Sunday 13 December 2015

Wargamers collect stuff!

Normally looking back on the previous year, is a posting task for the New one, if you know what I mean.
 However I was trawling through one of my journals [read jotter] and saw the original list that I drew up for a Seven Years War French army. The date for starting the army was November 2007!
 So eight years on, well actually nearly nine, I still haven't finished the project, and I am still painting French regiments. To be fair to myself, I completed the original list a while ago, and carried on by collecting regiments from both the Austrian, Hessian and Hanoverian armies, and I have started painting Saxon units. Not forgetting my false start by straying into a Russian SYW army, which I duly sold on.
 So what is the point of this premature post. Well as one can see, Father Time is looking over my shoulder, and where once mortality was never a consideration in my wargaming world, it is something that I now feel I should factor into my planning.
 I should point out that from November 2007, I managed to paint up an Italian World war two army, and build big renaissance period armies, so I don't think I have been that tardy.
 I don't want to appear morose and depressed, but focus in wargaming has to be an important consideration, coupled to cost and usefulness as one gets older.
 So one of the things that I must do is organise my wargaming and consolidate my wargaming collections.
 Over the next few months, I am going to look to get rid of items and armies that I no longer use. This would probably be nothing startlingly new to most wargamers, but to me, it is a big deal.
 I collect like a magpie, books, magazines, figures, and armies and other ephemera. [ I love that word]
I remember many years ago, the great Donald Featherstone advertising that he was selling everything that he had collected over his wargaming life, including his research notes, and other probably not that important jottings. At the time I thought that was really sad, and it felt like he had given up on his hobby. Obviously he didnt, but I now realise why he did such a thing, and I also understand the reasoning behind it.     Wargamers collect stuff.
Stuff takes up space, and also allows wargamers to lose sight of what they are trying to achieve. Stuff, is bad as one gets older. Its also a terrible legacy to leave after one has slipped into wargaming Valhalla.
 I feel I would like to complete one more large wargaming project before I join the immortals, so things are going to have to go, this should allow me the cash and focus to complete one last big period. Anyway It all sounds momentous, but really what I am saying is that I intend to sell, give away, whatever I feel no longer has a use.  


Friday 11 December 2015

Honours of War, attempt two, The Refight of Lobositz.

 Colin, John and I tried out Honours of War again refighting the Battle of Lobositz, for a second time.
 Our purpose was to test the rules, and compare the result to our first attempt at the new rules.
 As stated before, Colin will no doubt do a detailed write up on his blog, Carry on up the Dale, so I won't provide a detailed account of the battle.
 We adopted two small amendments to see if they worked. One was to shorten the range of canister, making it the same as musket range, and the second was to lessen the use of battalion guns, by shortening the range, again to musket range, but leaving the minus one factor in place. Both seemed to work well without causing any imbalances.
 The battle was a very tense affair, with the Austrians holding their own on the Lobosch hill, and in front of the town, until late in the game.I found my Grenzer played a blinder, charging twice against two batteries of guns. One of the very few times, that lights can actually charge anything.
 A key feature of the rules is the ability to rally causalities off your units, by either being out of range of the enemy, usually by rallying back, or if you are lucky enough to have a 'Dashing' Commander in Chief, who can quickly re order your troops, but at great personal risk to themselves.
 Unfortunately things began to go pear shape for the Austrians, when their reinforcements, led by Colin, suffered repeated poor command throws, and when I lost two great chances to snatch the command initiative away from the Prussians, only to fail. [All I had to do was beat a one by simply throwing a two or higher!] I failed this twice in quick succession and John was able to gain the advantage and charge into my weakened flank.

 The final move, saw my Austrians, hopelessly outflanked, and ready to be routed, with their reinforcements sitting watching, too far away to influence the outcome.
 Again a great battle.
So would I recommend these rules for all Seven Years War fans? Definitely. Will we be using these again? Most certainly. Will they replace Blackpowder? Well although I enjoy Blackpowder rules, I feel Honours of War capture the period much better, so probably yes.

Tuesday 8 December 2015

Muster on the Parade Ground 2016.

