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Tyneside Wargames Club Christmas Bash 2015

[NB I seem to be having some trouble getting images to open up in the ‘lightbox’ so if they don’t for you then hang fire while I work on a fix and pop back later!]

And so another year is over and I finally make it down to the Tyneside Club for my first game of the year there! Saturdays are just not good for me. Too much going on with the kids etc. I have made three games at the Whitley Bay club and should make their Christmas game next Tuesday. Tuesdays just seem to work better as I can go straight from work. I shall try and get down on a Saturday more often though as it is always good fun. But today was the Christmas game. Alcohol would be drunk. munchies eaten and good fun has by all. It was a pretty good turnout with six games running (pictures below) but I was slated to take part in a large Great War Spearhead game put on by Ian Logan. It was a large game played over the terrain sheet used for a recent Waterloo game but this saw the French holding the ridge line and the villages and being attacked by rather a lot of Germans! Myself, Rod and Dave lead the attack and against a cowardly French defence by Phil, Ian and Andy. Dave was our CinC and here was his masterful attack plan…


I was to take command of the 20th Division on  the right. Three advance regiments and a reserve, all with attached artillery, and half a regiment of hussars. My orders were to advance to the front and attack the main ridge, using one regiment to screen the villages and prevent interference. It kind of went to plan. Sort of… in a lots of dead Germans kind of way…

My chaps are just on the right, the main German assault took up most of the table, and the German cavalry reserve can be seen bottom left.


My chaps begin to advance on the villagesIMAG4928

The attack develops in the centreIMAG4929

Pushing ahead…IMAG4930

The main German attack.IMAG4931

It took me a little time to adjust to the rules. I was keeping battalions in nice unit lines. Then the French artillery landed. My CinC said, ‘checkerboard!’ so I made a nice neat corner to corner chess board type setup. Which still drew the artillery! Eventually I spaced them out a bit more. The French artillery was to prove deadly and I lost quite a few stands that way, but not as many as in the centre of the table….IMAG4932

View from the other flankIMAG4944 IMAG4945

My first regiment foolishly forging ahead and about to lose six stands as the French line opens fire!IMAG4946

Although they eventually charged in there were not many left. They did however pass both their 50% and 66% morale checks so stayed to the bitter end!IMAG4948

My few cavalry swung round the flank to attack the French in the far right town but were then a little perturbed to find a whole French cavalry division bearing down on them!IMAG4949 IMAG4950

My only real successes were taking two of the towns. Unfortunately one had to be abandoned as the regiment failed their 66% moral check!IMAG4951 IMAG4952

As the cavalry swarmed round the flank I tried to being my infantry guns to bear on them…IMAG4954

Another regiment assaulted the French line but took many casualtiesIMAG4955

Having taken this town my troops surged out to kill the few stands in the area and prepare to continue the advance!IMAG4957

However, by now I had lost two more regiments and although the reserve cavalry were on the move it was clear that I had nothing much left to contest my flank….IMAG4958 IMAG4959

At which point a strategic French victory was declared.

Lessons? Don’t bunch up or the artillery kills you. Don’t assault the lines alone as the whole French lines gets to shoot you! Get your own artillery in play earlier to soften up the lines!

I really enjoyed  the game. I did find it a bit ‘messy’ in that trying to move lots of stands, keep them spaced out and remember what belonged to who was hard! It was probably more me needing to get used to the mechanisms! I’ve only played a couple of games of Modern Spearhead but the rules seem to flow quite well and once you have the hang of them the games move pretty quick.

Thanks to the chaps for a fun game and to Ian for organising.

Of the other five games, here are few pics:

Richard and Lawrence getting all Samurai!

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Pete et al with LOTS of figures getting all Late Roman!IMAG4935 IMAG4936 IMAG4937

I Ain’t Been Shot Mum!IMAG4938

Might and Reason (I think!) in 6mm.IMAG4939 IMAG4940 IMAG4941

15mm EmpireIMAG4942 IMAG4943

The Christmas game is always fun and I really wish I could get down more often! Maybe in 2016…

Merry Christmas chaps!

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On the workbench…

I haven’t done an ‘in progress’ type post for a while so while still feeling enthused after the excellent Battleground Show I thought now was the time. A slightly new project. Sudan. Well, it’s not really new. I bought a load of 10mm Sudan off Nik Harwood a couple of years ago, never used them and sold them to a mate at work, who I am now buying them back off! But seeing as I was at the show I bought an 1882 British Army pack and today I have been looking at bases and stuff and communicating with my partner in crime on this project, Essex Boy!

First up was base size. Four figures to a base at 10mm seems a little small and fiddly so we are going for six for the ‘regular’ troops. The options being 30x30mm, 25x25mm and 40x20mm:

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After consultation with EB we decided that both the left and right options were too spaced out, we wanted two ranks and the 25x25mm seemed about right. I had some spare Fire and Fury bases (1″ x7/8″) which seemed to work better so tried the options with a few figures:

2014-12-02 18.33.22Iain (EB) isn’t keen on firing poses but I think they are right for the period. I may go for units all firing or all advancing. I wonder if Pendraken do a kneeling figure? Possibly in the Boer War range?

So having settled on 6 to a base I fancied trying some figures. I’ve never actually painted any 10mm before despite having owned and sold on quite a few so it was nice to finally paint some. Light grey primer, thin black wash (may use brown for the khaki/redcoat ones) and then I tried a few in the grey of the early campaign:

2014-12-03 00.07.17 2014-12-03 00.07.06I think they’ve come out OK…

While waiting for stages of these to dry I did a little more on the extra command stands for the AMG 2015 game:

2014-12-03 00.08.25And in the background you can see the first six of the Les Higgins 20mm Altefritzenburg unit:

2014-12-03 00.08.54So… a little progress. I think I will try a few more posts like this.


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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!


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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