Welcome to my wargaming blog,
I'm Dave and live in Morpeth, Northumberland in the UK.
This may or may not be a regular thing, we'll just have to see how it goes.

I am a painter/collector of figures first and a wargamer second. My thrill in this great hobby of ours is to place that final well researched & painted unit into the cabinet. The actual gaming with the figures is an important but secondary experience, we all like to win, but it isn't the be all and end all of it, being with good friends and having fun is.
Hope you will enjoy reading this blog as much as I will writing in it.
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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Delays and frustration!

Been a bit of a sod this month mainly as my third hand PC went tits up, kicked the bucket and generally died an inglorious death. Now I hear you say 'third hand' what the heck do you expect. Fair play, I got this one from my third son who had got it from my second son and though set back to factory settings when I received it I suspect like me it was just getting a bit long in the tooth.
Any ho got my first new one for about ten years, yes I am that tight! So back up and running.
Had a couple of games of General De Armee, Spanish vs French so Neal and I are getting to grips with these fantastic rules. I didn't record them for posterity as we were looking back and forward through the rule book to clarify things and as I was thoroughly enjoying myself I frankly couldn't be arsed. I will do a Saturday game soon and put that on here.
In the meantime I have added a regiment of Confederate cavalry to my fairly big 15mm collection, Union cavalry still to do. Plus here are a few of photos of the 10mm French for Blucher. This will give a core of infantry to build the French army around and gets the repetitive side over, just pretty units to add.

Looking at the photos I thought maybe I should have made more of their faces but then they are 10mm for goodness sake, I'd be on all month doing that!

Monday, 3 July 2017

Photo bucket

Those Photo bucket arseholes have decided to demand a charge for any pictures that have been stored with them and are being used on 3rd party sites such as this.
They can sod off, so I'm now in the mind numing process of re posting the old ones back onto this site from my hard drive, not all as I stopped using Photbucket a couple of years ago but enough to piss me and many thousands of  past (hopefully) customers off.
Hope they go bust!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Malta visit 2017. The In Guardia parade.

My wife and I just returned from a weeks visit to Malta last night, god bless the woman, she put up with me trailing her about Valletta looking at all of the military stuff going on there, there's never enough time to see everything but I will shove on a few pictures of the 16th century re-enactment parade with some of the War Room, the control centre for the WW2 defence of Malta to be put up later.
The IN GUARDIA PARADE is a re-enactment that evokes an authentic event that took place regularly inside important military fortifications in Malta and Gozo. The re-enactment portrays the inspection of Fort St Elmo by the Grand Bailiff in charge of military affairs in order to ensure that the fort is in good condition to defend the Valletta peninsula and the two harbours situated on either side of it. 
During the re-enactment, the soldiers and knights of the fort's garrison - some 50 re-enactors in all - are kitted out in their finest uniforms to perform their military drill in order to demonstrate to the Grand Bailiff their state of readiness in the event of a military threat.
This parade seems to take place each Sunday throughout the summer months. I have seen pictures of it before so wanted to go but I was even more impressed when we went.

Who's the propa Geordie lad here like, Canny hat!

I would guess that the 'pike' would be lengthier in the field, these would be for guard duty.

'Charge pike.'

God bless my wife, she thought they were shooting feathers out of the barrels, told her it was the wadding.

Not what you think, left wheel!

It all ended with a bit of roughty toughty from these chaps.
All very well done, it's nice to see the uniforms 'live' as it were. In Northumberland we don't get to see the ECW re-enactors very much, they do the odd thing but not in any numbers so I enjoyed this lot.

I'll put on some pics of the War Rooms another day.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Test game, General d'Armee rules

As stated previously I/we have been awaiting these Napoleonic General d'Armee rules by Dave Brown with some anticipation for quite some time. I liked his General de Brigade rules which I found to be very accurate and loved his Picketts Charge ACW rules which slimmed things down and sped the game up without detracting from the accuracy and feel of the period.
I will state right away that I do (on one play through) like these rules. I'm not a good rules reader, I find it tedious and rather boring because at heart I'm a lazy sod! It did help that I am familiar with the GdB rules as there are some echoes of these within General d'Armee but mainly that I have played Picketts Charge quite a bit and the play sequences within the rules are very similar but with the added components of Napoleonic warfare covered within them.

Be warned there are lots of pretty pictures here all 28mm by the way, I will put a note of what went on below each set but I will not dissect the rules as I did with my Pickett's Charge post Here as some kind people said that they were very helpful but most didn't seem to give a damn so there you go!

The British set up, one brigade of infantry (inc artillery) and one of cavalry.

The French, again one brigade of cavalry and one of veteran infantry with artillery support.

 The infantry brigade comprised of three line infantry battalions with a brigade skirmish screen, an artillery battery and an attached screen of 95th rifles.

The cavalry, one unit comprising of three squadrons of heavy dragoons. I quickly realised that a minimum of two units comprised a brigade so added a unit of hussars.

British cavalry being what it was decided immediately to charge their French counterparts.

Just in case things went tits up two British battalions decided to form square.

After closing to melee (which is not always guaranteed) six hits to the British cavalry to four for the French curiassiers saw the French retire behind their supports leaving the British dragoons somewhat vulnerable as they were now unformed.

In subsequent turns the French Chasseurs charged and routed the unformed British dragoons following on with elan to rout the remaining hussars, not good for the Brits though the French were unformed and would take a while to get back into some form of order.

Meanwhile the curiassiers were pretty much shot with eleven casualties.

French veteran infantry can be seen advancing through the woods preceded by their brigade skirmish screen.

The remaining French line infantry battalion of the brigade somewhat foolishly decides to attempt to charge a formed British battalion.

The French failed to close, gave off a desultory volley then scarpered back towards their nearest supports in rout. This could have been bad for the rest of the French brigade as a 'Faltering' brigade as it now was must pass it's subsequent brigade morale roll (anything other than a 1 or 2). Fortune favoured the French in this instance.

Meanwhile in the centre the French veteran battalion charged into the British line after taking some casualties, with some very good dice it passed and closed to melee throwing the British line back in retreat.
With infantry attacks you can support a charge with nearby friendly battalions but must have committed two ADC's at the beginning of the turn to allow you to do this on brigade assault orders. I never did get sufficient ADC's to see this happen so battalions had to go in on their own.

Just to give it a go the French Chasseurs charged the British square with the predictable result of being thrown back, both sides having suffered one measly casualty. This replicates cavalry milling round the square and the infantry hardly needing to actually fight. They could have caused casualties in the firing phase but threw crap dice!

One last thing to happen before a halt to proceedings was called. The fresh veteran French infantry battalion having received two ADC's was given a 'Forwards' order. This allows the battalion to add one D6 roll to it's charge distance. Given that it had a choice of halving it's movement going over the hedge in front OR taking one casualty and moving it's full move it chose the latter, got to withing 3 inches of the British line (which had suffered quite heavy casualties). The 3 inches is close enough to attempt to charge but of course the French must first take all of the fire coming to them.
The fire from the British line was pretty poor resulting in no casualties from it and a 'loss of fire disapline', but the square and the 95th hammered five casualties into the French making them Retire unformed.
I called it a day at this point, Hopefully I will get over my bout of 'Man Flue' by the weekend when our club is staging a much larger encounter using these excellent rules.