Friday, 29 May 2020

"About Bonaparte" game by David Lycett

I met David Lycett on Facebook where he posted a photo of the chariot of Darius III : link 
and a great unit of   Iphicratian Hoplites based for "About Caesar": link
He also uses the "About Bonaparte"  and also "About Cromwell", for which I'm truely honoured.

This is an "About Bonaparte" game.

David's figures are a joy to look at.

David : "Of course you can use the photos on your blog. I'm quite flattered thst you want to use them. And It's a great way to demonstrate the use of your rules and unit organisations.
The movement trays/sabots are great for moving the whole units and keep them safe.
I use those Really Useful Boxes, put metallic paper on the bottom of them, then put metal paper underneath the sabots and this helps with keeping the figures safe and handy for transport.

Both games went more or less the same way. At the beginning of the games, my cavalry did brilliant work against the enemy, only to be defeated and routed later in the game.
My infantry also stood up well to begin with, only to be overwhelmed by the end of the game - I lost both games!!!!!!!!
But they were great fun, so That's all that matters!"

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Campaigns of Montrose in 54mm

In the 90ties, I came across the Call to Arms figures of the ECW which started a fascination for the period.  I was intrigued by the lack of Scottish Covenanters and started to make figures with silicone moulds and resin based on converted metal figures.  I did find some highlander figures also and did read about the incredible campaigns of Montrose. Playing on the wargame table these battles was something I would do some day. 
With some modifications to our About Bonaparte rule, and having highlanders, and covenanters that could also figure in that role they first saw action in a Culloden game in 2012:
But for playing ECW,  I first had to create a rule for the period, and started with a very ambitious plan: doing Marston Moor at Crisis 2013 in Antwerp. Made a separate blog for this:
I had to paint a lot of figures, and make a lot of conversions.
I succeeded in having everything ready for November 2013, but it had been a bit to much. 
After the convention in Ghent, I needed a break and the interest in the period was lost for some time.

Then Nick ask my about the Highlander figures. looking on the internet, I did find some more figures at Replicants I didn't have and bought me some. Painted  (converted one to a flag bearer) them along with a pair of resin figures I still had to paint. Also the Campaigns of Montrose came back into view and now I have the plan to play the battle of Kilsyth. The biggest battle of the serie.

The Replicants figures.

The converted flag bearer.

The Highlanders

The Covenanter muketiers and standard bearers.
To see the pikemen and cavalry, take a look at the Marstons Moor blog

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Happy Camerone Day! I didn't get a chance to play a game today (no opponents!) so I am posting photos of a mini-Camerone game  played a while ago with 54mm figures. In an unhistorical twist the Chasseurs d' Afrique arrived, but too late to save Capt. Danjou. I manged to rescue his hand when the game ended ;). Rules were Fistful of Lead. My favorite skirmish rules.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

BelloLudi Play Test

It was a rainy afternoon here in California, entering the third week of lock down with my girlfriend, Joyce, when she surprised me by asking if she could try a miniatures game! I must say I was delighted, she is the first woman in my life to actually take an interest in my hobby. I recently purchase the BelloLudo "Strategy Game" by Peter van Dop. Apparently it was designed as a team building activity for first time miniatures players so I thought it might be a good starting point for my girlfriend and I. I am always interested in simple game mechanic for my 54mm collections. I figure you can always solve a problem by making the solution more complicated, but it takes real genius to come up with a simple elegant solution. I would stop short of calling van Dop a genius, but the rules are certainly bare bones, with only the essentials covered. The rules book is only fifteen pages long, but they are enough. The rules period is general black powder era with a focus on Napoleonic. The only thing I had to bolt on were rules for light infantry, which were not covered. Since it was raining and my Napoleonic miniatures were in the shed out back I settled for using my AWI collection. We played on a 6X5 foot table which meant we got into action very quickly. Infantry moved 12 inches and cavalry move 18 inches. This seemed generous, even with my 54mm miniatures. They must have large game tables in the Netherlands! Musket ranges are out to 18 inches and cannon fire out to 36 inches. The rules include a unique dice used for activation if the units are outside of the 12 inch command radius. If you roll poorly your unit cannot activate and if you roll really badly you can make no more activation rolls. D6s are used for musket and cannon fire. Joyce picked up the mechanics very quickly and, aside from wasting her first artillery rounds trying to destroy a wooden house, soon got into the swim of things. Her British forces held back and let my Continental forces bring the fight to them, which made sense as I had seven infantry units to her five, though four of mine were militia. I won't go into detail, but we played the game to a conclusion in less than two hours, the British holding the field at the end. I liked the rules and will certainly use them again, most likely with a few additional house rules of my own.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Jacobite Highlander Progress

I now have 29 Jacobites painted. I am expecting to finish a further 35, which will give me a total of eight About Bonaparte units. It looks like these alone could give the Hanoverian troops a lot of trouble! If any members out there want to unload their 1745 Highlanders, please send me a message.

Nick Stern

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Old school wargaming by Gilbert

Gilbert asked me to post some pics of his wargame with Steven, using a lot of Greek (and Roman) figures from several manufacturers, some figures of considerable age.  All scenery scratch build by Gilbert.