The British Commons echoed to cries of treason, and demands for an inquiry, as news reached London of a disastrous engagement in the Iberian Peninsular. Despatches from General Wellesley outlined how General Belvedere Mainstreet Smythe, best know for his book 'Up the Impopo without a paddle', took his newly formed Corps to the aid of Spanish General Miguel Immanuel Ballesteros as he advanced on the French after the recent fight at Saint Miquel.General Smythe's Corps, including two brigades of Guards only recently despatch to support the defence of Portugal, was brought to a halt, many British lads left lying with empty eyes staring skywards as French cavalry caught them unawares in the open.Cries across the Commons demanded the immediate recall of General Wellesley himself, but little has been forthcoming from the Peninsula as General Wellesley, true to form, kept his own counsel.An addendum to the General's despatch noted that General Smythe was found a hundred yards from his command tent, a pistol bullet lo
The Rejects gathered in the shed for our second game in 3 weeks, not sure what's going on there!!Postie treated us to an AWI game, the first for many moons!Lee's report can be viewed here!Myself and Richard picked out the hat first, Richard picked the CnC of the Amerians, I picked the CnC of the British. My second in command was Surj, Lee picked the Americans 2nd in command.Postie then took me and Ricahrd in the shed to place our troops.We had to dice off, the loser had to place a brigade. Richard threw well, all my troops were down and he still had 2 brigades left to place. We also had to throw for how far the brigade set on. I had the better run of luck all the way through up until Richard's last throw of 18 inches. So he was able to place that brigade in front of another and seriously threaten the British lines. That put me on the back foot immediately and was a great move on Richard's part.Richard's 2 bridgades face off my lone brigadeOrder of Battle Ruthlessly stolen from BigLee's blogThis is the OOB tha
For the second week in a row I have been able to enjoy some 'gaming. Last week it was some DBA 3.0 with Keith. This week some HotT with Andy. These are all interesting games that seem to suit the currently busy life style. Short games with enough depth to challenge to the degree that you fell suited, without requiring the investment of 3-4 hours for a single outcome.We managed four games in two hours (along with beer, coffee, sausage rolls, and plenty of good conversation). The first saw my 25mm French napoleonics fighting Andy's 28mm VSF army.Game 1French columns (behemoths), Cuirassier (knights), Old Guard (blade) and recruits (horde) with a hero general Germans.. a behemoth general no less!!!Shooters ..The raw recruits ..The French strongholdQuick game, Prussian hero general destroyed, and more points than I'd lost..Game 2 ...The result a reversal from the first game... the evening was developing well, with honours evenly shared Game 3... weird world war 1 Germans vs BritishThe newest
Following on from the battle reports of the surprisingly effective Lancastrian ADLG army, I thought it might be interesting to share how the army was put together in terms of figures and basing, and the thought behind the list design as well.Most - but not all - of them are Perry plastics, making this a very cost-effective army to build. There is now a summary of the figures I used, how the army was designed and was supposed to work (in theory and then in practice) and also some ideas as to how I painted them up on the main website now. If you wish you can buy yourself a set of the whole lot for under £100!Full details of the figures are on madaxeman.com
My penultimate post of the Challenge unless I really get my finger out and finish the unit I'm painting.Can't see it happening though.And yes it is more Donnybrook!!!!!Here we have the 6 figures for the English regt Berkley's DragoonsThe figures are from Dixon minis, which are a real pleasure to paint, they almostpaint themselves!"The Monmouth’s rebellion scared Parliament into forming the first standing Army in 1685, among it six regiments of horse and two of Dragoons. It was constituted of six troops, raised by the honourable John Berkeley and named after him as "Berkeley’s Dragoons" it’s recruiting area for all of the troops was Wessex. Berkeley married Barbera Villiers, an intimate friend of the King’s younger daughter, Princess Anne. Thus came about the first title of the Regiment "The Princess Anne of Denmark’s Regiment of Dragoons". In October Berkeley’s Dragoons rode into London to be inspected by the King, a critical Commander, who was nevertheless impressed with them. For the next three years t
As is always the case, despite having far too many figures I managed to pick a list for Roll Call last weekend which meant I needed to buy and paint up some more figures.This time it was a 25mm artillery piece for my WOTR Lancastrian army, which with all my 25mm artillery being decidedly TYW was just too much of a stretch to morph across from stuff I already had.A quick peruse of the various manufacturers threw up Front Rank Figurines, who I haven't actually bought anything from before (that I can remember...). They have a very nice set of 100YW and WOTR ranges, and a special-buy pack of gunners and crew with both a heavy and lighter gun included.This ended up being what I bought, and I'm pleased to say both that it arrived quickly and the figures looked as good in the metal as they did in the professionally painted photos from their website.This chap in the foreground has ended up with more of a casting line that I'd have ideally liked. It would have been easy enough to scrape off with the edge of a craft kn
Still posting some of my entries from the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, not many more left I promise!! It's bit Macabre I know, its just a piece of scenery though for my Donnybrook Shenanigans!The figure is from Black Tree designs, bought to paint up in AHPC8, along with quite a few similar bits and bobs. Sir Michael Awdry posted loads of these in last years Challenge and mine got pushed to the bottom of the leadpile.Not much more I can really say about the figure really?
