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AWI Batrep – The 2nd Battle of New Brunswick 1781

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

The die was cast a few weeks agoThe same 5 Rejects, got together for Round 2The 2nd Battle of New BrunswickAfter our bashing at the Battle of New Brunswick where myself and Ian were forced to retreat after being mauled by the British Lion (John & S…

AHPC 6 – Defensive Terrain Bonus Round – Dressed to Steal.

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

These bonus rounds are killing me Curt…..Usually terrain items are not allowed in the Challenge so I emailed Curt for a little advice. He said “Use your imagination?” So I did!……………………………….London, 1688.Every Saturday night in …

The Battle of New Brunswick 1781 – An AWI Batrep

Posted on January 25th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Last Sunday the Rejects got together for a most excellent AWI game.Me and Ian were the Americans, while John and Surj were the Brits.The Battle was a meeting engagement just south of Yorktown.The above pic shows our right flank, our setup was quite dif…

AHPC Epic Fail – Bonus Round Doctor Doctor

Posted on January 20th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

I’ve got to admit, I was stumped as to what I could paint up for my Epic Fail entry.I did have one idea but thought that it would better suit another of the Bonus Rounds, so fingers crossed I get the chance to paint it up!You may have noticed a distinc…

Happy New Year & the Nostalgia round.

Posted on January 5th, 2016 under Posted by

A very Happy New Year to you all, I hope 2016 brings you all the lead or plastic you want!For me and lots of other, 2016 bring in Curts Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. I just managed to squeeze in my first entry into this years Challenge, bef…

Secret Santa & Santa Claus Goodies

Posted on December 27th, 2015 under , . Posted by

A big thank you to both my Secret Santa and my Santa Claus for the great figures pictured!!Don’t know who sent me the North Star figures above, but they’re perfect, thanks!!!I do have an idea who did or didn’t send me the lovely painted Native American…

Merry Christmas 2015

Posted on December 24th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Another year nearly over???How times flies…..Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!and some boobs…and 1 for the girls….

It’s the most wonderful time of the year……..

Posted on December 20th, 2015 under . Posted by

“Its the most, wonderful time of the yearWith the challengers paintingAs the Nostalgia round.. draws nearIts the most, wonderful time of the year”Yes its time for the 6th Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge!!!The time when I seem to get all my painting…

Little Rejects v Dad

Posted on December 16th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

I had a bit of a surprise last week, my No3 daughter Holly, started up a conversation about wargaming??? Now normally she slates her Dads hobby (just like her mum!) then much to my amazement asked she could have a game.  Oh my God!!! So I had a ch…

Pick us a Winner……

Posted on December 13th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

28 entered……but there can be only 10in Don’t throw a 1’s 1 Million Hits Xmas Giveaway!!!All winners please send me an email with your name and address andI’ll try to get the prize off before rousell68 AT gmail DOT COMAnyway on with the…

1 Million Hits Xmas Givaway

Posted on December 6th, 2015 under , . Posted by

To celebrate Don’t throw a 1’s passing the 1 Million hits markI’ve trawled through my unloved box and dug out 10 items that you may wish to win??To win a prize all you have to do is….Comment on this post, saying what item you’d like, you can pic…

This time next year we’ll be………..

Posted on November 25th, 2015 under . Posted by

I’ve been falling a bit short recently on my blog and yours.Apologies for that!And I’ve just noticed I’ve passed the 1 Million hits mark!!So thanks to all of you who come by and visit me on my old blog.In celebration I will be doing a small giveaway??A…

The Battle of Valderas 1808 – A Napoleonic batrep

Posted on November 8th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

The Rejects got together for a Napoleonic game today.Surj & Richard were the FrenchIan, Lee and myself played the SpanishTo put it bluntly…..the Spanish were crap!!!Postie set the troops our, Ian our Commander took the centre, giving me the right…

Secret Santa & Santa Claus 2015 Ideas??

Posted on November 4th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Gripping Beast MRC03 No 1Like many of you, yesterday I received my victim for my Secret Santa from Catherine and from Chris a few weeks ago, Catherine urged us all to post a few ideas of what we’d like. So here goes…….in no particular order.MR…

A meeting of like minds

Posted on October 24th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

A mini blogger meet up occured last Thursday evening. Bloggers Tamsin, Lee and myself met up with the Uber Geek himself, Miles Reidy. Miles was over in the UK from the US on business and contacted us all to see if we wanted to meet up. As Tamsin knows …

SELWG 15 Swag

Posted on October 17th, 2015 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Not exactly sure how much I spent at SELWG this year? It would have been more, if everything on my list was there, but alas it wasn’t. So here’s a few pics of what I did buy. As per usual it follows the same pattern as most of my buys over the last couple of years, (now there’s a surprise)

Quite a bit was spent on Col Bill’s stand, another pack of Unfeasibly minis, Tuareg’s with Jezail musket, piles of treasure, boxes of food and some Wolves. Also 2 packs of goods to fit on 4Ground wagons and a pack of Perry Bedouin command for my Tangier Moroccans.

