Monday, 16 May 2022

A quick shout out to Vintage Wargame figure collectors

 I have been contacted by a colleague today to shout out to any of you who collect vintage Wargame figures - Hinton Hunt, Spencer Smith etc. He is assisting an Auction House in collating the collection of the late Clive Smithers. Many of you may know him better from his blogs - the Hinton Hunter, Lone S Ranger and Vintage Wargamer.

The collection is huge the below picture shows one of three rooms which house his collection each box holds an average of 300 figures - I shall let you do the maths.


The sale is on behalf of his family and I’m advised that the figures will be sold for a few pence each but in lots  of which there will be 200-300. I should have more information toward the end of the month as to date of auction etc and will post here.

In other news the kitchen is almost finished and it’s almost killed me. I’m behind on Culloden so Thursday and Friday will be long hours spent finishing off and sorting the figures to take to Partizan


Saturday, 23 April 2022

Culloden at Partizan and mulling things over.

 Partizan is fast approaching and in between trying to take out the kitchen, doing some landscaping for my good lady I’m trying to get the demo game finished. 

99% of the figures are done, a few bases need finishing some pieces need Matt varnishing and there’s a few not essential but nice to have pieces to do. We shall see.

The big job was getting the field of battle done, so today I downed tools in the house and retreated to the games room. Fur had finishing trim and all the base coats put on.




Some work needs to be done on the marshy/boggy ground and to check I have enough walls for the enclosure and Culloden park. But just about there. Labels and handout to prep ( hopefully ) and figures boxed in preparation. Looking forward to the weekend for sure.

So I was away in the Peak District last weekend and whilst there did some mulling, Norm on the Battlefields and Warriors blog decided a while back to cease posting his reasoning is worth reading ( his blog can still be accessed) and certainly makes you think about the time we spend on IPads, laptops etc and in terms of blogging it is certainly a chicken and egg situation. But the bottom line for me is that I enjoy posting but from now on only when I think I have something worthwhile to post or something I want to log  for the future. 

Finally photos of my little collection of vignettes all painted by the talented Mark Allen,




Now these chaps look great in the display cabinet but I feel a bit sorry for them in that they have no troops to command or lead to glory. So I’ve been mulling a small project over more details later! Keith Flints ‘Shadow of the Eagles’ look interesting and allow reasonable sized forces to battle it out on a 6’x4’. 

His units are a little small for my liking but I have no problem in looking small to start with and the scaling up later. So busy just making a few notes on my thoughts and looking at options.

Tomorrow my wife has arranged for a family get together and some fine dining in celebration of my 65th birthday ( it was on Wednesday) I’m not keen on fuss but the full family hasn’t been together for a long time so I shall make an exception on this occasion.

Hopefully another Culloden update next week 😁🤣 - no pressure.

Monday, 11 April 2022

Books and rules surplus to requirements

 Had a quick glance around the book shelves yesterday and pulled these as being definitely no longer required, a more in-depth scrutiny will be required at a later date. Prices don’t include postage which will be at cost





£7 each

£4 each

£4 each

£4 each

Anglo-Saxons £2 Rorkes Drift £4

Blood and Valor £6 Sudan £5

£5 each (Pikeman’s lament sold)

Brave Mens blood £6 Washing the Spears £2.50 ( comes with Triumph and Tragedy)

£5 each

£7

£2.50 each
£2.50 each
Just shout if there’s anything that catches your eye.




Tuesday, 15 March 2022

A few more bits for sale and a new arrival!

 In between lots of household duties I’m still managing to sort a few bits up.

First I found these guys lurking with the British cavalry, t hey obviously thought having red coats they could join His Majesties forces - no such luck! 

Here’s the Saxon Cheveaux Legers Graf Rutowski in all their splendour. A total of 28 figures ( 24 troopers and 4 command) going for the princely sum of £150 which includes U.K. postage just message if you’re interested. Will be going on various forums tonight.SOLD






Next we have some Greek hoplite, after talking with Phil Olley I was enthused to return to WAB and decided to do some chariot armies which I have started, however I’ve always loved Greeks and momentarily though about raising a Greek army. Anyway I’ve decided to stick with my original decision and having recently finished these guys they’re now looking for a new employer. 49 figures in total based primarily on 40x40 bases in groups of 4 but there are some individually based and on some on 40x20.

