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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.

The Battle of Fort (Angry) Lee 1756 – A FIW batrep

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

Oops its taken far too long to get this report up!!!!As you have already seen on Fran & BigLee’s blogs, the Angry bush hugger himself came back to Blighty to visit Salute and as he was over for a week we arranged an evening game for him, just so he…

Salute Blogger Meet-up 2016

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

A bit late but the Blogger meet-up seemed a success?BigLee – – – – http://musingswargameslife.blo…

Salute 2016 part 2

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

Right, straight on with some pics from the show……..Oshiro Model Terrain – The Adventures of Paul DrakeMines a pint!Victrix – Spain 1800Beautiful  54mm figures!Not sure who this game was by?Some entries into the painting competitionsNewbury &am…

Finally….Salute 2016 Part 1

Posted on April 21st, 2016 under , , . Posted by

I must be one of the last bloggers to get their Salute post up, time just seems to run by so quickly nowadays???Anyway on with the show…..which started nice and early for me, Postie and Dave. You may have noticed on others blogs that I was given a 2 …

Salute 2016………Well are you? & Blogger Meet-up

Posted on April 8th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

In just over a week the Rejects, (well, some of us), will be making our annual trip toSalute 2016 on 16th April.Are you????And we’ll have our annual Blogger Meet up at 1pm in the big red spot.So if you fancy coming along and putting a name to a face, i…

Rejects on Tour – Skirmish April 2016

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

Only 2 Rejects made the long drive up the A2, to visit the April show at Skirmish, I bought various bits and bobs but I tried not to spend too much, I was hoping to save my pennies for Salute.Skirmish is now under new management, its now being run by C…

What a pair of Rejects – Miniature Wargames with Battlegames 396

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

Well I never??Two Rejects make it into Miniature Wargames with Battlegames!!BigLee called me a few days ago saying that both our blogs are featured as Blogs of the Month!To say I’m chuffed doesn’t quite cut it!Cheers Henry!

AHPC 6 Bonus Round – The Duke of Monmouth

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

I had a few ideas for most of the bonus rounds, but the Gambler-Risk-taker was always going to be The Duke of Monmouth. Now I did consider this figure to be my Curtgeld as well and be the start of Curt’s Nine Years War collection!!! but he’s got enough on his plate at the moment, so he’ll be added to my collection, with the Wild Bill Hickok figure from my previous post for my Curtgeld.

The figure is from Reiver Castings ,who make an excellent dynamic collection of NYW figures, they’re a tad on the large side but still fit in well with Foundry and Warfare, but not with Front Rank!. I gotta admit I do much prefer Warfare minis, but I haven’t managed to get any of their figures painted so far??


James Scott, duke of Monmouth, byname (until 1663) James Fitzroy, or Crofts (born April 9, 1649, Rotterdam, Netherlands, died July 15, 1685, London, England), claimant to the English throne who led an unsuccessful rebellion against King James II in 1685. Although the strikingly handsome Monmouth had the outward bearing of an ideal monarch, he lacked the intelligence and resolution needed for a determined struggle for power.

Monmouth was the illegitimate son of King Charles II and Lucy Walter, who claimed to be the king’s wife; the two, however, had little contact after 1649. James was born in the Netherlands, where the couple had met as both sought refuge during the English Civil War; the conflict ended in 1651 with the defeat of Charles’s forces. Lucy and young James moved frequently, and in 1656 she took him to London. Within months of their arrival, the two were arrested and briefly imprisoned in the Tower of London by the republican government. After their release in 1656, Lucy and James journeyed to Flanders. In 1658 an agent of Charles kidnapped James and took him to Paris, where he was looked after by Lord William Crofts. Two years later Charles was restored to the throne, and in 1662 James was returned to England and installed at court as a favourite of the king. On February 14, 1663, Charles created him duke of Monmouth, earl of Doncaster, and Baron Scott of Tindale and made him a Knight of the Garter. On April 20, Monmouth was married to the wealthy Scottish heiress Anne Scott, countess of Buccleuch; they were created duke and duchess of Buccleuch, and he took the surname of Scott. Even at this early date some Englishmen viewed him as a possible successor to Charles. Since Monmouth was a Protestant, his political opportunities increased when Charles’s brother and acknowledged heir, James, duke of York, converted to Roman Catholicism about 1668.

Monmouth was made captain of the king’s guard in 1668 and admitted to the privy council in 1670. During the Anglo-Dutch War of 1672–74, he commanded English troops on the European continent. He became captain general of all the armed forces in England in 1678, and on June 22, 1679, he triumphed over the Scottish Presbyterian rebels at Bothwell Bridge, Lanark. Meanwhile, the succession to the throne had become a burning issue in England, where anti-papal hysteria had been aroused by rumours that the Catholics were plotting to seize power. Charles blocked all parliamentary attempts to exclude James from the royal inheritance, and in September 1679 he banished Monmouth from the kingdom. Nevertheless, the duke quickly returned in defiance of his father and set about building up a following. In this crisis Monmouth was championed for the succession by Anthony Ashley Cooper, earl of Shaftesbury, the leader of the anti-Catholic Whigs in Parliament. In 1682–83 Monmouth became involved in the Whig conspiracy against Charles and James, known as the Rye House Plot. Although pardoned for his part in this enterprise, he was banished from court and took refuge in the Netherlands early in 1684.

