Part 2 of the Battle of Asturias 1809, or as I found out at the end The Battle of Asturias Monastery. I wish I knew that at the start!!So at the end of the sea battle you may remember the British got their transport ships off table, the Brits had 2 rowing boats set to land on the shore.The Monastery, right down the end of the table.Surj had some Spanish troops to place on the table, you can see them in the distance.The 3rd Battalion Valancia LineSonia MilitiaSpanish GuerrillasMaria Luisa Hussars5th Villa Viciosa Dragoons The French had 2 line regts1st Bat 36th Line2nd \bat 36th Line1st Bat 4th Legere10th Chasseur a Cheval15th DragoonsAt the start of the first move Surj had to throw for his row boats, he threw a 1 which was great forme, as this meant his boats were 1 move from the shore, if he'd thrown a 6, his goods would be already unloaded and reloaded onto their transport vehicles.So this gave me a little time, and a little idea that would backfire on me almost straight away.In my deployment I pl
The Battle of Asturias 1809 (off the coast of Asturias)Only 2 Rejects made it for the latest game at Reject HQ, summer holidays and all!!!Postie called and said it was only me and Surj and we'd be playing a Napoleonic Naval game.So I was a little confused when I saw the table above!!Postie explained it was a 2 part game (Oooo how exciting!)I picked out the French and was given the following note.French CommanderYou must stop the British fleet at all costs, if you loses any ship you will withdraw from the action and the British fleet will carry on with its mission. Destroy or disable as many ships as you can.If you reach a certain target you have won.Le Hoche - 76 Gun Flagship Ship of the LineLe Superbe - 74 Gun Ship of the LineMars - 20 Gun CorvetteThe Britsh Fleet consisted of.......Defence 74 Gun Flagship Ship of the LineAfrica 64 gun Ship of the LineEmpervier 16 Gun BrigAnd three other ship that looked like Merchant ships?Which infact they were....The Amity HallLilyRoseThe British were set up all in
Sunday was unbearably hot inside the shed-o-war, but we persevered because we were playing an excellent ACW game using the Fire and Fury rules. Its been a while since I have played this period or these rules (I think I missed the last game at Reject HQ) so I pulled out my copy of the rules and skimmed through them on Saturday in preparation. Apparently, in that last game, all the players were so frustrated with the way the game played that Postie said he would try to alter some aspects of the rules. So having dutifully read the rules I turn up on Sunday to find that Postie had prepared several changes that made large chunks of the rulebook invalid! So this game was more of a test of some ideas he had that would 'fix' some of the supposedly frustrating elements of the original rules.The SetupThe game is a fictional battle but set in the midst of a real campaign, so Postie drew up our orders of battle from forces appropriate to the time period and location. Both sides started the game in march column, streaming
Last Sunday saw the Rejects drive down to Sittingbourne for the Broadside Wargaming show. It was my turn to put on a game. After much deliberation (with myself) I chose to demo "The Battle of Killiecrankie"using Beneath the Lily Banners v3 The War of Three Kings.I painted up all the Scots a few years ago and recently finished off the last few Williamite regts.Postie was bitching that I didn't make bespoke terrain like he and Lee had for our last 2 Broadside game. I totally ignored him and used Posties normal gaming terrain that we use each week when we play. I've gotta admit to being very pleased with the results.Richard and Surj played the historical losers of the battle the Williamites.John and Dave played the Jacobites. With BigLee dipping in and out.I put in an optional rule of an initial bombardment. They threw a D6 and compared in to the chart 1=0 2,3=1 4,5=2 6=3. They threw a 3 giving them only 1 turn of artillery before the game started. They did manage to knock off 2 casualties on Locheils regt thoug
The sports hall filled up quickly and stayed busy most of the day; the company was friendly with wargame regulars rubbing shoulders with families who popped in having been to the pool next door; the club demo games covered a wide range of periods and were generally of a high calibre. This could describe every Broadside Wargames Show we have attended over the years and Sunday's event was equally good as any we have been too before. A small but very friendly show with great games and a good selection of traders.Posties Rejects have sort of adopted this as our 'local show' and put on a demo here every year. This time it was Ray's turn to devise a game and we were able to have two goes at his recreation of the Battle of Killiecrankie. Not only did we put on our annual demo game but this year saw us 'rebranded' with new Red polo shirts. Black seems to be the colour of preference for the majority of people attending these shows and we sort of merged into the background with our old black polo shirts. Now there is n
As per my last post, this weekend see's Posties Rejects travelling miles down the A2 to Milton Hundred;s Broadside 2019.We're their putting on a demo of The Battle of Killicrankie 1689.We can be found inside the red circle at G6.There's plenty of top Traders at the show, I'm looking forward to having a nose around myself.Hopefully you'll come along to the show and support Milton Hundred's great wargame show!If you wanna stop by G6 and see our game please do so, we won't bite.And you can't miss us all, we've spent out and got new club t-shirts, modeled byour Evil Umpire himself Postie.
