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Sidney Roundwood09 Jul 2012 9:59 a.m. PST

I've posted an AAR on my blog from the participation games put on by TooFatLardies using the "Through the Mud and the Blood" rules at the (excellent) Wargames South show at Bovington this weekend. The games focuses the Britsh attempts to break into the Hindenburg/ Drocourt-Queant Line in September 1918. Here's the link:


A huge thank you to everyone who came by over the weekend to say hello, chat, share ideas for games and wargaming, and of course who played the game. It was fantastic to meet you all. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did!



The smoke-blurry and gas-smeared eyes could hardly pick them out. The dense smoke of the shelling and the fire from the burning village made the task even harder. The ears could not register them above the constant drone and whine of the "Big Ack" FK8 contact patrol aircraft flying above the main defences of the Hindenberg Line seeking their prey.

From all of their impaired and battered senses, the German defenders of Etaing first felt the arrival of "B" Battalion of the Tank Corps in Etaing on a damp September morning in 1918. A deep, very low, seismic, dull rumble of the earth. A cup of ersatz coffee shaking on an ammunition box. Shivers of soil falling from a leaking sandbag. Long before they were seen or heard, the tanks were felt on the front trench of the Dorcourt-Queant Line.



mbsparta Inactive Member09 Jul 2012 10:04 a.m. PST

Wow!! Fantastic work

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Jul 2012 10:08 a.m. PST

I agree with Mike. That looks gorgeous. I need to get back to my WWI stuff.

Oddball09 Jul 2012 10:27 a.m. PST

Great looking board and figures. Love the camo on the field gun.

clifblkskull Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2012 12:36 p.m. PST


boy wundyr x Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2012 12:49 p.m. PST

I love the basing on the figures too, and ditto what Oddball said, that is great camo on the gun – although it seems to be disguising the gun as a crewman (or vice versa).

I need to get back to my WWI too.

Jovian1 Inactive Member09 Jul 2012 2:42 p.m. PST

I hate seeing pictures like this, because it makes me WANT to start another period, which I really won't have time for! Excellent work, the terrain and figures are simply amazing! Thanks for sharing – and if you are going to run a game at a convention, I would happily join in that fun!

Tacitus09 Jul 2012 3:10 p.m. PST

Where's the dairy queen stuff?

Tacitus09 Jul 2012 3:11 p.m. PST

Incredible work, though!

deephorse09 Jul 2012 11:49 p.m. PST

I wish I'd never seen this! Great work.

hohoho Inactive Member10 Jul 2012 2:59 a.m. PST

Lovely stuff. WW1's never had much appeal to me until I saw this, now I'm wondering about it's possibilities. Thanks.

Sidney Roundwood12 Jul 2012 6:43 a.m. PST

Thank you for the very kind comments, everyone. They are very much appreciated. More to come from the Great War from me a little later in the year. Until then, thanks again!

Sidney Roundwood16 Aug 2012 4:28 a.m. PST

I've now also got round to posting the full scenario for the game (including orders of battle, briefings and special rules) on my blog:


Hope you find it helpful. Thanks again!

wehrmacht24 Aug 2012 9:07 a.m. PST


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