Wednesday, 25 February 2009
So, I thought 'It's catch up time' with things I meant to have done some time ago. I've sent off to resubscribe to Wargames Illustrated (dropped out 12/08!), and to BattleGames Mag (dropped out 05/08!!). I like both these Mags, WI keeps me up to date with current trends in the hobby, and BG has an old world charm all of its own.
I had printed out a small order to NavWar some time ago, and wondered why they hadn't delivered. I hadn't posted the Form. D'uh!! So now I have posted it, for some 15mm Napoleonic Russians, for use with DBN. Small figures, but they have a certain character I think, and should be quick and easy to paint too.
Also, a friend of mine Leo is having a book clearance, of some grand old titles, so I actually moved quite quickly after seeing the name 'Featherstone' on the list, and got them ordered too. He will of course, retain visiting rights on them.
Other than that, I've had a right good read through various Blogs and Sites, and have found some very interesting and quality posts to read. The quality of some people's painting makes their figures look like a work of art. I must remember not to let this depress me on my own painting quality, which is of a fairly basic wargaming standard. It looks like we may well be gaming 6mm Spanish Succession with Rich D'Lords efforts, probably some WW2 too. And we should have a GdB game sometime too, after a good dose of very enjoyable DBN games. Painting wise, I'm on with a 25mm Old Glory figure Regt for use with my 'Local Village Wars' project. It's certainly different from painting 10mils, and frankly I'm not sure my skills are up to it, but they'll look ok when on the table I guess. Show wise, we've got Salute to look forward to, been a few years since I've been, but we are making the effort this year, and after that the Battlegroup North WW2 event at Elvington near York, on the May 10th weekend. Lots of reenactors and vehicles, and a smallish but friendly wargame show too.
Oh, and welcome to Alex Testo, latest 'follower', DBN Author, and quality gamer. Runs a decent hotel too, busy bloke that he is.
So, nothing really to complain about, lots of stuff on the way, and lots to be getting on with. Right after I've tidied the garage and been to the tip..
Monday, 23 February 2009
All set for a major bash then. Which is just what happened. The Austrian flank columns moved off whilst the Reserve sat looking at the Town. Wondering what to do. Wondering if it had a pub.
The French, seeing the plan, had a general shuffle forward.
On the French right, whilst the main Austrian column rolled on, a detached flanking column trading shots with the French, and became quite worrying. The French Heavy Cavalry moved over in support.
On the left, firing an Elite Battery with another in support, a base of Muskets was soon taken out. Bonus! A heavy fire fight developed in the woods between the Lights, as French Light cavalry move up.
On the right, whilst the French Artillery scored hits on the column, the Austrian flank attack was taking its toll, pushing in at the French flank units.
On the Left, the French scored more hits on the column, and began to gain the upper hand in the woods too. French columns moved forward, as did the Austrian.
On the Right, despite casualties, the Austrian flank attack was going well, taking out 2xFrench bases, and together with main column attack, looked like it was going to roll up the line.
On the Left, big changes! The main Austrian column, having lost 2xbases, began to retire before contact. The French stormed the Village, and took out 2xbases in the woods. (The Austrian Central Reserve, you'll notice, is still sat there, looking at the Town). Austrian casualties were mounting, and getting toward the breaking point.
On the right, and the Austrian flank attack began to falter, but one column got in to mix it with the Swiss. Damned hard chaps those Swiss, and the melee went back and forth. The other column just sort of sat there, and got shot up by the Artillery.
On the Left, the French scored several hits and began to clear the woods, taking out a Militia musket base. This was the sign that it was time for the Austrians to retire, having reached their breaking point.
A view from the Austrian centre, with the Reserve still standing there looking at the Town. They must have been bored by now surely!!
And from the Austrian right, as the French clear the woods, hammer the retiring column, and their Cavalry advance.
The Austrian side was hampered by poor cap dice, giving the French the ability to easily move to confront their attacks, which did look quite threatening to begin with. The Austrian Reserve, and the French Elite in the Town, merely sat and looked at each other, neither really fancying a fight.
Austrian loses were 10 bases, to (I think) 3 French. A tad decisive then, to be fair. The cotton wool by the way, indicates a hit on a base. Two hits and the base is shaken, 3 and its off. A simple but effective casualty marking system.
Cheers Gents, for an enjoyable game!
