Thursday, 3 May 2018

War of the Vaubarian Succession

Over the past year, I have been meeting with a fellow wargamer at our favourite haunt, our HQ, a small pub on the Fosse Way which is midway between our two homes.

Dubbing oursleves "The Fosseway Indie-Fencibles," the discussions have been about all things wargaming, and beyond.

Over the past few months we've decided to collaborate on a small project set around 1704 or thereabouts, using the Front Rank WSS range... just a few units, you understand.

We've called this The War of The Vaubarian Succession (WVS) as it's a fictional affair between the imaginary nations of The Electorate of Vaubaria (me) and Hautmont-Etrurie (Steve).

You can expect something different from the usual imagi-nations affairs, however. First off, we've settled on much smaller units (20 Infantry and 12 Cavalry) and having chosen Front Rank for the lead, it's not "old school" as such. We'll be using a set of rules I began using for the period around 1990, namely those of the late Peter Gilder, the Wargames Holiday Centre set for the period (slightly adapted).

Suffice to say, it's still at the very early stages, but a start has been made on the painting of figures.

Here are a couple of photos of the initial force of my Vaubarians...

Infantry Regt Dremel (excellent at drill), Infantry Regt Breitner, Vogts Cuirassiers, artillery under Master of Gunnery and commander of the Vaubarian arsenal (Graf von Wenger), all commanded by Markgraf Karl von Orff (with his banner, of Fortuna).

Above: Infantry Regt Dremel, supported by Vogts Cuirassiers.
Below: Infantry Regt Breitner.

The sharp-eyed will notice I've done the artillery in both deployed and "limbered, on the march" configurations. I've also done a casualty marker for each unit. It's good to begin as you mean to go on, rather than playing catch-up at a later date.

This is a slow-burn, and I'm just enjoying the leisurely painting time. We've got a couple of games planned in the diary for the near future, so I'll add pictures of those as we go.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Winter is back!

In case you hadn't noticed... It's a bit white out there.
Living out in the countryside has its advantages... But not on days like this.
There's no way I will be at Alumwell today, so won't be trading.
Might see if I can get squeezed into Partizan instead!!
Now for a day at the painting desk instead...

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

A spring in the wargaming step

There's a spring in my wargaming step...

It has been a while since I played a game, but yesterday evening, I was fortunate to be hosted by John Boadle to a tabletop encounter set in 1866.
Now, John will be known to many in the hobby for his skills as a creator of some excellent buildings, and such edifices adorned the battlefield. Here are just a few pictures of the action - quickly snapped on my iPhone as we played the very entertaining game, so apologies for the poor quality of the pictures which don't do John's layout justice really.

It showed what can be done on a 6x4 table, with some creativity.
Lovely collection of figures, well-presented terrain, and rules which allowed the game to flow effortlessly. As Prussian commander, I can claim a sort of draw, and the Austrians can claim a very, very, very pyrrhic victory, I think!

Meanwhile, I'm starting to box things up for the big sale at the Alumwell show this weekend (see previous post). Looking forward to seeing a few of you there.

This will mark the start of the show season for me, and I'm possibly going to visit Salute next month, and certainly Partizan the month after that.
And yes, I've been painting again for what Steve Gill and I are loosely calling our "New School Imagi-Nations" project. Soon, we'll be ready to show some pictures of what we've been up to.

I hope you've got a spring in your wargaming step too!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Selling Up!

Selling Up?
Well not quite, but
I've decided that I've got enough items for sale to justify taking a small trade stand at the WMMS Alumwell show on Sunday 18th March.

There are figures - painted and unpainted - including Colonials, Macedonians, Dark Ages, Napoleonics, as well as some very, very, very old armies and units... and all my 15mm ancients armies that really do deserve to see the light of day, on a table somewhere.
I've also got boxes of very old fantasy stuff (25mm) from the earliest days of GW, plus Ral Partha, and others, and a pile of minifigs Valley of the Four Winds figures too.
And there are some 25mm Great Northern War figures (Swedish Cavalry).

There are also terrain items, a few buildings, many books (including some Ospreys), rule sets, and magazines. 

And, it will all be reasonably priced, because I want it all to go.
I'll be set up from opening time, and will stay until it's all gone!!

See you at Alumwell!

Monday, 9 October 2017

Time for Reflections ...

