Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Nassau (Reserve) Brigade in 6mm

I am a bit skint at the moment, so the 100 Days Campaign project is on the back burner until I can raise the funds to buy the figures I need for the Allied Reserve Corps. However, I have a lot of left over figures from other Corps and I was able to put together the Nassau (reserve) contingent from spare Baccus French Infantry. The uniforms are reasonably similar and at 6mm, who's going to tell me that the facings are the wrong pattern? No one, that's who!

The Nassau Contingent consisted of a single brigade of 2,841 soldiers under Major-General A.H.E. von Kruse.

This brigade was formed of two battalions of Line infantry and one of Landwehr. The latter is the one at the back with the larger flag. The brigade was deployed on the right centre of the Allied line initially, and helped with the repulse of the French cavalry and also fought to prevent the loss of La Haye Sainte. The majority of the soldiers were inexperienced, but the officers were veterans in many cases.

This unit is unattached, which is why the flag on the base label is blank. However, this means it will cost 2 points to move during a game, rather than 1 for Corps movement.

As I said, this is the first unit of the Allied Reserve Corps, but don't expect any more for a little while until I can justify spending money on lead rather than food...

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Friday, 13 October 2017

"'Einkels!" "No they Ain't, They're Messerschmitts!"

I arrived home this evening to find a parcel waiting for me. It's one I've been looking forward to receiving for quite a while now: The Plastic Soldier Company's Battle of Britain board game! This was a Kickstarter that went live over 18 months ago now! I think it was around last April that I backed the project and it has finally been released. I know there have been a few problem with production along the way and I trusted PSC enough to deliver, so I wasn't unduly worried about delivery. As a thank you for the patience, Kickstarter backers have also got a 1/144th scale Zveda ME109F, which will come in very useful for my WW2 games. Also we got a 25% off voucher (I've covered up the discount code ­čśÇ).

Inside we have a lot of material; game counters, two bags each of twelve dice, play aids, rules booklet and two sets of cards. Also is this pretty big playing board.

Also included are a set of stickers for the flight stands, each relating to one of the squadron cards.

"But what about the toys!?" I hear you cry! Well, here are the Germans, ten aircraft including Heinkel HE111s, Messerschmitt BF109s and 110s, Dorniers Do17s and Junkers Ju88s.

And the British, Spitfires and Hurricanes! Twelve in total.

And as an extra bonus for us Kickstarter backers is this set of extra aircraft, a Gloster Gladiator, Blenheim, Bolton-Paul Defiant and a Ju-87 Stuka!

And here are the previously mentioned flight stands in action as a Spit and Huri chase away a 111 from Bristol.  You may have noticed that some of the wings on the aircraft are slightly bent, this must be from transportation, but it's nothing that a bit of warm water won't fix as the plastic is pretty soft.

So, initially it all looks good, but I haven't had a chance to read the rules yet and a game rests on it's rules! However, Richard Borg has written some good rules in the past (Memoir '44/The Great War for instance) so I expect good things with this one as well. On a minor note, I don't like the colour of the plastic aircraft, but that will be easily fixed with lick of paint. Being that they are 1/300th scale it won't take very long to get them looking good!

I don't know if this is live on the PSC webstore yet, but they will be releasing it pretty soon I believe.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Rommel Supply Tokens

I have got back on painting track since coming back from Vienna and completed a couple of supply tokens ready for Rommel. They are simply a pile of crates and oil drums, but are used in the game to decide who is in supply and who isn't. Also units can become isolated if they can't draw a line back to their supply.

They are made up of crates and rums from Skytrex, some spare stowage that I had lying around. One set of drums are painted in Olive Drab (for the Allies) and the other German Grey (for, you guessed it... the Germans), not that you can really tell at this scale...

I added a bit of static grass and some tufts to the base and they were done. 

in other news, whilst I was in Vienna I found this second hand book of Chris Foss's paintings. If you grew up in the Seventies with science-fiction books then you'll know his spaceship paintings.

