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Worcester Living History Weekend 17th Feb – Thoughts on the day.

Posted on February 18th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Yesterday saw the first of what hopefully will be an annual event, the Guildhall in the City was a great room to play in with plenty of natural light and room to move around, the building dates back to the 1770’s which really gave the day that historic…

Worcester Living History Weekend 17th – 18th Feb.

Posted on February 17th, 2018 under , . Posted by

The Wyvern Wargamers will be taking to the road today and are pleased to be taking part in Worcesters Living History Weekend, the event has grown over the years and this year for the first time includes Wargames.Organised by The Worcester Re-enactors …

Ghost Archipelago – #2 Boiling Point.

Posted on February 15th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Atmir was concerned, last week their were scattered reports of musket fire in the swamp lands to the north of Atlantis and now one of his guardians was missing, judging by the markings it looked like Terrorpids, but they had never ventured this close t…

Sharp Parctice 2 – The French in the Desert.

Posted on February 10th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

A little later than planned, the AAR from a month ago, nothing like a little sunshine when it’s forecasted to pour down over the weekend again…Many of the Egyptian encounters have been rather cluttered in terms of terrrain so I wanted to put on a gam…

Black Powder Ghost Archipelago….

Posted on February 2nd, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

The beauty of Frostgrave and Ghost Archipelago is that the rules are very simple, quick to pick up,  which opens them up to be adapted to various settings, having read through the rules over a number of weeks they did not need to many tweaks to ma…

Ghost Archipelago Crewmen – Ready for Action.

Posted on January 28th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

With the Ghost Archipelago treasures completed recently, time to get some crewmen on the table, whilst the plan is to move the encounters on to the Black Powder era, these will come in handy for alternative factions adventuring across the islands. Besi…

Wyvern Wargamers – Woodville Campaign – Battle 1- The Town of Pointington.

Posted on January 24th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Sunday night saw the opening salvo in the Wyvern Wargamers – Woodville ACW Campaign.With the Union Command advancing on the town of Pointington.With initiative in hand the Union Players selected a flank attack on the town hoping to catch the Confederat…

Wyvern Wargamers – ACW Campaign – Opening Moves.

Posted on January 20th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

The Wyvern Wargamers – ACW Campaign is a go.With forces drawn up and support points picked both commands set about giving orders for the first few days. Days one and two pass without incident apart from the odd straggler wandering into camp or th…

Ghost Archipelago – Treasure tokens

Posted on January 16th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

A couple of months of doing very little, have turned into a flood of projects on the go. All of which I am tempted to dive into. The mojo is definately back for January. I could do with a couple of weeks off and a lottery win to get them all to a …

Sharp Practice 2 – The Russo-Japanese War – Thoughts and adaptions.

Posted on January 13th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

First game of the year and a chance to try something new.Like many wargamers I have a bookshelf full of rules each time a new edition comes it ends up being brought and added to the shelf. To the point where at times you forget which rules sits with…

2017 A year in review.

Posted on January 6th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Some what belated but I guess that’s the problem with a weekend in between Christmas and New Year and limited time off, I thought I would look back over the past 12 months and review the progress of the projects undertaken and give some thought to the…

Christmas greetings and a brief update

Posted on December 28th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

With most of the family struck down with heavy colds and a Christmas Tree that would not stay up, to the point where the real tree, now completely devoid of needles was relegated to the garden and an artifical one purchased on Boxing day you would thin…

Haitian Reinforcements – No Porkies

Posted on December 16th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Finally another 6 Infantry limp off the paint table together with a much needed Big Man.These should serve to flesh out the units bringing each up 8 figures rather than the 6 currently in play.The Big Man is from Trent Minatures Insurgent pack and make…

Haitian Reinforcements – No Porkies

Posted on December 16th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Finally another 6 Infantry limp off the paint table together with a much needed Big Man.These should serve to flesh out the units bringing each up 8 figures rather than the 6 currently in play.The Big Man is from Trent Minatures Insurgent pack and make…

The Pearl of the Antilles – Haitian Revolution AAR #4 Hold the line.

Posted on December 9th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Painting and posting has slowed to a trickle but hopefully the Christmas period will give me that free time to get juices flowing and some of the back log cleared.Last weekend saw the Wyvern Christmas all dayer, we were a little thin on the ground but …

The Pearl of the Antilles – Haitian Revolution AAR #4 Hold the line.