  There has been a bit in the wargaming press, and on the internet about wargames shows, not drawing the interest needed for some traders to make a living.
 Additionally Neil Shuck in his page in the Miniature Wargames, expressly makes mention of our American colleagues thinking that our shows are boring. [This is Britain by the way]
 Now on the face of it, I hear the cry, Bollocks, but perhaps the American observer has a point, and everyone is entitled to an opinion [ unless your Tyson Fury of course ]
 I've banged on about this in the past, regarding how our shows tend to follow a tried and tested format, copying the original shows from the late 1960's and early 1970's.
 Anyway, David Clemmet and Tom Davidson intend to do something about this, and have bravely decided to re enter the wargaming show business.
 David and Tom, organised the Stockton on Tees Show for many years, and I for one always attended and loved them. We also tried to put a game on every year at their shows, and only missed one of their shows, due to work.
  Anyway, the pair hope to stage a show, using only participation wargames, with prizes to encourage people to play in the games and generally get new people involved.
 A pipe dream? maybe, but its worth a punt, and the pair are brave enough to try to make it work.

   The venue is a good one, the road access is also very good, and hopefully they will be able to draw some traders that will encourage more wargamers to attend, and of course this is the rub, popular traders that wargamers want to buy from.
 I think wargamers want to think very carefully about what it would be like to have fewer and fewer shows. I know in an earlier post I have advocated less shows, but that idea, was to have less shows, but a bigger trade aspect, ie bigger regional shows.
  The concern is fewer shows with even fewer trade attendance. I know its easier to buy off the internet figures etc that you want, and using the model of the high street, less people can be arsed to go into the town to physically buy goods, but wargaming shows should be different.
 They should be a place to meet other wargamers, a place to pick up new ideas, and also a place to physically see what is on offer.
 So on that slight rant, I wish the gents the best of luck, and more importantly a lot of support.
 I hope we will be there once I have figured out what we can do.

Saturday 5 December 2015

Honours of War, Lobositz refought.

Yesterday, John, Colin, Paul and I used the Honours of War Seven Years War rules for the first time. As a test game, we refought Lobositz, in order to get some sort of comparison with the Blackpowder refight that we had already completed.
 Honours of War, by Keith Flint, is the latest Osprey foray into the world of wargaming rules. It follows others in the series, in that they are published in an Osprey format, at a decent price, mine cost £11.00, with various illustrations taken from Osprey books etc.
 I like this format, and I also like the concept that Osprey are offering.
 I expect Colin will post a full account of the battle on his blog, so I wont steal his thunder too much.
  What I will say is that I really like these rules. Keith Flint has clearly put a lot of effort into writing these rules for the Seven Years War, and I thought they captured the period well.
One will have to put a lot of thought into deployment prior to the battle, because faulty deployment will be punished.
 Certainly this happened in our game, where the retreat of the first Prussian attack on Lobositz, resulted in additional causalities for the supporting units.
 The cavalry melees are very bloody affairs, and I would suggest that you never allow Austrian inferior class hussars to be caught by superior Prussian cuirassiers. It wasn't a pretty sight.
 I was particularly impressed by the way the command was handled, with generals ranging from dithering, to aggressive.
 I found the rules easy to understand, and pick up. I only had two little gripes, and that concerned the use/ non use of battalion guns, and the range of canister. We will probably reduce the range of canister, and introduce a rule regarding the range of battalions with attached artillery.
 Apart from that I thought the rules were excellent, and are definitely worth using for the Seven Years War period.This of course may change when I use my French army, which is plagued by poor command, and not so well trained troops.
 A good days wargaming, matched by a decent set of wargames rules.

Sunday 29 November 2015

The End of the Campaigning Season.

