PAW 2019 WARGAME SHOW

Early start for me and with snow on the ground I drove to Plymouth and met the boys to put on our demo game.

It was Pirates trying to rescue one of their captains from an island prison.

This is a small defence protecting the island.

Here are some pictures of other games on at the show

Back to our game and here are a few more pic.

The ships in the background are the Britsh reinforcements waiting to come on.

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The fort was scratch built by Brian.

Here are a few pictures of the British/East India Company ships

This and the next photo are of the scratch built 40 gunner by Brian. Cannot wait till he discovers his full talent and abilities !

Unfortunately Plymouth is a two day show and I could only attend for one day.

TRADERS

This is an area of increasing frustration for me. While I appreciate that Plymouth is a long way down in the South West, Iam fed up for both visitors and traders. This year as before there were many of the approximately 18 traders selling the same or similar ranges.

If they have something you want, then great. No so though for the traders.

I bought 2 cans of spray paint for £8 each, three sellers all competing and you could see the prices change throgh the day as they all became aware of what the others were selling and for how much.

3 x 20mm diecast Pz IVs

6 Osprey books including 2 brand new versions of rulesets Dux Bellorum and Lion Rampant. The other books are all on the HYW so maybe a new game/army beckons?

Was it worth it? In my opinion a 100 mile journey for the traders No, but meeting my mates yes.

PAW COMMITEE, please consider traders a bit more for both their ability to make a profit and for giving cutomers a greater choice.

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Cheap Ploughed Fields?

Just a quick blogg.

Popped into Lidl on the way home to get tea and saw these doormats 60x40cm. They are not too thick so may not have lasted long in their original role but that means they are flexible. Thought ploughed fields and at 99p, thought bargin.

May have a go at cutting them up over the weekend.

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4 Ground Wild West Train

Just a quick post. I have been building this since Christmas, when I recieved it.

I admit I am not the best modeller nor am i too patient! So yours should look better.

This is an impressive model and I love the look and scale of it.

12 pages, yes 12 pages of instructions but they are good instructions. A photograph showing you the pieces is then followed by photos showing you how to apply them.

My only concern is that there is a lot of cardboard in the model and storage will need to be well considered.

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A Quick AWI Game

A few weeks back we got together on a Thursday evening for a game. We wanted to try out a few amendment we were thinking of for our favourite set of AWI rules “Field of Honor”. We were basically trying to apply some of the rules for the original 19th cent set of the rules and work of something for improved skirmishing.

The game was just a simple engagement meeting between two numerically equal forces. As in real life, the quality of the British forces carried the day but it did give us the opportunity to try out some of our thoughts, more of later.

In the meantime thought you may like some pictures of the game.

 

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Reinforcements – The Wargame Artist painting service

Almost a year ago I bought from a show a few packs of soldiers from a new manufacturer and therefore range.  The range was Napoleonic Spanish and the manufacture was Three Armies. I don’t have a large collection of Spanish but probably have always wanted to, not sure if it is the era, colourful uniforms or being an underdog. Whatever the reason I spotted these for sale and investigated. The figures I think are some of the best I have seen but buying them broke one of my main rules, do not buy figures from incomplete ranges. There were no grenadiers available at the time. The sculpture who is also the owner assured me that soon they would be available. The figure sat on the To Be Done shelf. Then about 3 months ago I spotted an advert for the Grenadiers and this reminded me I need some, so I ordered them. The figures are great and detailed as I hope you can see from the pictures. My only criticism would be that the bayonets are possibly too delicate for wargaming as a few had broken off in delivery and I have knocked a few off in handling.

On a slightly different note I had recently bought a painted British Napoleonic unit from Ebay and noticed that the seller offered a painting service. Following a chat I sent of a few units for painting. I must state that Sam at Wargame Artist admitted to not having a great knowledge of Napoleonic uniforms so I supplied the details, therefore any areas of the uniform that are incorrect are of my doing. Normally if I need units I send them to A Brush Too Far but Sam offered to turn the units around in weeks, definitely in time for my birthday.

