Posts Tagged ‘Wargaming’

You wait ages for a Roman building then ……

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

A whole town comes along. I started on my Warbases Roman Villa the other day trying to be patient and not rush things, I have managed so far as this is now day three. I am also still waiting for the base material I ordered so I think it will be next week before it is complete, I want to add some little bits and pieces but hey can be ordered and scattered whenever, they are not essential. I decided as my villa would be around at the end of the period I like wargaming that it would not have the slabbed courtyard or pool, it would more likely be a working villa rather than something for a local absentee landlord. I also had to make my mind up whether to sand it up for the East or leave it with greenery for Europe, I decided it would get more use being European, so Europe is good for something, it’s a joke.

I did fail to notice that there is a build your villa .pdf on the Warbases site, it should have been mentioned on the one piece of paper in the pack, but I managed to make only two mistakes with the build and one with the lovely mosaics supplied by David Bickley. Although you won’t see the inside of the villa much in the large games I play it really is a treat to know the inside looks so good and of course I shall point this out when using it. I went overboard and ordered up Pantiles from a railway modelling shop, I needed three packs and they came to just short of £12, but they are a huge improvement over the flat mdf.

The next stage will be to paint the walls, I might get around to that on Sunday, I do not use thick plaster for my walls as most of it would probably end up over me rather than on the building, so I use a thickish paint and dip the brush into some sand, I like the finish, just enough stubble to hint at a coat of plaster.

I am hoping for some goodies from Royal Mail today, those extra figures I ‘needed’ and the bases for my buildings as I am also tarting up my WWII stuff, I know the troops are on the way but I am not so  sure about the bases.

Now, the town. I was directed to Warbases last night by a Facebook post, and lo and behold you can now build up a complete garrison town for your Roman army, there are barracks, shops, mansions and a gorgeous late Roman church, the only thing missing is the fortifications, a wall and towers. I of course wanted to buy several of the buildings, but uncharacteristicly I did wonder where I would put them, the villa is bigger than I thought and if you do garrison your cohorts you will need a big table. The mansion does however remain a possibility.

Oh, and I sat down to the Last Kingdom the other night while building the villa, and even though I am prepared to watch all sorts while painting or building I switched it off after about twenty minutes, the breaking point for me was the soppy, pathetic, “hope of the north” character. And another thing, there is a nunnery on the edge of the village and none of them look like Uhtred’s religious lady.

I am really impressed with the camera on this iPad Mini, it manages to eliminate my need to take several pictures until I get one which is not blurred.

On The Seven Seas

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

So, we tried out On The Seven Seas last night for the first time. It was disappointing. It is a game that I do not think we will be returning to. The basic concept of Greed versus Fear sounded quite good, the side with the higher Greed value goes first and if a crews Fear … Continue reading On The Seven Seas

Project 1701b – the scenario

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

Sources supplying the Mandanin intelligence community had painted a picture of enhanced activity by the Nar of the Crucis Union …

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Aberrant Hammerer

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

A good friend at Aberrant Games very nicely let me have a few Rezolution CSO robot models for my Steam Wars Mechanica force. These are CSO Hammerer MIU (Mechanized Infantry Units) models which I will be using as medium support of the Mechanica infantry. I did a bit of trimming of one arm and attached … Continue reading Aberrant Hammerer

W40K – Triumvirate of Ynnead – Visarch

Posted on March 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Gathering Storm storyline has (for now) three books. Second one is focused on Eldars and Triumvirate of Ynnead box contains three amazing heroes – Yncarne, Visarch and Yvraine. In my opinion one of the best sculpts from GW – essence of Eldar race – subtle lines, gems, power weapons… I spent a lot of time[…]

Not a Happy Bunny

Posted on March 18th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

After several months of tribulations my main PC is back and has basically been renewed completely inside, and on the plus side it seems to be a bit faster than the old insides, yes they took off all my programmes but I have got most of them back, the i…

