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Legionary 2015 2nd May 2015

The day of the show.

I was up and pack by 6.30am for the drive to the show. Left home at 7.00am and arrived at 7.08am. Hung around till 7.30 when the show organisers turned up. (Must read invite).

The show venue is great. Plenty of free parking and all on the level. In fact as I was one of the first to arrive I was allowed to drive into the venue and park next to the table to help unloading. The other great benefit is that they also have access to a professionally run café. So once I had set up and then the  others turned up, we went for breakfast.

Traders

There were a very good selection of traders.

One in particular that convinced me to part with some money was Charlie Foxtrot Models http://www.charliefoxtrotmodels.com/

Having sold my Grand Manner builds of Cartentan to fund the War of The Roses collection I was either in the market place for some alternatives that were hopefully cheaper, lighter to carry  and less fragile or sell my WW2 28mm collection including my Dad’s Army troops.

Well Charlie Foxtrot models offered me the solution. A  vast selection of models are already available and having had a discussion with the owner regarding future releases, he confirmed plans for at least a School, funeral parlour and many more ideas.  Please check out their website. http://www.charliefoxtrotmodels.com/   it is really good and offers tutorials on assembly etc.

The Game 

The game was based around the forces involved at Bosworth.

The boys from Plymouth, Brian and Laurie turned up and along with Nathan they selected the forces they were to command.  Nathan taking the Yorkist force while Brian and Laurie commander the Tudor force. I have to admit that it was at this time we decided that the Stanley forces of Sir William and Thomas would be for show. They can be seen below skirting the edge of the far river bank.

Both side started to advance towards each other and the first to engage were Oxford’s mounted knights against Surrey’s knights. This melee ebbed and flowed for a while until Surrey reinforced the melee. This opened up the Tudor left flank and forced Oxford on to the defensive. Surrey’s troops continued to advance and engaged Archers, Billmen and dismounted knights finally fighting all the way to Oxford himself where he was heroically dragged from his mount and killed.

This put pressure on the Tudor centre which was taking casualties. Shrewsbury tried to turn his troops to support his army’s centre but too late.

Henry was hunted down and killed.

VICTORY TO RICHARD III.

Summary.

Everybody including gamers and viewers seemed to enjoy the game and the rules sparked a bit of interest. With a 1000+ troops on the table it played really well. We did change a few aspects of the rules afterwards and I will publish an updated version later this week.

I apologise for the quality of some of the shots but for some reason the normally reliable camera seemed to be playing up on the day. WSS and Wargame Illustrated were both at the show so hopefully they may publish some better shots of the game.

Below are some shots of the figures involved:

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The Table top 12×5 with all the forces deployed

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Richard III’s battle

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More of Richard’s Battle

 

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Norfolk’s Battle. These troops are his son’s The Earl of Surrey

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Oxford’s Battle

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View down the Tudor battle lines

 

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Tudor’s Battle with supplies cart.

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Shrewsbury’s battle

 

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Shrewsbury’s Battle

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Shrewsbury starts to advance

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Richard’s troops advance towards Henry’s

 

 

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Richard’s battle coming to grips with henry Tudor’s forces holding the central ground

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Surrey’s dismounted men at arms start to steam roller through Oxford’s troops.

 

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Both sides are moving up to engage

 

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Northumberland’s troops close down on Henry in a similar way to Richard was hunted down in real life!

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Ricard’s supply wagon provides much needed ammo to Surrey’s gun.

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Surrey’s troop engage Oxford’s billmen.

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Oxford supporting his archers who have been contacted by Surrey’s Men at Arms. The Tudor left flank after a strong start, starts to break up. This is a desperate last chance.

 

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Northumberland’s troops start to advance again, protected! by Burgundian handgunners.

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William and Thomas Stanley’s troops

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Thomas Stanley ventures across the bridge

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Surrey’s troops looking across towards their target, Oxford.

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Shrewsbury starts to swing his troops to support the Tudor centre. Too late to save the day though!

 

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War of the Roses Wargame Rules- Record Sheet

Here is the next instalment for the Are You Being Serfed rules, a record sheet.

This should keep the need to have any reference markers etc. on the table to a minimum. The only exception being possibly reload markers for artillery.

For this we use the arrow clumps from the Perry box sets placed behind the base and remove one for each reload actioned.

 

Pretty self-explanatory but any issues drop me a line.

Below you will find a pdf version and an Excel version for you to edit if you wish.

Copy of AYBS Record sheet

Copy of AYBS Record sheet Excel

 

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Sample Army Lists for War of the Roses rules AYBS.

Quick update.

As promised, I said I would add some army style lists.

Please take them in the style they were intended. If you don’t like something change it and if

you think something is missing please add it.

Army List

I will do the record sheets next.

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War of the Roses Rules – Are You Being Serfed? or I’m free, At least For The Moment

Sorry it has been a while but I am just recovering from flu. No, not man flu but real flu. It floored me for over a week.