Posted on December 9th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Painting and posting has slowed to a trickle but hopefully the Christmas period will give me that free time to get juices flowing and some of the back log cleared.Last weekend saw the Wyvern Christmas all dayer, we were a little thin on the ground but …

All work and no play.

Posted on November 26th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Hobby time has been rather thin on the ground in recent weeks.A new job some two hours closer to home should have given me plenty of time to get in front of the brushes, but intense home work and manual reading put paid to any free time in the evenings…

All work and no play.

Posted on November 26th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Hobby time has been rather thin on the ground in recent weeks.
A new job some two hours closer to home should have given me plenty of time to get in front of the brushes, but intense home work and manual reading put paid to any free time in the evenings, hopefully the next month should see things calm down.
I did manage to sneak a trip down to Warfare last weekend and joined the rest of the Wyverns in a refight of Cambrai 1917, using Paul @ Kallistra’s excellent hex terrain and figures.
The British out numbering the Germans 3:1 and supported by 30 Tanks attempted to break three lines of German trenches.

As one of the German commanders we opted to leave the first trench line lightly defended hoping to draw the British in where they would lose a number of tanks in attempting to cross the trench lines with the occasional grenade attack from the infantry defenders.

   

 

In a bloody affair in which the British opened up a number of channels through the use of concentrated artillery they flanked the German left but could not capitalise on the assault as they had lost all of their armour and around 60% of the infantry.
A drawn although the British were quickly on twitter to celebrate a victory.
“The news isn’t there to tell you what happened. It’s there to tell you what it wants you to hear or what it thinks you want to hear.”

 Joss Whedon

A great days gaming touch and go right to the last turn when the German Infantry managed to destroy the last 3 tanks with Grenades, what are the chances of rolling 3 12’s in a row.
Purchases on the day were few, but with Christmas coming and limited paint time, probably not a bad thing, I picked up some extra items for Ghost Archipelago in the shape of a couple of swamps which need some extra’s adding by way of grasses and reeds. I also picked up some lovely treasure pieces which will be great to fight over in the months ahead.

Redoubt had released their cotton pickers for the ACW, but they should be fine for the Haiti Project and some extra jump off points.
I have managed to prep the Crewman from the Ghost Archipelago Nickstarter, with 20 in a box, I opted for 10 European type characters and 10 Middle Eastern both gangs armed with a mixture of weapons, having given the Chinese a run out a few weeks ago, I figured three distinct factions could be formed for any one simply wanting to walk into the club without having to roll for all the stats from the outset.

Until next time….

Ghost Archipelago – 1st Outing.

Posted on November 11th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Just a short post today showcasing the first outing for Ghost Archipelago last sunday evening.One of the great things about these rules is I have pretty much all that is required to put a game on, swamps, plastic plants and fish tank ornaments.Whilst I…

Ghost Archipelago – 1st Outing.

Posted on November 11th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Just a short post today showcasing the first outing for Ghost Archipelago last sunday evening.One of the great things about these rules is I have pretty much all that is required to put a game on, swamps, plastic plants and fish tank ornaments.Whilst I…

The Pearl of the Antilles – Haitian Revolution AAR #3 Into the Hinterland

Posted on November 4th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Following on from the last game which was a close call and saw the Haitian’s fall back as their morale fell away as the support units were beaten and driven from the fight, this scenario sees the British push inland towards the fertile plantations, fea…

The Pearl of the Antilles – Haitian Revolution AAR #3 Into the Hinterland

Posted on November 4th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Following on from the last game which was a close call and saw the Haitian’s fall back as their morale fell away as the support units were beaten and driven from the fight, this scenario sees the British push inland towards the fertile plantations, fea…

Wyvern Wargamers – ACW Campaign for Sharp Practice.

Posted on October 31st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

On the back of one of the Wyvern’s all day bashes a number of us have decided to embark on a short ACW campaign to keep us busy over the winter months and ensure the painting tally for the year continues to tick over.I have been reading the Too Fat Lar…

Wyvern Wargamers – ACW Campaign for Sharp Practice.

Posted on October 31st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

On the back of one of the Wyvern’s all day bashes a number of us have decided to embark on a short ACW campaign to keep us busy over the winter months and ensure the painting tally for the year continues to tick over.I have been reading the Too Fat Lar…

Dusting off some old favourites… AVBCW.

Posted on October 28th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

A little behind on postings, so much for winding down in my notice period at work :-)Another 3 years have passed and time to dust off the AVBCW Collection, every now and again its good to revisit Worcester in 1938 and the exploits of Harry Doyle and Se…