Monday, 26 June 2017

Sunday for Tommy.40mm 7YW.

We had a 100% turnout for this annual game to remember our dear mate Tommy,and what a game it was!

Bottom photo shows the table before any movement-Brian and Graham were in charge(?) of the Anglo/Prussians,whilst Dave and Paul were in charge of the Franco/Austrians.

Brian's first move was to take his Prussians across the stream and try to out-flank Dave-no chance!!-Dave countered by marching his Austrians up the hill,whilst holding the river bank.
but this wasn't all that was happening,because Dave then sent most of his cavalry across the board to supplement Paul's cavalry on the left,thus out-numbering Graham's cavalry by two to one!!!!-great stuff!!

A grand sight as Dave marches his Austrians into position,guarding the centre and preventing Brian from out-flanking him.

An overall view of the table,showing the Prussian's attempt to out-flank the Austrians,and the Austrians response-on the far side of the table,Graham is just about to send his cavalry forward against Paul,who is awaiting reinforcements from Dave-great co-ordination,and a wonderful battle plan.

Once Graham had committed his cavalry there was no turning back,even though he could see what was going to happen when Dave's cavalry made their presence felt!!!

The French and British infantry are now involved,as Graham desperately tries to hold the flank!-His appeal to Brian to send over his cavalry fell on "deaf ears" and much swearing followed,with Brian muttering "you've lost your cavalry but you're not going to lose mine!!"
Oh happy days!!

Things are now hotting up on Dave's flank and in the centre-in this shot Brian has crossed the stream,forcing Dave back-wonderful wargaming-spectacular stuff!!

Graham is in real trouble now-his cavalry are being beaten and so are his British infantry-it looks as though the whole flank is about to collapse!!

Intense concentration from Dave,Paul and Graham-Brian's cavalry is making a move towards the British lines but it looks as though it will be too late!!

The table is ablaze with action in this shot-however the Prussian vs Austrian tussle for the flank,saw both Dave and Brian having to prevent their troops from running away,by putting their respective Brigadiers into the front line-and guess what?-yes,they both got killed!! resulting in both sides having to take morale,and both decided to "run away"-isn't wargaming fun????
So with that flank in tatters,and the Prussian centre in tatters,and the British flank in tatters,a well deserved win was awarded to the Franco/Austrians!!-well done lads,Tommy would have said his favourite phrase "we've never had a bad game with these figures"
Paul and Dave have just returned from their trip to Belgium,visiting various battle fields,including a one called Waterloo(or something!) they very kindly brought us all back these cups(chalices?) and we toasted the memory of Tommy with a good old bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale!!

Roll on next Sunday,probably a Mongol vs Russians game!

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!!