I'd been looking for a set of rules that would go for that conflict since I had figures in 15mm for it. The variety of fighting groups lend themselves to a varied game. (Royal Irish Constabulary, Black-and-Tans, Auxiliaries, Army, and IRA) So last Saturday, I set up a game and refereed the table. Kevin and Bear played. We all agreed that it was a game and nothing political would come up. The men were good to their word! (I never doubted it.) Kevin started with a small force of Royal Irish Constabulary "Auxiliaries", historically a rather bloody-handed group. They would be reinforced at a later turn by a force of British Army regulars. Bear ran two sections of IRA fighters. Both sides had missions to fulfill. The "Auxies" were to arrest the parish priest, a known IRA informant, while the IRA were to retrieve some information held in the local pub. Other than that, both sides were to engage the opposite side if possible and if necessary.
Kevin's force of "Auxies" was 6 troopers and an officer in a small truck accompanied by a Rolls-Royce armoured car. Bear had two section of "Volunteers", one almost twice the size of the other. All figures were armed with rifles except the offices and drivers who had pistols and one IRA man with a shotgun. The army's section was ten men in a large truck with the officer in a small truck. The army included a Lewis LMG and the armoured car had an HMG. The rules cover the movement of civilians so I handled them... since there was a wedding going on in the village church!
|Ah, the wedding!|
|The town with the proverbial "pub on the crossroads"|
"But there's nothing that's squeezed from the grape or the hop
Like the black liquidation with the froth on the top."
|the wooded hill just beyond the village. The IRA began their moves there.|
In this photo, Bear has already begun his advance.
|Moving too quickly for the camera to catch properly, |
the armoured car with the Auxiliary's officer moves toward town
(From the Minifigs WWI Range)
|The small truck (a "tender"?) with a token trooper aboard to show it's occupied.|
(vehicle and trooper from the Minifigs's WWI range)
|The wedding party scatters... including the pub keeper who can be seen in the right foreground.|
(Figs by Minifigs, Martian Metals, Essex, and a company I can't remember.)
|The armoured car pushes on.|
|Part of Bear's Flying Column does and end run around the village's houses toward the pub.|
The IRA figures are from Minifigs' Boer War and Old West ranges,
Old Glory ACW range, and an SCW range.
|"Ye can't shoot at what ye can't see."|
The HMG in the armoured car opened up on the IRA group across the field.
|The right hand section of the Flying Column takes up a position in the small copse of light woods.|
They were soon seen by the armoured car and fired on, causing no casualties but making some nervous.
|The Auxiliaries dismount. They are NOT shooting the driver.|
|"Quietly, boys, lest we attract the attention of that steel beast!"|
|Using cover with some advantage so they could reach the pub.|
|The army's command car - a small gem from Minifigs WWI range|
|This truck is from a range of early 20th Century model railroading track-side vehicles.|
I can't remember the maker but it has just the right look!
|The IRA sets up for the firefight.|
The rules say terrain blocks LOS, but figures can fire from the edge.
|The Lewis Gun team.|
When a Lewis Gun is the second most powerful weapon on the table, it IS a low level skirmish game!
|The kilted officer dismounts to do command things.|
|As the truck moved through town, the men aboard took fire and be came "nervous" - hence the "N" chips.|
"Nervous" troops may move or fire, but not both.
"Scared" can do nothing but hug dirt or possibly retreat to serious cover.
|The Lewis Gun made the "Boyos" nervous... including their officer (third from the left)|
|Now one of the troops aboard is "scared", so he'd hunker down behind the cover of the truck wall.|
They were taking fire from Bear's right hand section in some of the houses.
|The armoured car knocks on the church door.|
|With Fr. Murphy packed into the truck, the convoy began to leave the town.|
Some of the IRA in the village are violently opposed to having the priest arrested.
The Lewis Gun is now behind the stone wall next to the church.
|This is how the now-all-portered-up Auxies saw the world - all a bit blurred.|
|"Bear" drives off the small command car - the spoils of war!|
Monday was Thanksgiving here in Canada. We had our feast on Sunday and had hot turkey sandwiches on Monday (as well as apple pie and pumpkin pie) AND Chicago Mix popcorn during the D&D game Beth DM'd. (Chicago Mix is cheese popcorn and carmel corn together - delicious and addictive!) A good game and a good way to celebrate the holiday with some friends!
|the small party - figures for Katie, Nia, Jesse, Robb, and myself.|
|Nia's Dragon-born character (unknown manufacturer)|
|A werebear Beth used to assist our defeat of the Bullettes|
(a Reaper "Bones" figure)
|Katie cuddles her younger cat, Maeve, who was moderately interested in the game, |
but was quite interested in the Chicago Mix!