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Musings on Wargaming and Life 2017-12-11 16:22:00

Posted on December 11th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

With no games on and suffering from manflu for the best part of a week and a half, still not over it, things have been fairly dismal recently, much like the weather. We came back from my grandson’s birthday tea on Saturday having managed to travel to N…

Musings on Wargaming and Life 2017-12-11 16:22:00

Posted on December 11th, 2017 under Posted by

With no games on and suffering from manflu for the best part of a week and a half, still not over it, things have been fairly dismal recently, much like the weather. We came back from my grandson’s birthday tea on Saturday having managed to travel to N…

Man Flu

Posted on December 5th, 2017 under Posted by

No club this week, I am suffering from the mother of all flu’s, I am like a bear with a sore head. It would seem a few of us have fallen by the wayside this week and I made the decision earlier not to go, for starters I felt lousy and secondly I did no…

Man Flu

Posted on December 5th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

No club this week, I am suffering from the mother of all flu’s, I am like a bear with a sore head. It would seem a few of us have fallen by the wayside this week and I made the decision earlier not to go, for starters I felt lousy and secondly I did no…

Volo dicere ad Goth.

Posted on November 29th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Once again things were left to the last minute for the club, maps to draw, customers to serve etc. Simon got in touch and suggested a War and Conquest game I know he likes Romans so it was an opportunity to get my Patricians on to the field of battle, …

Volo dicere ad Goth.

Posted on November 29th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Once again things were left to the last minute for the club, maps to draw, customers to serve etc. Simon got in touch and suggested a War and Conquest game I know he likes Romans so it was an opportunity to get my Patricians on to the field of battle, …

Springtime for Seleucis

Posted on November 26th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

On the field of battle by early Spring is now becoming a reality as I plunge forward with my new army, the other night I finished my fifth unit out of a possible total of around sixteen for the full monty or bifter as we Scots say, or we do on the West Coast. I should definitely have enough to take a small selection to the club for a game, around 2,000 points.

In order to have something to paint over the festive season in case I finish the Skythians, which I should manage, I have ordered up a pike phalanx and some officers. I intend this phalanx to be a ‘normal’ phalanx so it will in the main have the linen armour with the front rank only in metal. I don’t know a lot about these armies but from what I have read I tend towards the rear ranks not having armour, Aventine do have some unarmoured pikemen but the rest are so nice I have decided the guard/elite phalanxes will have mainly metal armour while the others will have mainly linen.

I have just added a unit of Thorakitai which will operate on the flanks of the phalanx, these were quite different to the phalanx but able to fight in a like manner if called upon, they were armoured and carried a large oval shield along with either javelins or a long spear or possibly both. Although wearing armour they were especially adept at exploiting rough terrain, they were very close to the Thureophoroi as a troop type, my plan is to use them along with Thracians and Thureophoroi with cavalry support to protect my flanks or possibly destroy enemy flanks. For the time being they are a small unit of sixteen, depending on my experience on the field they might be given the opportunity to upgrade to twenty-four.

My granddaughter is here for the weekend and I was dragged into Lancaster for some Christmas shopping, not much as we have already got most of what we want online. It was dreadful, the car parks were like Wacky Races, it was cold, damp, crowded, not a nice way to spend an afternoon. So I decided to put a smile on my face slipped into Waterstones and got a new Batman novel, I know I could have got it online cheaper, but I feel now and again I have to support a bookshop, even Waterstones (the only one within 100 miles). I also OD’d on liquorice which is not good for me but I love, novelties, Zouts, and cartwheels along with some Nanny State 0.5% and very salty peanuts (also not good for me) for binging Netflix’s The Punisher. The cartwheels in the market were 12 for £1 but so far I have had 15 in one pack and 13 in the other, result.

Kevin is busy this week so no Monday boardgame, our weekly game may also have to wait until next Saturday instead of Thursday. I should be at the club this Tuesday but no idea yet what I am doing. I have completed severalinteresting map projects and having got my feet dry I am once again off to the trenches for another sixteen maps.

Stony Point, also the template for an atlas with around 200 maps.

Springtime for Seleucis

Posted on November 26th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

On the field of battle by early Spring is now becoming a reality as I plunge forward with my new army, the other night I finished my fifth unit out of a possible total of around sixteen for the full monty or bifter as we Scots say, or we do on the West Coast. I should definitely have enough to take a small selection to the club for a game, around 2,000 points.

In order to have something to paint over the festive season in case I finish the Skythians, which I should manage, I have ordered up a pike phalanx and some officers. I intend this phalanx to be a ‘normal’ phalanx so it will in the main have the linen armour with the front rank only in metal. I don’t know a lot about these armies but from what I have read I tend towards the rear ranks not having armour, Aventine do have some unarmoured pikemen but the rest are so nice I have decided the guard/elite phalanxes will have mainly metal armour while the others will have mainly linen.

I have just added a unit of Thorakitai which will operate on the flanks of the phalanx, these were quite different to the phalanx but able to fight in a like manner if called upon, they were armoured and carried a large oval shield along with either javelins or a long spear or possibly both. Although wearing armour they were especially adept at exploiting rough terrain, they were very close to the Thureophoroi as a troop type, my plan is to use them along with Thracians and Thureophoroi with cavalry support to protect my flanks or possibly destroy enemy flanks. For the time being they are a small unit of sixteen, depending on my experience on the field they might be given the opportunity to upgrade to twenty-four.

