Welcome to my wargaming blog,
I'm Dave and live in Morpeth, Northumberland in the UK.
This may or may not be a regular thing, we'll just have to see how it goes.

I am a painter/collector of figures first and a wargamer second. My thrill in this great hobby of ours is to place that final well researched & painted unit into the cabinet. The actual gaming with the figures is an important but secondary experience, we all like to win, but it isn't the be all and end all of it, being with good friends and having fun is.
Hope you will enjoy reading this blog as much as I will writing in it.
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Sunday, 17 June 2018

The battle of Dunsburgh 460 AD

It's Fathers Day so I get to play with my toy soldiers, that's the rule!
So first outing with my newly re-based Sub Romans and Saxons using as always To the Strongest rules. Each army was about 170 points strong, the Saxons were, well infantry mostly with one skirmish unit in there but strong hefty lads with the shieldwall trait (+1 save against missile fire). The Sub Romans consisted of a decent first line of infantry with auxiliaries behind and flanks of cavalry and skirmishers.

 Sub Roman Britons on the left, Saxons on the right.

 Britons top two photographs, Saxons bottom two.

Turn one, the Saxon centre command immediately pushed forward with their flanks holding back, it wasn't meant to happen but two aces in a row buggered up any plan they had right from the start!

Taking advantage of a stupendous run of card turning the Britons eliminate the Saxon skirmishers, damage a Saxon warband and slip two of their own skirmish units past the Saxon right flank.

The right hand Saxon commander reacts to this by pressing forward, swinging his rear rank warband to the right and taking out one of the two enemy cavalry units, he now unfortunately sits there with his own flank exposed.

On the opposite flank the Saxon infantry push back the skirmish unit to their front and simply ignore the two in the woods to their left (the Britons couldn't pull the cards to turn and shoot). The rear Saxon unit has now turned to it's right to attack the centre of the Britons line but this took some time and events elsewhere were to prove decisive.

The centre of the lines slug it out, this proved to be a typical grinding match with red disruption die accumulating at an alarming rate and units coming forward to fill in gaps as they appeared.


The Saxon right flank finally collapsed and the Briton's skirmishers headed off towards the enemy camp (if captured this would provide the Britons with three victory points).

The Saxon line is completely flanked and the Britons skirmishers are about to capture the Saxon camp. The final token was lost when a Saxon warband in the centre was destroyed but the battle was won by the Britons with a fantastic run of cards destroying the Saxon right flank!

A pretty one sided casualty display, Saxon destroyed units on the left.
As always a great game from a great set of rules.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Bits and bobs

As you can see from the above I've just got back from visiting my son in the US so I have only just got round to photographing these few things and getting them on the blog.

Firstly some 28mm casualty figures mounted on bases with a numbered disk fitted underneath, and excellent design by Chris, one of the lads at the club:

Six Prussian Jagers, plastic Perry's which truthfully I don't like but they will do a job:

Finally Prussian, Foundry French revolutionary individual leader figures for use with Sharps Practice:

There are more casualty figures to do as I want ones for every nationality but I've run out of bases as Chris isn't to well. If your reading this then get well soon mate.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

madame la guillotine

Well, here we go. This dear reader is not actually the start of a new project but is, as regular (if there are any) observers of this modest blog will know a refurbishment of one of my first wargame passions, the French Revolution.
The collection was first begun about twenty years ago, long before Eureka brought out their very comprehensive range, so it was mainly Old Glory bicorn French with rather shorter coat tails and hair than I would have wished but beggars can't be choosers as they say. No don't get me wrong, I'm not chucking out the baby with the bathwater so the French aren't going to be changed completely but her are a few things that are, eventually going to take place.

1.) The Vendee infantry will be grouped into units of ten each so that they can be used for Sharp Practice as well as other rules so a bit of re-basing.
2). French standard bearers will have their 1795 flags carefully removed to be replaced with small hollow tubing allowing earlier and later period flags to be slid in according to which period of the revolution is being depicted.
3). To that same end voltigures for the line battalions early empire green coated lights for early rev and side plumed shako light infantry for the consular period to be added.
4). Two regiments of horse by Elite figures will be replaced with Eureka figures. Elite are great but just too big at 30mm, you can get away with the infantry but not cavalry, they look huge, so the Elite will be sold once the replacements are done.
5). The Austrian artillery need proper guns, the ones there are make do and look crap, while their limber drivers need their uniforms darkened to gray instead of white with the turn ups on their hats shaved off and the brims rounded off with green stuff. As they stand they represent 1805 onwards.
6). The Consular onwards French limber drivers need to come off their horses so that I can paint up civilian drivers for the rev period and use both. Now this wont be easy as I use Epoxy steel glue, the sort you mix two different tubes together to get a strong fix so any suggestions would be welcome. I don't want to damage either the limbers or riders, so good luck with that Dave!
7). Other than that just add to the various infantry of both sides so that larger forces are available.
Not much to do then but one must start somewhere so for a bit of inspiration I dug out an old Foundry guillotine set that had been lying around, the cotton used for rope is a bit thin and I may try toughening it up by painting it with PVA, we'll see:

Well, it's a start, long way to go though.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Generic 15mm ACW zouaves

A fairly quick post, these chaps were lying undercoated in a box. So for no other reason than to get them out of the way I painted them up and added them to the collection:


Saturday, 7 April 2018

28mm Prussian artillery battery

Another one off the list, a Perry's 28mm Prussian 6pdr battery to add to my ongoing Prussian brigade:

A bit rushed to get them on the blog today so short but sweet!
Next up, some 15mm ACW.
By for now,