Friday, 27 March 2009

HITT German vs British - 1914

Well, here we go, our take on the 'Hordes in the Trenches' rules. The setting, Belgium 1914, the BEF is marching North & meets the Advance Guard of the German Army. The objective to take the crossroads, a mini 'Quatre Bras'.

To make things even, both sides had exactly the same element types. 2 Cavalry, 8 Rifles, 1 HMG & 1 Artillery. Each Rifle & HMG element being Company size, Cavalry a Squadron, Arty a Battery. Jack played the Germans & yours truly the British.

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Looking East across the Battlefield.

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The heroic the BEF advance rapidly.

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The Germans race for the crossroads too.

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The British HMG takes position at the Farm.

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PiPs are poor for Jack & the German Arty lags behind.

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Two companies of Scottish troops head to the British left flank.

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A British Rifle Company takes the crossroads & prepares for the German attack.

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AAhem.... The British Soldier & the Lee Enfield Rifle......
The Germans fall back.

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The British Guns deploy.... 'Ready Aim FIRE!!!!!'

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HA! HA! British Tommy vs Horrible Hun....

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Whoops... The British are sent packing!!
In HITT, units pursuit after winning melee combat.

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The poor Belgian farmer is having his day ruined....

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DAGGA DAGGA DAGGA - British HMG takes out some Germans.

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The German Cavalry race for the flank.

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OH NO!! The horrid Hun cuts down the tired British Rifle Company.

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Get Back! British firepower sends them reeling.

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Nice overview of the Battle at this point.

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BAH! The sneaky Hun tries to overrun the British Guns...
But they are forced back.

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The Cavalry forces engage, it would be back & forth for both sides.

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The HORRID HUN! German soldiers take pot shots at the pigs!
That's just not cricket Old Chap!

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Colonel Blimp leads his men forward, walking stick & all!

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Recoil Recoil Recoil

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Lots of open space on the British left.

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Another German casualty, though Jack lines up for another attack.

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Recoil Recoil Recoil

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Four versus Two, I like the match up!

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READY! AIM..........

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.....FIRE!!!!! The Hun is sent packing, 3 - 1 to the BEF.

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Overview at this point, the German line is buckling.

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It would be a lot tighter on this side of the battle.

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Jack pulls back his forces on this flank.

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The British HMG joins in the scrap.... DAGGA DAGGA DAGGA

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Up close to the fight.

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Leading the WAY!
Colonel Blimp gives the HUN a sound good thrashing.

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The BEF win the day, 4 -1.

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Final Positions, the German Advance is delayed.... For a short time!

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Three Cheers for the BEF... Hoorar! Hoorar! Hoorar!
A nice easy intro to Hordes in the Trenches, it went very well. PiPs were a bit of a killer though, as we had small groups all across the field. The game did flow & we both enjoyed it.
HITT is based on Hordes of the Things, the units we used today, Rifles = Shooters, HMG & Artillery = Artillery, Cavalry = Riders. Hopefully we'll get a few more unit types used in the next few games. Barrages = Gods, they need a 6 on the PiP dice to activate. Going to love to see how that one works!
I've really been struck by the First World War, fascinating but a very sad period of time in history. I've picked up a few copies of THE WAR ILLUSTRATED, which is collection of weekly newspaper reports from the First World War. Lots of pictures as well. Absolutely brilliant, if your interested in the period then I recommend them. I'll put up a few pics in future reports.

3 comments:

GrayMouser65 said...

Hello Mr. Farrow,

Thanks very much for posting your battle report and wonderful pictures of your HITT game. I'm the guy who modified HOTT into the HITT rules, so I was very pleased to see someone post a battle report. I'm very happy to hear that the game flowed well and that everyone had fun playing it. I've only played the game with a more "traditional" post-1916 trench assault scenario, so I was very happy to see that it played well with the more open battles associated with 1914 and early 1915. You had cavalry! That's great! I've not played a HITT game with cavalry yet!

Please keep playing and posting. I, for one, really enjoy reading these reports and looking at the great pictures. Feel free to post a link back to the Yahoo group if you wish for the other members so that they can visit as well.

Matt

mrfarrow2u said...

Cheers GrayMouser!

Yes, very nice set of rules. We will be playing a few more games based around the BEF. We've just got hold of some Skytrex Planes, so we'll be adding these to other games.

Hopefully we'll get a 1915/16 Western Front & a Palestine game played. All we need is that most precious commodity...TIME!!!

All the Best & keep tuning in, I'll try a post some pics on the YaHoo group.

Cheers
MrF

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