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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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Long Service Award

This week I notched up 25 years service with the same employer. I don’t  intend to bore you with my employment history but in recognition my employers gave me £500 to spend. Discussions with my wife followed and she said to spend it on myself as I had done “the time”. I gave it some thought and came up with the idea of expanding my napoleonic armies. I didn’t want to collect a late British army as I felt I would be doubling up, so it  was probably going to be an Austrian and/or early Prussian.  Well in the end it was none of these. America 1812 won it.

Why? Well it is a small war by European scale which means the £500 should hopefully enable me to buy most if not all of what I need and what a selection of battles and troop types.

When starting a new era I normally pick a battle that interests me and select troops for it.

Queenston Heights Oct 13th 1812. American invasion of Canada.  This battle has a beach landing, regulars against militia, good officers and bad ones with lots of what if options.

Battle of the Thames River. October 5th 1813. Larger American force pursuing a mixed British force including Indians.

Battle of Crysler’s Farm.  November 11th 1813. Large American force against a smaller mixed British force of Regulars, Militia, Indians and gunboats.

Battle of Lundy’s Lane. July 25th 1814. An encounter battle with both sides getting reinforced, limited visibility and all the major complications that can bring.

Battle of Bladensburg.

August 24th 1814. Crossing the Potomac and entering Washington the British burnt down the Whitehouse before withdrawing. This battle offers regulars, militia, marines, Dragoons and British rockets!. Huge amount of what ifs.

Battle of New Orleans. January 8th 1815. Last ditch battle of the war. Regulars, militia, West Indian troops, Free Black Militias, marines, riflemen, a large defensive wall made of cotton-bails and swamp. A battle with huge options.

I will give a detailed scenario for each soon.

 

FIGURES

I looked at Foundry as I just love them, normally. This is a very disappointing range due to size comparison with their other Napoleonic ranges but more importantly pose variations. Most options only have one pose, so poor in today’s market. I also suppose the price doesn’t help, £1.50 a figure.

Knuckleduster Miniatures. What a fantastic range. They offer nearly all the figures required apart from artillery pieces. The only issue is that they are only available in the UK via Caliver Miniature. Speaking to them they had no stock to speak of and no deals.

Old Glory. Rang the supplier to discuss. Wow, what a great supplier. Spent time with me discussing the range, the era and their offers. I spent a few days reviewing pictures and have now placed an order.

Will update when they arrive.

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