NQWIP – Not Quite Work In Progress…

Life has been a little hectic of late and the recent flurry of Cold War activity and a couple of games at the Whitley Bay Club has given way to a stall on all things gaming… Having spent most of today painting – three coats on the back yard gates! – I wanted to do something game related so I figured I needed a little tidy up first and review of what I have on the workbench. All WIPs but Not Quite happening! 🙂

This is the current state of the workbench:


Very little room to move and lots of bits of projects scattered everywhere and getting buried! So here is what I unearthed…

First off,  the H&R Modern Brits for which I did a DPM tester a couple of weeks ago. Base coat is on. Just need to do the camo!


I’ve got two lots of vehicles lined up for these and hopefully enough to do two units, one in FV432s (these are based and await flock) and one in Saxons (these need the bases textured and painted).


And at the back of the Saxons you can see the test paint jobs on the Chieftains…


Not long after Ayton in May I lined up the next of my RSM Altefritzenburg regiments. Completed one sample grenadier and started the first batch. Then stopped…


I need to do these and a few more bits and pieces for Ayton 2016 as we will be returning to the C18th again. There is also talk of a 20mm WSS game in March next year. I had painted up my Savage Swans for a game in Framlingham last October (which was excellent) and have the figures to make up a full brigade. So I started the WSS version of my Altefritzenburg troops. Command stand completed. Rest of unit started. If  I’m able to make the game in March I WILL finish the brigade!

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And also following last Ayton’s C19th foray I lined up a batch of Spencer Smith FPW French Marines to crew the boat I have planned. Undercoated only…


Five weeks time sees an Aytonesque gathering in Newark for a Lion Rampant weekend in part celebration of Goat Major’s 50th. Lion Rampant is also the planned theme for Ayton 2017! Despite having all the figures I need for a force and intending to get them done for the upcoming weekend so that for once I would have nothing to paint for an Ayton, I stuck one batch together (Conquest Normans) and then stopped. I COULD blitz them for the next few weeks but I’m not sure I’ll have the time…


I also unearthed the first batch of the stalled 10mm Sudan project. This will happen. I’m still reading bits around the subject and one day soon I WILL start painting them again!


And finally, still sitting in bags are the C19th ships I bought at Border Reiver to form part of my C19th ImagiNations….


So I now have a clear workbench! Which I should have taken a picture of! The game table/surface opposite my desk is a little more crowded though! Dilemma now is what to paint first! I really think it will be the Cold War stuff again. I need to get a viable NATO force and finishing the Brits is a big part of that….

However I have a lot of stuff (family) going on at the moment so I’m really not sure when things will kick in again. Still nice to have clear decks!

I’ve also had 2-3 new ‘Likes’ for the blog on Facebook in the last couple of weeks so thought I best post something! Hopefully there will be another update soon.


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Another game! Modern Spearhead Iran-Iraq War

Rather optimistically, on Monday I approached my wife about the chances of attending the Whitley Bay 3D Gamers club the following night. I’d seen that Dougie was putting on a Modern Spearhead game and having had the rules for a while and never played  them (shock horror!) I fancied giving them a go. And Lo! Permission was granted!

So on Tuesday evening I set off for the club and enjoyed a small but most enjoyable introductory game. The basic scenario was that a reinforced Iraqi infantry battalion was tasked with defending a small town and the surrounding hills straddling a main road. Two Iranian Mech battalions (one green)  and 3 tank coys (Chieftains, T72s and T55s) were to secure the town and hills and drive the Iraqis back across the border.

First off, we were using Dougie’s lovely GHQ models. I’d seen these on his blog a long time ago and his HQ bases were the inspiration for some of my own. But his stuff is VERY nice!

Modern Spearhead requires a written plan/orders for each unit to follow and they will do so (with varying flexibility) until ordered to change. The latter not always being easy… Here you can see the basic layout (4’x4′ table). Iraqis were hidden in the town and dug in on the adjacent hills, the left hill supported by a tank platoon

IMAG4712My tank coys were deployed on the left and were to bypass the town and engage and take the left hand hill.IMAG4710The green mech battalion was to move across the hill and engage the town from the right. The regular mech battalion was sent on a flank march to appear on turn 2 on the right rear, engage the troops in that area and then move on the town.IMAG4713The Iranian HQ prepares for the attack. Dougie’s HQs are rather nice!IMAG4711The defence on the left:IMAG4714The green troops move on the town but are engaged by the defenders on the hill.IMAG4715

The Iranian armours skirts the town having sacrificed its recce unit to confirm it was defended. However the defenders chose to stay IN the town so could not shoot out or be targetedIMAG4716Some very nice T55sIMAG4717The green troops forge on but take casualties from the sagger teams on the hill.IMAG4718The view from the Iraqi side showing the flank march arriving on time! And moving rapidly on the rear of the defending Iraqis.IMAG4719IMAG4720The Iraqi armour engage the advancing IraniansIMAG4722Suppressing a T72 platoon:IMAG4723But there was too much armour to stop and the Iranians closed on on the position.IMAG4724Meanwhile, on the left, the green troops pushed on after taking quite heavy casualties from the hill troops before the flank march descended on their rear.IMAG4725But shifting dug in troops was proving hard work and casualties were taken on both sidesIMAG4726

Dislodging the Iraqis on the other flank was proving just as hard. A first overrun attempt by the T55s was repulsed and it took several turns to finally clear the hill with the T55s and T72s taking the brunt of the casualties before the Chieftains finally finished them off.IMAG4727IMAG4728IMAG4729IMAG4730IMAG4733And on the right the final troops were finally dislodgedIMAG4731Confusion over orders meant the green troops move to a defensive order while they manoeuvred to assault the town.IMAG4732IMAG4734As the remains of the other battalion moved to support the assault.IMAG4735

The final positions. At this point the Iraqis failed their morale roll but it was only a matter of time before the Iranians coordinated the assault. Although this would no doubt be bloody and there would be doubt as to whether they had the will to push the assault. IMAG4736IMAG4737So. Victory to the Iranians as the Iraqi aggressors were driven back across the border!

It was a good fun game. The command rules work well and you really need to think about your plan and what you want to be doing at different stages of the game. Combat is quick to resolve and didn’t produce any outlandish results. The plan is to next time introduce artillery, air power etc.

Having mostly played CWC up to now (which I still like), I’m happy to give these another go!

Thanks to Dougie for running the game. Alex for a solid defence. And Callum for the successful assault and flank march!



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