Saturday, 25 January 2020

Personalisation in Wargames- the Homeguard Platoon

Decided to customise/ personalise my Homeguard Platoon today. Here they are on parade-
Now for a closer look at the characters, from left to right...
Youngest platoon member ( - 1 in shooting, hand to hand and morale) the platoon medic ( +1 to saving throw for any figure if base to base contact with medic) Platoon Officer ( + 1 to morale, 50% chance of indecision when giving orders) Platoon 2ic the sergeant ( +1 to morale and on dice Officer throws to give orders if in base contact with him) and finally the the old soldier ( +1 in hand to hand combat)
I added a paper bayonet to the old soldier’s rifle and a paper scarf to the youngest member of the Platoon. Figures are all 54mm homecasts (bought) apart from the Officer who is a Britains hollowcast with spares rifle arm.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Woodsmen

These fellows came to me via Tim Gow ages ago. They have lain in a box not forgotten but needing a mission. I liked the way they arrived with bent and twisted fuse wire ( my father always had loads of wee cards with different sizes of fuse wire in his tool bag- rarely used but there if needed ) bowstrings   on bows which I teased back into shape. I liked their simple lines and classic paint job . Ok, I had no suitable army for them ( I think they may be Byzantine but I am unsure) but they could wait..
Here they are removed from  plywood basing in twos and ones and placed on mdf ( basing zeitgeist) in groups-
I will leave the paint job, gloss varnish them and secure bowstrings with super glue. Simple basing ( add rocks / debris , the jury is out) and they will serve as 16th century woodsmen in a forthcoming 16th century battle between Northland and Southland. I hope they are looking forward to battling once again...

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Escorting Friar Tuck to gaol- an Irregular Area Close Wars game

Friar Tuck has been captured and the Sheriff’s Men have to escort him to gaol. They do so by exiting the top end of the gaming board. Robin Hood and his merry men win by stopping this happening. Rules are as for Close Wars with addition of movement and firing are two areas each. The difficult terrain areas are much smaller than the open terrain. Here is near the beginning of the game-

The game proceeded well with wee extra rules such as Robin Hood got a plus one when firing and anyone shooting at Will Scarlet need one less to hit due to his scarlet attire showing up too well in the greenwood. The game was won by the Sheriff’s men who escorted the friar off the board. Will and Robin died, bad archery rolls were very evident and armour helped greatly . It was exciting and fun to play. The Irregular areas worked well and I will try the board out again very soon.


Friday, 17 January 2020

On the painting table today

Trying to enthuse myself  to do some painting. A combination of things to do in real life and a cold/fluy/annoying thing I can’t shift. Listening to The Cricket Social whilst painting some Airfix chaps working for The Sheriff of Nottingham this morning. The painting table has,apart from the Airfix chaps, Minifigs and Dixon Ottomans, Scout homecasts and finally a Nightfolk goblin archer with spectacles and telescope beside some enigmatic mushroom people.

Saturday, 11 January 2020

The game, ecw with Ross’s Pike and Shot rules.

 It was good to have the width provided by the table especially in the light of another four cavalry and three dragoons being added since the last game. A simple scenario was the order of the day - take and hold the village as represented by the cottage and surrounding hedges/ fences. The rules provided an enjoyable game as before. We will work out for next time which units are raw etc and finish out debate about what constitutes Shock cavalry in the ecw. Also the rules re throwing to move out with twelve inches of a general are going to be tweaked too. I was pleased with the look achieved with Aldi fake grass and felt cloth. Combined with The Minifigs it was a nostalgic and enjoyable game.




Friday, 10 January 2020

First game of 2020 - ecw

The big table is cleared and the scenery placed. The commanders have their mugs all ready...
 Even the essential Airfix cottage is to hand , play begins in an hour...

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Shiny Happy Tartars etc or taking Eric Knowles unpainted Ottomans forward...

Last year I was fortunate to acquire some of the late Eric Knowles Ottomans. I was delighted to get these due to their provenance and also for the chance to bring them to the wargames table. I began them between Christmas and New Year. I am currently working on the figures in the photo below here pictured with the box they came in and with what I assume are Eric’s painting instructions. I will follow these as a tribute to him. Sadly they are the only instructions I have found so far.
 Below are the Tartars I began with. They have telegraph pole lances which I like but are not everyone’s cup of tea. They are nearly completed. They will be varnished with more gloss varnish/p.v.a and based for George Gush’s Renaissance rules. Basing is simple and plain green in old school tradition. The tartars are colourful, shiny and look ready to ride rings around any opponent...