Monday, 19 June 2017

Romans vs Pa'arasites.

As there was only going to be three of us playing last night,I opted for a quick "kick and rush" type of Ancients game,putting my made-up Pa'arasites against the might of Rome!

Top photo is scenario,bottom is the table before any movement.I allocated points to the villages,so at the end of the game there could be no doubt as to who had won,lost or drawn!!

Brian started the Roman attack,by sending his auxiliaries against my left hand village,his archers doing exceedingly well,and taking casualties off the defenders,which would tell later on in the game!

Whilst the attack on the left was going on,Graham launched an attack on the centre and right!! I had a fight on my hands now!!!-however,I ordered an attack of my own on Graham and Brian's troops in the centre,which threw them a bit,especially as I won all of the early melees-hurrah!

In this shot I am sending my Guard into the fray,hoping to punch a hole in the Roman lines,this move coincided with the Romans winning every melee,and pushing me back-woe is me!!

On my right,my luck has run out and Graham,using his infantry and cavalry in unison,is gradually pushing me back,and threatening the right hand village.

This shows the sorry state of the left hand village as the rampant Romans destroy my troops,Brian claiming the 5 points allocated!!

This is the central village,Brian is trying his hardest to move forward,but a combination of Heavy chariots and light chariots are holding him up,meanwhile,the melee in the centre has once again gone my way,and the Roman centre looks on the point of collapse-hurrah,hurrah!!

This shot shows the point at which Graham is beating the defenders of the right hand village,and claiming the 10 points allocated to it-so with Brian claiming 5 points and Graham claiming 10 15 points,a draw was declared because I still held the central village which was worth 15 points!!!-good result and good game.
Roll on next Sunday,when we will be playing a game dedicated to our old mate,Tommy who died 4 years ago-I promised his daughter that we would play a game as near to his death date as possible,to remember a great guy.

Friday, 16 June 2017

The "Lazarus" project!

A few weeks ago I bought some "wounded Teutonic Knights" from Irregular Miniatures,and they were so horrible that I decided to "dump" them in my Odds and Sods box;well,being a POP(poor old pensioner) and a MOB(mean old bugger) yesterday I decided to raise them from the "dead" and do something with them.
I am a fan of ephemera on the battle field,and thought I might make them into a sort of Teutonic Viewing Platform for a Mongol khan or a Russian Prince! so I covered a base in "No More Nails",added a splash of Super Glue,and shoved the horrid figures into it-this was crowned with a figure that my old mate Chris gave me(he looks fairly Mongolish-the figure not Chris!!) painted the whole thing today,and I think it looks ok!!......................

I have added a Crusader-type standard for effect!!

View from above(bloody crosses!)

Detail of knight with arrow in neck!!(these figures have been heavily converted!)

Detail of Khan/Prince figure-I don't know the make!
Roll on Sunday,an Ancients game.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Russian Heavy Cavalry.Painting update.

After weeks of dedicated painting(and a few "rain dances") I have eventually finished all of my Russian Heavy Cavalry units(including some Hungarian,Polish,Estonian etc.etc.units) and I think they look pretty formidable opponents for the Mongols.......................

Sixteen units of 8 figures each-certainly colourful!!

This will probably be the only view the Mongols see of this lot-running away!!!!

Or just calmly trotting into an ambush or trap!!!!
Only 2 units of Lithuanian light cavalry to do and the whole project will be finished-hurrah!!!

Monday, 12 June 2017

"A Grand Affair" 1756.(Falkirk Game)

Because we didn't really get a chance to actually play this game at Falkirk,we thought it would be a good idea to run it through as a club game last night.
Charlie Wesencraft turned up,to bring our numbers to 5 (Dave couldn't make it as he was working(?))
I had set the table up exactly as it was at Carronade(minus a few cavalry and infantry units!) and off we went-Charlie and I were in charge of the Bavarians,Austrians and French,whilst Brian,Graham and Paul took command of the Prussians,Dutch and British.

Top photo is the "Hand-out" we provided,and bottom photo is the table before any movement(taken from the allied position)

This shows the village which Charlie was defending against a very determined attack from Brian's Prussians-the village was held until the very last move of the game!!

We're off!! with guns blazing and little lead feet marching,this magnificent spectacle of a game commenced-the concentration of all 5 of us was something to behold!!

Brian and Charlie were first to come into contact with a mass attack on the village! Charlie manoeuvered one of his Austrian infantry regiments onto Brian's flank,and gave him hell from front and side-wonderful stuff!! Brian hit back by charging the Bavarian gun positioned outside the village,and,despite heavy casualties,managed to destroy it!!-Charlie responded by sending a Bavarian regiment to defend the walls,thus preventing a total Prussian victory in the first few moves!!!!-that's why the man is a legend!!

Look at the concentration!-I have started my advance and attack on the Allied-held village,and have moved my cavalry to protect their flank as they advance-classic stuff(??)

Paul was defending the village,and gave me a scare when he drove my first line back!-he then had the audacity to come out of the village and attack my attackers!!!!-however my second line proved to have more mettle than the first,and all hell broke loose on this flank!!-hurrah!

This is the state of play at about move 7,just before we had a welcome break for coffee and bickies!-Charlie is deep in thought,whilst Brian is blowing his nose!!

