Sunday, 19 November 2017

Aar M' Hearties !


In between painting 'A's 1897 figures I have been doing some of the Pirates I found as light relief . Here we see a selection of the scoundrels . The figures are Warrior 25mm figures .


More of the 'baddies L-R ' 'Black Dog' and 'Blind Pew' .


Some of the 'goodies' ,L-R  Squire Trelawney , Doctor Livesey and Captain Smollett .


More heroes , Ben Gunn and Jim Hawkins - "Aar Jim lad !" , worth painting these up for the pirate talk ! . A 'one legged Sea Cook' to follow with more scurvy dogs ! Aar ! .








Saturday, 18 November 2017

Lead Mountain Lessened ! .


Been having a clear out under the wargaming table and gathered all the unwanted lead into a box , plus my wargaming colleague 'B' is moving house and is having a clear out so he has brought me a bag of cast off figures as well for melting down for  Home Casting  .  He also has given me a huge pile of old wargaming rules to look through and then get rid of . I'm afraid I don't want them but if anybody wants a copy of these more noted rules -  
'To The Sound Of The Guns' , 'Tercio' , ' Rapid Fire' ,' WRG  Ancients Army Books 1-3' - please contact me on -  mossdocking@hotmail.com and you can have them free .

Sunday, 12 November 2017

1897 The Infantry.


Been rattling through the infantry units, got two of the German units done and the General figure varnished .


The German infantry are from their Franco-Prussian War range , simple but nice figures .


The first unit of British infantry , the British Line Infantry Regts. had generic white facings at this time . 


Think they have come out quite well and they are my favourite figures so far . Got some British Guard and artillery to do next.




Thursday, 9 November 2017

Wargaming Amnesia ? .


Was having a 'Spring' clean under the wargaming table , getting rid of a load of unwanted rubbish - a lot of sample figures destined for re-casting , damaged home made buildings etc - when I came across this box ! . I have no recollection of buying it (pirates being of no interest to me) ?.


It contains 20 figures , a couple of treasure chests , a small palm tree , a set of simple rules and even a D6 . The bag headings say 'Over The Wire Miniatures' ??? , I did a bit of Googling and found that they are a selection of boxed games produced by 'Warrior Miniatures' , but when and where I came into possession of them is a mystery to me ? . I wonder if a wargaming colleague has passed them down to me ? - a puzzlement ! .


Here is one of the figures - Long John Silver (with separate parrot !) There are the named characters from the novel 'Treasure Island' and a selection of generic pirates . I'm rather impressed with figures , full of character , so I may paint them up as small project and give the enclosed rules a go . 



Monday, 6 November 2017

1897 The First Clash .


The other evening 'A' called round to play a game using his newly painted 1897 figures . I took the Germans and he the British , the scenario was to capture the crossroads - simple - but we wished to try out the 'stats' he has worked out for 'Black Powder' rules. Here we see the German Naval troops advancing quickly towards the crossroads and the Uhlans reach the objective . Sadly the Naval Brigade did very little else in the game to help and the Uhlans got shelled by the R.H.A. and although seeing off the British Cavalry failed a morale test and fled .


The Jeagers march down a country lane , their mounted Commander went into action with an unfinished base and no coat of varnish .


The R.H.A. deployed early in the game and did severe damage to the German cavalry and the Naval Brigade .


The Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry were driven back by the Uhlans but rallied to late to influence the battle .


The main British force move up rather slowly due to poor generalmanship by the High Command .


The Jeager's advance is halted by the British Rifles and the Volunteers move very slowly into position to flank them . The Germans at this point started to loose the battle by failing several important Command rolls and were unable to capitalise on their early successes .


The Jeagers are caught in a deadly cross-fire and fail their morale - at this point I decided to concede the game , a victory for the British ! . A good game and 'A' has taken copious notes to refine a play sheet for this period.







Friday, 3 November 2017

Interesting You Tube Video






Just been watching the above very informative 'You Tube ' video about taking photographs of your models using the camera on your mobile phone - my own modest effort above.



Thursday, 2 November 2017

1897 High Command.


'A' is planning an inaugural game with the figures I have painted up so far, so I thought I had better get some more Staff figures finished . Here we see the British High Command base and a mounted Brigadier , again Irregular Figures .


To oppose them I did this German Commander in Chief and Aide . The problem is that Irregular only do one German General - the chap with the impressive beard - so I had to cut the beard off (carefully !) and file the Aide to produce a different looking figure . They will be appearing soon commanding their armies on the tabletop .