Tuesday, 22 February 2022
Saturday, 19 February 2022
For 28mm figures I normally try and limit myself to painting a maximum of 24 figure units, this seems just enough to motivate me in the production line process I use for painting. Having completed sixteen metal Artizan Afghans next up were a box of Perry figures. Technically these are set for second afghan war so don’t come with enough ‘modern’ rifles for our later period around 1915. The box comes mainly with muskets and the option to have swords and shields. This wouldnt quite do, so I raided my early war Germans bits box and found just enough weapons to give nearly all the figures a rifle or musket.
I also wanted to build a machine gun unit, luckily I had a Turkish maxim and was able to adapt the figures with arm swops etc to a respectable machine gun unit.
Need some of these
My latest foundry purchase obviously had these in mind even if the uniforms etc are very different.
Tuesday, 15 February 2022
We played the inaugural hex based battle in the dungeon this weekend. There were three main drivers for me developing a hexed based gaming setup, one it helps clarity for remote gaming especially around measuring distances, two it gets my figures out on the table and in play, three it allows me to explore historical battles where my collections are not of sufficient size for a larger traditional open battle. All three of theses objective were achieved in this battle.
The Battle of Bairén 1097 is one of El Cid’s famous victories, although when you search it is hard to find much conclusive information. What is known is that after some manoeuvring the Almoravid Islamic forces under Muhammad ibn Tasufin had caught the Christian forces camped out of position. The Almoravids took the higher ground and were also able to bring archers and crossbowmen in by boats to harass the Aragonese forces in their camp. Rodrigo supported by Peter 1st of Aragon roused his force and charged up the hill to assault the Muslims, caught by the ferocity of the attack the Muslims broke and fled many killed attempting to escape.
Saturday, 12 February 2022
Thursday, 10 February 2022
I have been painting up the last of the British for my ‘Great Game’ force this week.
Tuesday, 8 February 2022
Not a historical battle but I thought it would be fun to roll out a Crescent and Cross Saga game for a change and mainly so I could get the Saracen archers completed a few weeks ago on the table. I mustered up two 7 point warbands using the Crusader and Saracen boards. We had a simple random deployment which ended up with a corner to corner battle, the saracens slightly obstructed by the wadi itself. We played 6 turns with the victory going to the side who had killed the most of the enemy.
We also visited Vapnartak wargame show at the weekend, slightly smaller than previous years, but nice to catch up with a few people and talk about wargaming all day with like minded folk. Sadly no bring and buy due to the COVID restrictions but I wasn’t going to go home empty handed.