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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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Wild West Gunfight II – Welcome to Plymter Town

Sam ” Dirty” Daily woke as the train jarred to a halt in the Plymter Town station.  It was the first time he had returned since he shot his mining partner Jack ” Scruffy” Tarr who had claimed he had been cheated out of his share of panning rights following a dodgy  poker game. Only in the last two weeks had Sam’s hair grown long enough to cover the missing part of his ear that Jack had shot off when he was called out. Sam was a much better person with a gun than Jack and had responded by gut shooting Jack, who had crawled off to die. Sam is in town to pay into the bank his share of the gold ( 5 bags) from the claim. Sam has found a new willing partner to do the work as it is hard work and Sam longs for an easy life. The only issue today could be the Sheriff, who may want to chat about the fight. If he could be avoided then it might allow the day to go easier.

Jack “Scruffy” Tarr leaves the General store with a late breakfast of beef jerk. His ribs are still hurting from the beating he received yesterday from a thug at Madam Nellie’s Whorehouse where he had been recovering, hiding in a room occupied by Zo Wong. She had been found Jack  shot and taking pity on a soul in far more distress than herself helped him back to her room where she had cared for him, forcing him to hid in the cupboard when plying her trade. Jack was discovered yesterday and “convinced” by Dan to pay the equivalent (6 bags of gold) for Zo Wong’s time. The bill is due to be paid by  12 noon today and Dan, a thug is due to collect.

While biting down on a rather tough bit of jerk on his way back to the whorehouse to ask for more time he spots out of the corner of his eye  Sam  on the train pulling into the station.  Time for revenge  he thinks as the Town clock strikes 12.

Dan(The Thug) – yesterday  discovered someone in Zo Wong’s room. After a discussion the “guest” agreed to pay for her time and the payment is due to pay at 12 noon today. With only a few minutes to go he has not returned so Dan sets out to find him, get the money and make his boss Madam Nellie happy. During yesterday’s discussion Zo objected and Nellie asked Dan to take her to Mr Moo’s meat shop for a rest and lie down with the pigs!  Getting the money will help fund a new girl, maybe one that would like a simple country boy who locals say is “strong in the arm thick in the head”.

Sheriff Dupree Dawg steps out of the office with not a care in the world. this is the easiest town he has ever worked in. The inhabitants are generally law abiding although  one, a Sam Daily did cause an issue a few weeks back having shot his ex partner. Luckily no body was found so a chat is on the books should he ever show his face in town again.

 

This was the scene for our Saturday game.

View down the main street at 12 noon

Turn One.

Sam played by Steve leaves the station and decides to talk the back lanes  towards the bank.

Jack played by Laurie continues to walk away from the general store towards the Whorehouse.

Dan played by Nathan leaves the whorehouse walking up main street looking for Jack.

Sheriff played by me. Surveys his empire from the porch outside the jail.

Random event – next player drawn gets a sudden headache reminding him he needs to pick up his glasses. Until they get them they are -1 on shooting and fighting.

Turn Two

Dan gets a headache and heads off to the optician to collect his glasses, walking past Jack.

Jack  decides to hang around but does recruit a gunman who happened to he having a rest on the roof of the bunkhouse.

Sam spots Jack and darts into a local shop and sneaks up to the window.

Sheriff starts to walk down the main street where there are a few locals enjoying a drink.

Turn Three

Jacks recruit covering the main street and the sheriff

Sam takes a shoot through the shop window and hits Jack for a wound.

Sheriff starts to run down the street shouting a warning

Random event – Stagecoach enter the town

Jack returns fire at Sam but with no effect.

Dan still making his way to the opticians

Turn 4

Sheriff get to the scene and shouts a warning, no response so tries to shoot Jack ( maybe in the back) but manages to hit Jack for a wound and a member of the public killing him.

Jack turns and shoots at the sheriff hitting him twice. Jack triggers his local help on the roof who also hits the sheriff.

Dan gets to the opticians

Sam leaves the shop and heads back into the alleys

Turn 5

Marshall getting out of stagecoach. Sheriff at the back sheltering. two dead body counters can be seen in the street (must buy some casualties).

Sheriff plays a health card and runs for the cover of the stage coach that has arrived outside the Shady lady Saloon but not before he recruits a local to help him in the gunfight.

Jack shoots the local up but fails to hit the sheriff, the main street now has two dead bodies on it both locals. Jack’s recruit fires on the sheriff but misses.

The noise brings the 2 deputies out of the jail and they head down main street towards the sheriff

Dan leaves the opticians and is almost instantly approached and offered  some gold to get their brother out of Jail. Having seen the deputies leave Dan accepts and heads for the jail.

Sam makes it to the top of the town.

Deputies leave the jail to investigate the noise

Turn 6

Random event – long hair is getting in their eyes so -1 on any shooting and fighting until they get it cut at the barbers.

Sam gets hair in his eyes but is not too concerned.

