Thursday, 11 July 2019

Cruel Seas -USA v Italy

Played our third game of Cruel Seas using our house rules ,to try most of the rules , John used all his yanks and I put out all my Italians , lots of fun the U.S just managed a points victory .Next game will include aircraft to try out the rule adaptions .

Friday, 5 July 2019

Islands and coastal cliffs for cruel seas

Ordered some scenic bits for cruel seas fron Total System Scenic  ,I got 3 islands and 2 corner section of coastline cliffs with beaches for those commando raids ,fantastic delivery and lovely detail on the scenic items .10/10
set out on the warlord game mats

more impressive then the cardboard one that comes with the game.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Cruel Seas First Games

Manged to play cruel seas using our house rules last night at the club ,we got in 2 games the "ships in the night " and the "Torpedo Run" scenarios from the main rule book . The first game was fast and bloody but all my 2 vospers just managed to escape but with very heavy damage and the Torpedo run finished with one of my vospers sitting floating along with no damage points left waiting to be resued or captured and the other being forced to leave the table with crew and bridge hits but luckily one of its Torps managed to hit the tanker which although ablaze was still under power so technically a German victory .The house rules certainly made the game more realistic and fun . Next week Johns Yanks take on my Italians .
ships in the night

the brits run while they still can 

Torpedo Run

Torp away ,destined to miss

@nd vosper makes a daring run to fire its fish 


Monday, 1 July 2019

Fairmile D's for Cruel Seas

Bought a couple of Fairmile D MTB's from Navwar to see what they were like compared to Warlord Games offering and to be honest they are not bad ,not as much detail as teh Warlord ones and they dont come with the cards but at £11 for 2 compared to £30 for 2 from warlord I think I can live with them and the cards are available from the facebook groups that are dedicated to the game.I also bought some aircraft as well again around .75p -£3.00 each here the warlord ones are £10 for 3 .

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

140th Anniversary photo book .Ian Knight/David Walker

After the last post about my AZW book collection I recieved lovely book from Ian J Knight ,basically a album of photographs taken at the 140th anniversary re enactment this year, other than a small introduction by Ian there are nowords just colour photos taken on the day .A really nice book available directly from Ians web site but it is a very limitedprinting if you want one.