My granddaughter is here for the weekend and I was dragged into Lancaster for some Christmas shopping, not much as we have already got most of what we want online. It was dreadful, the car parks were like Wacky Races, it was cold, damp, crowded, not a nice way to spend an afternoon. So I decided to put a smile on my face slipped into Waterstones and got a new Batman novel, I know I could have got it online cheaper, but I feel now and again I have to support a bookshop, even Waterstones (the only one within 100 miles). I also OD’d on liquorice which is not good for me but I love, novelties, Zouts, and cartwheels along with some Nanny State 0.5% and very salty peanuts (also not good for me) for binging Netflix’s The Punisher. The cartwheels in the market were 12 for £1 but so far I have had 15 in one pack and 13 in the other, result.

Kevin is busy this week so no Monday boardgame, our weekly game may also have to wait until next Saturday instead of Thursday. I should be at the club this Tuesday but no idea yet what I am doing. I have completed severalinteresting map projects and having got my feet dry I am once again off to the trenches for another sixteen maps.

Stony Point, also the template for an atlas with around 200 maps.

View From The Window

Posted on November 25th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I was told a few weeks ago that negotiations on the sale of Washington House were underway, it would seem then they have come to naught as nothing more has been heard, I am told the price has been dropped considerably but I am not sure the sellers have…

View From The Window

Posted on November 25th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I was told a few weeks ago that negotiations on the sale of Washington House were underway, it would seem then they have come to naught as nothing more has been heard, I am told the price has been dropped considerably but I am not sure the sellers have…

There’s Always One, err no, Two

Posted on November 24th, 2017 under Posted by

In wargaming you must have come across that guy, the one who points out that the pattern on your Greek Hoplite shield is a modern one and there are no wall paintings or old vases which show what you have painted, or the brass button on your 6mm Hussar …

There’s Always One, err no, Two

Posted on November 24th, 2017 under Posted by

In wargaming you must have come across that guy, the one who points out that the pattern on your Greek Hoplite shield is a modern one and there are no wall paintings or old vases which show what you have painted, or the brass button on your 6mm Hussar …

Carthage Is The New Enemy

Posted on November 23rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Terrible day outside, third day of atrocious weather so it was just as well I had organised a game. It was a War and Conquest bash and instead of Greeks Kevin had brought his Carthaginians minus elephants, for now. I wasn’t quite sure what I would be u…

Carthage Is The New Enemy

Posted on November 23rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Terrible day outside, third day of atrocious weather so it was just as well I had organised a game. It was a War and Conquest bash and instead of Greeks Kevin had brought his Carthaginians minus elephants, for now. I wasn’t quite sure what I would be u…

Royal Navy Loses Out

Posted on November 21st, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Miserable day again as I walked down to Kevin’s for a shot at some naval warfare, it was a quick-play game of Napoleonic period combat entitled Master and Commander, of course it was. The game was fairly simple, a few hex sheets and some nice thick car…

Royal Navy Loses Out

Posted on November 21st, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Miserable day again as I walked down to Kevin’s for a shot at some naval warfare, it was a quick-play game of Napoleonic period combat entitled Master and Commander, of course it was. The game was fairly simple, a few hex sheets and some nice thick car…

Ecgfrith Turns the Tide of History

Posted on November 16th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Home alone again as the missus has had to house sit down south to help my son, long story, so of course this afternoon was free for wargaming, I arranged with Kevin to refight the Battle of Nechtansmere which in reality took place somewhere north of th…

Ecgfrith Turns the Tide of History

Posted on November 16th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Home alone again as the missus has had to house sit down south to help my son, long story, so of course this afternoon was free for wargaming, I arranged with Kevin to refight the Battle of Nechtansmere which in reality took place somewhere north of th…

HMS Tartar 4th Commission 1970 17

Posted on November 15th, 2017 under , . Posted by

On the way back to Bahrain we spent a night looking for a lightship which had slipped its moorings, we didn’t find it, that was left to someone else, we had a date with RFA Rosalie for mainly ammunition replenishment and after that we headed for Bahrai…

HMS Tartar 4th Commission 1970 17

Posted on November 15th, 2017 under , . Posted by

On the way back to Bahrain we spent a night looking for a lightship which had slipped its moorings, we didn’t find it, that was left to someone else, we had a date with RFA Rosalie for mainly ammunition replenishment and after that we headed for Bahrai…

Two Bombers and One World…..errr

Posted on November 15th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Another dark miserable night when no one should be abroad, but it was club night, I took along my Wings of War stuff and went again for a ‘points make prizes’ game. This time we had two British bombers on a mission escorted by six scouts (Simon, Julian…

Two Bombers and One World…..errr

Posted on November 15th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Another dark miserable night when no one should be abroad, but it was club night, I took along my Wings of War stuff and went again for a ‘points make prizes’ game. This time we had two British bombers on a mission escorted by six scouts (Simon, Julian…

Heavy Weapon

Posted on November 13th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I treated myself to a Seleucid war elephant, I intend to get two eventually but wanted to get started on the first model, I have no actual plan yet for the building of the new army apart from having to wait for the new cavalry. I do have an idea to get…

Heavy Weapon

Posted on November 13th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I treated myself to a Seleucid war elephant, I intend to get two eventually but wanted to get started on the first model, I have no actual plan yet for the building of the new army apart from having to wait for the new cavalry. I do have an idea to get…

I Deserve It

Posted on November 10th, 2017 under Posted by

I have been on a small spending spree recently, I jumped into the Mafia scene with a box set of Gomorrah and the movie ‘Suburra’ which is now a Netflix crime series, these are Italian productions and the former is quite gripping and manages to surprise…