Thursday, 19 February 2009
I've just realised that I haven't yet said a "Hello and welcome" to the kind people who've registered as 'Followers' of this Blog.. so apologies for my lack of manners, and a warm Hello and welcome to Poacher, Richie, Toddy, MrF, and the latest, Obidiah, as well as those who have read/posted on this Blog thus far. I hope you find something of interest, enjoy reading it and look forward to any comments you have.
Sunday, 15 February 2009
After a short period of taunting and verbal abuse, the Evil Army came out and formed up opposite, ready for battle. The Armies were broadly similar to the last game, but the zombies were absent, having wandered off far away.
While the Elf Spearmen poked and shunted their way through the sword wielding Orcs to great effect, the Human swords just about held the skeletons off to the right. The Orc cavalry wiped the floor with the Elf cavalry due to superior numbers and flank attack by the Large Orcs, supported by Chief Evil.
And so it was! A swift flanking move by a column of Spears against an Orc element produced the result. The battle was won, and the Evils ran off back to their castle, feeling suitably humbled. The Human army, flush with success and few casualties, marched off home.
We played this game with the same rule amendments to DBN as below, Kallistra figures and TSS terrain.
Saturday, 14 February 2009
A couple of moves later and it was all over bar the collecting of discarded weaponry. The Humans had been minced thoroughly. Their line was split, and the remaining Humans made their escape pledging revenge at a not too distant time in the future, leaving their village to be plundered by the Evils, who swiftly moved in, naturally taking the tavern and pastry shop first.
Thursday, 12 February 2009
A Village War Btn in 25mm, or an ACW Regt in 10mm, or some Napoleonic 10mm, or some SYW 10mm, or some Kallistra 10mm Fantasy-(which I had a game with the other day, having dusted them off, and will post about soon)-or to paint up some buildings maybe-or finish flocking said Kallistra 10mm- as I realised that I have omitted to do so when I opened the box for said game. Not that it made a difference to how it played I suppose..
That's the thing with our hobby at times, you just can't get one thing done for something else that wants doing. Or, I take on too much at times, and should maybe stick to one area for longer than I do. And should always flock before storing painted stuff away.
Then again, there's the 15 boxes of Airfix Romans that MiniPeeler bought at York, they'd look nice, I could make a start on them...
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
How did they do those airdrops with loadsa parachutists? No digi-computer-graphic-whatnots in those days, (late '70's?), did they actually have all those planes flying and chaps dropping out of them then? Or is it all models?
Monday, 9 February 2009
Sunday, 8 February 2009
A thoroughly good time was had, and thanks to The Falkirk Club for the invite. They have a good site too, here's a link to them..
Saturday, 7 February 2009
As I wasn't gaming, it was a buying time, and I got some smashing 25mm wagons and carts from Old Glory's new Blue Moon range (http://www.oldgloryuk.com/disp_items.php?m=41&s=171) to be used with my 'Village Wars' project which is slowly coming together. You may say 'Not cheap' at £20 a time, but they are very good looking and chunky, and well worth the money I say. Nice to have a witter with Andy too, as always full of ideas and possibilities. Next trader was Hovels, and some really nice looking 18thC civilians-drunkards, farmers, busty wenches and farm animals too, for some interesting viginettes. On to Simon and Sue the TSS crew, and a serious buy into their 2ft boards and hills. I'd say that the flocking has improved since they took over at TSS, and they've added a lot to the range. As always, a good witter and laugh was had. Must remember to phone them soon, as I just need some more stuff! Oh, and Minipeeler got a bargain on the BB-15 boxes of Airfix Romans for a mere £10. He was thoroughly chuffed.
So as always, a good show, and well done York Club.
Friday, 6 February 2009
Why a Blog then? Well, why not? I post on several Sites, and thought to myself, t'would be nice to have all my stuff in one place, all neat and tidy like. I've looked at other Blogs, such as Poacher's and Giles', and thought, Hmm, I'd like one too, so here we are. Not that I claim that mine will be as good a read as others..what will be will be. But, it passes the time, and may keep me out of the pub a bit. Maybe..
I've put up some Links to other Blogs/Sites that I like to read, hope you find them interesting too. My early posts may well be of things done in the distant past, then I'll be up to date and posting as and when something grabs me and I want to put it on here. That, I've just thought, is the bonus of having your own Blogthing..you can put up what you want to, when you want to.