Upon the death of Charles II on February 6, 1685, the duke of York acceded to power as James II. Monmouth landed at Lyme Regis, Dorset, with 82 followers in June and quickly raised over 4,000 men, but he was unable to rally the gentry to his rebellion. On July 6 his army of peasantry was totally defeated on the plain of Sedgemoor, Somerset. He fled but was soon captured and beheaded.

AHPC 6 Curtgeld – Wild Bill Hickok

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

The plan was to start Curt’s NYW collection off with the Duke of Monmouth as my Curtgeld, but at Cavalier last month I spied this great figure from Knuckleduster and as Curt collected Cowboys in a previous Challenge, I thought I’d add to the collection.
I was going to leave the figure unbased, but in a mad 5 minutes, he got added to the must base pile and before I knew it I was painting the base???
Wild Bill is only my 4th entry into the Challenge!

James Butler Hickok (May 27, 1837 – August 2, 1876)—known as “Wild Bill” Hickok—was a folk character of the American Old West. Some of his exploits as reported at the time were fiction, but his skill as a gunfighter and gambler provided the basis for his fame, along with his reputation as a lawman.

Hickok was born and raised on a farm in rural Illinois. He went west at age 18 as a fugitive from justice, first working as a stagecoach driver, then as a lawman in the frontier territories of Kansas and Nebraska. He fought (and spied) for the Union Army during the American Civil War and gained publicity after the war as a scout, marksman, actor and professional gambler. Hickok was involved in several notable shootouts.

He was shot from behind and killed while playing poker in a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota) by an unsuccessful gambler, Jack McCall. The card hand which he supposedly held at the time of his death (aces and eights) has come to be known as the “Dead Man’s Hand”.

NYW Flags – Earl of Leven’s regt

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

A request for fellow TMPer OhBuggerHe was after some info on the flags carried by the Earl of Leven’s regt, during the Nine Years War.So here’s my take on the flags, not quite sure why they were never posted when I made them a few years ago??I can…

The Battle of Ludford Bridge 1459 – A WotR batrep

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

…..Or the Battle that never wasThe Rejects got together on Sunday for our first War of the Roses game since 2011!!Richard, BigLee and myself were the Yorkists, on the right, while John, Ian and Surj were the Lancastrians on the left.Order of BattleYo…

AHPC 6 Donnybrook – The crew of HMS Ruby

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

Can’t believe this is only my 3rd entry into the Challenge proper?? And NO, they’re not the same figures I entered into the last bonus round!The figures are  all Foundry figures, apart from the leader which is a Casting Roomfigure, they were …

Rejects on Tour – Cavalier 2016

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

Me & Postie drove down to Tonbridge last Sunday for the Rejects first show of the year.
There we met fellow Rejects BigLee and Ian.I an then treated us all to a MackieD’s breakie, which set us all up for the day!

Hailsham Wargames Club – Malplaquet 1709

My personal favourite game of the show. I belive they were all old school Les Higgins figures, well they may have been old but they still looked pretty cool!

We met up with loads of blogger, as soon as we walked into the main hall we bumped into 
Dave Crook,centre in the pic above,with Postie and BigLee.

Then not long after we were joined by Henry Hyde and Bob Cordery.
I was pleasantry surprised to be given £5 from Henry as payment for one of my photos he 
had used in Miniature Wargames!
(Pic pinched from BigLee’s blog!)

 North London Wargames Group- Battle of Moncontour 1569

The Bring & Buy

Tonbridge Wargames Club – Chickamauga Day 2

Maidstone Wargames – Road to Homs 1982

Gravesend Gamers Guild – Warmachine

Not too sure who and what this game was?

Southend Wargames Club – Helmund Rescue

Society of Ancients – Trebia

The small hall

The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists – Rommel: Our part in his downfall

Friday Night Firefight – Zulu! 1879

Deal Wargames Society – Prison Break 1945

Crawley War Games Club – Trench Raid

AHPC 6 Nautical Bonus Round – HMS Dragon

Posted on March 2nd, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Another continuation for my Tangiers project makes an appearance in the Nautical Bonus round.Here are the crew of HMS Dragon, who along with the crews from the Ruby, Garland and Guernsey, were ordered ashore by Admiral Herbert……”Admiral Herbert lan…

Cavalier 2016 Swag

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

After getting back from Cavalier in Tonbridge on Sunday, (pics of the show to follow)
I rummaged through my bag of goodies and found this lot!

Some 15mm tents from the Bring and Buy
2 weapons packs from Magister Militum
2 packs of Artizan Moor Cavalry from Col Bill
A Donnington Grand Alliance 15mm artillery piece and limber 
Lots of Gabions!!!

Impulse buy of the day…..En Garde rule set
A few paints
Small tufts from Shellhole scenics a bargain 3 packs for £5
and finally Wargames Illustrated Paints magazine, saw this over on Roundwood’s World, 
young Sidney wrote a rather nice review check it out!
I didn’t realise I spent so much?
Oh well, next stop Salute!