Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Back into the '45'

After quite a while I've started painting up some more figures for my '45' project . These bases of Highland skirmishers have been blacked up and awaiting painting for a couple of months so I thought I had better get them done . They are still a work in progress needing varnishing and the bases painting and flocking .They are a mixture of 'Strelets' and 'Red Box' figures in 20mm - 1/72nd scale . I've got most of the Jacobite army done only needing a couple of cavalry bases and the odd leader or two , the Government forces need more - another Regiment of Foote and Dragoons . Hopefully when I return from holiday I will make a start on them .

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Gentlemen that lunch .

We have found that C&C gives a quick decisive game in about an hour , so 'A' dropped in for a game during his lunchtime (being his own boss helps) I had set up a scenario ready to play whilst we ate our lunches .

The scenario was Gaugamela 331 BC , Alexander the Great versus Darius lll , 'A ' played the Macedonians and myself the Persians (nearest the camera)

The battle was at times a close run thing with the Persians doing great damage to the Macedonian light troops , but in the end the pike blocks pushed through the Persian centre and claimed victory . The whole event worked very well and we plan to make these lunchtime battles a regular occurrence playing a series of battles and keeping the scores from each battle to form a campaign .

Monday, 9 September 2019

Sunday, 8 September 2019

A photo shoot goes very wrong .

The weather was fine (for once) , my wife had taken the dog for a walk - so I thought 'I'll take some photos of my newly painted 40mm artillery' - al fresco ! 

The gunners of the Sublime Porte were just going through their paces when Hodge appeared .

They had been sleeping peacefully on our bed when I left the house - now however Hodge wants his picture taken ! .

Unperturbed the gunners go through their drill (please excuse various weeds in these photos - my excuse is it's been wet and I don't like gardening) 

Then Hugo appeared as well so I gave up the idea of further photographs ......

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

A change of pace .

'A' called for a game this week and we decided  on a game of Command & Colors Ancients . One of the problems in wargaming is finding time to actually play games and fit them into peoples busy lives ('A's not mine) and C&C fits the bill very well indeed . Here we see 'A' pondering his masterstroke . 

We decided on the Battle of Mantinea 418 BC between the Spartans and the Greek Argive city state . We have both got into C&C in a big way and have been selling off figures on eBay which we were never going to use again and spending the money on C&C boxes . This battle is from the Spartan expansion box which allows you to play battles of the Peloponnesian wars .

The battlefield , Spartans on the left Argive on the right . It was a tight run thing and I managed to win in the end through tactical genius (sic) . The one thing that appeals to us both is being able to fight the big historical battles which wargaming with figures would struggle to cope with , let alone buying and painting all those figures and the game was set up and played within an hour and a half - even with the usual wargaming chit chat . I have sold on my 28mm Ancient figures because I never used them - not having a set of rules I liked and find C&C works better for me and I get to play the BIG battles of Ancient history . 

Sunday, 1 September 2019

H.G.Wells to the rescue (or a Daring Escapade)

H.G. Wells and Miss Perkins lead the attack to free the prisoners , the guards are dealt with before they can make a sound . I played this action on a small 2' x 2' board halving all the distances and using the skirmish ideas put forward by the author on the AGW Face book page .

The Walkers are freed and are hustled away whilst the Treborian soldiers (masquerading as 'Black Hand' revolutionaries) move to hold up the rest of the guards . I roll a D6 to activate the Albanians and think they must have been drunk because the game was nearly over before the got going .

Under heavy fire from the well hidden foe they fail a moral check and scuttle off down the street . In fact I was so embarrassed how easily the Treborians won I replayed it again - with more or less the same results .They were meant to get some Lancers as support (activated on the first Joker card drawn) and they never turned up either .

With no pursuit the Walkers are escorted across the border back into Treboria were H.G . reveals his true identity .