Even though I have been feeling better for about a week it still sapped me of any enthusiasm.

What I have done to get back into the flow is to work on the rules we will be using for the demo game I am putting on at legionary on the 2nd May 2015.

If you have looked at any of the other rule sets we use, you will soon become familiar with the processes.

I make no apologies for them.  I believe they will give a fast and fun game. We are going to have in the region of 40+ units, 800+ figures on the table and with possibly only 2 players they need to be.

In the next few weeks I will add some more supporting paperwork for record keeping and I am also working on a random army generator so should also have some army lists. In the meantime here are the rules, I hope you enjoy them.

I have read through them a couple of time so I hope they make as much sense to you as they do to me. They do not cover every eventuality but if you enjoy these types of rules then it will not be an issue for you to work it out with the rest of the players. These are to have a laugh with but give a good sense of play. If you are a player who plays to the rules rather than the spirit of a game, please avoid them like the plague.

If you have any questions please drop me a line.

AYBS rules

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Another War of the Roses update

A bit of a push on over the weekend.

Below are some shots of some more units I finished over the weekend.

Scots or French mercenary pike block

These are mainly Old Glory figures with a few Foundry in the front rank.

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Perry Wagons

One of the house rules I have added is the ability for units to run low on ammo. This add a -1 on their ability to hit. I decided it would look good on the table to have some sort of ammo resupply. So if these carts are moved next to a low on ammo unit they may restock on arrows etc.

I have given the wagoner an outfit in a battles livery colour without any specific badges.

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Henry Holland, 3rd Duke of Exeter (27 June 1430 – September 1475)

As I stated in an Earlier blog I had to do a mounted command version. well here he is. These are Foundry figures with a home made flag. All I have left to do is the basing.

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Think I need a week off painting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More War of the Roses – the Welsh are coming!

The other week another few units turned up from Alan Hunter at Deadkingsrise painting service  (http://deadkingsrise.blogspot.co.uk/). He is helping me out by providing a few! units to go with my own growing collection.  3 units of dismounted knights and a unit of Welsh spearmen turned up this time.

So far I have only based the Welsh. These are Perry plastics with alternative heads and a few spears from other manufactures. I really like them as they do give an impression of a hastily formed unit. There are 2 units of Welsh archers still to come to help support these.

The bottom two pictures show a Welsh spear unit I have painted to go side by side with this unit.

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Here is my unit. They are foundry.

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More War of the Roses

Just a little update on some more painting I have been doing for my game at Legionary 2015 (http://www.exmouthwargames.org.uk/). Below are a few photos of units I have painted in the last month.

I have managed to complete:

1 unit of Old Glory mounted knights- These are very animated figures, including the horses which could be considered a little too thin for my likings but they at least fit in with the foundry metals I have.

2 Artillery bases – These are Front Rank. I have to admit that these are the only front rank figures I have and will be the last for my War of the Roses armies. They are OK figures but so out of scale with any other manufacturer I have, they may not even make it to the table. One base is painted to represent Warwick and the other with the red/black livery will be ideal for Shrewsbury or Northampton.

1 unit of Northern Horse. These are Foundry. These are also done in the  red/black livery so will be ideal for Shrewsbury or Northampton and probably many others. I have decided to not put livery emblems on the figures and to use a Banner. The trick is to wrap the banner around a small tube/pipe and slide it over the standard-bearer’s spear. I have found that a cotton bud with the ends cut off is ideal for this. Then when you need a unit on the oppositions side, just swap banners.

More soon

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Old Glory Knights

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Legionary 2015 Update

For this show which is my local I was hoping to put on a war of the Roses Game. In fact I had decided to try and do Bosworth. As the show is now only a few months away I have taken stock of where I am. I have to admit I am a long way off having all the troops ready. Too distracted with other eras and a new job. With this in mind I am working on a slightly different approach and intend to do an encounter game. it will probably involve most of the troops I have. Below are a few shoots of the stuff I have painted over the last month or so.

So what have we?

Henry Holland, 3rd Duke of Exeter (27 June 1430 – September 1475), As an Exeter boy myself  born and breed, I just had to have a battle representing him. I currently have a small command base on foot, mounted to come, 1 unit of bills and another of Archers. this will probably increase to 2 of archers.

The figures are:

Archers – Perry Plastics

Bills – Old Glory

Command – Foundry. these are smaller in height when compared to the others so put each figure on a small base to lift them up then hid it with the textured base. all of my units are made up of 3 bases 60mm x 60mm.

Exeter's Battle 1

Exeter’s Battle 1

 

Exeter's battle 2

Exeter’s Battle 2

Burgundian Crossbows

These have been sat on the paint table for about a year half finished.

The figures are Perry plastics with the Pavaise artwork transfers by Little Big Men Studios http://www.littlebigmenstudios.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=1

I might stick a few arrows in to the pavaises and surrounding ground for dramatic effect.

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That’s all for now.

