15mm


Norman / Spanish Mini-Me!

Having recently done some 28mm Norman/Spanish/Crusader spearmen, and seeing that their colour scheme seemed to work, I decided to retro-fit some 15mm mostly 2 Dragons infantry with the same heraldry.These guys may well get used in an army soon, as some of the castles around Spain the CLWC team saw on our way back from Estella were pretty inspiring in terms of making me want to field a Spanish El Cid era army.More of these photos in the upcoming Estella Reports!

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Relief Force – Sharp Practice AAR

Last week-end, Sigur and I had another game of Sharp Practice. I had devised a short and simple scenario: A Union held fort was attacked by a Confederate force, but a relief column was on its way. Sigur decided to command the attackers and got a couple of infantry, a unit of cavalry and a small mountain howitzer. I had three rather weak units in the fort. To make things more interesting, I drew card for the composition of the relief force, which gave me three units of regular infantry and one unit of cavalry armed with breech-loading carbines – quite a potent combination. The set up. Sigur’s cavalry moves along the road towards the bridge. … and there goes the cavalry! Having been shot to pieces by the Union soldiers in the fort, it flees to never be seen again. Sigur’s skirmishers adopt a more methodical approach. With the cavalry heading towards the rear, it’s up to the poor bloody infantry. Hurrah! At the earliest possible moment, the Union cavalry arrives. The Confederates ha

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15mm Sci-Fi Villains, Scum and Characters from......

....a hive of different companies!As the sci-fi collection grows I have added alien characters for variety, scenery, objectives etc.....they are a mixture of Ion Age, Khurasan, Brigade Models and Critical Mass I believe?More to come and apologies for the poor quality of pictures and there is a scale picture of sorts!

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Hail Caesar Diadochi Battle-Seleucid v Ptolomy

Another big game at PAW.  This time Hail Caesar in the time of the Diadochi Wars, the struggle for dominance following the death of Alexander.The battle pitched the forces of Seleucid against the might of Ptolomy.  The armies are the ones I have been collection to refight the Battle of Raphia, I'm nearly there but have a lot more elephants to do.  You will have to excuse the lack of basing, as you can imagine it's a massive task which i have still not decided how to do.As stated we used the Hail Caesar rules, the only change being centimeters instead of inches.  It seemed to work very well. And to the pictures.....The mighty armies deployed, Seleucid to the left and Ptolomy to the left.  Over a thousand figures on a 12 foot by 4 foot table.  Ptolomy's left flank's starting position.  Companion style cavalry, elephants with escorts and Egyptian Levy PhalanxPtolomy's Phalanx blockPtolomy's right flank elephantsThe Seleucid left, heavy cavalry, pike phalanx all fronted by 'dubi

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Back to the Brushes 203

Slow progress for this 30 days 30 miniatures painting challenge with the scatter terrain piece below being the first completed item.This will be used for SAGA Crusades and generic skirmish games.The chaos of the painting table with a good few figures on the brink of completion; hopefully some will be finished soon as there are eleven days left in this challenge.Day: 19Figures completed: 1Cheers for now.

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Battlegroup Twilight: 2000, Comments and Ideas

Hi Guys, Another short post this time around. I wanted to ask everyone out there a small favor. I have the BG Cold War American list for Twilight: 2000., and I wanted comments on it. It's not ready for play just yet IMO, heck, I don't even have some Soviets to pit against it! But, it's 90-95% done IMO, and I need some supplemental rules to go with it. That said, I'd also like comments on that, as I do believe one will need chits for Twilight: 2000, to get the special milleu down. Heck, I think "Endkampf" from Fall of the Reich would work very well here.Just so we're all on the same page!  So, I wanted to ask the following questions?Does this fit the milleu?Is this doable in Battleground?What other changes to Battleground do you think need to be made?I look forward to hearing from you all. Here is the link to the draft list. Please make all comments care of the website email at: 500milest2k@gmail.com. Thanks in advance.

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Pony Wars!

Bruce hosted our annual Remembrance Day game this past weekend, inaugurating his new gaming room and table. To accommodate Andy, me, Chen, Richard, Scott and Terry, Bruce retreaded an old game (Pony Ways), cleaning up the mechanics and using a variant of Lion Rampant for the combat mechanics. The setting is the old west, with the players assuming the roll of the US Cavalry trying to keep the settlers safe. Each turn, a card is drawn that triggers a random event (mostly raiding war bands but also stage coaches, wagon trains, cattle drives, banditos, etc) that the players must manage. The game is scored based on points and at the beginning of each turn, the players play the game (e.g. one war bands) before taking their turns. The game ran 30 turns.Early on, the mining camp as sacked by some locals and the miners forced to flee.The eventually joined up with Richard's troops which had convinced some settlers to accompany them back to the safety of the fort.Sergeant Something-or-other arrived but succumbed to

