Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Update from the Dungeon

It has been a disruptive few weeks, as I have mentioned on the blog before Mrs C has been undergoing treatment, this has been a challenge over the last month or so but the good news is this is now over and we are hopefully on the road to recovery from the side effects. The bad news means I am back in work !

Painting and especially gaming has slowed but I have managed to finish another unit
These Arab light cavalry have been waiting a while and were a bit of a challenge happy with the result though so another unit completed for Al Andalus 
Out of interest I had the recently completed Persian light cavalry out so thought I would see what they looked like together mixed up, with consistent basing and painting style they arent too bad so I do have the option of playing them together if people don’t look too hard at the details.
I also had my birthday, officially able to retire (but it isn’t going to happen yet😢) so I relieved a few new toys, some reinforcements for the Russian Whites and some more Spanish Cavalry and infantry from Artizan mainly to see what their Al Andalus range is like.
A one for any fellow cyclists ..........this may have a serious impact on my painting over the winter 🤔

As things settle hopefully back to some more gaming 😀

Monday, 2 September 2019

Al Andalus : The First Battle

This battle actually took place some time ago but I hadn’t got round to blogging. This was the official first battle in my very open ended campaign focussed around the Iberian Pennisula between 1000 and 1100 AD. With the fall of the Umayyad Dynasty and the Caliphate of Córdoba the whole of what was later to become Spain split up into a multitude of independent and frequently warring states or ‘Taifa’ . Broadly mixed between Muslim and Christian states it was a time of great turbulence with only very broad religious delineation. All sides used mercenaries from both their own and other religions. Gradually larger states absorbed smaller states until toward the end of the period the reconquista, the gradual reclaiming of Spain by the Christians took place with its most famous mercenary soldier El Cid.

The campaign has no clear direction at this stage or clear objectives and is in fact just the opportunity to collect and game with beautiful colourful armies. With the wide use of mercenaries there is huge flexibility, whilst based on the key historical situation the rest I will make up as I see fit 🤭 I will content myself with smaller battles until the requisite armies are ready then may develop something more linear between the Christians and the Muslims ?

The Taifa’s of the Iberian Pennisula circa1030 AD

So to our first battle a smallish border skirmish between Zaragoza and the much smaller state of Alabarracin. A dispute has arisen over grazing and watering rights and both states have dispatched small forces to enforce their claim. We played with two equal forces using lion rampant rules. The objective of both forces was to finish the battle with more units over the river than the enemy. Simple stuff......
The Albarracin force lead by Abu al Barni Razzin seen here to the right is composed of predominantly light forces so to gain a victory they will need to be quick
Immediately light cavalry are sent across the river
The Albarracin infantry advances slightly more cautiously
Prince Razzin urges his units forward
The Zaragoza Forces has more heavy infantry and some newly equipped heavy knights ! Their leader Prince Haseen al Tujib is dressed in the newest Christian heavy armour. (But you can’t see him here as it is skulking at the back !)
Zaragoza spearmen with Berber mercenaries advance towards the river
The light cavalry are ideal for this battle they move across the river then retreat 
Unless they fail their command roll and are charged in the rear by heavy cavalry, it doesn’t end well, but at least the heavy cavalry have been drawn out of position andinto the shallow river where they are less effective
Zaragozan Forces have now captured the river 
The light cavalry pull back from the well protected spearmen but Prince Razzin shows them the way
With a (very lucky) well executed and decisive charge supported by his own spearmen he is able to force his way across the river
Down river the heavy knights are floundering about in the shallows but are forced to recklessly charge and charge until exhausted
Prince Razzin’s personal bodyguard of elite infantry now runs forward to slice through any remaining enemy on their side of the river.
Finally a shot of Prince Haseen he is no longer skulking but has chosen to flee the battle field. No doubt he will return to exact some form of petulant revenge, but for now the boundary has held.

A fun game played in great spirits my Forces were very lucky and what looked like an impossible task when the light cavalry were wiped out became a clear victory for Albarracin.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Al Andalus Christian Cavalry 🙂

One of those projects which is running in the background and gradually gathering more troops. I purchased these unarmoured Norman Knights some time ago (Crusader miniatures) but added a bit of extra colour so they can play as Christian mercenaries.
Think the flag is from LBMS
The improved photos mean you can see my poor paining technique in detail !
This chap came from a show rummage box ages ago and I finally found a spare Gripping Beast horse for him to ride.

