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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…

The Days of King Monmouth – A short booklet review

Posted on June 25th, 2015 under , . Posted by

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you may have noticed that I’m a tad partial to the period in history between the ECW and the WSS. So naturally I tend to look for and buy books on the period, I do own several other books on Monmouth’s Rebellion and the Battle of Sedgemoor. So when I noticed a new booklet being published, “The Days of King Monmouth” by Ralph Mitchard. it was a no brainer, especially as it was a mere £6 plus postage!
The book runs out at 45 pages and has both colour and black & white illustrations. But what I like the most is the booklet is written as a day by day account, starting on the 1st June when Monmouth sailed to Judge Jeffreys Bloody Assizes.
There are books and booklets with more info in them of course, but for a wargamer, this is gold, with details on the Skirmish at Bridport, the rout of the Somerset Militia, the Skirmish at Ashill and at Keynsham Bridge, the Battle of Philips Norton and of course the Battle of Sedgemoor. The 6 week War is a perfect Skirmish period for any gamer, so if you’re interested in the period my advice is buy it!

You can purchase the booklet direct from Ralph’s site here or on ebay here

You can also visit Ralph blog Wars of Louis XIV

Border Reivers, The Battle of the Cross – The Rejects at Broadside 2015

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

It was an early start on Sunday, but not as early as BigLee’s, (click here for his report)
We all met round Posties house and  after a quick 35 minute drive down the A2, we arrived at Broadside!!!!

There were many traders already there, but we were one of the first games to set up

Lee looks very happy to be there!

Nearly ready….

Milton Hundred in their nice bright yellow tops, we could see you everywhere, 
but I guess that’s the idea!

Postie looks a little stumped?? 
Doh!

And we’re off!

Walter Armstrong lights his beacon on the hill, to call for help from his fellow Scots.
But will any turn up and when?

This is a fictitious game set in the year 1590, somewhere in the Scottish Middle March.

Helen the young teenage daughter of Steven (Mad Dog) Stapleton (Surj) has sneaked away from the family home in England and crossed the border into Scotland, to be with her lover Robert (The Fearless), (Ray) son of Walter (Wally) Armstrong (BigLee). Since both families hate each other, Robert has pleaded with his Mother and Father to let Helen stay in the family home, this they reluctantly agreed to as they know it’s only a matter of time before the Stapleton’s arrive to claim their daughter back!

Thus the scene is set, can the Stapleton’s force their daughter to come home with Fire & Sword or can the Armstrong’s win the day by supporting their son and dishing out their own kind punishment to the English.


OOB

Defending the Bastille,  The Scots –  Armstrong’s 

Rejects BigLee & Ray

28 Foot (Not all on the table at the start)

8 Civilians

11 Horse

1 Dog

Attack Force, English – The Stapleton’s Rejects Surj & Smiffy (Who played a Mercenary Captain)
26 Foot

13 Horse

2 Dogs

6 Bundles of Faggots

1 Battering Ram

1 Pack Horse

Surj and Smiffy learned a few valuable lessons from our practice game.
Get in fast.
While myself and Lee decided to stay under cover and not advance.

We moved men inside the Bastille house straight away and didn’t move a Horse forward.

“She’s hiding in there, now how the hell are we gonna get her out”
Mad Dog screamed!

Mad Dog Stapleton led from the front, galloping fast to get his wayward daughter back!!

We were allowed to pick a sharpeshooter, we choose the chap in red behind the wall.
Lee then moved him into the Bastille, for more protection…it didn’t work.

BAAAA!

We were out of range, and unable to fire.

My Horse wait in anticipation

The villages carry on as if nothing is happening??

Boooooo!

Smiffy leading from the front, decides he likes the look of the sheep?

Smiffies Mercenaries pass the Cross, the Scottish horse look to be outnumbered.

The English foot are running through the open ground.

Foot move 6 inches and add the throw of  a D4 to run.
While Horse move 8′ and throw a D8 to run.

The first casualty of the day.

