moseley Government and I commanded the forces of the Opposition. The Government's force must enter from the road on the table left while the local opposition force are deployed beyond the line of the north-south road, Pendeford Mill Lane. There were no more than 40 figures and a tank with assorted vehicles, MMGs and a mortar on either side and the game lasted the full ten turns, being only decided right at the death, but that's getting ahead of myself ~
|5th Battalion the South Staffordshire Regiment en route to the Front|
|The Boulton-Paul Workers Cooperative leaves the pub for the Front|
|Local Anglican League militia leave a prayer meeting for action|
A few atmospheric shots first to warm you up for the action, with the final picture showing the defensive positions and the developing attack. The Government's forces will score a Tactical Victory if they hold the bridge and have fewer losses than their opponents at the end of turn 10, but a Strategic Victory if they enter the outskirts of Wolverhampton. Now, the action unfolds before us ~
|BUF fanatics lead the assault on Penk Bridge.|
They are supported by the Express & Star Rifles and Tettenhall's Swindley's Own.
|Elements of the Bilston BUF's 'Steel Division'|
|The Three Tuns Invincibles under mortar attack at the strategic crossroads.|
The attack develops steadily and the local militia units find themselves under heavy attack as Swindley's Own, supported by the BUF squad cross the bridge under heavy fire ~
|Under heavy fire Government loyalists rush the bridge.|
|While the 'gentlemen' of Tettenhall are distracted by the chance of a pork dinner!|
|A squad from the KoSLI steel themselves for the assault.|
Soon the crossroads is in the Government's hands as the bridge over the River Penk is secured and the defending militia units destroyed after a hard fight ~
|BUF troops try to outflank the defenders.|
|A volunteer ambulance rushes mounting casualties away to safety.|
|The South Stafford's Smith gun knocks out the enemy tank!|
The odds were mounting on a successful assault by Government forces as we reached the final turn of the game despite the South Staffords still grimly holding the outskirts of Wolverhampton! The Smith gun is knocked out and its crew killed while a total of nine pin markers are loaded on the South Staffords, who fail their morale check and finally flee their position leaving the Government to claim a significant victory and a foothold on the outskirts of Wolverhampton ~
A close fought game where, despite being outnumbered and out classed, the Opposition forces gave the Government's men a stern test. Despite the defeat they are not down hearted as they regroup for the next phase of the campaign. Wolverhampton shall rise again ~ 'Out of Darkness Cometh Light'!