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Sunday, 9 August 2020

Actual Gaming

 This week I've been on holiday and generally got out as much as possible. I managed to to get in two days of face to face gaming without the aid of Zoom. God it was nice to meet actual people 

First up I popped down to see Dave and we played a couple of gangster games using a mash up of his serenity city cowboy rules. They were an absolute blast.

Dave only has a couple of Chicago buildings and has never played with his gangsters so we played a raid on a country still
The Feds and cops approach
The bootleggers are loading up
One of the guys in the white brimmed hat is the accountant and he must be captured alive. In the 1st battle I was the Feds and managed to approach the still undetected by smashing down the gate and capturing the lookout without a shot being fired. I then chased and caught the accountant.
For the second battle Dave was the Feds and he failed to snash throug the gate, the lookout managed to sound the alarm and the chase was on
I drive head on towards the advancing Feds and my driver shoots the Fed driving the car coursing it to crash. I capture the other fed and hold him prisoner. However I need to men guarding him so I shoot him in the face and he dies of a fatal gut shot - it was a very big bullet.
Why did I need the men, well.....
I've nearly escaped in the natty white and green car when the patrol car reverses into me and I have to leg it on foot. I don't make it off the table but I do kill all the Feds so another victory to me. I really loved this, the rules work really well and have ordered some damage cards from Dave's supplier. I've also ordered some gangsters from Dixons and have been buying cars in junk shops all week.

Next up today the Old Guard had a game day in Scruton. Me, John, Angus and Steve were joined by James, a new guy. It may be the last time we ever see Steve as today is his wedding anniversary and he forgot. Being old men we suitably distanced each other. Steve and Angus played chain of command which they really enjoyed and John and I played a couple of games
1st up a To the Strongest game, I like the rules, not my favourite but work well. Only hte 3rd time i'd played so still a learning experience for me, John was very honourable. I fought my Numidians against Johns imperial Romans
My plan was simple. Hold the centre and harry John withthe light cavalry and skirmishers, I had many. Then once disrupted i could steamroller him. John was on a hill with most of his forces and he never leaves a hill.
So obviously he immediately came down off the hill and attacked my light cav with his legionaires
Pushing them back and off the table while my centre was much much too passive. He won, I made a pigs ear of it but learnt loads. Like the Numidians though

For the 2nd game John has been making paper soldiers from Peter Dennis. I was very very skeptical but

they look very good from the front and rear. From the side they are invisible. They come with a set of rules which actually work well and only need more detail adding. John won this one as well, but again was good fun.

One the painting front I've nearly completed the 7YW Prussians and will post the lot in a couple of weeks.Then it's time to start a new project, I've got some Arabs and some Huns to paint, some gangsters on the way and all those Landsknechts.

Really been good to see the guys again. Stay safe.

Monday, 6 July 2020

A Game, Some Prussians and a Moment of Madness

So I'm still mad busy and to be honest a little worn out. But I've still done some stuff.

1st up I hosted a remote game with Matt last weekend. Matt was a section of French Foreign Legion in 1894 Dahomey. They landed by boat at an abandoned trading station and had to undertake a sweep and clear of the area. Fon army soldiers would appear at random. Matt had to collect a series of red skulls and return to the boat. We used IHMN, one of my favourite sets and not played for ages.

The board

Matt's troops, Captain, Trialleur, hunter and 3 Legionaires

Trap, there were loads of these and killed off 2 legionaires.
And then i took no more photos, hard to run and photograph. Matt made it, just, with the captain and  trialleur Roussel making it back to the boat chased by a horde of warriors. 2 legionaires died in traps, the hunter got hunted and 1 legionaire was captured. It was great fun.

All streamed via my new tablet tripod.

My final troops for the battle of Lobositz arrived from Pendraken, all the Prussians plus a few extras

battalion guns

1 battalion of Anhalt infantry, oddly these had 3 battalions and not the usual 2. Therefore this was made up from the random odds and sods that you always get

Paper flag, not the usual handpainted. in fact the new batch of prussians only have one flag per pack and not the 2 that the last lot got. Odd is they are only supposed to have 1 flag

Coach, a good general figure, and a freebie from Pendraken

Szekely Hussars

And now my moment of madness. I've had a refund from Easyjet for a not going to Ireland in May. Nice. I was doing an Ebay trawl and found this, which came today

Nice big box from the post woman

It's contents are 1000 10mm Landsknechts, renaissance Poles and Turks. All Pendraken and will go nicely with my collection of, well actually I have absolutely no figures at all that these will go with but there are enough to play with themselves. It does mean I will have to buy some more cavalry, artillery and other stuff. Should keep me busy for a couple of days
Off to read about the Italian Wars

Sunday, 21 June 2020

1st Century BC Roman Legionaries and some weird trees

So I've just had a week off, only replied to 4 emails all week (my in box is horrific but if it's important they will get back to me).
Weather been pretty rubbish, cloudy and showery. I went to the beach and it was so foggy i couldn't see the sea. I went shopping and they were mainly shut. Still I did a lot of napping and became part of my sister's bubble all weekend, which was nice.
I managed to squeeze in a quick trip to visit Dave and James to drop off some figs and Dave gave me a Gripping Beast Arab Saga Warband
I've done some bitza painting.

A few years ago I was given some metal trees, a donation from Col Bill via the Old Guard and i wasn't sure what to do with them. So I painted them up this week. It was a quick job with green and brown spray paints and a green dry brush.