Been a while, eh?!

Yep... got kinda involved with some other, non-wargaming stuff.
... including the launch of my new book.

Excuse the non-wargaming related shameless plug:

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In addition, I've just moved into a nice new office, creating more space elsewhere for wargaming, and at least I have been painting something.

Not fast, but slow and steady - a brand new little "side-project".

Not ready to be shown yet, but soon, very soon.
There may even be a separate blog for it, as it's a collaboration with a fellow wargamer. You'll be the first to know...


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Battle of Neerfuncken at Partizan

I'm sure you've probably seen lots of pictures of some amazing games at The Other Partizan. It's taken me a while to come round after what I can only describe as a complete buzz following the show. It was fantastic to be part of such a high quality event in terms of the games being displayed, and I'm grateful to all those who came to the table and chatted and those who have commented on the masses of Facebook traffic hitting the various groups on that particular social media platform.

In fact, Facebook in particular really lit up with photos and commentary. In the run up to the show, the Saxon Dog painting group, run by David Imrie of The Bodkins, was awash with images showing preparations for their Crecy game, and also for Ian Smith's 40mm Napoleonic display. And afterwards there was a fair clamour about my own efforts too which was very gratifying.

The game itself... well it was ambitious to think that I would get chance to play it all the way through, but I did get a few moves done amongst the chattering with the steady stream of visitors to the table.
One incident worthy of specific report during the game was the first dice roll... Der Grssenbomber, with French infantry columns in its sights, misfired! (Dianne threw a 1!!) It was out of action for a few moves, but once repairs were carried out, guess what... another misfire! Eventually, the piece did unleash a considerable barrage upon the advancing French battalions however. Elsewhere on the table, there was tough fighting around the village of Drau, and the cavalry massed on the flank came to blows, with the Pils-Holstein horse managing to resist the French attacks. And so it proved to be all along the front, with the French and Astrovian infantry failing to make a breakthrough.

I'll let the photos do the talking...
starting with an overall view of the table. Dianne insisted I posed in shot.


Bill Gaskin was a frequent visitor to the table, and it was good to chat about all sorts of things. Here, he is (below) photo-bombing the scene!

Other visitors to the table included Dave Jarvis who had painted so many of the Prussian infantry figures on show. I was pleased he got to see them, flagged and based, in full battle array. He seemed to enjoy the sight. You can just see his purple shirt in the corner of the picture below as he inspects his brushwork on the Prussian infantry.

Above... (picture courtesy of Dianne) - Peter Nicholson of The Iron Brigade (maroon t shirt on left) also made a trip south and it was great to catch up with him. His compatriate and fellow Iron Brigader, Kevin Calder, also turned up. I  had heard excellent things about Kevin's new ACW rules, Bonnie Blue Flag, and had bought a copy from Dave Ryan earlier in the day. I managed to convince Kevin to sign them for me too!

Dan Falconbridge (above), editor of Wargames Ilustrated, spent a fair amount of time at the table too, taking pictures and also doing some video footage (which shows the windmill sails do go round!), and an interview with me for the Wargames Illustrated video show report which can be found on youtube. I have seen the video - it was on facebook - but I can't now locate it. Once I find a link, I'll share it on this blog.

Finally, it would be a real omission not to mention the organisers of the show. In the run up to the event, in the setting up on the Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning, and in their care and attention to detail throughout the whole day, they were so professional and spot on. Tricks was in Canada for the actual show, but I know how much work he puts in beforehand to ensure the show is a success. Lawrence was just superb all weekend, and my thanks and appreciation go out to him. Not only that, but apparently all the games get put in a hat for a prize draw, to express the organisers' thanks for the hard work put in by the display teams. A really nice touch. Especially as I won it... £75 worth of vouchers to be spent with traders at the show. Not to be sniffed at! Most welcome. Thanks lads!!

Most importantly, as we were packing up, a young lad passed the table with his dad, and I overheard him say, "This is the best game, Dad" as he perused the troops gathered around Neerfuncken. Now, it doesn't matter which game he thought was the best. What matters is that he had enjoyed the show, been exposed to the historical side of the hobby, and that the efforts of those who put on games, whether me or anyone else, might result in that young lad having a lifetime of enjoyment from this wonderful hobby.
And, that's what it's all about...