Posties Rejects will be making their annual trip to Sittingborne this weekend, for Milton Hundred Wargames Club's show "Broadside"We're hosting a demo game on The Battle of Killicrankie 1689, using the newest version of Beneath the Lily Banners "The War of Three Kings"Come and check out the game, it should be very interesting!!We've had a few practice games in the last one, due to some disastrous die rolls BigLee managed to hand the game to the Williamites and change history!!!Sunday 9th JuneBroadside Wargames ShowSwallows Leisure CentreCentral AveneueSittingbourneKentME10 4NT
Over the weekend Stuart ran a Napoleonic game for the Rejects, of which Myself, Ray and Surjit were able to take part. As usual, we picked sides randomly out of a figurative hat and I was the odd one out ('odd' being the operative word). I would be playing the Austrians facing off against a combined Saxxon/Bavarian force.SetupThe game Postie set up was a meeting engagement as lead elements of both sides encounter each other between a pair of vital river crossings in Moravia. The Saxonn/Bavarian forces outnumber the Austrians but the latter army has some better quality troops and generally better cavalry (and more of it). My Austrians are arrayed along a small ridgeline, approximately diagonal across the table. Order of BattleSaxonn /Bavarian Army - IX Corps C/O Marshal Bernadotte1st (Saxonn) Division c/o GL von ZezSchwitz (Ray) 1st Brigade c/o Gm Von Hartitzsch Liebgrenadier Garde (1) (Guard) Combined Grenadiers Radeloff (1) (Elite) Combined
What a great day was had by all of Posties Rejects.But I've gotta admit I'm paying for the Marathon session I walked all day Saturday. My knees and back are killing me......but its well worth the pain!!!Luckily for us Reject HQ is only a 40 odd minute drive away. Postie, Dave and myself met Essex boy BigLee there and we were in at 8.15, courtesy of some Press Passes from organiser Matt Still.Cheers Matt!!Its taken me an age to sort out all the photos I took, I really wish clubs would have info on or near their tables to say who they are and what the game is, it makes it so much easier!!Its a very long post so get the sarnies ready.We normally get a selfie as we enter, as we did we were joined by Mr Panzerkuput Pete BarfieldFirst stop was Warbases to collect an order, Postie got in on the photoNext stop was Col BillsThey do love to pose for piccies!!As does Barry Hilton at the Warfare minis stand.Barry's looking very pleased with himself!Another selfie. Least said about this one the better!!!At 9.55 myse
The Marathon show report is two-thirds done, but there is plenty of more eye-watering goodness to see. I must admit that by the end of the day I was 'flagging' somewhat. My knees were screaming at me in protest by the end, but despite this, I had a fantastic day. I talked myself horse, spent a small fortune on my new lead mountain and got pretty much everything on my shopping list. One of my jobs today (aside from posting my pictures) is to go online and order a couple of the items that I couldn't find. Kudos and a shout out has to go to 4Ground for their customer service yesterday. I couldn't find something and two members of their team spent a good ten minutes looking through their stock for what I wanted. They didn't have the item I wanted but told me I could place an order at the till and would send me my item post free. Going the extra mile for a customer is always a good thing but this was at 4:45 when they must have been knackered and footsore after a long day, so I appreciated