I also bought some scenery items from Parkfield minis and an artillery piece and limber and some farm implements for some militia types.

And no trip to a wargame show would be worth it without a few pack of my favorite 15mm figures, Essex minis. I will be painting up a few Spanish units for my NYW collection. No, I don’t need them………I want them! I also bought enough figures for another English Dragoon regt. I’ve only got 1 so I neeeed another! And another impulse buy was a squadron of French Hussars. There was a regt during the period, but there’s no info on their uniform, so I’ve never bought them before, but hey, what the heck I needs them!

My stupid idiot buy of the show, was from Grubby tanks. Some 25mm cannon balls and barrels from Britannia minis. I pulled out what I wanted and expected to pay a fiver or so, so I was a bit shocked as I handed over £13. Should have given them back for that price! and told him to poke it!

A few close ups. 
Love these clean and crisp Treasure piles from Ainsty Castings
Not sure what I’ll do with them but……………..

Anyone for an apple or cabbage?
or even some mackerel?

Once again I didn’t really need these guys, but wanted the chap on the right, waving his musket
in the air, to use as a commander for my Moroccan musket men.

Finally you can never have enough wolves……can you??

Rejects on Tour – SELWG 2015

Posted on October 13th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

On Sunday Rejects Surj, Ian, Postie and myself drove up to Crystal Palace for our annul trip to SELWG.
I bought a few bits and bobs during the day, I’ll show off my new shinies later in the week. I ended up with a sore throat at the end of the day, I did more chatting than buying!
Also, I got to try out my new camera, well its actually my mobile, but its got a better camera than my actual camera??? So hence the funny shaped pics!

The Queue

A Reject hug
Surg, Ian & Postie

The main hall, we got in early, it got a lot busier than this.

Just in the door and we met fellow Rejects, BigLee, Clint,
little Miss BigLee (Padwan Emily) and Tamsin.
I also met up with a few other Bloggers througout the day, Alastair from A Wargaming Gallimaufry, Al from The Wargaming Shed and Steve, partner in crime of Steve from The NorseyGamer

A waited a few hours to take pics of the games to get some action shots.
The first game and my personal favorite was from 
Loughton Strike Force – Waterloo

Crush the Kaiser – Hey Gringo
I quite fancy having a go at this Pancho Villa and all???

Random Shot No1

Southend Wargames Club – Capitan 18th Century Naval

Capitan’s new ship, its a big one! all made from MDF???

Gravesend Wargames Club –  The Battle of St Alfege’s Abbey
Phil, Reece and Chums!

Maidstone Wargames Society – James Bond on skis!

Deal Wargames Club – Prison Break, Los Banos, The Philippines 1945

Semi Naked Japanese soldiers exercising in the yard!!

Random Shot No 2

Newbury & Reading Wargame Society – Warlords of the First Crusade

Staines Wargames Club – Outrageous Fortune, Agincourt 1415

Tamsin got in on the action.

Peter Pig – Hammerin’ Iron ACW Naval 1861-65

Peter Pig again – PBI WWII

Random Shot No 3

Friday Night Firefight – Malifaux

And Lee’s (from Harold’s Revenge) game..
Revenants v Vikings

Loved the tree

TWWS – Very French Civil War

SEEMS – The Relief of Helios IV

“I’m just gonna suck on his metal thing”
said a lady these two chaps knew!!!

Crawley Wargames Club –  WWI Stretcher Bearer

A Return to Axanar – Star Trek game, not sure who these guys were??

Simon Miller – To The Strongest, Athens v Sparta

Warlords – Stingray

Shepway Wargames – The Destruction of Congo

Robert Dunlop – 6mm WWI
This game looked very impressive!!

Society of Ancients – The Battle of Paraitacene 317 BC

Random Shot No 4

GLC Gamers Club – ECW, The Battle of Nantwich 1644

Random Shot No 5
The Bring & Buy, quite late in the day

I bought a few bits & bobs from Parkfield, then Postie came along, flipped 
open his fat wallet….bang goes £130! 
Posties list had a few old figure codes, Poor Simon, was getting a little flustered !
And no he doesn’t take credit cards!

