Friday, 14 October 2016

Workbench Update and a bit more!

I haven't posted a workbench update for a while so here goes! The sons Panzer Grenadiers and sci fi pieces are still claiming squatters rights but as no progress has been made for a while they may disappear shortly! Only Dad can keep things on table for an indeterminate period of time.
Now the Battle of Rocoux is done with its trying to get back to some form of agenda - Jacobites to the fore as I'm behind on painting these chaps. Horses for the next cavalry regiment are off camera drying and the 15mm figures are for a Spartacus army - this is for an annual HOTT tournament at a colleagues although these days its more a social bash than a competition - anyway the theme this year was Historical armies so good old Spartacus fits quite nicely. I shall then finish them off for a Big Battle DBA force.


In addition I have just finished an article which may appear in the winter wargames annual - about a few boardgames I think make excellent campaign systems to generate tabletop battles and ideas on conversion to the table top.
Having just been told my booking for Salute is confirmed its also heads down to plan what I need to get ready for the Crann Tara stand - such is life!

Friday, 30 September 2016

Battle of Rocoux

Well it's almost a week since my return from Charles Grant's and another excellent weekend of gaming, chatting and having a small drink or three.

The game itself was based on the Marshall Saxe's attack on the centre of the Pragmatic army and will appear in Charles' next book

As a result I'm not able to go into detail of the game except to say it was hard fought and it was nice to see my British figures make the table. As usual some units shone and some did not live up to expectations and of course it always seems to be at critical times do our boys stand up to the mark or fail to deliver.

I have to admit the sight of 21 French columns marching towards my lines was a sight to behold.
So without further ado some carefully selected pics from the game.

So all in all an excellent game with excellent company and superb hospitality from Charles and Liz

Monday, 12 September 2016

The Road to Rocoux

two weeks time will see me travel to Scotland and visit Charles Grant to refight the battle of Rocoux for another of his forthcoming books.
I have been privileged to participate in a number of these refights and most enjoyable they have been

Rocux is a little different in that Charles wanted to use my British troops so the last few weeks has seen much painting of cavalry, there is now one squadron of Scots Greys to go to complete the 12 squadrons asked for.

Hence the busy paint table - not helped bu my son who suddenly decided to take a break fro the Horus Heresy and start WWII and plonk 30 Panzer Grenadiers and a few Brits on the bench before he left for three weeks to America!

SO its back down now to prepping the last squadron and converting a couple of standard bearers.,

Sunday, 28 August 2016

When good news is also bad

The lack of posts continues I'm afraid. This has been partly instigated by the sudden increase in orders for my figure range, quite a few from America (Brexit?) and of these a sudden surge in people buying Highlanders- what's happened?

So good news for my business and bad news for my spare time :)
Last Sunday saw me attend 'The Other Partizan' with both a demo game and trade stand. The game was loosely based on the Battle of Melle and in this particular case the British got their act togther early and punished the French.
Pictures below.
From talking to people the show itself was well attended and another success for the Newark team - well done.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Workbench - another busy week

Whoever said retirement was a time to relax and chill was a liar!!!
Anyway a couple of pics of the workbench - It's heads down to get 3 squadrons of Scots Greys finished for the 25th September in time for the battle of Rocoux. - No problem!!!

In addition trying to catch up on painting highlanders as well as those other little diversions.

For those that have been to the Crann Tara blog you will see there's the Jacobite personalities and artillery crews for the Jacobites and British armies so lots going on there as well and of course preparation for 'the other Partizan' in August - not a lot then.

In closing found this and thought it was rather good.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Five weeks! _ What's been going on?

It came as a shock to see it was five weeks since I last posted and sincere apologies. I've been quite busy with Crann Tara and the new releases which I'm really pleased with.
In addition I travelled up to Charles Grants for our scheduled Hohenfreidburg part 2.
As usual I can't say a lot as the game is scheduled to appear in a future Refighting History book.
John Dougan my erstwhile opponent gave me a cracking game, enough to say it was an exceelnt scenario and one I would like to do again - a real meat grinder!.

I've found a few pics from early on in the game that don't give anything away.

On the painting front I've started on some Carlist's for Sharpe's Practice 2 and Steve Allen finished a couple of units of French Infantry which I've based and 'flagged'

I also thought I'd do a little push on the 10mm AWI so did Tarleton's legion in addition I've also had a mad idea to revamp the studio and cabin so both are now in a state of turmoil!!!

Hopefully back to normal this week!!!!

Monday, 13 June 2016

AMG 16 Weekend Event

Well after almost a year of planning the AMG16 event took place at the Chesford Grange Hotel near Kenilworth.
21 members of the A Military Gentleman forum attended this event and in the end four games each played on a 12x6 were presented of which I managed to play 3 in the two days.

I had taken my figures and terrain down as had William Harley with the intention of putting on a small game if necessary, but some members had asked if the could bring figures etc down to swap/sell and I also took books, uniform plates etc. from the collection of the late Bob Marrion in order to raise money for his widow so spare table space was put to good use.

Before saying more about AMG etc. here's some pictures of the games I took part in. First up the Sudan - arranged by Dave Docherty ( one man and his brushes) all the figures, terrain etc were painted/made by him. Using the Sands of the Sudan rules which are effectively Peter Gilders rules from the Holiday centre a cracking game in which the slow adavnce of the relief column forced me to abandon the small fort and move towards the column as my ammunition was getting very low due to the incessant attacks by the enemy

 By the time I made a break for it the Relief Column was still only half way up the table ! The Generals daughter on her racing camel was getting ready to run for it

The final game I played was the Battle of Chotusitz using Steve Metheringham and Mark Dudley's 40mm Prince August figures. Steve had brought some of the new figures along and if I didn't have my own range then these home casts would have been the way to go.
We used Piquet - Field of Battle and they were enjoyable. Poor Frederick was heavily defeated, largely in part to Dave Hall's inability to throw a reasonable dice result when called upon - his cavalry went down to a ferocious attack by Angus Konstam's Austrian cavalry and then he failed to inflict any serious casualties with his first volley from the Prussian reinforcements - not reccomended

Finally Colin Ashton ( Carryings on up the dales) and Robbie Rodiss ( The Independent Wargames Group) hosted the Battle of Soor using their excellent collection of figures and using Honour of War rules.

Good food, good drink, good gaming and good company what more could you ask for. Thanks gents.
I know John Ray still has a handful of the A Military Gentleman books left. The book effectively buys you admission to the forum but in order to remain you must participate and contribute - no wallflowers on here. Think about it you wont be disappointed.