Cutlass Games

Posted on March 17th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Finally got to have a couple of pirate games, the first of which was with the Cutlass rules. My first outing was with a Royal Navy crew, mostly armed with muskets and bayonets, but the second game was with a motley crew of swashbuckling rum swilling pirates. A Royal Navy crew is all well and … Continue reading Cutlass Games

Clockwork Dragon Wings

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

A few weeks ago, I started to put together my Reaper Bones Clockwork Dragon. I had to do some boiling water reshaping of the legs to get them all level, but I am getting quite good at that with plastic models. I was not happy with the position of the wings as they stuck straight … Continue reading Clockwork Dragon Wings

I Got Lucky

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

The weather on Saturday was fine undercoating weather. I also had to chop down some trees and get rid of the waste, but in between hacking sessions, I was able to apply spray paint to plenty of robot infantry and get started on the mdf Aeroneff landing…

Liar, Liar

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

I said I was taking a week off from painting, well I haven’t. After I had got the Hun cavalry cleaned and primed I couldn’t help but start the horses, I got on so well with them I am now going to start on the riders. While I was sitting there the thoug…

Update for project 1701c

Posted on March 10th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Figures for the Tomorrow’s War scenario Lost & Found are now complete. On the left we have the Marines of …

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A weekend with the League of Augsburg…..

Posted on March 10th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

With another Weekender looming on the horizon Mark Shearwood shares his view of some wargaming Rock n’ roll…


Mark’s first killing ground near Taunton.. lucky he was defending!

I have followed the reports of previous weekends with interest and I must admit a little envy, so when a thread appeared by Barry on Fighting Talk on the Monday following Salute 2016 putting out feelers for a autumn weekend my interest was sparked.




Saturday morning was just a warm up… Mark’s main event!



So quickly moving through time and with finances checked I booked my place and waited with bated breath for the plans for the weekend to evolve, the hotel where all the action was happening sat on English Street in Dumfries – how appropriate for the subject matter of the weekender!




The Duke of Berwick’s forces for the weekend’s campaigning



In the months prior to the weekend Barry informed us the action would be the conclusion to a campaign where the Jacobites invaded England to regain King James crown from the forces of William III.  We were allocated commands, mine being the King’s love-child(aka Bastard) James Fitzjames, Duke of Berwick.



von Tettau’s Danes- featuring prominently in Mark’s tale



So after several campaign turns where more than a little skulduggery occurred (I still want my ship back General Mackay you git!) and units were lost or recruited depending on the campaign Gods (well Barry actually), we were all set.




Mark’s pickets surprise Kirke’s advancing Dutch.. did Kirke betray his own men?


So with car full of figures and terrain I set forth on the morning of the 10th November up to Scotland to play a French born English duke invading England to take back the Crown for his Father. After checking in I found the game room, unloaded and over the next couple of hours all those involved arrived. There followed much discussion about who was playing whom.


The Jacobite assemble.. according to Mark, too few troops are as challenging as too many



The evening was spent (around a good dinner) sorting commands and assembling the 200  or so units needed. Eight collections were used and Barry and Toggy setting up four set up games for Saturday morning.


Some of Kirke’s battalions changes sides, some went down fighting, some fled… all at Badon, not here


Replete with a hearty ‘full Scottish’ we headed into the hall to discover what surprises Barry had in store. The four tables represented Somerset, Oxfordshire, Shropshire and the a spit over the Esk into England. I knew my force along with Richard Hamilton’s had been campaigning in Devon and Somerset. 


The Williamite attack is giving Mark the collywobbles



We knew which table was ours the question was were attacking a fortified camp uphill or defending it. The good news from Barry was that we were defending; the bad news was that combined, we had three battalions (all asleep) and four detachments in front of the camp.




The Young Duke Victorious!    Kirke calls off the attack


The Mornings game was great fun. We were warned that casualties would be transferred to the main event I never knew it was so hard commanding so few forces, we were saved by some of my horse returning from a foraging trip and in the end it was a Jacobite win, overall the morning was a two-two draw.




