Over the weekend Postie put on a classic encounter between a disciplined Roman army and a bunch of very angry Britons lead by queen Boudica herself. My youngest daughter, the Padawan herself, had asked for this game specifically. She's effectively a fully fledged member of the Rejects now, having been to several games over the last few years. It's getting increasingly hard to tear her away from her tech, but on Sunday she exited the digital realm to get 'old skool' with her Pa. Her only stipulation, she had to be Boudica...and given the determined look on her face, I couldn't argue with her! The Setting We played a fictional battle but one that could have been easily replicated during this period. The Romans are vastly outnumbered but have a strong position on top of a hill, with plenty of bolt throwers and archers to weaken the advancing British. Order of BattleBritish - Queen Boudica (The Padawan) in Chariot 1 Chieftain Leader in Chariot 1 Chieftain Leader on Horse
Painted in 2018 and finally based and ready for action in 2019 these casualty stands and command stand are from Friekorps and Old Glory's Blue Moon range.Needing to go back to using the main camera rather than the phone cam, however its a time thing and everything can be done on the device. Time can be daunting just now.Some what more daunting is the twenty odd stands of foot at the back of the painting desk. Will get there soon.Cheers for now.
........and actually played a game of X-Wing!The infantry for the mercenary unit, they are mostly GZG (NAC) which in fairness are a little dated but they come with casualties, vehicle riders and gunners!These were my latest entry to the painting challenge and has helped close the gap a little between myself and Ray........There will be a few additions to the unit possibly another vehicle and some drones.......The last picture proves that figures from one company do not necessarily fit with another company's vehicles, these guys are too tall, the vehicles required kneeling gunners...............what can you do?A game of X-Wing at Daniels house on his kitchen table with his game, it's been a long time since I played this but the Empire (me) pulled off a lucky (tactical genius) victory..............it was good to roll a few dice again!
............part 1 the vehicles!When you need a country or a planet pacified or cleaned out or up, call the Rejects!Formerly called "Posties Rejects" but a bloody coup in 2074 and the former leader was ousted by an as yet unknown officer of Rayonian descent, this is the heavy part of the unit, infantry to follow......The majority of vehicles are Brigade Models, a Khurasan gunship and GZG "NAC" vehicle riders.....Infantry to follow.......
From LeeH - Da Vinci's Fighting VehicleRenaissance Italy was a patchwork of warring city-states, each constantly looking for an advantage over the other. Rich in coin but poor in manpower the states employed large mercenary contingents into their armies. Not, you would have thought, ideal territory for a jobbing artist and inventor such as Leonardo. However, when he was looking for a new patron instead of offering his sword arm in return for payment he offered the fruits of his prodigious mind.One potential employer was the Duke of Milan and Leonardo tempted him with a new and innovative weapon of war. Writing to the Duke in 1487, Da Vinci stated: "I can make armoured cars, safe and unassailable, which will enter the close ranks of the enemy with their artillery, and no company of soldiers is so great that it will not break through them. And behind these, the infantry will be able to follow quite unharmed and without any opposition.”Suitably impressed, the Duke of Milan employed the renaissance polymath.
Renaissance Italy was a patchwork of warring city-states, each constantly looking for an advantage over the other. Rich in coin but poor in manpower the states employed large mercenary contingents into their armies. Not, you would have thought, ideal territory for a jobbing artist and inventor such as Leonardo. However, when he was looking for a new patron instead of offering his sword arm in return for payment he offered the fruits of his prodigious mind.One potential employer was the Duke of Milan and Leonardo tempted him with a new and innovative weapon of war. Writing to the Duke in 1487, Da Vinci stated: "I can make armoured cars, safe and unassailable, which will enter the close ranks of the enemy with their artillery, and no company of soldiers is so great that it will not break through them. And behind these, the infantry will be able to follow quite unharmed and without any opposition.”Suitably impressed, the Duke of Milan employed the renaissance polymath.Leonardo da Vinci's fighting vehicle em
This Saturday I had the chance to refight the Battle of Ishwalanda at a game hosted by Tony J. Tony is pictured to the left explaining how his very elegant rules for the game work.The day started out as a nice walk across the savanna for Bob and my British troops.I was given Durnford's calvary command and guarded the right flank of the British line. Being over-confident, I elected to try and replicated Durnfords fighting withdraw and dismounted on a ridge to await the enemy. Then some new friends showed up to the party...Zulus, lots of Zulus. My poor troopers just didn't have enough bullets. The colored markers represent ammo status - red is critical and black is out.The combination of low ammo and poor marksmanship meant that the Zulus pretty much crashed into my line and like that about half my troopers evaporated. The remains of my command managed to scamper back to the main line of resistance and reload.The Zulus started taking casualties but started to overlap our lin
A short update on the Painting Challenge - first some British (and one Spanish) General. All the figures are AB Miniatures and desire a painter with much better skills than me,and a whole bunch of French and British crew stands for the ships that have been built to date.These figures are all from Thoroughbred Miniatures and were a lot of fun to paint up. I base them two to a stand for the ship to ship combat rules I'm adapting for the upcoming Historicon game.Only one ship and crew set for the game remains to be completed!
