Friday, 11 January 2019

More bits and pieces

Got a few more bits painted and based for various games , a knight templer and frost wraith plus some treasure for Frostgrave both figures Northstar figures , The black goat , little Lord Winterley and his side kick Mister Mangel for 7tv Children of the fields from crooked dice and finally a few animals for frostgrave but bases left plain so they can be used for anygame , a bear and 2 boars with 3 young piglets all from warbases.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

54mm Durban Mounted Rifles

Another 54mm AZW figure to stand guard over my AZW library ,again a Benito figure but this time a trooper from the Durban Mounted Rifles ,a small unit but colourful ,when mustered in1878 they numbered 3 officers and 63 men ,they saw very little action acting mainly as scouts .
Durban Mounted Rifles 

alongside his comrade from the Frontier light horse 

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Battle of the Bulge -rules of Engagement style

A ROE scenario based in the Ardennes was played last night at the club , a vicious little battle using the Hold the Line Scenrio ,the US troops managed to stay hidden which meant the Germans had to advance almost to my lines before they could engage us , lots of firing then took place my medic performed some sterling work and my LMG made mincemeat of a Brave german unit which made a dash for my HQ . The Germans looked the likely winners until a round of bad saving rolls took them to their breakpoint when victory was in their grasp ,another cracking game ,my next army to get out and complete will be my late war US Airborne  "Currahee"...   Figures as usual a mix of warlord and artizan ,panther is a corgi die cast and trucks from any scale mat by Urbanmatz
The baattlefield from the US perspective

The Germans advance and a us off table artillery shell lands 

The US HQ group and a LMG come out of hiding 

A panther creeps into view to be annoyed but not damaged by abrave Bazooka team 

The US start to take hits....

...but a gallent medic , the US commander and some decent dice rolls keep casualties  down 

so close yet so near this turn the germans came close to my HQ  but horrendous casualties broke them snatching defeat from the jaws of victory .

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

The first bits and peices of 2019

A busy day painting , building and basing on the 1st day of the year gave me a  nice amount of wargaming goodness for at game at the club tonight ,again rules of engagement but this time the snow covered fields of Europe and the U.S infantry fighting those evil Nazis trying a sneak attack .Thought a Battle of the Bulge type scenario would be fun as at this time of year we always promise to take part in the battle of the belly bulge .My main infantry section was shown in my last post but much to my surprise (and hopefully my opponents ) I managed to build and paint 2 American vehicles a M10 and M8 ,I did both in a winter whitewash finish which I am quite chuffed with as its my first attempt at such a finish , the models were ok to build especially the M8 which was italeri it only took 30 mins to build, the M10 is warlord and as usual came with no instructions so had to trawl the internet to find some . I have also built and based a few plastic ruins from warlord games ,put them on pretty non descript bases ,hopefully representing burnt ground so they can pop up around the world in different time periods I have added little bits of rubble etc to the bases but not enough to stop figures being placed, also based a few winter trees I bought cheap on evil bay and finally 2 markers for Rules of Engagement to show how many hits the unit takes as the hits effect morale rather than the casualties so causing 10 hits but not actually killing anyone is devastating , the chaps on these are Blacktree designs , you dont need many as these as the effects are worked out at the end of each turn then the markers are removed .

Monday, 31 December 2018

Winter U.S Infantry for Rules of Engagement

Reorganised and finished painting the US infantry I originally bought for Bolt Action but as I have said before that set of rules put me off WW2 gaming in 28mm ,however ROE has changed that so I am finishing all my 28mm WW2 bits now ,we have a nice little following for ROE at Sheffield War Games Society now . My U.S infantry is a basic platoon with some support ,I still want to add a HMG and Med Mortor and maybe a couple of vehicles as well . The figures are a mix of Warlord and Artizan this allowed me to field a platoon where each figure is different , mat is as usual by urban matz
Platoon Command ,officer ,2 NCO's a Medic and a Rifleman

1st section rifle group .NCO , Bar Team and Rifleman 

1st Section assault group NCO and 7 Riflemen 

2nd Section rifle groups as per the 1 section

2nd section assault group , a rifle grenadier adds abit of punch 

LMG team 

Bazooka group

Artillery Observers

Friday, 28 December 2018

Christmas Game -Rules of Engagement

Sheffield Wargames Society always have aChristmas Games day which this year started at 12.30 and continued until 8pm allowing time to undertake a bigger game or games and enjoy the supplied buffet as well .This year we played a Rules of Engagement scenario .Brits v Germans in the desert ,the game was a christmas cracker , Both sides advancing the German 222 advanced and bravely fired on the British Armour to no avail and the infantry rushing to dig in .Turn 2 saw the Brit tank return fire on the German armored car only to miss wildly ,the 222 responded and caused minor damage but this resulted in killing some of the crew and the rest bailed out and legged it , things got worse for the Brits with a well aimed burst from a HMG taking out the British HQ and the Pziv catching a section of tommies in the open ,things started to look bad for the gallent tommies . Turn 3 started with a boys anti tank rifle  taking a shot at the Pziv to no avail what so ever ,next revenge was sought with fire being trained on my Hq unit and on my HMG and my infantry on my right flank ,poor shooting and some bad dice rolls resulted on only 1 hit on my HQ unit which was deflected by a cigar case sent over for Xmas to one of the young jerries . Return fire was more accurate and the Brits reached thier break point and started to retire from the battle . Figures a mix of artizan and warlord ,vehicles a mix of s&s warlord and others,  scenery airfix and anyscale plus other oddments

Monday, 17 December 2018

Flags of War Jacobites W.I.P first 5 finished

First 5 Jacobites finished ,going to make this up to unit strength for sharps practice hich will be 12 figures ,then I will work on some lowlanders and Royal eccossias.
Tried to give a marshy looking finish with patches of long grass and heather 

Friday, 14 December 2018

Flags of War jacobites work in progress part 3

Finished the painting ,just a couple of coats of satin cote then a matt coat finish and the basing to do .Really nice figures to work on ,in future I will do batches of the same background colour to speed things up .

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Flags of War Jacobites work in progress part 2

With all the base colours in place they are already looking good , next will be a wash then the tartan and highlights and faces .