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 21 January 2018

28mm Late Roman cavalry 'To the Strongest'.

These are the last, the final ones, there will be no more - famous last words!
The Romans basically needed a couple of bases to complete their 'cavalry' option, i.e. if I wanted to shove a mainly mobile Roman army onto the table then these lads had to be done and done they are. Never say never but that's it for the Romans, I have one 30 odd figure Romano British (or Gallic if you prefer) to paint up from scratch but it'll be a good while before I can motivate myself to get that done.
So here are a few pics of the cavalry, don't take any reference from the shield devices, I had them lying around so used them as they look slightly Roman-ish.

Getting on with 10mm French next.

Saturday 6 January 2018

Blucher rules - Waterloo 1815

Having got the 1815 campaign cards for 'Blucher' as a xmas gift from my son I thought I'd give them a try. Neal and I have played Blucher before and are starting to get to grips with it - a good set of rules allowing you to re fight large battles which we wargamers with more modest collections cannot normally do.
So I got out my hex mats, went over the white marking with green felt tip pen (which I'd been meaning to do for quite a while) and set out the terrain. Even without the troops on the table and the 'real' Hougoumont I must say that it looked ok, quite pleased.

I then got out all of the unit cards checked where they should be placed and laid them out:

British/allied left flank, La Hay & Papelotte.

British/allied centre and La Hay Sainte .

British/allied right, Hougoumont.

Hougoumont from the French left, P.S. The red token represents the garrison of the building which can't leave and is low strength but can on a die roll be reinforced.

French centre.

French right with Plancenoit bottom right.

A view from the French side of the table.

Now don't get me wrong here, there is no way I will ever be able to re fight Waterloo on this or any other scale with Gen d'Armee or it's ilk, but this set of rules will do the job very well for this and other battles, but man the cards look crap!
I am in the process of painting up 10mm armies of French and Russians for the mid to late Napoleonic period, if and when Neal manages to paint up his 10mm British then we could re fight battles having one base represent a division but not (as above) with each base representing a brigade.
So it's cards or nowt. Some people don't mind the cards, as you can ascertain I'm not a fan but they are a necessary evil, it's this or nothing.
I will take my time with it and follow the scenario shown Here don't know the author but I hope he doesn't mind ( his 6mm figures and terrain are stunning).
I'll keep posting the games progress.

Monday 1 January 2018

10mm French artillery batteries.

Firstly a very happy new year to anyone daft enough to want to look at the ramblings of this crotchety old git from a fairly remote bit of northern England, this internet business never ceases to amaze me!

Two 10mm French 'batteries' though in the Blucher rules they are primarily based for they are a concentration of 3-4 batteries. These are Pendraken figures, one 8pdr and one 12pdr:

Getting there with all of these little guys, speaking of which what did I get done and what do I fancy doing this year?
2017 saw all of my 28mm ancients re based, no small task in itself but this does mean they will be used a lot more, 10mm Cesarean are just about complete and a campaign is still ongoing (I will get back to that I promise!) and the above 10mm Napoleonics advanced. A few other bits and bobs but not worth mentioning.
2018, well no schedule and no promises but, definitely finish the 10mm naps so that I have two armies for Blucher.
I'd like to progress with 10mm WSS lots of figures there but to be honest I'm contemplating re-basing them, I know, I know but the driver would be adapting General d'Armee for this period so we'll see.
28mm French Revolution could do with a certain amount of re basing, mainly the French infantry into eights so that they can be used for Sharp Practice as well as General d'Armee, make all of the 1794 flags replaceable with 1791 and/or 1805 ones. I would loosen the existing flags so that they could be replaced with the new ones depending on the period being played. I might sell the Elite Austrian hussars as at 30mm they are just too big, you can get away with the infantry but not cavalry. New French light infantry would be needed for 1791, but I have a cunning plan, I'll let you know!
Temptation is to also get back into 15mm Franco Prussian war, I've plenty of painted figures but again would like a General d'Armee adaptation.
What I want and what I'll get done are two very different things, we'll see.
Anyway as I said, all the best folks.