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Cavalier 2019 Swag

I thought I'd share some pics of the swag I collected at Cavalier in Tonbridge a few weekends ago.Firstly 3 great books from Helion and Company.I've had my eye on Armies and Enemies of Louis XIV since it came out, I've already got a few books of Killicrankie, but NEEDED this one too, you know how it is??Finally the new book on the Dutch, its a bit too early for my period really but hey ho, another must, I'm afraid!!My usually visit to Col Bills and I came away with these  5 15mm MDF buildingsfrom 4Ground. The Col is discontinuing the range at the moment, so grab them while you can.Stuart mentioned he may not bring them to shows anymore, so pre-order if you need any!More goodies from Col Bill, on the left is a new pack of Limber horse riders, so I bought 2 more horses and something to pull, I'm sure I've already got the wagon, but you can't have too many wagons, can you???A bit blurry I know, but I needed a fix from Essex minis.More NYW!!!Loads of 15mm buildingSorry guys I can't remember the club name, bu

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Cavalier 2018 - Show Pictures at last!

Over the weekend I went to the Cavalier Wargames Show in Tonebridge in Kent. This is traditionally the first show of the year for the Rejects and usually marks the end of a long winter without any shows (SELWG is usually our last of the year). For me its been even longer as I missed SELWG last year due to car problems, so by the time Sunday came around I was very eager indeed! Its taken a couple of days to sort out the pictures, mainly because I have been working hard on my latest entries for the Painting Challenge. So here, at last, are my pictures of a great little show. Ray & Postie start early, buying some buildings before the show had even official openedDavid Lanchester photobombs me taking a picture of his standEagle Figures... I bought a load of MDF bases from them.Debris of War - Tufts, Static Grass and Hedgerows filled my bag after visiting these guysHailsham Wargames Club - Da Vinci Wars - A slight fantastical version of the Italian WarsLots of very impressive Pike BlocksMore Pik

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Cavalier 2019

Last Sunday was the Rejects first wargame show of the year. Only three of us made itPostie and myself met BigLee at the show and a fun day was had y all!!!Every year me and Lee take a photo of the main hall from the balcony and this year was nodifferent. We'd just stuffed our faces with a bacon roll and a cup of tea, then waddled out to take the pics.We all had a great time at the show and bumped into the usual bloggers,Clint, Dave, Bob and Al.Society of Ancients - Battle of ZamaWadhurst Roleplayers Club - Dungeons & DragonsThe Bring and BuyFire When Ready - Star Wars LegionTonbridge Wargames Club - Boxer Rebellion 1900In the corridor a club (sorry guys, I can't remember the name) we're sellingtheir founders collection of figures and buildings, sadly he's suffering from dementia.I bought a few buildings for my NYW armies, well a few more than a few.Maidstone Wargames Club - Corsair v Mustang 1969Milton Hundred Wargames Club - Lion Rampant For God & King 1380 Me and Postie had a great chat wi

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Battle of Flint Hill - AD61

Over the weekend Postie put on a classic encounter between a disciplined Roman army and a bunch of very angry Britons lead by queen Boudica herself. My youngest daughter, the Padawan herself, had asked for this game specifically. She's effectively a fully fledged member of the Rejects now, having been to several games over the last few years. It's getting increasingly hard to tear her away from her tech, but on Sunday she exited the digital realm to get 'old skool' with her Pa. Her only stipulation, she had to be Boudica...and given the determined look on her face, I couldn't argue with her! The Setting  We played a fictional battle but one that could have been easily replicated during this period. The Romans are vastly outnumbered but have a strong position on top of a hill, with plenty of bolt throwers and archers to weaken the advancing British. Order of BattleBritish - Queen Boudica (The Padawan) in Chariot  1 Chieftain Leader in Chariot  1 Chieftain Leader on Horse

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Battle of Little Creek 1814

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

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Napoleonic Batrep - The Battle of Vallesa 1812