With coffee drunk and noses blown,we were off again!-Brian's attacks on Charlie became even more fierce,and his guns,combined with Graham's guns were doing Charlie's Austrian infantry no good at all!! They were trying to weaken his centre before mounting an infantry attack by Graham's Dutch-this is looking perilous for Charlie's flank!-I had to try and stabilise the position by advancing my cavalry,just as Paul and Graham advanced theirs!-this led to a very spectacular looking cavalry "affair".

You couldn't get moved in the Windmill area for horse shit(although it is good for the gardens you know!)-we both kept flinging in unit after unit,even though we both knew we should keep some reserves,but what the hell!!!-pile 'em in and hope for the best!!!

More concentration from the commanders.Charlie still holds the village(but just!) the cavalry battle is still progressing(without any obvious winner) and my attack on Paul's village has faltered!-the whole table is ablaze with action-marvellous stuff!

The British infantry,sensing victory over their French counterparts,advance and with devastating volleys,drive them from the board-woe is me!!-in the background the cavalry battle seems to be going my way-I will win if Graham doesn't send Paul his cavalry as reinforcements-he wouldn't ,would he?

Well, yes he did,and swung the balance against me!!-in the background you can see Brian in a most serious case of "Gloating" throwing his arms up in the air,because he has managed to eject Charlie from the village(move number 12!)-it looks like "curtains" for the French,Bavarians and Austrians!

One final shot from the Prussian side of the table,showing the Dutch about to launch an attack on our denuded centre-this didn't happen because,as gentlemen,Charlie and I capitulated,and the game went to Brian,Graham and Paul.
Well done to all of us.
Paul and Dave are off to Belgium on Wednesday,to do a tour of Waterloo,Quatre Bras,and other linked battle sites,ending up driving across Arnham bridge-have a good trip lads,and come back safely.

Monday, 5 June 2017

More "Heavies"(Russian Cavalry)

I love rainy days!-I can get on painting without distractions such as gardening,shopping etc.etc!!
Here are the latest two units of my Russian/Polish/Hungarians etc. to face my Mongols,and/or Teutonic Knights.

These are based on an Osprey illustration of Danish Knights fighting for the Teutonic Order against the Russians at the battle of Lake Peipus 1242-and in the background........................

More Polish winged- helmed knights(bonny buggers!)-we'll need sun glasses to play with this lot!!

Close-up of Danish knights-more crosses!!!

Close-up of the winged-helmed Poles-sort of crosses!
Only another 4 heavies and a couple of lights,and the whole project will be finished,then onto battle with the Mongols-can't wait!!

Battle of "Bensham Bay" 966AD

The "Fab Four" of Paul,Brian,Graham and myself had a real fun game last night,pitting Vikings against Saxons.........................

As usual,the top photo is the scenario and the bottom photo shows the table before any movement.We drew lots and I was Harald,Paul was Edwin the Bishop of Bensham,Brian was Bloodaxe,and Graham was Longsword(in charge of the fleet)

A motley crew indeed!-in the background the fleet has landed and the Viking Horde is dis-embarking,to set fire to Bensham-not if the local Fyrd can help it!!

As I advanced with my Huscarls,Brian opted to attack me!!! whilst moving the waggons full of loot away towards the ships-the attack and defence of this section of the table went on for the whole game-thrilling stuff!

Meanwhile,Graham vigorously attacked Paul's Fyrd,who put up a magnificent defence and managed to beat 3 out of 5 viking "crews"-hurrah!!

After some bitter fighting,which saw alot of officers go down like nine-pins,the Vikings,are for the most part, being driven back towards their ships-this is not looking good for the troops under Brian's command!!

Brian has adopted a defensive formation,hoping to catch me in the flank as I cross the river-no chance matey!!!-this side of the board was touch and go,with neither of us gaining any real advantage,but my fighting points were a little bit better than Brian's,and eventually it would tell!

Graham is loosing too many casualties for comfort,and Paul's Huscarls are making their presence felt,I think it might be "back to the ships lads!"(leaving poor Bloodaxe right in the proverbial S--T!!)-but Graham wouldn't do that,would he?????

Oh yes he would!!-with a splash of oars and singing of sea shanties,the Viking are heading back to Denmark,leaving Brian almost speechless(which is a rarity!!) and at the mercy of King Harald(me!) and his army-all is lost-another hurrah!!

Abandoned and neglected,and almost surrounded,Brian had no other option than give up all hope and accept defeat!-this was the end of this most entertaining,colourful and exciting game-well done lads.
Next week we will be fighting the game we put on at Falkirk,but which was never fought to a conclusion,to see if it would have worked out the way it was planned.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Painting up-date,Russian etc. heavy cavalry.

I am now a third of the way through my 100 figures of Polish,Russian,Lithuanian etc. etc. heavy cavalry,who will eventually face my Mongol army,and of course,my Teutonic knights!!

Polish(bonny buggers!) and Russian heavies awaiting their friends!

Close-up of the Poles-colours and shield designs are my own!!

Close-up of "green" Russians-colours and shield designs are my own too!!

A nice long line(three units!) of knights,but what of their "friends"????????

Hot off the painting table!-my research has shown that the Russians enjoyed shiney and burnished armour-so look out for a few more units with bright silver and gold armour!
At the moment I am "knocking out" two units per week,so should have the whole lot finished by the end of the month.