Friday, 30 September 2016

A Day Late

Yes I's Friday.  Too much to do yesterday.....RL getting in the way again.

Monday 26th September 2016 - WDW

Sparse attendance today - "I Am Sparticus" boardgame, Zombies (Ambush Z) & a three-handed DBM game.

Chris was supposed to be bringing his New Kingdom Egyptians to face Andy's Makkan.  With three of us present, and unable to contact Chris, we scrounged sufficient NKE figures from club stocks for Al to provide some opposition.  It was a cagey fight with Al holding back his main chariot force to face off against Andy's Cm(O). 

One of my Wb(F) commands initially did well but the dice soon turned.  After loosing 6 elements in one bound I became less aggressive.  When the final whistle went one command on each side was tottering on the edge of oblivion.  Nevertheless an entertaining draw.

Friday 30th September 2016 - Progress report - part 2

 Two pics of my incomplete 4h Early Carthaginian chariots.  I finally managed to base 9 (of 10), putting 'trees' on them (twigs) and placing some 15mm crew for scale.

I will not be permanently mounting the crew as I want to 'double-purpose' these expensive chariots.  Tidying up the painting comes next and making trays for the crew.   Not sure which way I am going to go - steel paper and magnabase - but what gets what?

And now for something completely different........

Two pics from Chris of his WW1 tank demonstration game.  This is happening soon at The Armouries, Leeds.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Progress Report

Saturday 17th September 2016 - WDW

Well I intended to run a game but instead found myself at Roundway medical centre having my ears syringed.  Been given some powerful drugs that cause drowsiness - so banned from driving for a week.  That's my social life out of the window.

Sunday 18th September 2016

I decided to do a tidy up of my wargaming and folk dancing stuff.  As a trip into the loft was not an option it was all my paperwork that was going to get blitzed. 

Now you know how it is....I will just print off that set of rules or background information.......might come in handy one day!  Starting at "Ancients" and finishing at "Sci-Fi" resulted in almost 150 sets of rules.  Military info was also in abundance.  Of course, not having tidied up for a while, I found quite a few duplicates. 

So many projects started - so little follow through.  Such is the butterfly mind of a wargamer!

Tuesday 20th September 2016

Dug through my trays of unfinished figures. 

Those pesky Carthaginian 4h chariots are still there - will I ever finish them?
No Renaissance 20mm figures awaiting attention.
20mm Sea Peoples glared up at me balefully.
15mm Vikings & Conquistadores are mostly still bare metal.
The miscellaneous 15mm tray has some 'Arab' cavalry (much needed) plus Chinese wheelbarrows and flaming pigs.

Thursday 22nd September 2016

With the paperwork sorted and new folders made from cereal packets (very Blue Peter) I have started painting.  First up are the Vikings and the flaming pigs.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Yes..It's Thursday!

Monday 12th September 2016 - WDW

DBM - Al brought out his Assyrians to face the Scythian hordes.  Unfortunately the Assyrians are one of the classic under-performers (like most Romans).  Historically  they did pretty well but the DBM army list does them no favours.  As a consequence we had to play cagey with the Scythians outnumbering us.  Nevertheless a draw was achieved.  I also found out how useful Hd(O) can be.

On the other tables - "Quebec" boardgame and "Battles for Westeros" (semi-fantasy).

Thursday 15th September 2016 - with the Calling season starting my 'spare time' will be at a premium. 

Having just recovered from a horrible throat infection I am now deaf in one (very sore) ear.  So it's back to the doctor for yet another handful of  goodies from his bag of tricks.  Getting old is not recommended.  Anybody got a spare youth serum laying about the place?

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Not A Lot....

Monday 5th September 2016 - WDW

DBM - Hindu Indian v Rajputs.  A  fight between competing faction within the same sub-continent.  Andy went for Rajputs which gave him plenty of Camels (surprise! surprise!). I commanded a more sober 'government' force with a 'renegade' Rajput ally.   Having compulsory fanatic troops in each command made control problematic (Andy was in a worse position having Irr Bd(F) and Irr Kn(F) in each command.

Hats off to Andy & Chris who managed to break our two smallest commands.  In retrospect I should have gone with 3, rather than 4 commands, thereby giving a higher break point.  An interesting game if a bit 'hairy' at times.

On the other tables - Fubar WW2 (French  v German);  Wings of War aerial dogfight and a 3-way game of "Churchill".  Sitting next door to the boardgame it was  like listening to Pathe News.  Well done to the designers for recreating the period atmosphere.

That's All Folks - maybe more next week!

Thursday, 1 September 2016

WW1 East Africa - Part 2

Monday 29th August 2016 - WDW

DBM scrap - Andy's Hussites versus Medieval Irish.  It's always a grind when you are pitting blade against blade.  This game was no exception and eneded up a draw.

On the other tables - Square Bashing and a boardgame.

I started off by playing Pocket Battles.  I hadn't had a game of this for quite some time and had forgotten the rules.  I didn't get the initiative so my fate was sealed in the first round by loosing about one-third of my forces.  Something needs to be done about the tremendous advantage that the first player gets - doubt that I will be having another game soon.

Thursday 1st September 2016 - WW1 East Africa - photos at last!

 British 'regulars' - Hat British Inf in Tropical uniforms (plus a few others)

HaT WW1 Indian Infantry to the left, Revell (I think) to the right.

All converted Mahdists - Jammer (Indian) infantry and Arab allies

British askaris - a mixture of old HaT and new plus some French Foreign Legion conversions.

Left - some HaT figures masquerading as mounted South Africans
Right - Zulus converted to Masai
Front - two HaT British machine guns

Well that's all the figures I need for the September fight.  Will add extra painting detail as time permits.