Bye Bye Lammings

Well, after a little deliberation I decided to pass on my Lamming medieval figures that I’d found and detailed here. Although I’d painted some of these when I was 14-15 and at school I’m certain I’ll never do anything with them. They’ve gone to a good home where they will be appreciated: Vintage Wargaming. I’ll probably put the remaining odd and ends of Hinchcliffe and Garrison on eBay. Better they be put to use than gather dust.

When I dropped the figures off I got to see some lovely old Hinton Hunt minis and some of the excellent Peter Gilder Napoleonics with pins for swords etc. Very nice stuff and nice to see in the flesh rather than just photos.

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At last! A Prussian base completed!

After much agonising over basing methods I finally decided that as my 1815 Prussian were originally to be used with Grande Armee then I would base them just for that. I’ve also been looking at the upcoming Impetus based rules, Grandeur, which will likely use the same basing. I decided I didn’t like the two columns, line and skirmish option so inspired by basing like these at Mike’s Leadpile I went for two units in two lines with skirmishers and some mounted officers. I’ve yet to do the Grande Armee unit ID that will go on the back of the base but here is the 10th (1st Silesian) Regiment of the 13 Brigade of the IV Corps.

The only thing I slipped up on was putting the command strip on the left which left the drummer on the end of the line. As I was doing the basing late at night over several nights as kids allowed I only spotted this as I was uploading the photos! Next units will have them the other way round. Figures are all Baccus bar the 2 mounted officers which are from Adler and are excellent litle figures!

The plus point of going with this option is it gives me more space to play with on the base and the surplus figures I’d already done make completing the 2nd Silesian a bit quicker!

Next up will be the Landwehr for the 13th Brigade. These are prepped and ready to go and I will be doing the two lower strength units rather than a combined unit as suggested in the Grande Armee Waterlook scenario.

Forward, my children!

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And another magazine!

Well, this morning the latest Wargames Illustrated landed on my doormat and it has reinforced my view that I’m not overly impressed with the new format. This is an issue where there is little if anything to interest me. I’m not big on vikings, ECW or Flames of War and making a machine gun wagon for a train is rather low on my to-do list. And the African article just brought back nightmares of the old Wargames Illustrated Darkest Africa stuff that seemed to appear again and again.

Often, in any mag the reviews can compensate a little as I can see stuff I MIGHT be interested in. But no, this month they’ve had soooo much content that the reviews have been shifted to the website. I can’t read the website on the loo, in the bath or on the bus which is when I usually want to read my wargames mags. The only glimmer of hope is that Sam Mustafa may have some input into an upcoming issue.

And the Moments in History figure range they are pushing still strikes me as some of the most uninspired sculpting I’ve seen in a long time and wouldn’t tempt me to subscribe!

As you can tell, I’m not that keen on this issue…. 🙂


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More magazines…

The other plus point of last weekend in Blackpool was that my copies of Battlegames and Slingshot arrived and then, rather aptly, the ASL Journal 8 was waiting for me at work on Monday. So…..

First up is issue 21 of Battlegames. Another excellent issue. The bocage article was enjoyable even though I’ll never make bocage. As an AWI gamer the boardgames article was good and I may even dig out my copy of 1776. Siggins was good, as was Teaser and Recce. Not sure on the Thomas article and it didn’t tempt me to try the rules. The ‘main’ interview, despite some reservations, was a good read, although I’ve never played Warhammer and never will (unless it’s the only way of getting my son into gaming!) it was good to read the development of things, especially as the period coincided with my beginning gaming/role-playing. I may even read the Directors Cut on the website! So all in all a good issue.

Next comes Slingshot. I’ve been very impressed with this since I joined the Society of Ancients last year. The quality of production and the range of wargaming, review, research articles is very good. This issue had a few articles that don’t really interest me period-wise but those on Zama, Impetus and the FoG article were good reads. I like the figure reviews although not my scales and should really get off my arse and review some 15mm/6mm myself but it’s not likely happen! The ‘review’ of peoples reading/intentions was useful to get a feel for new books available. Although still a little hit and miss on period interest for me, especially as I’m fairly limited in my choices, it’s a journal worth having and I look forward to the coming years issues.

Finally we come to ASL Journal 8. It was good to see a Journal pushed out early this year and as it coincides with my return to the game the content was particularly apt. Mark Pitcavages beginners guide to what not to do was a good primer to refresh my memory as was the detailed article on Overruns. I’ve yet to read the scenario analysis articles but they look good. The preview of Haaka Palle, the upcoming Finnish module ensures I’ll be buying that module (as if I wouldn’t!) and the 16 scenarios will join the several thousand ASL scenarios I;ve yet to play! Such is The Game…

And to bring a little figure related content back, I took delivery of samples of some of Lancashire Games 15mm AWI figure. I was mainly interested in the French as I’m not too keen on the Old Glory figures but got a few of the campaign type figures as well and a rather useful mounted figure on hunting shirt. I had thought the AWI figures were large compared to Essex et al but these seem like they will fit in and I will be picking up a few more to make up units.

Now, hopefully I can get some Prussians based soon!

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Heroes 2010 AAR

After a bit of effort I’ve finally written up last weekends Heroes ASL Tournament 11th March – 14th March. It was a great weekend and good to be playing Advanced Squad Leader again. I’ve broken it down by day. The few iffy photos are from my phone. The other, better ones are from Pete Philips of View From the Trenches and are used with permission.


My memory isn’t what it was so if I’ve got bits of action mixed up between scenarios then it’s all my fault!

And although the game was still going on when we left, I believe Phil Draper took the 2010 trophy.

Now, back to painting and basing some 6mm Prussians!

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