Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Some News, Sohei Monks, and KublaCon!

So there I was, catching up on the latest issue of Wargames Illustrated (414, June).  I started reading the "Here Come The Prussians" article and as I scroll down on my tablet, a familiar sight pops out on the page at me. 

I see a picture depicting the This Hallowed Ground rules.  I then read the section next to the picture and discover the Perry's are giving the rules a little try out with their latest and always excellent range of miniatures for the Franco-Prussian war.

Well, I damn near fell out of my chair right then and there!  I couldn't believe it!  A nice little surprise for me to see that.

Not long after that I was told to check Facebook and saw the excellent Saxon Dog (blog and FB page) had also posted about using the rules ...


What an interesting and excellent day this has turned out to be!  Ok, ok - moving on ...

The awesome Steve Dake had finished my Sohei Monks for Test of Honour a little while ago and I finally got them on bases and tried out a little test game.  As always, Steve does excellent work.  I snapped some pictures below using my phone ...

The test game was a lot of fun.  I needed to try the game out quickly because I'm packing it up to bring with me to ....

YES!  The Khan of Cons ... it is that time of year for the largest and best gaming convention in the local area.  I'm going big this year, heading there tomorrow afternoon and returning on Monday after a long weekend of miniature gaming madness!

We have an official line up of games ...

Friday we have Adam Clark running his 10mm (Warmaster) Orcs vs Humans game and Matt Hilzendragger running a larger version of his Sudan colonial game with The Men Who Would Be Kings.

Saturday sees John Lantz running Shaggy Ridge (WW2 Burma) and Dan Kerrick running a French and Indian War game with Rebels and Patriots.

Finally on Sunday I'm running the expanded Bautzen scenario for General d'Armee shich will use a 16 foot by 6 foot table and a good chunk of my 28mm French and Russian Napoleonic collections.

Lots of pictures will be taken and a report will follow!

Finally, a little preview of the first War of the Roses figures ...

The first battle is done and right after the con I'll be working to get the 5 remaining battles assembled and painted.  I also have a metric butt load of War of the Ring (the other WotR) basing to do.  So much going on!

Friday, May 13, 2022

War of the Ring Update: Gondor

The super talented Bohdan Mykhaylyk has been working away on the last group of forces for my Gondor army for WotR.  As always Bohdan does absolutely stunning work.  With this group done I have everything finished now for my Gondor army, now just a bunch of basing to do.

This group wraps things up by completing units of Citadel Guard (36), Rangers of Gondor (18), Ithilien Rangers (18), 4 x Bolt Throwers, and 2 x Trebuchets.  I also had Bohdan do a couple of mounted banner bearers and Faramir in Ranger form.

The Rangers of Gondor are on the left in the green/tan scheme, while the Ithilien Rangers are on the right in the green/red theme.

Ranger heroes.

Can't wait to get these guys all based up and done.  I've already dispatched the next group of WotR stuff to Bohdan, the Corsairs of Umbar.  After that I'm just down to some odds and ends for Mordor and the force from Khand.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Napoleonic Russian Army: Major Progress

I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel for my Russian Napoleonic army.  It has been a long road go get here.  About 50 units in total the army is only a little smaller than my French army.

At this time, the only units left to do are 1 Cuirassier, 3 Cossack and 1 Jager unit.  I also have a field forge to do in the extras department.

I took pictures of the finished extras, cavalry, and some dead horses.  Will do a separate post for the infantry and artillery.  These are just quick pictures I took with my Samsung phone using some plasticard sheets.

First up are the extras ...

And now the Russian cavalry that spans Cossacks, Uhlans, Mounted Jagers, Dragoons, Cuirassiers, and Hussars.  For the Hussars, from top to bottom in order of appearence: Mariupol, Pavlograd, Irkutsk, and Elisavetgrad Hussars.

First wave of Cossacks - from top to bottom: Don Cossacks in winter dress, Ataman Cossacks, Don Cossacks.

Phew!  That's it for now.  I'm just finishing up the basing for some Grenadier units, then I'll take the pictures for the Infantry and Artillery and post those up.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

General d'Armee: Bautzen, 1813

Played the standard Battle of Bautzen, 1813 - MacDonald's Attack scenario from the General d'Armee rulebook today.  I must say I'm very happy with the rules.  We all managed to get through the game with all questions being answered.  The QRS is great and the rulebook is structured in a way that makes it easy to find answers.

I'll say this was a large game for my feeble 6 foot by 8 foot table.  You really need some space for each brigade - you don't really want brigades stacked up behind others.  That being said, we all had a great time playing through the scenario.

The French attack just kept stalling and really struggled to get some momentum - except for a glorious Dragoon charge near the center that ran down a unit and caused two others to flee in terror.  A great result for the French - but the Russian Mariupol Hussars plugged the gap and then saw off the Dragoons, saving the day for the Russian army.

Result, Russian victory.  Also the debut of my Russian Napoleonic army.

Pictures below using the nice camera.















Phone pictures below ... I didn't get a lot of pictures of the in progress game as I was very focused on playing through the rules and testing as much of the written rules as possible.  The good news is I think we exercised just about every part of the rules.

That's it for now.  Next up I need to take some proper pictures of all these new Russian units.