Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Something old turns into something new - Necromunda

I once played Necromunda. With the advent of fairy power spray to clean off the awful old paint jobs (see old example below!) I may yet begin again..... first figure rebased.....

Thursday, 26 May 2016

The Undead Rise Again

Modelling update! With gauntlet not too far away, and aidan requesting my undead come out of semi-retirement for the occasion (and about time too) I've put fifa away and whipped out the glue and a new toy. My zombies have long been in need of a fix up and revamp, with many arms having dropped off, and they've also been rebated in bunches. The dragon was actually in 4 pieces (tail off as well) and after I needed to update the base to a 50 mm by 50 mm it turned to 5 pieces. Previous efforts with superglue had failed to reattach any of his bits, so I turned to the new toy - an electric drill!  It's was my first time pinning a model, and so far appears to have been a complete success, although the large amount of green stuff no doubt helped. The battering ram also needed it's roof reattach ingredients with a bit of bending and green stuff powered superglue. 

Next up I suppose I'll have to paint something :-(. 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

English Civil War Battle Report – The Earl of Newcastle & Sir Hugh of Beeston

Its been rather a while since I’ve done one of these, various factors including life and football taking over somewhat from wargaming, but it’s a busy week with a trip yesterday to a good friends establishment to use his wargaming shed, and on the Thursday I will return to Broughton for the first time in six months for a game of Saga.

Onto yesterday and my English Civil War troops took the windy road and beautiful towards Ruthin, via Llay (and another car repair) and Mold.  The opposition was fielding his Royalists; the Earl of Newcastle and his Whitecoats no less!  My troops normally take the Kings side, but given the ‘enemies’ sympathies I suspect that made my men, who are usually part of the King’s Oxford army, the baddies. 

The rules used were pike and shotte, with victory going to the side that broke all of the enemies brigades first.  The armies were evenly matched in makeup and numbers.  Both sides fielded several foote regiments, with Newcastle electing to divide his into two brigades, while Sir Hugh of Beeston (ever after to be Sir Hugh) massed most of his foote into one large brigade.  These worthies faced each other across a rural scene somewhere in a Welsh valley, while their respective cavalry wings eyed each other up.  Sir Hugh’s plan (by which I mean my own) was to use my own horse aggressively against the other, while pinning the enemy foote with my own until they could be flanked.  I felt my choice to included more dragoons and packets of musketeers within my horse wing would give me enough of an edge.

The battle field seen from behind Newcastle's horse wing (near on the left), faced by Sir Hugh's horse, while the bulk of the foote are on the far side.

Pacifism and Barns
The battle started brightly with the Earl of Newcastle failing almost all of his command checks, and his army stood around comparing the effects of Daz vs other lesser known brands.  Their dragoons faltered at the door to the large barn that dominated the centre, leaving Sir Hugh’s musketeers ample time to establish a stronghold within under their noses.  Sir Hugh’s left wing of foote moved into stronger positions ready to receive the enemy, while his horse was more tardy in their efforts, and despite desperate shouts of ‘charge!’ they didn’t.  This was to prove a theme for the mounted contingent on both sides well into the afternoon, with plenty of pacifism on show.

Lighting a Fire
In the foote department Newcastle lit a fire under his men and they forgot their laundry and marched swiftly forwards to engage the enemy at close range.  The whitecoats had superiority in numbers of musketeers and they looked to make this count, disrupting Sir Hugh’s efforts at using his pike blocks to counter attack.  The exchanges of lead gave way to melee near the barn in the centre as two of Sir Hugh’s pike regiments; Talbots and Hopton’s, charged into contact, but were unable to push through their enemy, and were subsequently counter-charged by Newcastles own pikemen, in the case of Talbot this was in the flank.  Not even a break for lunch and hot pies could prevent Sir Hugh’s men from being worn down, Stradlings pike followed the others, and soon the large foote brigade was broken and in full retreat, with only the ordinance; a solitary Saker, sticking around for longer to take a toll on the enemy, complete with smoke marker.

Sir Hugh's dragoons giving fire near the barn.

The two lines of foote move in for the clash.

It begins to go wrong for Sir Hugh's men, with the enemy pike pushing them back.  Strykers commanded shotte can be seen in the bottom left putting up a fierce resistance against the enemy horse.

Winging It
On the cavalry wing, however, things were different.  Sir Hugh’s horse had managed to break Strykers commanded shotte near the barn, and despite some valiant charges by Newcastle’s horse it was not enough to see off the mounted enemy and the northern horsemen were swept aside.  Unfortunately for Sir Hugh too much time had been spent trying to achieve this result, and most of his mounted gallopers were shaken or nearly so.  In the hope of rescuing the battle he turned them to wheel around the rear of the barn to try and take the whitecoats in the back, but too much time had passed, Sir Hugh’s foote had long gone and Newcastle was able to form a battle line facing the gallopers and a skirmish line of dragoons.

Sir Hugh's horse moving around the barn to try and attack Newcastles men from behind.

The gallopers dashed themselves against this line several times, hoping to break through and then turn again and take their enemy from the rear while the dragoons occupied their front, but time and time again they were driven back by accurate musketry.  Long after they should have quit the field the gallopers, and their supporting dragoons and packets of musketeers, were finally beaten into submission by the volleys of lead, and, very roughly handled and almost entirely shaken, they departed to the jeers of Newcastle’s troops.  Victory to Newcastle and his whitecoats. 

But the whitecoats are ready, and it is all for nothing.


Two similar, and well matched armies, with Newcastle’s foote able to get the better of the slightly outnumbered Sir Hugh’s infantry before my horse could sweep round, and then able to turn and see off the shaken cavalry with musketry. 

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Olde Englande - Scenery Project - Part 1

I've finished the first few sections so I thought I would post a couple of pictures with some handy 28mm models to show the scale/size of the pieces.  The top picture shows the new bits,  with the white walled hay field a test piece on Hardboard which has warped slightly. The rest are based on ply hardwood.  The building is an old one which I've revamped to fit in the the rest of the new stuff, and I did the same with the butter cross building and the two ponds. I'm particularly pleased with the hedgerow around the ploughed field, although I do have concerns that if it's not stored correctly it was disintegrate quickly.

Next up I've already some wood cut to base some more hay fields and a walled Orchard, and I'm going to try to make the sarissa windmill. The overall look on the gaming mat isn't quite as good as I hoped for, and I think this is partially to do with the small space I used, I'm also thinking of reflocking the roads to blend in better.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Olde Englande - A Terrain Project

I don't get out much these days, at least not without small children in tow, and almost all extracurricular activities have been cancelled with the exception of 5 a side on a Sunday evening. It's lucky I really like playing football or losing every week would be upsetting, but it's not its really enjoyable. Back on subject and I don't get to wargame, no, not at all.  But I did get a wars of the roses novel at Christmas and it inspired me enough to look on the Internet for wars of the roses battle reports, and in doing so I came across the blog of a chat with the most remarkable scenery building skills, and he has inspired me to plagiarise his work.

So here we are - attempting to create a mostly rural English  (or welsh) set of terrain to cover the period between around 1200 and 1700 in 28mm scale so I can use it for wars of the roses and the English Civil war, and most probably many other periods besides. 

This is part one, and I've included some work in progress pictures,  and a shot of a test piece I put together. I'm writing on a tablet which means the photos may be iffy, and the text short, I may/may/might go into detail another time on the how's etc, but cannot claim originality of ideas.