My prize for coming second in the painting challenge to the insurmountable Miles was a £60 gift voucher from the lovely people at Barrage Miniatures. A trawl through their website and an order later, and this arrived
A load of their flexible pavement and some cobbled squares. These are really great
So the postman finally came yesterday. I'd joined the Nickstarter for the release of the Death in the Dark Continent rules. These are a revamped version of the old Chris Peers rules and at 176 pages long it is a beautiful book full of eye candy, army lists and general background reading.
I've only had chance for a quick read but the rules are straight forward and all of colonial era massed battles. I will need to sort out basing but I have a cunning plan for that.
I also purchased the white hunter set, at £20(ish) it was a bargain
You get an elephant
While hunter and a couple of lions
If I wasn't snowed under with work this would have been my weekend sorted
I've had a great couple of weeks off after my field course with the 1st years in the Lakes
Overlooking the Eden Valley
I've played a couple of really good games, had a guest for a few days and been to the seaside to eat fish and chips. Generally fab. Nice and relaxed ( there is a storm waiting a work though).
I have bought a lot of stuff, some expected tomorrow but what has arrived are 6 x 28mm mdf houses from ebay. They were a bargain a £22.95 for all 6 and free postage. They are basic but really good and arrived in a couple of days (here). I've spent a couple of days tarting them up with roof shingles
Cornerstones, window sills and a chimney made from foam block and drinking straws
Painted with with a mix of one coat undercoat with fine sand. Will need a 2nd coat with basic white - I am aware of the irony. The other buildings are rows of terraced houses I scratch built a couple of yeara age and need tarting up. Very much a case of the poor and posh end of town (I have some railway tracks to emphasize this. Will post more when they are done
I've also had a delivery from Empress
Drivers for VBCW vehicles
Lewis gun team. one of these guys had better be deaf already.
After the attempted ambush by by King Pelopidas on his gifts to Iola King Fartous marched his army to crush the measly forces of King Pelopidas. Fartous was determined to prove Pelopidas as eunoch or make him one. Prince Tutak met a small skirmishing force on the banks of the river.
Unfortunately Tutak was unable to win this skirmish and it gave control to on of the 3 objectives to Pelopidas. 2 units of skirmishers were left to harry the Greeks and Tutak left to join the army.
And what armies they were. Both sides had arrived with their full panolpy
The army of Fartous, Persian style with lots of archers, light cavalry, camels, steadfast spearmen and elephants.
The army of Pelopidas was mainly spearmen with some good cavalry
Both sides advance to control the town at the top and the olive covered tree in the centre. Fartous sent out a skirmishing screen whereas Pelopidas just marched forward
The 1st clash was on the hill with a unit of greek spearmen attacking the Immortals on the hill. The immortals withstood the 1st attack and them followed up with a light camel unit launching a flank attack
To the left the elephants with the support of a horde of spearmen and a legion of spearmen advance and threaten the line
The elephants charge home and rock the spearmen
On the right naked Galatian berserkers of Pelopidas attack the 2 pike blocks and a long and bloody fight ensues
Fighting is still going on on the hill and the elephants are being engulfed, but the legion of spearmen in just behind. The legion charges home and catches one of the units attacking the elephants in the flank. In Kings of war if you charge somebody in the flank you get double the number of attacks. A legion gets 30 attacks so in the flank it gets this many attacks
I could only just hold all the dice..
The result is a massive hole in the greek right. However one of the elephants had run amok and it spoiled the opportunity
The legion crashes into another unit but the elephants are gone and I'm too weak to exploit the hole
All along the line the numbers are thinning but I still hold the hill in the centre
However the Immortals eventually run and leave Fartous alone on the hill. Everywhere else the line of his great army is breaking
Fartous and Tutak flee with his cavalry.
This was a fantastic battle that was won and lost about 4 times. The Kings of war rules are brilliant, very very playable and melees are full of ebbs and flows, just as I like them. As always Matt put on a great table and some nice soup. One of the best battles ever. Fartous will be back
Visitors to this blog will know that I often go down to the local flea market and return with useful gaming stuff. Most often it is cars and trucks but once it was an entire Napoleonic British army by Victrix.
I have had these 3 vehicles for a while now and have given them a basic paint job
1914 Prince Henry with added passengers and a Lewis gun. I've ordered better drivers from Empress. This will make a nice command car for the Anglican Faction
Post office van - I have a post office section
An episode of Dad's army popped into my head the other day, the one where Cpl Jones' van gets ftted with a gas bag fuel system. Can't find an online image but it looked a bit like this
Seems logical that in VBCW world there would be a fuel shortage
This Boots van has ad one fitted. It's made of dense foam and annoyingly it looks like a sponge. Still it was an idea
This is my 1st non-challenge post for ages. I won a £60 gift voucher from Barrage miniatures. They are a wonderful company to deal with and I'm torn between some gun boats (VBCW at sea but a little late date wise) and some terrain (roads and pavements).
I'm a member of the Old Guard wargames club and there is a group project to build ACW forces in 10mm, using mainly Pendraken miniatures . I painted my 1st two regiments this week (on my hols). Both are generic regiments with a firing line (5 figs per stand) and a marching regiment (6 figs per stand)
Fairly pleased with them and I can use the Danes as extra stands.
Of to play WW2 with Old Guard Friday and then over to the Matt's dungeon on Saturday for some Kings of War action. Another double battle weekend. Top
It is customary to post a group shot of all that you have painted during the challenge.
I appear to have painted quite a lot of figures and despite my belief that they weren't as good as last year they are actually pretty good. It's funny isn't it how we remember the few duffers and not the many good 'uns.
So the tally is
28mm infantry 463
28mm cavalry 80
28mm guns 9 plus 7 limbers
28mm vehicles 6
28mm animals 9
10mm infantry 66
10mm cavalry 1
or 683 figures
which looks like this
Everything - although I've missed a few off (16 VBCW figures I think)
More Randoms - Saxons, Normans and my Napoleonic Persians that I cast plus some 10mm Prussians
It's been a great winter and not only have I done more painting than ever but I have also done more gaming than ever. Thanks to all of those in the Challenge for giving me an inspirational winter and to all those that have let me blunder around various battle fields. My general tactic is either to sit tight or to charge forward until I get scared.
So now that it's all over I should post the last 2 submissions. If you want to to see all I did then go here but it will take a while.
On to the figs and the penultimate post
Angel Gang - End of range sale from Warlord
Perry Bengal Lancers - Maybe useful in Back of Beyond
Bengal Lancer officer painted as a Natal Carabinier
Northstar Greek Light Cavalry
My final post, which I thought would be enough but Miles was too competitive and dropped a massive bomb in the form of a 28mm Bolt Action German Army - I mean really.
Capt Bentine - 7th Cav, Foundry
Tintin and Snowy - my Curtgeld form Copplestone
Warbaes Pierce Arrow Truck with LMG deck gun from Pulp. Flat bed is magnetic paper. Completes my Royalist flying column
Persian spearmen - ebay, unknown manufacturer
1st Corps Sparabara - these are really beautiful figures
The Persians will complement my Ancient Greek/Persian army for Matt's Greek campaign
And finally I ended big with some 10mm Pendraken 1864 Prussians and Danes to complete both armies.
Prussian Regiment. I like 10mm because I can fight really huge battles with many regiments that fit on a 6x4 table. I plan to use my modification of the Days of Iron rules by Adam Stone. They are designed for regiments with more bases and you roll 1D6 per 4 stands. I put 4 figs on a stand and roll 1D6 per stand. Plan to fight my 1st battle in a couple of weeks