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And the rules were Legion!

Many, and I MEAN many years ago I used to play wargames with my cousin Stuart and mate Mark using all our old Airfix figures. Needless to say there was a lot of Roman vs. Ancient Briton action! Somehow I had acquired a set of rules called Legion by Al Margolis published by Fantasy Games Unlimited. I’ve no recollection of where I got them but it is likely via my local club at the time, Shrewsbury Wargames Society. I liked these rules. Percentage based and relatively simple (compared to some rules at the time (c.1980 if not earlier…) . I recalled that in melees you resolved all the individual unit combats and then rolled again for the result for the battle line. I got rid of my copy years ago and every now and then I had a hankering to play them again.

Occasionally a copy would crop up on eBay or Amazon. Usually in the States and not cheap! Then a couple of weeks ago in a Facebook sale group there was a copy for sale. $8. Bargain! Got them shipped over ($14!). Thanks to Jason Pipes for the deal.I intend to try them out soon with my 15mm figures. I’ll likely just drop the distances from inches to centimetres and double rank my infantry. The slightly shorter distances should work on a smaller table.

In other news…after a slight lull due to work and life I’m back painting the 10mm stuff. Have a load of Sudan stuff half done and have started the next Prussian 1806 battalion. How much time I’ll have over the next few weeks is moot as the kids break up tomorrow…

 

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A Warm Fuzzy (Wuzzy) Feeling…

I’m still painting random stuff from my lead pile. With no fixed plan other than Ayton next year (and tradition precludes painting anything for that until at least February!) I’ve been painting what takes my fancy. So having painted some Sudan Brits I thought I needed some opposition. I spent a little time Googling for painting ideas for Fuzzy Wuzzies (Beja) and found this excellent blog post Painting Your Horde which I’ve only just spotted is by Dave Docherty on his One Man and his Brushes blog. It’s a good process for painting up lots of native types quite quickly so I thought I’d adapt it to 10mm! All colours are Vallejo Model Colour unless specified otherwise.

Step 1. Primer. Army Painter. Leather Brown Spray. Missed bits filled in with Flat Earth.Step 2. Hair and spears/swords painted black.Step 3. Paint all the robes a variety of suitable colours. I went for Ivory, Pale Sand, White, Dark Sand and German Camo Pale Brown. And spear shafts Mahogany Brown.Step 4. Wash. Vallejo Sepia Wash thinned with W&N Flow Improver.Step 5. Re-highlight cloth with same colour. Dry brush a few shields with Flat Earth and Khaki for a bit of variety. Dark Grey highlight on hair. Oily steel for metal bits. And Crafters Acrylic Country Maple for the bases.Step 6. Basing. I’m sticking with tablet MDF. The Brits are on 25x20mm but I thought that would be too small for the (hopefully!) lots of native bases I will have so I thought 50x25mm would be better for the bulk of them and then a few 25x25mm for command stands and odd bases.And I’ve tried to create the impression of a tight front rank and then thinning a little towards the back.And finally fine ballast added and painted with the Country Maple, highlighted with Antique White and some static Burnt Grass applied. A couple of rocks were added and a few tufts but not much as I don’t want to make it too grassy!So there we have it. The first batch of Fuzzies! There seemed a lot when I was painting them but when based they don’t looks as many! Here they are on the terrain boards I have and facing some of the Brits I’m quite pleased with them and will adapt Dave’s technique for the Madhists as well. This should give me enough to try out The Men Who Would Be Kings.

I’ve got the next lot of 1806 Prussians primed and ready to go and have started on the RSM Altefritzenburgers. Just need to keep the momentum going!

A

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Some more 10mm…

After the big tidy up the other week I’ve finally cleared a couple of things in the pile. A while back I acquired some Sudan Brits from Martin (Slugbalancer). Neatly painted I just applied a wash and based them after painting a few more to make up a full unit. He then most kindly sent me some more! Again, wash required, extras to paint, and then base.
This now gives me two units! Slow progress but getting there…And then the Curse of Burt strikes! Re-basing! The 10mm Lancer Prussians I painted and based a few weeks ago I decided just weren’t right. Four 6 figures bases, although quick to paint, just didn’t look like a unit to me. And when in line the FLAGS WERE NOT IN THE MIDDLE!!!

So, after consulting the Goat (Simon) I decided that a DBN compatible 40mm base was the answer. Now I thought this was just a quick rebase as I had it in my head the first lot were on 30mm bases so it was just a matter of re-arranging them. But they were on 25mm! And to get the required 12 figures on a 40mm base I had to paint another 12… but I think it was worth it…

The flags are printed from Warflag.com. I might try and stick a bit in the top for a finial as the poles are a little short for the size of flag I want…

So that is the 1st Battalion Muffling regiment. Just need to do the second now!

And finally the latest rule arrival is the 2nd Edition of Brigade Fire and Fury. Only had a couple of read throughs but the changes look interesting, adding a little more detail to unit classifications, some streamlining of mechanisms, diagrams and examples seem clearer, and a force generator added. Looking forward to trying them.