Why Men Cry………….

Posted on October 4th, 2015 under , . Posted by

………………when they drop 5 file boxes full of figures!
That’s when!!
As I’m painting up some Moors for Tangiers I thought I’d have a look in my shed 
to find my EL Cid/Moor collection, just to see what I actually have. (They’ve not seen
the light of day for some time??)
I was quite surprised to find 7 file boxes full to the brim with figures, all from my WAB days long ago. There were even  some painted by Fran, that I’d forgotten I even bought?? 
While some of the other
figures need to go on ebay fast, they were painted in my early wargaming days with what
 looks like a 4 inch brush and a tin of Dulux!
But……..while sorting through the 6th box I knocked the bloody lot off my desk…….
I cannot type what I said
but I think you can probably guess.
I looked down at the mess on the floor and could of cried!
When I’d recovered from the shock and the mourning set in, (which was around 2 hours)
I tried to put them back in their boxes , it took me well over an hour to put all the figures minus spears, shield’s, swords and Christ knows what else, back in their boxes!
Now I gotta admit, some looked a hell of a lot better all smashed and broke.
But to say I’m gutted doesn’t quite cut it!
But on the bright side, I’ve ripped up my Gripping Beast shopping list for SELWG next Sunday.
Anyone else going??

You’ll never guess what I’ve been doing?

Posted on September 26th, 2015 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Yep, for the first time in months the brush has made an appearance!!StarringPack TA01 from Unfeasibly minisThey are actually Tuaragsbut they’re posing as Moors for Tangiers.Co-Starring 6 Foundry minisasa French/Jacobite/Spanish/.Dutch unitalso for Donn…

Rejects on Tour – Skirmish Sept 2015

Posted on September 22nd, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Three Rejects set off on the long journey from Gravesend to Sidcup on Sundayfor a maybe our last visit to the September Skirmish show.Speaking to one of the organizers, the April show may be being dropped from now on leaving just the September one…

Da da da……He’s back?? & Kirke’s Lambs

Posted on August 29th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

As you may now all be aware, the Mad Irishman Fran is back. I spoke to the old git yesterday, he said he’d be online in around a week, but the lying git is back now!!! I’m sure over the coming weeks he’ll explain his near 9 month absence from Blogland,…

5 Years of Don’t throw a 1!!!

Posted on August 21st, 2015 under , . Posted by

It sort of slipped by me unnoticed, but at the beginning of this month was my blogs 5th Birthday!!Cheers for all the support chap and chappesses!and now for the boobs………aarrrggghhh!!!!

AWI Batrep – The Battle at Church Road 25th July 1777

Posted on August 2nd, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

A game was booked up for last weekend at Reject HQ, but only 2 Rejects could make the bash, Reject Richard and myself and of course we had our own little Fuhrer, von Postie in charge!This was gonna be our last big bash before we all go on our summer ho…

RP No 171 Napoleonic Prussian – 1st East Prussian 2nd Battalion Line

Posted on July 11th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Good God, I hear you cry. A newly painted unit on Ray’s blog?? 
Whatever next?
Do you remember that little thing called a paint brush, well I’ve not used any of mine since April? Until this week that is! It’s not that I couldn’t be bothered or lost my mojo, I just couldn’t find a spare
minute to get the brush out!!! And to make matters worse, the figures are not even for me, they’re for His Nibs next door, Postie!

Its back to Napoleonic’s for this unit, who are the 1st East Prussian line, 2nd Battalion

Revolutionary Wars:
During the French Revolutionary Wars of the 1790’s the 1st East Prussian Infantry regiment was yet to be formed. The regiment that would become the 1st East Prussian infantry was the No.2 line infantry regiment ‘Ruechel’ under the command of Oberst Ernst von Rüchel. During the 1790’s the regiment was part of the Prussian forces used to combat France. The No.2 fought well in the brief Prussian effort, but after the battle of Valmy they were sent back to Prussia as Prussia tried to conserve it’s resources and soldiers.

Invasion of 1806:
In 1806, Prussia entered into the War of the Fourth Coalition in fear of France from their defeat of Austria. At the start of the Invasion the No.2 was attached to L’Estocq’s Corps with 4 other infantry regiments. L’Estocq and his chief of staff, Gerhard von Scharnhorst, commanded some 15,000 troops based at Thorn in December 1806 and at Freystadt in January 1807. Harassed by Marshal Ney, L’Estocq marched his troops from February 2 – February 8 through snowy and forested East Prussia; it has been described as “a model of the way in which a flank march in the face of a near and powerful adversary should be conducted”.