Dan walks in the jail and soon open the cage freeing the inmate and getting 2 bags of gold.

Sheriff blasts away at the Jack’s local recruit  on the roof but his shotgun is not the best and misses.

Turn 7

Stagecoach pulls up near the Shady Lady Saloon. Two men can be seen having an argument on the balcony

Deputies are distracted by the sound of shooting coming from the Shady Lady as two brothers argue over one of the women.

Dan decides to help his boss he will set fire to the Shady Lady

A marshal jumps out the stagecoach in his combination underwear and heads for the Shady Lady weapon drawn (I do mean his gun).

Jack moves up the main street but due to wounds he cannot move too fast his recruit fires at the marshal with no effect.

Sam Darts out of the alleys and heads for the bank which is having a new safe delivered.

Turn 8

Dan legs it from the fire

Marshall enters the Shady Lady…………. behave.

Sheriff Reloads and takes a few more shots at Jack’s recruit again to no avail.

Jack and recruit take a few wild shots at the sheriff and Sam, both missing.

Jack makes it to the bank but before entering recuits a local to stand watch outside and then he finally manages to deposit his gold and claim the day as his  victory.

Sam in the bank with local recruit outside in case anyone take an interest.

 

Everyone had a great days gaming and all agreed that the modification /house rules worked.

 

 

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Wild West Gunfight

For a midweek game I wanted a break from getting the AWI demo game ready and  I wanted something easy to set up and play.

I chose what is really a boardgame “Cowboys – The way of the Gun”. I have the old version and I believe they are about to or have given it a new facelift. While I like the game I do like figures as well so we have attempted to play the game with 3D build and figures. This has never really been too successful and that is mainly due to the move/action or shoot approach in the game. It does not allow you to move and shoot and as we all know the films are full of individuals running across streets and alleys blazing away.

The aim of the game night was to develop a simple set of modified rules to support the table top version.

Actions

In the original game most players have 4 wounds/Strength Points(SP) as these are reduced so does the movement but it never really affects your firing. We decided that what ever your strength was is the number of actions you can activate.

1 action would allow you to walk 2″or run 3″or aim or fire or reload (max 3 bullets) or climb half a flight of stairs or play an action card that involved carrying out an action (Setting fire to a building, recruit some town folk).

This could allow a healthy player to walk 4″ aim(+1) and fire.

Initiative

We wanted to change this from a “you go I go” approach to a random-ish approach. At the start of the turn each main faction rolls a D6 and adds the SP of their characters and 1 for each additional town folk in their posse. Highest can go first or pass.

Weapon Ranges

In the board game range is in squares so we just doubled the ranges. This gives a rifle a 40″ range which could cover a town from a good vantage point.

Townsfolk

The game allows you to recruit townsfolk. We decided that you can only recruit townsfolk that are within 6″ of your character and are not closer to enemy. You can only pick a figure on the table and it is armed with what it has if a cowboy but if a civilian it has a pistol and has a -1 skill rating rather than the standard zero in the game.

Modifiers

As well as the modifiers in the game we added the following:

  • Firing having previous action walked -1
  • Firing having previous action ran -1(accumulative with walking so really-2). If a subsequent action is spent shooting this drops to -1 and a third consecutive action is spent on firing there is no penalty.
  • Aimed +1 lost if moved afterwards.
  • -1 civilian shooting

The Game

The game played really well although I am certain we will treat the rules as a work in progress.

I played the sheriff and lost all three games but what fun. At one point Nathan had recruited 3 civilians to aid him and I felt like the guy in Pale Rider “dancing” before being shot. It was only when packing away we realised that we had forgot to take any photos, so I grabbed a few. We will probably play this again on our next all day gaming day where I hope to get a better action report including photos.

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Trees in 30 minutes!

I had an email a couple of weeks back about the trees in my games.

I know I posted a blog a few years back but thought I would do a quick one, again.

Step One – Find Trunks

I do not spend hours making wire armatures, i don’t have the time or the patience.

I am lucky enough to have a  Rhododendron (I think), my wife is the gardener. When pruned, I keep the cuttings to make tree trunks. The stem/branch has just the right look of a fully grown tree.                  

Stage Two – Help Them Stand

In my last article I glued the trunk to a large washer. Now I tend to drill the base of the trunk and glue in a nail or spear wire. They are small enough not to leave too visible a mark on the terrain tile. I just fill the drilled hole with cheap superglue and push in the wire/nail. It also helps during the construction. I normally have a piece of polystyrene sheet handy to stick them in like a production line.

Stage Three – Foliage

Get your “Rubberised Horse Hair” and cut circles out of it. Mine are normally about 3″ or 75mm in diameter but do not worry if they are not a perfect circle or 3″.  Then pull the layers that make up the Horse hair apart.

Take these de-laminated layers and glue them to the trunk. Keep adding the layers until you have a foliage you like. This is why size and shape do not matter too much.

