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The Battle of Vyazma 1812 – A Napoleonic batrep

Posted on August 14th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

This weekend Postie put on a mega Napoleonic game for the Rejects and a new Honoury Reject!!The game day has been set for a few months after I was contacted by our mystery guest, saying he’s on holiday in the UK, any chance of a game?How could we say n…

Donnybrook – The Workers….

Posted on August 13th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Things have been very quiet here in Don’t throw a 1 land. I have bee busy with the brush though!! Unfortunately it was a 4 inch brush…..yes its decorating time in the Rousell household. One room down three to go……..groan!!!!I am allowed a break t…

Miniature Wargames with Battlegames

Posted on August 1st, 2016 under , . Posted by

Or……….Blowin’ my own trumpet!!!!

Bloody Pig!

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

Last month I entered into Edwin’s Prize draw over on his blog
 “Thoughts of a Depressive Diplomatist”,  and guess what I won a prize!!!
My prize was a £10 voucher to spend at Bad Sqiddo Games!!
Cheers Edwin!!!

After much deliberation I decided to be a pig…..

or rather the Ristuls’s Extraordinary Market, Pigs at the Farm
From Bad Sqiddo’s site….

Note from Annie – “Oink Oink! These snuffly oinkers are bound to make you smile! As well as being adorable, this kit makes a great bit of scenics but also so nice bits of scatter to duck and fight around in a game. Farm Seige! See also, LOTS MORE PIGS!
This set contains 2 pigs and 6 bits of farm terrain. Really crisp detail, the top quality we have come to expect from Ristul’s!

Just like Annie said, these have gotta be the crispest terrain pieces you can buy! I also added the pack of pigs to the parcel, you always need more bacon don’t you????


I did buy some more bits and bobs from Annie at Bad Squiddo at Salute this year so, If I find the time I’ll take a few pics.


Donnybrook – Moroccan Musketmen 1664

Posted on July 9th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

I started painting these handsome looking fellows back in March during the Challenge, but didn’t get around to finishing them in time to enter them. They were finished off early last month and featured as the only musket armed unit in the Mor…

Donnybrook – 25mm Moorish Horse

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

These 23 Moor Horse were in my “To Paint” pile, so as I was running out of time to get them painted up for our recent game Teviot’s Last Stand, at Broadside.I sent them over the Irish Sea to Reject Fran, who painted them up very quickly, and got t…

Broadside 2016 – The Rejects on Tour

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

Some great games were on show at Broadside on the 12th June.Here are a few photos from the show.Shepway Wargames Club – Polska WalczagaSimon Miller AKA The Big Red Bat – To the Strongest Fantasy style!!Cheesy Grin time!Friday Night Firefight …

Broadside 2016, Donnybrook – Teviot’s Last Stand

Posted on June 13th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Now that worked out a lot better than I hoped it would??
The Rejects all, (well some of them), made their annual appearance at Milton Hundred’s
 Broadside show yesterday. 
Which also meant I finally got to play a game of Donnybrook, it only took me 2 years to organize??
But this wasn’t your normal Donnybrook affair, there were 52 unit and character cards!!

Teviot’s Last Stand
4th May 1664

Andrew Rutherford the 1st Earl of Teviot took over as the Governor of Tangiers on April 9th 1663. Teviot soon set about implementing major reforms of the Tangiers garrison and ordered a new network of outlying fortresses built to help protect the crowns possession. His main problem in doing so was the lack of building materials, so on May 4th 1664 he sent out a large detachment of troops, a mixture of English and Irish soldiers, towards an area known as Jew’s Hill (or Jew’s Mount). Teviot intended to gather stocks of stone of  lime, timber and other materials and also to cut down some brushwood on the banks of the Jew River, which the Moorish forces had used as cover during their attacks on Tangier.
Morale was very high as on 29th February there was a major engagement during which the Tangier Horse charged out of the city and captured Ahmad al Khādir ibn ‘Ali Ghaylān, generally known to English-speakers as Gayland’s personal standard.
Once Teviot and his 500 troops had crossed Jew’s River, they encountered around 3,000 Moroccan warriors commanded once again by Gayland. The English forces rapidly attacked and drove them off. They pursued the fleeing enemy, but it quickly became apparent that this was a trap as a much larger force (approx. 8000) were waiting to ambush them. The broken terrain was ill-suited for the British to form their battle ranks, and the engagement quickly descended into hand-to handing fighting in which the English were overwhelmed by sheer weight-of-numbers. Teviot attempted to rally his men on the top of Jew’s Hill.
The 4th May was the most disastrous day experienced by the garrison during its entire occupation of Tangiers. Only around thirty of the five hundred who had marched out escaped back to the safety of Tangier.

The Earl of Teviot leads his men up on Jews Hill.

When…….out of the woods emerge a horde of Moors.

Five units in all.

Tevoit’s wagon train are still unaware and cross the Jew River.

A trooper rides back and informs Teviot of the enemies approach.

