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.
Having had a break following the hectic time leading up to legionary, I have started to get withdraw symptoms from wargaming. To ease me back in I started to make the first of many MDF kits purchased from Charlie Foxtrot at the Exeter Legionary Show. This model is catalogued as Napoleonic but is definitely suitable for any period from that date. I suppose it is only the tiles etc. on the roof that may stop if even being used in earlier periods.
This is a big kit and at £19, I think it offers great value for money. (16x11x34cm excluding chimney pots)
Once the basic kit was made I did a little filling to cover the joints. I then spayed the timbers and added them on top of the painted walls. Once finished I gave the building a wash to have a tired look. The tiles are as supplied in the basic kit, while flat a little time spent adding some depth pays off. At least I think so. The figures are Perry, Old Glory and Victrix.
What I like about these kits :
Not sure which to start on next.
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.
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.
A bit of a push on over the weekend.
Below are some shots of some more units I finished over the weekend.
These are mainly Old Glory figures with a few Foundry in the front rank.
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.
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.
Think I need a week off painting.
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.
Here is my unit. They are foundry.
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.
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.
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.
That’s all for now.
Last weekend was PAW 2015. This is a great local show to many of my wargaming buddies who live in Plymouth. As I have said before this is a great and growing show. Good free parking on site (get there early). More on the show later.
Laurie lives in Plymouth and normally takes responsibility for putting on a game. This year he decided it was time to unleash a project that has been growing over a number of years.
A Wild West themed game.
I have to admit that I have never played anything to do with the Wild West but my excitement level was whetted when I saw the terrain. The building looked fantastic and the internal detail on many of them just conjured up ideas of bar room brawls. The hand built mine and train all added to feel and flavour.
Well the premise of the games was a coming together of minds, not.
A group of cowboys led by Wilson “Will” Getya who have just driven a herd of cattle into town seek some chill time in a local saloon hoping to spend little but party hard! (Sounds like an 18 -30 trip to Ibiza). They knew the town well as one of them had a half-brother Marshal Karl Phogg “KP” Nut who was a lawman in the town. While in town, it would be good to have a catch up with his brother and his new girl (ex good time girl from the saloon)Wendy Wonnit.
Unknown to the cowboys and the lawmen, was that a local cattle Baron, Woody May-Kit was in town with his boys looking for the girl who left him for a lawman. If he could not have her, no one would or there would be no one for her to have. (He doesn’t sound nice). The head boy was a baddie called Billy Beans “Claim Jumpin ” Hatfield, a man so mean even his undertaker wouldn’t look him in the eye.
The rules used were “Dead Man’s Hand” these were given to me to use as umpire. This was literally the first time I had seen them but within 20 mins I had the gist. They basically work on a card system and once activated each character gets 3 actions. An action can be to move/ aim/fire etc. More time spent aiming helps but players can try to trump your turn by playing cards from their hand which have specific instructions on them.
I do not intend to go into a turn by turn account but provide an overview and some great pictures.
Unfortunately none of the players knew the location of Wendy, I had randomly generated her location. The Baron’s men had 20 turns to find her and convince her to return home!
The baron’s men started by strolling up the town’s main thoroughfare entering shops looking for her. No real issue until an unlucky roll meant that the barber resented being bullied and spoke back. This had the result of a shot ringing out and him falling to the floor dead. Billy was living up to his reputation. This ensured the lawmen reacted and confronted the gang. Both gangs started moving around the town trying to get the upper hand on their rivals. The odd shot hit home and casualties started to build up on both sides.
Soon the stage coach started to come on the table. Inside was Wendy returning from shopping. Both sides saw Wendy at the same time and headed for the stage coach as it pulled up outside the undertakers. Karl headed for the coach with the last of his posse and brother. All were hit but only light wounds. The coach team fired back as well and hit an outlaw. Each side traded shots until like a Quentin Tarantino movie Wendy bursts out the coach, aimed and fired. The turn aiming paid off as Woody was hit and was dead before he hit the floor. It was at this time that Billy decided to get outa town.
The terrain was perfect.
The rules were good. In the game you place a playing card next to each character in the game. These are turned over to reveal their value and highest goes first. The initiative phase could be slow at times and the playing of cards distracted from the game so next time we will have character records on the table edge and cards will be placed there along with any wound markers etc.
All agreed it was a game we would like to play again soon.
All the buildings and figures were from Laurie’s collection. Brian played Woody, Steve played Billy and Laurie played Karl, Wilson and Wendy. I was the umpire and thoroughly enjoyed the day
Venue – Ideal. two large halls on the level with plenty of parking.
Entrance fee £4 a day – fair. A 2 day show.
Demo games – Good selection and balance from Fantasy/Historical/Sci-fi
Competitions – Located in the second hall along with a few traders and the bring and buy. Very well supported, cannot tell you much more than that.
Traders – Increasing year on year. This year there were 3 selling similar ranges. This can be a bit disappointing but it did enable me to get a good deal on some Perry box sets, 3 for £50. getting a good balance of traders in vital.
Bring and Buy – Big, mostly Fantasy/Sci- fi but I did pick up some osprey MAAs for £1.50 each, and Games workshop’s Man O War complete for £15 and Trafalgar rules for £10.
Catering – Weak. Food soon ran out. This needs to be addressed, otherwise people will bring their own and this will put less coppers in to the club. when there was food it was OK.
I will next be at Legionary 2015 on the 2nd of May 2015 with my War of the Roses Game. Hopefully see some of you there.
A bit of a quiet month so far.
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.
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.
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.