It turns out that Reg Walker is an avid collector of 'Zinnfigern' as well and has heard of H.G.'s soon to be published book on Wargaming . Being a wealthy business man he tries to get a Knighthood for H.G. but when the P.M. Boorish Johnson hears of the part played by Miss Perkins her is incensed, quote - "I will not give honours to a man that consorts with a Scarlet Woman !" (this of course is very rich coming from a man with a VERY dubious private life indeed) 

Interestingly Miss P. Perkins wrote a biography titled '40 years a Scarlet Woman' , It caused quite a stir because of it's 'kiss and tell' content with several members of the upper classes trying to sue her (by then she had moved to the U.S.A. and so nothing came of it) . Copies are very hard to come across nowadays commanding large sums of money as many copies were bought and disposed of by the 'morality movement' - to prevent their servants reading it 1 

Monday, 26 August 2019

Superior firepower

My wife having to work over the Bank holiday left me to my own devices , so having walked the dog and done a (little) bit of housework I set to assembling my 40mm artillery for my Turkish contingent for my Imagination Balkans war . I had to give the figures Fez using 'green stuff' and work out a way to attach the limber to the team .

The Sublime Porte is equipped with Krupp field guns , all figures and equipment are by Irregular .

I've also got a Krupp heavy howitzer which will be painted somewhat generically so other nations can use it as well . I hope the weather holds so I can get them sprayed tomorrow when the 'green stuff ' has set .

Friday, 23 August 2019

A cunning plan .

H.G. Wells has a cunning plan to rescue the detained Walkers , he has disguised Zapp's Mounted Policemen as members of the 'Black Hand' revolutionaries so to hide Treborian involvement in the action . However the Treborian government will not allow Zapp to accompany them . H.G.Wells and Miss Perkins have adopted disguise as well .

Zapp wishes the intrepid pair good luck as they sneak across the border to the village where the Walkers are being held .

H.G. and the Mounted Police creep up on the unsuspecting Albanian guards …….
(battle report to follow)

Interestingly this photograph has been known to H.G. Wells scholars for many year and it purports to show H.G.Wells and a female companion in theatrical dress . There seems to be an address of a photographer on the front but it is indistinct and written on the back is written ' H.G. and I Treboria' and an smudged date . I believe it is a photo of H.G. Wells and Miss Perkins taken shortly after their successful rescue of Mr and Mrs Walker (spoiler alert), although the man is heavily disguised with a false beard the woman bears a distinct likeness to the notorious Miss P. Perkins . 

Sunday, 18 August 2019

War Pachyderm .

I have had this figure sat on my painting tray for about two weeks and I kept putting off painting it somewhat intimidated by the complexity of the task . However I buckled down and although it took me two days I've got it done . The correct way to paint flats is to imagine the light is coming from one direction and adjust the shading for this , however this is for mounting the figures for dioramas and displays and I just did a sort of wargaming table job . I've just given it a coat of gloss varnish to protect it and when dry I'll do the base , the mug is for scale . 

The other side of the model , getting the shading just right was a task , but I'm happy with it . It will be joining the Hyperborian army soon 

P.S. fear not I have not forgotten H.G. Wells and his cunning plan , coming soon …...

Monday, 12 August 2019

Confessions of an addiction .

Sits down uncomfortably in the support group - "I'm Tony and I'm addicted to Command and Colors Ancients" . It started with the easy option 'The Great War Centenary' Edition and before I knew it I was doing C&C Ancients - I need help ! .

Must admit I'm very impressed with the C&C Ancient game , the rules are simple - once you are au fait with the system it easily transfers to the other periods covered by the various boxes  , the difference being added by the card deck and the scenarios . I've found a system used on You Tube for playing it solo and games can be played in about a hour or so .  The only effort is attaching the little stickers to the 345 wooden blocks which are used to portray the forces in the various battles in the scenario book , but I found the task rather therapeutic .

 Games are set up using the scenario book and the blocks laid out as per the map , shuffle the cards - deal them out to both sides and your up and running .I am half way through the scenarios from the core game which covers the Punic Wars , it seems the ideal way to play the big historical battles of this era which I think figure games and rules could not cope with . It will not replace my toy soldiers but it scratches my itch for historical Ancients .

