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More Reinforcements – ECW clubmen

Please find below the last unit from my initial order to Piran’s Warriors painting service https://piranswarriors.com/

These figures are a unit that I have had sitting in my painting pile for about 20 years, in fact I have another unit still to be painted. It might sound that I didn’t like them. The truth is far different, in fact it was this small group of figures and a cavalry unit (in particular a musician whose hat was blowing off) led me to buy Redoubt Miniature English Civil War armies. I was at the Devizes show cira 1999 and Redoubt had a stand and a display of stunningly painted units from across their ranges, but these two units jumped out at me. Like a small child I grapped a catalogue and sat in the corner and drafted a list. 20 years later I have nearly completed the collection. For me, they are the best figures on the market for ECW, most come with separate heads and the cavalry have separate legs and torsoes allowing too many options yet alone poses to mention.

Terry at Piran’s Warriors has done them proud. As before the basing is mine so if you like it thanks, if not do not blame Terry. They are based for my favourite ECW rule set, Victory Without Quarter. Please see previous blog about this stunning free set of rules.

The painting hits the mark and captures the rustic feel I was after. And that was the only instructions I gave. Terry contacted before varnishing to check I was happy with his choices. The remaining units will be off to Terry in time.

Fancy getting some painting done. Terry has offered a 10% discount on your first order if you place it before 1st December 2020 and mention this blog or my name.

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More Reinforcements- The Portuguese

As promised a few weeks back, here is the next unit to be painted by Piran’s Warriors painting service.

I am so happy with how the unit turned out. The campaign look with varied trouser colour hits the spot and the faces are great. This is my first early Portuguese unit but will not be the last.

As per last blog, the basing is down to me. I am awaiting a new delivery of brass rod so have not yet done the flags.

These are Elite Miniatures, early Portuguese. I do like their figures as they almost have a caricature feel without over doing it.

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If you need some painting give Terry a shout https://piranswarriors.com/ mention either this article/blog or my name to get a 10% discount off you first order as long as it is placed before 1st December 2020.

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New Reinforcements – New Figure Painter

A few months ago I was having a tidy up and came across a few regiments that were unpainted and to be honest I did not have any enthusiasm to paint them either. The reason was that they were additional units as my collections in the eras were already large enough but the figures are too good to get rid of.

I decided that I would send them to a figure painter but as my normal figure painter has ceased painting it would have to be a new one.

I was finally tempted by Piran’s Warriors https://piranswarriors.com/ I rang them and spoke to Terry. I discussed my requirement e.g. no basing, gloss and then matt varnish and his requirement regarding unit details. I posted the figures the next day and two days later I received an email confirming arrival.

Two weeks later I had a call from Terry advising me that the figures were next to be painted and had anything changed regarding detail.

Just over a week later I received some pictures of the figures. Perfect.

Two weeks later I was sent an email advising that they were ready and a breakdown of the full costs including postage and packaging. Having paid, two days later the parcel arrived. I have to say that the packaging was very thorough.

I have now based the first two units. These are Redoubt Miniature English Civil War 28mm Trotter cavalry. I asked one to be painted with orange sash and the other with red. Beyond that I asked for a mix of horse colours and uniform from Terry’s imagination.

I believe he has hit the brief perfectly. I could not be happier with the painting or the service. Please note that the basing and flag were my work so if you like it thank you, if not your cup of tea don’t blame Terry.

I hope you like them. I am still basing the other units; Redoubt ECW clubmen and Elite Miniature Napoleonic Portugese. These will be done over the next few days.

I asked Terry if he would be ok with me doing a post. He was happy and having checked out the blog made a very nice offer to any of you out there, including me of a 10% discount off painting costs for your first order, my next. The order must be placed before 1st December 2020. Just mention my blog when you contact Terry.

I will certainly be using Terry again. In fact I have just placed an order with Victrix for some Vikings and Saxons for two small Lion Rampant forces.

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How Easy Is It To Get Distracted?

The answer in my case is very easy.

Last week was a write off painting wise. Too many other things happening. So I thought I would show you a project/idea i am working on in the background.

A 28mm merchant man, a Fluyt from Printable Scenery. I am hoping to include it in games from Pirates, English Civil War through to AWI at a push. While taking the photos I thought about how to transfer a naval game to the tabletop?

As much as I would love to, I soon had to accept that 28mm is a scale too far as I wanted to ensure maneuvering is part of the game rather than just boarding actions.

I also thought about a set of rule constantly in and out of my thoughts “Lion Rampant”. Could these we used for managing a game with a naval element. This led to me thinking about Pirates!

This started an idea of Pirates starting off with a home port and a small ship with crew. They could raid the high seas or an opponent’s port to get treasures and upgrade their ships and crew. I did not want to do two different scales so 15mm seemed the way to go. So with things thought through I printed off the same fluyt in 15mm.

So this is a project that may or may not develop but shows how easy I get distracted. All I have to do now is find some nice figures. Anybody out there recommend any 15mm pirates?

Below is the 28mm version with a Perry 28mm ACW. Only figure I had at hand. Please ignore the recently made 28mm hedge/20mm bocage for another game in development.

Below is the 15mm version

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Scottish Wars – Edward I

Last night I finished this figure. It is an ebob figure. Nicely detailed and anatomically correct, so a little thinner and taller than old glory or foundry.

