Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Clash In The 'Valley of the Kings'. (Part 2)

The Treborian 'Hussars of Excellence drive the Haraboan Lancers back once more .

But as the Lancers retire the Hussars come under fire from the Ferraro Rochain artillery - here we see the blast circle devise deployed to see who might be a casualty.

The Treborian artillery struggle with the boggy ground and are slow getting into position .

But when they do !

The effects are alarming ! . The new improved matchstick shells are a great improvement ! .

On the other flank the Ferraro Rochain reserve infantry face off the Alicia Dragoons who have dismounted and deployed in skirmish order .

The Ferraro Rochain artillery retire down the road covered by the Lancers .

The final positions of the troops . I had decided to play eight moves and it was a marginal victory to the Treborian forces . However reinforcements for both sides are moving up so hostilities may continue in the morning .

The Treborian Commander Gen. D' Laye  meets the English tourist party and promises his protection and to arrange transport for them , their 'steam coach' having been damaged in the action . We will follow the next phase of this action in the near future .

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Clash In The 'Valley of the Kings'. (Part 1)

The Treborian scouting force comprising of the Hussars of Excellence and a gun move towards the road leading to the disputed territory .

The force of Hariboan Lancers and artillery move down the road from Ferraro Rochai .

And in the middle is an English tourist party comprising of H.G. Wells his 'travelling companion' Polly Perkins , famed writer Oscar Wild and the eminent archaeologist Sir Mortimer Weeler , who are inspecting the temple of Jove whilst a small crowd of locals look on at the foreigners and their steam carriage .

At this point a 'Chance card' was drawn .

- and applied to the Treborian artillery ,  who are delayed for two moves due to getting stuck in the mud .

The cavalry forces move forward and deploy , the locals scatter and the English tourists take shelter in the temple.

The Tourist party - left front H.G. Wells , left rear Miss Perkins , centre Sir Mortimer Weeler , right Mr Oscar Wild .

The next two photos were actually taken as the cavalry melees in front of the temple by the quick thinking of the aforesaid Miss Perkins who had the presence of mind to use her 'Box Browning' camera .

Although of poor quality due to the rapid movement of the combatants these are some of the earliest true combat photographs taken and congratulations must go to the member of the fairer sex for having the courage to take these photos .

The Hariboan Lancers are driven back by the elite Treborian cavalry .

As they retire their supporting Ferraro Rochain artillery opens fire , but causes no casualties .

The second shot went completely wild and landed near the Treborian artillery , but again caused no casualties.

Reinforcements move onto the table - for the Treborians its the Alicia Dragoons who dismount and open fire on the Ferraro Rochain Reservist Infantry unit as it moves over the hill .

One of the problems with using matchstick firing cannons inside on the wargaming table is that the matches/shells have a tendency to bounce all over the place so I decided to add some 'Bluetack' to the matches to aid accuracy , I wonder what the Geneva Convention will say about this devilish weapon of destruction !? . Part 2 off the battle to follow ......

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Back To An Old Favorite .

I've been feeling somewhat jaded of late suffering the lingering after effects of 'Man Flu' and so out of sorts that I couldn't even be bothered to paint figures !!!!! . I thought of setting up a game but couldn't think of anything that appealed - then I thought ! - my 'Funny Little Wars' collection - just what the wargaming doctor ordered ! .

After a period of peace thanks to the Treaty of Paris, tensions are running high along the border of Treboria and Ferraro Rochai , recent archaeological discoveries have brought into question who actually owns the territory - 'The Valley Of The Kings' . Treboria has dispatched a cavalry patrol under Major D'Laye .

However Ferraro Rochai has also had the same idea and  Captain Ritza and the famed Hariboan Lancers are riding with great haste to stake their claim . Too be continued .........

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Back To The Plastic .

Have had a touch of 'Man Flu' picked up no doubt from my in-laws at Christmas and have been feeling rough enough not to want to be bothered to paint ! (now I MUST have been feeling rotten ! ) However feeling a bit better today I started to wonder what to paint next , as I had nothing cleaned and undercoated ready I had to sit down with a cup of tea (and biscuits) and have a think . One of my pledges to myself was NOT to start any new projects in 2017 - so I have plenty of unfinished ones to go at !. I finally decided to do another regiment for my TYW 1/72nd plastic armies , so I sorted out a couple of boxes for another unit for my Bohemian Protestant army - the 'White Regiment' I think !. So this evening sees me cutting, trimming and basing plastic figures and I'm quite looking forward to the prospect !.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Yet Another New Trick For An Old Dog.

I've started to notice I was having problems painting figures in the evening even with my desk lamp  , I usually paint in the morning benefiting from the better light but with the British weather especially at this time of year I was having to use my table top lamp to see properly . I was talking to my brother in law who ties flies for fishing and he has used a magnifying glass/lamp for years and swears by it ! . Now I have tried one before and couldn't  use it with any success , he suggested I needed one of the modern generation lamps so I had a look on EBay and Amazon . He had cautioned not to get a small one , so I ended up ordering one with a 120mm lens .

The lamp arrived very quickly and needed no construction ,  the base clamping to the work surface with a 'G' clamp . I must admit it took a while to get the arm set up in the right position for me to focus and co ordinate the paint brush , but  I'm rather impressed with it and the lamp is one of those 'day light' bulbs which helps a lot , I'll report back with how it's going .

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Christmas Goodies.

Well I've weathered Christmas - had a grand time in Derby with my wife's sisters and families , lots of food, drink and joviality . I got mainly 'useful' presents such as new walking boots ,tee shirts , socks etc . I did however purchase the above rules for myself - they are the 'Arthurian' version of Songs Of Blades And Heroes and they may be the way to get my 28mm figures employed , I'll hopefully get around to reading them this weekend .

The other thing was a  total self indulgence ! - 'Mars Attack' - it was on offer at half price from 'Mantic Games' (£24) - so I couldn't resist it ! . I have had a quick look through the rules which look fun and simple , so I can't wait to have a go with it .

The game is based on the 1996 Sci-Fi comedy film by Tim Burton (which got mixed reviews , but I though  not bad )which took as it's inspiration the 1960's bubble gum collectible cards.

I can remember collecting these whilst at my Secondary School - you know the sort of thing - you got a chunk of hideously pink bubble gum and about three card (think there was about fifty in the series) which you had to swap with your mates to get a full set .

The big selling point to us lads was the graphic violence , however the school banded the cards as too horrific - (remember dear readers this was another age) and all cards found in school were confiscated, so trading of them had to be done off campus . I don't think I ever got the full set . I'm not sure if I'll bother to paint the figures , but will get some photos of them to put on the blog soon .