Hellfire Pass

November 23rd, 2008

Our first clash in the Memoir '44 Mediterranean Theater battles went down last night.  While I don't own a copy of the game, I have enough kit to start a desert war of my own!  Everything in 3D of course.

I started as the Afrika Korps set up in a nice defensive in the pass.  Borrowed 88's from Tide of Iron's Days of the Fox worked nicely to augment the new SWA rules for AT guns.  They look menacing!  I used some Attack! figures for the Italians.  My British are the Revell 8th Army 1:72 scale figs.  And of course, I painted up the DAK in their desert colors (quick and easy method).  I fashioned the Ergs & Ridges out of foam and barring a minor paint accident, they worked very well and were visually quite effective.

Alas, all of my efforts were for naught.  The Brits smashed through on a flank and had a devastating Air Power strike which broke open the Afrika Korps and 2 Matildas exited the board. British Bert - 6 medals to Brummbär's Korps - 4 medals.

The flip didn't fare much better for me as the British.  While it did come down to 'the next medal wins' my luck simply ran out and the Axis guns were too well positioned for my breakout to occur.  Lisa's Korps - 6 medals to Mac's Brits - 5 medals.

This was a fun and challenging scenario from both sides and a great introduction to the Mediterranean Theater.  Stay tuned for more updates.

Memoir ‘44 Reference - Tanks Alot

November 12th, 2008

Ive been going through a list of Memoir 44 scenarios, and just looking at each real life encounter of the battle. Makes some interesting reading while I am not able to play :) One of my favorite things about playing memoir is the history, and understanding the circumstances involved in a particular battle. What were the goals, and problem each side faced?

Here is a list of some light quick reading I've compiled. I hope you enjoy!
Tanks Alot

Memoir '44 Scenario Reference

Rememberance Day

November 11th, 2008

Please take a moment today to remember all those who sacrificed.

Painting the Afrika Korps

November 4th, 2008

Painting the Axis (German) tanks that come with a base set of Memoir '44 is your best bet for the opponent forces to the British in the Mediterranean Theater expansion that is out now from Days of Wonder.  Fortunately there isn't even a stretch of the imagination here as the PzKw- IVf2 is very similar to the tank available in plenty with the base M'44 game.  The only color you may need to get is Sandgelb from your local hobby store.

The Bishops

October 29th, 2008

Mac and Bert are the names of these two British 25pdr. self-propelled artillery known as Bishops. These figures are ideal as 'mobile artillery' for the Memoir '44 Mediterranean Front expansion and I'll be sure to figure out some stats to work them into the Tide of Iron, Days of the Fox expansion. Weakly armoured but packing a 25pdr. punch, these are sure to be good infantry support!

Painted Desert - Part II

October 19th, 2008

Now that the tanks have been painted the markings go on.  No need to track down expensive decals, British tank markings are relatively easy.  The main marking is the 8th army symbol that is a broad white band with a thinner red stripe (see above).  This goes on the side of the turret and/or along the sand guard just above the tracks.  The other marking is the Desert Rats emblem.  Put one on the back as well if you like