Posts Tagged ‘ECW’

Half-Timber Dovecote, Dampfpanzerwagon Style: Part One

Posted on April 25th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

As I mentioned in my last post about the things I brought home from Trumpeter Salute, one of them was a copy of Issue #87 of Wargames, Soldiers, and Strategy, their ECW special. One of the articles in there was by Tony Harwood, also known as Dampfpanzerwagon around the internet, including on the Lead Adventure … Continue reading Half-Timber Dovecote, Dampfpanzerwagon Style: Part One

Montrose’s Irish Shot

Posted on April 23rd, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

This was my entry for round three of the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League. It’s half a unit of shot for The Pikeman’s Lament. This week’s entry is a mix of Pike and Shot to finish up this unit as well as the previously posted pike. I’ll have pictures of the complete units next week.

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Irish Shot from Warlord Games.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:


L’Art de la Guerre Renaissance…

Posted on April 23rd, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

ADLG Renaissance is in development… and even with having not actually played it or laid eyes on a copy, I do know that it will probably involve “double units” for Pike & Shot.The idea of rebasing is a frightening one, but amazingly, on examinatio…

Montrose’s Irish Pike

Posted on April 19th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

This was my entry for round two of the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League. It’s not a complete unit of twelve for The Pikeman’s Lament because I didn’t have enough figures for a  complete unit at the time I painted them. This week’s entry is a group of Shot (about half a units worth – for the same reason) and next weeks entry is a batch of four Pike and six Shot to finish off BOTH units.

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Irish Pike from Warlord Games. The flag is hand-painted and based off one of the paper flags included with the Warlord Games Montrose Irish box set.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Perhaps the Irish Shot…? Or an assortment of other odd and sundry items that have crept onto the workbench and ended up with paint on them…?

I didn’t do a Boardgame Roundup for March – so I’ve been working on one for March AND April (but I won’t be posting that for another week and a bit – It’ll be a big ‘un, as I’ve been playing a LOT of boardgames lately!) 

Half-Timber Barn, Finally Finished!

Posted on April 13th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Way back in June of 2011, I started a fairly small half-timber barn for 28mm, for either my ECW/TYW stuff or early 20th C pulp gaming. I’d gotten most of the painting done on the building six years ago, then moved on to other projects as the 16th C ECW/TYW gaming failed to grab my … Continue reading Half-Timber Barn, Finally Finished!

English Shot

Posted on April 13th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

After playing that second game I got motivated to finish up another unit of Shot for The Pikeman’s Lament.

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This unit of shot – as with all of the units I have to paint up – are made up of quite a mix of figures from different manufacturers. This unit includes figures from Dixon Miniatures, Perry Miniatures, Old Glory, and even three of my own home-cast figures. The homecast figure is one of the earlier miniatures I modeled and cast (and seem to have lost both the original model and the mould!?). Painting htem up got me thinking: “I could probably do better now…” and seriously considering modeling a couple of pikemen and musketeers for giggles…

The Girl HAS been bugging me to show her how to make models for casting miniatures…

The Shot with their matching unit of Pike. I still have a unit of Musketeers in red to finish up and then units of Pike and shot in green and Orange planned.

Perhaps if I did a few figures of my own I could expand the forces into four complete companies of Red, Blue, Green, and Orange jacketed troops…? I guess I’d have to come up with some cavalry as well. Never made a horse model before…

Of course then I’ve have to run a campaign or something…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I have a solid block of painting time set aside on Friday and I think I’m going to have to just sit myself down and, despite all the toys I’d LIKE to be painting, I think I’m going to  try and finish that darned robot for Rick… I’d like to get that done before the Jet Bikes show up and I totally switch gears and get obsessed with those (I did get a notification earlier this week that mine are in the mail!)

(of course I got a notification that my Mike Bravo Miniatures were in the mail over a month ago now and I haven’t seen them yet, so…) 

Pikeman’s Lament – River Crossing

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

My friend Other Tim had Tuesday afternoon off and so I set up a quick little scenario of The Pikeman’s Lament to play in the afternoon. We played with a full 24 points – using pretty much every singly-based skirmishy ECW figure I currently have… (Okay there are the clubmen… and a handful of English shot – but not enough for a unit… and some of Montrose’s Irish – but I didn’t want to use them as they are being entered in the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League and figures entered cannot have been posted anywhere on the internet before…).