I always look at the Stockton/Middlesbrough Wargames show as a signal that the wargaming season is coming to a close. Just as I identify the York Show as the start of the season.
 So yesterday I made an early start to set up at the Battleground Show organised very well by Leon of Pendragon Miniatures fame.
 The main hall used by the show is a very good one, as it is well lit, large and well set out. The loos are close by which is important for a person of my age, and the free carpark is expansive.
 The only gripe is the fact that wargamers have to make a trek of about one hundred metres to a well set up, and good value cafe.[ There is always a gripe nowadays] Perhaps Leon can organise a bus to take gamers across to the cafe?
 Anyway to the show. This year, we, the Independent Wargames Group [ 3 members and one acolyte] put two games on. One was  Blucher 10mm Napoleonic game run by John and Neil. The second was Rossbach in 30mm run by me and Colin. [ Most of the effort coming from Colin]
 With arriving early to set up, I was able to wander around talking to other wargamers also setting up.[ There is always some annoying person to hold things up, and it is usually me]
  As a result I was able to pester Andy Callan of hair roller armies fame about his latest project, Paper Armies. These are created by the very very talented Peter Dennis, who illustrates for Osprey. The armies are beautifully illustrated flats, with rules by Andy, on terrain by Cigarbox. I loved the whole set up. I have always been fascinated by flats, but these paper models were beautiful, and I would have loved to get to grips with the English Civil War battle Andy and his cohorts had set up. Wargaming innovation at its best. I was also well impressed by the quality of the materiel used by Cigar Box for the terrain.

 I also pestered Graham of Crann Tara Miniatures, to get a look at his new releases. He will be selling in the very near future a wonderful generic soldier for the Seven Years war which would serve in most non Prussian armies, very much in the RSM mold, but crisper and naturally better detailed. Just what I didn't need to be frank.
 I also saw and have purchased his new French Garde du Corps, a French unit that I wanted ever since I saw the illustration in the Funcken book donkeys ago. Again wonderful.
 Now to the games. I am suffering from some crap Winter virus, and taking quite a bit of medication, but I think it was fair to say there was no bad games, just a nice selection of everything in various scales.[ so I cant blame the medication for my euphoria]
 Of particular note, was the Blucher game, purely because it was so damned neat and well presented, and yes I probably am biased, but it looked and played like a wargame, contrary to various discussions I had about the rules being boardgame like.

 It was good to see that 'Care in the Community' had allowed the Westerhope Group to put on one of their eclectic games. They always manage to put on something different, and always in large numbers. Personally the group should be investigated for how they afford to do this.
 Sorry about the quality of the photographs. My hand was shaking laughing at the lads Pink shirts.

 John, 'Pretty in Pink' Coutts of the Westerhope Group attempting to explain why he didnt need to take any medication to his carer.
Conrad Cairns, from the Durham Wargames Group, showed off his revised Placenoit 54mm game, which looked very good. Another game I would have liked to participate in.

 And onto Rossbach. We have fought this game before as part of our refight of the Seven Years War! On that occasion the French and Reicharmee gave a good account of themselves. This time its fair to say, the Prussian fought as they did in history and went through my army like a knife through butter.
 Colin stepped aside to allow John the Red [ as in Corbyn!] to be Frederick, and he could do no wrong as the Prussian cavalry rode roughshod over my army. A comprehensive whipping for the French.

 The initial setup, from the French perspective. The French infantry could not move until the third period, and could not deploy until they were withing 24 inches of a Prussian unit!
 My poor Reicharmee cavalry, on move one. In march column facing the Prussian juggernaut. The Prussians move first!
                                                      At the end of move one.
             Move three, and the Prussian infantry and artillery had moved into position.

My remaining French cavalry were all that was between the Prussians and the marching infantry.
  Surprisingly that didnt seem to stop the Prussians who rode down my reserve very quickly.

 I was now able to activate my infantry on move three, but the Prussian cavalry were already within striking distance.

    In a brilliant move, I managed to allow the flank of my troops to be facing the fleeing Austrian hussars pursued by the Prussian Garde du Corps. The result was not pretty.
My Reich Armee cavalry legging it off the table.
 So blaming the serious virus that I was clearly suffering from, I acknowledged defeat and surrendering my Marshal's Baton I accepted the meagre commiserations of my communist opponent.
 As for the show. A great way to finish the campaign season.


Sunday 15 November 2015

To more pleasurable things, a re fight of Kunersdorf.

