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
We had six guys out at the club on Tuesday. Scott hosted Chen, Dan and Terry in a game of War Rockets. This was also the club debut of Scott's Valkyrie fleet (pink ships).The gist, I gather, was Team Pink had to subdue a freighter (maybe the yellow ship?) while the other two (smaller teams) ran interference (successfully, as it turns out). A super pretty game!Taylor and I ended up plating some Memoir 44. We started on Sword Beach and the Jerries tried to drive Team Redwing back into the sea.Taylor made a slow but steady advance, cleaning out the main bunker I held while winnowing down my forces. Then he played a dastardly card and grabbed a city and won the game!A bad day for the Hun. There was some levity as a Sherman turned tail and ran and was chased by three panzer down onto the beach. This "Rommel" maneuver did not play out to conclusion before the game ended.We then set up Omaha beach with its nasty set of cliffs.Taylor was very aggressive with his tanks, constantly pulling my infantry out of position a
Downsizing my oversized 15mm ancients collection means I have realised that I enough spares to sell on eBay a whole "Arab" army, using figures from various manufacturers to make up armies for many of the "Arab" forces in the L'Art de la Guerre rulebook. That means that on eBay right now is an army made up of the following ADLG-based units;3 Generals1 Elephant 2 "Dailami" Medium Foot6 Ghilman Bow-armed Cavalry 4 LH with bow2 LH with javelin/Impact1 LH Javelin2 LF Bow4 HI Spearmen4 "DBx" bases of Bow + 2 "DBx" bases of Swordsmen, plus metal sabots to base them as bow-only or as mixed units3 Knights2 Spearmen1 Crossbow unit1 LF BowmanArmy Baggage Train 80x40 baseAllied "Christian" contingent ofThe figures are mostly Essex, but also include Outpost (most of the Arab cavalry) and a few others. They are all based and magnabased.The auction ends around 8pm on Sunday 20th UK time.
.....and Medical Support! Post-Brexit force someone said?Another submission to the challenge (146 points), the figures are from Alternative Armies and the 5 police resin figures are in my top 10 favourite sci-fi figures (a little flawed but the two foot rule negates this) but on the other hand the medical synthetic's are more flawed but still usable due to medical crosses sculpted on them!These guys are willing to sort out any minor planetary disputes over natural resources your local government might have for a large fee or small percentage.....The vehicles are metal GZG plus body bags from The Scene!Cyber Mastiffs or Robo Land Sharks.....Medical Synthetics.......The Aircars............Bikers.......The girls and guys of Black Water contractor security....Even did a head swap.......
A Confederate artillery battalion for the battle of Stones River we recently did for a customer. All figures are 15mm and from Old Glory's Blue Moon range.The guns are not glued down so they can be detached and used with the limbers.The 6 horse limbers. While they are big and fairly costly, they look impressive and do tend to make artillery take up somewhat of a more realistic footprint on a wargame table.The two figure stand is a command stand. It is currently awaiting its flag to come in so I can attach it.
The weekend before last I got my first game of the year in the shed-o-war. Just two of us could make it so Surjit and I went 'mano o mano' in a Napoleonic game with a difference. We would be fighting a battle set in north america during the war of 1812. This battle takes place in July of that year somewhere in upper Canada and sees two columns, one British and one American, approaching each other. As usual we pulled a slip of paper out of a metaphorical hat to decide sides and it was decided that I would be the Americans and Surjit would play the British. SetupThe war of 1812 had a long prehistory that lead almost inevitably to conflict. To the Americans the war was an act of defiance against a hostile Royal Navy that infringed on US territorial waters. To the British it was an attempt to counter American breaking of the naval blockade that was choking neutral trade to France. By 1812 both fleets were in open conflict with the Royal Navy's smaller frigates getting the worst of it.Commitment to the war in
......for fighting an alien invasion or fighting among the stars!A mixture of White Dragon Miniatures, Khurasan and GZG, these are the forces being designed to meet the alien threat to earth (although I do think aliens lock their doors when they go past) or to take and help humanity to the stars!A SEAL team with synthetics....... Recon Mechs........Fiddler Heavy Mech........They work alongside modern forces and armour for the time being but not the only nation to build their near future forces.....The Russians are coming!
