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!