Other Tim rolled up a new Ensign for this game – and got a Ladies Man with “no discernable qualities other than a very fine moustache AND a pointed beard that the ladies love”. (He stared with 11 Honour).

April 1644, Yorkshire


Some time has passed since our last adventure. Robert MacRame in now a marked man, wanted by the law. Most highlanders finding their selves in this position head to the hills, but not young Robert…. Young Robert enjoys the comforts of home and so went into hiding…. in Edinburgh.

Our dashing young Covenanter Ensign, Evan “Holy” MacErrol, scoured the highlands looking for him, but found not a trace. He has now headed south with Alexander Leslie, Earl of Leven, to intervene in the civil war in England… As they approach York small skirmishes with royalists ensue. Evan was sent ahead to secure a ford crossing a small (but swift, and at times deep) stream…


The scenario we played was Mission D: River Crossing – straight out of the book – with some minor changes due to the size of the table. The deployment zone was a bit smaller and only two units on each side started on the table – the rest would have to enter the table with


Scots Government – Ensign Evan “Holy” MacErrol (Honour: 15, Traits: Strong)

1 Unit of Forlorn Hope (with MacErrol) – 6 points

1 Unit of Pike – 4 points

2 Units of Shot – 4 points each – 8 points

2 Units of Clansmen – 3 points each – 6 points

English Royalists    (Ensign Bartholomew Millerton – Honour: 11, Traits: Ladies Man)

1 Unit of Aggressive Forlorn Hope (with Leader) – 6 points

1 Unit of Forlorn Hope (with MacErrol) – 6 points

2 Units of Pike – 4 points each – 8 points

1 Unit of Aggressive Gallopers – 4 points


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Roughly where everyone was deployed – Scots in the bottom left of the picture (played by myself) and the English in the top right (played by Other Tim). Actually I think I took this picture AFTER the Scots had moved.

Evan MacErrol and his Forlorn Hope of dismounted cavalrymen lead the pike towards the ford. The Forlorn Hope and Pike unit moved, but none of the other units managed to move on.

Then they spied some Royalist heading their way! The Royalist Pike and the Gallopers moved and both Forlorn Hopes charged onto the table.


The Scots Forlorn Hope and Pike continued their advance towards the ford and the two units of Shot entered the table.

The Royalist Gallopers started moving through the woods and the rest of the Royalists maneuvered around their end of the table – wary of wandering into range of the Scots Forlorn Hope. 


Forgot to take pictures… The Scots Pike and Shot all moved and one unit of clansmen entered the battlefield. The Royalist Gallopers continued through the woods, the Aggressive Forlorn Hope  moved into the woods – for cover, and then the Pikes failed and no one else did anything.


One unit of the Scots Shot moved, but then the Pike failed ending the turn.

The Gallopers galloped across the open ground beyond the woods and into the river!

Elsewhere The Red Coat Pike unit formed up into close order and the other Royalist units danced about trying desperately to stay out of range of the dreaded forlorn hope… that has yet to shoot at anyone… and hadn’t even gotten to MOVE for half of the turns to far this game… Not sure what they were so afraid of…?


BOOM! The Scottish Shot on the left facing the Royalist Gallopers unleashed a furious volley of musketry, taking down two of the six horsemen! The sound of fire and battle inspired everyone else to get a move on (all other units advanced)!

Undeterred the Royalist Gallopers charged into contact with the Scottish Shot – the Scots got off a few more quick shots before the Horsemen made contact!

When the smoke cleared two Scottish musketeers were down – but so were two more of the Royalist horse and the remaining horsemen fled the field! A serious blow to the Royalist cause this day…

One of the Royalist Forlorn Hopes opened fire upon the Scottish Pike in for ford, causing two casualties – The Pike were unsettled by this fire from seemingly nowhere and they panicked and fled back out of the ford!


The Scots Pike failed to rally and continued their flight, losing another man in the process. The Shot advanced towards the river finishing off cavalrymen and horses along their way. Everyone else seemed a little confused by all the smoke and shouting and simply held their positions (Clansmen failed to move, ending the turn…).

The Royalists began a general advance – lead by Ensign Millerton and his Forlorn Hope of dismounted cuirassier!


The Scottish Pike rallied and one group of clansmen advanced into the woods next to the ford. The rest were shaken by the flight of their pikemen and froze for a moment to get their bearings.

