Tuesday, September 13, 2016

28MM FIW SIEGE OF FORT WILLIAM

I was at the SESWC last Thursday for a FIW game using Muskets and Tomahawks.  The game was the siege of Fort William as I provided the fort.  Angus Konstam and Jack Glanville provided all the figures.  On the British side Michael was defending the fort whilst I commanded the relief column of British regulars, provincials and rangers.  Derek commanded the French troops besieging the fort whilst Jack commanded an Indian force facing the relief column and also engaging the fort.  Angus acted as the umpire.

My relief column got no more than 15" onto the table in fact the elite grenadiers and provincials both retired almost of the table.  The French and their Indian allies had just broken into the fort when night fell (special event).  The darkness forced my relief column to fall back into a defensive position.  It was a clear French victory.

As I forgot my camera the photos come from Campbell Hardie's phone.

Fort William - did the defenders remember to close the gate?

Overview of the table - relief column came on via the track on the right

Indians engaging the column with their captive old mother Simpkins who I had to rescue as a subplot.

French infantry engaging the fort
Michael and Angus have put more detailed accounts on their blogs - links below

http://meneken.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/the-capture-of-fort-williams-1758.html

http://www.edinburghwargames.com/the-siege-of-fort-william-1756/

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

15MM BLACK POWDER SUDAN GAME


I was at Falkirk and District Wargames Club for a game this week.  Dave Paterson has been busy rebasing a huge collection of 15mm Colonial figures that he bought.  He is about half way thru the project so we decided to give the Madhists an outing against an Anglo-Egyptian force.
Madhist centre with skirmishers in the village

Madhist right wing.  Proved to be cautious troops made 1 move in 3 turns!

The isolated Egyptian brigade - got flanked but broke their Madhist opponents

We used Black Powder with the amended turn sequence.  It was a very enjoyable game.  Two of my three Madhist commands failed to move on the first 2 turns.  My left wing force however advanced quickly and engaged the Egyptian brigade who though in a very bad position broke the Madhist command!  My right wing command managed finally to move and engaged the combined British Naval and Rifle brigade and wiped them all out.  Even with their Stoic rerolls.  At that point we declared the game a draw.

Centre - Madhists finally charge home on the British line and break!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

CLAYMORE 2016 EDINBURGH 6TH AUGUST

Once again the show will soon be here at the Granton Campus of Edinburgh College.

I forgot to take any photos at the show but here is a link to Angus Konstam's blog report
http://www.edinburghwargames.com/claymore-2016/

Sunday, July 24, 2016

FIREPOWER RA MUSEUM WOOLWICH ARSENAL 2

Here are some more photos from my visit to the now closed Firepower Royal Artillery Museum Woolwich.  They are photos of the main artillery hall and it's first floor area.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

FIREPOWER RA MUSEUM WOOLWICH ARSENAL 1

As I said in my first RAF Hendon post I also got to the Royal Artillery Firepower Museum at the old Woolwich Arsenal when I was in London. Glad I got there as it closed on 8th July and at some future point will reappear in Wiltshire. So some photos from that visit below.  More to follow...

German 7.7cm Field Gun

French 75mm

Z type single shot AA Rocket launcher

Prototype Burney 7.2 inch RCL

Amazing looking South Indian mortar

The Wolf of Mafeking

British 18pdr mark II


Monday, July 11, 2016

RAF MUSEUM HENDON LONDON PART 2

Here are some more photos from my visit to the RAF Museum at Hendon.

P51 Mustang

Spitfire XVI

Fairey Battle

HE162 Volksjager with B25 Mitchell behind

Lancaster with extra large 12,000lb blockbuster bomb

P47 Thunderbolt in colours of the RAF in Burma

Sopwith Dolphin

Short Sunderland - very impressive

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

RAF MUSEUM HENDON LONDON PART 1

Three weeks ago I visited the RAF Museum at Hendon for the first time.  I was down in London for a week cat sitting for my daughter.  The RAF museum is worth at least a half days visit and is easy to get to using the Northern Line Tube.  Here are a few photos from my visit.  More to follow.

I also got to the Royal Artillery Firepower Museum at the old Woolwich Arsenal - it is closing this month and moving to the wilds of Wiltshire - so some photos from that visit will be appearing.

Hawker Hart light bomber

ME262

B24 Liberator

Grand Slam bomb

Sopwith Triplane

Vickers FB5 Gunbus - 2 seat pusher fighter