Friday, 28 December 2012

The current state of my wargames workshop

To finish 2012 here is a quick tour of the aftermath of 2012 in my wargames HQ.

The painting desk: currently on the go are Crusader Miniatures Early War British Infanrty and various Prussian Napoleonics from Perry, all 28mm. I just bought a new batch of Vallejo paints today for my French WWII figures. The first Bolt Action games I'll be playing will be simple early war scenarios with just a couple of squads. The wheelie bin brush pot was a Birthday present from Anni.

Perry Prussian Landwehr (yes I know Warlord do them in plastic and yes I have them too)

The Warlord Ruined Hamlet:
In this kit you get enough parts to build three of these two storey cottages and three small one storey hovels without the roof. I put them togther with plastic glue and stuck them onto plasticard bases that I cut out from A4 sheets, bought from Monk Bar Models. I deliberately left off the chimney sections so they could be used for earlier periods too.

Next I used scenic pva glue and added some groundwork to the base. I then sprayed the whole thing in tank grey (no photo of that)

Lastly, I added some colour to the brickwork, plaster and wood areas with some drybrushing to the groundwork. All six buildings were done in less that an hour from being undercoated with the grey spray. Not a materpiece but they'll do, I'll spend the time on the figures.

Some Fallshirmjagers waiting to have bases built up with green stuff. I mostly use Redendra plastic 25mm round bases now for 28mm figures. Here we have two rifle sections, a command unit and mortar. About the minimum for a decent quick game of Bolt Action.

Here are some of the Crusader Miniatures late war British I'm working on. There are 4 units of rifles, 1 x command, PIAT team, small mortar and a 75mm gun with crew. Also have a unit of Lord Lovatt's Commandos by Artizan Designs.

Hope to have Bolt Action battle reports to post soon in 2013!

Last game of 2012 - Borodino

Well, 2012 was a great year for wargames. I managed to get to 10 shows, painted figures for and played some WoTR battles, played lots of DbN and am well on the way with lots of 28mm WWII for Bolt Action. I've made a good start on a Napoleonic Prussian Army for Black Powder, that maybe a long time in completion though. Also got into other types of wargames such as Wings of War, X-Wing, Zombie games and bought Memoir 44, though have yet to play it. May do that tomorrow?

The plan for 2013 is to play some Bolt Action games, give the Toy Soldier rules a refresh and maybe do a demo game or two and carry on with board wargames. If I'm going to do another period in 2013 its likely to be French Indian War in 28mm - Muskets and Tommahawks, so far I've resisted.

So, yesterday I was invited to Alex's place for a day long refight of Borodino using his own DbN rules, co written with Bob who was also there. I think there was 9 of us in all 5 commanding the French and Richie, John, Peeler and myself (as Bagration) commanding the Russians. Jordan made a rather unconvincingly young but believably capable Napoleon. The French swooped round at both flanks, leaving some very bewildered Russian guns in the central redoubt mostly redundant throughout the game. On the one side of Borodino Richie's Cossacks valiantly stunted the French with no less that suicide cavalry charges and some outstanding artillery volleys while the opposite flank was all but completely destroyed by the Westphalian, Polish and associated allies with some French Elites mixed in. Bagration (me) was left holding the village on the far side with nothing more left than a few Moscow millitia, surrounded by a massive French force of light infantry units and odd small line units that had been whittled down by Russian Grenadiers defending from the village before being wiped out. The French won on victory points after causing sufficient Russian losses and holding enough of the redoubts and villages surroundng Borodino to force a Russian withdrawl. The French still had all it's Old Guard in reserve as well as Guard Artillery, which was just begining to move at the end of the game. Borodino itself remained untouched. The game could have lasted 25 turns but was won in just 15 lasting about 7 hours.

Borodino - The Start

The Russians deploy!

Russian Grenadiers try to hold the village.

A huge thank you for an excellent day of wargames and hospitality from the Testo's!!! Merry Christmas and a happy wargames filled 2013 to all!!!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Recon Pudsey

It's been a few years since I've been to the Pudsey show. Snowed off in 2009 and 2010 and was in Sri Lanka in 2011 so this was a welcome return to a popular little show. The Yorkshire Coast Wargamers were there en-masse. In fact we were pretty much all in attendance from the core group. Alex and Peeler put on a DbN Borodino, which was quite epic! I only played a few opening moves then went for a wander round and ended up playing a few rounds of Bolt Action. I was really keen to play this game as I have recently bought the rules, have plenty of figures for it and ready to start putting games on but needed come coaching on the rules. It's great! Small units of 28mm figs, usually 10 man rifle squads or a 3 man support weapon and around six or so units per side is more than enough even for a 6x4 table. There were about six people playing in the end and one umpire, it's definately a good game to play with plenty of players. Emphasis is on pinning, which affects your ability to fight the more pinned markers you collect, killing is secondary as a very pinned unit will soon become useless, there are morale checks in the rules but they wern't used in the demo. Sadly no pictures of it but plenty of the DbN game:

This Zulu War game caught my eye, I hovered over the huge Rorkes Drift box set at the Warlord stand until some bloke behind me said.. "That's a lot of painting" and he was right, I put it back on the shelf.

Finally the purchases! I did a lot of shopping today. A number of Crusader 28mm WWII from Colonel Bill's, some bargain price Warlord figures US Para's and the new plastic Soviets. A scenery set from Warlord, the ruined hamlet buildings, which are great! Some bases and some more Bolt Action dice. Also bought a K&R carry case for my growing 28mm figures. This was my 10th and final wargames show of 2012 and I owed myself some Birthday/Christmas goodies at this last show of the year so went with a view to splash out. I didnt buy anything that wasnt to do with Bolt Action games so I was pleased I managed to stay focussed and not start any new projects.