Saturday, 27 November 2021

Adding to my ECW collection


Over the past couple of weeks I have been focusing on some additions to my English Civil War army. A rather fortuitous purchase of a Warlord Bowx set ands some extra sprues off ebay have now been built and painted. I addition I purchased a further six cannon of various sizes at Salute.

The new cannons can be seen below - based predominantly on 5 x 10cm bases. 



Three new pike units - each unit is 10cm x 10cm and is formed of 15/16 figures


Two of these pike units are on 5 x 10cm bases which allows the creation of a large unit 15x10cm or could be used as small pike blocks (5 x 10cm) 


Six more cavalry...I used the other six as command figures


Another 8 command stands - including 2 packs of renegade commands purchased at Salute from Colonel Bills



and a further 19 bases of Shotte (all four figures on a 5 x 5 bases)


Time to show off the whole collection of 960 figures...




Not quite a 1000 but I am getting there...


More soon

Monday, 15 November 2021

Battle of Gettysburg by Imber Court Wargames

 

Occasionally I visit and participate in games at the Imber Court Wargames Club (near Hampton Court). 

A couple of weeks ago they hosted an all day event featuring the Battle of Gettysburg. The following report was written by one of the players.

The club is very friendly, has a massive conference room to play in at Imber Court (a social and sports club) at a very competitive rate of hire. The club typically convenes every Sunday afternoon. 

They are always on the lookout for new players and to support this club I said I could post about it on the blog. If you live in or around South West London and are looking for wargaming on a social level then this group might be just for you. Their interests are wide ranging and cover most periods. They also have a group's collection of stunning terrain stored on site. 

For more information please contact John the club's treasurer at  

john_bennett99@hotmail.com.

Who knows maybe I'll meet you there one day?


The Battle of Gettysburg (written by John, photos courtesy of Imber Court Wargaming)

Last Sunday 7th November eight members of the Imber Court games club recreated the 2nd day of the Battle of Gettysburg with over 1600 15mm figures. The terrain covered the area surrounding Gettysburg itself through to Round Top and was based on the excellent map found in the original Fire and Fury game.

The forces were based on the order of battle in Fire and Fury but as we were playing with the Black Powder supplement  Glory Hallelujah the Brigades were amended slightly to provide large, average and small sized units.

We adjusted troop quality to be set at Crack, Veteran and Green, again based on F&F with additional rules created specifically for the scenario. These rules simplified some of the supplements additional rules regarding charging, passage of lines and morale in the face of the enemy.


1.    The table is set. The blue rivers are actually dry creeks. The figures were from the collection of three members. We could have fielded more as numerous members have figures for this conflict.

 




1.      The Union deployment at 13.00 on 30th June 1863 with the bloody angle on Cemetery ridge and with the reserves on the Baltimore Pike. The large Union artillery reserve can be seen in the field V Corps rush towards Round Tops. The Union III Corps are forward of the main line around the Wheatfield. They put up a good fight but were soon overwhelmed by Longstreet’s powerful Corp.




1.      The Confederates assaulted both the Round Tops but were repulsed in their frontal attack on Little Round Top by Barnes and Crawford. Hard fighting here saw Hood almost succeed in taking the hills that would have opened the Union rear area to enfilade fire.

 


Johnson crossed Rock Creek and attempted to force his way into the Union rear but despite breaking 4 defending brigades the Union retained Culp’s Hill. The Confederates had more success attacking from Gettysburg and towards the Union line from the Sunken Road. Had they got their artillery onto Cemetery Hill the game may have ended differently.


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I do hope that was of interest - sadly family commitments meant  I could not participate in this game but it looked like jolly good fun


more soon...

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Some more work in progress

Morning All

Following on from last months activities I thought I would share what has been painted, played and built in the past couple of weeks.

First up are a band of rather nasty looking Vikings. I was given a pack of these Victrix lovelies last Christmas and only got round to assembling and painting them. They do look rather good and as I continue to add to my dark age forces I think Victrix might be the go to source..








Up next is something completely different. Over the last few months I have been reading up about 3d printed stuff so it was time to bite the bullet and see what this stuff actuall looked like. I needed to augment my VBCW tank force so I purchased aVickers light tank, and a Matilda mk2 from a company called the Tank Factory (Link). These two vehicles cost me the princely sum of £17 total. 

Half the price of what a plastic kit might cost


Vickers Light Tank

Matilda Mk2

These have just been given a non descript matt green paint job and black tracks. By means of comparison here they are next to a metal and resin model



From left to right - 3d plastic print, metal, resin. To be honest for the money saved all my vehicles forward going will be 3d printed stuff.


More soon

Saturday, 6 November 2021

Quick update on October Activities

 As we head into November I realised that there were a number of wargaming activities we managed to achieve in October and yet did not post about them so rather than several short posts I thought a longer summary might be appropriate. 

