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Extremely Bad Dogs

Every culture has dog/wolf demon things in their folklore. The UK is thick with them, it seems like every county has three or four varieties, and they show up everywhere else in Europe too. Usually huge, black, red-eyed, and inclined to eat people by dark of night or just bay (they never merely bark) threateningly on dark and misty nights. With that in mind, adding some demonic dog-creatures to my “Weird ECW” skirmish seemed like a natural thing to do. Fortunately, Reaper Miniatures has a whole selection of suitable figures, so I sent some money to those nice folks in Texas and got a good selection of things back, of which this pack of extremely bad dogs is just the first part to be seen here! Five extremely bad dogs. See text for details, and click for larger. The two left-hand figures are Hellhounds, the two slightly smaller beasts in the middle are Goblin Wolves, and the really, really big doggie on the far right there is Moor Hound. They’re all on 40mm wide bases, just for scale, and the

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The Rout in July- English Civil War Action

Having spent very little time in the Shed over the last few weeks I was delighted to host a Pike & Shotte game earlier this week. This was going to be a very straight forward encounter battle between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians. Each army was generated randomly using my unit cards (see here for more information) with limits being placed. There had to be six battalias on the table for each side with a minimum of three units per battalia and a max of five. By the times the cards (a max of 25 units per side) were shuffled out both sides ended up with two cavalry battalia and four infantry battalia. What followed was perhaps one of the quickest and most brutal games seen in the shed. Within two hours the Roundheads had smashed the Royalist cause out on the left flank and centre. Colin (a first timer to this period) was enjoying his beginners luck as he was consistently rolling 5’s and 6’s and winning every melee and firefight. Poor old Alastair and Mark were literally torn apart

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A 17th Century Bastion, Part One

Several of the scenarios in Pikeman’s Lament ask for a bastion or earthwork to be attacked or defended, but at a maximum area of 9″x9″ it isn’t going to be some grand fortification or anything. I wasn’t sure what, exactly, could be done in that area, so I cut a piece of heavy plasticard that size and started arranging my Assault Group guns and crews around the 3d printed gabions we found over on Thingiverse. The 3d Printed Gabions As seen previously here on The Warbard, my brother Corey owns a 3d printer. A Creality Ender 2, apparently. Gabions are big roughly-made wicker tubes filled with dirt, basically, used for temporary fortification for centuries – right up until at least the First World War, in fact. They’re iconic looking but would be really, really fiddly to scratchbuild. Finding the set of 3d modelled gabions for free over on Thingiverse was what kicked this whole project off. 3d printed gabions in closeup. The striations of the 3d print process nicely add t

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A Graveyard (Much Delayed)

File this one under “long neglected projects finally finished”, I guess. I’ve finally based, painted, and finished the last of the Renedra gravestones I started way back in February 2013, which were actually purchased in December 2012. Back in 2013 half of them (one of the two identical sprues) got cleaned up, based, sand added to the bases, and grey primed, and that was it. For more than five years. The original 2013 batch of graves, based but not yet primed. Click for slightly larger. In early 2018 I pulled the 2013 bits out of storage and got them painted up and flocked fairly quickly for the game I ran at Trumpeter Salute 2018. The paintjob was pretty simple. I hit all of them with a wash (GW Nuln Oil or Earthshade), then drybrushed and scrubbed various other colours across the stones. Two different shades of grey, some dark green, two shades of tan, and two shades of off-white applied in different amounts to different stones give a bit of variation to each stone. Finally, this week I

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The Trumpeter Salute 2019 Haul

Trumpeter Salute 2019 has come and gone. This was the first Trumpeter in many years where I didn’t run a game which felt kind of strange, but that did leave more time for other people’s games! It was also the kick in the butt I apparently needed to devote a bit more time to gaming, after most of a year (two?) of basically doing squat except watch my gaming stuff gather dust. Among the things I bought at Trumpeter was a pack of Frostgrave Wizards in plastic. I’ve been musing for a while now about mixing up 17th Century English Civil War/Thirty Year’s War figures with magic and fantasy stuff of some sort, and while a lot of things like wands or wizard’s staffs would be easy enough to add to figures with wire and putty, a couple of sprues of ready-made bits seemed like a good plan. The Trumpeter Salute 2019 haul. First three Warlord/Frostgrave magic users on the left, new frogs on the right, chevaux in the foreground. Click, as usual, for larger. It turns out the Warlord plastic ECW

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What has happened to my luck?

