Tuesday, 8 August 2017

A very generous gift

 A very fine gentleman named Richard sent me these from Canada free of charge!. Look at them all!, there's hundreds of them.
 The generosity of our wargaming community is a wonderful thing.
 They are Irregular Miniatures SYW Austrians and Russians.
 There are loads of Russian guns.
 And Austrian ones.
 Loads of cavalry too.
 Russian infantry.

I particularly like the Horse Grenadiers in the blue coats.

They will need some re-organisation to match my existing collection, but WOW this is one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Commands and Colors Seven Years War in 6mm.

Twenty five years ago or thereabouts I bought a pair of 6mm Seven Years War armies from Irregular Miniatures and painted three quarters of them. Many times I've thought about finishing them but never did until last week.

Nowadays it is so much easier getting painting info on the internet. One of the reasons I stopped painting them all those years ago was that I didn't have a guide to painting the flags. I got all I needed at Kronoskaf link a fabulous website.

Another reason I stopped painting them was a lack of rules that suited the 6mm blocks. Nowadays I could use Black Powder, Honours of War or a modified version of Napoleonic Commands and Colors. Being a huge fan of Richard Borgs Commands and Colors system this is what I did...

 I just made up the scenario, though I would like to attempt some historical re-fights too.

 These are some shots halfway through a game, Prussians defend the church.
 The Irregular Miniatures blocks fit onto my 90mm hex board very nicely and I'm sure I could use the on the game board too.
 An aerial view of the battle.
 Frederick the Great watches the action unfold. He and his aide are Heroics and Ros artillerymen.
 Prussian Musketeers.
 Austrian Bethlen Hussars.
 Croats skirmishing for the army of Maria Theresa
 Austrian Dragoons, I painted them all in green coats for ease of identification much like the blocks that come with the boxed game.
 I enjoyed the game so much I quickly set up another.
 Commands and Colors battles aren't easy to write up because they have many moves involving just a few units, but they certainly make an exciting game with a plausible narrative.
 So I'll leave you with a few shots of the toys deployed for the battle.
 
 




Now I'm off to play it

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.