Ensign Millerton and his Forlorn Hope of dismounted Royalist cuirassiers charged the Scottish Pike just as they were getting reorganized! Though they outnumbered the small group of cavaliers, they were shocked by the violence of their charge and were set to flight again after losing two more of their number.

The other royalist Forlorn Hope took potshots at MacErrol’s unit and injured one of them. The rest of the English pike lined up as on parade to march through the ford!


The Scottish Pike attempted to rally, but lost their will to carry on and fled the field! But as they fled out of the ford, one group of clansmen poured in upon Ensign Millerton and his Royalist cuirassiers! The Highlanders took down one of them, but lost THREE of their own and ultimately fled back to the woods!

MacErrol and his men then fired on the Cavaliers taking down another. But they were undaunted! The Royalists charged out of the ford and into combat with the dismounted Scots cavalrymen. A Brief but vicious battle saw two of the Scotsmen fall and one of the Royalists – both units were now reduced to 50% – but neither failed morale – having lost more the Scots were obliged to retire from the combat while the royalists held their ground of the Scottish side of the ford! (The Scots had actually scored SEVEN hits with their defence roll, but as the “Aggressive” Royalist forlorn Hope had a stamina of FOUR they only lost one – one more hit might have spelled the doom of the Royalist cause right then and there!)


The Clansmen in the woods successfully rallied. The other Clansmen were obliged to Wildly Charge the Royalist cavaliers standing in the open, killing another, but losing two of their own. They fell back from the fight. The MacErrols men then opened fire on the two remaining Cavaliers and took down another one – leaving only the dashing Ensign Bartholomew Millerton to face the Scottish Horde alone!

The Scottish Shot on the left moved across the river. The other Shot failed to shoot at anything… again…

Millerton charged the Scottish forlorn hope, killing another of them and sending MacErrol and the only other surviving member of his unit reeling into the woods behind them. (Again, the Scots scored three hits – but not enough to take out a heavily armoured cuirassier with a Stamina of FOUR!)

The Royalist Pike continued their advance across the river and the other Royalist forlorn hope took some pot shots at the Scottish Shot on their side of the river – causing a few casualties.


One unit of Clansmen charged the Royalist Pike advancing out of the ford. They took down two of the Pikemen, but lost three more of their own and were obliged to retire.

A second unit of Clansmen (the ones hiding in the woods) then charged the royalist Pikemen. They killed another pikemen, but also lost three of their own, bringing them to half strength and setting them to flight back into the woods.

The Scottish forlorn Hope failed to shoot and that ended their turn!

The Royalist Pike in red charged after the wavering Highlanders. The Highlanders managed to take one down, but lost two more setting them to flight once again!

The Royalist Pike in the blue charged the other wavering Highlanders in the woods, killing three more and were routed from the battlefield.

Ensign Millerton, last of the Royalist cuirassiers charged after MacErrol into the woods. He killed the last of MacErrol’s unit before being felled by MacErrol himself…

His cries caused the Royalists to shudder… the Pike in Red failed morale and retreated back towards the ford…. But the Blue Pike and the other forlorn Hope were totally fine… so I guess it only made the pikemen in red shudder…. They were the closest. Maybe they were the only ones that could hear his cries…


The remaining Scottish Highlanders failed to rally, lost another of their number and continued to retreat….

The Scottish Shot on the right fired at the Royalist Pike in red knocking off two more which finally broke them and set them to flight.

The Royalists in blue advance on the Scottish Shot near them and the other Forlorn Hope advance to the river.


The Retreating Highlanders were now down eight – with a morale of 4+, only a twelve could rally them and prevent their flight off the edge of the table. 

So close…

The Scottish Shot and Forlorn Hope fired upon the Royalist Pike, but failed to break them.

The Royalist Forlorn Hope advanced out of the river – effectively ending the game as the next turn would start with all of their remaining troops on the opposing side of the ford.

As the Royalists had the most points on the opposing side of the ford (the Royalists had 10 – the Forlorn Hope and the Pike, while the Scots had only 4 points worth of their forces on the other side of the river – the one unit of shot) they won the game – gaining Bartholomew Millerton FIVE HONOUR .

Unfortunately when we rolled  on the officer casualty table Other Tim rolled a two – “Died like a coward, begging for quarter”… Evan MacErrol has no love for the English and shows them no mercy…

Another totally fun game! Thanks to Other Tim for having a go at it with me. I’m pretty stoked to get another game going on soon – I’ll have to get some more units finished up – some shot for the English perhaps, or more cavalry…?

