Sunday, 25 January 2015

More Rorkes Drift veterans Graves. Willaim Jones VC ,John Lyons &Joshua Lodge .

Today we visited the cemetery in Phillips Park in Manchester ,3 Rorkes Drift veterans are buried here .The most famous is William Jones VC again a hero who fell on hard times having to sell his VC to make ends meet and even though he gained some fame inBuffalo Bill's wild west show he ended up in a paupers grave .Recently A plaque and new grave stone was put in place in the cemetery not only for Jones but the other 2 survivors John Lyons and Joshua Lodge . The cemetery is also the final resting place for 2 survivors of the charge of the Light Brigade Richard Brown & John Richardson and WW1 VC winner .George Stringer .There are many more commonwealth war graves as well .

The plaques to the Zulu War Heroes buried in the cemetery .

Jone's headstone is placed above the communal paupers grave .

Survivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Corporal Ferdinand Schiess VC

My first finished Rorkes Drift VC winner ,Scheiss was a Swiss born corporal in the NNC ,he was in the hospital with a foot injury probably caused by ill fitting boots ,during the battle he jumped onto and on one occasion over the mealie bag walls to get to grips with the Zulu attackers. After the conflict he became homeless and destitute and was found suffering from exposure in Cape Town ,he was offered free passage on the Serrapis  to England but died on the Journey and was buried at sea.

Empress Miniatures Corporal Scheiss
More figures and scenery soon .

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot

My 1st unit of British Troops for my Zulu war project depicts the 24th Foot the most famous regiment of the war mainly thanks to the film Zulu .The 24th foot were almost wiped out at Isandlwana and then were main force at Rorkes Drift .The main unit is 12 strong with a NCO as leader and the 2 single figures represent a officer and "drummer boy" who were mainly about 20-30 years old and used bugles in the field .Figures are a mixture of Empress metal and Warlord plastic . I have managed to get a lot more at the just need basing stage so hopefully over the next week or so I will have more Brits and Zulus ready and then play testing of my rules can begin in earnest .

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Legacy of the Rorkes Drift Heroes-Volume1

A great book , this volume covers 9 of the lesser known heroes of the 1879 battle , the book is soft cover A4 size with a colour cover and black and white photographs and is 64 pages . Each chapter covers 1 man usually covering his parents,birth career before ,during and after his army life ,then his family history afterwards . These stories are very sad for example Sergeant Windridge lost 2 wives and 9 children and died an alcoholic .The stories of what each man did in the fighting at Rorkes Drift is worth the cover price alone . a definite must for anyone interested in this period.

Volume1 contents :
Francis Atwood
Henry edward Gallagher
Garret Hayden
George William Mabin
Rowland Herbert Miller
Frederick Augustus Millne
Robert Tongue
Joseph Lenford Windridge
Caleb Wood .


Thursday, 1 January 2015

2014 did I hit my gaming targets .

Firstly Happy New Year in January 2014 I set some targets for myself for my wargaming , these were my targets :

This year I am going to attempt to :
Finish off my Cold War Gone Hot Project .                     
Finish off my Zulu War project . 
Add a little more to my Witch Finder General stuff .
Finish my WW1 Project 
Complete my 7tv Bond cast
Complete my 7tv Tarzan cast
Complete my zombie project 
Complete the Dr Who stuff I have in my pile Before buying more
Paint all the FIW stuff I have before buying more
finish my Ronin 
finish my ww2 germans .
Finish my Saga Vikings
Make and buy more terrain to suit above projects 

Not to get involved in anything else 

Play more games at home, club and shows . 


Cold War Gone Hot - sort of , I finished my B.A.O.R (barring 2 harriers which are partly done )  but started a west German and Russian armies .

Zulu War - No but I have made a slight dint in the lead and plastic pile hoping to have enough done to put on a Rorkes Drift game which I am trying to write the rules for as well 

Witch finder - yes happy with this ,although I do have some bits to paint I do have enough stuff to game with .

WW1 -A resounding failure done nothing at all .