Sam was as good as his word and last week the units turned up. The other great thing was that I was sent pictures at most stages to ensure I was happy with the work. Please check out the Wargame Artist site for details www.thewargameartist.com but basically there are two levels of service Standard and Deluxe. I sent figures for both services but did not request basing.

Spanish Walloon Royal Guard – Standard level

I think this unit is what sums up the Spanish Napoleonic era for me. Uniforms from a bygone age with bright colours giving a sense of showmanship. I really like the painting.

1st battalion Royal Walloon Guard. Only the first battalions in Spanish regiments had Grenadier Companies. 2 Companies of fusiliers and 2 of Grenadiers.

1st Battalion – The first battalion carried the King’s Colour while the other Battalions carried the Regimental Colour

1st Battalion – with homemade flag

2nd Battalion with 4 companies of Fusileers

2nd Battalion with Regimental flag

 

Irlandaise (Irish) Regiment – Standard level

 

Foreign Regiments in Spanish service were distinguished by light blue uniforms.

1st Battalion Irlandaise Regiment

1st battalion

1st battalion close up – may need to touch up the buttons

2nd Battalion

2nd battalion

2nd battalion close up of command. Buttons again.

 

Spanish Line Principe Regiment – Standard level

1st battalion

1st battalion close up – buttons need to be picked out in Gold. my error as I missed this detail off of my guide and did not spot in the updates.

 

Review

I needed to be more accurate with my details as I forgot about mentioning buttons etc but the work by Wargame Artist is great and turnaround time is fantastic. Thank you Sam.

I will detail a few more units in my next blog including some AWI and a few deluxe wild west figures.

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Fisticuffs 2018 Weymouth 26th May –

This show is a local treat as it is held in a lovely area of the Dorset coast and wargamers who have a young family can visit the show and later spend time on the beautiful beach on 200 yards away.

There was a new venue this year and it was very cosy on such a hot day.

For those of you who have never been to Fisticuffs, it is a gaming show not a trade show. This year there were only a handful of local traders. Martin (Peter Pig) is your host and it has to be said he is one of the most welcoming hosts I have ever met. Other shows please take note, gamers who put on games at shows are not an inconvenience but a draw. Think what your visitor numbers would be if people walked in to find tables full of unpainted or even empty tables. At a couple of shows in the last year not a single member from the committee has come over to welcome, thank or say goodbye and in more and more cases charge us for putting on a game at their show!

The boys all agreed that they were interested in playing Bolt Action ww2 set in a Stalingrad environment. I will be honest here in that I had never played the rules or in fact read them until the night before.

They seemed playable but very disjointed in the  reading off due to exceptions to rules not always being near the main rule and the QRF having so much detail missing.

I do not intend the detail the game but we enjoyed it even though at times I spent ages trying to clarify rules. An example was when a mortar was fired and missed, I spent ages trying to find the deviation rules. Made something up only to find out later that missed mortar have no ability to deviate and hit anything else. Seems stupid and why?

Here are a few pictures from the game, all figures and scenery  from the collections of Steve and Laurie, great effort boys. Figures are mainly Bolt action. Quite a few people asked about the fallen rubble and it was ground up plastic waste pipe which was given a dusting of red primer to knock back the colours.

Puma supported by Panzer grenadiers advance through the ruins

German advance through the ruins seeking safety near a Hetzer

Russians attempt to assault a passing Puma

The Puma is finally disabled.

Snipers and AT rifle teams think about abandoning the factory as it is on fire

251 ambulance awaits the on rush of casualties to come. Note the tank of fresh water added to the side. Great

Scrambling through the ruins

Fountain

Russians about to push forward

View from the German edge

Panzer Grenadiers dismount to clear the Russians from the Puma

 

 

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Legionary 2018 – The British are here. Day of the Show

On the day of the show everything went smooth. The journey to the show took only 6 minutes, I was first there so drove into the show and unloaded my car next to my allocated tables.

Within 90 mins I had the game set up, just as the rest of the boys from Plymouth turned up so we went for a fry up. The catering on site is the best of any show I have ever attended.

