Many thanks to everyone who came and chatted and took photos of our game. Our game was very well received by the Carronade audience.
Well... this is some pictures and a game report. But to begin... this is what we did prior to the big day...
As you can see its a big game. With lots of detail. The large building represents hall 6 at Stalingrad. Its a 2ft mdf kit which we completely reworked into 6 foot long, with additional entrances, new windows (3d printed), with 28mm sizes brick paper pasted onto the mdf walls. All scratch built. Trust were made for the roof. Then Russian WW2 posters, weathering, pipework, electrical wire runs etc. were all added to make it authentic.
Internally we 3d printed lathes, drill presses, turning machines and even toilets! Boilers were scratch built and roofs made from corrugated iron pictures scaled down and pasted onto cardboard (all cut edges were then painted rust). Brick scatter was made by cutting up thousands of matchsticks and then painting them. Chimneys are all pipes with papered scale brick. Some cut up to match the scene of Stalingrad. At this point I would also say that the book Island of Fire is a great reference source.
This picture below shows the level of detail we went to create the right look...with lathes and drilling machines on the right.and top left.
All vehicles and equipment were accurately represented (T34's, KV, 57mm anti tank guns, Ampulants (flamethrowers), Gaz trucks. For the Germans ...Pz4, Pz3, Sig33, Sig33a, Nebelwefer, Opel Blitz (+ a Maultier), Kubelwagen, Famo, Sdkfz7 etc.). Most are 3d printed. All troops are represented in the unforms of the period. Due to the scale we used about 120 Russians (120 casualities), 120 Germans a mix of Pioneers and Early war troops (120 casualities). All troops are on clear bases to blend into the mat/terrain.
So we packed up the lot and headed for Falkirk, Scotland...
The 6ft x 8ft playing board. Main hall (right), Power plant (just in front of the crane on left). Then on the left upper side some workers building. The Germans started on the left edge moving across to the right.
The power plant has a hopper and as you can see in the photo below we even made a grab for the crane.
The Germans started their attack from the crane end supported by two Sig33.
The Russian generals plan their defense (they are actually using a scale version of the actual Barikady area map).
German casualities being moved to a cart.
A good picture of the bricks !....made from matchsticks.
Above and Below...The quad maxim causes a .... well a bit of an impact. on advancing Germans.
This is a good photo of the overall board.
Below - You can see the troops in between lathes...
With HMG support and the large numbers the Russians fall.
The factory definitely looks the part here...
and this guy looks very calm in his vehicle!
Meanwhile its hand to hand at the entrance
Theres a lot of Germans pouring in...
It doesn't get any closer.
At the end of the day the toilet block below is the only ground held by the Russians!
It was a great game and I hope everyone enjoys the pictures...if you like it please leave a comment.