Thursday, 15 March 2018

Wig-Wam,what a sham(e)

Before I'd started my wig-wam project,I sent away for some Plains Indians war figures from Warrior Miniatures,hoping to start another new period.The figures duly arrived (in double quick time!) and they are magnificent-cracking detail and proportions,and poses and very easy on the pocket at 70p for a foot figure and £1.40p per mounted figure(including the horse!)
I have been painting the figures for the past three days,and I am pleased with the results,however,because we don't do skirmish type games,I wanted a fair few figures,both Indians and US cavalry,and at the moment,because of Council Tax,Gas and Electricity bills etc.etc. I can't afford them.But on the positive side,my 70th Birthday is coming up in July,so might just ask THE WIFE,and kids for a contribution then!
Here are some photo's of the figures.....................................

Top photo is all the samples,and bottom is an Indian in war bonnet-quite a bit of detail,which my painting doesn't show,but you can get the picture!

US cavalry and Buffalo!!!

Close-ups of cavalry and Indians.

One final shot-he looks mean!!!
One of the figures is Custer,so I might do a little diorama of his last stand!!
Roll on July!!!

Monday, 12 March 2018

Wig-Wam,thank you ma'm.

A few weeks ago I put on a game involving my Woodland Indians,and represented their village with one plastic wig-wam(teepee) and a Totem pole-and to be honest it looked pathetic!!-but since then I have been thinking of ways to make,cheaply, more wig-wams at very little expense.
I looked at the internet,and actually found a couple of sites that showed how to make them,but seemed a little bit intricate(involving compasses and oblique angle cuts!!!) so decided to have a go myself.

I experimented,using bits of paper,to find the correct size I would need for 25/28mm figures,and came up with these measurements.

I then made a hard card template,as above,and was ready to mark some thick craft card with the design.

Using only the items shown,I quickly marked and cut out the requisite number,ie 4 shapes per wig-wam and was ready to go.

24 shapes done,ie 6 wig-wams,and now for the sticky bit!!

Putting a line of UHU glue down each right hand edge,I carefully stuck them in a sort of fan shape,as shown.

After about a minute and a half,they had stuck enough for me to pick them up and fold the final edge around to form the wig-wam shape.

Hey Presto!!-a wig-wam,but not yet complete-poles are needed!

The aperture(hole!) where the poles,aka cocktail sticks,will be shoved!!

A thin line of UHU stuck the sticks in place,resulting in this.........................

Who's a clever boy then???? any finishing touches? eg a door and some crude designs on the "walls"-using felt tip pens,I achieved this finished article..........................

Not bad! I found these things so easy and fun to make,that I may have gone a little OTT!!!
by making 12 of them-some Indian village!-I'll have to find a use for them(???)

Napoleonic Game.

Last night the "famous five" had a rare Napoleonic game-but these games will increase as Graham,Paul and Dave finish their vast collections of British/Austrian/Prussian etc. etc. figures,but meanwhile we had to play with my very old(and old-fashioned?) figures.
The game proved to be an exciting re-learning curve of Napoleonic tactics,co-ordination and communication!!!

This is the table before any movement-the ship wasn't flying any colours,so had to be diced for-the highest dice got the ship and its "broadsides"
Paul,Dave and Brian were joint French commanders,whilst Graham and I were joint British commanders-the objective was to capture the town from the British!!

As the Guards were the best troops on the board,they were tasked with defending the town,and what a magnificent job they did of it,repelling all attacks-hurrah!!

The attack begins!-the French "high command" had come up with a plan to have a joint,co-ordinated attack on the town and centre,whilst Brian,on the far flank, was just to contain any British offensives(as if!!) This was a sound plan(on paper) but relied heavily on the co-ordination part!!

Rifles,artillery,cavalry and the guards saw off Dave's first attack-another hurrah!! but Paul was supposed to be supporting Dave,however he left his advance too late,and Dave was shot to pieces!!!(co-ordination and communication)

Dave's second attack fared no better than the first,and his infantry were "bounced" by the guards,and now my cavalry was threatening his flank,and with no support forthcoming,he was in deep "poo"

Across the rest of the board,there was a lot of artillery action(Brian in particular was causing the British a bit of bother) but very little else-a feint attack by Paul's lancers saw him taking a bit of a beating from the British musketry.-with Brian's inactivity,Graham has moved some Highlanders across to support my flank(co-ordination and communication!)

Paul's lancers have just taken a morale test,and will retire(its good being retired!) next move,leaving me free to release my heavy cavalry and split the French army in two!!
Meanwhile another French attack against the town is in the process of being beaten back-it's all over now!!

This shows one of many artillery shots from Brian,causing havoc in the British ranks-we use an "old fashioned,but effective,bounce stick,coloured to co-ordinate with a coloured dice,to assess casualties.

One final shot showing the sorry state of the French army(note,no attackers in the vicinity of the town walls!!!!)
This was a good game and certainly taught us that we need to re-learn out Napoleonic gaming,I felt we all did well but that we need more games-come on lads!!
Roll on next Sunday,Paul is arranging a 7YW battle using an old scenario from way back!

Monday, 5 March 2018

El Cid,Bairen 1097(again!)

Last night we had another 100% turnout,to go through the game we are putting on at Carronade in May,but this time I put all of the figures we have,plus some "ephemera" onto the table.(look out for the "new" ships c/w archers!)

Brian and Graham discussing tactics before the game starts-and look at the new ships c/w archers!

A mean-looking square,front rank consisting of "Black Guard" being attacked by the Spanish.