Thursday, 8 August 2019

H.G Wells to the rescue !

H.G. Wells Special Envoy to Treboria * is attending a Toy Soldier collectors convention with his good friend and fellow collector Inspector Zapp and his "travelling companion" Miss P. Perkins** , when they are interrupted by a messenger with a telegram from the British Government informing him of the arrest of the Walkers and could he facilitate their rescue ! .

He is struggling to finish of his book on war gaming - 'Tiny Conflicts' (working title) and is finding the constant interruptions tiresome .

A rather flustered Treborian diplomat explains that although an ally of Britain they cannot be seen to assist in any way which would upset the delicate diplomatic relationship with the Sublime Porte .

However H.G. has a cunning plan for a covert rescue mission ! - to be continued ……..
*curiously biographers of  H.G Wells either miss this episode of his life out completely or gloss over it in a sentence or so .
** Miss Perkins is also NOT mentioned in any biography (although the rumour of their 'relationship' persist !)

Monday, 5 August 2019

The 'Yellow Press' demand action !

The British press react ! - P.M. Johnstone promises to send a gunboat to release the captured Britons,  Opposition leader Jeremiah Corbin points out that the town were the Walkers are being held is 500 miles from the sea - and is jeered at by Parliament ! .

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Mr and Mrs Walker get arrested .

Here are Mr and Mrs Reg Walker on holiday in Treboria walking the Treborian - Ferro Rocha Long Distance footpath , as promoted by the Treborian Tourist Board .

An attempt by Treboria to attract much needed foreign currency .

Unfortunately the tourist maps are not to accurate and they stray across the border with the Sublime Porte and are spotted by a patrol of Albanian Guardsmen . These are of course Irregular 40mm Turkish figures from their Balkans range . The Turkish uniform is mainly a dark blue but when I found these Albanian Imperial Guardsmen in their white full dress uniform I thought I must have these on the tabletop . 

The Guardsmen are suspicious , especially when they find out the couple are British (relations with the Sublime Porte and the U.K. being at a all time low due to the attitude of the British P.M. 'Boorish' Johnstone) . They are promptly arrested and taken to the nearest village - is this the makings of an International incident ? -  is a Gunboat to be sent ? , we await developments ……...

Friday, 2 August 2019

Monday, 29 July 2019

First go at painting flat cavalry figures.

Having finished painting a load of figures for a wargaming colleague I thought I should have a go at painting some of the 'lead mountain' of flat figures I have waiting to get done . Here are a couple of cavalrymen who I think will be members of the Fort Ghori Horse . They need a coat of varnish to bring the colours out , I painted them a basic dark shade then used a couple of highlights to pick up the raised areas . I'm enjoying the challenge as I've not done anything like this before and hope to post more pictures soon .

Thursday, 25 July 2019

The Battle of the Akrim Valley (part 2)

The third move finds the Hyperborian Guard Cavalry crash into the rear of the retreating archers who are all cut down .

In the centre the infantry clash in melee and the Hyrkanian light horse try to get on the flank of the Hyperborean cavalry

The victorious Guard cavalry continue their rampage in the rear of the Hyrkanian army by destroying the War Engine .

The 1st Imperial Infantry clash with the 2nd Gwalur infantry and force them to retire again .

The Hyrkania Light Horse attack the flank of the Guard Cavalry but being fewer in number are driven off .

The battle was to last for 6 moves and here is the situation at the end. The Hyrkanian infantry hold the centre in some disarray with the Hyperborian infantry facing them in even greater disarray . The Hyperborian Archers and Cavalry threaten the Hyrkanian left and rear . 

The 2nd Gwalur Infantry rout and refuse to be rallied by the mounted Staff Officer .

The Thurn Infantry rallied by General Myopia .

The 2nd Imperial Infantry are rallied by General Paxo who decided it was time to retire from the field as darkness fell having lost his Regiment of Archers and the War Engine . A great game! - am busy 'tweaking' the rules slightly and the forces of Hyperborea and Hrykania will meet of the table again soon .