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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????

Donnybrook – The Ladies

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

A few more figures for my Donnybrook collection, painted by Fran.I’m not sure what make most of them are but the first lady in blue and the last lady in green are definitely Foundry figure and the third from the right is the French Queen from&nbsp…

Big Lee’s 2 Million Givaway!!

Posted on September 1st, 2016 under . Posted by

That biggest of Blog Tarts, Big Lee has recently amassed the ridiculous number of 2 Million hits to his dodgy blog. The normally tight git is splashing out on some top prizes for his giveaway!!!! Now Big Lee and splash the cash are 2 set…

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.