They are small but work well with 10mm Austrians and there are quite a lot of them

I've also completed my 1st cohort of Romans for the Pontic project

The are Forged in Battle Late Republican Romans and easy to paint

Only another 9 to go plus cavalry, artillery and officers

Hope you are all well

Sunday, 14 June 2020

7 Years War Prussians, Austrians and Galatians(?)

I've been quite productive this week and I have next week off, weather forecast shocking, but shops are open as I need stretchy clothes and more exercise.
I've finished off the last of the 7YW figures I have, but fear not dear reader I've ordered loads more.

Austrian 12lb Artillery
My original plan was to build the 2 opposing armies for the 1st battle of the 7YW (old Glory). However they are a little unbalanced, lots of Prussian guns and not a lot of Prussian Infantry. So I've tinkered with that and evened up the number of heavy artillery with these 5 Austrian 12lber guns

Prussian Limbers (Pendraken) Heavy artillery from Pendraken come as 1 cannon and 1 limber with crew, whereas Old Glory come as 12 cannon only. A bit a shuffling as there are loads of spare artillery men in the Pendraken 3lb battation gun pack, enough to crew the 12lb artillery. Limbers are neither here nor there. Generally they look good but large artillery is often static.

Prussian Grumbkow and Keist Grenadiers. Prussians not only used ad hoc combined grenadier battalions but also had standing battalions like these.

Prussian Braunsweig Infantry

Prussian Von Brandenburg Cuirassiers. Love the white and sky blue uniforms with the orange pompom on the hat!

Not only I am working through the 7YW forces but I am also working on the 15mm Ancients project. 

These are galatians but could double as Gauls which is why they are an attach column with skirmishers in front, no wait that is a different French period

Have fun 

Monday, 8 June 2020

Tidying up and Finishing off Collections

Afternoon all, hope you are well.

I'm still busy with work, but I've finished my marking. I've been painting random stuff in the lead pile and clearning up the storage. Made some space for new projects, need some new projects.

1st up I've completed all my ACW figures. This is the last Union cannon, the cannon is a Perry napoleonic Russian one, but I had the figures and no cannon. Not sure how the photo looks as i'm using the new blogger layout and can't find the bigger image button

This is the "final" Reb regiment - a generic one. There are 7 bases, normally 5 or 6 makes a regiment, but I had 28 figures.

Over the winter I bought the Bad Squiddo female AAA unit with a Bofors. I also bought the spotters and I had a model Bedford truck which I had picked up cheap at a show
This is the full unit now. Very nice, need them to fight now

The 10mm 7YW project continues, I've finished the planned Austrians and now onto the Prussians
These are what I've done so far. Actually I'm missing 7x12lb cannon that I have painted but forgot to photograph. Most of these are actually Brunswickers that I have repainted. The flags are moulded into  the casting and therefore I have to hand paint them

These will be quite good when done and I've done about 1/2 of the planned army.

It's not just painting though. I've played a couple of great games. One with Matt, which was great fun. The write up can be found here. On the 6th June we fought Utah beach, again great fun, and can be found here. I'm really enjoying online gaming

Have fun and stay safe


Friday, 22 May 2020


God I'm bored. I have a huge amount of marking to do, about 2 weeks worth, so weekend break is off as it's already late.
Still enough of 1st world problems, at least I've done some painting and some terrible photography

A unit a Parthian Camelphracts. I really love camelphracts but I bet they were rubbish, camels are stubborn and very tall. They are very fast and do scare horses though, they smell bad. 

The figures are Xyston and lovely to paint

 The 7YW project continues with the Prussians.

Hulsen Infantry regiment

10mm from Pendraken. I've also painted some cannon but no crew yet.

For a couple of nights this week James and I have played a WW2 game over Zoom with Dave being the Germans and the croupier. Great game, I was the para infantry and suffered 50% casualties, mainly from bloody nebelwerfers. It was a great game and can be found on Dave's blog.
I'm enjoying online gaming, takes a while to get your act together but the experience is great.

Stay safe

Saturday, 16 May 2020

More Painting and a 7YW clash on Zoom

Work is definitely getting the the way of me working from home. Too many meetings on Zoom so to compensate I have been playing games on Zoom. Matt and I tried out the 7YW armies using Black Powder as a play test and it worked well.

Tips for online gaming number 1. Keep it simple and aim for 2 hours max. This is a meeting engagement with an infantry brigade, a cavalry brigade and a big gun each. Tip 3. Get a stand for your phone/tablet. Mine is the mount for the jawbone of a Mosasaur. If you don't have one then you will get arm ache.

THe cavalry fought themselves to exhaustion as did the infantry. Tip 3. Don't try and take photos whilst hosting and moving the figs etc. These were botht he photos I took
Online gaming is a blast though and if you haven't tried it I stongly recommend it. Zoom works well .

I have also done some painting

15mm Galation armoured cavaly from Forged in Battle (who are now open and shipping)

More randomly a 28mm gorilla busting through the jungle (OK moss) from Bad Squiddo, it's a silverback but forgot to take a photo of the back.

Finally my 1st Prussian 7YW regiment (Blanckensee). give me a couple of months and I'll have most of the army

The flags are moulded onto the figures so I have to hand paint them, no more cutting out paper flags.

Stay safe