Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Doll Drums

No not a new girl band-although the name would make sense. Just the fact that I am struggling to get anything wargames productive. Still I have managed to get one Armoured lorry for the SCW done. The figure is Pendraken 10mm (code SCV3) Republican armoured Truck. It comes with the option of an open top but as you can see I have selected a closed top with a Machine gun. It is a big lump for a 10mm vehicle, noticeably larger than a T26 tank. In essence this armoured truck is a "normal truck" covered in boiler plate. It does have a single machine gun facing forward but no provision for Anti-aircraft mounts as aircraft were still very rare in the SCW.  I have given it a very crude camouflage pattern which is similar to many local effects in the Spanish Civil War.

Not in any way the best paint job, but just a vehicle that rounds out my forces a bit more. In many ways it's quite crude and would be limited to roads only being perhaps too heavy for cross country. There would be quite a kafuffle if it got bogged down for example as there would not be any recovery vehicles and as such it would require teams of draft horses to move it, or maybe 2-3 tractors! So for convenience probably best to keep it to a road! Not that many roads would be as we think of them today.

That's it for today. With luck I'll get my mojo back in the next few days. Well here's hoping.

All the best take care and enjoy any sun about. Clint

Monday, 21 April 2014

Patrols in the Sudan.

Well yesterday at the club we had a trial game of "Patrols in the Sudan" (PITS) by Peter Pig. I was the ref and Tim took control od the Anglo Egyptians (here after called British) and Graham and Matt took control of the Mahdist forces. Obviously we all make mistakes the first time we play any rules so I am sure mistakes were made yesterday but here is a very brief description of the game.

The Mission was mission 1 from the book and Tim had to Take a patrol up the board and scout a village for enemy troop concentrations. Graham and Matt had to stop him. It was a there and back patrol and being the first one in the book I assumed it would be straight forward.

As Tim's force had a single Cannon he bought that on first and set it up covering the battle field and sent his three scouts ahead. The Scouts failed to scout any terrain to begin with and when they did One scout was ambushed and died instantly Matt bought his poor quality unit out of hiding and managed to shoot the second scout down. Leaving Tim with just one scout. They then rolled on table 1 allowing then Sudanese to bring on an extra piece of terrain! (One of the peculiarities of the rules is that the terrain may change as the game evolves. This may not suit all players as the game does become something of a hide and seek game with the Dervish popping up and disappearing quite rapidly!) So Graham brought on a depression in front of Tim's gun, Creating some dead ground.

Tim then managed to bring on two infantry sections each with an officer and Sargent. Foolishly the young commander Tim split these two sections and rather than have them work together sent them as independent elements up the table. This meant no covering fire as they were out of each others firing arch and  rifle range. One he kept in column  to quickly advance up the board. And Boy yes it did! The other in line crept forward.

Tim's final Infantry section arrives and his last remaining scout comes back to search the depression in front of the cannon he has set up. Matt is able to move his poor unit to where the Column  Infantry is  and despite Tim's attempt at opportunity fire The Mahdist  Unit fell on the column and forced a morale check which sent them fleeing from the board.

Mat was not able to hide the poor quality unit quickly enough and Tim's cannon opened up. Due to the long range and intervening terrain Tim only inflicted one casualty. And thus in the following turn they managed to Hide and reappear in the depression in front of the cannon! The following turn saw them reappear and fire a ragged volley into the cannon, killing the officer and the crew! They then about faced and close assaulted Tim's last scout. Being only a single stand scout it died quickly.

The following turn Tim was able to bring up his third section and Form an edge to fire into the Mardist troops. His other line section went into line and trekked up the table as fast as possible. Graham had a unit of uncommitted Dervish and made them appear by the British and led a charge into them from the flank! Tim's opportunity fire did not stop them and melee was joined. Matt and Graham both managed to get melee attacks onto Tim's foot troops but after 2 turns of melee that section of British heavily out numbered gave up the fight and fled the board as well.

So poor Tim only one unit remaining approached the objective in column. He mad a successful scouting check and located the rest of the Mahdists forces all he had to do now was get back. But due to the rules Graham and Matt were able to "teleport" troops from terrain to terrain and thus it was not long before the British were attacked again.