The Moors advance and the Tangier’s foot hurriedly try to deploy.

The wagon master unhitches two of the wagons, they may prove useful to hide behind?

Esq Lond, Dr White and Matthew Luke the Governors Secretary start to head towards the bridge.

The Tangier Horse get shot to pieces by the one and only Moorish musket unit.

Two Moor Horse attack from the flank, but confident English musketry soon puts pay to them.
The last 2 Tangier Horse fall back to the centre of the hill.

First card out the next turn was the wagons, who move forward and unhitch, just in the right place .
Meanwhile, the 3 civilians think better of heading toward the bridge, and head for the safety of the English foot.

More Moors appear to the front and right!

What’s he doing??
Earl Teviot, charges the Moorish Fearless one!
I thought it was curtains for Teviot, but a throw of 10 on a D10 followed by a 1, killed him, without him getting the chance to fight back…..and I had such high hopes for him too???

Its looking a little dodgy now?

Next turn, even more Moors turn up, surrounding  the hill. 

Leading from the front, Teviot carry’s the fight to the Moors, but was soon cut down by none other than Gayland himself!

I still can’t believe the English are holding up so well??

There’s a rather big hole on the hill.

The Rejects at play.
Moor infantry make it up on the hill.

In the centre, Engineer Johnson get attacked by a lone Moorish horseman who keeps passing his morale check.

Moorish archers, muskets and horse are battering the Tangiers foot.

Johnson gets double teamed and falls dead from his horse.

There seems no way out??

With only a handful of figures left including 3 characters, Ensign Piggott, Sgt Lee and the Standard Bearer David Israel the English threw in the towl, 
The final result was a rather unsurprising Moorish victory.
I was extremely pleased with how the game played, the rules  really seem to catch the flavour of the period to a T. Even better the Rejects seemed to all enjoy themselves, even Lee and John who valiantly tried to stem the flow of the Moors, knowing they were gonna get battered!
We had lots of interest from the public, most saying either they’d never seen a game from Tangiers or never heard about it!! I’ve even managed to convert Reece and Simon from Gravesend Wargaming club to the rules, they went out and found a copy of the rules straight away!!
I deliberately left a few things out of the rules, mainly to make the game last a little longer and make it easier for the English. 
I didn’t include the End of Turn card – There were so many units that may never have moved, so thought it best to leave it out.
I also left out the mis-fire muskets penalty and let all the troops have full move, when they were in rough ground.
Hope you enjoyed the report, hopefully you’ll be hearing more from Donnybrook in the near future!!

The Tangier regts by Brigantes Studios

Posted on June 5th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

The Command

Several months ago, infact last year!. These beauties arrived in the post from my good pal Loki , from Brigantes Studio. He very generously painted these figures up for me for free!!!
Its taken me an age to get them based up and photographed, so I can only apologise to Loki, for not showing them off any sooner. (I did get a telling off, when we met up at Salute, in April!)

So here they are in all their glory, The Tangier regt, later known as The Queen’s regt or by their nickname, Kirke’s Lamb’s.

The figures are all from Barry Hilton’s fantastic, Warfare Miniatures.




The Tangier Horse
For the Tangier Horse, I chose to have them painted up, in their later uniform, as they would have appeared at the Battle of Sedgemoor, mainly because I couldn’t find out what uniform they did actually wear, (possibly grey?) at the time and also so they can be used for the later wars as well.
Here’s their lineage for my Donnybrook  period.

from 1661 Tangier Horse

from 1683 The King’s Own Royal Regiment of Dragoons
1683–1685 John, Lord Churchill. app. 19 November 1683 —Lord Churchill’s Dragoons
1685–1688 Edward, Viscount Cornbury. app. 1 August 1685 —Hyde’s Dragoons or Lord Cornbury’s Dragoons
1688–1689 Richard Clifford. app. 24 November 1688 —Clifford’s Dragoons
from 1690 The Royal Regiment of Dragoons
1689–1694 Edward, Viscount Cornbury. app. 31 December 1688 —Lord Cornbury’s Dragoons
1689–1694 Anthony Hayford. app. 1 July 1689 —Hayford’s Dragoons

We’re going to……Broadside 2016

Posted on May 27th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

Well its nearly that time of year again, the Rejects will soon be let out of our cages to put on a game at a show.And that show is of courseBroadside 2016Run by those affable chaps at Milton Hundred Wargames Club.The Rejects will be putting on a g…

AHPC 6 Donnybrook – 25mm NYW English Artillery

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

About time I posted again………..

We’ll move back in time, to mid March for my 5th entry into the Painting Challenge

and we have yet more Donnybrook figures!!!

This is the Dixon artillery set, from their Grand Alliance range which can be purchased here, for the measly sum of £6.95.
Which for 3 figures and an artillery piece is a bargain!
Although in the title I called this an English piece, it can be used for the French or Rebel 
artillery as well as the uniforms were very similar.