This figure and another 59 casualty figures were bought and painted by Postie in under a
 week from Hoka Hey Wargaming, check them out!!

At the end of the turn, we were very relived to receive some help, 
5 Horse from the neighboring village came to shed some English blood

We were unlucky, we kept missing the first turn, which meant we were on the
 back foot for most of the game.

Then in a just ridiculous turn, the dice gods deserted us and we lost all the Scots defending the
walls outside the House.
Smiffy and Surj needed to throw a 16 plus on a D20, which they managed with ease!

We fired back from inside the house and didn’t hit a bloody thing!
.
 We loved Posties fire markers, made from Teddy Bear fur, wrapped around a pipe cleaner, then poked into the widows of the building.


Things didn’t get any better for us, our newly arrived Horse were completely wiped out.
You can see what’s left of them in the pic above, just above the red X.

The English had total control of the Battlefield, we’d lost every man outside of the Bastille House.
While they had only lost a mere 10 figures. Our reinforcement, just never arrived in time.
Much to Robert’s sorrow Wally Armstrong raised the white flag and handed over Mad Dog’s daughter.

And so ends…The Battle of the Cross

The Rejects
BigLee, Surj, Evil Postie, Dave, Little Oliver, Ray & Smiffy
We did have a part 2 
We restarted the game and  swapped sides, 
I’ll maybe post a few pics of that game at a later date.
Cheers
Ray

Broadside 2015 – The Games

Posted on June 14th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Just a quick…….ok quite long run down of the games at this years, Broadside in Sittingbourne.I’ll leave most of the pics of our game for another day, but here’s a couple.My favorite game and a lot of others was the quite spectacular Shepway Wa…

Posties Rejects @ Broadside 2015

Posted on May 30th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

 Posties Rejects are off to Broadside Wargaming Show in Sittingbourne on 14th June 2015.
Postie has been up to his usually Megalomania and we’ve a new untried 
period out on show. 
The Border Reivers
Here are 2 pics of our practice game today, just to wet your appetite??

SUNDAY 14TH JUNE 2015

 SWALLOWS LEISURE CENTRE, SITTINGBOURNE, KENT, ME10 4NT
 ENTRY JUST £3.00 – NON-WARGAMING PARTNERS AND KIDS GET IN FREE!
 If you’re going to the show, come on over and say hello, we’ll be at G15, circled in the map below.
                 CLUBS                                                                                        CLUBS

T1    ADLERS MINIATURES                                                            G1     HORNCHURCH  WARGAMES CLUB
T2    ARMOURFEST                                                                           G2     THE SOCIETY OF ANCIENTS
T3    BRIGADE MODELS                                                                  G3     MEDWAY GAMING SOCIETY
T4    REDOUBT ENTERPRISES                                                       G4     DEAL WARGAMES CLUB
T5    DAVE LACHESTER BOOKS                                                   G5     CRAWLEY WARGAMES CLUB
T6    CYMBERLINE GAMES                                                            G6    FRIDAY NIGHT FIRE FIGHT
T7    FENRIS GAMES                                                                          G7    RAINHAM WARGAMES CLUB
T8    TABLESCAPE                                                                             G8    GRAVESEND GAMERS GUILD
T9    HARFIELDS MILITARY FIGURES                                        G9     HERNE BAY WARGAMERS
T10  REALISTIC MODELS                                                               G10   SKIRMISH GROUP
T11  IRONCLAD MINIATURES                                                      G11   HEADS OF HYDRA CLUB
T12  CAPITAN GAMES                                                                     G12   SOUTHEND WARGAMES CLUB
T13  20MM ZONE                                                                              G13   SHEPWAY WARGAMES CLUB
T14  COL BILL’S                                                                                G14    MODEL DADS
T15  LESLEYS BIT BOX                                                                  G15    POSTIES REJECTS 
T16  WARGAMES n KITS                                                                G16   MAIDSTONE WARGAMES SOCIETY
T17  PILUM PAINTING                                                                    G17    MEDWAY WAGAMES SOCIETY
T18  MONARCH MILITARY BOOKS                                           G18    SOUTH EAST ESSEX MILITARY SOCIETY
T19  GP GAMING
T20  VAMPIRE GAMERS CLUB
T21  TOLE HAVEN
T22  TIMELINE MINIATURES
T23  ENGINE SHED TOYS
T24  WARGAME SOLUTIONS
T25  WARLORD GAMES
T26  WARGAMES FOUNDRY
T27  EAST STREET GAMES
T28  DARK STAR
T29  EAGLE FIGURES
T30  EMPEROR TOADS EMPORIUM
T31 PE2 COLLECTABLES