Upscaling – Berwick scans his command in the centre of the Jacobite Team



During lunch the tables were changed into two 14 foot games, one in the north of the country and one in the south where my forces were located. We were set for the grand event with all commanders having secret victory conditions (more of that later). On our table the Jacobites were; the Duke of Berwick (myself), Richard Hamilton (Jacobite commander),Patrick Sarsfield and Dominic Sheldon. 



The Duke of Berwick bears down..



We hoped the Earl of Marlborough would join us.  Facing us were three Williamite commanders  vonTettau (holed up in a village), Kirke and Tollemache. On our left flank was Marlborough (allegiance suspect).  Due to my victory conditions I deployed next to Marlborough and opposite the village. With all the forces deployed it was left to Mr Hilton to unleash the dogs of war….





Putting the Preusser under pressure – von Tettau feels the heat 



We were playing the new variant of Beneath the Lily Banners,called The War of Three Kings which worked extremely well regardless of how familiar players were with BLB2.
Berwick sent a rider with a note asking Churchill’s intentions and requesting he attend in person to agree a plan and to discuss a Dukedom (more of that later). I headed up to a half way point supported by two squadrons of my father’s Life Guard.


Who will blink first? Berwick’s Life Guards or Churchill’s Horse Guards?


Churchill arrived with two squadrons of his Elite Regiment of Horse. These faced off from Saturday pm till early Sunday morning  neither fully trusting the other and waiting for who blinked first.

Our plan, which worked to some degree, was to pressure the village to push the enemy into reinforcing it thus leaving the centre of the Williamite line weak. 


These Danish lads are putting up some fight for Mercenaries!

The rest of Saturday’s gaming was immense fun with Barry handing out event cards which just added to everyone’s enjoyment. We broke about 7 for dinner followed by some liquid refreshment and not a little more skulduggery.



The gaming moments we live for.. The Grand Prior’s charge to glory!



Around 9 on Sunday morning we re-convened with both Churchill’s and my forces concentrating on the Danes in and around the village. Churchill sent several squadrons of cavalry off table to try and come around behind the Williamites whilst I was sending my infantry against the now thinning line of Danes. The Danish Guards were in the firing line. All the time I kept a close eye on Mr Churchill and had a squadron of Horse Guards ‘protecting’ his rear.




You can’t see these moments too often, can you Mark?? 


After lunch, we continued with more skulduggery. It culminated with Kirke changing sides and charging into his former ally’s flank. As this happened on the far side of the battle my lead infantry 1st Battalion The Lord Grand Prior’s Regiment was about to engage with the Danish Guards but were taking considerable fire from the village. In fact, they took eleven casualties in one turn. With the help of a good Catholic Priest they passed the morale check.


General Kirke, you are a very bad man… turning on your Allies!

 The following turn with dice gods on their side (and a well played event card) forcing the Guards to fire on their own men in the village) the now depleted Grand Prior’s charged with such force they won the melee and forced the enemy from the field.




Churchill politiks his way to redemption


With the battle all but one, Hamilton sent terms to the Williamites. There was some disagreement between the Jacobites as my Father had instructed that Tollemache and Kirke be arrested or killed, Kirke escaped and we agreed that Tollemache and his Danish troops be allowed to leave the field with full honours and colours flying.



Snouts in the trough – Churchill’s cavalry loot the Williamite baggage train



Know back to Churchill, who had supported my flank all battle but was also on my Father’s hit list. I instructed that squadron of Horse been behind Churchill arrested him. This had the room in hysterics as no one else knew about my victory conditions.




Wargaming with the LoA



The weekend was a narrow victory for the Jacobites and we had taken about half of the country but more importantly it was a great weekend of gaming with friends old and new. We all said we’d like to do again, so much that we are keeping the campaign on a slow burn and planning the next instalment in 2017… That takes place in three weeks… alas The Duke of Berwick is currently on tour in Eastern Europe as will be seen..


