Wednesday, 12 December 2018

6mm Napoleonics... rebasing an old, old, old army.

Many, many, many years ago I got interested in 6mm Napoleonics. I didn't get very deep into it and never really found a set of rules I liked. I've dipped in and looked at rules repeatedly since then, every few years, but never found any that looked like my sort of thing.

Anyway, I've been listening to Tolstoy's War and Peace on Audible for the last few weeks, after watching the superb BBC adaptation on Netflix, and it's got me really, really interested in Napoleonics again. So much so I've actually started in two different scales.

This blog post is about the smaller scale bigger battles that I can get with my old 6mm stuff. After looking around I spotted the Blucher ruleset, and reading it, it really grabbed my interest as having some excellent mechanics and a very modern free-flowing style.

I've been rebasing my 6mm models and have plumped for 60mm x 30mm bases, which seems to be a semi-standard size in 6mm these days. I have created some trial Blucher cards in 60mm x 40mm, that can be used face down for concealed units and then turned right way up with models on top (maybe blu-tac'ed) for revealed units.

The photos below also show how I used to have the models based. I think I have enough in this old army to get a Blucher force going without having to paint any up. A good thing as well, as my interest really is in French vs Russian, not British as these all are.

The painted models are all Heroics and Ros and I actually have a 6mm H&R Russian army still unpainted in it's bags from all those years ago. I will have to get me some French though before starting on those!

I do hope I don't stall with this again and end up leaving it for years and years...

Kings of War Vanguard - City Game and Hellequins

When I first heard about the Vanguard I was thinking of playing it in my medieval city, even though it was intended to be played in more open countryside or a small village. Anyway, on Monday we decided to try it out on the city boards.

This was my second game and we made the city a little less dense than we usually do, also using buildings without internals so as not to complicate things. The game went a lot smoother than the first despite both me and Jeff arriving late to the club.

Anyway, we got the game finished this time and both agreed that the city worked just fine in Vanguard. I'll be taking it to the Cry Havoc tournament in the new year.

I had started the Hellequins for use in the game on Monday, but it wasn't to be. I just got them finished tonight...

Wars of the Roses army for Kings of War (Fantasy Version) and Display Board

We went to the Northern Kings, Kings of War tournament "The Art of War" at the weekend. For this I'd decided to finally get around to making my "Display Board". I had planned to make this last year around this time, but instead made the dockyard for my medieval city.

Anyway, I got it finished and am very happy with how it's turned out. I'm fairly sure it helped a lot towards my 2nd Best Painted award at the tournament.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Vanguard - Abyssals and Terrain - plus Blaine and Priest

A few weeks ago now the Kings of War Vanguard Kickstarter landed. A lot of it has been put away for Christmas, but I managed to keep the Abyssal Warband, rules and terrain to paint this month.

I've been busy at it and have completed quite a few items. These have already been seen with the photos of the Kings of War display at the Mantic Open Day, but I thought I'd get a few close-up snaps of them on my new display board.

There's also a couple of photos at the end of the new miniatures for my Kings of War Wars of the Roses army. Those being Blaine on dinosaur and an Perry Italian priest I'll be using as a wizard.

The Despoiler

Abyssal Guard


All the models I have available for my Warband right now including some from Kings of War and Dungeon Saga

Ronnie the Bard

The Beacon.
(The flames can be removed)

Standing stones and road sign.

Blaine on dinosaur

Wizard... ;)

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Kings of War Big Game Display at the Mantic Open Day

October was a month without much in the way of wargaming or modelling going on. I visited the WWI battlefields (and Waterloo), sold a lot of stuff, did some re-enacting...

Anyway on to November and it started with something big... Mantic had contacted me and asked if I could put on a large Kings of War display for their Open Day. I did a bit of thinking and accepted.

Anyway today has been that Open Day. With the massive help of the usual suspects at COGS, Andy, Jeff, Steve and of course by son Brendan, the 8ft x 6ft display was a massive success.

With it being a static display and not needing to be played on we could go to town with scenery and fill the table. We had a city on fire, 12 armies, lighting effects, a working windmill, several recent Vanguard releases and loads of trees... yes, lots of trees...

Monday, 1 October 2018

Gaslands Battle Report from Barrage Wargames.

Aaron Kiln has just published a video battle report of our Gaslands game at Barrage Wargames earlier this year.

Here it is:

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Habour 1/1200. Napoleonic Naval, etc... Part 3

So, the plastering is complete...

I've given it a light sanding to smooth the plaster a little especially where buildings will be placed and glued sand on areas to texture it.