Also from Irregular Miniatures, I have just finished painting a British infantry company for my WW1 trench war project. Again, nice figures and fun to paint:
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Sunday, 10 September 2023
For some time I have been contemplating some games based on later WW1 battles but finding a trench system has proved a challenge. Recently I was lucky enough to get hold of a big box of Amara vacuformed plastic trenches; enough to cover both sides of a 6 x 4 table. I spent several days painting them.
I was hoping to play these games in 15 -20mm scale but my recent acquisition is really for 28mm figures. So I decided to buy a British and german force from Irregular Miniatures and have been having fun painting the figures. First off the production line are group of Germans:
A similar size British force is nearing completion. I plan to steadily work through the figures over the coming weeks.
Thursday, 7 September 2023
I have had a game of Lord of the Rings Risk hanging around unused for years. I doubt I will ever use it but the little figures have some gaming potential. They are about 10 -12 mm scale and consist of several foot and mounted types. For me, they were just a painting opportunity waiting to happen.
For someone wishing to start up a fantasy game or campaign the figures can be found easily and acquired cheaply. Yhis is what I have done so far:
Some elephant and troll types:
A Nazgul and Black Riders:
A host of Orcs or Goblins:
Sunday, 3 September 2023
I have been keen to try out Command & Colors Ancient battles, having had some success with the Medieval set of rules. I also wanted to get my ancinet figures on the table, that I have been steadily basing for the last couple of years. A visit by Bob Black seemed the perfect opportunity to give it a go.
I set up two fictional armies; a Greek based army, The Aegeans, that was a a mix of greeks and Persians and the Adriatics, a Roman, North African mix.
The two armies faced each other off across a flat plain with just a couple of palm wooded areas. The Aegeans are nearest the camera:
The Adriatics made the first move with some archers coming forward to attack the Aegean skirmishers. This was ineffective.
Monday, 21 August 2023
With a spare hour or two, Will and I decided to play a quick WW2 armoured engagement. Sides and units were decided by dice throws. I sniggered inwardly as I got a German force and even more so as I was given some Panzer IVs, a Stug III platoon and some heavy armoured cars. Will ended up with the Soviets, mostly T-34 76s, some amoured cars and a handful of T-34 85s. This should be a walk over methinks.
The two forces were placed on a table of rolling open eastern European countryside.
My plan was to bring my tanks up to a ridge and pick off his tanks as they emerged into the open ground. My Stugs sat poised behind the rise in front of them.
The PZ IVs moved up in support:
My first success was the elimination of a BT-7 light tank, using my Stug tank destroyers:
Thursday, 17 August 2023
I have played variations of the Battle of Balaclava several times in the past, however, the presence of Phil and Will presented an opportunity not to be missed. My Douglas Miniatures 20mm Crimean troops would take to the field once more.
The stage is set. A huge Russian force surprises the mainly British and Turkish allies, as it advances towards the Turkish manned redoubts on the Causeway Heights. Masses of cavalry and infantry move southwest in the general direction of the port of Balaclava.
Thursday, 10 August 2023
We had a busy few days wargaming this week. Phil paid a visit on Monday - Wednesday and Will joined us on Tuesday. We three enjoyed a few days of wargaming, eating along with some beer and wine. In all we fought Essling, Balaclava, an 1866 Austro Prussian engagement and a Spanish Peninsula War action.
Our first battle was Essling.
The French having crossed the Danube were counter attacked by the Austrians under Archduke Charles, and the pontoon bridges required by the French for supply and reinforcements were destroyed by the Austrians. The French that had managed to cross the Danube established a defensive bridgehead using the two villages of Aspern and Essling as anchors. Huge numbers of Austrians advanced to eliminate the French army. Several French attempts to break out had been beaten back.
This game concentrates on the action in and around the village of Essling. The central feature is the village of Essling itself, with the enormous stone granary, forming a massive strongpoint: