Battlegroup Market Garden Weekend at Deeside Defenders

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Fire-at-Will
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Battlegroup Market Garden Weekend at Deeside Defenders

Post by Fire-at-Will » Tue May 15, 2018 7:47 am

Fought over the weekend at the Airbus Sports & Social club on Deeside. Friday afternoon was spent setting up the terrain for the game and here it is from South (just beyond Eindhoven) to North (Arnhem). Note a few more buildings were added early on Saturday

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Veghel
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US airborne landing zone (spot the crashed glider)
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Horrible swampy group
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Waal bridge and canal
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Arnhem
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I was quite involved with my games, so only a few pictures of the games in progress and other bits and pieces that caught my eye.

Fighting in Veghel
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British Paras fighting in the swampy ground (My paras fighting on a Lend Lease basis to Steve B from the club)
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XXX Corps in action
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Sami's (from Finland) panthers in action
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Paras hunting down German armour in Arnhem
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I didn't take any pictures of my first game(??), but here's the secoond
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A bridge too far! a Brummbar destroyed one of my canal bridges, but luckily I had built a wrecked one.
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Some pictures of those very nice paper and foamcore buildings seen in the Battlegroup. Still not convinced that they are robust enough for "normal" wargames use
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Day 1 ended wit the Allied players marginally ahead by +3 points. For my games with the US airborne I marginally won the recce scenario in the morning, but then marginally lost the flanking attack in the afternoon. It had been quite an intense day and no chance to look properly at what was going on on the other tables, even the adjacent ones.

Day 2 saw my US airborne in defence of Veghel so here's a picture after my deployment
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Things then went rapidly downhill as I was immediately intensively pounded by artillery an lost my single AT gun, which I was hoping to cover the bridge. From then on it was a hold at all costs and by the end I had just managed it. So I managed a marginal win, while the Allies as a whole did badly with the overall score being -4 in the Germans favour so winning them the campaign. So it was again a bridge too far!

Thanks to my opponents Steve, Graham and Guys who were a pleasure to play against.
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Re: Battlegroup Market Garden Weekend at Deeside Defenders

Post by Richard B. » Tue May 15, 2018 8:49 am

Wonderful looking tables and great kit and terrain on display - thanks for posting Will :D
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Re: Battlegroup Market Garden Weekend at Deeside Defenders

Post by dadlamassu » Tue May 15, 2018 6:50 pm

Looks like a splendid game and terrain. Thanks for sharing
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Re: Battlegroup Market Garden Weekend at Deeside Defenders

Post by CarlL » Tue May 15, 2018 7:00 pm

Fire-At-Will,
Great photo report! So many tables... wow!
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Re: Battlegroup Market Garden Weekend at Deeside Defenders

Post by cartfc » Wed May 16, 2018 11:39 pm

Fantastic setup. Looks like a great weekends gaming.

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