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Father’s Day Tidy

After a nice lie in, breakfast, and nice smelly thing presents and chocolate I managed to grab a little Father’s Day me time in the attic. I’d thought to do some painting but the place is a mess so a tidy up was required first. The painting area in the desk was cleared and cleaned, paints put away, and the desk protector I’ve had for months finally put down…So… looking much tidier… Only issue is the mouse doesn’t like the plastic mat hence the piece of paper. I could really do with another Vallejo type paint rack and I have another drawer full of paints…

Now, to clear the desk I had to move off all the part prepped/painted odds and ends. All of these I piled on the now rather cluttered ‘gaming’ table…As you can see, no gaming on there for a while… But it did enable me to sort all the bits I have in the queue…So, left side starting at the back:

  • 28mm Spencer Smith FPW French Marines and Mitrailleuse and crew
  • 20mm Les Higgins WSS
  • 28mm RSM primed…
  • 10mm 1806 Project…

Centre starting at back:

  • Crann Tara Savoia cavalry
  • 10mm Sudan British
  • 15mm Macedonian pikemen

Right side, starting at back:

  • 28mm Crann Tara Savoia infantry
  • 28mm RSM (painted!)
  • 15mm Minifigs ACW odds and ends…

Now the current plan is to do the 1806 first. You may notice that the unit I had based is now off their bases! More of which in a day or so…

The C18th 28mm stuff should really be started as needed for Ayton next May but the 20mm WSS may be needed before if Essex Boy arranges an early 2018 game in his new shed!

The rest is on hold…

The other success of the day (apart from cleaning the attic windows) was zapping my big PC and installing a new version of Linux (MINT). The version of Ubuntu I had on was ‘broken’ and hadn’t been properly updated for a couple of years. So installing a current version was getting to be a priority. I usually install and keep my home directory but this time I jiggled the partitions round and created a new home and saved the old one. Before my ‘me’ time ran out I managed to restore my Thunderbird profile and get the Citrix Receiver working so I can log into work on Wednesday. Lots of stuff to reinstall now but it will be good to have a current setup…

And the day was rounded off nicely with beer and home made pizza at the Pickthall’s. Always a pleasure…

Tired now…

A

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Ayton 2017 – Other stuff…

Other stuff doesn’t really do it justice. This is just a collection of pics of other peoples armies and their games. I have no idea what was going on in most of them! There are also a few pics of Tims Hall and Waudby’s 54mm game! This was a joy to behold. Excellent painting of both figures and vehicles and a great looking table.

Full gallery here: Ayton 2017 Misc

There were also some excellent armies on display in other parts of the Lion Rampant games:

As with all Ayton games everyone had put in lots of effort getting armies ready, some from existing armies they had, others painting up full retinues from scratch. It also reflects well of the whole Ayton ethos that people put in a LOT of effort creating armies in scales and periods they may never have looked at before!

Thoughts on the Games

We played a ‘test’ Lion Rampant game last year and that was great fun. Finding a way to deal with activations in larger games has been a challenge. Gary put in a lot of work preparing the background to the games and mechanisms to run them. In the first games we controlled activation by drawing a card for each player. This did mean that sometimes players got two turns in a row but as is the nature of the game it didn’t always mean you got to do much if you failed to activate anything! But it kept the game moving.

The larger Day Two game had ten players. Running it with cards would mean people possibly waiting ages for their turn so it was decided that all one side would activate and then the other. This would keep as many people ‘active’ as possible. As we also had two retinues each it was decide you could only activate one retinue a turn. This seemed to work early on but once you got a retinue in the thick of the action you had to KEEP activating that retinue to Rally troops and keep the pressure up. I don’t know how the other side of the table worked out but myself and Dave pretty well spent the whole game fighting with our one large retinue. The other retinue was further back and there just wasn’t time to bring them up. Obviously activation rolls affect this. Richie’s two retinues to my left fared better as they were both close to the enemy so it was easy to bring the second retinue into the fray when needed.

We discussed various solutions to all this:

March Moves – units outside a certain distance from the enemy get a +1 to activation rolls. We also thought of allowing double moves.

Extra activation – ALL retinues get a re-roll (on top of any leader type ones). However, to use it you have to sacrifice your leader unit’s activation. This worked well and cut down on the frustration of moving NOTHING for several turns. I know this is part of the game but if the dice go really bad it gets very frustrating. If you had already activated your leader then you couldn’t use this option.

Two Leaders – allow both leaders to activate each turn. So one larger retinue and when you fail your first activation then the other leader takes over.

We discussed other options, some similar to the Cold War Commander/Blitzkreig Commander rules where all units get a chance to roll,  but felt this was moving way from the ‘core’ of the Rampant series and could possibly unbalance games, especially those with a lot of Expert Bow involved! Getting too many shots in with those could wipe out the opposition too quickly!

But overall, everything worked. Sometimes it was frustrating, sometimes the dice went well and it was great. We were all there to have fun and that we did! No one threw any strops. No one gloated at their good fortune (except maybe Iain on Day 1 but things go his way so infrequently he deserves to enjoy it while it lasts! 🙂 ) 

From my side, I now have a decent size Norman force, already have plans to add to it, and will be painting some Saxons/Dark Age types to oppose it! I’ve also enjoyed painting plastics! I’ve always been firmly in the heft school (no personal comments…) and avoided plastics. I didn’t like the faff of sticking them together and I didn’t like the ‘feel’ of them. Lead all the way for me! But that has changed. The Conquest Normans were easy to put together and painted up well. I’ll be working on some Gripping Beast Saxons next!

And to finish, here are the chaps. Just in case you see us at a show and want to avoid us!

 

 

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