Sunday, 18 June 2017

Painting 'Al Fresco' .

Been rather warm of late ( well for the U.K. ) and so I took the dog out for a quick walk at Five this morning , when we got back we decided to go to the coast for a walk before it got to hot . After our walk we had breakfast at Mc Donald's - if you think their burgers are naff you should try their breakfasts - how can somebody make a balls up of bacon and eggs !? . On returning home I decided to paint some figures outside on the patio , not that good an idea on reflection the light was a bit 'glarey ' and the paint kept drying out even on my 'wet palette', however it is summer so you have to make the most of it .

The livestock seek shelter under the table .

Friday, 16 June 2017

Re- Setting Time .

This morning I was alarmed to find the dog had gone missing from the back garden , further investigation found him on next doors lawn eating some crusts of bread thrown out for the birds ( being a Spaniel he is convinced that he is on the point of starvation ) , I retrieved him then started to puzzle how he had got over the fence ? , it was surely to high for him to jump ?! - in fact when my wife takes him to Dog Agility training they have to lower the hurdles for him .

As I sat puzzling about this I saw him sneak off to the top of the garden , so I quietly crept up on him to find him balancing on the Sun Dial ready to repeat his jump using it as a platform to escape to food . So I thought I will have to move it further away from the fence . Now the Sun Dial has been in place for about 25 years and in that time it has grown heavier or I have grown weaker !? , it's quite a substantial piece of Limestone which came from a house we once demolished when I worked for the Council , however with a little ingenuity and quite a bit of swearing I managed to up-root it and move it to another position away from the fence . Then I had to find my compass to set the dial so that it pointed North so it would give a true time reading - well sort of - it doesn't do British Summer Time .

Having got that done I rewarded myself with tea and biscuits and a little planning for my next game .

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Border Clash ( Part 2 )

First an apology for the lack of photos for the second part of the battle , I got so engrossed in the action I forgot to take pictures. Treborian General D' Laye command ability is affected by the appearance of an enemy femme fatale .

The Treborian 'Hussars of Excellence' rout the Fetaland 'Green' Hussars and capture the bridge . The Fetaland Artillery drew a Chance Card - 'defective ammo' - Oh dear ! .

On the right flank the Treborian Reservists break after suffering heavy casualties and fail to rally .

However on the other flank the British Legione safe behind the cover of a wall slaughter the advancing Fetaland infantry . This about ended  the battle in favour of the Treborian force and without the support of their artillery they were forced to retire leaving the bridge in Treborian hands . It has been a while since I got these figures on the table and I had forgot how much fun they are , it was interesting using the Chance Cards  which added a new dimension to the battle.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Border Clash (part 1)

I have decided to set up a game using my 40mm Balkanish Imagination collection. Here we see the border of Trebonia and Fetaland which is marked by the Bug River , negotiations have broke down between the two countries over the issue of a 'hard' or 'soft' border and so both sides have dispatched local forces to capture the vital bridge over the river.

A rustic shepherd views the Fetaland forces in the distance .

The Fetaland General Stavros takes up position to direct his forces , his staff wear traditional Feta costumes .

The Treborian General D'Laye takes cover behind a stout stone wall .

The Treborian 'Hussars of Excellence' move up swiftly towards the bridge.

The Fetaland infantry move forward in open order , the are the 1st Batt. of the 4th Infantry Regt. Fetaland has a small but well trained army in the French model.

On the first move Treboria draws a chance card which may prove useful on future moves.

Treborian infantry move onto the table , here we see the 'British Legione' in their anachronistic uniforms*.

The Feta artillery arrives , French '75s' .

The Treborian reservists move up past the Temple of Diana, on their left the 'Alicia' Dragoons dismount and move up in open order.

The 4th Fetaland infantry open fire causing casualties on the advancing Reservists .

The 'Hussars of Excellence' dash for the bridge but the Fetaland 'Green' Hussars also are moving up to take possession of it . Part 2 to follow .......
*The Treborian Government did a arms deal with the British for what they thought was state of the art uniforms and equipment but instead received surplus Crimean War uniforms , to save face the Treborians raised the 'British Legione' ,  it was to be recruited from ex British servicemen but in fact it ended up with a mish mash of undesirables . The Treborian Minister of War disappeared with a large sum of money shortly after this disaster .

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Wargaming Humour No. 27

Found on the inter web - dedicated to my wargaming colleague 'A' who is sooo nerdy when it comes to tanks .

Friday, 9 June 2017

Thinking The Unthinkable .

I've been thinking ! * I have SYW both in 30mm Spencer Smith and 40mm Prince August home-casts both designed for play Old School battles , the reason for this is that I started doing SYW with the 30mm Spencer Smith using Grant's rules and then discovered the thrill of home-casting 40mm .

Off late I have been thinking this is a bit of an over-kill and started wondering about turning one of these collections into more main stream gaming using 'Black Powder' rules which I enjoy playing in other eras and collections .

The problem is which one ? , I can see that both ranges have their advantages and disadvantages - I would turn each Infantry Battalion into 2 Battalions on five bases for BP and the Cavalry into half Regiments .

There would be enough figures in each existing organisation to do this with maybe extra Standard Bearers needed . It would mean re basing (shock horror !) , but the 30mm are based on pennies and you can get sabot bases in MDF for them to fit into , the 40mm are mainly on bases of 6 figures which would mean more work however I could easily cast up any extra figures myself . Hmmm ! I need to take the dog for a walk to think about this .
* when I was at work and somebody said " I've been thinking" my work mate Arty Buchanan used to say - " you are more likely to get into trouble thinking than not thinking"

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Pain Purifies The Wargaming Soul ( The Mug Says It All)

These figures ( Polish Light Cavalry ) have been lurking on my painting table for months , their other six comrades were glued up and painted months ago - but the were total pains to put together. So these have languished unloved as other newer figures and projects pushed in front . It's been really nice weather of late and the patio furniture has appeared to celebrate this sunshine .

