Sunday, 2 July 2017

Commands and Colors Marlborough

I've been playing a lot of Commands and Colors lately, Ancients and Napoleonics but today I dug out some very old 6mm Marlburians and had a couple of games.

I modified the Napoleonic rules a little and these photos show the end of the second battle.

 This battle was a long struggle over the fordable river, the Franco-Bavarians had the upperhand from the start.
 The French defended the position very well and were very successful with counterattacks.
 However the pendulum swung and the Allies slowly gained the advantage.
 A very weak Bavarian formation holds the church.
 A lot of units removed from the field.
 Marlborough led his cavalry reserve forward in a desperate attempt to win the battle and was winning 8-6 when he played this card.
He forced the Bavarian guns to retreat to the high ground and just managed to destroy them with his bonus attack. He won the game 9-6.

What an exciting game!, I was punching the air at the finish.

I don't recall ever having a duff game with Mr. Borgs creations and some of them have been very exciting indeed.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Cold War gone hot

I've been playing some Cold War micro tank games using my modern rules with the activation system nicked from Bolt Action rules. This has made for an almost total re-write of the rules but has worked very well for me.

Here is a small game on my small 4x3 table.
 The view from the Nato side.
 Hinds to the fore!.
 M1a1s shooting.
Soviet tanks in trouble.

 This American platoon waits in ambush.
But here is the big distraction at the moment, I don't make a habit of posting non wargames stuff but this is a bit of an obsession right now. It's a mass produced and cheap little cigar box guitar to play with a slide and I've been twanging away like mad on it.

I'm thinking of building a diddly-bow next!.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Quit painting, playing again

Well I couldn't keep the painting up, but I did manage to paint 156 28mm minis in a month or so. All of them are featured in this post in a couple of different games. I first had a game of Warhammer which I didn't photograph but then I got out the castle for a game of Warhammer Siege of which I took some shots at the end of the game.                                                                                                     
 Brettonians pretending to be Aquilonians and Empire as Nemedians in a follow up to the previous game.
 Climbing onto to the walls is a dangerous pastime.
 The battering ram couldn't quite get through the gate in time. The men mustn't have had their Weetabix for breakfast!.
 They weren't helped by the defenders pouring boiling oil on their heads either!.
 This time Conans men failed to take the castle by the end of turn seven.
 Next up Kings of War.
 Perry Miniatures and GW make up the Empire army.
 There are crossbows and spears awaiting the fray.
 Mantic, GW and Reaper make up the Undead.
 Ghosts wailing and moaning, not nice!.
 The necromancer and his undead.
 The wraiths defeat the pikemen.
Crunch!, the knights and the wights clash.
 The revenants are finished of by a volley of crossbow bolts.

 Getting in before the knights charge the ghouls get very lucky and rout them!.
Those damned wraiths attack the crossbowmen.
 The knights defeat the wights, I'm a poet and didn't know it!.
 The Wights are Reaper Bones.
 Outflanking the wraiths.
 The necromancer fired a magic lightning bolt at the victorious knights which scored one hit taking the total to nine.The nerve test totalled sixteen and the knights were routed, a lucky result that saved the game for the undead.
The swordsmen meet their doom.
Even this attack failed to kill them Wraiths and so the battle ended a draw.

Loved it though, I reckon Kings is a better game than Warhammer.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

I've been painting.

 I got stuck in to some Mantic Undead that I have had for a few years. I chose these to paint because I'm very rusty and a poor, clumsy paint job wouldn't matter too much with these.

I have managed to build and paint 100 models in two weeks which has added to my small Games Workshop undead.
Here's the army so far.
 Forty Mantic Revenants.
 A closer view.
Behind them are some Mantic Skeletons on the left and GW Skeletons on the right. The GW are bigger but I can live with it.

A swarm of bats and a Reaper Ghost.
 A cannon!. Not in any lists but I don't care.
Some characters. A Necromancer, a Wight and the Vampire sisters who rule the roost.
 Mantic Ghouls.
 More Ghouls.
 GW Ghosts.
Zombies GW on the left and Mantic on the right. A big difference with these, I do prefer the Mantic models.
 A closer view of the Mantic Zombies.
GW Empire Knights converted into undead.

Although I said I would not buy any more till I had painted everything I sent for some Reaper Bones models with a view to making a unit of Wights, just to finish the army off you know!.