Friday, 17 June 2022

10mm Buildings and the Battlefield visit to Clifton Moor 1745

Lots of painting and prepping going on this week in advance of another week on holiday next week. However the only completed things are these additional 10mm buildings.

These are Battlescale buildings to match the rest of the collection, I have one more to complete which should be enough, for our usual SYW battle setup I can furnish at least 8 Villages or towns which is enough for pretty much all scenarios.

Some free time at the weekend so I took my daughter for a picnic to the village of Clifton (only a couple of miles south of Penrith) the village is small but ‘famous’ for being the location of the last land Battle English soil although really it was only a small skirmish. In December 1745 the Jacobite Army was retreating back north from Preston in Lancashire  and were caught but the advance of the government forces. Feel free to Google the details……
The site of the battle is marked by a small stone bench and information board
In the village, now surrounded by a small housing estate is a the Rebel Tree where as legend would have it the fallen Jacobites were buried in a mass grave.
A stone marks the spot
With a small plaque
Also in the village is a small tower which formed part of Clifton Hall at the time of the battle the rest of the hall has gone but according to the history was raided by the Retreating Scot’s presumably looking for food and provisions or somewhere dry to sleep ? Free to visit (you can see Penrith in the background)
St Cuthbert’s Church in the village predates the battle
And there is a small memorial in the grave yard to some of the kings Dragoons who fell at the battle but I’m not sure if they were actually buried here or not, it would seem to make sense and is reported on wiki that they were.

The Jacobite's continued their retreat from here across the border which would ultimately lead to defeat at Culloden. I have often considered the period for gaming perhaps on a large skirmish scale but never made the jump !

Thanks for checking byπŸ‘


Monday, 13 June 2022

Back of Beyond : British Raid

After several weeks being disrupted by holidays and illness we played a delayed Back of Beyond battle. Set in our early 20th Century Back of Beyond setting the  British expeditionary force has found itself short on supplies and have targeted the local village, having secured the necessary provisions as they turn back to their base they realise they are in a vulnerable position. Sure enough the local tribes have gathered amongst the rocky terrain intent on preventing British column escaping with the supplies.

The British force setting out from the village
The overview of the battlefield. The main objective of the British is to get across the board or at least as far as possible. The bridge is the only route for vehicles across the dry river bed. Tribal forces will randomly arrive from a number of features, we are using bolt action with some specifics for the scenario, vehicles aren’t able to double move due to the road conditions, rocky areas provide cover, tribal forces are all irregular when firing but ‘regular’ in combat. Additional tribal forces as reinforcements will be available if necessary.
The British expeditionary force is a mix of British and Sikh infantry. A platoon of armoured vehicles, a single light howitzer and a couple of units of cavalry.
Tribal units initially deployed on the table are all in hidden setup so can’t be targeted until they move or fire.
Some of the Sikh infantry heading north form the village
Two machine guns set up on the rocky terrain west of the village to support the advance
They come under fire from the rocky hill and the small holding to the north
More tribal warriors in hiding in the dry river bed in ambush
The tribesmen have a single mountain gun which they have wheeled onto one of the hills
The British make a general advance
Wouldn’t you believe first turn tribal warriors literally appear from nowhere, presumably tunnels or caves in the rocks to surprise the retreating British column, they immediate charge the machine guns knocking them out int two turns
The British push on not wanting to be distracted leaving only some Gurkhas to cover their rear.
Bengal lancers scout forward
…only to be wiped out in a single turn, but the rest of the advance is progressing to plan
On the right the British seek to overrun the small farm but the defenders are well dug in
On the left the two supplies lorries are pushing towards the bridge covered by on of the British armoured cars
British cavalry seek revenge for the bengal lancers catching a group of tribesmen on the edge of the river bed.
But then they are caught pulling back by wild Tribal cavalry, in the melee the British lose out and are forced to flee 
The leading armoured car advances to secure the crossing but is ambushed by tribesmen, they struggle to have any impact or damage the vehicle but they delay the advance
The British have secured the farm on the right 
But more tribesmen are appearing in the distance
Particularly hard fighting around the Farm on the British left
But the bridge is taken
The leading supply lorry makes a bid for the bridge
Whilst an heroic but foolish charge by a platoon of Sikh infantry fails to secure the farm house
Then the second supply wagon receives a direct hit and immobilised
The leading armoured car seeks to break across the bridge but gets bogged down and although it is fairly impervious to assault by the tribal cavalry it can’t move forward
The farm is still being held on the left
but the British column is now pushing over the bridge
The farm is finally taken and in the distance British infantry are pushing into the river bed having driven the tribes men back
and then another lucky shot from the rocky hills catches the second supply wagon knocking it out.
At this point we decided to call it a day, a minor victory to the tribesmen/Afghans who having knocked out the two supply wagons slip away into the mountains. The British have plenty of troops left and have made good progress but the supplies will have to be left behind as they trudge back to base.