I do have a couple of battles to post so will try and get round to loading them up. Lots more on the painting desk I have ordered some more RCW infantry to ‘complete’ the White Army for now anyway I have also ordered some more Al Andalus cavalry. I seem to have a lot of cavalry to paint at the moment so will have to pick on something else......

Saturday, 17 August 2019

The benefits of the painting mojo 🤔

Life is busy at the moment but I am sure many of you like me find solace in painting. It certainly isn’t a chore at the moment and whilst I can’t quite find the enthusiasm for gaming those quiet few hours are a real help for my mental well-being with the added benefit of reducing the ‘mountain’. Long may it last and I am sure I will be sorting some action in the dungeon soon 😀 but painting progress this week, ps you will have noticed I have finally built a very simple photo booth which has made taking that quick snap easier.
Russian Civil War White Army artillery piece, the uniforms are from the Osprey book to add variety I will definately try and get an army shot soon
More artillery a Union 24pdr in hindsight I think they have spent too much time polishing the beast, it is a Perry Minaitures like the rest of the collection,  the figures are all bent as the gun is being fired. But I want to have some of the figures available to crew other guns if necessary so I kept the base with only two crew. (Having looked at the photo I realise I have not quite finished to crews uniforms so I will sort that later)
Roman artillery who were sat on the painting desk for ages.........
BOOM ! in action as anti elephant weaponry 
Also rattled through Russian Civil War Partizans. These of course can fight for either side but will most likely side with the whites.

Thanks for looking...........😀

Friday, 9 August 2019

SYW Austrian Cuirassiers

Still just holding the mojo (partly helped by a slight reorganisation of my painting station). This post some Austrian heavy cavalry. These are the first 10mm Old Glory figures I have done which I picked up cheap off eBay. The castings are not as good as the Pendraken figures and as others have mentioned the figures don’t fit the horses terribly well. However, they were cheap and once painted they don’t look to bad.
Four bases of Cuirassiers although we are still working on the ratios etc it is likely each base will represent 2 squadrons, the flag looks rubbish close up as I just cut and infantry flag in half but at 10 mm you can get away with it on the table
Thought it would be interesting to compare Pendraken on the left with Old Glory on the right. Despite the quality differences they match well, the same can’t be said for the infantry
Just as I had the box open I took a photo of the Austrians in the foreground and Prussian Cuirassiers behind, but you do start to get a sense of what a full battlefield will hopefully look like 😀

What next ..........😀

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Painting Mojo continues 🙂

I have managed to keep the ‘Mojo’ for another week 😀
 A rare Rolls Royce Armoured Car for the Russian Civil War, whilst I can’t find them referenced much one of the  Osprey books has a photo and mentions them in passing, I have kept the markings limited in case she gets used in other theatres. The model is First Corps
Next up and a lot more hassle to paint a unit of Persian light cavalry, not sure why but I decided to go with colour variation, they look nice but take way longer to paint, I haven’t gone overboard but have made some effort to give different patterns to clothes etc..I will try and get the Persian army on parade sometime soon. These are the last of my Wargames factory Persian cavalry, and as they are out of production and not coming up on eBay anymore possibly the last.

Saturday, 27 July 2019

On a Roll painting update.....🤓

Extra time spent watching the Tour de France on my iPad and painting means I have been able to crack on, but as my cold clears up I will get back to cycling and productivity may drop again. But painting as the mood takes me......
 The first unit of Austrian Grenadiers, they are on a split base so can play as two separate Battalions when needed.
Second unit completed these lovely Russian Civil War ‘white’ Cossacks, colour schemes are straight out of the Osprey book which seems to be the only decent source I can find. They are chunky Copplestone castings and a joy to paint. The force is coming together and when I have completed their next Armoured Car I will do a collective group shot.

My painting has almost outstripped my prepared figures which is unusual.....but will crack on while the mojo is high 😀