A veteran fuzzi-wuzzi unit was next able to charge the British. Being only melee armed they had no choice of standing back and firing so they just charged. Tim Rolled good dice and bought sufficient guns to bear. This was not enough to make the attack falter but it would mean that in a morale check the fuzzis would be up against it. In the melee though it was a fuzzie victory. Not sufficiently strong to make the British do anything else but fight on. So Graham hit them with another unit. Despite already being in melee Tim's men managed to fight this one of and sent the Mahdist reeling back with a failed morale check.

Recovering their wits the Mahdists once again charged and while causing casualties to the British were forced back again. But against the Veteran Fuzzies they just did not have sufficient troops being down to the officer and Sargent and a single rifle stand and eventually they also had to flee from the table routed.

Overall: The rules were a bit "Clunky" and did not flow as well as they might. They were adequate for the job and some nice ideas involving hiding troops and not starting with all the terrain on the board and being allowed to bring it on when dice rolls allowed. For me though they did not have the feel I was looking for. So next time I may well try Black Powder!

Thanks for reading and more again in 2 days . All the best Clint. 

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Thin Blue Line

Well two days ago I had a thin red line of British colonial troops in Red tunics on foot. And now some cavalry to make a very thin blue line. Again 10mm Pendraken figures from the Zulu wars range. Yet again I will use these as both Zulu wars and Sudan figures. Indeed they should get an outing tomorrow at the club where they will be acting as scouts for the British and not as cavalry.

They were not an easy paint but very rewarding. As before 2 figures were pre-painted by the guy I bought them from on eBay so I have tried to colour match them. It has been tricky to colour match them, but in the end I am happy with them.  

Not really too much to say about these as there were only 10 of them. It is worth noting that while they are all armed with swords and carbines there are two different posses one carrying a carbine and one carrying a sword. Pendraken packs should be 15 figures for mounted troops and yet there are only 10. I guess the guy has a few dotted around his home. No worries from my point of view. As I got them all as a job lot and still came out ahead.

Additionally to the Cavalry there were also 5 mounted officers. As before one was painted and only needed touching up where it had been rubbed and scratched in Transit. I will say that the figures I received from the guy were all very well painted in the first place so that has made it easy to just touch them up and then re-varnish so as to make them table ready.

That's it for today. I should be at the club tomorrow despite the fact that it's Easter Sunday. So happy Easter and talk again soon. All the best Clint

Thursday, 17 April 2014

The Thin Red Line

Well this is my first lot of painting after Salute. I am happy to confirm that this is my latest batch of 10mm Pendraken figures. They were part of the lot I bought on eBay but they were unpainted when I got them. There were a few painted and based already but those have been re-painted and re-based as I want them to fit in with what I have got already. My painting style did in fact change on these and I think for the better as I was less reliant on a heavy dark wash to finish them off. Which has lead to a slightly brighter more vibrant finish.

Purists will note that they are still in the Red Jacket and not in Khaki which the majority were by the time of the Sudan campaign.  But for me The Red coated British soldier is synonymous with the colonial period. Additionally I may well use them in a Zulu war game so rather than the dull desert colours I am sticking with the red. Sorry if this gets up anyone's nose but They are my figures and I wargame for myself and not for anyone else.

They have been specifically painted for Peter Pigs "Patrols in the Sudan" Rules and should be a good opposing force to my Mahdists. Contrasting strongly with their more rag tag look. Can we all say "Spanking in red!"

I have to say I am pleased with how these have come out. I have even put chevrons on a few of the figures (not many though) to represent non commissioned officers. I did find it a struggle at this scale but I think it's worth the extra effort. I normally would not have but the guy I bought them from had on some of his and I was not going to be beaten once I knew it could be done. Don't strain your eyes looking for them, just know that they are there!

That's it for today I hope to have a thin Blue line to show next time. Thanks for looking and hope to see you in a couple of days.

All the Best Clint

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Salute 14. (My personmal Highlights)

There is much to moan about with regards to Salute but there are a number of advantages as well. What follows is a few games which caught my eye for different reasons.

To me the best game of the show. The guys from Jersey put on a very nice Flames of war game. The board really did look spectacular.

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Fenris Games

Oshiro Models

French in Indo China.

Dishdash Publishing. All Terrain bought from B+Q

10mm WWi Bloody Picnic Rules
. I Do like 10mm figures
But found the terrain to be very club level.

