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The Horror at Hedge House

The Secret Cellar of Hedge House - shut for 70 yearsThis past weekend, a group of friends met to finish a a Call of Cthulhu game that I had started some five years ago.  For various reasons (rusty referee, discompatible player characters, etc.) the first session failed to "gel" and so a reboot was conducted last month, with the concluding episode played last night.It was a basic "Haunted House" scenario, with the original owner disappearing some 70 years in the past, and a team of Investigators being dispatched from the local newspaper to do a story on the subsequent history of the house. That history includes violence, madness and murder.The action and setting of the story took place in early 1970's West Philadelphia, where the relics of grand old houses, now crumbling, can still be seen today.  One of my players ran the address through Mapquest and found a small factory is there today, so the house was probably demolished sometime after the players cleansed it.The scenario was taken and adapted fr

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Desperado - Purchases and Charts

Pictures from 4Ground websiteBased on the crackin' good time with yesterday's game, I decided that our western town, which isheavily Mexican in look, needed a touch of Anglo, so I have ordered the marshal's office and matching base from 4Ground, via Brigade Games,  4Ground has a large prepainted range for the Old West, and since I o not really have a ton of time for painting, this range will come in handy if I decide to expand with a few more buildings.  Our terrain is okay, the highlight being my buddy's scratch-built buildings, but we need to dress up town a bit more, so a few accessories will be ordered in the future.Also, in running the rules, nut having the two of the critical charts as part of the reference sheet became a tedious exercise flipping through the rules repeatedly.  Today I was on the Monday Knight website, and they do have a Yahoo group, which I joined, and found an Excel file with all the charts!  One quick download later an now I will be able to provide the players wit

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French Sailors for Haiti - Return of Claude Canard.

Real life had conspired against me this week, but I need manage to get a few odds and ends completed, with the Haiti Campaign gathering pace.... (New Orders will be executed this weekend.) I begain to take a look at some of the figure collections which don't get much table time and could they be repurposed elsewhere, one of these was Ensign Claude Canard and his Friend and mentor Ensign Côtelettes de Mouton of the French Sloop "Le Vendeen".... last seen fighting off Arabs in Egypt.  In the early days of the slave revolt, the French Sailors were often called on to defend the port areas and supress the slaves. Our old friend Claude is far more likely to see action in Haiti in the year ahead. Originally based on pennies, I glued them straight on to Warlord bases and built the bases up to hide the raised area. With a number of the colonial powers opting for detachments of sailors, I am now thinking I might just have to reinforce them for the campaign. The French need a suitable General to lead them into bat

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Colourful Napoleonic Spanish army on parade

I’ve started a long-overdue inspection of all my wargames figures. After my Napoleonic-era British, it’s now the turn of the Spanish. These were mostly painted from about 2003 to 2008. As with all my Napoleonic armies, I haven’t stuck to one particular order-of-battle, nor indeed to one particular year. So you’ll see my army contains units that never fought together at the same place or time. My only criteria for a unit to join my army is that it looks good – and the Spanish certainly provide lots of scope for that (for example, just wait till you see the cavalry near the bottom of this posting!)! I painted these Front Rank figures as the La Princessa Regiment, wearing their pre-1808 uniform as they would have appeared in General Romana’s expedition to Denmark to support the French. They can therefore really fight on either side, as they mutinied in Denmark, were rescued by the British, and fought in the Peninsular War. As they marched through Hamburg on their way to Denm

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My Napoleonic British army on parade

I’ve been wargaming since the 1990s, and during that time have amassed many miniatures across a range of periods. However, I’ve never really catalogued them all, and some of them haven’t seen the light of day for many a year. So I’ve decided that over the next few weeks I’m going to parade each army for inspection, and take stock of what I’ve got. From 2003 to about 2009 I collected a British army of the Napoleonic period. It hasn’t seen very much wargaming action since then, so I thought this might be a good army to start my inspection tour. The commanders Of course, every army has to have a commander. And if you’re playing British, why not go to the very top – the Duke of Wellington himself. This is a lovely set produced by Wargames Foundry. Circling clockwise from the instantly recognisable Duke himself, you can also see Captain von Streerwitz (2nd King’s German Legion Hussars, and aide-de-camp to Uxbridge);  Lt-General Sir Thomas Picton (weari

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British Exploring Officer, Iberian Peninsula, 1810

Last week I picked up David Brown's 'General d' Armee' rules and realized that I haven't painted a Napoleonic figure (much less a unit) in an age. This is amazing as when I started this blog years ago that's ALL I painted. It's funny how things go in cycles.So today's update is a British Exploring Officer serving in the Peninsula, circa 1810. These chaps composed a group of intelligence officers that served Wellington during the Peninsular Wars as his 'Peninsula Corps of Guides'. Their primary function was to survey the countryside and make modern maps for strategic planning, but increasingly they were used to gather intelligence on French plans and movements.The Exploring Officers refused to be considered as spies and so conducted their missions behind enemy lines wearing their full uniforms. They relied heavily on local partisans for local knowledge, guides and support. Since they were usually excellent horsemen, mounted on fast thoroughbreds, they had a good chance of evading French patrols

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Haitian Buildings.

For a while now I have been pondering which manufacturer to pick to make a small town for the Haiti campaign, many of Haiti’s towns and cities feature elegant colonial government buildings and cathedrals which were built during the years of French rule. In particular Cap‑Haïtien which served the administrative center is particularly noted for its colonial architecture sadly a number of the older buildings on the island were destroyed in the earthquake of 2010.Haiti has it's own unique feel to it which in wargaming terms can be represented in my opinion using a number of  the offerings on the market for Spain, Mexico or the Spanish maine all of which give me that Caribbean feel that I am looking for. I do like my tabletop to have some good functional scenary that can be played across and handled without flinching everytime someone walks by the table.Of late game and painting time seems to be under pressure from the real world so and with a backlog of figures I certainly don't want to be spending valuab

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