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Shall we play a game?

About a week ago I managed to clear my ‘game’ table and lay out my Mat-o-War to give me a 4×4 surface. I can extend this to 6×4 but that makes the rest of my attic a bit cramped. But a 4×4 should give me space to play a small game. The question is: what game?

I narrowed it to four options.

  1. 6mm Modern with either CWC or Sabre Squadron
  2. 15mm Punic War using To The Strongest.
  3. 15mm AWI using….not sure…
  4. 15mm ACW using Fire and Fury or Longstreet

I had not been able to make up my mind but after a long chat with Essex Boy this evening I realised I just needed to do SOMETHING!! So I dug out my 15mm terrain and threw some down.

The hedges are my 6mm ones and a little neat but will do and first thoughts are to revisit my 15mm AWI…

Still undecided on rules but I will choose soon and play a little game…

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Pendraken 20th Birthday Bash

Today I secured a full day pass and headed down the A19 to the Pendraken Birthday Bash. This was to be my final capitulation as I succumbed to the lure of 10mm! What can I say about the day. I got there just before 11 and the games were in full flow. And I can say with confidence they all looked bloody great!

The Border Reiver club demo’d a brand new SCW game made purely for the event, the ‘Fight for Madrid’. This looked excellent and was a great showcase for the range.

Border Reiver SCW game

The Brompton Bankers displayed their fantastic Ratshire game. This looked excellent with some lovely vignette bases (Irn Bru facility!), excellent terrain and a superb info board.

Ratshire game
Ratshire game

Goat Major and GavinP ran an excellent little AWI participation game using Black Powder. The figures were lovely and the painting did full justice to Clib’s lovely scuplts. I managed to take part in the afternoon game of which more anon. Fun game and nice to see Simon and Gavin again.

AWI game

Hoka Hey Wargaming‘s Rorke’s Drift participation game looked good too. I didn’t really get chance to stop and chat though.

Rorke’s Drift

Burnley Wargames Club displayed the Battle of Jarama, 1937, another piece of SCW action! This looked great fun with excellent figures and terrain.

Battle of Jarama

Section 8 Games club had Morocco 1908, as the French try to relieve Fortress Soixante Neuf. It was nice to see a Colonial game that wasn’t Sudan. Some very nice figures and terrain.

Morocco 1908

The WWII Pacific participation game by Rubicon with the USMC attempting to seize a couple of bridges from the Japanese was an excellent little game. The board was only c.4’x2′ but it really showed the benefits of 10mm. It used the Blitzkrieg Commander rules. I had a nice chat with Rubicon(?) and was very impressed with the terrain and the basing (nice use of tufts). Unfortunately my other photos all came out blurred!

BKC WW2 USMC game

The games really did justice to the Pendraken range and there are more pics in this gallery. All of them were well presented with excellent terrain and figures. And it was a friendly day. Everyone willing to chat. Inevitably I spent more than I planned. I was intending to get the first of my 1st Schleswig-Holstein figures so I collected them. I also grabbed a load of bases for assorted projects from the Minibits stand. And some static grass. And some orange paint. Oh…and a small army pack totally unrelated to any period I am currently doing! 🙂

I had an interesting little chat with Goat Major at the end about using 10mm for skirmish gaming and I have a feeling my planned IABSM games will end up in 10mm and not the 6mm I had planned. But not ’til next year!

The afternoon was spent playing an AWI game with GavinP and Goat Major using Black Powder. I’ve never played the rules before and we had some doubts over their use as stands for AWI. Especially re skirmishers. I recognised a lot of the mechanisms from my Cold War Commander games and did enjoy them. I can see them working well for bigger games with a few ‘period’ tweaks. There are some pics from the game and a more detailed writeup here.

So all in all a very good day. I have resisted 10mm for quite some time. I almost slipped into Colonial last year but resisted. But I fear this is the start of something…:)

 

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Brits are coming!

Despite still having a few things to do for my Russians, making a start on the Belgians, not having touched the Americans or West Germans, I managed to secure some British for CWC off eBay! Two small auctions:

1. Some Challenger 1s, Warriors and other odds and ends. Enough to give me some armour and IFVs. Still need to paint some infantry though.

2. Some artillery support. Some M109s, M110s, some M113s with Wombat (I think) and some Fox recce vehicles.

The latter batch are a lot darker than the first lot but I think a light dry brush with my usual light grey will bring them out a little.

Also managed to get a few buildings as well. Couple of warehouses and two tower blocks. Really need to kick off my modular town project but keep getting distracted painting more vehicles! It would be good to get some scenery sorted so I can get a nice looking game going with my own stuff!

