Saturday, 20 September 2014

Marder III M

Just putting the finishing touches to this 15mm Marder for my late war Germans. Model is from Battlefront. Quite a decent model.

Some extra weathering will be added over the weekend and I'll also be finishing off a couple of M8 HMCs.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Chain of Command - first impressions

I played a quick solo game of Chain of Command today, having had the rules for a while.

Simple "Patrol" scenario with a late war Heer platoon + HMG encountering a US platoon + 60mm mortar.
The US never really got everything hooked up and the Heer got slightly the better of the dice luck, so in the end the hard-pressed Yanks withdrew when their morale reached 3 after the platoon lieutenant bought the farm. On reflection, they should have deployed smoke grenades and been more aggressive, HMG will always provoke a little reluctance.

The mortar didn't really get a chance to have much influence. I think a .30cal MG would have been more help...actually a tank would have been more help :-)

This was all played in 15mm, which looked really good.

Overall impression: impressed (and no bl**dy card activation).

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Available at last: Rebellion!

Well, after years of waiting my first solo-authored book is now available from Warlord Games.

Rebellion! is a supplement for the Black Powder rules, covering the American War of Independence (or American Rebellion or American Revolution, take your pick).

I am really pleased with how the finished book has turned out.

Now I'm off to juggle three current projects to carry me through the Autumn:
  1. More AWI militia in readiness for Guilford Courthouse at Salute (I have enough, I just want to revamp them and add some new command stands)
  2. "Chain of Command", 15mm Americans vs Germans in the Southern France campaign of 1944 - having just read Jeff Danby's excellent "Day of the Panzer"
  3. 28mm Ancients with the "Sword and Spear" rules.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Salute 2015

The application form for the 2015 demo game has gone off to the Warlords....

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Warlord Games Day - Perry Twins Napoleonic Game

The Perry Twins ran an awesome napoleonic game at WGD.
It featured a French army making a fighting withdrawal before an Austro-Neapolitan army while also being threatened in the flank by an Anglo-Sicilian force...

As before, lighting was rubbish so photos are the best I could do...

Warlord Games Day - Battle of Hobkirk's Hill game

It was Warlord Games open day in Nottingham yesterday.
I ran a Black Powder scenario based on the AWI battle of Hobkirk's Hill which Laurence and I managed to get through three times.

The venue was not great for photography as it was quite dark, but I have done the best I can with the shots I took.

The scenario proved to be more even than I expected and I will write it up for the Warlord website as a sort of bonus addition to the Rebellion! supplement.

The rebel defensive line atop Hobkirk's Hill:
 The Crown forces move forward:

 The rebel left flank under threat from the 63rd Foot:
 The militia sort of supporting the Maryland line:
 The rebel right flank swings around the threaten the crown army:
 1st Maryland, exhausted and brittle:
 Crown centre, Vols of Ireland, SC Royalists and RA 6 pound section:

 Rawdon encourages his right flank to attack

Saturday, 12 July 2014

AWI Command base

Here is a command base I have put together from a few figures left lying around from some rebasing I did a while ago. Initially the plan was to put the base up on Ebay, but it turned out rather nicely so I'm not sure whether to keep it instead.

All are Foundry figures from the AWI range: Mounted officer is George Washington from the generals pack, foot officer from the Continental infantry command pack and drummer from the infantry command pack.
Base is 60mm round from Warbases.