Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Wild Geese 2019

Last weeekend was the annual Wild Geese Wargames weekend and it was another cracker.

The last few months have been rather busy and I couldn't wait to get away for some great games. This year we had a Napoleonic 28mm skirmish hosted by Tony Dillon, a 7yw battle hosted by Steve Metheringham using his 40mm Prince August Figs, a 28mm Great Northern War battle hosted by Paul Robinson, a fictional 7yw battle held byWill Harley and an AWI game run by the Perry twins using their 28mm figs (of course!).

It was great catching up with everyone again. I think this weekend is as much a social event as an actual gaming weekend and I'm sure most of those attending would agree. I enjoyed the conversations as much as the excellent games. 




The standard of the games this year was particularly high. I really enjoyed Tony's scenario, using his own card driven rules. The terrain and scenery he had put together was excellent, as I'm sure you'll agree from the photos below. 









I also had a game with Will and his Spencer Smith figures. Will manages to turn these old school sculpts into little works of art and, once again, painted up a figure for us all to take away as a souvenir. We used Jim Purky's 18thC rules for this game and they stood the test of a big game with ease. 




On Sunday I had a game with Steve's 40mm's. This was he first time I had gamed with them since trying to mould them myself as a kid, (nicking dad's plumbing solder to make them - sorry dad!). Steve is closely involved in the design of these figures with Prince August and their semi flat design may not be to everyone's taste, but I have to tell you they looked superb. Classic wargaming on a green cloth using "A Gentleman's War" the rule set by Howard Whitehouse. Dave Andrews and I battered the hell out of each other for most of the morning, curiously effected by the "Morrison Effect" a strange phenomenon which surrounds a certain figure designer and reduces dice scores within approximately 1-2 yards of his presence....he wasn't playing but he was standing behind us making us roll lots and lots of 1's!




Sadly I didn't get a chance to play in Paul's big GNW game but heard of cavalry melees sucking in units til they grew to immense size. Nor did I get a chance to play in the Perry's lovely AWI game, perhaps another time.





I did manage to play a cheeky evening game of Blood and Plunder with Gavin (from gamingfigures.com) and Leigh. Lovely figures, nice terrain and very high quality scenery - check out Gav's website for more info. Perfect for small actions set on the Sugar Islands!

Thanks have to go Colin Ashton (and of course Katherine) for organising another great weekend and to all those who hosted games. 

Here's to next year!


Tuesday, 28 May 2019

You spend ages waiting on one bus....

A rather hectic day at work was improved by the arrival of not one but three parcels for me.

First off was a rather large and heavy box which contained a Spanish Town which I won on EBay, sold by Mike Siggins. Very nice and complimenting my existing Italeri church and houses.




Very useful for my next project but also for Spain and Italy and probably the south of France, Balkans and a few other places.




Next up came this book. I will leave you to work out how the two things tie together!




Also delivered by the postie was a small box. Hot off the casting machine (well still pretty warm since I ordered them only on Saturday!) these are the new dismounted Cossacks from Warfare. 



Although not quite as well fed than my GNW Russians they are a decent match for height and will be taking the field against them rather than along side them. I really like them although I will need a few packs to make sure I don't have too many guys waving their hats. They should make a nice match for my TAG mounted Cossacks too.




Lastly and delivered via email I received a set of rules to playtest from Jim Purky. More on these another time!

It's all go here.

My head is now spinning in the opposite direction....in a good way.🤪


Monday, 20 May 2019

Wargaming the Sugar Islands - update

Back in November I released the Wargaming the Sugar Islands Campaign book. Seven months later I am about to order a second batch from the printer as the first batch of copies are all but gone. Battles in Martinique and Guadeloupe are being fought in all over the world from New Zealand to Canada and Germany to the USA.

At the weekend Graham Cummings of Crann Tara ran a Sugar Islands inspired game at Partizan in the UK. You can find a few pics on his blog here. Scotia Albion Blog

Mark Luther also ran a game in Georgia at the weekend, this time in 15mm. Mark has posted some pics to flicker here. Mark Luther's Game

Both games look great chaps!