Terrain laid out now just add the troops

Sarissa Plantation house and barn with Renedra Church

River and bridge crossing by Amera Plastics

Renedra Cabin with door mat crops and hay stacks

The table size was 9×6

Here are the orders of battle.

Copy of Legionary 2018 Record sheet American Copy of Legionary 2018 Record sheet British

Procedure change

Normally we allocate a card to each commander and randomly draw then to see who is activated. We also include an end of turn card which allows all unactivated commanders to initiate a command test or fire, it also requires the shuffling of the reformed pack. Having just bought the Battle honours rules for WW2 we decided we would allocate a colour of card and allow the activated player to chose which commander to activate. The Joker was the end of turn.

The game

The British suffered in the first couple of turns as most of the Americans were activated  but only one or two British were before the end of turn. The Hessians took and early casualties from the heavy gun of the Americans and this in turn seemed to fixate the British on counter battery fire when activated.

Americans marching past their camp towards the sound of the guns

British advancing towards the Plantation. Light regiment to the fore

Hessians advance to the fence line all the time being pick off by Morgan’s rifles and a dogged 2lber gun.

British right flank entering the table

American left flank enter the table

Hessian batteries open up!

The British /Hessian centre tried to advance and capture the centre of the field. Holding the fence line was a small command of Moprgan’s rifle and a 2lber cannon. While this may not seem too much of a challenge, the marksmen’s ability and the range of the rifles made the Hessians too nervous and ended up targeting the rifles with cannon fire. Bad dice rolls for the British trying to hit the skirmishers and brilliant saving rolls by Steve in particular for the Americans meant they hang around far too long than the British wanted. By the time the rifles had been cleared the American centre was full of support.

The British Cavalry had attempted to advance and capture the centre ground but accurate howitzer fire caused many of the British cavalry to break.

Riflemen and cannon fire into the advancing Hessians

First unit to be broken!

A woman cleans the cabin hope the advancing British in the rear don’t burn it down.

American CinC with his dragoon guards

American heavy gun. This is a foundry model and comes with 6 figures but I only needed 4 as each figure represents the no. of damage dice is hits with.

British Cavalry advance towards the town centre. Due to bad dice they were to stay there too long and become the target of the American Howitzer.

British lights reach the plantation at the edge of the town.

closer look at the gun

The British native units were making their war steadily through the woods next to the river. this eventually bought them out at the bridge. Not wishing to venture into the open to the poor morale when in the open they shot from the wood edge hitting the mounted militia.

The British left was now trading shots with the American right which was advancing through the plantation and engaging the enemy, very well it must be said.

British right firing at the distant enemy. Maybe if they can capture the cabin the owner may provide refreshments or they could always burn it down!

American left wher militia are advancing through the woods

A cheers goes up in the British camp as the first American unit breaks and flees from the plantation

American left engage with British right in a fight for the cabin.

Morgan’s rifle get the reinforcements they hoped for.

View from rear of American right

Camp scene vignette from Perry

The Game ended and it was generally felt that while the British never secured the field, while the American’s were not in a great state to hold it. The American’s won though and so it was time to adjourn to the onsite cafe and have some Tea, I think the American may have even choked on it!!

Thank to Combine Oppos Wargame Group of Brian (British), Steve (American), Laurie(American) and Nathan(British).

I love the show with it being my local and as stated the venue is great, parking is free, loads of helper with trolleys if needed and best food ever. the only downside was the traders, many cancelled at the last moment and the ones that were there many sold the same items, great if you want Warlord items as you have the perfect bartering opportunity. What this can lead to is reduced sells and no returning next year.

Everyone helped pack up and I was home in 10 minutes unpacking.

 

Thank you all

See you all in a few weeks when we go to Weymouth for Fisticuffs which is at a new venue this year. Steve and Laurie have a secret game they are putting on so I cannot wait to see it.

Fisticuffs

Saturday May 26th   2018
Rembrandt Hotel ,12-18 Dorchester Road, Weymouth DT4 7JU

Next blog will probably be about some recently, eventually received TTCombat Wild West building

 

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