First commission of the year for a fellow PAW member. A large 15mm Bolt Action army representing US Airborne forces.These are Battlefront Miniatures, 158 figure and 4 jeeps.
Another 15mm painting updateFrench Generals - the figures are from Old Glory's Blue Moon line and were a lot of fun to paint up. The larger the base, the higher the command level. These 9 command stands join another 4 that I purchased pre-painted from GAJO.Spanish artillery - AB figures and Old Glory guns.AB figures are simply superb.6 French Limbers for Old Glory. Wonderful figures and very cost effective but I really don't like painting limbers. Got some Austrian Limbers to also paint up.One of two 15mm scale Sarissa European Buildings. I highly recommend the kits.I "need" to get some more!
.....the Majoidea!My mate from England (no not Ray) asked me to paint a few things, one of those things was this 28mm Aliens Colonial Marine APC from Prodos Games, my mate said it was a bastard to put together, mold lines, parts not fitting together etc..............and don't get me started on the transaxle!!!!!!!He supplied the paint and the chaos began.......The crab like aliens are from Khurasan and the name actually came from an actual crab species I liked the name of......but also known as the Crabby 8!These were part of a submission to the ongoing challenge but still currently behind Ray"Budgie Smuggler" Rousell!
With last Thursday game we had several problems. First it supposed to be a 2WW naval game, but according to a fire in Angus's house, we had to cancel it. Happily nobody get hurt and most of his books and models get saved (some boxes get melted and some of them get smoked). For that I have volunteered to prepare game by myself with By Fire and Sword rules. I was going to made a divisional game, but only Campbell and Alasdair appeared, so we downgrade a game to a skirmish. As both players had only one game each, we went to the small points forces, to made the game easier for them with me as the umpire.Z ostatnią czwartkową grą mieliśmy kilka problemów. Na początku miała to być morska rozgrywka z czasów 2WŚ, jednak ze względu na pożar w mieszkaniu Angusa musieliśmy to odwołać. Na szczęście nikt nie ucierpiał a wszystkie książki i modele udało się uratować (kilka pudełek się stopiło i część z nich okopciło). Z tego powodu zgłosiłem się na ochotnika i zaproponowałem Ogniem i Mieczem, jako zamiennik. Chciałem zrobi
(Saturday DRAFT) British Sherman III's in Normandy & some HedgesSo this week I'm departing from 6mm ancients to fast forward in time to WWII and a trio of 15mm tanks. These are M4A2 Sherman tanks by Peter Pig but they could also be used as M4A3's with the larger 76mm Gun. I have painted these in British service where they were known as the Sherman III. I'll be using these to play What a Tanker and will be teaming up with the Sherman VC (the Firefly) that I painted in Challenge Eight in a series of games I have planned for the summer. They will be facing off against a series of increasingly dangerous scenarios, culminating in battle with a King Tiger.I've painted these lend-lease tanks as belonging to the 8th Armoured Brigade as this unit was issued with Sherman III's and Sherman VC for the Battle of Normandy.As with my earlier Dingo Scout car I used a Vallejo textured paint to muddy up the tracks and lower hulls of these tanks. This stuff hardens quickly and can then be varnished along with the rest
Below is the first submission from this year's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge or AHPC IX for short. The figures are all from 15mm.co.uk and are a part of a HOTT army that grows yearly. One stand of archers and one of crossbows; plus skirmishers from each.There will be a few more for this army in the remainder of the challenge which will complete the army for the time being.All the figures are painted with base, wash and dry brush for a table top standard suitable for this scale.The composite picture will become a feature in the blog from know on, allowing different angles to be shown together.Next will be work in progress on a long stalled project.Cheers for now
Its bloody chaos out there; with a bit of just about everything on the painting table just now.Looking to rationalise parts of this over the coming week and really start getting to grips with this year's painting challenge. Next up will be some completed work as a part of the process. Cheers for now