To celebrate the new year, I’ve decided to introduce a new section to the blog. In semi-regular intervals, I want to present new(ish) gaming-related stuff that caught my eye. For the first installation, I’ve found four items which might be of interest to you. Peter Pig has launched The 15 Mill, a new pdf magazine “that promotes the use of 15mm miniatures and modeling in wargaming”. As 15mm is a scale very dear to my heart, I find this a commendable enterprise! What is even more exciting is the fact that each issue will include a small game (or “gamette” as they call it), and for each of those games, Peter Pig will produce a special pack of figures. The first figure pack is now available: it’s a lovely set of duellers (so we can get an idea what the first game will be about…). The magazine itself contains all sorts of useful articles and is not limited to Peter Pig-related topics. It is available for free, so why not give it a try and download it here? The end of
Finally, a chance to play a Volley and Bayonet game with Adrian's latest period and armies: the Russo-Turkish war of 1877. The armies are 15mm and as always beautifully painted. Adrian took the time to fit the armaments of the two armies into the VnB framework, with Turks equipped with better artillery than the Russians, and also better advanced cartridge rifles. This gave a different feel to the more normal mFranco Prussian sub period we might play, yet another example of the amazing flexibility of the rules set. From what little I know of the war, the outcomes were quite nicely historic too - perhaps the best sign of a good rules set.No AAR this time, just a small selection of photos of the beautiful figures.
Editor's Note: Matt has been very kind to provide a couple of "how to" articles on his 15mm Twilight: 2000 armies. May I say I am honored to host them here for the readership!American Mechanized Forces (ETO) by Matt Weaver-UzelacWhen I design my wargaming armies I try to make them as flexible as possible, so what started out to be elements of the 5th Infantry Division’s Cavalry Troop ended up being much bigger but have so many more options. This philosophy allows me to use the troops and vehicles to represent almost any American unit that a scenario might dictate. All of the units are 15mm in scale and everything is based on magnets. The vehicles are on magnetic sheets cut to size, and the infantry is based on ½ inch round magnetic buttons I found at the Lakeshore teaching store/website (they sell them in a 300 count pack for around $9). Heavy and support weapons as well as sniper teams are based on 1 inch magnetic buttons.Available Forces (Pictured)Infantry: I have approximately 60 i
The 'Dongo' was a small two man scout car first conceived in 1938 as the British army started to embrace the idea of mobile armored divisions. Several concept designs were produced, all roughly similar, but it was the BSA prototype that was eventually selected, although they kept the 'Dingo' designation that Alvis had given their rejected prototype. Initially armour was only designed to resists infantry rifle fire but on the army's insistence the frontal armour was increased to 30mm. However it was the vehicles low profile and speed, even cross country, that was its main defense. The Dingo had an extremely long range and relatively tight turning circle making it ideal in its role as a scout or recon vehicle. The transmission consisted of a pre-selector gearbox, with five forward gears and five reverse gears, allowing steering with all four wheels. The system was very flexible but difficult to master and later models just has front wheel steering. The car was usually armed with a removable cal.
Another most excellent evening of DBA 3.0 games with Keith and Jim. My first game saw my Mycenaeans up against Keith's Hoplite Greeks.The Greeks were defending and, being Littoral, had the obligatory 'waterway', along with a village, a piece of rough going, and a road.DeploymentThe Greek shield wall up closeI flanked the Mycenaean pike with heavy chariots.. looking for the big punchThe first attack was pushed back for all except one of the pike blocksAttempts to daly with the Greek left on my right didn't end wellThe auxilia defending the right flank of the heavy chariots were flanked, while the chariots were repulsed againThe pike were flanked in their turn ..The right flank, with the auxilia destroyedThe pike block fends off the hoplites to front and flank, still trying for the breakthrough with pike and chariotThe heavy chariots on the right in their turn are now taken in their flankThe battle still rages around the Mycenaean pikeHowever the right flank heavy chariots are destroyed, the battle is lostBut w