Good Evening AllFor years I think my luck on the gaming table has been quite reasonable. I can think of several times when a game plan has been rescued by some fortuitous dice rolling or when a unit that should have been defeated has become the victor, However since Christmas my luck has just disappeared ...with the exception of our refight of the battle of Stamford Briodge when it was a forgone conclusion as to who would win I have been on the losing side in every game.I don't think my tactics have been bad just my dice rolling. Monday just gone was no exception. Five of us fought a ficticious ECW encounter battle with evenly matched sides. We were using Pike & Shotte.In virtually every combat my troops lost - and my command rolls were not much better. To cap it off my opponent virtually scored hits 80% of the time. It was perhaps the biggest one sided game I have played for a long time. The last was Hastings and that was only a few weeks ago.All I can say is I hope its going to change very soon.Any bets

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Back to the Brushes 220

After a week away from the brushes post Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge a return to the painting table shows the carnage left behind.With three major rebasing projects ongoing at present:Late Romans and alliesMoors for ADLG and SAGAEnglish Civil War in 15mm There hasn't been any space or time for painting.The top of the composite picture shows the whole painting table in its chaotic glory with a range of 15 and 28mm figures in varying states of painting.The bottom two pictures show the ECW (left) and the Moors for SAGA. One part needing basing the other finished.Hoping to get back to painting some dark age types this week.Cheers for now.

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100 years of Polish Air Forces. Pikeman's Lament ECW. Stulecie polskich sił powietrznych. Angielska wojna domowa z Pikeman's Lament.

Before I move to the last week game, we have something to celebrate today. Exactly 100 years ago we had first military action of Polish Air Forces. Some time ago I wrote something about that and today is very good day to bring that post back. More details at the link below.Zanim przejdę do opisu gry z zeszłego tygodnia, mamy powód do świętowania. Dokładnie 100 lat temu, miała miejsce pierwsza akcja bojowa polskich sił powietrznych. Jakiś czas temu pisałem o tym i to jest dobra okazja, by sobie ten wpis przypomnieć. Więcej szczegółów w linku poniżej.https://asienieboje.blogspot.com/2013/11/pierwsza-szachownica-first-checkerboard.htmlAfter that introduction, time for the last game. This time our new Mike (there is a lot of Michaels in our club...) invited us to a game with ECW Pikeman's Lament. Po tym wstępie czas na ostatnią grę. tym razem nowy Mike (w naszym klubie jest już naprawdę dużo Michaelów) zaprosił nas do gry z użyciem zasad Pikeman's Lament w czasach angielskiej wojny domowej.SCENARIO/SCEN

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The TYW in the Kings Country

After a long hiatus, the 28mm mostly Warlord Games plastic and metal figures have crawled blinking into the light again for a 3-game 1-day competition held in glorious rural Oxfordshire, on the edges of the King's Civil War Capital.The TYW Germans - chosen because they have the nicest flags, as well as some little gunnes - take on the Swedes, the New Model Army and the French in three large format, widescreen big battle reports under FoG:R rules.Be amazed how efficiently they progress through good planning and superior technology, and puzzle as to how Wallenstein and Tilly both end up on the same side in the same army as I deploy simply the nicest figures I can find and try and pretend there is a plan behind it.There are three reports, complete with the full gamut of Germanic expressions of amazement and horror, lots of photos, ridiculous captions and a full set of post-game analyses from Renaissance Hannibal himself.Get back to the 16th Century today with these 3 FoGR reports!

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Military Odyssey 2018

I usually have a range of choices for Living History events that I can go to each year. I never make it to all of them and as I drag my family along with me we try to vary which events we attend from one year to the next. This year I have missed all the usual events over the summer (including the War and Peace Revival show) so this weekend we decided that come-what-may we would go to the Odyssey show. Its been a couple of years since I last attended Odyssey and I'm glad we made the effort. The show is a multi-period event with groups depicting everything from ancient Greeks, medieval knights, English and American Civil Wars, WWI and WWII and even some later conflicts such as Vietnam. As always I went a little snap-happy with the camera but here is a small selection that you may find interesting.A row of American Half TracksA Vietnam era HueyA display showing of the work of RE Bomb Disposal in WWIIThe 1942 Steyr Staff Car of General Hans-Jurgen van Arnim, captured by the British when the Germans trapped in Tun

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Battle of Adwalton

Last Tuesday night Mark and I got together to play another scenario from the excellent Pike & Shotte supplement  - to Defy a King. If you are into this period I can wholeheartedly recommend this book – it has a number of excellent scenarios, r...

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Snagging

I ran out of time, before Salute, and didn't manage to complete the basing of the Soggy Bottom horse. Yesterday and today I have been frantically adding tufts- at least four per mini- rather more than 1000 in total. Time permitting I will dry-brush the...

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Hold your horses!

Reinforcements for Sunday's Partizan game. These are the horse holders for Colonel James Wardlawe's dragoons and will sit behind a hedge, all day, doing absolutely nothing, except for looking pretty. Minis are super Bicornes, which a few Redoubt horses...

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The Battle of Torrington

Morning AllApologies for the delay in posts but things have been rather hectic. The good news is that this is the first of four posts that I have written this morning so more content will appear over the next few days.Last Monday, Mark Alastair and mys...

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