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War of the Roses, Armada and Highlanders

A bit of a quiet month so far.

War of the Roses

A few blogs ago I mentioned that I was having a bit of a clear out of old unplayed items. With the money raised I decided to take some of the pressure off me by getting someone else to do some painting. I searched for a while and found a painting service that also will supply the models. The name of the site is http://deadkingsrise.blogspot.co.uk/  and the gent who runs it is called Alan Hunter. All my general enquiries where answered and Alan is so knowledgeable about the era it made it enjoyable doing business with him.

Following initial chats I commissioned Alan to supply some painted units to represent the Battle of Bosworth. The commission will be for over 700 troops covering all combatants as well as additional units of mercenaries. These when combined with my existing units will give me over 1200 figures. I hope to have all units completed for a game at Legionary 2015.

Only a few months in and the first parts of the order have turned up. Very impressed and cannot now wait from the remaining units to arrive.   I ordered them all unbased so I can base them in my normal style. Each unit has 21 figures and there will be 3 units to a battle 1 off Bills and 2 off bows and 1 of Knights (18 figures). Just as the order was placed Perry launched their dismounted men at arms so timing is just right.

I knocked up a few flags for Talbot ( Shrewsbury). Too late I realized that I had the livery around the wrong way so will knock up another version this week.

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Tudor’s Bows

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Tudor’s Bows, flags to be added.

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Tudor’s Bills, flags need to be added.

Henry Tudor's Bows

Henry’s Bills

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Shrewsbury’s Bows

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More Bows

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Shrewsbury’s Bills

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Shrewsbury’s Bills

Armada

Following on from the success of the first game. I have pressed on finishing the models.

Both models have been rigged and are ready for a detail wash and transfers added.

The ships are on the boards that come with the game.

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San Martin

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San Martin

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Revenge

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Revenge

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Revenge

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Revenge

Scottish Wars

Here is the latest unit. It is representing a highland unit and is made up from Old Glory Miniatures and Foundry. they go together really well

Might have gone a little OTT on the basing but I ordered some heather plants and wanted to see what they were like.

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Never done so much Wargaming!

Sorry it has been a while but I have been distracted.

My normal wargaming life is to pick a scenario and over the following year, write the rules, collect the figures and build the terrain. Once done, I usually take it to a couple of shows and play the game with a small group of close mates. We might even get together a couple of times through the year to try it out.

When purchasing a few item from a well know web site I noticed the seller offered free collection and being only a mile down the road I collected them. What a surprise. The seller turned out to be a wargamer (Nathan) I knew from a few years back Anyway the upshot is that I am now wargaming more than ever, unfortunately this has had an impact upon the painting.

So far in the last month we have played

Sails of Glory

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This was bought for me by wife for my birthday. I have now had my first game and have to confess I loved it. We only played with 1 ship each and with the basic rules but I have to admit it was perfect for a naval game. I enjoy the thought of naval battles but in the past have not had a great experience having played for a few hours and still awaiting the ships to get to grips. Next time we will either add an extra ship or try out the additional rules.

The last show I went to, Devizes I bought 4 additional ships. These are frigates aimed at the American war of 1812. Looking at the deck for some of them it should be fast and furious.

 

Fields of Honor

FOH Rules Master FOH AWI Rules

I think these are a great set of rules. I have both versions. The set we played with was the American War of Independence set. These are a booklet in reality, but come with some maps and counters enabling either use with figures or as a board game. There is also a campaign offered.

Nathan have never played them so I set up the maps and we played a randomly generated game and played the rules straight out the book. It worked well and we both agreed that using these rules for the tabletop will be ideal, especially as the full set offer a little more detail without over complicating the basic rules.

 

Turning Point

Turning Point

This is a board game I bought at the Plymouth Show (PAW). Great show please check it out.

Freeman’s Farm and Lundy’s Lane were turning points in the American Revolution and the War of 1812 for America in the formation the United States Army. 

I picked this up purely for the artwork. You get two maps, 4 decks of action cards and full colour counters. Thought I could use it to identify and build additional units for each era. The game played well but not probably something we will play again.

 

Clear Out

This month I also decided that WW2-28mm is probably not for me and so I sold all the buildings I had as well as most of my “I will get around to paint them” pile of figures. The buildings were all from the Grand Manner Carentan range and used in my Dad’s Army game.

Nathan also does War of the Roses re-enactment. During an evening chat as we played we discussed the War of the Roses. It fired me up to focus some attention on to this forgotten period, again. Having looked at the pitiful collection I had I looked around and have decided to reinvest the funds from the sale into a collection suitable for Bosworth. Initially these will be based around the scenario in The Flower of Chivalry rules from the Canadian Wargames Group. Below is the structure of the units.

Richard III

  Henry Tudor

Stanleys

So at the moment I am trying to add units to 3 eras while also playing more wargames than I have for years.

Next week we are going to  try out a couple of War of the Roses scenarios.

 

 

 

 

 

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