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Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge VII

Posted on December 5th, 2016 under . Posted by

Well its that time of year once again…Its time for the 7th Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.All 100…..yes 100!!! participants are all busy undercoating and preppingall there figures, all bar one…!I’ve still got loads of figures undercoated…

Napoleonic batrep – The Battle of Pampilhosa – Portugal 1810

Posted on November 24th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

On what may well be our last game of the year (boo….hisss!) some of Posties Rejects met in at Reject HQ to play our first game in quite a while, (its all my fault? Don’t ask?) Postie got the rarely seen British Napoleonic’s out for a little bash in the Peninsular. This was a fictional battle set just after the Battle of Bussaco, in 1810 a French loss.
After their famous victory Wellington decided to retreat back to the Torres Vedras Lines, and in a change to history Junot has followed them and managed to hook around the allied forces and get behind them resulting in a harried defence with the troops at hand both British and Portuguese. Maj-Gen Cole the Allied commander aware of the French force chose the best defensible terrain, he can find and waits for the French.
You can see Lee’s report of the game, here!
Order of Battle
French c/o General Junot (Lee)
  1st Division – c/o Clausel
     1st Brigade – Monard
        4/19th, 4/25th, 4/28th, 4/34th + Medium Gun Battery
     2nd Brigade – Tavein
        4/15th Legare, 4/46th, 4/75th + Light Gun Battery
     3rd Brigade – Godart
        22nd Line (4)
  2nd Division – c/o Solgnae (Ray)
      1st Brigade – Gratien
         15th (3) & 86th (3) + Medium Gun Battery
      2nd Brigade Tomieres
         65th (4), Irlandais Rgt (1), Regt de Prusse (1)
   Cavalry Division c/o Seinte-Croix
      1st Brigade
         1st Dragoons, 2nd Dragoons
      2nd Brigade
         4th Dragoons, 9th Dragoons
      3rd Bridage
         14th Dragoons, 26th Dragoons + Horse Artillery Battery
      4th (Reserve) Brigade – Ornans
         15th Dragoons, 25th Dragoons

British – c/o Maj-Gen Cole (Ian)
    4th Division – Maj-Gen Cole
       1st Brigade – Campbell
          2/7th, 1/11th, 2/53rd, 5/69th (1 Company) + 1 Medium Gun Battery
       2nd Brigade – Kemmis 
          2/27th, 1/40th, 1/97th, 5/60th (1 Comp)
       3rd Brigade – Collin (Portuguese)
          11th (2), 23rd (2) + Light Gun Battery
    5th Division – Gen Leith (John)
       1st Brigade – Barnes
          3/1st, 1/9th, 2/38th + Light Gun Battery
       2nd Brigade – Spry (Portuguese)
          3rd (2), 15th (2), Tomar Militia
       3rd Brigade – Eben (Portuguese)
          8th (2), Loyal Lusitanian Legion (3)
    Cavalry Division (Surj)
       1st Brigade – De Grey
          3rd Dragoon Guards, 4th Dragoons
       2nd Brigade – Slade
          1st Dragoons, 14th Light Dragoons
       3rd Brigade – Anson
          16th Light Dragoons, 1st Hussars KGL + Horse Artillery Battery

The French plan was simple, attack the Allied right flank in force and hold the centre and hopefully hold our left where both sides had most of their Horse.
Our left of the battlefield
It was pretty open?

The Allied centre was very strong. 3 units of British line and an artillery piece.
Trouble was there was lots of rough ground at the bottom of the hill, which would disordered any
formed unit that passed through it. So it would kinda funnel our attack, which obviously
wouldn’t be good??
On our left were 4 regt of Dragoons and a Horse artillery.

Warning Dodgy photo alert!!
This is 1 of many blurry pics taken that day??
I moved, unlimbered an fired my Horse Artillery….
1 x D6 needing a 6
Bang a 6! I scored a hit with the first shot of the game, knocking a figure from Ian’s artillery who were about to fire on my Dragoons, it fell back disordered!
Here come the boys!!
Blurry pic 2
T’was the first outing for the regt  Irlandais and regt de Prusse
Surj was being very cagey with his Cavalry. He did have Hussars and some Light Dragoons.
And didn’t want to tackle our Dragoons, which I can understand, but after all its all on the dice??