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Probably something to do with the Englsih Civil War… or possibly some Star Wars: X-Wing as the kids have been hounding me to play that again… 

More Scots Covenanteers for The Pikeman’s Lament

Posted on April 7th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

With those couple of Jet Bikes out of the way, I’ve returned to finishing up a few more English Civil War units for The Pikeman’s Lament. – starting with the Scots Covenanters (mostly because they had the fewest to do).

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The lot of them… mostly from Dixon Miniatures.

Dismounted Covenanter Horse – from Dixon Miniatures. Four of these are entirely freshly painted. A fifth one I did a bit of repainting on. These will most likely be fielded as a “Forlorn Hope” in The Pikeman’s Lament.

A unit of Shot completed with the addition of the Dixon Miniatures. Others in this unit that were already done are from The Assault Group.

A not-so-completed unit of Pike… (figures from Renegade Miniatures, Dixon Miniatures, and The Assault Group). I don’t know what happened here – the whole purpose of the order to Dixon Miniatures was to order EIGHT Covenanter shot and SEVEN Covenanter pike to finish these two units, so I’d have two complete units of shot and two complete units of pike… Then somehow I didn’t end up ordering enough Covenanter pike!? GAH!?

I need to swap out the skinnier pikes on the older figures… but as the unit is not yet complete I wasn’t feeling a huge rush to do so… 

Covenanter Casualties. One is from Dixon Miniatures, the other is from Perry Miniatures – neither were specifically Covenanter casualty figures – I just painted them that way…

The entire Covenanter force (so far). With two units of shot, a unit of pike, and a Forlorn Hope, I have only 18 points… Well, it’s enough to get started. As I did in the First Game of The Pikeman’s Lament, I could always add elements from the Covenanter DBA army – Including additional units of Pike and Shot, the Cavalry I used in the  First Game of The Pikeman’s Lament, and a small artillery piece.

I should probably get a picture of the complete DBA army at some point – as a few more elements of Horse have been completed since that last post.

I also finished up a cavalry casualty… I guess it could be a Scot… figure from Perry Miniatures.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Jet Bike Racing?

Rick’s Lost in Space Robot?


More Pikeman’s Lament?

Micro Sci-Fi (wait… WHAT!?) 

Pike & Shotte – Big Battle

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 under . Posted by

A couple of weeks ago the Shed hosted its biggest game of the year so far this year – a big Pike & Shotte game with three players aside on an extended table nearly 20feet long.I’d love to say that I had a great game. But I didn’t !The extra large t…

Irish Shot – for DBA-x

Posted on March 30th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

More English Civil Warriors – but this time and element of Irish for my Scots Royalist DBA-x army!

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These guys are all from Warlord Games.

I’ve got enough for four more elements like these. I have some Irish Pike for the force as well, although I messed up with the math – originally I’d intended to have two elements of 8 figures each (like I’ve done for all the other pike for the ECW) but I had a bit of a brain-fart and the packs I thought would cleverly add up to 28 (12 for a unit for The Pikeman’s Lament and 16 for two 8-figure elements for DBA) turned out to only have 24…. Dagnabbit! So I’m short four… Ah well, it’ll probably be a while before I get to all of these anyway.

I’ve been having a hankering to play some DBA or HotT lately – maybe even a CAMPAIGN of sorts?! I have enough figures for FOUR English Civil War armies – Scots Royalists, Scots Covenanters, English Parliamentarians, and English Royalists. Only the Scots Covenanters are done – and I could cobble together enough English for one army. They saw action against each other a couple years back at the Battle of Black Adder Moor.

I have an entire English army to paint up, and there’s almost as much to do with the Scots Royalists. In addition to this element, I have the aforementioned three other elements of Shot, two elements of Pike (whether I do them with eight, as originally intended, or just go with the six per stand that I have remains to be seen), and three or four elements of Highland clansmen (I think they are listed a Warband), a Knight element, and Artillery element and an element of Psiloi. I do have ONE element of Highlanders done, and and element of Light Horse…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Probably not another DBA element for a while… I’m trying to focus on the forces for The Pikeman’s Lament!

