Thursday, 20 October 2016

Around 900 between Paris and the Lorraine

Bart wanted to get his Normans out and me willing to give my Ottonian rump army a litlle airing, we decided to give Hail Caesar a go, as we both never played it before.
Me as a Norman Warlord or maybe, Karl the bald, with a little help of some Vikings (all Bart's) and Bart as the Lotharingian Emperor with Normans only ... about some feud involving goats, but I forgot the exact terms and conditions ...

We both deployed fairly simple on some hills in a river valley flanked by swamps - so the only way was forward. The rivulets was just a 3" obstacle, nothing too weird for the 1st HC.
First I stood my ground and was determined to defend my hill while Bart would traverse the river. But then he rolled badly and half of his forces were on the wrong side of the water - that was when I decided to follow me order my Norman Warlord with my one and only heavy cavalry to skewer up the lonely archers on my side of the Seine! But Bart's orange dice magic saved them through the day, they fell back and my knights and Warlord were counter attacked by Lotharingian Heavy cavalry - Ouch!

But still God was on our side and my Lord survived and rode back to the renew the attack with my heavy foot! Meanwhile Bart's lousy levies were stumbling downhill towards the river and being attacked by my foot knights! Helterskelter began ...

That was when Barts cavalry decided to charge the Viking Division ... the clashed, they bled, but they stood their ground. Also just because we "interpreted" the break rules a bit softly - so Bill came along and clarified the situation, which led to a bloody demise of the Lotharingian cavalry. All dead horses.

After that Bart tried and all out, last assault with his levies and remaining knights of foot, but to no avail. He lost a battle and some goats.

Pardonne moi, some vikings must have changed my camera configurations and some of the images are a bit blurry ...

My royal guard
Barts Levy Haufen 
Barts incredible soft Norman cavalry (maybe plastic???)
My Iron guard with their little metal spears 
The position of the two armies
My Warlord attacks the archers
... and get counter attacked (disordered with a rum cask)
Barts cavalry attacks my vikings
... but they stood their ground!
Over the river!!
The united Vikings finish off all cavalry
The victorious French!!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Battles announced!!

Novara-Bling!, June 6th 1513

This time we fit the Venetians with the Swiss, because we can, and give each player a pike block with a bit of some appendices.
Theoretically, they should move faster now and easier play together in true renaissance style ... but we will see for real on the 17th of November with a little help of Pike& Shotte.

Newark-ice-cold!, Nov III week, 1776

And then we finally have a battle on the 1776 Winter Campaign!! Yes, Jack (as Washington) lost his temper and turned back to the British to attack! He did so successfully, that he outnumbers the British 3:1. It his Trenton, but just in Newark and with Gen. Howe instead of Col. Rall - Ouch!
But as the Chinese saying goes, if its dark, it can be colder than outside ... but true wisdom will be revealed at the 10th of November using our Black Powder binoculars.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Dem Basel-isk, dem schad' die Sonne nix!

I instructed my wife to shoot some historical relevant renaissance pics, while on an anthroposophical conference in good old Basel in Switzerland! Here are some impressions ...

Dear, Deerhounds, ...

Nice guns all left by Charles the Bold at the fields of Nancy ...

Nicer guns

Some gun models and crossbows ... and globes ...

The Studded leather armour

More pistols and

A fashionable Landsknecht 
... and another one with marvellous slashings

A Nice Captain showing off his Milanese armour

The Guilds of Basel

The Wall of the City of Basel

One of its towers...

Saturday, 1 October 2016

The Guns of August

Hello, my dear friends, further down the year, I announced the mad idea to re-play the First World War - complete. As war-gamers we are especially prone to mad ideas, so here it comes.

As a teenager I was a fan of the famous, now sadly out-of-print, board game from Avalon Hill. And recently in a defying act of personal psychological regression, I had the idea to transfer that game onto the bigger table top. As I have no intention to resell or infringe any copyrights, this is just a personal customisation of an already acquired game I love and a single run in the club with dear friends to refight the fights within the centennial.

The figure size will be 6mm and the boards are 8x6 foot! I said it to be complete, but here again I can now swallow my own words ... the rules of GOA have spawned over the 80ies and Yes, theoretically it would be possible, BUT as I intend to do this in short episodes in club nights (2-3 hours incl deployment and takeing pics of status quo and mopping up), I decide to concentrate on Europe, sea and land (and air). I know, I already hear moans of middle east enthusiasts or what about the colonies ... or Japan ...
well sorry for that -  I want to finish this game within a year.

This week the mats arrived and I had to do some pics ...
The reception in the club was very friendly and I already have more volunteers that I need.

I have done the German army approx. 75% the French the same (75%) , The British is done (haha, very difficult) so still a long way to go maybe 3 months or so, inbetween, I'd like to do some test games - be patient good things will come out of it.

The Western front with the few units I have managed to finish yet ...
The complete BEF looking at the continent 
The Huns before Liege
Ah, the French need a little bit more to defend that hill ...
Show off at the Western front incl. unfinished sabbots and French with still white heads ...
The two tables, East front and West front ...
The to come eastern front

Thursday, 22 September 2016

In Ulm, and near Ulm and around Ulm "herum" ... 1805

Ooops Napoleonics ... I'd rather be a Hippie! They all look the same to me anyway, it might be my personal prosopagnosia ... hey, just shakos isn't it?

Bill and Angus and Bart and Campbell had fished out some river-crossing scenario of the great late Grant (Cary???...) and the Swabian Würtembergers had to cross a river to beat the Austrians (Ulm Campaign) ... there are worse things you have to do in a wargamers life, but Austrians? I can't recollect more a than a handful of victories within 500 years for the lower lip worshippers, but wargaming would be half as fun without them, I have to give you that.

So I opted for the role of the "Kriegsberichterstatter" and just shot the pics ... to be downloaded at wish ...

The excellently painted figures were done by Master Campbell and Bill the Great!!!