Of course the big event during October was the completion of our Wars of the Roses campaign to fight all the battles in this historic period. This is now complete and a complete history of all these games now has its own dedicated page on the blog HERE. This has been a successful series , so much so I have been asked to put together a couple of articles for Wargames Illustrated. Watch this space...

So what else has happened...

Quite a lot of figure painting including over 150 Zulus to bring my total to the magic 1000. More details can be found HERE

On top of all those Zulus I have rebased all me English Civil War and added around 200 figures to the ranks. Previously I had six pike blocks I now have 13. The blocks themselves are based on 10x10cm mdf coasters sourced off ebay.


Six of the finished units shown below including home made flags. The bases make our games of Pike and Shotte go so much quicker.


Close up of the push of pike...

I also based all the infantry onto 5 x 5cm mdf bases (warbases) - with four figures a base.

It only seemed right to then host a game in the shed - sadly no report but a few pictures of the action.


Fought across a rather densely packed terrain filled table this three aside game was fought out on a cold monday night


A furious affair with a finish that ended in a win for Mark F, Tony and Alastair.



In addition to our Bosworth and this Pike and Shotte game I introduced a few new players to my predator game...

This is a homebrew set of rules that sees several humans attempt to traverse a jungle and


avoid being killed by traps, beasties and of course...


The Predator - in our game we had five players taking on two predators.


The humans won the game with just one man making the edge of the board. 


Finally I have been building some hills to go with my caulk battlemats constructed earlier in the year. These have yet to see any action but I am pleased with the result...

They start off with hot foam cut polystyrene stuck onto a hardboard base


This is then covered in filler and left to dry.


I then liberally coat the hill in pva and cover in sand and brown emulsion paint.


Once dry the hill is then covered in static grass using the same blend as the grass used on my mats. They are not perfect but At least I now have some hills to use on my table


These are not so high as to be impractical - they stand around 5cm tall



That's it for now folks.


Take care




Monday, 25 October 2021

Zulus - Hit the thousand mark

Since I started my Zulu War project five years ago it has been an ambition to field the magic 1000 on the table. This weekend I hit my goal !

One thousand 28mm Zulus - mostly Warlord Games but a few Perry's sprinkled in for good measure. They are based eight to a base (a 10 cm square coaster) - our game might see these as warbands 16, 24 or even 32 strong.

I have also produced around 40 stands of skirmishers (musket and rifle armed) - two figures on a 5 x 5 base






The entire frontage of Zulu's 4 ranks deep is about 10ft !



Off to strengthen the Mahdi's forces now

Friday, 22 October 2021

The Battle of El Teb - 28mm Sudan wargame engagement

After all the Wars of the Roses games we have been playing in the shed it was nice to get something different on the table. Fought between our battles of Bosworth and Tewkesbury a couple of weeks ago  I elected to take the Sudan scenario 'The Battle of El Teb' as the back ground for this game.

Forces, deployment and orders were exactly as specified in the book and it certainly delivered a great game in an evenings play. Alastair and Stuart commanded the British forces whilst myself and Mark K lead the Beja locals.

The last time these chaps saw aqction was our game called ...is Gordon Alive and the Brits were looking for a bit of payback. You can that scenario Here



We played lengthways across the table which was 5ft x 12ft. Typically we reduce movement by 30% for Black Powder games but in this cvase we left things as per the rulebook.

The Brits are deployed at the far end of the table with the objective of crossing the dry river bridge, forcing their way over this hills and routing the local tribesmen.


The British had six battalions of infantry (given space limitations these were represented by 12 men each), two units of full cavalry, a few mounted scouts and several pieces of artillery and gatling guns.


Confronting them were a large number of warbands and mounted horse and camels. Some captured artillery pieces sat atop the hills with rifle armed tribesmen.



The British pushed forward in column quickly despatching some hidden ambushers in the scrub to their flanks.


Finally they approached the river bed and strung out into line


This was the signal for the Beja to advance. Several warbands scooted over the hills and charged towards the advancing British. Under the cover of their captured artillery they intended to hold these invaders at this point. 



Within a couple of turn a furious melee had erupted in the dry river bed. The combination of Beja fanaticism and poor volley firing from the British saw several battalions start to waver and collapse. 



Casualties amongst the locals were horrendous but they had the advantage of numbers and kep ploughing forward with blind regard to their safety.


Within about 30 minutes of game time fighting the Brits held the riverline but their force was broken and with the exception of their intact cavalry could no longer advance.


Likewiose the Sudanese were shattered most of their infantry had run and a few lone horse patrolled the flanks. Their artillery now engaged in a pointless duel with the British guns.


Neither side could advance so a draw was called.


A great game, looked lovely and set us up for more colonial games in the near future

Stay safe folks