Very likely the next post will be a battle report. My friend Aaron is dropping his boys off for the day tomorrow (as they seem to have the day off from school…?) and I thought I might try to set up a game for them… Maybe Lion Rampant or Dragon Rampant…? I think those would be the easiest to run… though I could possibly have a go at The Men Who Would Be Kings with my Zulu War stuff… Or I could cobble together a couple of smaller forces for The Pikeman’s Lament. They have 40K armies – which I’ve played with thema few times… and I have to admit, I just don’t love it… so I think it’s time to introduce them to some BETTER games… (Of course I’m not sure Aaron’s going to like me anymore if they come home and tell him “DAD! WE NEED ZULUS – THOUSANDS OF THEM!”)

Goodies in the Mail

Posted on March 29th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Yesterday a few packages arrived for me in the mail…

First a truck brought by this parcel!

Almost two years ago I Kickstarted High Frontier Third Edition. A friend had highly recommended the game – having played a previous edition (2nd, I think ) – but when I sought out said edition they seemed to be selling for $200-300… or that’s what people were ASKING for them, I have no idea if anyone would ever PAY that much… So when a kickstarter came along for a new edition that, including shipping, would end up costing me less than $100, I jumped right on board.

It originally listed the estimated delivery as September 2015… I guessed they must have had everything completed and all their ducks in a row to print and distribute… Not so much, I guessed wrong. I started to wonder if it would EVER show up. But it has. And I’m super excited to try it out – I LOVE games by Phil Eklund (LOVE, not like, LOVE!). It is a beast – I’m sure the box and it’s contents was over 5Kg, and the rules look… well… very “in depth”…? We’re going to try and have a go at it this weekend.

They also included a copy of Ares Magazine, which Finnegan seemed rather interested in…

Later in the day the regular postie delivered THREE MORE (considerably smaller) packages:

This included orders from Perry Miniatures, Eureka Miniatures USA, and Black Hat Miniatures. From Perry I got some Musketeers to finish up a few units of Shot for The Pikeman’s Lament, three heavy cavalry (two to complete an element of Kn for DBA-x army and another to finish another unit for The Pikeman’s lament) and some ECW Casualties for morale failure markers. From Eureka I picked up some of Montrose’s Irish – a unit of Pike and a unit of Shot as well as a couple of preachers and James Graham (Marquis of Montrose) himself (on foot!). From Black Hat I got some Dwarvish Highlanders to finish up a few units for Dragon Rampant.

I’m still waiting on a few orders from my post birthday spree. I ordered some MORE English musketeers as well as some Scots Musketeers and Pike from Dixon Miniatures. I ordered some Winter of ’79 miniatures from Miniature Figures (to go with some Mike Bravo Miniatures State of Emergency figures, which I crowdfunded last year and have also now finally shipped – and will hopefully be here SOON!). I ordered an additional pack of Irish Pike and a mounted version of James Graham from Warlord Games while they had a free worldwide shipping deal on. And finally I’m expecting some Dragoons and armed civilians from Redoubt Enterprises.

Oh and there’s the order I placed with Hasslefree back in January… which STILL hasn’t arrived. I have to admit I’m exceedingly disappointed by this. I’ve had such exceptional service from them in the past. But I’ve send five emails to three different addresses over the last couple weeks – an even sent a message through facebook -with no response…

Oh and I also found out this morning that the creators of the Jet Bike Construction Kit Kickstarter just shipped out rewards to Backer #100 (they’ve been casting and shipping them out in order of backer number since the campaign ended). I’m #108! So hopefully I’ll be seeing those pretty soon – sooner than then expected shipping date of June!

In other news… In addition to basing and priming all these new arrivals I’ve been desperately trying to finish up this Polar Lights Lost in Space Robot for a friend that I’ve been sitting on half-fisnished for FAR TOO LONG! He’s been waiting for this longer than I had to wait for my High Frontier Kickstarter… I painted The Mummy for him a while back… I still have two more to do… I am going to finish them before the end of the year!

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Pics of the finished Robot!?

More ECW stuff?

A Game Report!?

