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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Selling barely used dice!

 Well I finally think I have recovered from the physical effects of Salute, although my painting hiatus may have more to do with my wife's partial retirement. Cutting up her food and driving her about eats into my painting time. On the actual gaming front I have played in two cracking battles against my arch enemy, John. The first was a very large ACW battle, where John showed once again his deftness in taking the best from a number of wargames rule books and welding them into a great game. This time he used the old Fire and Fury rules mixed with the Black Powder Glory Hallelujah set.
 The game mechanics worked beautifully although it took me a few moves to get used to ten sided dice again. They are even worse than six sided dice. So once again some brilliant Rebel strategy was foiled by some very inept dice throwing. Yes I was a rebel. But a great game, which had to finish just as things were in the balance.
 Anyway, we then returned to an old favourite to fight a Malburian Wars battle, using the original Volley and Bayonet rules. Sometimes one forgets just how good a set of rules they are. I'm talking the original ones here mind.
 John and I fought ourselves to near exhaustion, before I was granted a close but bloody victory for John Churchill and the remnants of the British army. VB have always been a favourite of mine but again my dice throwing caused me some anguish at times. I seem to have this knack of throwing high at exactly the wrong moment in a battle. At one stage my newly bought Salute dice were replaced by some older veteran ones. [ I will be selling these as the next show I attend.]
 But still a really enjoyable game that left me exhausted. I really am getting soft now, its and age and inactivity thing.
 Anyway I have included some images of some completed ACW reinforcements. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel for these armies, which although it has only been about one year I think have taken up more time than I planned. This project is one where I set myself a target of twenty regiments per side plus artillery and cavalry and I am nearly there, except of course I may add just a couple of special units. Wargamers eh!                                        

 On a general wargaming front, I enjoyed the article by Richard Clarke in this months WSS, he always strikes me as a no nonsense wargamer who cares deeply about the hobby, which is great. I particularly liked his mention that the big wargaming figure producers and rule writers are not the sum of the hobby, and its actually the one person affairs that are probably as important. So things appear at peace in the wargames firmament, but the reality is like a duck swimming on a lake, calm above and furious activity below.




7 comments:

  1. 20 regiments a side plus cavalry and artillery isn't a small job to complete in less than a year! Impressive stuff and very nice they are too.

    Ps ref your comment on Jim Purkey's blog, I checked the current membership just now and you could be right about being invited by the NKVD to inspect the cellars......A shame.

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    1. Colin,
      I think you had better check my latest post. I'm pleased I'm shot of the whole proceedings.

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  2. Robbie,
    As usual a good read. You've outperformed yourself on the painting front just a pity about the dice throwing - try a dice cup to shake them!
    I made comment about Richard Clarke's piece in WSS I thought it was excellent.
    See you at Partizan

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    1. Looking forward to see your game Graham.

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  3. Quite an accomplishment to amass that many figures in a year. Congratulations.
    I'd be interested in giving those Malburian rules a whirl if you fancy it.

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    1. Paul,
      We used Volley and Bayonet with my big 6mm Malburian armies a longtime ago. The mistake we made then was we gave individual regiments a strength of only 2. They melted like snow in summer. John increased their resilience up to a 5. What a difference.

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  4. Lovely looking ACW types and in such numbers!
    Best Iain

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My 6mm Napoleonic set up.

My 6mm Napoleonic set up.
Austria 1809.

Austrian Hussars

Austrian Hussars
Hinchliffe figures

Austrian Grenzer

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