Tuesday, 17 October 2017

28mm Ancient Armies for sale

Over the weekend I have been mulling over all sorts of life issues. The reality is that in the wargaming world time and space waits for no one.
My painted figure collections are now seriously impacting on space and so I've decided to do some trimming. I've always loved Ancient Greeece etc so my collections of Greeks, Successors and Republican Romans have bought themselves some shelf space. But my Ancient Germans and Imperial Romans collected for a demo game some years ago have to go.
I had started rebasing the Germans for Impetus/To the Strongest but to be honest I want to stick with the Greeks.
So before I try other avenues here's what there is.
First up the Germans






The vast majority if not all the figures are Foundry painting ranges from very good to good wargames standard. There are 24 cavalry 280 infantry rebased and 224 infantry on the 60x40 or 20x20 bases that's a grand total of 504 infantry and 24 cavalry asking price is £1550 postage extra although I'm happy to meet up etc. if necessary.
Next up I think these are visigoths? I acquired them so where along the way and the ended up fighting with the Germans - I don't know the make but they are nicely painted.


65 infantry and 17 cavalry £345
Finally the Imperial Romans






Almost all foundry, some first corps. There are 50 plastic Romans which I'm throwing in for free.
184 Auxilia infantry (incl Archers, slingers) 146 Legionaries, 48 (2x24) Paraetorians, 10 mounted figures 2 Scorpions and crew and 12 engineers. theres also a few civilians etc. £1250
If anyone is interested or wants more info/photos etc then e.mail me.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Mounted Fusiliers De Morliere

These have been a long time coming. The riders are painted by Steve Allen I did the horses etc and on this occasion had to have a go at the guidon.

I gave up painting flags years ago but as none seems to do this one I had to have a go hence the delay.
It's passable!

Just got some horse holders to do now.


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

British on Parade

Whilst tidying the gaming cabin up I thought it was about time to deploy the British army that are currently painted.
With the exception of some dismounted dragoons and a couple of guns here they are!
For some reason half the images from the ipad wouldn't upload but hopefully you will get a taste





One more Guard battalion and five more line to go together with 6 or 7 squadrons of horse and then some militia

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Best of Times - Worst of Times

Just a short reflective post and I'm sorry if I ramble.
Following my divorce its enough to say that times were turbulant especially with my son who was 12 at the time and many years passed where his resentment, hurt etc all came to the fore. Enough to say that I often wondered if I could ever put things right.

18 months ago he asked if he could move in with us, he had been seeing a a girl from America and he wanted to emigrate and marry her, he was finding it hard to live at home with his mam. My wife despite reservations said he should live with us.

Despite some ups and downs we've put a lot of things right, father and son time has been spent doing all things we often talked about but never did - we haven't quite completed the list as whilst 18 months seems a long time it soon passes and Friday saw us have our last big wargame - a 30k Sci.fi game was his wish and it was most probably one of the most fun games we had but tinge with sadness that it was our last until whenever!

The weekend has been hard helping him pack and sort things out and identifying what else I need to post out.

Tomorrow will be harder as we go to Newcastle airport and he flies off to pastures new in Georgia.

It comes to all families I know and as we get older Life becomes a series of good byes and just reinforces that we shouldn't squander our time.

So my son will start his new life and with luck I will be out there next year for his wedding.

Missing him already ( think he's hoping for a part on Vikings series 6 :) )


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Battle is given

Following on from my last post and thank you gentlemen for your comments a most excellent weekend was had by all.
As you're aware these actions usually find their way into one of Charles' publications so far be it for me to give a detailed account of the game.
However I will make some comments and observations - as you will know the battle started in the early hours of the morning in the dark with both armies reacting to what was around them as dawn broke.
Prior to the game Charles had sent us both briefing sheets and a very small map with a request that we wrote our orders and submitted them prior to the day.
Short of putting a curtain down the middle of the room then this process worked extremely well, we used reduced move and firing distances to reflect moving at night and were obliged to follow our orders until the enemy were spotted or troops arrived at their designated positions.
What quickly became apparent is that both John and I had completely misjudged the distances between key points on the board but had also completely got it wrong on our assumptions of where the enemy would be and what there plans were.
To add even more frustrations other than our CinC's we also only had one ADC with which to change orders, its fair to say that by the end of the day my General and his Aide had been run ragged.
Charles' amendments worked well to reflect the mayhem and chaos that often follows a night time engagement.
A close fought bloody  battle.
Just a few pics of the game which I don't think give anything away.









Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The March to Kloster camp.

This weekend I shall be attending Charles Grant's wonderful home for a game against my erstwhile opponent John Dougan.
We shall be refighting Kloster Camp and hopefully it should provide enough entertainment and interest to be included in Charles' next book in the Refighting History series.
I'm taking a few of my pieces along but we found we were British Grenadiers short, as I base mine as part of the battalion then it was necessary to paint some more. Charles had 16, so I esent him a further 16 and set about painting my 16 plus a couple of officers.


British Grenadiers i think one of the hardest figures to paint for the period, anyway these are my attempts.

Hopefully will provide another update on the 1744 campaign before the weekend -

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Invasion 1744

First apologies for the absence, the business has been taking up quite a lot of time, the new sculptor has been extremely productive as has my paint bench,

However in between all of that I have eventually started umpiring the 1744 campaign. You may recall this was based upon the proposed invasion of England by Marshall Saxe and around 12,000 men in an attempt to place the Young Pretender on the throne.

The reality was that storms damaged around 12 of the invasion fleet transports and the French lost heart ( if it was ever in it).

The detailed account (now going to be in two parts) will appear in the Wargames Annual.

However for those that would like a heads up and an insight - here we go

The British troops are under the command of Ligonier
deployed in London are 3 battalion of Guard infantry in and around the southern counties are a further 6 battalions of infantry, 2 regiments of dragoons and 3 regiments of horse. In Scotland is General Cope with 4 Battalions of foot and 2 regiments of dragoons.

The British have already sent for the support of 5000 Hessians who could take around 2 -3 weeks to arrive.

The British have effectively sent dragoons to the southern coast and South east with the foot moving to positions around London. In reality the French chose Maldon to land. In this campaign the French player has chosen Sittingbourne in Kent.

The early days saw the French player choose to send the young Prince with two battalions of Infantry and some cavalry to Scotland to raise the clans ( not a move I expected) the remainder of the army boarded ships - not before delays set in due to the failure to load the artillery ammunition and bad weather.
The French started landing at Sittingbourne on the evening of the 10th June the first to land were two squadrons of Dragoons and a German brigade.

On the morning of the 11th the two squadrons moved out one on the road to Maidstone and one towards Ashford it wasn't long before the squadron moving towards Ashford was met by their British opposite number and received a rough handling but not before they observed British infantry deployed on a low ridge.

Marshall Saxe knew the rest of the army wouldn't be unloaded until late on the 11th so he ordered the Gemans and the Fusiliers de Morliere to move out and probe the British lines.

The action that followed saw 3 Battalions of German infantry, 2 squadrons of cavalry and the Fusiliers de Morliere attack the British force of 2 battalion of infantry, 4 squadrons of cavalry and a 6 pounder.

Major Semillon launched an aggressive attack on the British line who's infantry under Major Dundee were reluctant to move off the ridge and who's musketry was decidedly mediocre.






The Fusiliers de Morliere supported the French horse on their right and on the left the Regiment Saxe was ordered to attack the farm whilst La Marck and Lowendhal attacked the British center

On the French right their horse engaged with the British but both sides fought themselves to a standstill, on the French left Saxe drove off a squadron of dragoons but were repulsed by the dismounted dragoons holding the farm,

the attack in the center closed rapidly with only light casualties due to ineffective British firing but just as the attack was about to go in the British found their form and decimated La Marck causing them to retreat.

The British infantry at last started to move but the Fusiliers de Morliere caused some galling fire on the British infantry making them reluctant to pursue as the French withdrew from the field.





La Marck took the heaviest casualties and not many men will return to the colours that night!
Because my son was helping me we used Honours of War with my own house 'tweaks'