So feeling virtuous I thought I would get them done , time had healed the trauma I had suffered getting their compatriots battle ready . I like Mars figures but this set is an absolute swine to get the riders to fit the horses and just to make things worse they were heavily flashed ! . However I have triumphed ! I got the b****y riders to fit  with massive amounts of cutting of the horses flanks and the copious use of 'green stuff' . Quite pleased with myself (even though the muttered language was excessively bad) and having returned to my usual sunny disposition are going to get them painted up. Postscript .........

Well I've got them painted bit like 'turning a sow's ear into a silk purse' , but they haven't turned out to badly with a couple of coats of thick gloss varnish to cover up the flaws .

Saturday, 27 May 2017

O.S. Battle For The Crossroads.(Parte the Seconde).

The French Regt. Orleans deploy into line .

The cavalry clash in the centre of the table .

The Prussian Hussars loose the melee and are dispersed by the Saxon Fri-Korp Hussars .

Allied reinforcements , the Brunswick  Regiment Von Zastrow .

Voltaire gets a good view of the Allied artillery deploying ( apologies for the quality of some of these photos - the sun is shinning brilliantly outside !).

The French artillery deploy and fail to do much damage all the game ! .

The lines close and open fire on each other .

The Saxons suffer heavily from the combined fire of artillery , the Royal Irish and the lead company of the Regt. Von Zastrow , they fail their morale test and retire . Sadly at this point my camera batteries packed in and I could not record the last couple of moves . On move eight the Allies held the crossroads and so won the scenario I had set, although the French Regt. Orleans had not opened fire yet . Battles of the Ancient Regimes has two ground/game scales - I used the shorter one , perhaps if I had used the larger the units would have got into combat sooner and in eight moves the battle would have been more conclusive . I like the card activation for solo play and the rules are not complicated which helps keep the game flowing .

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

O.S. Battle For The Crossroads.(Parte the First)

Whilst I was on holiday I re-read "Charge" by Brig. P. Young , so on my return I was smitten with the need to do some Old School goodness ! . I decided on a small game using my 40mm home casts and Battles of the Ancient Regime for the rules . The object of the game is to secure the important crossroads in eight moves . Here we see the Allied force moving onto the table commanded by the Duke of Cumberland ( Fat Billy) .

The 18th (Royal Irish) Foote are the first infantry onto the table supported by the Schuamburg-Lippe-Buckeberg Artillery and the Prussian Ruesch Hussars .

The French/Saxon force initially has the Leibgrenadiergarde Battalion , Saxon cavalry regiment Frei-Husaren von Schill and a French gun and crew .

The force is commanded by the Herzog Voglemann  , he is an Irregular figure from their 40mm range , one of the few non- home cast figures in my collection.

The battle is being observed by Voltaire assisted by his manservant 'Wee Jocky' , he is taking notes for his  'Histoire de la Guerre Actuelle' ( never published).

The French artillery climbs the ridge to seek a position to open fire , whilst the Hussars and infantry deploy.

The Leibgrenadiergarde dress their lines immaculately - as one would expect ! .

'Fat Billy' and his entourage , he originally came from EBay with a horse that had only three legs and was destined to be melted down - till I noticed he had a passing resemblance to the Duke of Cumberland , so an replacement leg was fashioned (front right , viewed from the front) . Part two to follow ......

Sunday, 21 May 2017

An Unexpected Journey .

'A' rang me on Saturday night and said "do you fancy going to the Partizan wargaming show" tomorrow ?

A bit short notice , but as my wife was off with friends dog walking and I was left to clean out the hens and cut the back hedge - 7.30 am  saw us on the road to Newark . Not a bad journey down and our first visit to the new venue - to be met by a queue of games waiting to enter - VERY busy indeed - the traders were impressed by the crowds of punters and their spending power ! .

Its a very spacious and airy location on the Newark Showground a much better venue to the old cramped Kedelston Hall of the past .

One of the main draws of Partizan is the excellent games put on , here is the Perrys Egyptian Napoleonic game.

Impressive ! with lots of their figures but quite simple terrain .

Like the little fort manned by sailors .

It was nice to see the game actually being played using 'Black Powder' rules.

There were lots of 'proffessional' photos being taken , so look out for them appearing in the various gaming magazines in the near future.

A nice SYW game using Clan Tarra miniatures on some 'teddy bear' fur terrain .

I like the idea of the fur - very cleverly dyed and painted.

A 'Darkest Africa' demonstration game.

A Colonial Sudanese game on a very effective plastic mat .

An unusual game between the Japanese and Chindits in the Burma jungle.

You had to peer to see the combatants ! .

The highlight of the show was a Old School game using figures made out of cloths pegs !

It was a French- Indian War game  using some home-made rules.

The figures are made from wooden cloths pegs with muskets made from cocktail sticks and paper hats added to the heads .

They were given a simple paint job using marker pens to colour the figures in and then a coat of gloss varnish.

A demonstration how the figures were made , the horses are cut out of MDF .

A very clever idea indeed ! . I didn't purchase to much (a couple of packs of Samurai and some bases) but there were a good selection of traders who seemed to be busy . The catering was basic and a little overwhelmed by the sheer number of hungry wargamers , a good day out and we have plans to go again next year .