Montgomery 1644

Posted on March 29th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Last Thursday in our club we tried the new, playtest version of For King and Parliament, it is special supplement for To The Strongest rules for English Civil War period.  
W ostatni czwartek w naszym klubie wziąłem udział w testach do nieopublikowanego jeszcze dodatku For King and Parliament dla zasad To The Strongest dla angielskiej wojny domowej.
SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Simon Millar, Andrew Brentnall
MODELS/MODELE: Angus Konstam, Ken Pearce

1. Forces. Siły.

(Ken Pearce, Michael Charge, Peter, Mike [MDF])
4 cavalry units
5 infantry units
(Angus Konstam, Ian Carter, Campbell Hardie, Bartek Żynda)
6 cavalry units
3 infantry units

2. The Game. Gra.

We started the game very outnumbered, which gave whole initiative into Royalists hands. Therefore my cavalry (2 units on our left flank) hadn’t chance for charge. They got hit by enemy cavalry in the first turn and since that time they had to defend themselves. I was resisted for a long time and destroy two enemy units for the price of one my unit. Finally at the end of the game, my last unit, at the edge of destruction has been charged on their flank. That was only matter of time when it will be destroyed…
Zaczęliśmy grę z wyraźną przewagą wroga, co dało im, Rojalistom inicjatywę, już od samego początku. Dlatego też, moja kawaleria (2 oddziały na prawej flance), nie miały szansy wykonać szarzy. Już w pierwszej turze zostali trafieni szarżą przez wroga kawalerię i od tej pory musieli się już tylko bronić. Stawiałem opór do końca gry i udało mi się zniszczyć dwa wrogie oddziały, za cenę jednego mojego. Ostateczne na koniec gry, mój ostatni oddział, będący już na skraju załamania, został zaszarżowany od flanki. Była to już tylko kwestia czasu, kiedy zostanie on zniszczony…
The same outcome was in rest of the battlefield. Our infantry get under heavy fire from the enemy and even our reinforcements cannot help us to win the game. Finally this game finished with Royalist victory.
Taki sam wynik osiągnięto na reszcie pola bitwy. Nasza piechota, dostała się pod ciężki ogień naszych przeciwników i nawet przybycie naszych posiłków nie było w stanie wpłynąć na wynik gry. Ostatecznie gra zakończyła się zwycięstwem Rojalistów.

3. Summary, the rules. Podsumowanie, zasady.

It was my first contact with this set of rules. They were firstly designed for the ancient warfare and with a busy gaming schedule, I was not able to look at them closely before. Now my first opportunity. For those, who know nothing about this system it is completely diceless and measure tapeless system, where for moving, shooting and melee we use playing cards (from A till 10). The system is very simple. All battlefield is divided into squares and one unit can occupy only one square. We moving our units by activate them on cards and continue it until we fail on our activations. The activation looks like this: we draw one card (for example 3), we moving our unit (cavalry can move 2 squares, infantry 1), then we draw another card (for example 7) and we continue our movement. If the card is lower than the previous one, we failed our activations. Shooting is very similar, depends of the strength and skills of our unit we draw some number of cards, if the card is equal or higher than our skill we get a hit, the defender can save hits in the same way. As you noticed, the system is very simple and easy to follow. I liked it a lot and cannot wait for next games.
To było moje pierwsze spotkanie z tymi zasadami. Były one wpierw zaprojektowane do wojen starożytnych i przy bardzo zajętym grafiku rozgrywanych gier, nie miałem sposobności, by przyjrzeć się im bliżej. Teraz miałem taką sposobność. Dla tych, co nie zetknęli się jeszcze z nimi jest to system, który kompletnie zrezygnował z kości i miarek, gdzie do poruszania się, strzelania i walki wręcz używa się kart do gry (od Asa do Dziesiątek). System jest bardzo prosty. Całe pole bitwy jest podzielone na kwadraty i jeden kwadrat może być zajmowany tylko przez jedną jednostkę. Poruszamy nasze jednostki przez aktywowanie ich kartami i kontynuację tego ruchu, dopóki nasza aktywacja będzie niemożliwa. Wygląda to w ten sposób, że ciągniemy pierwszą kartę (np. 3), poruszamy nasz oddział (kawaleria porusza się o 2 kwadraty, piechota 1) i następnie ciągniemy następną kartę (np. 7) i kontynuujemy nasz ruch. Jeśli wyciągnięta karta była by mniejsza od poprzedniej, to oznacza to zakończenie naszej aktywacji. Strzelanie jest podobne, w zależności od siły i wyszkolenia naszej jednostki ciągniemy odpowiednią ilość kart, jeśli dana karta jest równa lub wyższa niż nasze wyszkolenie to to wtedy osiągamy trafienie, w ten sam sposób się bronimy. Jak zapewne zauważyliście wszystko jest bardzo proste. Bardzo mi się to podobało i mam nadzieję sięgnąć po ten system już w najbliższej przyszłości.

