Workbench Feb 2016

I haven’t done a workbench post for a while. Mainly because the old mojo has been decidedly AWOL with assorted work and life things sapping the will. However, with a couple of hours free today and the big game in Ayton at the start of May looming large it seemed sensible to…. base some modern microarmour, rebase some 15mm ACW and start some figures for Ayton…2017!! 🙂

The British vehicles have been waiting to be finished off for a while. Still have the infantry to finish but at least it clears a little space:

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Late last year I was lucky enough to secure some 15mm ACW from Iain Burt (aka Essex Boy) at a bargain price. They were on unfinished bases (4-5 per base) so I wanted to base them to match what I have for Fire & Fury and Longstreet. Still some work to do but it gives me two large ten stand units and a couple of spare command stands (some of the ones I have are a little ropey!)IMAG5086 IMAG5085

And finally I finished undercoating the first lot of Conquest Normans and made a start on painting them. These are for Lion Rampant for Ayton 2017! I think I chose these are the paintjob will be fairly simple and will enable me to get my eye back in.IMAG5084

So, a little progress. Really must keep the momentum going…

Hopefully, more soon!

 

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Whitley Bay 3D Gamers Evening

Although failing in a lot of my New Year aims I did want to try and make it to the Tuesday WB3D Gamers sessions once a month and so far I’ve managed that! Last night was a session with a VERY good turn out. Eight games on and 26 attendees. Games ranged from Bolt Action, Quar Wars, Warhammer and X-Wing through to my game, which was a Falklands I Ain’t Been Shot Mum game. First off some pics of the other games. For some reason my phone doesn’t like the light in the hall so even after some generic colour adjustment the pics are still a little off…

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And finally a view of the whole hall. Ignore the weird Omen like photographic weirdness 🙂 :

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And now on to my game. Dougie offered up a 10mm Falklands game using the Lardie’s I Ain’t Been Shot Mum rules. Myself, Dougie and Alex took the valiant Brits advancing at night to clear out Nick’s evil Argies in the run up to Goose Green. I’ve not played IABSM before but I have played CoC and Sharp Practice so the mechanisms were familiar. With this being at night it made it difficult for the Argentinian platoon to spot the advancing British company. The games started with all blinds:

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The Brits were really going for a straight on attack and the two dummy blinds were in the foreground feinting around the flank. Poor movement dice overall meant that the 1st Platoon approached the dug in Argentinians unsupported and was soon spotted and subjected to withering fire!

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As the Argentinians revealed themselves (single platoon supported by a .50cal) the first British platoon suffered heavy losses:

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The rest of the British force continued their advance, closing in on the Argentinian flanks:

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The first Argentinian platoon finally succumbed to British return fire:

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And the British began to close in despite the threat of the .50cal:

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The other British platoons finally came into play (the dummies causing the defenders to waste some actions). The .50cal was taken out of play the superior British fire discipline began to tell:

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With fire coming from front and rear the defenders were soon pinned and the British closed in for the kill:

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At this point it was clear the Argentinians would have surrendered. They had done well fighting off the first platoon but in a static position it was only a matter of time before the superior discipline of the Brits seized the day (or night!). The rules worked pretty well and it shows what you can do with quite a small number of figures. The photos do not do justice to the lovely paint jobs on the 10mm figures and the bespoke terrain. Good game and thank to Dougie for putting it on and Alex and Nick for partaking as well.

Overall, a good night. Good turnout. Good fun. Hopefully I can make a game in March!

 

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Vapnartak 2016 and stuff…

Today was the annual York show, Vapnartak, at York Racecourse. I’ve been attending this regularly for a few years now and it is always a good show and a good start to the gaming year. For a change this year I travelled down on the Saturday afternoon with the intention of meeting up with Iain Burt (Essex Boy) for a few beers. Couldn’t find a cheap place IN York so I ended up at The Bay Horse in Fulford. Clean and friendly B&B, they even sorted me a vegan breakfast. And easy to get to and from by bus (last bus back at 11 though). So last night had a few beers and nosh at Wagamama with EB and a good rant/natter. After a good feed this morning I walked across to the Racecourse via the Millennium footbridge. Bright and chilly it was nonetheless a pleasant walk in.

I didn’t have a huge purchase list for this so the show was more about meeting a few people (from both LAW and AMG) and chatting. It was nice to see a few traders had been moved around and there seemed to be more space between stalls/tables so even at peak time it felt busy but not congested. I didn’t get much time to view the demo games but those I saw were the usual high standard. A couple did seem rather ‘static’ and I have to admit I’d quite like to see some of the ‘regulars’ trying something a bit different or giving other clubs a chance. Admittedly there may not be many other clubs chasing the spaces but it would be nice to see some new blood…

The Alamo game looked particularly nice and I grabbed a couple of pics of other games. These were a bit last minute so I missed getting shots of the upstairs games. The Dragon Rampant siege looked rather nice though!

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The tabletop sale area seemed rather busy on number of occasions and I only managed two run throughs and came away with wallet intact! I know a couple of people picked up some bargains though. There did seem to be a couple of tables/groups there who appeared to have booked quite a long session. Not sure if there is a limit on time but a couple of the sections just felt like a normal Bring and Buy with the same stuff there an hour or more later…

What did I buy? First up was REFIGHTING HISTORY –VOLUME 1 SEVEN YEARS WAR – FIGHTING WITHDRAWALS by Charles S Grant. The first in a new series. I have all his Wargaming in History books and rather like them. Like them, this is not cheap (£32.50) but the production quality is spot on. It is A4 hardback and full of lots of eye candy from both Mr Grant’s collection and that of John Ray. I’m looking forward to delving into this over the next few days so shall report back.

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I also had some battalion guns and crew to collect from Graham from Crann Tara Miniatures. These are the few extra I need for Ayton. Best start painting! And finally, as I have partaken of the latest Forged in Battle Kickstarter, I bought a pack of Celtic infantry so see how they paint up. If I get round to painting them! And final purchase was next month’s Wargames Illustrated which has Marlborough as the theme. Looks a good issue and the content of this mag has been improving much of late. May consider a sub again soon.

And that was it! Very modest purchases (apart from the book!). It was good to meet up with various AMG members (I really must get round to re-registering!) and a few LAW members. Always good to catch up. And good to see some members of the Tyneside and Whitley Bay clubs making the journey as well. All in all a good day. Thanks again to the organisers. And the day rounded off nicely with a few beers with Iain in the York Tap as we awaited our respective trains.

Workbench update

Things have been a little slow so far this year. Despite my great plans I’ve failed miserably to stay Wargaming Neutral and the only time at the work bench has been to do a little basing and a little more to the modern British…IMAG5027 IMAG5028 IMAG5029

Still, better than nothing at all. Hopefully the rest of this month will see things moving again…

 

 

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