The spice must flow.

SCW GAme I had high hopes for it from the pre show list,
 but It fails to deliver to the same standard of many other games there.

Martian 28mm VSF
What's not to like.

So there it is a very personal view of the games of Salute this year. I hope a little for everyone. Generally speaking very little there that cannot be seen on others blogs.
The two games I had the highest hopes for and the other games that caught my eye.
And Finally The real high light of the show for me getting to meet the other bloggers.
A More handsome and Erudite bunch one could not hope to meet. When I talk about Handsome I of course mean Inner beauty. From the outside we look like a scruffy bunch!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

And Relax!

Got home from Salute last night at about 7:20pm Trains were a nightmare! And thank goodness The "Rejects" gave me a lift half way or it might well have been longer. I won't go into details. Just Nightmare!!!

Still home now and the obligatory shot of my Salute '14 Swag. Not all of this is for me...... but most of it is. So what's in the Box? I know I know its actually a simple pre-show order from Kerr and King and yes I got a deal on it, simply a 10mm Arab Village.  Some more 10mm terrain from the Square, a company I don't know a lot about but I think I now have enough buildings.
Talking of 10mm I had a pre-show order with Pendraken... More SCW, More Samurai and More British Sudan figures. 2 blisters of Dixon miniatures (ok I'll put my hands up and say impulse buy), I box of 20mm Boxers (From Harfields) another pre-order. Although soft plastic I got them as a trial following Loki's blog. And lets be honest Boxer Rebellion may well become a new project only time will tell. Two Resin Crystals for some Science fiction gaming, Nice that these are cast in clear coloured resin at the same price as normal resin. This gives me the option of either paining them or not! Salute Dice and Salute figure, I got more dice than I needed as I have promised to send some to Slovenia. (Yes Mathyoo I did get them for you). I also managed to pick up the "Donnybrook rules" yes another impulse buy, But that's what happens when you watch "New Worlds" on the telly! And finally chatting to a guy in the Cue before Salute I was given a SAGA Key-ring. There are a few Saga players at the club so I'll pass it to one of them!

Talking about the cue before Salute, I was also told that the old Tabletop games rules are going to be re-released, mostly as PDF formats and updated for a modern audience. But given that several players at club level have bemoaned the current trend of glossy wargames porn type wargames rules which emphasis style over substance. This may be a welcome return  to a simpler more credible form of rules.  Which is not to say that all Tabletop Games Rules were of the highest standard, but they were affordable and if they did not suit you easy to buy another set. The first releases will be from the Tabletop Micro Games range as this does not infringe copywrites or so I am told.

Thanks for looking Next post Tuesday and with luck another Salute report! All the Best from Clint.

Post Script: I would like to say what a joy it was to meet all the other bloggers.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Run Up to Salute.

Well here we go again. Today a few colonial British artillery. First off we have an officer and a Gatling gun, all in 10mm from Pendraken. Ok confession time, The officer was mostly painted by someone else as I bought it and a load of Zulus and British on eBay. Mostly unpainted, but this figure was painted so I just touched it up and covered over the scratches. Then a case of re-basing to get it to fit with my other colonial stuff. The Gatling gun was also rebased and touched up in the same way. A nice quick and easy addition to the horde. I could have re-painted in Khaki to better suit the Sudan maybe. But as I will use the British for Sudan and Zululand I have decided to keep the coloured uniforms. I just think they look better in red uniforms.

I have also managed to finish 3 gun crews. Again in the Blue uniforms. Four crew to each gun, these and the officer and Gatling gun will most likely be all the artillery I need for quite a few games. Again Pendraken 10mm based and ready to go to war. I do have a couple of limbers to add to the force but not just yet. but no limber riders so they might not get finished quite yet!

And Finally. I hope to meet some of you tomorrow at Salute and I will be cutting the Fudge today ready for tomorrow. Noticed that I have got a minor mention (indirectly at least I assume it's me) in this months Miniature Wargames. Well that is to say my fudge got a mention by Helena Gnash. Anyway here is what it looks like before cutting!

That's it for today, if I bump into you tat Salute GREAT. If I don't then take care and get some painting or gaiming done! All the best Clint

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Well I am not going to make a big thing of it but the illness persists in the family. One person gets better and another gets worse.

