Monday 20 November 2023

Battleground Show and lots of other stuff from last week πŸ˜€

It has been a busy week, 1 funeral, 1 reunion and two games so this is a mixed bag to catch up on the blog. First up a plug for the Battleground Show which is next Saturday.


For several years I have put on a small participation game, this year I wanted to make use of the recently painted Uboat as part of my Operation Sealion campaign. A few final touches to the setup are needed this week.
But here is the basic layout, the Germans are looking to capture a number of objectives around the harbour, the game itself will be very simple. Anybody at the show or in the area come over and play or just say hello πŸ‘
Last week saw a return to Middle Earth for a battle
As a ‘pick up’ game two equal forces charged onto the table
“They have a troll” !
Warg riders face off against Gondorian infantry who form into a shield wall
After several turns of combat the ‘evil’ forces of Sauron get the better of it and the dark rider charges into finish of the Gondor scouts.
….then dash it Eomer charges in from behind rolls some lucky dice and the evil shade is despatched to the underworld fun all the same πŸ˜€

I’ve been in London for a couple of days catching up with some friends..…I found time for some research into possible future projects at the British museum ?
By chance the trip also coincided with an temporary exhibition at the British library on the history of Fantasy literature sponsored as it happens by Wayland Games
A whole mixed bag of stuff and this is just a few snaps as I walked round, above an original by Alan Lee….hard not to be inspired by his artwork
A Warhammer battle found its way into the exhibition
A first addition of the Hobbit
Links back to classical literature, here the Iliad 
and a copy of Beowulf , lots of their stuff so if you are stuck in London with an hour to spend worth a look.

Following our last SYW battle Martin and I decided to see how a non-historical SYW campaign might work, i won’t go into the details here as we are still developing the mechanics but after developing a hex based map and a exchanging a number of moves two of our armies clashed
We then played out the battle this weekend
The battlefield turned out to be rolling hills with the four villages as objectives, the Prussians are advancing across the table looking to capture the bridge in the village in the distance.
Using Honours of war we rolled for a our generals abilities and a flurry of 6’s meant pretty much all of the Austrians and two of the Prussian brigades would be hot headed and dashing. Unfortunately for the Prussians this effected them badly. Having set up anchoring their left flank in the village they were forced to charge out towards the Austrians !
Lucky they have cavalry support, across the rest of the battlefield musket fire  rings out
The Austrians decided to advance 
They focus on the Prussian  centre where a worrying gap develops ?
At the other end of the battlefield the Prussians have at least made it to the objective, must now they must hold it
This they do for several turns, but support is slow in arriving
Austrian cavalry being pushed back
But at least the Prussians can hold their line of retreat. In the end the ‘dashing’ Prussians in the objective village on the river chose to charge out, suffering badly from their foolhardy assault their brigade collapsed, this gave the Prussians no option but to withdraw and the Austrians a minor victory. A very fun battle right up to the point the Prussians charged out of their stronghold ! We are tweeting the campaign rules but planning another battle soon.

Much discussion about lead piles recently lucky I’m not counting ! Martin dropped these unwanted figures off for me to sort and accommodate into my Napoleonic project. Mainly elite miniatures, so older sculpts but I am interested to see how they paint up. Out of this pile I have managed to salvage three infantry battalions, one being a small Polish Regiment and some British light cavalry although they need horses. Several other command figures etc. they was also a Foundry battalion of french although they really are too small to use in my collection, so I’ll need to move them on. If anybody collects Foundry Napoleonics let me know.
The bag weighed a lot !
My plastics volcano has also grown this week by the kind donation of some Epic Scottish pike blogs. These were the ‘free’ sprues which came with WI magazine kindly donanted to my force by David 
And some painting, running along side my British Napoleonics which just need basing I have also painted up another unit of Late Romans. Very simple scheme and some old shield transfers which don’t look too bad from a distance.

That’s it for now, I have some more prep work planned for this week before the Battleground Show and should have some British Guards to share when I have painted the bases on them.

Thanks for checking in πŸ‘

Matt




36 comments:

  1. great stuff at the weekend, was a fun battle. glad you found some battalions in the lead bag, it was heavy. Happy to play a fantasy game, if your interests wander that way, have a massive lizardman army. See you saturday

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    1. Cheers see you Saturday ….not sure about fantasy perhaps a Christmas special ?