A fun game as usual, lots of twists are turns. The Bengal lancers were disappointing being knocked out in a single turn, we perhaps need a few more ? The arrival of the tribesmen from caves behind the British lines was inevitable ! It felt balanced though the British are superior quality but outnumbered. This was the first run out for my new desert mat and the rocky areas were quickly repurposed from some old 40k terrain. Plenty more opportunities in the future ….and we are now planning a siege battle πŸ‘

Thanks for popping by πŸ˜€

Saturday, 11 June 2022

Sd.Kfz.251 German Transports 15mm

Finally shaking of the bug and increasing energy and enthusiasm for hobby stuff. This week as well as painting some more Napoleonics, which are not finished, I have been filling out my German 15mm force with some Hanomag transports. I had picked up a couple of older metal models as part of a large second hand purchase. These have been supplemented by a cheap box of five by the PSC.

I have stuck with the same rough hand painted camo scheme as the armour after all they are 15mm, they are transports and this is only a random hobby diversion so create a late war force to battle against my late war Americans.
As the table was clear I thought I would get the German force out for a parade, certainly enough to battle with, I have more infantry and a few more support vehicles. To be true to the period I really need a couple of 88’s I think. But hopefully we’ll see these on the battlefield sometime later in the year πŸ‘

Saturday, 4 June 2022

Alive and kicking …….Part 2 πŸ™ƒ

Having not had any colds or illnesses for a couple of years I’ve now had two in a row ! Presumably the second cold has been due to the significant increase in my social mixing as we had a fantastic long weekend down in London and I only got the bug when I got back up North. The enforced rest has allowed me to get on with some painting.

Some french light infantry for the Peninsular , as I very slowly paint forces I think I might try to build enough for some skirmish battles to start with ? These are Perry which I wanted to get to compare with my Warlord figures, not quite interchangeable but a good enough match to add some variety when needed.
The enforced rest has been a bonus as I rattled off this AWI unit, Henley’s Regiment 1777  according to the guide, one of the American units to wear red. Random flag but wasn’t able to find any info in my quick search on the net. Mainly Perry but a couple of Foundry figures who were spare.
As London was before my latest cold we had a splendid time, I took few photos as my wife takes more than enough and we packed in a lot. The monument to the great fire.
Billingsgate Roman bath house, you have to book but well worth it if you like Roman stuff
We visited the Tate and the London Museum again both well worth it, lots of walking as is the way in London. Passing by HMS Belfast 
The highlight however and the reason we were down this weekend was for a special concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The Royal Symphony Orchestra was putting on a live ‘play along’ version of the LOTR Fellowship. They have done a number of other films but as a big fan of the Jackson trilogy this was a huge treat. It was absolutely stunning !

A bit more rest for me now to get over this cold and hopefully back to some gaming soon.


Sunday, 15 May 2022

Alive and kicking πŸ™‚ just !

Sorry for the lack of posting recently, as mentioned in previous posts we were away in Arran for a few days celebrating our wedding anniversary. Unfortunately after dodging the virus for 2 years my wife decided to give me covid as an anniversary gift ! It has taken about 10 days to start feeling reasonable again although the symptoms are pretty much just a horrible head cold. Not an ideal state for painting but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

I have managed to finish these German Pak 40 Antitank guns
and some shots from Arran a Viking Buriel site and Iron Age fort overlooking Holly island
Whiting bay where we stayed 
Goat Fell we had hoped to do some mountain walking but I wasn’t well enough so as soon as I am retired we’ll be back
Lots of beautiful coastline
Iron Age chambered cairns
Not too busy πŸ‘ 
We also spotted this sailing south, I’m afraid I know almost nothing about submarines but very impressive. (I should mention most of these photos were taken by my wife πŸ™‚)

Sadly had to cancel our game this weekend but hopefully I will shake the cold off soonπŸ‘