Thursday, 20 July 2017

More Renaissance!!! Aut picturae, aut nihil!

Nothing much going on in the club as some crusaders and some WW2 so ... As promised, some of my latest Renaissance try at a somewhat Borgia body guard, which I envisaged as some sort of highly over fitted sword and buckler man with Borgia "heraldry" (oxymoron as they just invented themselves) much of a style mix between War of the Roses fashion and the new Landsknecht (Northern renaissance) influences. The miniatures are from the Perry Brothers, the flags and the shield design are by myself and the buildings are from the late but great Michael Scott available on the forthcoming CLAYMORE here in Edinburgh on the 5th of August ... see you there!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Achtzehn OH! Nein! Oh, all cut dead!

Warning this battle rap is unfair:
 First, you got to listen to a Jesus and the Mary Chain song, to get into the mood of the battle, (copyrights with the artist of course),  please listen:

What can I say ... Angus came up with a scenario found at a dried up river bed near Aberdeen and a reason to show up his nearly camouflage-like painted Russian and Swabian (Würtemberger) 28mm Napoleonics. So we used the "Over the Hills" rules (which are very fine by the way). Me and Peter and Angus played the surrounding Russians outnumbering some 11 units of Würtemberger played by Campbell and MDF Mike (the one from the 1809 blog). And then we rolled who‘s first ... the Russian won –  and that was it. We moved one turn, and then I went to the bar for drinks for everybody and when I came back, the Germans were defeated already. I guess Angus just rolled them up and charged into their artillery ...

As I said near a dried up river bed next to Aberdeen .... or worse ...

here are some pictures .... I bow my head to Campbell and Mike to endure that turkey shooting ...

but still we won so ...

so at last, you got to listen to a Misfits song, to get into the mood of winning the shooting, (copyrights with the artist of course),  please listen:

" ...ooh baby, when you cry, your face is momentary ... "

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Obscure Alternatives

This evening we met to test the General d‘Armee, also to see, if it would be any good for the Seven Years War. Angus umpired along MDF Michael played the Hessian Adjutant ... I was to play the Hessians first, but Bart was moaning after the 1st turn, that it was impossible to win and so I offered to switch -  so I ended up to play the French, well alors, merci for the house numbers and eau the cologne!

I just played very christian and hold my left and right cheek to my enemy (my cavalry and my best Grenadiers (die Garde!) to block Barts shooting my train.
To cut it short due to abysmal and phenomenal dicing - it worked. My baggage train reached over the hills my troops and cavalry were storming out of the small town "Siegen" ... but it was already 10 o‘clock so Angus (the undulating umpire) spelled it a draw – Ha! Nothing is impossible if you fight against Hessians! (AWI experience ...) ...

As for the rules, I think they work for Napoleonics (very well), and they have some nice smooth engine innovation, but I can't see them for the Seven Years War just right now. The brigade thing is just sooo different form the lines ... well sorry personal opinion ...

.. as an EXTRA some WIP pics ... of my Renaissance minis to come ....

The small depressive town called Siegen ("winning")

My Hessian all Grenadiers (borrowed AWI von Rall‘s)

Getting the baggage train from right to left (to Siegen) and The French will win

My Hessians are pouring down the hills: Get the train!

The v. Knyphausen (AWI) posing as probably v. Knyphausens ...

The French Garde (Grenadiers) will hold the line!

While the  train sneaks past behind them

And heading for the main hill the town can see the train is coming !!! 
Angus‘ Frenchies opposing MDF Mikes Hessians 
there in the Woods MDF Michael  comes forward ... 
"Die Gare stirbt, aber sie ergibt sich nicht!" Old Colognian carneval quote!

The train passes but no break - they loving it!
Uphill with the mules the town is in sight!
Finally the train passed - now the "Garde" can die ...

But there are new Hessians in the way blocking the street ... (MDF Mike‘s)

Finally Siegen stirs!! Was is schlimmer als verlieren? - Siegen!
Too late the road is blocked
A final 10 minute before 10 cavalry charge against a Napoleonic square  was failing ... OK its a draw!

George, Paul, John and Ringo

Some more plates for the ruthless Borgias ....
and yeees, there is more to come ... even on that base ....

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Tommies to the front!

Some weeks ago I ordered some nice minis from Scarab-minatures / Great War miniatures to kick start my late war British Platoon. I also ordered from Trenchworx the Mark V, which comes modular so that one can built the male, female and hermaphrodite versions - a very beautiful resin cast indeed! The earth magnets provided are very strong, three possible inlets are provided, but one is more than sufficient. The only downside is that the machine guns are resin as well and immensely brittle. I managed to break three MGs and one gun!!!, so that I decided to replace the guns entirely with plastic tubes and metal wire and "green stuff" to prevent future damage and loss.

The Figures from Great War miniatures were as usual a pleasure to paint - even the British drab. As with my storm troopers I painted them a la "through the mud" and the glasses of the gas masks got a wee drip of glossy varnish for effect...

I'm looking forward to throw them into battle!

Next on the list is another Landsknechts pike block (a la "under attack") and some Italian-Borgia-Popish Rodelero guard ... watch this space!

The Mark V Male 
Mark V Male

Mark V Female from the side

Mark V Hermaphrodite from the top

Some British Senior Commanders and A Vickers nest

Some Junior Commanders leading the teams
The LMG teams and the Rifle grenade teams

And some bombers
and normal rifle men
more Johnny Tommies
The Trenchworx Mark V module