I bought recently a brilliant rechargeable glue gun for a few pounds at a “budget” supermarket. Not having the wire really helps. It takes five minutes to charge before you can use it.

Stage Four – Leaves

What ever show I go to I look around for cheap scatter material. At the last show there was someone selling bags of home made scatter (coloured sawdust) 4 for a £1. I never worry too much about colour matching I just throw it all together for this type of use. I put all the scatter in a carrier bag inside a bin. the picture is not great but the scatter fills a Christmas sweet tin in size.

Next get some spray glue and wearing a glove on my left hand, I hold the trunk while screening the trunk from over-spray apply the glue until it foams white. I tend to only spray the tops. This leaves the underside bare and I think it looks more like branches.

I then transfer the tree to my right gloved hand to immerse in the scatter material. The fresh gloved hand stops scatter sticking to the over-sprayed glove. Shake off the excess back into the bin and you have a tree.

There you have it.

In 30 minutes I made 8 trees. I worked out the cost to be about £6 for all 8. This size of tree is usually on sale for about £10-12 pounds each at shows, so give it a go and save a fortune.

The dearest part is the Rubberised hair but I have had a 6×4 sheet from a local upholsterers, for a while now and it is still going strong. I make my trees large but  if you like smaller, then smaller trunks mean smaller diameter circles. Here are some 28mm ECW for scale with the rest of the trees.

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Legionary 2016 – Pegasus 1940 Part 2

Legionary 2016 is now only a week away (30th April 2016). Therefore I have started to pack away my game, ready for the show.

Here are a last few pictures before the show.

SAM_3525 SAM_3526 SAM_3527 SAM_3528 SAM_3529 SAM_3530 SAM_3531 SAM_3532 SAM_3533 SAM_3534 SAM_3535 SAM_3536 SAM_3537 SAM_3539 SAM_3540 SAM_3541 SAM_3542 SAM_3543 SAM_3544 SAM_3545 SAM_3546 SAM_3547 SAM_3548 SAM_3550 SAM_3551 SAM_3552 SAM_3553 SAM_3554 SAM_3555

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Legionary 2016 – Pegasus 1940 Part 1

With my local show on a few months away it was time to reveal to the boys what I intend to put on for them to play.

The show is only a mile a mile away as the crow flies and to get to it I have to cross a couple, a River bridge and a Canal bridge.

Here is a picture of the canal swing bridge and in the background is a bascule type bridge (I cross this coming back from the show). The reason I am interested in them is that in 1944 the swing bridge and the river bridge where used in training for the Pegasus Bridge assault.

CaptureRiver BridgePlaque

This got me thinking and as a lot of people have done a Pegasus bridge based wargame scenario I started to think about Operation Seelowe (Sea-lion) and the possible importance these bridges may have played if the Germans had come ashore on the Devon coastline. In fact we have two large flat beaches (Dawlish Warren and Exmouth) with a few miles. Both are either side of the estuary and for the forces to link up they would need the bridges.

Below are a few shots of the planned game so far. Still plenty to do as well as a set of display rules to write.

Infantry -Home guard are Foundry with Heavy  Support Weapons ( Northover Projector, Spigot Mortar, Smith Gun) and Beaverette from Stronghold Miniature. I have also scratch built a Standard Mk III Beaverbug version. Regular infantry are Warlord. Germans are mostly Foundry with a few Blacktree with some additional heavy weapons from Artizan Designs.

Vehicles – Vickers, Matilda and Panzer 38T tanks(all metal) old Blitzkrieg Miniature now Warlord, I think. Panzer II are old Frog Fumen kits. Kubelwagon is Corgi, Opels and Styre? Unknown.

Buildings – Mainly Charlie Foxtrot and Sarissa with some unknown and some scratch built. River Bridge is a Hovel.

Tree and Hedges  – Scratch built

Boat – Scratch built

More pictures will follow as items get completed.

SAM_3511 SAM_3512 SAM_3513 SAM_3514 SAM_3515 SAM_3516 SAM_3517 SAM_3518 SAM_3519 SAM_3520 SAM_3521 SAM_3522 SAM_3523 SAM_3524

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British 2 LBR

For the last few weeks since our monthly game I have been working on nothing else than buildings for my up coming game at Legionary 16. To have a break in some way I got out a couple of figures set I will probably need for the game. These were 2 different makes of 2lbr guns from Crusader and BEF Miniatures, now Warlord games (I have had these a while). These will be used to enable the British to defend the bridges in the game from possible German Invaders!

I think both are nice sets in their own rights but the size difference of the makers is noticeable in the gun if not the crew. If fact I mixed up the crews to get a better look to the vignettes.

British 2lbr (1)

British 2lbr (1)

British 2lbr (4)

British 2lbr (4)

British 2lbr (3)

British 2lbr (3)

British 2lbr (2)

British 2lbr (2)

 

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