Thursday, 25 October 2018

Thracians et al

15 elements of Thracians from a plethora of manufacturers.  Only the centre front element is a regular.  These figures were hurriedly painted for the 15th October as I didn't have enough.  The earliest option has some Ax(O) upgraded to Ax(S) by adding a long spear.  Less that two of my elements fit the bill so I'm still looking for suitable alternatives.  Maccabean Jewish maybe!

My current reading - yer ak-tu-al lit-rature - abridged version though.  Interesting writing style.  Will review in due course.

With the arrival of more plastic figures I am being tempted by this (new) period.  The lack of suitable Turkish troops may, however, hold me back.

Round Up

Saturday 6th October 2018 - Gt.Houghton

4 games of DBA v3.0:

(1)  2.22 Arabo-Aramaen v 2.19a Early Seleucid - the terrain fell in my favour - 1:4 win.

(2)  3.25b Arab Conquest v 3.29 Thematic Byzantine - I tried to hide my Blades on the hills but I needn't have feared the enemy cavalry - my bad - 4:0 loss.

(3)  4.44 Mamluke Egyptian v 4.17 Later Crusdader - poor melee dice (3 ones in a row for 3 kills) - 4:0 loss.

(4)  2.15 Alexandrian Imperial v 2.3a Classical Indian - I managed to restrict the movement of Ian's forces - 1:5 win.

One game of DBN - Prussians v Spanish - lucky dice on my part - 1:5 win.

Monday 8th October 2018 - WDW

Franco-Prussian war - continuation of last week's scrap - "1871" rules
ACW Ironclads - practice game run by John Smith
DBM - Sung Chinese v Mongols.  The Sung Wb were annihilated but the game timed out in a draw.

Monday 15th October 2018 - WDW

"1871" Battle of Beaumont (Franco-Prussian War)
DBM - Thracians v Scythians - on paper this was an even match-up but my poor deployment resulted in a 7:3 defeat.  The C-in-C's command had to take on two enemy forces, plus our flank march took ages to arrive.  Not a good day.

Saturday 20th October 2018 - WDW

Napoleonic (Chris)
ACW Ironclads (John Smith)

I didn't attend this meeting and nobody has reported back to me.  Hopefully further details will arrive with the pidgeon post.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

..And Then Two Came Along At Once (part 2)

Saturday 15th September 2018 - WDW

Bolt Action (WW2) in the pacific theatre:

"In a lookout post on a small island off the coast of Manila in June 1942, a sleepy spotter was roused into action by the distant whirring of the engines of a flotilla of Japanese landing craft. He immediately radioed this news to the nearby US base who promptly dispatched a battalion of marines to the beach area. By now the Japanese task force were landing and overhead came the thunder of their first naval bombardment. This stunned the newly arrived marines but they soon rallied to engage the Japanese in deadly close quarter combat. They were slowly thrown back by the overwhelming force of frenzied fanatic warriors.

 Marine reinforcements arrived only to be confronted by the second naval bombardment which once again stemmed their progress! By now a second Japanese force was arriving on the US right flank, taking the thinly spread defenders by surprise and quickly captured the first of their objectives - the bridge over the river Kwai! The battle had intensified and all along the marine lines and the counter attack was being repulsed. Spear armed fanatics were being mown down by their progress was unabatted!  Motorised units struggled to penetrate the dense jungle of the island`s hinterland and hopes of a quick victory was evaporating.

After 6 hours of bitter fighting, the marines were forced to retreat and conceded the conquest of the island to the imperial forces of Japan. The Americans were left to lick their wounds and regroup for the battles ahead.
So ended the first engagement played by members of the Wakefield and Ossett wargames club on Saturday 15th September using Warlord Games Bolt Action rules.

Those involved were - John Dean, Ian Harris, Dave Churm, Andy Smith, Andy Gledhill, Jim Ellis, Stu Lowe, Richard Lawrence & Mike Yewdell.

Thanks to John Smith`s [for his] excellent landing craft models and Ian`s buildings."

Photos are on the WDW Facebook pageReport by Mr Dean.

Renaissance - "Baroque" rules:

"Andrew and Tim played a pick-up game of "Baroque", organised by Chris and loosely based on Mohacs, with Andrew as Hungarian and Tim as the Turks. Working on the basis numbers had been exaggerated, the Turkish army was slimmed down somewhat.

The Turkish foot drew up on a low range of hills, with all the cavalry on their left. The Hungarians drew up with foot in the front line, and mounted behind each flank.

They had a lot of difficulty getting their cavalry out, giving the Turks an excellent opportunity to destroy them. "Unit of the match" award goes to a Landsknecht musketeer unit, which warped probability disgracefully, seeing off several overwhelming attacks, and buying time for the rest of the army.