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Legionary 2019 – Wild West

I have to admit that this year’s Legionary Show was one of the easiest games I/we (Combined Oppos) have ever put on.

Normally I buy and paint something new every year. This year we had decided to take life a little easier and play with something we have had for a while.  We decided to go with the Wild West and have a run out with the Free wargame rules – Gunfighter’s Ball Greenhorn Edition from Knuckleduster Miniatures link http://knuckleduster.com/shop/index.php?route=information/information&information_id=7

To give the game something different we decided having watched a few films to set it in a snow covered town. Here are a few pictures from the game, that played brillantly.

Building are 4 Ground Sarissa and Empires of War

Train – 4Ground’s new train

Figures – Mainly foundry, Knuckleduster,Dixons

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Lion Rampant – Army Selection

Just thought I would post a list of all unit options available for Lion Rampant I have also attached the Excel version to allow you to copy and paste into a army list for games.

 

Here is the link to the EXCEL version

Lion Rampant Master list and test game

I have not included any of our house variations but would suggest considering for additional cost of 1 pt allowing large unit (18 figure) foot units, as per Rebels and Patriots. These are originally 12 strong units not allowed for 6 strong foot units.

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Lion Rampant – First Game Review

When I sat down to write about the first game I had played of Lion Rampant I struggled about where to start and what to say.

I thought about it and looked at the photos I took and they tell the story.

I was so engaged in the game I forgot to take many photos and when I thought back I remembered why, the game was a real rollercoaster. This is why.

 

Taff came over to play, neither of us had played the rules before although we had both owned a copy.

I had pulled together a couple of armies from my Scottish Wars of Independence Armies

They were bigger than recommended but what the hell.

I tried to lay out some generic terrain that gave neither side an advantage. We wanted a fair playtest.

So off we set with our roster and 12 dice each………..

The first couple of turns we were both unlucky and only managed to move a few units. I really got into trying to evaluate the risk of which order to action the units in  comparing need with ease.

Two units on the right, Men @ arms manoeuvre around the broken ground to run down this rabble in front. A unit of mounted sgts on the left support

Foot Yeoman of the English supported by the Commanders unit advance to secure/deny the ford to the Scots

Scottish Fierce Foot advance into the Rough terrain Their skills of Ferocious,Wild Charge,CounterCharge(Ft),Fleet Footed make or should I say made them lethal.

The Scots moved up all along the river bank. this would force me into fighting in the river but we were English so no issues our knights would carry them away!

Another great unit, no not the Men @ Arms but the Bidowers engaged the knights. This was a defining moment as I saw them inflict a casualty and realised that while the scottish army were nothing much in the open, deployed in the correct terrain they were deadly. Especially with Hard to Target, Skirmish,Evade,Fleet Footed. They drew me in move after move!

English xbows move up and open fire. They killed one but to no effect.

I have no more photos as we got so ingrossed with the game.

The Scottish saw of the English knights who charged acoss the stream and suffered. Some terrible dice rolls by me didi not help (at one point I rolled 12 dice needing 3+ and scored no hits).

The scots did make it across the ford and engaged the xbows and foot and after a few turns pushing backwards and forwards they finally carried the day. I had a units of archers on the left who never caused a casualty all night.

Finally both leaders found a gap in the lines and engaged in the middle of the field, no challenge but we both discussed the merits of issuing one but decided not to.

It took a couple of rounds of fighting and charging and counter charging but they were finally destroyed. the army check morale and they started to fail and flee one after another.

The game lasted 3 hours and we both agreed it was a great nights gaming. We would definately play it again.

I think we will add a few house rules should as:

  • no closer to friendly units than 1″ not the normal 3″
  • Maybe allow large units as per Rebels and Patriots
  • Different challenge proceedure as per earlier post
  • Allow removal of Schiltron for foot -1pt

I say a BIG YES to Lion Rampant

All the figures are from my collection, mainly Old Glory, Foundry,Ebob and Blacktree.

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War of 1812 – British Gunboats

For the first time in a long time I attended Fisticuffs in Weymouth. Please check it out as it is a really good show with gaming at its heart.

While there having a look around the traders I spotted a couple of painted gunboats from Britannia Miniatures owned by Grubby Tanks. I know these models well as I have a few unpainted ones waiting in the increasing “to be painted” pile . I bought them for the Battle of Crysler’s Farm but have probably thought that the painting time, to paint the 19 figures per boat was better off spent painting regiments.

Having looked at and walked away a number of times, the voice in my head finally convinced me that I deserved a treat so ……………….here they are.

They suffered a little on the way home due to the everything we bought on what was a fantastic bring and buy. But a few hours and some nice basing will soon have them ship shape.

They will then be ready to provide supporting fire from the British right flank on the River.

The problem is that they have now sparked an idea of 28mm Great Lake Naval battles!

My old mate Brian, an ex marine (reliably, his words) informed me that the oar blades are different colours due to which watch the boat belonged to, Port or Starboard. I love interesting facts like that.

Here some pictures. They are not on ice, just that I thought the detail may have been lost on a green terrain tile and I could not find a blue cloth.

SAM_3703 SAM_3708 SAM_3707 SAM_3706

SAM_3705 SAM_3704

 

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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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