Late last month the Rejects had what was our last game of the year. We had a special visitor for the day to, long lost Reject John came down from up north where he's moved to, to play his first game with the Rejects for 2 years. John likes Napoleonics, so Postie set up a cracker of a game for us.The year is 1812 and we're in the Peninsular, a few days before the Battle of Salamanca. Wellington's army have set up camp when the French suddenly appear . A small Portuguese army have been sent for to help out the outnumbered British army. Order of BattleBritish c/o Earl of Wellington (Ray & Lee)1st Division c/o Campbell     1st Brigade c/o Fermor       1/2nd Coldstream, 1/3rd Guards, 5/60th Line and 1 Medium Gun    2nd Brigade c/o Van Lowe       1st, 2nd, 5th Line KGL and 1 Medium Gun    3rd Brigade c/o Wheatley       2/24th, 1/42nd, 2/58th, 1/79th and 5/60th    4th Brigade c/o Pocks (Portuguese) 

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Battle of Vallesa - July 1812

Yesterday the Rejects got together to welcome back an old member who moved away a couple of years ago. He was back down south for a couple of days and of course he wanted a game in the shed-o-war. Postie put on an excellent Napoleonic game that challenged everyone, was a tough fight from beginning to end but ultimately ended with a satisfyingly definitive outcome. I think the mark of a good wargame is when both winners and losers can came away saying they had a great time. The SetupThis is a fictional Peninsular War encounter set just a few days before the Battle of Salamanca. Wellington has just set camp for his army when the French appear and begin to advance. Spanish reinforcements have been sent for but the British position looks precarious from the beginning. The French have two Divisions of Cavalry poised on each flank and a lot of columns lined up to advance against the thin red line of the British positions. The Spanish reinforcements are marching quickly towards their allies but they could arriv

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Battle of the Poppy Field

On Sunday I joined the Rejects for a very special commemorative game. Stuart called me about this a couple of weeks ago and I immediately said I was available. Most  of the guys were able to make it for this game and Postie asked me to make the arrangements for us to participate in the silent reflection scheduled for 11am. A full write up of the game with pictures is below but as this was a commemorative game I would like to start with a couple of dedications. Stuart in particular dedicated this game to the memory of his Great Grandfather, Private James Till of the Royal West Kent Regiment. Private Till died at the young age of 30 somewhere on the Western Front in France in July 1917 and Stuart is very fortunate to have some family memento's that provide a very direct link to the war that ended exactly 100 years earlier. Embroidered silk postcards were one of the most popular ways for soldiers to send their love back home. Originally hand-embroidered by women in France and Belgium, the postcard

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A Remembrance Sunday Wargame

When Postie suggested putting on a WWI game on Remembrance Sunday, both Lee and myself were a little concerned. We didn't want the game to make light of the special Centenary commemoration, thinking some people would think it was in bad taste?We arrived at the Shed O War and Postie handed out the info above and below about his Great Grandfather. The little booklet was sent to his Great Grandmother, informing her of her husbands death.Private James Till 6th Battalion Queens Own ( Royal West Kent regt) was killed somewhere if France on Tuesday 17th July 1917.It was quite a poignant start to the day, bringing home that personal side to the war that you don't usually tend to think about. I for one and none of the other Rejects had never seen a WWI death notice, I don't know what I expected perhaps a telegram or letter of some kind?Postie also had a large collection of these postcards that James had sent to his family from the trenches. I took a photo of just four of them, the bottom one, Kisses for my Darling, wa

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A Crimean War Batrep - The Battle of Tenitsa Pass

A few weeks ago some of the Rejects got together for a Crimean War bash.The game was set in the mountains near the Danube, before the British and French got involved in the Crimea. The Turks have been tasked to hold the mountain pass and stop the Russians from breaking through. Luckily for the Turks they have had prior warning that the Russians are on their way and their engineers have had time to build some hasty redoubts Myself and Surj picked out the Turks while Lee and Smiffy were the Russians.Orders of Battle ( Ruthlessly stolen from Big Lee's Blog!)Ottoman Turkish Army - C/O Omar Pasha   1st Infantry Division      1st Brigade         1st Line Regiment (3)         2nd Line Regiment (3)         2x Heavy Gun Batteries      2nd Brigade         3rd Line Regiment (3)         4th Line Regiment (3)         1x Mediu