Hedges and hills and roads needed as well. Have plans for all these but as ever, time… I’m hoping I can take a couple of days off work between now and Christmas and get some stuff done. Providing of course I don’t get given a list of ‘jobs’! 🙂

More soon…

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Peter Pig 15mm AWI – a comparison and overview

Over the last six months or so Peter Pig have been slowly releasing releasing a range of 15mm AWI to accompany their new AWI rules, Washington’s Army. I’ve been keeping an eye on the range and had picked up some of the British light infantry and Line in roundhats at York in February. I haven’t had time to paint them yet but that didn’t stop me picking up more of their ever increasing range at Partizan last weekend.

The range now covers the main troop types for the Americans and British (exc. Grenadiers), mounted officers and some interesting ‘marker’ figures. The aim is to produce troops in three ‘conditions’: A = regulation uniform, B = campaign, C = ragged types. Currently all are A and B. At Partizan they said that next up were highlanders, in kilt and trousers, to be followed by Hessians.

The range has promise. I had seen older Peter Pig figures and not been too taken with the sculpting style but these are rather nice and look better in the flesh than in the website photos. The rules too look interesting. My wife bought them for me for my birthday last month and they have some interesting mechanisms, aiming to reduce the action to a 5′ x 3′ table, with flank marches etc. all catered for. The demo games at Partizan look good too and I’d have liked to have had time to try them out.

So, what do they look like. Well, there are ample pictures on their website but here are a few samples.

The left hand figures is from Pack 47 Ladies Waving. There are meant for use in indicating the status of flank marchers under their rules so possibly have limited use elsewhere. The center figure is from Pack 4 British Light Infantry (B) in campaign dress and you get three poses. The command pack for these is nice too. The final figure is from the British Line Infantry Foot command (A) in regulation uniform.

The left is the new Pack 6 British Line Infantry in tricorn (B), again in campaign dress. I may use the for the 7th for Cowpens. The other two figures come from several of the other ‘marker’ packs for low and extra ammo and for casualties. It’s nice to see the casualty figures and these will be getting mixed in with my units.

They are all nicely cast with minimal flash. But how do they compare with other ranges. Here are a few shots for comparison:

L to R: Polly Oliver, Polly Oliver, Peter Pig, Peter Pig, Lancashire Games, Lancashire Games.
L to R: Minifigs, Minifigs, Freikorps, Freikorps, Peter Pig.

L to R: Essex, Essex, Peter Pig, Irregular, Old Glory.

The Peter Pig are actually smaller than I originally thought but they will fit in well with Essex and Freikorps. The Polly Oliver are taller and slimmer and I have a lot of these and when painted up they fit in well with the Essex and Freikorps. Likewise with Minifigs. There are two pictures of Lancashire Games. The lefthand is a militia figure, the right French Musketeer and they seem to use different sculptors. The militia are chunkier and some I have are veritable giants! The Irregular range seems variable to me in that some appear very small! And finally we have the Old Glory giants. Not all the range are this big but enough so that I try to avoid them now as they do tend to look bigger and chunkier.

So, there you have it. A very interesting new range. Even if I don’t use the rules the ‘marker’ packs have some interesting stuff in them. If the range develops as planned then it should be fairly complete. There is even talk of separate heads for variety! I’ve already emailed them to demand a proper British Guards figure!

Recommended. And a nice boost to the 15mm AWI market. I doubt Giles will buy any though! 🙂

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Another Slight Diversion – Zombie!

Ok. Something a little different but at least it’s a return to the 18th Century! While negotiating the sale of some Polly Oliver figures I was pointed to the Traitor to the Crown trilogy by CC Finlay, consisting of The Patriot Witch, A Spell for the Revolution, and The Demon Redcoat and he described them as witches and wizards in the AWI. Reading the blurb also mentioned a zombie and the whole thing piqued my interest. I’ve done a little research on available zombie figures but most seem to be either sword and sorcery fantasy types or modern. I wanted 18th Century ones so someone suggested a conversion and paintjob so I thought I’d try one out. I think the original figure is a Freikorps mule handler so I tried to make the whip look a bit like a bone, made the trousers look a bit ragged and added a bit of entrails to the outstretched hand. I’m not happy with the skin tone, it came out a little too purple but it’ll do. Anyway, who’s to say what is the correct skin tone for a zombie!

Anyway, some pics as he confronts some of England’s finest!

And watching the whole proceedings with that ‘feed me’ look similar to that of the zombie, is our cat, Shebee!


I’m not sure where the whole zombie thing is going. I did have plans for a whole ‘Colonial’ type imagination so I may spice it up a bit with a whole ‘dark’ underlying theme. We shall see…

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