Sunday, 15 May 2022

Windmill

Dusted off my old Airfix (Dapol) windmill, applied some tlc and weathered it a bit; followed by giving it a smaller footprint base.

Saturday, 7 May 2022

New Begovian figures - first metal ...

First lot of figures from the new moulds for the Begovians have been cast and I have made up the command figures for the Janissaries...

and a unit of cavalry ...

Monday, 25 April 2022

New Janissary and Kapikalu sculpts ....

Finished the sculpts for the new look Begovian (Ottoman) Janissary infantry in long coat and the Kapikalu cavalry


A comparison between the new chaps and the old 'generation 1' version (one of my first sculpts 6 years ago);  definitely an improvement ...
The cavalry figure, new rider fitted temporarily with lance...

as usual the photos show the imperfections up, a few tweaks to do before the mould making commences.


Sunday, 17 April 2022

They Projects ....

A round up of my gaming projects; so lets see whats cooking ...

The Kingdom Of Wittenberg

Currently in the planning stage for the next part of the Begovian War (the 40mm collection will be in action again); before it kicks off the Begovians will receive an uplift in the shape of some new look Janissary infantry and Kapikulu cavalry; sculpts started (I wasn't going to do another mould but why not 😀 ).  I will probably do a couple more border skirmish style games before the campaign kicks off.

Samurai - Sengoku Period (40mm)

Casting (and assembly) continues for the Samurai armies.. command and most of Ashigaru prepped for painting;  samurai both on foot and mounted still to be done

 


    All the basic scenery has been completed and a load of figures including peasants, bandits and samurai - enough for a run through of a seven samurai  'Defend the Village' style game, which I've just started playing through

Somewhere in France (Somewhere in England)

Just finished sorting out some French buildings to use for games..


currently working on story lines and possible scenarios for games.

Carry On Chaps

The sequence of games around the pyramidion artifact, last game was set at an airfield 

is now coming to a close; last game will be attack on the Villains Lair (the table layout and scenario remain undefined).

For Ye Kinge (40mm)

Simmering on the backburner, designing a campaign - concept: Wittenberg will try to seize the Hoflandt,  Saxe-Jarlsberg and Monrovian will try to hold it.

These chaps have been waiting way too long to get into action on the table ... Scots mercenary regiment..

The Nothelm Chronicle

No big additions planned to the dark ages Saxons and Vikings, although always a favourite for a game; from the last battle...

Medieval Knights (40mm)

A tinker-time project, so far have sorted through the figures I bought off Ebay and a few I already had.  The forest outlaws are ready for play ...

hmm! .. plenty to keep me busy - game on 😎  🎲

Friday, 8 April 2022

Into the Bylandt - Campaign PDF

 I've wrapped up all the games for the Monovia V Fenwick campaign - 'Into the Bylandt' into a PDF with suitable introduction and also included the basic table layout for each game scenario.

The PDF can be obtained from here ...

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k50J1y81E0NKtc9CKGIUkn8h6I1xR_qE/view?usp=sharing

Sunday, 13 February 2022

Raid on Blotwitz...

continued from previous post ... 

The Monrovian commander places his troops as best he can ...

The Duke of Fenwick arrives to observe proceedings...
The order is given and the heavy guns are rolled out and open fire on Blotwitz...
a battery of mortars starts firing, adding their weight to the bombardment....
as the bombardment continues Fenwick assault troops move up the river Oudear ...
the bombardment stops as they prepare to land .... 
The Monrovian commander orders his men to fall back to the hedge for cover .... the fire from the Fenwick mortars has set two of the town buildings afire ...
The Fenwick troops press forward, while some contain the Monrovians, the rest set fire to the crane and warehouses on the wharf ....
The Monrovians have rallied and fire stiff volleys at the Fenwick troops keeping that at bay behind a barricade and the hedge....
The sound of drums can be heard by the Monrovian troops, a land militia battalion is marching to their aid .....
The Fenwick troops pull-out, their job done....
The wharf area and part of the town is on fire ...plus the moored river boat ...
As the Fenwick troops get clear the bombardment from the other side of the river starts up again - making it difficult to fight the fires. Blotwitz will burn ...

Fenwick has extracted retribution from Monrovia for the invasion of the Bylandt, by effectively destroying the facilities and buildings of this important river trade town.

Saturday, 12 February 2022

At Blotwitz....

The bridge over the river Oudear linking Fenwick and Monrovian territory at Pinzendorf is very well defended by Monrovia.  The Duke of Fenwick has decided an assault would not be a sensible course of action and has another plan in mind.

About a mile below the bridge at Pinzendorf is Blotwitz; here are the wharfs where cargo is handled for trans-shipment via pack pony over the non-navigable section of the river Oudear to the north.

---oXo---

The wharf at Blotwitz is not very busy,.....

Nothing much can be seen on the other side of the rive (in Fenwick territory)...
Later in the day a column of Fenwick troops escorting a heavy artillery battery pass through a small village, behind them are more wagons and other troops....
On the hill opposite Blotwitz men are busy preparing the ground...
Fenwick officers observe Blotwitz, making notes of the location of buildings ...
Having concentrated on defending the bridge at Pinzendorf, the Monrovian commanders have managed find a unit to spare to protect Blotwitz - who march into the town in the late afternoon....

to be continued ...


Saturday, 29 January 2022

Sedan Chair Race ....

The annual sedan chair race between the two main carriers in Wittenberg city is due to start; the winner gets first place at the pick up points for the lucrative trade to and from the palace

The race starts at the Unicorn on Helmholtz Strasse, goes along then left through an alleyway into Lowen Platz (Lion Square), round the back of the lion statue to the next street, turning right by the Cauldron and down Konig Strasse finishing at the Golden Pretzel (on the edge of the market square)

At the start ...nearly ready to go .... under starts orders ....

Crowds are gathering at the finish...

They are off ! green gets a good start ....

red cuts inside and get to the alley first... blocking green
red is through the alley into Lowen Platz..
red slow down and then drop the sedan, green however are on fine form and overtake red ...
now it is green who tire a bit and red catches up as they near the Cauldron...
The crowd waiting at the finish line by the Golden Pretzel can just see the lead sedan chair turning into Konig Strasse
As red turns into Konig Strasse, green starts to lag behind...
Red starts to draw ahead as they head down Konig Strasse
Green try and keep up with them ....
As they near the finish line green is on the tail of red....(due to one lucky movement mulligan for green)

with a final burst of speed green passes the finish line first just ahead of red...
The green sedan chair company is the winner !

There was much drinking and jollity afterwards in the Golden Pretzel .....

---oXo---

Sedan Race Rules:

Initiative: 1d6 per side, highest moves first

Movement Distance : 1D6 + 1D3 inches

Movement Mulligan (second chance); if score is double one on movement distance, throw again 

Movement Penalties:

    • for turning a corner, movement penalty - 2 inches

Risk Factor - for each movement throw a 1D6

    • 1: dropped/grounded the sedan chair, movement penalty - 3 inches
    • 2: stumbled, movement penalty - 2 inches
    • 3: slipped, movement penalty - 1 inches
    • 4,5,6: OK