All action!-we played the game out as a game,rather than a re-fight of the battle,and it worked out fine.We will play the game the same at Falkirk,but have yet to decide who will be commanding what-last night Dave and I commanded the Moors,whilst Paul,Graham and Brian commanded the Spanish.

A somewhat diminished Black Guard square!-having taken the brunt of the Spanish attack!
The next shot shows the tacky and squalid side of wargaming-that of "GLOATING"

Dave's arms are moving too fast for the camera as he "jigged" up and down in a sort of frenzied "dad dance" all because he killed Paul's CinC figure-such enthusiasm is welcomed but ,come on Dave, control it!!!!!-what will the Scots think if you do that sort of thing in May???

One last shot showing the sate of play at the end of our game-success to the Moors!(and history turned upside down!)

Dave brought a couple of his "master-pieces" to show us..........................

The first,which he kindly donated to me, is a Moorish command group-I might have to re-paint them black though-just kidding!!

The second is a Napoleonic,British,Royal Horse Artillery gun/limber/riders-just look at the detail!-Wake up Graham!!!!

Absolutely grand!!!
Roll on next Sunday-maybe,just maybe, a Napoleonic game,set in Spain.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Solo Crusader Game.

One of the best things about being retired is having lots of spare time on your hands,so once the menial tasks of the day are done(shopping,cooking,washing up etc.etc.) you can get on with he important things in life-ie. Wargaming!!
Today I "played with myself in the garage"(as my wife likes to call solo wargaming!) pitting my new Saracens and Mamaluks against my Teutonic knights,using simple rules for movement and morale/melees-thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.

I set an objective for the Saracens to out-flank both wings of the Crusaders-here the Sword Bretheren and Hospitallars are taking on the Mamaluks on the crusader right flank.

This is the crusader left flank-apart from some Saracen cavalry there are some horse archers hoping to surround the Crusaders-some cross bowmen on the battlements of the castle were hoping to dissuade them from doing so!!-the rest of the two forces are about to make contact!!

Having successfully completed a "feigned retreat"by the Saracens, my Crusaders have rushed after them,only to be subjected to an attack on their rear by the horse archers!!

Not wanting to lose both flanks,I called out my reserve cavalry(Templars) to bolster my right.

Just as well!!-my exposed unit is being attacked in front and flank-this is going to be tight!!
But then I spotted the Saracen CinC,and challenged him to a duel(was this going to be fool-hardy?

"Come over here if you think you're hard enough!"-I inflicted the first wound,then he inflicted two on me(it was the best of three) the final one being fatal!!!!-why am I surprised???

With my left flank being shot to pieces,I needed some good melee wins in the centre and right.

I am pushing the Saracens in the centre back,their morale broke and they fled-hurrah!!

On the right I am also winning-this looking good!

The chase begins!!-to be fair I did lose one flank,but my victory in the centre and right compensated for it,and I declared myself the winner(!!!)
Great stuff,very enjoyable-recommend it to anyone.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Battle of Fort Gordon 1896.

Last night we had a 100% turnout for this fascinating,fast and furious,colourful and exciting Colonial game.

Top photo is scenario,bottom is the table layout.I was the British commander(!) Paul was the Egyptian commander(!!) whilst Dave took charge of the Haddendowah,and Graham the Dervishes-all was set for one hell of a game(depending which side you were on!!)Brian opted to referee,and what a grand job he made of it.

Graham started proceedings by launching his Dervish hordes against Paul's Egyptians,who inflicted multiple casualties on the advancing warbands,causing Graham to shudder to a stand-still,initially-great stuff,but the Egyptians had now expended all of their ammunition,and would have to rely on the bayonet from now on!!!-Brian can be seen to be taking his refereeing responsibilities seriously,by looking at the garage floor!!

On the other flank,Dave has also launched his ,thousands, of troops against my still forming British,however my well-aimed artillery and rifle fire has given him a bit of a shock,and his casualties are mounting very early on in the game-do I smell success(or is that Graham forcing us all to smell something else??)

Graham's out-flanking move,by his cavalry,against the Egyptian flank,has been "thwarted" by my Lancers-hurrah!! But there are more and more enemy advancing in all sectors!!

Is this the calm before the storm?-Graham's troops are ,once more,advancing on the fort-is Paul up to the challenge,will his demon dice throwing get him out of trouble??

On my flank,I am holding on,but just! Dave is  sending his second line in a wide arc,against my exposed right flank(which begs the question,why did I send my Lancers against Graham's cavalry??-I need them to protect my own troops now!!)

Paul's cavalry is being over-whelmed by Graham's cavalry,and the referee is thinking about what he can have for his supper!!-this is serious(cheese on toast or a portion of fruit??-decisions,decisions!)
Meanwhile,back at the game............................

I am in all kinds of bother!
Graham is attacking the fort in a furious manner,Dave is attacking the British in a furious manner,and Brian is yawning in a furious manner!!

I am "undone"-Dave has managed to get round my exposed flank! with my Lancers lying in bloody tatters on the nearest sand dune,I now have no protection from the " Fuzzy Wuzzies"
who are all over my position-can I rely on Paul to send me help??

No,he seems to be pretty well tied up at the moment!-The Egyptian did well,initially,but their poor fighting/morale points eventually forced them to fall back in some dis-order!

This shot is taken from behind the Haddendowah lines,and shows the sorry state of my British-all is over I fear!

Questions will be asked in Parliament!!!!
This was a typical Colonial game,full of fun and laughter(unless you were Egyptian or British!) lots of fast moves and nail biting melees-great stuff!!
Roll on next Sunday,we will,once again, be fighting the game we are putting on at Falkirk in May-a few new things have been added!