Thursday, 22 May 2014

Pike and Shotte

I played an English Civil War battle today using Warlord Games Pike and Shotte rules.

I adapted their Thirty Years War scenario " Blood on the Danube " in which the army pay chest has to be defended until nightfall. In order to play this solo I selected 3 playing cards, Jack, Queen and King, shuffled them up so I didn't know which one was the King (the pay chest) and placed them under the three buildings in the Parliamentarian deployment area.

The Royalist then had eight turns to capture the money!.

Here are some photos from the action.
 The Royalist centre advance rapidly.
 Old Robins Foote in their tawny coats prepare to give fire.
 The Royalist left flank advance.
 The Royalist commander.
 Hampdens Greencoats defend the ruined church.
 A view of the battlelines.
 Hard fighting but time is running out.
 By this time many of the Royalist battalia were broken.
 The roundheads kept up a spirited defence.
The only building that the Royalists were able to capture didn't contain the pay chest.

I enjoyed the game, I'll try to get another soon.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Lately, I've been...

playing Air War C21.

I copied the missiles from this gentlemans blogpost,

 Painting up a couple of 1/1200th scale ships.
 USS Hornet

 HMS Duke of York

 And spending a lot of time thinking about recreating the Grant armies in 6mm. I think it would be very nice to command such famous fictional regiments.
 Some unfinished Irregular Miniatures SYW in 48 man units look quite like the real thing on the front of The War Game.
 The Lorraine army is fairly easy to copy, being very similar to the historical French army.
The VFS was a real mixed bag of uniforms... blue, grey, green and yellow!. I own a copy of The War Game Companion too, but info on the VFS is a bit sketchy.
I have this lot here and probably as many again of Marlburians both Heroics and Irregular.

I would use Black Powder rules using centimetres as inches and go for a real old school look.

I might do it, or I might not. I have too many projects on the go, but most of us do!.