Friday, 5 March 2021
Tuesday, 2 March 2021
It must be noted that the miniatures are lovely and I was really surprised with the quality of the sculpts. They are a little bit slimmer than Lancashire and Pendraken's models but are compatible.
Now I've finished these I'll order some more from Irregular and another company of cavalry from Lancashire Games.
Sunday, 28 February 2021
Tuesday, 9 February 2021
Not mentioned in my A Cunning Plan (or two...) for 2021! post was the World War One project that a few of us down BIG are planning for 2021 (pandemic permitting). Long time readers of the blog will know this is not my first dabble in WWI with 6mm and 20mm projects started and unfinished. Of course everyone else wants to do 28mm so I picked up a couple of boxes of Wargames Atlantic Germans which have gone AWOL somewhere on Lead Mountain so I had to buy another...
The Wargames Atlantic plastic WWI Germans are lovely and have a host of options and head variants in the box including gas mask heads and fifty individual stick grenades to embellish your figures! Whilst the plastics only cover basic infantry, fortunately the Great War Miniatures metals are compatible so I have ordered some support elements such as HMG, Light Mortar from North Star via BIG.
Painting was very straight forward, undercoated grey, then helmets, webbing, flesh and weapons block painted before being coated with Army Painter Strong Tone dip, before being matt varnished.
Still not having found the two original boxes I bought last year I picked up a fourth(!) box at the weekend to make up a second Assault Company and when the originals turn up I have a plan to turn then into WW2 Chinese! :D
Sunday, 24 January 2021
As stated in my A Cunning Plan (or two...) for 2021!, one cunning plan was to build up some forces for the forthcoming reissue of Pony Wars (or B Troop Ain't Coming Back) which is due out sometime soon. It does require rather a lot of miniatures (600 mounted Indians IIRC) so I'm working on scaling the game back 50% and doing it in 10mm...
Lancashire Games have a fledgling Pony Wars range so I ordered some US Cavalry from them and painted up my first company.
Despite the small scale I am happy with the end result of my painting efforts, though I have baulked at painting the lettering on the guidon!
Next up on the painting table will be some Indians (ordered from Irregular - they are lovely) or some Army wagons to go with the cavalry...
Of course the project necessitated re-watching John Ford's Cavalry Trilogy so inspired by the first and third films, my cavalry regiment in Pony Wars will be the 2nd US Cavalry commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Kirby Yorke...
Sunday, 10 January 2021
As I said in my last post the previews of Warlord Games "Epic" ACW Black Powder figures has certainly re-kindled my interest in the 'War Between the States' so I picked up a copy of Wargames Illustrated to get a free sprue and see how painting them went, and how they looked when finished.
Overall they do look good en masse and I am certainly even more tempted by the starter set now...
Thursday, 31 December 2020
Wednesday, 30 December 2020
The evening before the country entered the second national lockdown of the year, Andy and I met at BIG to get in a game of Sharp Practice to see if I could stop his run of victories (is two in a row a run?). The basic scenario was taken from the Swamp Fox campaign supplement (scenario nine - Georgetown) although as we don't have the requisite forces yet for Swamp Fox (how many mounted militia do I need?!!), we drew up our forces based on what we had to hand. The scenario is a meeting engagement with the aim to defeat the enemy and control the crossroads...
The game started with three groups of brave Continental Line marching down the road towards the crossroads commanded by Captain Blackmore (accompanied by a drummer and 'holy man' Molly Pitcher)
That was one helluva battle and hugely enjoyable, swinging one way then the other before I finally managed to snatch victory. I had thought I had the edge when I managed to deploy my Line infantry into line before Andy, but the god of Command Chips deserted me at this vital point allowing Andy's Line to pummel mine with a series of volleys. Fortunately the brave Continentals stood up to this long enough for the Legion Light Infantry to arrive and charge the British Line.
A mention in despatches mush go to the the Militia Skirmishers under the commands of Corporals Glover and Paice who managed to hold off Harrow's Light Infantry (the British equivalent of the Legion) and protect the American right flank, ultimately ensuring victory fell the American way.
Sadly this was the last game of 2020 as the next day we entered the national lockdown and a fortnight later emerged into tier two (so no gaming) and then a week later tier three. I'm not sure when we'll get our next game in, but huge thanks to Andy for introducing me to Sharp Practice this year, it has been a lot of fun.