These are a bit rough but they are now finished. Well not really rough, but I have put the sashimi back banners some place and I could not find them and then the photos came out a bit blurred. But they will add to my growing Samurai armies and will fit in perfectly.

I have pre-ordered some more Samurai from Pendraken ready to pick up on Saturday at Salute but only an additional 2 packs so not as many as I could possibly get. Just enough to keep the project rolling along.

So today we have another 12 Samurai with Naginata mounted and ready for battle. These will bolster my Red Samurai army and bring them to a similar level to my grey Army. I am not far of having sufficient for a battle now, no wargames army is ever really finished but this is now approaching critical mass. And I will anticipate getting a game in quite soon. In fact I am planning one in about a month, give or take.

So Now I am writing the rules. Going for a very simple set based on DBA but that could all change as it is not yet written in stone.

Thanks for looking today. I have a spare hour so I may get to make some fudge done ready for the traders at Salute.

I am hoping to get another one or two more posts in before the big day. So with luck talk to you soon.
All the best Clint

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Do Raymondo Dismounted. (Sunglasses advised before looking)

 A week ago today and I showed the mounted version of these troops. So it is only fair that I show the dismounted versions. Following comments last week I have painted one figure with a pink sombrero to represent Don Raymondo Rousell. Ok it may not be him when it comes to the battle but at least it should put a smile on certain faces and as such is a worthwhile endeavour. I have yet to re-paint one of the mounted figures in a pink sombrero but that is but a few moments work and will be quite enjoyable.

These are again Pendraken miniatures in the same 10mm scale. A scale I have come to relish so much that I am contemplating starting all future armies in the same scale for big battle games. But we both know I will get side-tracked long before I do that.

I was going to paint some 28mm German WW1 figures this afternoon, alas I have run out of superglue so may not attaché them to bases for handling and painting. Darn. So until Monday I am at a loss as to what to paint.

So on that note I shall leave it to Monday for my next post. Take care until then and get some painting done if you can.

All the best Clint

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Samurai Red Bowmen.

Well it was only a matter of time. So here are my next lot of 10mm Pendraken Samurai. 7 stands each of 4 figures. I was trying for 8 stands but with missing figure it was easier to do 7 bases for now and sort out the last base of archers when I can find the absent without leave.

Anyway you should know by now these will be for my red army which is slowly growing. I expect a game or two in the coming months, unless I get distracted.... ooh look shinies! Yeah I know It's likely to happen. But until it does I will continue as I am just preparing for Salute.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Mad Naville.

 Ok we all know who this is supposed to be. Yep that's right Neville! Mad Neville. It's a Reaper Miniatures Chronoscape figure. I originally got it for Curt's painting challenge I was hoping to get it done for the Favourite character bonus round. But alas it was not finished in time ho Hum Can't be helped never mind. Therefore I quickly finished it as a random zombie survivor so any resemblance to any film character is totally coincidental.

I will be finishing a few things off in the run up to Salute so I would expect the next week or two to be quite random.

That's it for today. All the best Clint.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Type 27

There has been some illness in the house of late so painting is on the down low. Everyone is fine and will recover so don't worry about that. But thank you for your concern anyway. As such the only thing ready to share is a single type 27 pill box in 10mm (1/200th scale).

This model comes from "Last Man Last Bullet" a new company to me and he's obviously concentrating on the things he wants and where there are gaps in the market. Click HERE for a link.

I only bought one of these having met the guy at a show and asking if he would sell a single item. He agreed and gave a price and the money changed hands. It is a single piece casting and is very clean and clear by wargaming standards. No flash or Air bubbles and finished to a very high standard. From what I have seen of their products I would recommend them. They do (at the moment) a little bit in 6mm, 10mm, 15mm, 20mm, and 28nn so perhaps they might be worth a look for you as well.

The Type 27 really is a basic pill bow. One door and a firing slit at each face. Because it is so basic I will use it for the Spanish Civil War game I have planned. I have seen no actual evidence of the type 27 being used in the SCW but the bunkers and pill boxes that were used do not seem to be as sophisticated as those in late WW2. So while this may not be totally correct, it will be close enough for me!

Thanks for looking today and I hope to have a little more come Tuesday this week. So until then take care, have fun and get a little painting done.