 Anyway, thankfully getting away from the unpalatable realities of modern life. Yesterday Colin very kindly staged a refight of the Battle of Kunersdorf, the next battle in  our refight of the Seven Years War. As I have touched upon previously, my wargaming had been curtailed due to me taking up temporary gainful employment, so I was really looking forward to a damned good thrash. I really thought Colin had pulled out all the stops for the set up, which was a devilish problem for both sides.
 I wont comment very much on the actual re fight, as I know Colin will no doubt provide a far better, and more detailed account, as is his due. Anyway, refusing to fight for the Prussians, I took command of the Russians, with Colin, whilst facing the two Johns. The rules of choice were Blackpowder, with the usual add ons re generalship and troop types.Needless to say the Russian high command was not of the best, with hesitant and timid used to describe most of their generals.
 Prussian fusiliers, who were to learn that pink is not a good colour to wear. They subsequently routed.

                                             Austrian reinforcements, arrive, to stand about.
 John the Reds first attack against the unfortunate troops of the Observation Corps. [ Not the best troop types ]
 Down to the right, is one of my Russian Grenadier regiments, who attempted to counterattack. The unit was to rout quite quickly against Prussian firepower. Im afraid it was not to be a great day for the Russians, as the whole army collapsed after a refight of five hours. I thoroughly recommend this battle as a scenario to re fight, there are several tactical problems to cope with for both sides. Anyway, a great game, and a great refight.

A counter argument to some other postings.

I've always felt that to spout my political views on a blog dedicated to wargaming is not the done thing.
 Certainly when I was gainfully employed, even speaking about my beliefs could have very easily losing my job, and potentially ending up in court.
 However I think that now is a good time to counter some of the out pourings that have filtered onto other wargaming blogs about the latest atrocity committed in the name of Islam.
 In particular the blog of  Robert Cordery who posted a lengthy piece regarding the Paris murders.This and the inevitable Tricolour flags stuck on some blogs, seems to me slightly ridiculous. But then each person is allowed a view, and since the death of Princess Diana, it became fine to join in and show some grief.
Taking us back to the post of Robert Cordery, I follow his wargaming blog, and he seems a decent bloke, so my post is not a criticism of his view, and the majority of the comments he received.
 Bob, to sum up his feelings uses a quote from Doctor Who?

‘So, let me ask you a question about this brave new world of yours. When you’ve killed all the bad guys, and it’s all perfect and just and fair, when you have finally got it exactly the way you want it, what are you going to do with the people like you? The troublemakers. How are you going to protect your glorious revolution from the next one? ... This is a scale model of war. Every war ever fought right there in front of you. Because it’s always the same. When you fire that first shot, no matter how right you feel, you have no idea who’s going to die. You don’t know whose children are going to scream and burn. How many hearts will be broken! How many lives shattered! How much blood will spill until everybody does what they’re always going to have to do from the very beginning – sit down and talk! … You're all the same, you screaming kids, you know that? ‘Look at me, I’m unforgivable.’ Well here’s the unforeseeable, I forgive you. After all you’ve done. I forgive you.’

 Well I would like to ask Bob, and the other commentators this. Just what would it take, for you to take up arms  and physically fight for your existence? Another 7/7, another Tunisia, a new Charlie Hebdo, just what?

  History has a tendency to repeat itself as mankind, forgets the lessons it has learned and goes on to make the same mistakes again. Prior to World War Two, there was a very strong pacifist movement, there was debates held about not taking up arms for your country, and a message of 'peace at any price'. Luckily Churchill existed,Hitler was clinically mad, and of course the rest was history.
 But just suppose, that Hitler had not invaded Poland, and held off his war with France and England, but instead had invaded Russia, whilst pursuing his murderous intent to wipe out the Jewish population.Would Churchill have been isolated, and would the Peace Movement have been able to win a general election, thus keeping Britain out of a war against Germany. In turn blithely allowing us to ignore the genocide taking place across Russia and Europe. Basically that is how I see the views of Mr Cordery and his fellow commentators.
  Sometimes ordinary people come face to face with out and out evil There is no way to reason with this evil, and all attempts at mediation are looked upon as weakness by the perpetrators.
  What our country and France stands for are Western ideals. Live and let live, conciliation, forgiveness, love of music, laughter etc,etc, not perfect but at least people can breathe.
 What these murderers stand for is ignorance, stupidity, cruelty,hatred of women, and every  ism one can think of.
 Any person not of their persuasion is fair game for anything they wish to inflict upon them.
There is no middle ground, there is no starting point to show them, we deserve to be listened to.
 To use the script from a Doctor Who episode is some how laughable, if it wasnt so damned sad.
 Sadly due to the previous criminal acts of Tony Blair and his cohorts, our Parliament is hamstrung. A warlike response to the series of murders, and other murderous acts committed in the name of Islam is very remote, certainly with the election of Corbyn and his flat earth supporters.
 Not everything that the USA is wrong. Not everything that the Tories wish to do is wrong. Sometimes to stand and fight is justified, and certainly when the evil that has grown out of the chaos of Iraq is on the up, right minded people have to make a stand and fightback.
 Forgiveness can come after the evil has been eradicated and the world is made a safer place. 