4. Links. Linki.

Michael Charge:

More English Pike!

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

I finished up a second unit of English pike for The Pikeman’s Lament over the weekend. As with the recently painted English pike in red four of these were painted almost a year and a half ago, but I replaced their original pikes and repainted helmets and one of the buffcoats.

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A unit of Pike for The Pikeman’s Lament. Most of the figures are from Old Glory Miniatures, but there are three in there from Warlord Games as well.

Push of Pike!

I’ve said before I hate the “at charge” pose for wargaming figures – at least on multi-figure bases (such as for DBA-X) as long pikes sticking out in front of the bases often make it difficult or impossible for said bases to actually make contact. I’m starting to come around to the point where I don’t mind it so much in skirmish games – at least when they’re individually-based and can be moved to not block to combatants from making contact. Also, actually making physical contact in a skirmish game seems less important than in most games with multi-figure bases – as long as they theoretically had the move to make the distance and you know which point from where the losing combatant would have to retreat from…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

A GAME?! Maybe?! There’s trouble a-brewing in the highlands!

I have more highlanders on the workbench at the moment, and I’m just finishing up another batch of ECW Irish – which are going on a multi-figure base for my Scots Royalist DBA-X army. 

A Rule set too Far: Salute Shopping list.

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First, don’t worry ,this isn’t going to be me honking on about how much to spend and what to spend your money on. I think […]

English Pike

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Another unit ready for The Pikeman’s Lament

I had thought I’d hold off on posting these and use them for a round of the Lead Painter’s League, but then I realized I’ve submitted photos for the first three rounds and the league doesn’t even get under way until April – so I don’t have to submit another team for a MONTH!? While I know some people are painting away to get ahead of the game, painting up a new batch of five figures a week is nothing for me, so…

Figures are from Old Glory Miniatures

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One unit of Pike for The Pikeman’s Lament.

Four of these I actually painted over a year ago, but I used much shorter and skinnier pikes, so I replaced those when I painted up this unit (and ended up repainting their gloves!).

When the dust settles I should have four units of pike and four of shot for the English.

Being all part of a company they should probably all have the same colour uniform… but I’m doing each in a different colour – though there will be similar colours. The red and orange units could be in one company, and the blue and green units in the other…

Of course two units of pike and two units of shot isn’t going to make complete companies… I’ll need to add some other stuff, but I will have a couple units of  Horseand I do have the Forlorn Hopes Dismounted Cavalry… not to mention a few Clubmento pad things out where necessary…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Probably some More ECW Pike… or a report of some ECW action with The Pikeman’s Lament.

Casualties of war

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 under . Posted by

Andrew Brentnall has been extending his ECW collection with some casualty bases- here are some of them, there are many more. We hope to make the battlefield a little less “parade-ground” than usual. Many will make it onto the table for his Edgehill gam…

To Kill a King, Warlord ECW Supplement.

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YES! Finally Warlord have released a source book for this period, while the Pike and Shotte rulebook did have sections covering this period ,it’s nice […]

English Civil War Cavalry

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I have been busy painting new things… it’s just that most of them you’ll have to wait a month to see. I thought I’d try and get in on the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League this year. Stuff submitted to the league cannot previously have been be posted anywhere on the internet. So…
I have been working on some more post apocalyptic scavenger types for Mutants and Death Ray Guns and some English Civil War Irish for The Pikeman’s Lament. I will post them here after they’ve been featured in the Lead Painter’s League.

I also happened to finish up a solitary mounted cavalryman – which I will not be submitting as an entry into the League – which finishes off a unit of six for The Pikeman’s Lament (the other five were painted over a year ago…).

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Solitary newly painted cavalryman from Old Glory

Completed unit of Cavalry. Could be “Trotters” or “Gallopers”. I’ll probably use them as “Gallopers”, because that’s how I roll…


Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I was planning a post to introduce some of the Dramatis Personae that will be involved in my upcoming narrative campaign for The Pikeman’s Lament.

I have a little scenario I’d like to run sometime this week, hopefully there will be a report of that little action! 

Dismounted ECW Cavalry

Posted on March 14th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Moving on…
I’ve been obsessing about The Pikeman’s Lament since it was released a month or so ago and having recently abandoned the Vimy Project I’ve launched straight into trying to get some units together to play a game.

Of course I have a pile of DBA-X ECW units I COULD use… just use casualty markers… But I happen to HAVE a lot of individually based ECW figures anyway, so I shouldn’t take much to organize dedicated units for Pikeman’s Lament.