Huge thanks to everyone who has purchased a copy so far. Feedback has been excellent. Another batch will be on the way from the printers shortly and copies continue to be available from me directly here using the Contact Form on the blog, as well as from Crann Tara at shows. Price is £8.00 (plus any postage).

Meanwhile work continues on the follow up publication. As well as the Spanish troops I have been painting I have purchased some very nice buildings which will do very nicely for further games in the Caribbean. More on this when they arrive. 

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Post Carronade.

Lovely long weekend visiting the Wallace Memorial, Carronade, catching up with folks, meeting friends and then a lovely topdown drive home via a snow flecked Glenshee, then Braemar and Ballater. What a great way to unwind.

First time at Carronade and I must say I'm impressed with the show. It's a little bit of a maze at times for the first timer, remembering who was where with what resulted in several trips to the wrong bit of the wrong building but I enjoyed it more than Salute and think it tops Claymore as the top Scottish show now.

Two tables caught my eye. The wonderfully wacky pirate game complete with flying vessels, tentacles everywhere and superb ships and buildings.






The other was the Sudan game pictured below. Lovely buildings and the fort in particular was a nice piece of real estate.










Caught up with GrahamC on Crann Tara and got my horsies. Got to see his new figures in the flesh so to speak and aqm even more impressed. His trial of 3d design and printing is also going well and should evolve into something commercial at some stage.

Also caught up with Charles Grant, Graham H, Dave Jarvis, John (Commando), Sholto (Scheltrum) and Carlos (nice buildings and boats!).

I didn't get much of what I was after. Dave Thomas didn't have the Perry stuff I needed, Foundry didn't have Crimean or Mexican stuff and at one point all I had to show for there day was some mdf bases as a a booklet on the Swedes. However Gav from gamingfigures had some nice redoubts which would look good on a Caribbean beach, so I cleaned him out.

All in all a great weekend and lovely show too. I'll be back next year.

Friday, 10 May 2019

pre Carronade

Looking forward to going to Carronade this weekend.  It's my first trip to the Falkirk show so I will be very interested to see what it's like compared to small and friendly Targe in Kirrimuir,  busy Claymore in Edinburgh and the vastness of Salute. Not only that but the sun shining and the sky clear so I'll be able to scoot down in the Spider and have a weekender with my better half too. It doesn't get much better.

I am looking forward in particular to catching up with Crann Tara. Graham output of late has been some of the best figures out there in terms of pose and sculpting form. I am slowly putting together the Spanish for my next Caribbean project and will be making much use of the naval landing party, pioneers, marines and other wonderful goodies that are being added to Graham's stable. 

I have got about half way through another regiment of Spanish,  I am pretty pleased with the results so far. The next unit will be in blue, much easier than white to paint!

CT Spanish





I've also been working on some 19th century figures. I have been slowly putting together a British force for the Crimea and have Coldstream Guard, Hussars and a load of character officers which make a nice little force for using with The Men Who Would Be Kings. I will also try Rebels and Patriots too as I like the scale and feel of both sets of light hearted rules. 

My other 19thC project is Rome 1849. I have some rather nice vauban walls and Italian buildings and a decent amount of  red-shirted Garibaldini. To face them I need French and Neapolitans and luckily the two forces shared the same tailors, so my 1860's Naples troops can stand in for Oudinot's men. The defenders of Rome need some support however.  In addition to the redshirted volunteers there were regulars facing the French; ex papal troops and Bersaglieri volunteers from Rome and northern Italy. Several squadrons of cavalry also fought the invaders - reformed papal dragoons and a unit of Lancers. 

Ive been looking for illustrations of these men and found some excellent online resources which builds upon the info given in the Osprey on Risorgimento Armies covering Papal, Roman and Neapolitan troops.

Here are some illustrations of Republican Roman regulars.





As I want these to look different from my Gringo 40s French/Neapolitan figs (also lovely sculpts!), I've chosen 1st Corps as their Mex-American and ACW ranges provide figures which are contemporary or shared similar uniforms. They are also chunky enough to (just!) stand next to Ged's big figures. 

The Roman line will be early ACW volunteers in frock coat shako. I've started to paint a sample below. 


I think he's a pretty decent match.