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I Feel The Pain

Posted on February 21st, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Back to War and Conquest last night and once again a run out for the Seleucids, this time they were up against Legio XII under the command of Simon, we went for 2,200 points this time but it proved a mistake, more later.I managed an average Seleucid fo…

The Thunderbolts redeem themselves, just.

Posted on February 16th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I was in two minds to once again bring out the Seleucids but decided against it as I felt the Twelfth needed the chance to gain revenge on the Carthaginians and I really want to get the Seleucids up to 3,000 points for home games. This time however the…

East and West

Posted on February 14th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

A little pressed for time this week, several new map projects and another on Kursk, 1943, this will be the third and it has suddenly dawned on me it is the 75th Anniversary, hence the interest, a couple of the books are from Russian authors and one Ger…

Bloody Cavalry!

Posted on February 9th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

The big day arrived and I led my Seleucids out this afternoon against Kevin’s Carthaginians, boy did they look good, but could they fight.As I said before I did not have my comfortable core of infantry but hoped my phalanx numbers in melee would make u…

S-Day Tomorrow

Posted on February 7th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I have managed to get the Seleucid Army to the point where I can get it on to the field of battle, about a month ahead of my schedule. I still have a lot of troops to add, another phalanx, Companions, cataphracts, Thracians, chariots, one more elephant…

Barbarossa Fails

Posted on February 5th, 2018 under , . Posted by

This afternoon we played Holdfast: Eastern Front at Kevin’s, we played the first scenario which meant the Germans had to capture two of the following cities; Moscow, Leningrad or Stalingrad. I took the Russians and Kevin the Germans.To capture two of t…

Vapnartak 2018

Posted on February 4th, 2018 under . Posted by

Up early and off to York for what has become my annual show, I have now dismissed Phalanx at St. Helen’s because I don’t like seeing everything through a yellow haze. Quite cold but an easy run and this year I took care to park on a gravel patch so tha…

L’Art de la Guerre

Posted on February 3rd, 2018 under , . Posted by

When I told Julian I would reciprocate our Johnny Reb game with a game of L’Art de la Guerre I didn’t have a clue about it, so I watched a couple of videos on YouTube and immediately thought that is not what I like, however it was only fair to play the…

Kevin Get’s a Win!

Posted on February 2nd, 2018 under , , . Posted by

A dark shadow has crept over my wargaming efforts this week. It has taken a while but things are almost back on an even keel for the year ahead, we had our first War and Conquest game of 2018 today, a 3,000 points game Romans vs Carthaginians, no eleph…

Rubbish!

Posted on January 31st, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Club night and yes it was once again miserable, and very, very unlucky for me. The game was X-Wing which I have not played for a long time, I sorted out a couple of forces from the online Squadron Builder and saved them, I would print them off just bef…

Thunder in the Ozarks

Posted on January 29th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Recently a lad from Spain got in touch with the club on Facebook to say he is moving to the area and would like to pop in when he is settled. I found out he has actually moved to Carnforth just down the road, so I got in touch and offered a game. Julia…

View From The Window

Posted on January 28th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Last weekend I took a break and headed south to the capital, I stayed with No.1 son and No.2 also came for some manly bonding, to round things off my brother would also be joining us on the Saturday. I travel First Class on the train despite my wife’s …

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Posted on January 26th, 2018 under , . Posted by

We left Gan and the bats behind and arrived in Diego Suarez, Madagascar on Sunday 17th January, we were there for two days. Another mechanical breakdown meant the crew had to take turns peeling spuds for the 285 hungry mouths onboard until the peeler w…

God(s) Almighty

Posted on January 25th, 2018 under Posted by

I have taken a break from painting phalangites, the core of my Seleucids will be three phalanxes and I have three now, so I thought it was time for some fun. I knew I wanted to use the large statue heads I had seen somewhere online so I tracked them do…

It was the French Hans.

Posted on January 24th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Bolt Action at the club last night and as usual I sat down and sorted a list out an hour before I left the house, I was up against Simon’s Russians and he always turns up with a sniper, flamethrower and a tank, usually a nicely painted up KV1. I decide…

Too Much To Chew

Posted on January 17th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Bitterly cold night last night to go to the club, sleet on the car and a biting wind. We had organised a four man game of Dead Man’s Hand which had to be modified due to the arrival of a couple of guys with nothing to do. We amended the scenario for si…

Kampfgruppe Anders

Posted on January 15th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Before we had our epic War and Conquest struggle yesterday we played a Bolt Action game on the Saturday, I haven’t played BA in a while and Stewart has only a couple of games under his belt but we had all day. I am not keen on the scenarios used in the…

Wargaming At its Best

Posted on January 14th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

I thought I would do today’s report first and leave yesterdays until later, mainly because it has been an exciting day and it is still fresh in my mind.The game was a large one and we both fielded almost every unit we have, the Carolingians had three c…

Winwaed 655 AD

Posted on January 11th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

The missus left yesterday and due to the strikes and rail closures had a tiresome journey to London but got there eventually, I am hoping I do not run into the same problems next Friday. Not having had a wargame now since the middle of December I organ…

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Posted on January 8th, 2018 under , . Posted by

New Year 1971 found me at the cocktail bar of some posh hotel in Singapore after the obligatory pint at the Armada Club, a pint in Sembawang, more in the Victoria Club and then being homesick for about ten minutes in a fancy bar with fancy prices, no d…

Pull Your Socks Up Man!

Posted on January 6th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Well I missed the big nosh up last night, I had harboured a slight hope that despite everything I would still limp along, but it was not to be, after opening the shop and dealing with at least a dozen customers and coughing constantly I had lost the wi…

Man Flu II: It’s Back!

Posted on January 3rd, 2018 under , . Posted by

I should have known better than to tease the Gods, my first bout of cold (I exaggerated a tad) left before Christmas but this sod hit me just after Boxing Day just to show me the difference between cold and flu. I have obviously not had real flu before…

2017

Posted on December 29th, 2017 under Posted by

Well here we are, another year gone and me a pensioner, something which I used to think only happened to old people, and me still looking good although the inside is a train wreck. Not a bad year for me, a good holiday in the North of Scotland at the b…

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Posted on December 22nd, 2017 under Posted by

We were moved ashore to HMS Terror for some time and given leave as the ship was put through repairs in the dockyard, at that time Singapore dockyard still looked like a proper fleet dockyard, it had several large ships alongside to support repairs, la…

The Guard

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

I have just rushed on and completed my last unit for 2017, the Seleucid Royal Guard phalanx, I think I have managed this one better than the first, especially my work on the linen armour. The main colour had to be purple as we all know it was particula…