Thursday 12 November 2015

The Great Wargames Survey 2015.

Well this months Wargames Soldiers and Strategy confirmed for me why it is my favourite wargames magazine. Apart from the theme being about the Italian Condottieri they also published the results of their yearly Great Wargames Survey.
 I have found that WSS consistently provides some item that gets my old grey cells moving, and moves away from the spoon fed fluff that seems to inhabit our wargaming press in the main.
 Normally one can be a tad cynical about poll's and surveys, as witnessed in our last General Election series of polls.
 However the mere fact that over 8000 wargamers took the time to reply to the survey must provide a fair degree of authenticity to the findings.
 I found of great interest, the results of the most popular periods of the respondents.
 Science Fiction piled in to first place! with World War Two in second, and Fantasy in thrd.
 My areas of interest, were down to seventh [ Napoleonic], Eighteenth century warfare weighed in at twelfth and Pike and Shotte at thirteenth.
 The ancient period, once the colossus of the wargaming community could only manage a paltry sixth. Phil Barker must be spitting feathers.
 Pulp Gaming was up to fifth in the poll of polls, so Zombies are confirmed as very popular.
So what conclusions can one draw from the survey, as regards the choice of favourite periods. Well it is pretty clear that the newer wargamer, ie under 40 is more game orientated, and less war orientated.
 It tends to confirm that younger wargamers are more history light and the old duffers [ ie me] is happier reading about history and then attempting to play a game representing what they have read.
 This is not to decry [well not too much] the younger gamer, but it does confirm for me anyway, just how piss poor our education system is as regards the teaching of history, and the reading of factual accounts. And to confirm my prejudices this week, I witnessed an episode of Pointless, where a university graduate answered that James Callaghan, had been a president of the United States.
 [ F.F.S]
 I think it should also be a wake up call to historical wargamers of the need to make more effort to get younger wargamers interested in historical wargames. I certainly think that smaller historically based games like Saga, have an important role in capturing a few youngsters [ie under 40]
 I noted that the Medieval  period had finished fourth in the poll. Clearly Saga and the like had had some effect on wargaming tastes. So perhaps it is time to introduce a Napoleonic equivalent.
  Still its not all doom and gloom in the wargaming world. At least there is a good percentage of gamers under the age of 40 happy to play a game with toys. Some will see the light and move into historical wargaming.
  I did find it very interesting, that the Ancient period had fallen so far from grace, considering how in the 1970's,everyone played ancients. But that is history for you.
  For me.  I will continue to potter about in my niche periods of Napoleonic's, the Seven Years War and the Renaissance, staying in the shadows, where I can read the odd tome of military history and plan my next foray into this wonderful hobby we have.

Some clever person clearly saw the writing on the wall as regards the future of ancient wargaming, when they producded this.


Monday 9 November 2015

Middlesbrogh/Stockton show.

A bit of a plug for the Battleground show at the end of this month. Colin and I will be 'doing' Rossbach in 30mm, while John and Neil will be fighting 'Blucher' in 10mm.
 I just hope the map isn't to scale because we need a table a tad larger than is on the plan. Well worth the trouble of attending. So drop by and have a chat or whatever.
 What better way to end the campaigning season than buying some new toys, and chatting to new likeminded people.