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Battle of the Poppy Field

On Sunday I joined the Rejects for a very special commemorative game. Stuart called me about this a couple of weeks ago and I immediately said I was available. Most  of the guys were able to make it for this game and Postie asked me to make the arrangements for us to participate in the silent reflection scheduled for 11am. A full write up of the game with pictures is below but as this was a commemorative game I would like to start with a couple of dedications. Stuart in particular dedicated this game to the memory of his Great Grandfather, Private James Till of the Royal West Kent Regiment. Private Till died at the young age of 30 somewhere on the Western Front in France in July 1917 and Stuart is very fortunate to have some family memento's that provide a very direct link to the war that ended exactly 100 years earlier. Embroidered silk postcards were one of the most popular ways for soldiers to send their love back home. Originally hand-embroidered by women in France and Belgium, the postcard

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A Remembrance Sunday Wargame

When Postie suggested putting on a WWI game on Remembrance Sunday, both Lee and myself were a little concerned. We didn't want the game to make light of the special Centenary commemoration, thinking some people would think it was in bad taste?We arrived at the Shed O War and Postie handed out the info above and below about his Great Grandfather. The little booklet was sent to his Great Grandmother, informing her of her husbands death.Private James Till 6th Battalion Queens Own ( Royal West Kent regt) was killed somewhere if France on Tuesday 17th July 1917.It was quite a poignant start to the day, bringing home that personal side to the war that you don't usually tend to think about. I for one and none of the other Rejects had never seen a WWI death notice, I don't know what I expected perhaps a telegram or letter of some kind?Postie also had a large collection of these postcards that James had sent to his family from the trenches. I took a photo of just four of them, the bottom one, Kisses for my Darling, wa

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AK-47 at the club

This week, Bruce hosted a game of AK-47 at the club, which helpfully illustrated how dumb luck can overcome good tactics. The defenders were set up at the midpoint of the table, occupying a town, the ridge and the hills on the right of the photo. The attackers came in on the left.The game was won on points: kills plus control of three objective markers (the penny on the hill plus pennies in the two forests on the far right).Both sides had a mix of militia and regular foot, technicals, and tanks. The attackers also had a professional air-mobile unit. The picture below illustrates where most of the action occurred. The attackers occupied the first (and highest value) objective while also assaulting the town. The assault  was dumb, tactically and strategically. But there you go!The defenders advanced on both flanks but had terrible dice rolls, both on attack and for reinforcements. You can see the religious leader in the back of the pick-up below, right, urging his troops on.Things were going badly for the

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A Crimean War Batrep - The Battle of Tenitsa Pass

A few weeks ago some of the Rejects got together for a Crimean War bash.The game was set in the mountains near the Danube, before the British and French got involved in the Crimea. The Turks have been tasked to hold the mountain pass and stop the Russians from breaking through. Luckily for the Turks they have had prior warning that the Russians are on their way and their engineers have had time to build some hasty redoubts Myself and Surj picked out the Turks while Lee and Smiffy were the Russians.Orders of Battle ( Ruthlessly stolen from Big Lee's Blog!)Ottoman Turkish Army - C/O Omar Pasha   1st Infantry Division      1st Brigade         1st Line Regiment (3)         2nd Line Regiment (3)         2x Heavy Gun Batteries      2nd Brigade         3rd Line Regiment (3)         4th Line Regiment (3)         1x Mediu

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Skirmish at El'Zakir

After the test game I did with the rejects (Skirmish at Siniyat) I have been giving some thought how to run a bigger game for more players later in the year. One idea that I have been considering is giving players several vehicles each from the start; maybe three tanks in a squadron/platoon per player. This would give players a chance to have a more tactical game and, hopefully, encourage more cooperative action rather than a simple 'shoot out'. At the very least it may stop tanks from picking hull down positions and then staying there for the rest of the game. Earlier this week I had a chance to try this out with someone completely new to the rules.I've had a couple of days off work this week to spend with my daughter. It's her school's half term break - inexplicably out of sync with every other school on the borough (including my wife's) - so I took a few days off work to look after her. This meant I had her at my mercy and she was given a choice of a day out at a Museum of my choosing or a game with me at

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15mm Bears with blasters, the Care Bears grew up......

Started painted 15mm sci-fi again, the bears are from Khurasan, I'm trying for a mix of bounty hunters and scum of the galaxy (more villainy to come)......so I present the care bear brothers, bodyguards, drinkers, smokers, carnivores and smugglers!Currently working for the cyborg criminal queen "The Pink Lady".......I present Frank, Ray, Lee and Grumpy! 

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