In the foreground is Ian’s poor artillery piece that’ll be heading back soon, in the morale phase.
He also started to come off the hill with some of the Brits.
We had some off board Dragoons, we could choose where they entered but not when.
Lee threw a 5, which meant they came on at the end of our first turn, which worked great for us.
And Not for the Allies!!
A broad pic of the mid left of the field.
Surj moved slowly forward with his Horse, while I jockeyed into position, I wasn’t going forward….they could come to me.
Centre right, my troops on the left are just trying to stop the Brits from moving
to their left and help out the Portuguese on the other hill.
John very wisely moved the Lusitania Legion, down into the fields to harray Lee’s
advancing columns.
Just to the right of the pic above, our plan was to attack the Portuguese flank on
the hill, Lee’s troops on the road were our main battering ram, although we had to battle through
the Lusitania Legion and their attached artillery.
Dead in the centre…
It does look a great defensive doesn’t it?
Helicopter view
Blurry pic 3
The Brits in the centre, start to move left to squeeze in another line unit,
They also start to move the Portuguese reserve troops off the hill in the top left of the pic.
So I moved forward with some troops and also went into line with others, to hopefully stop them moving more troops over.
Very Blurry pic 5
Lee charged the Lusitanian skirmishers that were in the field, they very wisely retreated.
While he moved the rest of his columns up into charge range.
And charge is what he did, apart from the column next to the field??
Last turn the Tit moved it right up to the edge of the hedge (ala Fran stylie)
Which meant any move forward would mean he’d be disordered.
1 column charged….the 1st & 2nd Batt 3rd Portuguese Line both fled!
Lee positioned  his 2 columns to hit the Tomar Militia and the 1st 15th on the flank.
We pushed our 2 Dragoon units up the centre of the field.
All looks good…
And good it was…..for us anyway.
Lee charged across his lines, all John had to do was throw 4 or below on a D6
he then threw 5,6,5,6,5,6.
Which meant one by one the entire Portuguese Division retired of the hill disorganized!!
Surj worked it out to be a 3 million/1 chance!
So this is how it ended that turn?
There’s one Portuguese unit left on the hill, but even that one is disorganized.
And we have a lone column following up on its initial charge on the far hill.

A view from the Portuguese lines..
In utter disarray the Allies threw in the towel, much to Surj’s disgust!
A baptism of fire for the Tomar Militia’s first ever outing.
They only threw one dice the whole game, that resulted in them fleeing!
Our plan worked to the T, there were no hiccups and we only had a few minor changes along the way, which makes a change!! I was surprised that Surj didn’t attack with his Horse, I know we had the Heavier Horse, but he could very well have swung the battle back in their hands. If it was me I’d have attacked, he must have known we weren’t going to attack on on left, it just didn’t make any sense?? But then again, we are playing with little lead figures aren’t we?????

Donnybrook – Warbases Water Cart

Posted on November 17th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Another wagon for my Donnybrook lunacy….
Sold at Warbases as a Water Cart, for £4!
I much prefer to believe this is full of Beer to quench the thirst of the people
 of Donnybrook land!
The barrel isn’t fixed in place and can be removed…………..pint anyone??

Lest We Forget – Arthur Dryden

Posted on November 11th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

I hadn’t really planned a post today, but I was given this info yesterday about my Great-Great Uncle Arthur. I knew he died during WWI and his name is on one of Gravesend’s many War Memorial’s, but I knew no information about him at all.
I was chatting with a work colleague Debbie, who gave me a book that her husband Andrew was giving away, in was a collection of WWI soldiers dairy entries. Debbie then mentioned her husband also raises money and restores war memorials in the Gravesend area. I explained that I had two relatives on a memorial at Windmill Hill in Gravesend, giving the names Dryden and mistakenly Hopson (after speaking to my Dad it should have been Dadson).
Anyway Debbie came back the next day with a booklet that Andrew had written and published himself about the sinking of the SS Minnehaha on 7th Sept 1917. In the booklet was the above information……….how fantastic!!
Thanks Debbie & Andrew
Image result for war memorial windmill hill gravesend

Windmill Hill Memorial, Gravesend.
‘God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle line,
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!’

Donnybrook – Warbases Peasant Cart 1

Posted on November 4th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

The fourth of my newish Warbases Wagons, this is sold as Peasant Cart 1, and is
 only £3, which is mental if you ask me!!
Once again its a fairly generic wagon, which can be used for loads of periods.
Riding the wagon is a Foundry wagoneer, wish they sold this chap separately??
Come on Martin, lets have some civvy drivers for your wagons!!

Secret Santa & Santa Claus Wish List???

Posted on October 28th, 2016 under , . Posted by

I’m hopefully going all Native for this years Santa Claus and Secret Santa!!These are just a few idea’s for my 2 Santa’s in arms! From Warlord Games   From North Star in the UKand Brigade Games in the USIn fact any 25mm FIW or earli…

Warbases 25mm Ammunition Cart

Posted on October 22nd, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Warbases teamed up with The Lardies for a range of carts and wagons especially 
for their new rules Sharpes Practice,  this Ammunition Cart fits perfectly into
 my Donnybrook rules, and at £3 its an absolute bargain.