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner – Blog Givaway Winners

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

A big thank you goes to all of you who contribute to my little part of the blogesphere and its my pleasure to dish out some prizes to some of you. 50 bloggers entered the fray, some won more than one prize as well!!!Could all winners please contact me …

The Battle of Pattala 326BC Alexander’s Conquest of India

Posted on May 12th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Some Rejects got together over the weekend for our first game of Macedonians verses Indians for what must be at least 15 years!!!The Battle of Patalla 19th July 326 BCotherwise known asThe Massacre of Patalla, depending on who you want to win?A few day…

500 posts = Mega Blog Giveaway

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

No1 Hasslefree – Michelle & PalsWell my 500th post has been and gone, infact No 500 was the collection of Salute photos that I posted last week. And as a seem to win my fair share of Blog Giveaway’s (I’m sure some of you will agree??)Talk…

Salute 2015 Blogger Meet-up

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

The 2015 Blogger Meet-up was a great success, we had around 30 bloggers turn up, I tried to say hello to them all and failed miserably!I’ve named everyone in the pic above (pic pinched from Pendragon Without’s blog) that’s him kneeling in the front. Th…

Salute 2015- The Pics…….and there’s a lot of ‘em!

Posted on April 25th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

A few Rejects took that long drive up the A2 and over Dartford Bridge to the Excel centre for our annual trip to Salute! It was a great day and like most at the show I’m bloody knackered!!! I did come back with a large bag of goodies, rather larger tha…

RP No 170 NYW French Generals

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

Well the Analogue Painting Challenge is over for another year. These 6 Nine Years War French Generals were entered as my last entry earning me a mere 24 points. Pushing me up to my best position in the Challenge so far this year No 36. But in the final…

FIW Skirmish – The Battle of Brodie Bridge 1758

Posted on April 18th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

 3 Rejects got together for a FIW skirmish at Posties the weekend before last.We pulled sides outta the hat. Ian ans Surj got the French & Indians and I got the British and Provincials.We used Posties own skirmish rules….6th July 1758 somewh…

RP No168 Loki Greathallson

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

Another small entry into the Analogue Painting Challenge was this fine looking fellow, I bought this figure maybe 10+ years ago and have had him undercoated for nearly as long!You may recognize the figure a Wargames Foundry figure as the avatar from fe…

RP No 167 Donnybrook – Lord Francis Fezziwig

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

This rather dashing??? looking chap was one of my entries into the Analogue Painting Challenge back in March. I’m not sure of the make of the figure but it could be Old Glory?? Any ideas?He was an 18th century figure, with the usual ponytail  but …

Salute 2015……….Blogger meet up…anyone???

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

Salute 2015 is only 21 days away as I type……….Yee-haw!!!So who’s going???I’m planning another Blogger meet up at the Big Red Spot above.The meet up will be for around one hour starting at 1pm.So if you want to come and meet your fellow bloggers f…

RP No 166 NYW French – Gardes Suisses

Posted on March 28th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

The Swiss Guard was a regiment that could trace its ancestry back to at least 1590. In 1615 it was first mentioned as a guard regiment and it was completed and functioning as such by 1616. By 1700 it numbered 12 companies of Swiss soldiers, b…