Picking some “low-haninng fruit” I painted up three dismounted cavalrymen that finishes up three units of “Forlorn Hope” – smallish units of hard-hitting elites – similar to the dismounted knights (Foot Men-at-Arms) in Lion Rampant except… y’know… with muskets and the like.

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Three newly painted dismounted ECW cavalrymen. The two on the left are Wargames Foundry figures that came are part of a pack of dismounted ECW cavalry I ordered a year and a half ago (when I was last excited about the era – as I was reading about it with the kids and the release of 

En Garde!</a> was approaching!) I mostly ordered them fort the OTHER figures in the pack – which I painted shortly after their arrival. These are copies of figures I already owned and had painted… so… there was less motivation to get them done… (until now!!).

The fellow on the left tossing the bomb is from Warlord Games. He was part of a storming party I painted up previously. This fellow wasn’t painted at that time because his flimsy little scabbard broke off. I was going to model a proper scabbard on their, but in the end just drilled it out, stuck in a bit of wire and painted that… If I hadn’t mentioned it, no one would probably have noticed…

Forlorn Hope #1 – Dismounted Cuirassiers – these would be classified as “aggressive” – a 0 point upgrade that removes the ability to shoot, but increases their Stamina and Attack Value. All but one is from Wargames Foundry, the odd man out is actually a Dixon Miniatures figures from their Flodden line?! I figured it was close enough – could be some poor old chap that couldn’t afford new armour and swords and had to go into battle wearing his granddads armour…

The four cuirassiers that are identical to the newly painted one I have had for-EVAR – I actually painted them 27 years ago!

Forlorn Hope #2 – Figures from Wargames Foundryand Dixon Miniatures again. This unit doesn’t actually include any of the newly painted ones above… I just thought I’d include a picture of them. As with the cuirassiers above, a couple of these chaps were painted 27 years ago. Can you guess which ones?

Forlorn Hope #3 – figures are mostly f from Warlord Games– with one from Wargames Foundry.

The entire storming party from Warlord Games… which I guess could be fielded as a Forlorn Hope of its own – if you could imagine the petard stand as a single element thus making a unit of six. I imagine I would more likely use the petard as a “token” of sorts in a scenario that has to be escorted to the gate of an enemy fortification and left there long enough for the storming party to clear away to a safe distance… much like the critters in the foraging or rustling scenarios. 
Good to be back working on a project I actually WANT to be working on! I actually completely reorganized all my ECW figures into four DBA-X armies (ECW Royalist, ECW Parliament – with options to make an ECW New Model Army, ECW Covaneteers, and ECW Scots Royalists) and four similar Pikeman’s Lament forces – with a few options for each. I’ve ordered just a few new miniatures to finish up a couple units in each. 

Despite these English Forlorn Hopes the most likely forces to be completed first will be the Scots.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

More English Civil War for Pikeman’s Lament!

Or possibly some more post apocalyptic types for Mutants and Death Ray Guns

Or possibly even some JET BIKES for Faustus Furious 3000! 

More Troops for Pike & Shotte

Posted on March 8th, 2017 under . Posted by

Hi FolksSince Christmas I have had a number of things on the go on my painting table (kitchen table actually) and I have finally finished off the units I needed for my Pike & Shotte ArmiesIf you are interested in heading back to the beginning of th…

Edgehill at Chalgrove

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Alongside the TtS Worlds at the recent Chalgrove event, Andrew Brentnall ran a participation game of the Battle of Edgehill using his superb collection of 12mm ECW minis and the “For King and Parliament!”rules that we have been writing and developing t…

15mm FoGR Markers

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With the tweak of the FoGR rules which is now on the near horizon, one of the changes is to revise how Commanded Shot work when they are supporting friendly mounted troops.In essence this will see the bases of Commanded Shot removed (together with the …

The Powder Mills – An ECW engagement

Posted on February 27th, 2017 under . Posted by

With winter almost disappearing Mark and I were able to get back into the shed last Monday. I’d been hankering for a game of Pike & Shotte for most of the winter and Mark kindly agreed to pit his Royalists against my Parliamentarian forces.As alway…

The Kingdom is ours -Gun

Posted on February 1st, 2017 under , . Posted by

Managed to finish a artillery piece for the ECW .Warlord metal miniatures all come together with the gun and barrels etc.