Monday, May 22, 2017

PARTIZAN 2017 NEWARK

This Sunday I went to Partizan at Newark.

Colin Jack presented a 28mm Boshin War game  as the SESWC contribution.  Ray Neal, Tim Watson, Dave Paterson and I supported Colin at the display.  We went to Newark by train so Colin had to develop a lightweight game for us to take down.
We played the game as a PP game with members of the public playing the Imperial forces with one of us commanding the Shogunate troops.  Over the day the Imperialists won three games and the Shogunate one.  The figures are from BAC NINH except for a few Perry engineers building a rice bag wall.

Lots of great games at the show at its venue in the Newark Showground.  The exhibition hall allows more displays and traders to be present than the old venue at Kelham Hall.  It was big bright and airy with lots of space, better catering and more parking.
Here are some of my photos below - and here is a link to all my photos from the show in an album on Flickr.
Boshin War handout

Dave removing another unit under wily Imperialist fire

Zombie Wild West PP

Peg Wars - FIW Game - I love this!


Port Arthur

Bunker Hill
Kokoda Trail







Sunday, May 14, 2017

CARRONADE 2017

This Saturday I went to Carronade 2017 at Falkirk.

Tim Watson had put together the SESWC display - a 28mm Bolt Action WWII game of the German  invasion of a fictional Greek Island in 1941.  Any similarity to Crete was completely deliberate.  Ray Neal, Colin Jack, Bill Millar and I supported Tim at the display.  We played the game for real and got to a marginal axis victory or so the Axis players claimed.

Detailed report on the game from Tim on his blog at
http://moth107.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/greek-tragedy-final-act.html
It was a good show – met lots of acquaintances.  I bought more 28mm AWI patriot figures at the Flea Market, some Spanish Napoleonic skirmishers from Eagle Miniatures and lots of useful mdf from Martin at Warbases.  Now I can get all my new ACW artillery and transport based up.
Next weekend we are at Partizan at Newark displaying a game set in 1860's Japan.  Here are some of my photos from Carronade.
SESWC Aegean Invasion - Mr Ray awaiting a text about when his paras will arrive

First blood to the allies as a Stuka bombs it's own landing craft

Impressive display of Prinz August 42mm falts

League of Augsburg's impressive GNW display

Colourful SciFi game

Large scale SCW game

Another view of the GNW game - Bob and Kevan discussing the weather?

JU52 makes another para drop for Mr Rray

28mm Bolt Action - Ruhr Pocket battle - impressive big industrial buildings

Battle of Morlaix - some very nice figures on display

Dumfries's Border reiver game - team contemplating who has stolen the most cattle?





Sunday, May 7, 2017

LONDON: APSLEY HOUSE AND WELLINGTON ARCH

This week my wife Helena and I were in London cat sitting for our daughter Alina and her husband Sean.  Lots of culture but also some interesting military sites. We visited Wellington's London home Apsley House (Address No 1 London) and also the nearby Wellington Arch both managed by English Heritage.

Well worth a visit with a joint ticket for both-  even just for the amazing twice life size 3 ton colossal nude statue of Napoleon by Canova at the bottom of the stairs in Apsley house and the exhibition about the interesting history of the Arch. It was moved 100 metres in the 19th century due to road widening and the famous Quadriga was only installed in 1911!

Here are some photos from the web - as no photography is allowed in Apsley House.


Apsley House has a collection of his field marshal batons

Apsley House in 1829 - the adjoining buildings on the right are now gone







Thursday, April 27, 2017

28MM BLACK POWDER: MAIDA 1806


Last week at home I staged another refight of the Battle of Maida but using my preferred Black powder rules.  Young Scott Duncan was up for Easter from Crawley so I got Scott to command the British and Dave Paterson commanded the French.  I umpired.  It proved a British victory as Dave concentrated all his forces to attack the British left but his attack bogged down and he was flanked by the British centre and right.

First game - massed assault on the British left

2nd game - Donald's brigade - Comperes gets stuck in


This Wednesday I staged the game again.  Myself and Donald Adamson commanded the French whilst colin jack and Davve O’Brien commanded the British.  This time it proved a more even and hard fought contest.  Donald’s right flank brigade raced ahead and engaged the British left and centre.  My right hand mixed brigade moved very slowly and our central foreign brigade actually blundered twice in a row and marched of the rear of the table.  The British gave Donald a hard time but eventually the foreign brigade returned and charged home on the British centre whilst the mixed brigade engaged their left. 

It was hard fight and French losses mounted to the point where Donald and I were willing to call it a night but Colin, the British CinC persuaded us to play another turn which completely changed the outcome.  My shaken Polish veteran battalion broke it’s melee opponent and this caused a supporting British battalion to flee – this turned a British victory into a French triumph!  It was fun all round.  Next game at my place will be a 20mm WWII using Rapid Fire.

Comperes brigade presses home it's attack

View from British left - French centre and right are finally moving up .  In distance Comperes is being driven back 

Unsupported Polish veterans break the allied centre. General Stewart swept away in the rout.  Vive L'Empereur!


Here is my OB and BP troop ratings for the game.

BRITISH
Weapon
Type
H_H
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
CinC MG Stewart 8







Adv Guard Col Kempt







Combined Light Infantry
Musket
Infantry
6
3
4
4
First Fire
Skirmishers  (Small)
Musket
Infantry
4
2
4
3
Skirmishers
1st Brigade Col Cole







Line Infantry
Musket
Infantry
6
3
4
3
First fire
Combined Grenadiers
Musket
Infantry
7
3
4
4
First fire, Elite 4+
Horse Artillery
Artillery
32”
1
3-2-1
4
1
Marauders
2nd Brigade Col Acland







British Line Inf
Musket
Infantry
6
3
4
3
First Fire
Veteran Line Infantry
Musket
Infantry
6
3
4
4
First fire
3rd Brigade Col Oswald







Line Infantry
Musket
Infantry
6
3
4
3
First Fire
Line Infantry
Musket
Infantry
6
3
4
3
First Fire
Veteran Infantry
Musket
Infantry
6
3
4
4
First Fire

All Infantry have “must form square” rule.
Elite X+              Rally off Disorder at start of turn by roll of X+
First Fire           Add extra shooting dice on first shot.
Marauders         Ignore distance modifiers for command tests
Reliable            Add 1 to Command tests
Skirmish           Can adopt skirmish formation






FRENCH
Weapon
Type
H_H
Shooting
Morale
Stamina
Special
CinC Gen Reynier 8







1st Comperes







Veteran Infantry
Musket
Infantry
6
3
4
4

Veteran Infantry
Musket
Infantry
6
3
4
4

Line Infantry
Musket
Infantry
6
3
4
3

Line Infantry
Musket
Infantry
6
3
4
3

Skirmishers  (Small)
Musket
Infantry
4
2
4
2
Skirmishers
2nd Digonet







Line Infantry
Musket
Infantry
6
3
4
3

Line Infantry
Musket
Infantry
6
3
4
3

Light Cavalry
Sabre
Cavalry
6

4
3
Marauders
Horse Artillery
Light artillery
32”
1
3-2-1
4
1
Marauders
3rd Peyri







Polish Veteran Infantry
Musket
Infantry
6
3
4
4

Polish Line Infantry
Musket
Infantry
6
3
4
3

Swiss Infantry
Musket
Infantry
6
3
4
3


Infantry are Reliable in Attack Columns and have “must form square” rule..
Marauders         Ignore distance modifiers for command tests
Skirmish           Can adopt skirmish formation