Primarily Wargames Foundry but there’s a few Lucid Eye chaps in there . £150 for these chaps again including U.K. postage.(SOLD)





Finally I ordered Charles Grants latest publication from Caliver Books and it has arrived. It weighs in at 194 pages! Crammed full of excellent artwork, photos and background information. This is a departure from Charles’ usual refighting history books in that this is based on a What If campaign. The Saxon army in the 1756 Pirna campaign did not cover itself in glory being trapped by the Prussians and surrendered en masse.

This publication gives the reader/gamer ten scenarios which cover all sorts of challenges and range from small actions to some pretty serious battles.Now as you know I’ve just sold my Saxons but I will be using my British and French to fight these, the games are easily transferable to other armies and dare I say other periods. .

Really looking forward to reading more and playing through the games.




Friday, 4 March 2022

Saxons on the march?

 After much deliberation I’ve decided to sell the Saxons I have completed, I’m going to focus on the French, British and Spanish forces so I’m not going to spend more time in adding to these.

There are 5 regiments of infantry (36 figures each - although for some reason one regiment is 48!) 

3 regiments of horse ( 28 figures each) a cuirassier, Cheveaux leger and Uhlans.

There’s an artillery crew and some generals as well. There’s also plenty of unpainted pieces to add to the army which I will sell at a ridiculously low price if any one buys this collection. 

For better photos, questions etc just get in touch.

ALL SOLD THANKS





Wednesday, 23 February 2022

Game day and some new purchases.

 Postie brought me a couple of things this morning I’ve been waiting for quite eagerly.

First up is Stuart Insch’s new publication ‘Against Spain’ - Wargaming the sieges of Havana and Manila 1762-1764.

74 pages of excellent content covering the background to the campaigns and the history of what took place before giving you 6 scenarios - all small scale actions but conversing a wide range of actions - naval landings, raid on camps, storming the walls etc lots to really get your teeth into and if you wish using a variety of troops. I will be reading this tonight for sure.


It’s available from Stuart at https://stuartinschwargames.blogspot.com/ where more information is available.

The other item that arrived was


This small game covers the Prussian attack on Plancenoit at Waterloo. An often overlooked action and the importance it played in preventing the French reinforcing their attacks on the Allied lines. 

This was reviewed by Norman on his Battlefields and Warriors blogspot https://battlefieldswarriors.blogspot.com/search/label/White%20Dog%20Games and is a small enough game to play either solo or against an opponent in a couple of hours and has some really interesting mechanics. I hope to have a dabble with this over the weekend.


Finally I managed to get a game in, this was a continuation of the Gettysburg scenarios published in Summer Storm - in my humble opinion and excellent publication for gamers


Today was the third scenario in the book Blocher’s Knoll. This engagement took place to the North of Gettysburg on the first day and involved the Union XIth Corps against men from Early’s Division. The Union troops had advanced to protect the flank of 1st Corps.

Union commander of the 1st Division Brigadier General Barlow noticed a prominent rise further north of his position and decided this would be a better defensive position so he ordered his two brigades to advance onto the knoll . It was an exposed position and Confederate artillery converged their fire from several directions this coupled with a strong Confederate infantry attack sent the Union troops back through Gettysburg this was in spite of an attempted Union counter attack. 

So on paper there wasn’t much difference in numbers although the Confederated did have slightly more artillery.




The game was played using Bonnie Blue Flag, the Confederates receive two further brigades of infantry arriving top right of the map (2 and 3). The Union receive one brigade of reinforcements arriving on bound 6( point 1 bottom centre). The game is due to last 10 bounds. In addition to the troops on the table the Confederates also have 2 batteries of artillery off table the shaded areas top left - (4 and 5) the Union player has the option of using Von  Amsberg’s two batteries to suppress the rebel guns the Union player cannot move his guns if he chooses to do this. So today I was playing Union against Mark’s Confederates.


The opening moves were pretty much as expected I gained the initiative for the first three bounds and I’d decided to push Von Gilsa’s troops to the fence line to slow Gordon’s and Doles troops, in support I was also sending two regiments of Ames men to match off against Doles against the fence line.