And here’s a pic of the wagon, off its base being used to protect a flank.

SELWG Swag, better late than never!

Posted on October 17th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Can’t believe its taken me over a week to get some pics taken of my SELWG Swag!!!
Tut Tut!
The above figure Col Bill’s Moll Cutpurse was a gift from that very nice Fudge
 eater Sir Clint of Gillingham.
She’s a healthy girl that Moll!
Cheers Clint!
A few packs of North Stars 1672 range.
A pack of French Dragoons, King Louis and how could I not resist D’Artagnan!

From Ainsty Castings – Artillery equipment &
Col Bill’s new figures C17th Century Villagers.
So new they’re not even on their website yet!!
Why oh why oh why??
More offshoots for Donnybrook!
Bacon’s Rebellion and King William’s War in America?!?!
Redoubt Indians
These were a must from Col Bill.
From Old Glory English Marines….sigh!

From Foundry….Lazy Luther Road Workers
technically for the SYW, but they’ll do for me as NYW!

 Oh dear…..more Indians!!!
From Foundry

First thing I’ve bought from a Bring and Buy for a while.
Don’t really need it, it just took my fancy??

 Last but not least. More 15mm Essex NYW figures!!!!
Yee haw!!!

SELWG 2016 – The Pics

Posted on October 10th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

The Rejects made our annual pilgrimage to Crystal Place yesterday for SELWG 2016.Its usually our last show of the year, I did fancy going to Warfare in Reading next month as well, but I don’t think the wallet will allow it, after I spent a tad&nbs…

SELWG 2016….Anyone?

Posted on October 7th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

The Rejects are off to SELWG on Sunday.Anyone else going?

Donnybrook – Warbases Peasant Cart 2

Posted on October 6th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Another of Warbases excellent wagons, this is sold as Peasant Cart 2, and is sold for

 the measly sum of £4. It is the same cart as the previous Engineers Cart, minus the equipment.
So I painted it up grey to make it look a little different.
And the horse is brown, Fran & Clint :0)
Inside this wagon, are 2 packs of Essex miniatures tools, just to go with the Tangeirs scenario.
Only the horse is glued to the base, so the wagon can easily be taken of turned upside
 down and used in defence.
I did that for all my wagons
The base is also from Warbases, especially cut to my dimensions!

Donnybrook – 25mm Warbases Engineers Cart

Posted on October 4th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

Back in April at Salute, I picked up several wagons from Warbases, these were all going to
 be used in the Rejects, Donnybrook, game we were putting on at Broadside in June. 
You can see the report on the Tangiers game here
In the scenario I needed lots of wagons, but only had the time to paint up 
five, (with a lot of help from Postie!!)

At just £6 the Warbases Engineers Cart was a must.

Also included in the price was the Engineer’s equipment, which just slots into the back
of the wagon.

And here’s the wagon without the equipment, there’s no reason why you can’t use this for
any period from the Renaissance up?
I’ll be adding the other wagons to my blog in the coming weeks.

Donnybrook – The Villagers

Posted on September 29th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

A few more figures for my Donnybrook collection from the fair hand of Fran.The first 5 from the left are from Redoubt Enterprises, I think the child is from Reiver Castingsand the lad on the right is definitely a Foundry figure.These along with a few o…

Skirmish Sept 16 – Swag

Posted on September 24th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Just a quick post, showing off the Swag I picked up at Skirmish last Sunday. There wasn’t much and I bought it all from Col Bill.A bit blurry, but here we have Ainsty Castings Jetty Catwalk…….not quite sure why I bought these, but they should …

Skirmish Wargames Show Sept 16

Posted on September 18th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Myself and Postie made it up to Sidcup this morning to visit the second Skirmish Wargames Show of 2016, the first being back in April. There were several games on show…..Medway Wargames Club – AWIHerne Bay Wargames – Napoleonic’s Priviteers…

The Battle of Horn Reef WWI 1914

Posted on September 16th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Five Rejects got together last weekend for a WWI game, unusually for us it wasn’t a land battle, but a sea battle!! Also resident Evil Umpire Postie was playing not umpiring!! That honour went to Reject John, who bought over his collection of 1/2400 ships and his three Tiny Wargames mats.
We picked out sides out of the hat, me and Surj (Germans) were pitted again BigLee and Evil Postie (Brits). You can read Lee’s battle report here.

The battle plan was simple, the German High Seas fleet were stuck on the wrong side of the Horn Reef sandbanks, and had to wait for an undetermined time to cross them safely. Also there was a minefield all along the edge of the smaller mat, leading out into the open ocean , with only two narrow corridors left open for access. If we could we had to lure the Brits into the minefield. Otherwise we were to engage the fleet and destroy them.