James Fitzjames, Duke of Berwick, aka. Mark

If I’m Lucky…

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

The weather seems to have picked up and I may just get a chance to undercoat models this weekend. Today my car was telling me it was 16 degrees Celsius. Considering how cold it has been recently, that is positively tropical. I have been busy making sure everything is ready for an undercoating marathon, figures, … Continue reading If I’m Lucky…

W40K – Wargame Exclusive – Light Side Arahnide

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

Today something unusual. Some time ago I received small package from Ukraine. Light Side Arahnide set from Wargame Exclusive is one of the best resin kits I`ve ever seen. Really – it`s AWESOME. High quality of sculpt, high quality of material – no flashes, no bubbles. Dream! Kit is really expensive (45 Euro/5 miniatures) but[…]

Panzer Mech Kickstarter

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

I had been doing a good job of keeping away from Kickstarters until a friend sent me a link this morning for one ending in a few hours… This is a West Wind Kickstarter for some great Weird War II Mechs and I can’t resist a good Mech, or three. I like the West Wind … Continue reading Panzer Mech Kickstarter

Rule of Cool

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 under , . Posted by

I only heard the above phrase recently but I am guessing it has been around as long as wargaming, it may be our very own version of ‘anything goes’.If you don’t know what it is it is being able to paint your miniatures any way you like as you bought th…

What About The Weather?

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

I don’t like undercoating models when it is cold or raining, the moisture in the air can sometimes react with the spray paint and make the surface very rough. I had this experience once with a very nice resin vehicle and really never want to repeat it. So here I am with a growing pile … Continue reading What About The Weather?

Dropzone Commander – Shaltari – full army

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

Another day and another army!  This time niche wargaming and Dropzone Commander from Hawk Wargames – it`s a nice system in tiny scale. Definitely one of the best miniatures (quality/details) in 10 mm category. I can compare quality to Dystopian Wars/Firestorm Armada and especially newest sculpts are stunning. Resin is solid and hard with sharp[…]

Project 1701 c01 & d01; Traveller Tomorrow’s War

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

Every time I write 1701 I have a little chuckle, and now 1701c is just too auspicious… at least it …

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Reaper Clockwork Dragon

Posted on February 24th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

One of the models I picked up on my visit to the USA last year was a Reaper Bones Clockwork Dragon. I had spotted online that a few people had added extra cogs which looked rather cool. So not wanting to let a good idea go uncopied, I decided to unashamedly rip it off. The … Continue reading Reaper Clockwork Dragon

Heavy Weapon Conversion

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

I received this Titan Forge Metal Beards bolt thrower as part of a Kickstarter ages ago. It was part of their huge Dwarf army range that included the Ancestral Zeppelins that I painted up for my Prussian Scrunts. I decided I did not want to use it in a fantasy army so thought a steampunk … Continue reading Heavy Weapon Conversion

Weekly WIP: Guild Ball Masons Honour and Mallet

Posted on February 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Getting back on track by painting Mallet and Honour in one week.

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Objectives And Stuff

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

I wanted more objectives for my Steam Wars games but these things will also work for Rogue Stars and any other sci-fi game as well. The first lot were actually sold as custom sci-fi bases, but I thought they were so good that they would work as markers in their own right. The last two … Continue reading Objectives And Stuff

Mechanica Gun Drones

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

Another purchase for the Steampunk Mechanica army were some Privateer Press gun robots. These are for one of the newer funny named factions I can never remember, but there are some nice models in the range that I can be tempted with. I think there are meant to be some clear plastic flying supports in … Continue reading Mechanica Gun Drones

On Track

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

Home alone until tomorrow, the missus has been away all week, so I have painted all my figures, no of course I haven’t, but despite losing a few days at the weekend battling in Caen and on the plains of Gaul I have now got my Goth Bucellarii/Nobles com…