Saturday, December 27, 2014


Having built Berlin for our 1945 Rapidfire game we decided to use the setting for a bit of pre-christmas fun with a Martian attack on the city in 1910.
The mighty supreme quadrapod - a tincast toy and yes it does move.....

Earthling steam walker explodes
Colin Jack provided the great bulk of the models.    The scenario was that the Martians had sent a punitive expedition to earth and they had targeted Berlin.  After bombarding the city from space they set up a space gate in the Tiergarten and were landing ground forces thru that to attack the city.   An alliance of European forces faced their attack.  We used the Bolt Action rules for the game with the most Powerful Martian quadrapod being rated as a Tiger I.  Since their earlier invasion you will see that they have added an extra leg to their larger walker designs.

Martian Quadrapod Mk IV and levy infantry

More steam armour falls victim to the supreme quadrapod - brave but fatal deployment
It was quite enjoyable playing the role of a Martian commanding the most powerful of their quadrapod walkers.  It’s heat cannon knocked out 3 of the earthling steam tanks.  This allowed the lighter Mark IV quadrapods to enter the city thru the Brandenburg Gate and begin attacking the remaining civilian population.  It was a fun, enjoyable and very silly game….

All my photos with descriptions on Flickr at

Bart has written a report at

Mark IV quadrapods stride thru the Brandenburg Gate preceded by a scout tripod

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


In November at  Hugh Wilson’s we completed a long term project which was a refight of our 20mm Rapidfire Berlin 1945 game.    We first played this game in my garage in 2008 but we decided that we needed to do more work on the game.  Over the years we obtained more large ruined buildings including a considerable number loaned by Kenny Thomson of Falkirk.  In addition Hugh improved the Tiergartern area by adding shell holes and all the shell blasted trees.  Colin Jack and I provided all the figures.  For this version I painted and based 40 extra Soviet and German vehicles to be used in the city area.  They included lots of heavy Soviet armour - IS2s, ISU152s and ISU122s.

View from the Tiergarten

Ruined city centre

Defenders look down on Soviet armour
The game is a race by 2 soviet armies, one starting at each end of the table for the honour of planting the red flag on the Brandenburg gate.  It took us 2 nights to play thru the game – in 15 turns the Soviets had broken all the German defenders including knocking out the mythical Maus.- but had not raise the red flag.
Panther engages IS2s

ISU152s batter the Tiergarten defences at close range
For more photos and descriptions see flickr at

The full OB is already on Bart Zynda’s blog at

Soviet heavy armour column winds thru a side street

Mythical Maus explodes - shot in the rear