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SELWG 2018

 Better late than never?Its been a very busy week?Anyway....last Sunday some Rejects (apart from Lee, poor chap!) made their way to Crystal Palace for this year SELWG wargame show. The Rejects go to SELWG each year without fail, this years show was SELWGat its best!The queue, last year we were at the front, this year, well you can see for yourself.I spy with my little eye..........Tunbridge Wells Wargame Society - The Camels are ComingSociety of Ancients - The Battle of Asculam 279BCSteatham & Tooting - Navel WarsThe Bring and BuyThis was the best Bring and Buy I've seen in years.There was your usual load of toot, but mixed in were some really great painted troopsand buildings.Shepway Wargames - LotR The Battle of OsgilaithNewbury & Reading Wargames Society - Boudicca's RevengeGravesend Gamers Guild - Skirmish at Staplethorpe ECWSouth London Warlords- NecromundaHelp for HeroesDeal Wargames Club - China v Japan Yangminghao Airfield 19th October 1937Crooked Dice - 7TVSouthend Wargames Clu

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SELWG 2018 - Close, but no cigar

My annual pilgrimage to Crystal Palace show didn't happen this year thanks to a spot of car trouble (more on that in due course) although it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to me as its been something of an on-again off-again affair for months. Initially I though I was going to miss the show because my Teacher wife has just had a numerically significant birthday and we were planning on taking a holiday during the Half Term break. However that plan went out the window several weeks ago and I tried really hard not to show my happiness when I realised I would be able to attend SELWG after all. I guess its Karma therefore that my excitement at attending the show should come to an (almost) crashing halt late last night.I've never experienced a tire blowout before so I guess I should count myself lucky that it happened at relatively low speed and where I was able to pull into a lay-by. I say lucky because just a few minutes earlier I was travelling at 70 mph on a badly lit road. Not only did the wheel fail but

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Battle of Tenitsa Pass

Over the weekend Postie unveiled his newly completed Turkish forces for the Crimean War. The Ottoman army was generally considered poor quality (from what I have read) being several years behind in terms of military technology and military thinking. What the Turks were able to do however was muster large resources to support the allied nations against the Russians. Their fighting force may have been small but they had arguable the best looking kit with their distinctive red Fez's and blue jackets. SetupWe played a fictional battle with the smaller Turkish army holding key passes in mountains near the Danube. Ottoman engineers have been able to build some redoubts but the work is far from complete with several large gaps in their lines. Then the much larger Russian columns appear and begin to rapidly advance towards them.Orders of BattleOttoman Turkish Army - C/O Omar Pasha   1st Infantry Division      1st Brigade         1st Line Regiment (3)  &

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The Battle of Fort Christopher - A FIW Skirmish

In Spring this year I was contacted by fellow Blogger and Honourary Reject Chris (Axebeaker) from Bunker Hill blog and the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. He came over to the UK back in 2016 and had a Napoleonic game at Reject HQ. As he was coming back over for a holiday in the UK once again, we planned another game.In a very rare occurrence, the game was planned for a Friday night, the day before Chris and his family went home. As we wouldn't have enough time for one of our mega bash fests, Postie decided to play a skirmish game. Chris likes the Horse and Musket era, so setting the game in the French Indian War was a no brainer.Check out BigLee's blog for his version of Lies & deceit....Order of Battle (Ruthlessly stolen from BigLee's blog)British/Colonial ForcesC/O General mounted (Christopher)   44th Foot (24)   80th Light Infantry (Gages) (16)   55th Light Infantry (Howes) (16)     Indian Character   Mountain Man/Adventurer + M

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Battle of Starsiedel (Lützen) 1813

Sunday morning and I travelled over to Posties shed-o-war expecting to meet up with several members of the Rejects for our usual large scale battle. However when I arrived I was told only two of us were able to play so we had a rare one on one battle. My opponent was Surjit and Postie had set up a Napoleonic battle set in 1813 during the War of the Sixth Coalition. As usual we picked our sides randomly and I got the French while Surjit had a mixed force of Prussians and Russians. SetupPostie decided to play out part of the Battle of Lützen in which Napoleon attempted to halt the advances of the Sixth Coalition. The French invasion of Russia had resulted in a disastrous campaign and the loss of much of his veteran army. Following this the enemies of imperial France felt emboldened and quickly raised a new Coalition against Napoleon. In response the Emperor assembled an army of just over 200,000 men, the majority of which were untrained and inexperienced. There was also a chronic shortage of horses and the

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