7tv Bond  -See ww1

7TV Tarzan -See 7TV Bond &WW1

Complete my Zombie project - Although I have painted loads ....see7TVBond ,7TV Tarzan etc.

Dr Who painted loads but bought loads so sort of see 7TV Bond Etc

FIW - Happy with this just handful of Rangers to paint .

Ronin-  Hurray did it 

WW2 Germans - See 7TV Bond Etc.

Saga Vikings - See 7TV Bond Etc. 

Terrain -happy got a lot done for FIW and Zulu .

Not to get involved in anything else .....A massive Failure  got into 6mm moderns bought loads of the 7TV starters .........

Play more games - Sort of a success  Ran Games of Cold War Gone hot at Triples and 6mm moderns at the joy of six. At SWGS managed to get a couple of games in and visit a lot more and I managed to get a few games in at my workplace at night in the function room about 2 cold war gone hot , 2 6mm modern and a FIW game. At home been play testing my Zulu rules and got a game of Cthulu in . 

Overall not brilliant but I have been in Hospital for my throat op then back in Hospital when I nearly died , got promoted at work ,had a new Grand Daughter, discovered who my Dad (sadly passed away ) was and discovered 2 new sisters and a new brother ,plus my fund raising was very successful this year so I think I have reasonable excuses .

For 2015 - Get the zulus done for triples ,run another game at Joy of Six and rejoin SWGS and get down more , anything else will be a bonus .The Zulu game should be ok , the joy of six stuff is being done by my partner in crime John Grayson ,club wise I have booked the friday off before triples to help them set up so thats a start . 

Some of my 2014 positive bits .

Zulu War Brits on my painting table 

our games at Triples 

Some of my forces burning at Triples


Our lay out at Joy of Six 

Joy of six

some of Zulu War terrain 


Part of my west Germans 

My daughter and new Grand Daughter Laney .

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Legacy of the Rorkes Drift Heroes.

I put a stop  on wargaming presents this year so I could get through my mountain of zulu war stuff for next years British Legion Games , but Elaine my partner bought me the 10 volume set of Legacy books by Kris Wheatley the story of the lesser known defenders of Rorkes Drift .The research started with one of her own ancestors Caleb Wood and this developed into this 10 book set ,on recent visit to Ruddington cemetery  , the Nottinghamshire graveyard with 3 Rorkes Drift defenders graves we popped into the local museum and Elaine got the complete set of books and hid them away for santa .I have only skimmed through them but already hooked some really fascinating stories of the little known heroes and their mixed fortunes after the battle .  I will do a more in depth review as I finish each volume .Find out more here

The 3 Defenders graves at Ruddington

The books 

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Raffle draw

A great day at the War Games Emporium for our raffle draw ,I would like to thank John and all the staff at the Emporium for not only giving us a place to hold the draw but also selling tickets as well ,a massive thanks to all the sponsors listed below and to every one who bought tickets and to all the forum organisers that allowed me to advertise our event . To John Grayson and Steven Holden for their help today Of course our biggest thanks to our service men and women and to the Royal British Legion .

Flags of War   - Gift Vouchers
Sheffield War Games Society   -Triples Tickets
Underfire Miniatures -20mm Figures
Ambush Alley Games -Loads of prizes inc Books ,15mm Miniatures etc.
Gripping Beast -Rule Book
Empress Miniatures -28mm Figures
Brigade Models -28mm WW1
Tim Gow- Books
Warlord Games -28mm Figures and Vehicles
Dashing Dice Games _ a massive starter set of everything
Rogue Miniatures -28mm Figures
RH Models _20mm Figures
Elheim _ Gift Voucher
Diplomatist Books -Gift Voucher
Plastic Soldier Company - 20mm Vehicles.
Crooked Dice -2 prizes of stater set vouchers
S&S -£20. voucher
Dear Tony Blair blog spot  -Figures 
Dave Parsons-Painting voucher 
Nexus Miniatures -assortment of resin and metal figures 

Nexus miniatures 

Some of the prizes

more of the prizes

Some of the lucky winners 
I will inform the on line winners with in the next couple of days of what they have won .