Saturday 7 November 2015

A Review, of sorts.

     I tend to read most reviews of all things concerning Wargaming, just to get some idea of whats actually going on and how good these items are. Inevitably the reviewer can only give a personal opinion, sometimes wrapped up in technical speak, but still just their personal opinion.
 Most reviews in this day and age are fairly non committal, with the odd very good or very bad rating if the reviewer feels that strongly about something, but this is a rarity.
  Compare this with the no nonsense reviews from the late Donald Featherstone who always called a spade a spade [ and by that I mean a digging implement] and to a lesser extent by Terry Wise and Stuart Asquith who were pretty forthright in what they reviewed.
 Of course these wargamers came from a time [ ie my time ] when the truth was more important than the upset the reviewer may cause the person whose item/book/rules were being reviewed. However I tended to take more notice of their opinions, whether good or bad, purely because they were very honest, and wanted the best for the hobby.
 So where am I going with this meandering spiel.
 Well I fought my fifth Napoleonic battle using the new Blucher rules, the other night against John, and I came away from the game with a closely fought draw. This encounter was a French versus an English scenario.
 What struck me after the game was the following, I felt the game provided a very good representation of the tactical strengths of both nations, without making the British too strong, as I have witnessed in other rules over the years.
 I threw away a chance of winning, by making some tactical errors, and poor command decisions and not because of poor dice throws, and dubious rules.
 Thirdly and for me most importantly, I absolutely enjoyed the whole experience, as it was exciting, fun and if you weren't on top of what was going on you knew you would lose the game, so tension was maintained throughout the whole night.
 This has been my experience for every one of the five games we have fought. For me that is pretty impressive for a set of rules I am still getting to grips with.
 So getting back to the initial point, whilst this cannot be classed as a review of a wargaming product,  because really it is only my opinion, I really feel that Sam Mustafa has created a brilliant and fun set of wargaming rules, and if any wargamers are looking to either take up a new period, or is still looking for a set of decent Napoleonic wargaming rules, then look no further, because these certainly are the real deal.

            The basing gathers pace. A new corps of Austrians for my Blucher 6mm armies.

Wednesday 4 November 2015


Throughout my life I have made decisions that later I regretted, thinking why the f### did I do that.The latest one was to accept a temporary job with my council. I think I applied simply because the job was on offer and I thought I should be gainfully employed?
  Anyway I forgot just how much full time employment can interfere with wargaming.
 So as a consequence there has been a paucity of wargaming, and painting of figures in my world. 
  The positive is that it is only a short term job, and I cannot wait to pick up a paintbrush again and get cracking with some figures. 
 So in a way, employment is a great stimulus to wargamers who are suffering from a bit of wargamers bloc. Well thats what I keep telling myself.
 Lacking in game time has not however stopped me from adding to my metal mountain, especially after I saw Colin's SYW Saxons from Eureka on his blog Carry on up the Dale.
 I have always had a soft spot for the Saxon army, it was probably after reading about Augustus the Strong, Maurice de Saxe, and that knob Frederick's actions after the surrender of the Saxon army at Pirna.
 Anyway, I have opted to collect some Saxon units,pending a decision about what to do next in my wargaming world. Do I return to ancients or do I start a completely new project like the French Wars of Religion? or the Great Northern War?
  Thanks to Andy of Old Glory fame's plug in this month's Miniature Wargames, about my blog, I feel I should throw in some views about the state of wargaming, just to perk things up a bit.  
 I do have a few observations about current trends that have perturbed me a bit.
 One is the current fad for all things Zombie like. This is purely a personal thing, and is not meant as an attack on what to some people is a fun sub genre. But the question I ask, is why?
 Does it all stem from Buffy the Vampire slayer, and perhaps Shaun of the Dead, which I did find funny. What exactly attracts wargamers to paint up loads of figures that should in the main be poor at reacting to any changing situation, act in a stupid and brain dead manner and by the same token difficult to kill, because they are already supposed to be dead.
 I just dont get it. 
 Clearly a lot of wargamers do, and also a great number of other people who have taken to Zombie Larping in a big way.  But to me it just seems a dead end [pardon the poor pun] 
   It hasn't stopped a lot of small companies releasing new figures to corner that particular market.
 The fantasy market as a whole appears to be very buoyant at the moment, with new figures, accessories etc being released daily. I suppose this is to fill the void left by the demise of Warhammer World, but what do I know. 
 I was never able to get to grips with what Games Workshop were trying to achieve. I painted up a wonderful Brettonnian army, spending loads on it, to then sell the lot after I had completed it, so a bit of a waste for me then really.
                                        A bit of a dead end, and only used once?

