Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Battlegroup Rules

Quite a lot has been happening in the real world lately, all good I may add. As a consequence my time to prepare material for the blog has reduced considerably. I am however, getting the opportunity to game regularly (never a bad thing) and am trying out lots of new rules systems. 

The latest game played was a 15mm WWII game using the Battlegroup rules. I took command of the American forces and my opponent was German; we were very fortunate to have an umpire which kept the game flowing as we were both new to the system. 

A disclaimer here: I'm not really a WWII gamer, and as a result my lack of tactical nouse and knowledge of the period was brutally exposed in the early rounds. However, I do have to say in my defence I managed to adapt to the challenges faced, although a little too late to be able to secure the objective; the game eventually ended up quite a close run thing, with a Germans victory.

I thoroughly enjoyed the game, and once I managed to grasp the nuances of placing units on reserve move, ambush etc, and coordinate my armour, artillery and infantry I actually started to see positive outcomes on the battlefield. Quite in contrast to the earlier rounds where I was taught a harsh lesson by a Tiger tank. I didn't quite managed to knock out the Tiger, though due to the fortuitous drawing of a breakdown token it was immobilised for the later stages of the game, and if it wasn't for some terrible dice throwing I might even have tamed the beast!

Due to my lack of WWII experience I don't feel able to comment on the historical accuracy of the game, however, from a WWII novice looking on from a purely gaming perspective I found the system fun and easy to grasp, and with my limited knowledge of the period rewarded historical play. Looking forward to more games of Battlegroup, and might even be tempted to get some Russians at some point in the future. 

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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Test of Honour

Apologies for my lengthy absence, I have not long moved and am stilling a slight state of flux hobby wise. 

I have however managed to keep gaming at the local club. The recent meeting saw a couple of games of Test of Honour from Warlord Games. We played a couple of 2 player games before a final 4 player bash. The pictures below are a mix from all the games. I'll add pictures of my own Test of Honour stuff once I can get everything set up. These were taken with my mobile phone. 

The overall impression with this game was a resounding positive with great fun being had by all. We also found that there was no slowing in pace for 4 player games, in fact added to the fun. I think this will become a firm favourite at the club, easy to set up, and easy for new players to pick up and get involved. I'd actually say a very good game for new starters to the hobby. 

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Monday, 19 March 2018

Yorkist Handgunners

28mm handgunners from Perry Miniatures plastic set WR 20 'Mercenaries', European Infantry 1450-1500, based for Swordpoint

The Wars of the Roses army is almost complete, most units are currently being based; there may be a few small additions at a later date, but it's pretty much ready for play. 

The next projects include collecting a set for Test of Honour, this really seems to have caught the eye at the local club; and a new set of French Indian Wars figures for Sharp Practice and Muskets and Tomahawks (another easy to transport game for a club meeting). 

I also hope to get some photos of my recently painted 15mm Napoleonic Peninsular War Anglo-Portuguese army that has already seen action twice this year; and even more amazingly victorious on both occasions!

Other news is the arrival of the eagerly awaited Beneath the Lily Banners 3; and on first impressions I'm certainly impressed, an absolutely superb book. I was hoping to get a first solo test game last Sunday, but a bout of food poisoning meant that my best laid plans have been laid waste. Hopefully in the next few weeks I'll get an opportunity to run through  the rules.

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Wars of the Roses Artillery

Wars of the Roses artillery, painted for my Yorkist forces, though by choosing the Warwick livery they can also change sides! These are 28mm Perry Miniatures, lovely to paint and based for Swordpoint.

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Friday, 9 March 2018

Yorkist allies Burgundian Pike

Additional support for the Yorkist army, Burgundian Pike. 28mm figures from Perry Miniatures plastic set WR 20 'Mercenaries', European Infantry 1450-1500, and supplemented with a couple  of metal figures from their range. The flag is Burgundian Flanders and taken from the box set. A nice unit to field for my Yorkists, and sets them apart from their Lancastrian opponents. Still have to touch up the edges of the flag. 

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Saracen Warband

Saracen Warband for SAGA, painted for a friend. These are 28mm Footsore Miniatures with LBM shield transfers and banner.

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