Welcome back to Part two of my Salute 2019 photo report. As usual, I shot too many pictures although it has to be said there was plenty of eye candy to draw the attention of my camera lens. Having said that I enjoyed the fact that many of the games were played using what I would call 'club terrain', ie the sort you'd expect to use on a regular basis (ie it didn't look purpose built for Salute). While I love the big set-piece display games I do like the simpler club display tables because you can look at them and think "I could do that". Anyway without further ado, here's part 2 of my Salute 2019 Photo Report.TooFatLardies - Malaya 1942TooFatLardies - Malaya 1942TooFatLardies - Malaya 1942Spirit of the Game - a 40mm Wild West skirmish game "Blaze of Glory"Spirit of the Game - a 40mm Wild West skirmish game "Blaze of Glory"Loughton Strike Force - Ligney 1815 using the General d'Armee rules - 15mm Napoleonics at its bestLigney 1815Ligney 1815Peterborough Wargames Club - D-Day Omaha Beach (Easy Red sect
It's the day after Salute 2019 and I have hundreds of pictures and a wonderfully huge pile of goodies to sort through. Ray, Stuart and I were able to get inside the hall early again this year to see some of the final preparations of the Traders and Clubs. We took full advantage of this extra time to chat to traders and get our bearings. Over the next 7 hours, I shot a LOT of photo's (not a great surprise) and having now sorted through them I realise I have far too many for a single blog post. So I'm splitting this photo report in two to share as many pictures as I can. Some of these were shared on Twitter yesterday but for those that don't tweet, here they are again. Posties Rejects (L-R Me, Ray, David & Stuart) were inside the venue by about eight fifteen.The lads at WarbasesBarry Hilton with PostieSydney RoundwoodThe door opened and we had to dive out of the path of the stampede!The Battle of Mohi 1241 - Terrain and Figures by KallistraThe Battle of Mohi 1241Secrets of the Third
Only one more sleep until Salute 2019 and I am (as usual) unreasonably excited. Like last year Ray, Stuart (aka 'Postie') and I will be sneaking in 'behind the scenes' with early-entry passes which means we will be inside the event shortly after 8am to watch the final preparations of the Traders and Clubs. I'll be posting pictures to my Twitter account before and during the day with the hashtag #Salute2019. No Salute would be complete without a slew of excellent display games and as usual I will be taking a lot more pictures during the day (too many probably) and will post a selection of the best here on the Blog sometime on Sunday. Of course, Salute is also a huge trading event and this year I have a very large shopping list to fulfil. The combined entry and parking fees do make this an expensive event to attend, but I always make back the cost by saving postal charges on my purchases and this year I expect to be saving quite a bit! I tend to walk around in a world of my own so if you see
There are just a few days to go before the biggest one day Wargaming Show in the UK calendar. Salute has become a firm favourite of mine, especially since it moved practically on my doorstep. As usual, I will be attending with Ray and Stuart of Posties Rejects and like last year we have been granted early access to see behind the scenes as the show sets up. The three of us will be wearing our Rejects shirts so if you see us please come over and say hello. As in previous years, Ray has put the call out for a Blogger Meet Up so those of us that talk often online get to meet in the real world for a change. It's a bit earlier this year, as in previous years we seem to have clashed with other groups gatherings. Blogger Meet UP - 12 o'clock at the Big Red Dot!For me, the show is all about eye candy and shopping. I buy a lot at this show and even with the entry fee and the extortionate parking costs I still always make a saving on postage costs. I have several traders in my sights this year and have a
With only 9 days to go until this years Salute, I thought I better post about the annualBloggers meet up.So if you have a Blog or read a blog come and meet up for a chat.12 o'clock at the Big Red Dot!So who's going?Here's a pic of some of the motley crew from last year.