Friday, 16 September 2016

The Wargaming Table Reclaimed ! .


I've finally got my wargaming room back in order - well as near as it ever will be and was pondering which game to play on the table now that it is not covered with boxes and rubbish . Now in the privacy of my own home I have the habit of keeping a book beside the toilet to peruse whilst enthroned - as it were - many people do the crossword or read the newspaper , 'A' has a stack of wargaming magazines in his bathroom . (I believe the above photo has the dubious honour of being a first in the world of wargaming blogging in portraying a toilet bowl - the lid down for decencies sake ) I was looking at Donald Featherstone's "Tackle Model Soldiers This Way" (published 1963) and on the front cover it has a photo of a gun and crew by the grandly named 'Swedish African Engineers ' (Spencer Smith) ACW range converted to French FPW artillery. This got me thinking that I haven't played with my O.S FPW figures for a while , so .........


I set up the terrain for a meeting engagement between two advance guard forces , each of a cavalry regiment and a light infantry unit (only on the O.S. table top does such symmetry of forces exist) . I diced for the entry points of the forces and set them up .


The French force of the Chasseurs D Africa and a unit of Chasseurs De Pied are under the command of the dashing Brigadier Gerrard .


The Prussian force of Dragoons and Jaegers is commanded by General Bratwurzte of the Uhlans .


The day being warm the French troops are lucky enough to receive a refreshing drink from their Cantinierie . Further reports of the battle and no references to the water closet to follow ..........





15 comments:

  1. What a wonderful sight. I absolutely love those armies, you have nailed the look perfectly. Looking forward to seeing more.
    I must get my own out for a game.

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    1. They are classic figures from Spencer Smith ! , Tony

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  2. What John said but with added superlatives, Tony!

    All the best, WM

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    1. Thank you, they are one of my favorite collections, Tony

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  3. Just love the look of your table and terrain. Perfect with your soldiers. O your hills, are they wood? And your table is it one big board or a number of boards? Lastly what shade of green did you use?

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    1. The hills are MDF, the table is a couple of boards fastened to a framework making a 8'x5'table. The hills and table are painted a matt emulsion called 'grasshopper' from B&Q store, Tony

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  4. Classic indeed. I always enjoy seeing these lads out.

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    1. Yes nice figures and rules I can remember in my head ! - classic gaming ! ,Tony

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  5. Classic Tony- Old School certainly is charming and captivating. Looking forwards to the forthcoming Battle...I must say that I do like the Gloss finish of your troops and plain bases. Regards. KEV.

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  6. As always your figures look superbly old school, but sadly another wargamer has beaten you in having an entire feature on lavatories

    http://tinzeroes.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Great%20Urinals%20of%20the%20Pacific%20Northwest

    the rest of the blog is very good with plenty of 54mm figures and battles.

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    1. Curses !!! , he has beaten me with the W.C. illustrations - the 'Magnus Opus' on the subject ! , Tony

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  7. Magnificent stuff. Those OS figures are wonderful.

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    1. They are one of my favorite projects - and all painted as well !!! , Tony

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