The Russian troops of Bennigsen were hard-pressed by Marshal Davout in the Battle of Eylau (February 7-February 8, 1807). Leading the last operational unit in the Prussian army, L’Estocq was only able to bring eight battalions, twenty-eight squadrons, and two horse artillery batteries (estimated at 7,000-9,000 men) to the battle; the rest of his soldiers were defending against Ney.Upon the small Prussian contingent’s arrival at Preußisch Eylau, Bennigsen wanted it split up to reinforce his weakened Russian troops. Scharnhorst, however, advised L’Estocq to strike with his cavalry around the Russian lines at Davout’s exhausted troops; the sudden attack threw the French into disarray. Following the battle, L’Estocq’s corps retreated to Preußisch Friedland to maintain coalition communications with Russia.

1806/1807 Reforms:
Following the defeat in 1806 Prussia was forced to reorganize and downsize it’s army. Six of the remaining infantry regiments were chosen to be reformed, and were each given a light infantry battalion, to complete them. The No.2 with it’s new 3rd battalion became the 1st East Prussian Infantry Regiment.The new army was organized into six peace-time brigades, and the 1st East Prussian were put into the East Prussian Brigade.

Russia 1812/1813
When Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812 there were 14,000 Prussian infantry attached to the auxiliary corps of the Grand Army. the six regiments were assembled from assorted battalions of multiple Prussian army regiments. The No.1 infantry regiment of the Prussian forces in Russia was mad up of the 2nd battalion/1st East Prussian Regiment, the 1st Battalion/2nd East Prussian Regiment, and the Fusilier battalion of the 1st East Prussian regiment. Unlike most of Napoleon’s army the Prussian forces returned home mostly unharmed, saved by the Convention of Tauroggen.

War Of Liberation:

In 1813 the war of the 6th coalition started, and Prussia mobilized it’s army for war. During the first battle of the campaign the 1st East Prussian Regiment had just returned 
from combat in Russia, and had two of it’s battalions (2nd battalion and fusilier battalion) in the “1st 
Combined Infantry Regiment”. At Lützen they were on the left flank under Generalmajor von Hünerbein, but were driven back like the rest of the army.

After Lützen the 1st East Prussian battalions were put back together and put in Generallieutenant von Yorc’s Korps, in Oberst von Zielinsky’s 1st Infantry brigade. The regiment was in the center of the Prussian line, and took heavy casualties first from the artillery barrage of the Grand Battery, and
then the successive French assault. The regiment was in the thick of the fighting for the entire day, but was beaten back to the village of Bautzen. The 1st East Prussian regiment was then present at the battle of Leipzig.

Battle of Leipzig:

At Leipzig, the 1st East Prussian Regiment was attached to the I. corp under Generallieutenant von Yorck, in the 2nd Infantry brigade (under Generalmajor Prinz CarlvonMecklenburg-Strelitz). At the time of Leipzig, the regiment had 1,840 men in total, or about 600 men per regiment. During the battle, the regiment was positioned on the allied right flank, and was ordered forward on the first day of fighting, to take the city of Möckern. The village was heavily fortified, and had a manor, palace, walled gardens, and low walls. Each position was turned into a fortress with the walls being loopholed for covered fire by the French. The ground to the west of the position was too wooded and swampy for emplacement of artillery. A dike ran east along the river Elster being 4 meters high. The bloody street fighting took a heavy toll on both sides, and the battle hung in the balance until Prussian cavalry charged and secured the field. Overall, both sides suffered around 9,000 casualties. For the next three days of the battle the regiment stayed on the right flank, and pushed to try to encircle Napoleon’s forces, and even helped secure the village of Leipzig itself.


After the battle of Leipzig, the regiment continued on the allied advance through France, fighting in the battles Brienne,The six day campaign, Craonne, Reims, and Paris. The unit was then sent back to Prussia. For reasons unknown, the regiment was not part of the army involved with the 100 days campaign, and so it’s service to the kingdom of Prussia ended at the battle and occupation of Paris in 1814.

Posties Rejects @ Broadside – The Battle of the Cross part 2

Posted on July 3rd, 2015 under , , . Posted by

As promised a few pics of the second Battle of the Cross, our game at Broadside last month.After the whitewash that was the first game, we decided to start again, hopefully me and Lee would have a bit of luck this time??For the second game we swapped s…