Tuesday, March 21, 2017

LOGW: INDIAN MUTINY WEEKEND


I was away at the weekend at Kirriemuir in Angus for an Indian Mutiny event.  Over the two days 12 gamers attended from the LOGW.  The figures were supplied by various members of the group and Peter Nicholson supplied the vast bulk of the buildings.
TIGER HUNTING SCENARIO UNDERWAY

VIEW FROM THE AFGHAN HILL FORT
On the Saturday there was a choice of 5 tables with differing 2 player scenarios.  Each of the players played 4 games on a different table.  The scenarios were developed by Angus Konstam and the rules used were modified by me from Muskets and Tomahawks.
On the Sunday we played a single huge game – set on two impressive 18 foot long tables.  On one table was the city of Kirriepore which was divided between British, Mutineer and undecided factions.  The key building in the city was the very impressive British Residency.  The rules we used for the big game were an adapted version of Kevin Calder’ quick play ACW rules.  Despite gallant attempts by Colin Jack’s mutineers the Residency was still in British hands at the end of the game.  My own mutineer force was largely destroyed by Chris Henry’s uncommitted Nabob who unexpectedly declared for the British.
THE RESIDENCY

THE GREAT GATE OF KIRRIEPORE - KEVIN TAKING HIS PHOTOS IN BACKGROUND

RANI OF GARVALLI LEADS DESPERATE ATTCK ON THE GARDEN GATE

MUTINEERS ASSAULT THE BACK WALL OF THE RESIDENCY

HIGHLANDERS MANNING THE WALLS OF KIRRIEPORE
The other table carried the Great Trunk Road which was the route to be followed by the British relief force attempting to break through to Kirriepure.  The British failed to breakthrough the Mutineer blocking forces by the end of the game.
It was a very enjoyable weekend.  Hopefully back in June for an ACW game.
THE HILL FORT STILL HOLDING AGAINST THE RELIEF COLUMN

Friday, March 3, 2017

28MM ACW: IUKA 1862 SCENARIO BLACK POWDER


I had my first game of American Civil War since my long ago 15mm days at my house on Wednesday night using 28mm figures inspired by the Black Powder Glory Hallelujah supplement.


View along the peaceful table before armies deploy

Confederate centre/right


Myself, Dave O’Brien, Tim Watson and Colin Jack commanded the Union troops while Raymond Neal, Donald Adamson and Dave Paterson were the Confederates. We played the Iuka 1862 scenario which is set in the Western theatre of war in 1862. The scenario lists a victory condition for the Union side to control the crossroads by the end of the game but doesn't say anything for the Confederates so we assumed if they stop the other side getting the objective then they get the victory.

 
Donald and Mr Ray plot their counter-attack

Union centre driven back by the single large Rebel Unit


Most of the Union troops were supplied by Dave O’Brien while Donald supplied a small brigade for me to command. Donald and Ray supplied all the rebel troops and I supplied all the terrain.  The fences in the photos I used to demarcate the extensive light wood areas from the clear areas on the table.  Given the number of troops I made the table 8ft by 6ft.

Union right wing finally comes into action

Confederate right wing - still holding at games end
As we were using the 66% scale movement and ranges we extended the game from 7 to 10 turns. At the end the Confederates were still holding their crossroad so the game was declared a Confederate victory.  It was very enjoyable experience so in a month we will be doing a game which will finally see some of my 28mm ACW ships get onto the table. Many thanks to my wife Helena for feeding the 7 players before the game.  A 3 course dinner followed by a fun game – what could be better?

Tim Watson has posted a more detailed account of the action on his blog at
http://moth107.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/rebel-cleansing.html?spref=fb

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

VAPNARTAK 2017 YORK

This weekend I went down on the Falkirk and District coach trip to the Vapnartak wargames show held at York Race Course in York.  It was an enjoyable outing to my first show of the year.  Here are some photos of the display games at the show.  I only bought one item at the show - a Sharp Practice AWI Continental force painted by my old friend Jim Duncan of Edinburgh who had a table at the flea market. 