Eventually numbers and quality told, and the Turkish horse began to break in to the Hungarians' formation. On the other flank, the Hungarian nobility made heavy weather of breaking in to the Turkish line; however, they managed it eventually; and this was very much the position when we drew stumps, with each army winning on its left. A clash between the Hungarian pike and the A-class Janissaries in the  middle would have been decisive; sadly, we timed out.

We were very impressed with the rules, and intend another big battle (24 or so units a side) later in the year."

Report by Chris Jackson.


..And Then Two Came Along At Once (part 1)

I know ...doesn't post anything for ages then...

Painted at last - as 'generic' Carolingian medium cavalry.  These early Sarmatians have languished in my spares tin for decades.  On their first outing (as Croats would you believe) they did OK. 

The Dark Ages has never had much appeal for me - row upon row of Irr Sp(O) and, even worse, Irr Sp(I).  The thought of having to paint so much crud leaves me cold. 

Still......after having to re-base my Celts from Wb(F) to Wb(O) recently I looked again at the Book 3 army lists.   There is a need for Irr Wb(O).  I wonder if some judicious painting might provide sufficient disguises!

Round Up - for Saturday 15th September see part 2

Monday 24th September 2018 - WDW

"Sink One & Sea" - ACW Ironclads
Villers-Bretoneux 1870 (FPW) - "1871" rules
Bolt Action - WW2 Germans v Americans
DBM - Samurai v Tuaregs - mutual destruction with  both armies breaking in the same bound.

Monday 1st October 2108 - WDW

DBMM - Marian Roman v Han Chinese
Villepion 1870 (Franco-Prussian War) - "1871" rules
DBM - Carolingian v Avar.  After both sides failed to get a waterway the terrain favoured us (steep hills on the flanks).  As C-in-C I threw the opening dice - two of our commands got a one - sigh!

"Jim the Barbarian", true to form, charged forward on the Avar's left flank but came a cropper against some Ps(S).  Only 4 elements lost though.

It was the Avar centre that collapsed with some unlucky dice (and uncharacteristically good ones for me).  Half the Avar army gone by 20.30 hrs and only one element on our side (my command of course).

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Fighting Off the Siren Calls

The new dancing season has started and I already have 6 bookings this month.  The prep work takes up too much of my valuable wargaming time.  I didn't manage to get to the Saturday library 'gig' or even to the club yesterday.  Painting has ground to a halt in spite of the fact that I have a number of cavalry 90% done.  Let's hope that things ease up a bit!


Monday 27th August 2018 - WDW

Bolt Action - Japanese v British in the pacific
Oregan (boardgame) - I came second again.
DBM - Early Byzantine v Ummayid Arabs.  When the clash of Kn(F) came I threw only ones and twos.  Andy managed fives and sixes.

Monday 3rd September 2018 - WDW

Bolt Action - Americans v Germans (WW2)
Napoleonic Naval - Trafalgar rules
DBM - Early Burgundian v Free Company - a hard scrap with, once again, one of my commands breaking (six bowmen in one round).  The EBs are pretty resilient so we managed to erode the enemy sufficiently to see them off.  A 7:3 victory.

Saturday 8th September - Horbury Library

Napoleonic naval batle - no details yet.

Monday 10th September 2018 - WDW

Bolt Action - Japanese v Americans in the pacific theatre
ACW Naval (rules unknown)
DBM - Early Burgundians v Later Hungarians.  Andy fielded Bw(I) against Ben's Bw(S)!!!!! 4 of the WWg were also shot down.  A 10:0 win for the Burgundians.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Time for a 'Catch-Up'

After a flurry of painting the brushes have sat idle.  That doesn't mean, however, that nothing has been happening on the wargames front.

Monday 6th August 2018 - WDW

ACW Naval
Revolution (boardgame)
DBM - Scots Common v HYW English (0:10 to the Scots)
I wasn't there so thanks for the info Deany.

Monday 13th August 2018 - WDW

Napoleonic skirmish (Forager rules)
Age of Eagles - French v Prussians
DBM - Welsh v Early Byzantine.  When Andy sprung 8 x Kn(F) out of the wood it was all over bar the shouting. Our Wb(F) was massacred.  An ignominious defeat - we were packed up by 2100 hrs.

Friday 17th August 2018 - Gt. Houghton

Just for a change we were playing "DBA in the New World" (rules on 'Steven's Balagan' web page).

1)  Tarascans v Aztecs - I was (mostly) on a hill and awaited the Aztec onslaught.  It was then that we found out how weak Bd(O) are against Sh(S).  Maybe the term "Warrior" would be better for this class as they incorporate Wb, Aux and Bd(I) into one classification.  It was a 0:8 win for me.

2)  Aztecs v Later Spanish -  the dice deserted me so I went down to a 9:1 defeat.