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    2. I don't mind, in no rush. Not really played a fantasy game for decades

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  2. Matt a ton of stuff (and not just the lead!). Your demo game looks amazing, I hope you get best of show.

    Love the campaign idea and your table. I will be interested to hear more about the mechanics in due course, especially as a separate umpire is not involved.

    Also excellent to see the re-cycling of lead into a useful project, which I am sure will get a new life as your output remains prolific.

    Enjoy the Battleground show, I take it you will use the Carlisle to Hexham road ……. A good place to stop for some Roman goodness.

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    1. Thanks Norm……actually A66 for us across to Darlington πŸ‘

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  3. Rather a busy time! The mix of visits, gaming, rules writing and new to you lead is packing a lot in one post. The Roman troop looks good. Good luck at the convention.

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  4. Great looking games and figures you've acquired and painted. I think I had some Elite Russians awhile back, given to me from a friend as well. I recall they were okay on their own unit, mainly due to the "unique" pose.

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    1. I just checked my old blog post. The Russian figures with unique poses were Connoisseur. The sole Elite figure I had looked good, and should match most 28mm makes in style and size.

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    2. Thanks Dean the Elites are definitely an older style of sculpt and wouldn’t mix well with others but as unit on their own I think I can find space in the army. I always get extra pleasure thinking figures have finally found a life after many years of languishing in a box somewhere. We’ll see when they get done ?

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    3. I have always liked the look of Elite Napoleonics. They have great character and charm.

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    4. Size wise they fit well with other 28’s I have I hope I’ll get round to painting some up soonish although a few other things on the list first πŸ€”

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  5. What a show Matt!
    Lovely battle and beautiful minis.

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  6. Best of luck for your game at the Show! You have certainly crammed a great deal into recent weeks. Your SYW campaign game is well up to the standard we expect from the Dungeon. Looking forward to seeing what you make of the free lead and Mcplaaastics.

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    1. Thanks David, not quite as busy as people might believe but I find sanctuary in my soldiers πŸ™‚

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  7. Lots of variety in this post Matt. Your Sealion scenario looks great and just the sort of game I would like to participate in if I was in the neighbourhood.

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    1. Thanks Lawrence a bit too far perhaps to travel πŸ€”

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  8. Packing it all in there Matt. Your game should draw plenty of attention, have fun.

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    1. Thanks Phil really just a catch up post sweeping up the last week

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  9. Great looking set up! You are making up for lost time and opportunities following you having to watch from the sidelines during your illness. You are very busy. Good luck at the show!

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    1. Thanks Jon….as mentioned above not as busy as people might think but I am managing to get some painting and gaming done at least.

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  10. Busy times after your extended period of forced inactivity due to illness Matt! The waterline Unterseeboot looks great and lots of potential to use it in all sorts of interesting scenarios, including 1930's Pulp etc!

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    1. Thanks Keith the boat is a lovely model and yes can be used in several different scenarios as long as there is some water involved !

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  11. What a pot pourri of projects and games you've got going on there Matt! The Sealion game looks superb and hope to gets plenty of well deserved attention at the show. Not played Lord of the Rings for years but IIRC it game a pretty good game.

    I was in London this weekend being a culture vulture, but sadly the British Museum was so busy, it took 40 minutes in the queue to get in (so much for pre-booked tickets working!), so once inside some areas were impossible to gain access too. So we missed loads of stuff but at least the V&A the next day more than made up for it:).

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    1. Thanks Steve I have to say my visits to London do tend to avoid the weekends, even then the BM can be very busy.

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  12. Look for to seeing the Sub in the flesh . How did you have the time to work eh!

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  13. You’ve certainly been a busy boy Matt..
    Your clearly over the lurgy… I wish I was.
    The submarine game looks great….

    All the best. Aly

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    1. Thanks Aly….actually still carrying a bit of the bug , but the Dr can’t decide if I am just faking it ?

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  14. Boom! That's a post and a half! Glad you're recycling from the lead bag, I've got some Napoleonic Austrian grenadiers from Foundry, they are rather petite but I'll paint them up and stick some plastic under them at some point, the U-boat game looks great as does your LOTR and SYW game, well done Austria! Oh and lovely late Romans!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain , the foundry figures are a little too small for my liking nice figures but really 25mm for their Napoleonics. Strange as their AWI seem to match Perry quite well.

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  15. Blimey what a post so much going on in your world.
    The U boat looks fantastic nice to see you found a way to make it into a scenario.
    Cheers
    Stu

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