I couldn't walk past this book as only a couple of weeks previously Ninjasaurus and I were talking about Foss's spaceships, so I bought it as a present from Austria for him. What I never knew was that Foss also painted a lot of Second World War pictures. And bloody good they are too, I urge you to Google them if you haven't seen them before!

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Derby Worlds 2017

Yesterday, 7th October 2017, was the first day of the two day Derby Worlds wargaming show and I drove down to Leicestershire with Ninjasaurus Rex and Dean to attend for the day. The venue had moved from last year, which meant a longer drive for us, but only about twenty minutes more. 

The new venue is on an old proving ground at Brunington and was hosted in a hanger. The new space is smaller than last years, but still managed to pack tons in. I took photos of lots of the games, but I also missed quite a few, so I am sorry if your game doesn't appear here (or I get mixed up with what was what)!

The League of Extraordinary Kreigespielers - Back of beyond 28mm

York Wargames Society - ACW Gettysburg Bufford's Stand

KB Club - WW2/Cold War "What If?" Scenario

Second Thunder - Open Combat

The Boondock Sayntes - Last of the Mohecans

Like a Stone Wall Wargames Club - Madenu

The War and Conquest Society - Dark Ages

The War and Conquest Society - Ancients

Derby Wargames Society - The Battle of Port Arthur

Yarkshire/Leeds Wargames Club - Battle of Jutland

I wasn't sure what this one was, Bolt Action WW2/what if scenario?

Baccus - The Battle of Manchester

Leicester Phatt Cats - Blood and Plunder

I don't remember the name of this dragon heavy game, perhaps it was Mathew Clarke's Magic Realm?

Westbury Wargamers - First Day at Gettysburg

Stand To Games - 28mm Napoleonic Skirmish Game (I think!)

My favourite of the day; Border Rievers - The Battle of Quatre Bras

Massed French infantry assaults at Quatre Bras

There's nothing like a good massive 28mm Napoleonic game!

The Ilkley Lads - Cerignola 1503

Cheshire and Staffordshire Wargamers - 28mm Ancients Chinese Vs Khmer

Yorkshire Renegades - Nazi Zombies (I think...)

And my stash? I didn't buy too much, having just come back from Vienna, but I did get two Maus, one to use myself and one to make and sell, seven more figures for Judge Dredd from  a rummage box, an Ape biker, also for Judge Dredd and the one thing I went for a set of Baccus French Cassions.

We ended up staying a lot longer than I was expecting, also, I met with some friends and made some new ones, so all in all it was a good day!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Flory Washes on a T-26 and couple of Flakt├╝rme

I have neglected this blog for the last week or so, as I have been in Vienna over the weekend, visiting my wife (she has moved there for a year for a new job, it's a long story...). But before I left, I bought myself some Flory washes for weathering. I've been wanting to experiment more with weathering on bigger models and these had come recommended by a mate who makes some amazing models. The washes are clay based and easily wiped off even when dry, so that some residue remains in the details on the model. Click the link above to see some good tutorial videos about using these. As a test, I thought I'd try them out on a Zvezda T-26 that I had knocking about.

I like the look, even if the tank is a wee bit too small to see the full effect. The washes got right into the details and look very grimy. I also used the Flory rust wash on the exhaust and tracks.Again, it may be slightly too small to get the full effect, but I am quite happy with it.

I then tried the washes out on a larger model, a First World War Mark IV that I was given for my birthday by a mate. I have yet to actually finish this kit off fully, as I have been waiting to sort out what I am doing with the weathering. I tried out the Flory washes on the rear panels and you can see the results below. I am quite happy with the results again!

As I mentioned, I went to Vienna to see Clare. Whilst I was there I got a chance to see two of the surviving World War Two Flakt├╝rme. She lives literally two minutes walk from these two massive concrete structures in the Augarten. Here's a few photos of them.

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