First show I've visited in a while and I probably wouldnt have gone if I hadn't arranged to see Lance from Galloping major . A small show with are parking and free entry , a couple of smaller traders that you dont see at other shows so made a nice change but nothing to make me want to go again , my purchases consisted of a few packs from Lance to help finish some units off ,some characters and one of his new packs of markers , some nice spanish guerillas from Eagle and of course a few bases from warbases ,a long way to go to spend lass that a £100 but we visited afew other places so worthwhile .
Monday, 2 December 2019
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Played Ambush Valley in 28mm again ,another fast and furious game ,this time John took the VC and I had the yanks and amazing I won , captured the bunker complex but at acost of 1 Dead and 11 wounded .
|The first of the US troops move onto the table|
|The trap is sprung they come under fire|
|the medi vac appears|
|and promptly goes away as it takes fire|
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
My next batch of Eureka Rhodesians have arrived for my Bush wars project to be used with Ambush Alley or Specter operations ,a set of Greys Scouts the mounted unit that proved a excellent unit .and The Rhodesian African Rifles ,the all black infantry regiment that served with distinction during the conflict .Again lovely figures in fantastic poses .
|armed with an heavy barrel FN|
|Based on a famous picture of the Scouts in action|
|White officer of the R.A.R|
|the full unit of R.A.R|
Thursday, 7 November 2019
We went back to an old favourite for this weeks game ,Force on Force by Ambush Alley Games and we really enjoyed it ,we used the Ambush Valley supplement and 28mm figures .American Airbourne against NVA a great game with the NVA almost wiping out the yanks .
|from the NVA side|
|The Americans advance|
|The Vietnamese go into ambush mode|
|U.S casualties mount|
|a medi-vac chopper comes under fire and moves away|
|The NVA charge into the LZ|
|hand to hand|
|the few ramaining Americans try to fall back|
|more H to H more U.S casualties|
|ITs all over the LZ is overun|
Sunday, 27 October 2019
A few pics of my Viking Great Army progress ,still a long way to go .Figures are amix of footsore ;Artizan ,Gripping Beast plastics and Victrix plastics .
|2 bits of scenery A victim of the Viking Blood eagle and a rune stone|
|A rear view of the grusome punishment|
|1st of my Viking Sub-Commanders Arnvid Ale Sinker|
|2nd Sub Commander -Erik Oak Solitter|
|and the 3rd sub commander -Sigurd of the Bridge|
|a group of Viking Pirates|
|A close up of the above|
|and another close up of the Bondi|
Monday, 21 October 2019
Over the weekend we visited the memorial to Henry Pulleine , the commander of the forces left at Isandlwana ,often blamed for the disaster in full or partly With Col Darnford .He is buried with his men somewhere on the Isandlwana battle field, but there is a great memorial stone in Kirby Wiske ,in what was his fathers church yard .
|Lieutenant ColonelHenry Burmester Pulleine|
|As played by Denholm Elliott in the underated Zulu Dawn|
|Some of the many cairns on the Battlefield|
|The Infamous Mountain|
|Close up of the inscription|
|The Memorial in Yorkshire has a bit of a lean now|
Friday, 18 October 2019
I finished painting my two sticks of RLI from Eureka UK ,beautiful miniatures which were a real joy to paint .The RLI were a whites only elite force that fought throughout the Rhodesiaan Bush war or Second Chimurenga or Zimbabwe war of Liberation depending whose side you were on ,they proved an hard and succesful unit seeking out and attacking the rebels from different factions not only in Rhodesia but in the many cross border actions that happened in this long conflict (1964-1979).When I saw these in the flesh (or lead) I ordered the full range so needed some support so ordered a Eland 90 from Butlers printed models ,The Eland was the South African version of the French AML .This is my first printed model and I am impressed , a bit rough on the surface but cleaned up nicely and half the price of the resin and metal versions on the market .
|The printed model out of the box|
|a little work needed to smooth the barrel and wheels.|
|The Finished Eland|
|The First Stick|
|The second Stick|
|Both units consist of a stick leader with Radio and Slr 2 troopers with Slr and agunner with an Fn Mag|
Thursday, 17 October 2019
We played Cruel Seas again last night ,we will soon need to change the games name as it now doesnt have much of a resembalance to Warlords game. We played night time action with the Royal Navy trying to intercept an Italian Convoy ,The italians put up an epic defence but The RN reinforcements turned up and 2 Torpedoes hit 2 transports sinking both immediatley with the remaining 2 managing to creep away whilst their escorts put up a great covering action .The random reinforcements and arrival points added a lot to the game .At somepoint soon we will playtest the aircraft rules then write up; our house rules and amendments .
|Lighting up the night|
|The scene of our adventure|
|The starting force for the Brits|
|The Convoy advances through the dark|
|2 more vospers arrive but so do 4 Mas boats|
|full speed ahead|
|The fight begins in earnest|
|2 torps one broke the back of the merchant and sank it immediately the other destroyed the others engines and gave it 90 points of damage ..it only started with 85?|
|The Italians light up the night|
|an areial view of an epic encounter|