Von Amsberg’s men were ordered to advance and outflank Doles and his two batteries were providing suppressing fire on the off board artillery Krzyzanowski was ordered to move to the centre to the rear of the knoll in preparation of holding the hill should Barlows men fall back.




It appeared to be all going much to plan the main problem was that whilst troops at the fence line were causing casualties among the Confederates they were able to withdraw them and replace with fresh troops whilst the Union couldn’t. The Confederate artillery on their left flank had been attempting long range firing at Union troops on the knoll with mixed effect they had caused one unit to retire but XIth corps commander Major General Schulz had rallied them and put them back to full strength. Hays Brigade and Early were advancing up the centre to support Gordon whilst Hokes brigade were slowly making their way down the stream to outflank the Union.

Come bound 4 and 5 Doles and Gordon’s brigades launched their main assault on the fence line and succeeded in pushing the Union troops back and the first cracks began to appear the 153rd PA was engaged in melee and suddenly surrendered together with the brigade commander Von Gilsa!





Bound 6 saw the arrival of Coster’s brigade on the Union right, but the signs of change began to appear, the Confederates gained the initiative and carried on pushing with their infantry towards the knoll. The two off board batteries were no longer suppressed and began to cause casualties amongst Von Amsberg’s men causing the 61st Ohio to retire from the fence line and their flanking of Doles brigade. But it was in the centre where the dice gods suddenly removed their favour, the on board batteries opened fire on the 25th Ohio who were on the top of the knoll, The unit had to score 40% or more four times, the highest they scored was 35% suddenly the 25th had evaporated! 

This run of excruciating dice throwing continued into bound 8 where three more Union regiments disappeared amidst musket balls and cannon shot. 

Come bound 9 Costers brigade had secured the Union right and Krzyzanowski was lined at the base of the knoll covering the retreat of Barlow’s survivors.Whilst Von Amsberg’s men were not seriously threatened by the Confederate infantry the off board Rebel artillery were causing attrition amongst his men the Confederates had not lost a unit, whilst many regiments carried casualties no one had left the field of battle whereas the Union had effectively lost two brigades, two commanders and a battery. Major General Schulz had no option but to call retreat and take the troops back through Gettysburg.








An excellent game with some great replay value, rules held up well I added house rules for Officer casualties as I can’t see any in the main rule book. Roll on the next scenario.

Monday, 31 January 2022

Plans for the Year - a bit late!

 Well just managing to squeeze this post in before the end of the first month! A few health issues and a lot of over thinking has caused delays in this post but I think I’m about there in terms of what I’d like to achieve.

I created Crann Tara miniatures all those years ago for one main reason - to allow me to refight the Jacobite Rebellion. Well in the intervening years I was diverted by running the business and whilst slow progress has been made it hadn’t reached the conclusion I wanted. 

So first priority is to finish all the pieces for the Culloden refight. This to be displayed at Partizan in May so all the stops are out for this.  I have also decided that this will be my last demonstration game, my first demo game was Marston Moor in 1984 at the Coatham Memorial Hall in Redcar.  From that date I have hardly missed a year, in the early years I was joined by two colleagues Gordon ( the terrain maker and Leigh) We always aimed to present a new game at Partizan and usually resurrected a game for Triples and Derby. But Partizan was always our favourite show and I guess we grew together so it seems fitting for the final battle on U.K. soil to be my swan song at Partizan.

What follows is a random selection of pics from some demo games and my collections. Unfortunately I need to find the old photos of the majority of our games although the Partizan website does show a number of them.



















Following that I would like to complete my 15mm ECW and ACW projects supported by Lee Gramson (Napoleonic therapy project) then I aim to have figures to refight Edgehill and the first day at Gettysburg.

Third play more board games, I have always been a fan of board games and have a pretty good collection but they are greatly underplayed and I need to redress that.

And there I draw the line. Behind the scenes there is ongoing 15mm Ancients etc and I’m sure there may be the odd butterfly that comes along.

Of course there will also be the continuing sorting of the collections and most probably some disposals.

It’s a wonderful hobby but I now need to see more tabletop games rather than the continual painting 😃