3)  Colonial Spanish v Later Spanish - I had half-pikes but couldn't make them count.  Again the dice gods spurned me - only a 6:2 loss this time.

The rules seemed to work OK but the troops have to be handled carefully.  Modifications are needed to encompass the evolution of DBA to version 3.0.  As a consequence we did make a few mistakes.

Friday 17th August / Saturday 18th August - WDW

A big re-fight of Borodino organised by Chris - see the (Wakefield & District Wargamers) club website for details.

Sunday 19th August 2018 - Newark

I did consider going to 'The Other Partizan' but couldn't be bothered to make the 40 mile drive.  It seems that others made the same decision (eg Wargaming Girl).  Maybe having 3 shows at the same place in relatively short succession is a little too much!

Monday 20th August 2018 - Al's Garage

I took along Latins (this time with Gallic and Syracusan allies) to face off against Al's Early Carthaginians.  The set up was 'mirrored' with both armies concentrating on their left flanks.  As a result plenty of time was spent trying to get into contact.  Our Gallic Wb(O) was too slow to make any impact as were the accompanying chariots. 

The fighting front rotated 70 degrees clockwise which made moving figures tricky.  When we pulled stumps our side had taken more casualties but nowhere near enough to break a command.

Had we both used a more conventional (and confrontational) set up something other than a draw might have happened.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Yet More Vikings

I seem to have been on a painting spree lately.

2 x Saxon Mounted Command - Cv(O)
5 x Viking Huscarls - Bd(O)
4 x Viking Raiders - Bd(F)

11 x Viking Raiders - Bd(F)
1 x Welsh spearmen - Ax(O) or Ax(X)

The huscarls will be contributed towards a combined Welsh army using Ben's list.  The Bd(F) may well turn up as Breton allies.  Some of my recently painted Roman cavalry could do service in either army.

On my paint table are 21 cavalry that are nearing completion.  Production has been halted as I managed to break a lance and the Super Glue has dried up (isn't that always the way?). 

Round Up

Saturday 4th August 2018 - Gt. Houghton

2 games of DBN where I was commanding the Austrians v the dastardly Prussians.  I lost the first game 5:3.  Revenge came in the re-match 1:6.

We decided that a house rule was necessary - Jager & LI only get +4 when defending a BUA in melee.  You could argue for a +1 in shooting (rested muskets/partial cover) maybe!

2 games of DBA v3.0

Western Visigoths v Middle Imperial Roman - a 1:4 loss.  Just bad fighting dice.
Early Byzantines v Italian Ostrogoths - my light horse v Ian's Kn(F).  I took the wrong table edge so couldn't use my greater manoeuvrability.  A 1:5 loss.

Monday 6th August 2018 - WDW

Couldn't get there - hopefully I can post later.

Tuesday 7th August 2018 - Completely Off-Topic

Early evening the field behind my house was on fire.  The cereal crop had just been harvested the day before.  The fire brigade was called but could not gain access because of anti-nuisance gates.  They eventually came in from the far side of the hill crest.

You can see how the fire crept up the hill.  Had it not been stopped the un-harvested crop on the far side would have been lost.  Not a big event in world terms but quite spectacular on a local scale.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

More Painting Progress

9 elements of 'Roman' cavalry.  The eagle-eyed will spot some Spanish (Mike's Models) and some mounted hoplites.  The rest are indeed Romans but painted mostly as more generic dark ages figures.

The 2h Lch that I purchased at Newark.  Not certain which dynasty it is supposed to be from!  The bases are too long to fit the model on straight - hence the skewed frontage.

I found 20 of these languishing at the bottom of my 'Dark Ages' box.  The riders are a special made by Mike's Models somewhere in the seventies.  An advert in Slingshot asked for people to buy some as the commissioner had to purchase a minimum amount.  They are Early Sarmatians (the horses may be MM or Minifigs).

After sleeping peacefully in their box for decades I have decided to convert them into something useful.  The Carolingian Medium Cavalryman illustrated in the Ian Heath Dark Ages book is pretty close but I will have to add a shield and disguise the quivers.

By adding a suitable figure from the spares box I will have 7 elements of generic DA cavalry for my Welsh and Breton armies. For once I am glad that I am a hoarder.

Round Up

Monday 31st July 2018 - WDW

Square Bashing - Russians v Germans
Wings of War - WW1
Hitler's War (boardgame)
DBM - Scots Common v Medieval Irish - a slow game with no conclusion

Tuesday 1st August 2018

Posted some pictures to the club's Facebook page.

Received Viking huscarls from Essex.  Unfortunately 10 of them were spearmen not axemen. In the fullness of time I will, therefore, have to purchase 6 more axemen.  Have started painting them already.