This week was club night and Terry hosted a game of Imperial Settlers. I had a hoot! What a pleasant and interesting game of resource management.George also hosted a WW2 plane game that I did not get a chance to watch.I have been doing a bit of painting to finish off a commission (some broken pieces that the manufacturer replaced for the owner).I finished the Rancor. What a lovely model! And huge!I left it glossy as all of the movie stills show it as a touch damp or slimy.I had some trouble getting a decent shot--it looks much nicer in person than these photos show off.Up next: I have on last gormorrian guard who is underway and hopefully some western gaming.
Oh look, yet more Donnybrook!!!!I do like it when you can have versatile figures, and that's exactly what these are.The figures are from Reiver Castings, and can be purchased here.For the princely sum of £11 They can and hopefully will be used in the following armies.Monmouth's RebelsKing Phillip's War Militia&Irish RappareesThese 10 bad boys were worth 5 points each so earned me 50 points.
Yes I know.....more Donnybrook!But you can never have enough of a good thing....right?In the Highlander army list in Donnybrook, one of the characters you may use is"The Master of Hounds"The Scots figure is a standard bearer from pack SKU : JFR20 in Reiver Castings Jacobite range.With his left arm chopped off a repositioned.I wasn't sure how and what to use for the dogs lead or whether or not to have one at all.In the end I went with some plane and simple fuse wire.Which I think works pretty well?The Hounds are from Gripping Beast pack PCT14 Pict pack Master & Hounds"The Master of Hounds controls a pack of hunting dogs bred by the Clan. He is armed with a short sword and controls 3 dogs. When they attack the player rolls a d3. The result is the number of dogs who lunge that turn. Add the Master to the attack. So at full strength there will be 4 attacks, while the minimum is 2. The dogs do not check morale when taking casualties and fight to the death. If the Master loses all his dogs he fights on alo
Can't believe the Challenge is over for another year???This being the final Bonus Round " Fellowship"As soon as I read the name Fellowship I knew my entry would have to be fromLord of the Rings. I've got a box with all sorts of odds and ends from Games Workshop's range.Gandulf here was still sitting in his red backed blister pack begging to be painted up!To be honest he was originally bought to be painted up and sold on ebaymany years ago, but I never got around to it.Another reason for painting up Gandulf was he was quite an easy paint, being all white!!But the most important was he was the defacto leader of the Fellowship in LotRand if our defacto leader the SnowLord, Curt himself put on a white wig, he could be Gandulf!!This entry will be winging its way over the Atlantic soon as my Curtgeldso a few more points will come my way.
Another entry into the Challenge from a different period, I really should have entered the Squirrel Dual!!!These 16 figures from Wargames Foundry have already flown the nest to their new home next door at Casa Postie!They are HYW archers painted up in the livery of the men of Cheshire. They were a joy to paint to be honest, I wish all figures were this easy!!These 16 figures should earn me 80 points to add to my total.Getting worried about that dodgy Irishman Fran, he's gaining fast!!!
Another entry into the Painting Challenge and its yet more Donnybrook, but this time we're heading to the far away fields of Africa, well Tangier to be precise.The Treaty of Windsor, signed on 10th June 1680 between England and Spain, gave rise to an offer by the King of Spain to provide a body of Horse to support the English at Tangier. The Duke of Osuna's Trozo of Horse was well placed being based 80 miles north of Tarifa to be that body of Horse. They were said to have worn an all white uniform, including their hat!Which I'm sure you'll agree makes for a rather unusual looking unit of Horse.In the field they were commanded by Don Salvador de Monforte.They fought in several skirmishes and battles in their time at Tangier.I've been wanting to paint this unit for quite a whileThe figures are from Warfare Miniatures and will be added to my Tangier collection, they may well find there way onto the fields of Flanders and Ireland too!!! 7 Mounted 25mm figures should give me 70 points.
I should have entered the Squirrel Duel with all the different periods I'm painting up!!!Postie asked for a muted palette, so that's what he got!These 24 figures are the London slingers who were in the army of Simon de Montfort, during the Barons Wars which was fought between 1264-65.The Slingers fought at the Battle of Lewes in 1264The figures are from Essex Miniatures and could be used for any Medieval army.There are 24 figure in this post making a very nice 120 points!
Surprise Surprise!!!More Donnybrook shenanigans!!!I bought these 50 Warfare Miniatures last year at The Other Partizan wargame show,from Mr Beneath the Lily Banners Hilton himself. These are very multi-purpose figures and are something that were missing fromthe late 1600's figure range. Dixon's and Reiver do have similar figures, but not in this many poses. And this is only the start, there will be more poses from Warfare minis!!I mainly wanted these figure to use as Militia for Bacon's Rebellion or King Philips War in America,but they will also be used as Rebels in the army of the Duke of Monmouthat the Battle of Sedgemoor. And also they can be used for as either side in Ireland in the Boyne campaign.There are 30 Musketeers and 20 Pikemen/SythmenI do have another 10 Pikemen to paint up, but I've only just bought some different weapons for them to hold, hopefully they'll be painted during the Challenge???These 50 x 25mm figures earned me a very nice 250 points to add to my tally.Which at the moment