Of course Games Workshop has still been able to significantly influence the wargaming world by downsizing its empire and unleashing a lot of its well trained staff upon us.
 The behemoth that is Warlord Games is proof of that, not that I can complain too much as I use their Black Powder rules.
 Still I wonder where wargaming would have gone if Games Workshop hadnt got rid of a lot of its staff, and allowed them to effectively influence the wargamers world.
 Supposing, the Perry twins, Mark Copplestone, Warlord,Rick Priestley and the other GW trained personnel had remained in the confines of Warhammer World, and not made the cross over into mainstream wargaming, what would have happened instead.
 Would there have been £30.00 plus rulebooks, crammed with wargame porn. Would the plastic figure have taken off as it has, would there be such an emphasis upon history lite wargames and rulebooks? The list is pretty long if you sit down and think about it.
 I am ambiguous about the pro's and cons of the fallout from Games Workshop. 
 I love the Perry range of figures, I admire the professionalism of what Warlord have achieved but sometimes I cringe at the lack of depth and knowledge exhibited by some wargamers when playing a wargame. But then I am an old fart, and accept things have to change.
  So if Warlord would like to release the Pro Gloria range of plastic landsnequets that they bought this year, then I would probably be convinced that ex Games Workshop employees were a force for good.
 But then I am easily bought.

Sunday 25 October 2015

Battleground 2015.

Just a quick plug for what is a really decent wargames show which I will be attending, where Colin and I will be staging Rossbach in 30mm, and John and Neil will be fighting a 10mm Blucher/Napoleonic game, so if thats not enough incentive what is?

Leon from Pendragon Miniatures states;

Battleground 2015 will be taking place on Saturday November 28th, at the Queen's Campus Sports Hall in Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH, running from 10am until 3pm.  
Hosted by Pendraken Miniatures along with Middlesbrough Gamers Club, this show was formerly known as Smoggycon, but from 2014 became Battleground!

Entry to the show is only £3 per person, and we'll be keeping our successful free entry policy for SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed) and free entry for the kids as well (Under 14's)!

We've slightly increased the trader selection this year, with 37 companies currently pencilled in, covering a huge variety of genre's and scales.  New traders for 2015 include:

Grubby Tanks / Britannia - Bringing a huge selection of 20mm goodies and filling a definite gap in our previous trader selection:
Studio Miniatures - 28mm Zombies, Sikh Wars and Northwest Frontier, plus more:
Cozzmic Cakes - After they were unable to attend last year, Cozzmic will be bringing their sugary fun to the day with some cool themed cakes:

All of the traders can be found here:!traders/c24i2

We'll also have a fantastic selection of display and participation games lined up, encompassing wargaming, modelling and RPG'ing, which we'll be announcing closer to the date.

Thursday 22 October 2015

Fame at last, local media reports a wargame show without any comedic element!

 At the local Stand To show on Sunday, a very nice chap took some photographs of our game. I always refuse to allow my mush to be spread about too much, not because of modesty, more to do with my former life. Anyway, poor Neil was press ganged into doing a bit of page three work. The bloke was a reporter for the Newcastle Journal. These are images from their website. Fame at last.

My 6mm Napoleonic set up.

My 6mm Napoleonic set up.
Austria 1809.

Austrian Hussars

Austrian Hussars
Hinchliffe figures

Austrian Grenzer

Austrian Grenzer
Austrian Grenzer

Smoggycon 2013

Smoggycon 2013
Smoggycon 2013

Smoggycon 2012

Smoggycon 2012
Smoggycon 2012

Smoogycon 2009

Smoogycon 2009
My French getting another beating