Big 17th century game

Big 17th century game - the town

Relief of Kut-Al-Amara

Zombies

Some junior Falkirk members

King Kong

Minions the PP game!
My sole purchase - many thanks Jim

Thursday, February 2, 2017

28MM SHARP PRACTICE: GREAT MUTINY RESCUE

Yesterday I finally got around to have another game at my house.  It has taken me a year to tidy up my wargames table since the new central heating system was installed.  It was also my first Sharp Practice game.  In fact only one of the five of us had played the rules before.  The game was the Indian Mutiny Rescue from the Sharp Practice rule book.  Donald Adamson umpired whilst Colin Jack and Dave O'Brien commanded the British rescue force while myself and Dave Paterson commanded the unruly mutineers.   Colin provided all the scenery and troops for the game. We played on a 6ft by 4ft section of my table.

It was an enjoyable game and by the end of it we were all quoting parts of the rules.  It proved a British victory as their main formation stormed the Pink Fort and rescued the charming and unruffled Lady Howe.

Lady Howe detained at the Pink Fort

Main British formation deploys forward

Main British formation comes into action covered by their skirmishers

Mutineer formation pass burning hut

British storm the Pink Fort with the bayonet and save Lady Howe

Sunday, January 22, 2017

28MM VBCW: THE ACTION AT ALNWICK

I got back into wargaming last week following our 3 weeks Christmas and New Year cat sitting for our daughter in London whilst she was away on her honeymoon.   It was a VBCW game 'The Action at Alnwick' using Bolt Action which Colin Jack set up in his wargames room.  Tim Wilson, Ray Neal, Dave O'Brien and Donald Adamson also took part.  Colin supplied the scenery and the bulk of the figures employed.

Planning to have the first game in my garage for over a year in 2 weeks time......


MarkVIb covers advance of the French monarchist volunteers

Confused Alnwick street scene with abandoned BUF armoured trucks

Overhead view of the Loyalist Lanchester

The 2nd Mark VIb passing the command car

The cinema is an impressive model.

The red battle bus of the Grimsby trawlermen


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

RETREAT FROM MOSCOW LOGW WEEKEND


I was away at the weekend at Kirriemuir in Angus for a Retreat from Moscow Napoleonic event..The weather was very appropriate as Kirriemuir was covered in frost for the game.. Over the two days 12 gamers attended from the LOGW.  All the scenarios were developed by young Charlie Grant.  The figures were supplied by various members of the group and Steve Rimmer, Dale Smith and Peter Nicholson supplied the vast bulk of the terrain.  The white sheets were newly ironed by Charlie.
A Saturday scenario - French blow bridge abandoning the brave Neapolitan rearguard!

A Saturday scenario - French allies emerge early morning from their bivouacs in a village
On the first day there was a choice of 6 tables with differing scenarios.   Each of the players played 3 games on a different table.  I managed to lose all of my games as my cautious Russian approach did not work. On the Sunday we played a single huge game – set in an impressive 30 foot long white wilderness.  There were 6 Russian forces and 6 French.  The objective of the game was for the French to get the Emperor Napoleon’s sledge across the table to a pontoon bridge the French were building across the wide Kalishnikov River.  The Russians objective was simple they had to capture the Emperor.  In the last turn my Lithuanian Lancers made a gallant attempt to seize the Emperor as he neared the almost complete bridge but they were driven back by Marbot’s skirmishing sledge force.

 
Angus's militia moving on the French

A retreating French column

Charles Grant Snr positioning his French facing my Jaeger column

It was an enjoyable weekend and the rules adapted from the simple ACW rules developed by Kevin Calder worked well and were easily picked up by all the players.   My thanks to Charlie who acted as the hard working rules umpire.

My thanks to all those who have got me up to 350,000 views

A duel between Poniatowski and Dombrowski - it disrupted their commands for many turns

Marbot's skirmishing sledges escorting the Emperor

My Lithuanian Lancers almost get to the Emperor but failed

Gallant last charge by the Dutch Lancers to halt the Russian hordes

Monday, November 14, 2016

TARGE 2016 KIRRIEMUIR

Here are some photos from the Targe show at Kirriemuir last Saturday. I had a busy time judging the displays and the painting competitions. Overall a good show and enjoyable.

SESWC - Mutiny PP Game

Leuchars Veterans- Custer's Last Stand PP game

Glasgow Warhogs - Omaha Beach

Falkirk - Lord of the Rings

Iron Brigade - ECW Pike and Shot game

Angus - Congo display game