Sunday, 23 June 2019

My Zulu War Book Collection

Im quite proud of my collection of AZW books ,quite a few of them signed by the authors with a few with personal inscriptions to me from Ian J. Knight .A couple of friends have offered to lend me books recently both of which I had and when I see books in 2nd stores I always struggle to remember if I have them or if they are on my wanted list , so I thought I would make list of the ones I own  and here it is .The yellow bars are by Ian Knight ,the Green by Kris Wheatley and Red by mike Snook .
a sketch of the Kafir & Zulu WarsHenry Hallam Parr
A staffordshire Regiment in the Zulu & Sekukuni campaigns 1878-1879Robert Hope
A Wargamers Guide to the Anglo Zulu WarDaniel Mersey
A Widow Making War -the life and death of aofficer in Zululand 1879 
Anatomy of the Zulu Army from Shaka to Cetshwayo 1818-1879Ian Knight
Blood on the painted MountainRon Lock
Brave Mens BloodIan Knight
British Forces in Zululand 1879Ian Knight
British Fortifications in Zulu Land 1879Ian Knight
British Infantryman in South Africa 1877-81ian castle
British Infantryman v Zulu WarriorIan Knight
By order of the Great White QueenIan Knight
Companion to the Anglo Zulu WarIan Knight
Crossing the Buffalo-the Zulu war of 1879Adrian Greaves
Dead was everything -studies in the Anglo Zulu warkieth smith
Despatches from the front The Zulu Wars 
Fearful Hard Times -the siege &relief of eshoweIan Castle &Ian Knight
first zulu
Forgotten Battles of the Zulu WarAdrian Greaves
Great Zulu Battles 1838-1906Ian Knight
Great Zulu Commanders Ian Knight
Guidebook to the Anglo-Zulu War BattlefieldsDavid Rattray
How can men die betterMike Snook
Isandlwana Ian Castle &Ian Knight
Isandlwana 1879Edmund Yorke
John Williams VC a biographyW.G.Lloyd
Kingdom in CrisisJohn Laband
Legacy of the Rorkes Drift Heroes vol1Kris Wheatley
Legacy of the Rorkes Drift Heroes vol2Kris Wheatley
Legacy of the Rorkes Drift Heroes vol3Kris Wheatley
Legacy of the Rorkes Drift Heroes vol4Kris Wheatley
Legacy of the Rorkes Drift Heroes Vol5Kris Wheatley
Legacy of the Rorkes Drift Heroes vol6Kris Wheatley
Legacy of the Rorkes Drift Heroes vol7Kris Wheatley
Legacy of the Rorkes Drift Heroes vol8Kris Wheatley
Legacy of the Rorkes Drift Heroes vol9Kris Wheatley
Legacy of the Rorkes Drift Heroesvol10Kris Wheatley
Like Lions they Fought-the last zulu warRobert B Edgerton
Like Wolves on the Fold The defense of Rorkes DriftMike Snook
Lord Chelmsford & the zulu warMajor Gerald French -foreward by bindon blood
March to the Drums -eyewitness acounts of war from the Kabul Maasacre to the siege of Mafikeng Ian Knight
Narrative of the Field Operations connected with the Zulu War of 1879 
Nothing Remains but to Fight-the defense of Rorkes DriftIan Knight
Rorkes DriftJames w Bancroft
Rorkes DriftIan Castle &Ian Knight
Rorkes Drift & the British Museum The lifeof Henry Hook V.CBarry c.Johnson
Rorkes Drift &Isandlawana 1879-A Battlefield GuideChris Peers
Rorkes Drift 1879Ian Knight
Rorkes Drift a new perspectiveneil thornton
Rorkes Drift Diary- an account of the battles of Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift zululand january 22nd 1879Captain William Penn Symons
sister Janetbrian best & Katie stossel
The  Sun Turned Black-Isandlwana & Rorkes DriftIan Knight
The Boiling Cauldron -utrecht district&th AZW 1879Huw m Jones
The Curling Letters of the Zulu War 
The Illustrated Guide to the Anglo- Zulu War John Laband & Paul Thompson
The National Army Museum book of the Zulu WarIan Knight
The Naval Brigade in South Africa-1877-1878-1879Henry F. Norbury
The Rise and Fall of the Zulu NationJohn Laband
The Tribe that Washed its Spearsadrian Greaves & Xolani Mkhize
The war correspondents the anglo zulu warJohn Laband &Ian Knight
The Washing of the spearsDonald R morris
The Zulu Army and Zulu Headmen 
The Zulu WarAngus McBride
The Zulu WarIan Knight
The Zulu War 1879Lt Col F.E.Whitton
The Zulu War a pictorial historyMichael Barthorp
the Zulu war journalcol henry hartford
The Zulu War Then and NowIan Castle &Ian Knight
The Zulu War through contempory eyes  
The ZulusIan Knight & Angus McBride
There will be an awful row at home about thisIan Knight
Through the Zulu CountryBertram Mitford
Victorias harvest -the irish soldier in the zulu war of 1879David Truesdale & John Young
Who's Who in the Zulu war 1879 vol 2 the colonials & ZulusIan Knight &Adrian Greaves
Who's Who in the Zulu war 1879 vol1 the BritishIan Knight &Adrian Greaves
With His Face to the Foe -The life & death of Loius Napoleon,The Prince Imperial Zululand 1879Ian Knight
ZuluSaul David
Zulu 1816-1906Ian Knight & Angus McBride
Zulu Battle PieceSir Reginald Coupland
Zulu DawnCy endfield
zulu rising-the epic story of Isandlwana & Rorkes DriftIan Knight
Zulu the truth behind the film Paul Raby
Zulu War -volunteers,irregulars and Auxiliariesian castle
Zulu War 1879 twilight of a  warrior nation Ian Castle &Ian Knight
Zulu War VC'sJames w.Bancroft
Zulu with some guts behind itSheldon Hall
Zulu-FrontiersmanMajor c.g.Dennison
Zulu-Isandlwana & Rorkes Drift 22-23 Jan 1879Ian Knight
Zulu-VictoryRon Lock &Peter Quantrill

Thursday, 20 June 2019

A Small Beach Party for the joy of six

Had chance to help play test sheffield wargames societys game for the joy of six show last night , great fun if you going to the show make sure you give it a try ,very tactical but fun and only takes an hour or so .

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Urbanmatz 3d printable terrain

You know how impressed I am with Urbanmatz products ,well their new venture looks great 3d printable terrian which looks really nice and cheap ,its not something I am into myself yet but I know lots of people are

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Mussolini's Pride the Regia Marina and a merchant ship for cruel seas

Finished my Italian Navy fleet box and also a merchant ship which I have left with no mrkings so it can fit into a convoy for any nation .The Italians consist of a Gabbiano class corvette which I showed off in an earlier post , MZMotozattera a well armed conversion of a german f lighter , another  f lighter with italian weapons but still able to carry a 100 men or 3 light tanks and 4 MAS boats really fast but lightly armed and armoured MTBs .
A battered merchant ship 

these are quite large even in 1/300 scale

Mussolinis Navy

again with ruler to give an idea of size

The MZ a well armed conversion of the german F Lighter 

every thing in its transport box tin foil and magnetic sheet to prevent heavy seas causing damage .