RP No 165 Napoleonic, Hanavarion – Prince Regent’s Hussars

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

This unit was my 3rd entry into the Challenge apart from all the Bonus rounds of course, which is  not that good for the ol’ lead pile!! The figures are for Postie to add to his massive 15mm Napoleonic collection.They are the final unit he needed …

The Battle of Kadikioi, 1855 – A Crimean War batrep

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

 A couple of Sundays ago, some of the Rejects and a guest got together for a Crimean War battle. The guest was Mike Sayce, you may recall his name from the mag Miniature Wargames with Battlegames were Mike has written several articles on those har…

Analogue Painting Challenge Anti-Hero Bonus Round – Judge Dredd

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

Out of my comfort zone for this entry into the Analogue hobbies Painting Challenge.I had to paint up a Anti-Hero, which I though was a bit difficult for a historical figure. I did toy with the idea of painting Galloping Hogan…who??, click here to fin…

Cavalier Swag & Bits & Bobs

Posted on March 7th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Finally got around to posting a few pics of the swag I bought at last months Cavalier show in Tonbridge. Most of my hard earned dosh was lost at the Redoubt stall. Where I bought the Farrier/Blacksmith set, aboveTwo Milkmaids and a MooCow, (a…

Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge – Donnybrook Brawl. Comedic Bonus Round.

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

This was the only bonus round that I actually had a plan for from the start,  Originally it was going to be a bit smaller, only having the Dixon figures – Tavern Brawl, but I got a bit carried away adding figures and various bits and bobs of …

Cavalier 2015 – The Pics

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 under , , . Posted by

As some of you may already know, the Rejects, (well some of them) headed off to Tonbridge last Sunday to visit the Cavalier Wargames show.Here are some pics from the show.Tonbridge Wargames Club – Stalingrad 1942SEEMS – Border Reivers 1575Friday N…

Cavalier 2015 in Tonbridge anyone???

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

Some of the Rejects will be making their annual trip to Tonbridge for Cavalier Wargame Show this Sunday. This is always our first Show of the year, and I guess like the other Rejects I’m quite looking forward to it!I’ve got a few bucks to spend, not su…

Analogue Painting Challenge Hot Bonus Round – Mi Ladies Bathtime.

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

Once again I hadn’t a clue what to paint up for the next bonus round. I searched through my lead pile and found this little item. Its from Col Bill’s Depot Battalion range. Its a mere £4.50 and can be found here, if you’re interested in buying one. Its a miniature of “Mi Ladies Bathtime”. 

Why did I buy this? No one knows? 
 How the hell I’m going to use this in a game, you may ask and the simple answer is…… I haven’t a clue!

The pictures have came out pretty awful, I took at least 30 pics and these three were the best of a really bad bunch.
The figures believe it or not look a lot better in real life and are not shiny at all.
As for the Hot……well she’s not that Hot, is she??  Just look at that mush? She’s a rather healthy lady though, with all the bits and bobs in the right places, and the water isn’t that hot, its boiling!!!

I’m also with the points for the Robyn Hood bonus round, up to my top spot so far, the dizzy heights of 43rd!! And I’ve reached my points goal of 300 points too!! I suppose I’ll have to up my goal now?? Perhaps 500 points?
Check out the Bonus Round page and cast your vote for your favorite, if you haven’t already!!

Analogue Painting Challenge Myth Bonus Round – Robin Hood

Posted on February 7th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

I struggled with a figure to paint up for the Myth bonus round, but while browsing through North Stars Military Figures, Bargain basement page the other day, I found this Robin Hood figure for the measly sum of £1.10. So along with another few bits and bobs from their 1672 range he was purchased.
I thought he’d be a good Myth figure, Robin Hood being a famous English legend, but who was the real Robin Hood??
Many names have been put forward, Robin Earl of Huntingdon, Robin of Loxley, Roger Godberd and the name we all know although spelt slightly different, Robyn Hode.

He’s not sculpted in the usual Robin Hood style, but he’s a more modern looking chap, he looks like he fit right in a Zombie game to me??