Order of Battle German High Seas Fleet (Surjit and Ray)
   Helgoland (Battleship) 12″ Guns
   Grosser Kurfurst (Battleship) 12″ Guns
   Bayern (Battleship) 15″ Guns
   Hannover (Pre Dreadnought) 11″ Guns
   Schliesen (Pre Dreadnought) 11″ Guns

   S53 (Torpedo Boat) 3″ Guns + 4 Torpedoes
   S54 (Torpedo Boat) 3″ Guns + 4 Torpedoes
   S55 (Torpedo Boat) 3″ Guns + 4 Torpedoes

   S56 (Torpedo Boat) 3″ Guns + 4 Torpedoes

   V44 (Torpedo Boat) 3″ Guns + 4 Torpedoes
   V45 (Torpedo Boat) 3″ Guns + 4 Torpedoes
   B109 (Torpedo Boat) 3″ Guns + 4 Torpedoes
   B110 (Torpedo Boat) 3″ Guns + 4 Torpedoes
   Sayolitz (Battle Cruiser) 11″ Guns
   Lutzoli (Battle Cruiser) 12″ Guns
   Leipzig (Light Cruiser) 4″ Guns + 2 Torpedoes
   Nurnberg  (Light Cruiser) 4″ Guns + 2 Torpedoes

British Grand Fleet (BigLee and Postie)
   Ajax (Battleship) 13.5″ Guns
   Benbow  (Battleship) 13.5″ Guns
   Ramillies  (Battleship) 15″ Guns
   Thunderer  (Battleship) 13.5″ Guns
   Britania (Pre Dreadnought) 12″ Guns
   Inflexible (Battle Cruiser) 12″ Guns
   Indomitable (Battle Cruiser) 12″ Guns
   Tiger  (Battle Cruiser) 12″ Guns

   Monmouth (Armoured Cruiser) 6″ Guns + 2 Torpedoes
   Glouchester (Light Cruiser) 6″ Guns + 2 Torpedoes
   Rifleman (Destroyer) 4″ Guns + 2 Torpedoes
   Fury (Destroyer) 4″ Guns + 2 Torpedoes
   Africa (Pre Dreadnought) 12″
   Liverpool (Light Cruiser) 6″ Guns + 2 Torpedoes
   Mameluke (Destroyer) 4″ Guns + 2 Torpedoes
   Oberon (Destroyer) 4″ Guns + 2 Torpedoes

The German big boys Helgoland, Grosser Kurfurst, Bayern, Hannover &
Schliesen at anchor.

The German Torpedo boats (on the right) patrol the waters looking for the enemy

We spot each other…

My SMS B110 is the first ship to take fire.

Come on tide…….. the Seydlitz, Lutzow, Leipzig and Nurnburg all wait patiently.

Me and Surj managed to get into Torpedo range,
but of course that meant we were also in close range of the British guns! 

It was hard trying to keep a line….

Turn 4 – At last the tide is high enough for the German big boys to try and get
into the action.

Turn 5 – The first casualty!!
HMS Fury sinks  S53

Then HMS Rifleman has a lucky shot and S56 goes down as well!
but on our return of fire Surj manages to damage HMS Glouster, which is dead in the water.

My V44 fires a torpedo at HMS Mamluke which blows up and sinks.

HMS Liverpool and SMS S54 both slug it out….
Great dice rolls from both sides cause catastrophic damage to both ships
who both sink!

The British big boys arrive on the table.

Including HMS Thunderer and HMS Ramillies

The German High Seas fleet manoeuvres through the minefield and try and link up.

Surj did his usual, pushed all his ships far to close to mine, so I had to split my force
and go in two directions???

But we finally managed to get into some semblance of a line.

And we all fired along the line.

Surj very bravely pushed his last torpedo boat up into close range

In one of the last shots of the game the Seydlitz damages HMS Indomitable’s rudder.
After this John, called the end of the game as night was closing in  so the ships pulled apart to lick their wounds.
It was a close game, but the German High Seas Fleet were victorious, nearly all ships on both sides were damaged, some more than other, but the Brits lost a Battle Cruiser, 2 Light Cruiser’s also effectively another the Gloucester that was drifting off table and 2 Destroyers, while the Germans only lost 4 Torpedo boats.
HMS Gloucester – Dead in the water
HMS Mameluke
HMS Oberon
HMS Liverpool
HMS Inflexable
This was the first time I’ve played WWI ships and the first time I’ve played John’s rules. John’s rules were fairly simple and very effective, they did give you a great feel for the period, so I shall be looking forward to another game with these and maybe if I’m lucky………..another win????