Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Ayubbid Egyptians and Crusader rrmies finally finished

18 months after they hit my doormat both armies are finally completed and will get a run out at the weekend using FoG Ancients.

In my defence I did purchase these on a whim and slap bang at the same time when I was on an extended sick leave period awaiting major spinal surgery.

Along the way I also got distracted by other shiny, shinys too.....

Pics and batrep to follow

Friday, 25 May 2012

6mm Villages

This is one of the projects that i have been putting off for what seems like ages primarily because of a distinct lack of confidence in my very limited modelling skills.

The buildings I have had for a couple of years and whilst I'm not happy with the roof tiles I had been using them 'stand alone' in most of my games.

Buildings are all Timecast as are the small resin hedges. Fences are plasticard, trees are the great range from Pendraken.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Ayubbid Update (again)

FINALLY FINISHED PAINTING.... dusted off the remaining 8 stands of Javelin/spear and 12 of skirmish archers - only basing left to do now! That new deadline might just be met...

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Ayubbid Progress

Command finished - 8 stands of spears and 12 of archers to do plus the bases. Completion date looking a little like it could be missed - the weather is causing havoc with the cricket season and a backlog of fixtures means I have games tonight, tommorow and Friday, coaching Saturday and Sunday and games next week on four out of 5 week nights...

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Ayubbid Update

With my birthday tommorow and a deadline set for these of the 13th thought I'd update on progress.

the 8 stands of Turcoman Bow are done as are 6 stands of bedouin LH. I have started on the four command stands.

Only 8 stands of spear and 12 of Light/ skirmisher bow to go.

Then all I have to do is tart up the bases of two 800 point matching armies to get a FoG Ancients game in - Later Crusades.

New deadline - (Game with no unfinished miniatures) to be held BEFORE The end of May!

Monday, 7 May 2012

Maurice - AWI Playtest

Some pics of my playtest of the new Maurice rules this evening. Batrep and rules synopsis to follow

Initial set up - British attacking

Maurice is a card driven system - true to type British underhandedness strikes the American's morale right from the off with an even die roll reducing their morale by -2.

Hurriedly rebased Hessians advance to pin down the American left flank - out of picture and to the right, two unit of Tories support the Hessian Advance

The Delaware Continentals and French receive welcome re-inforcement from two Militia Units

Whilst out on the opposite flank the American Rangers size up the British Dragoons

The British Dragoons come off worse - however this minor skirmish to's and fro's with no real outcome being achieved

Further foul play by the British drags the Delwares into the firing zone of the British Grenadiers and a flanking support battalion.

Crafty play (this time by the Americans) plants a previously un-mapped cornfield directky in the path of the Hessian/Tories advance. A smart move by the American CO as it prevents a much smaller force being overwhelmed.

The Britsh Grenadiers supported by a line battalion make numbers count. Boosted firepower through a national advantage card play a major role. Shortly after this pic the Delaware Continentals (only elite unit in the American Force) buckle and break bringing the american player very close to a humiliating defeat.

Despite the loss of the delawares, the American CinC is on hand to deploy the French and supporting Militia units in defence of the British Objective. If the American commander can bring his national advantage card A La Bayonette into play maybe history can be reversed and the British might be put to flight at the sight of cold steel?

A blistering round of British Musketry fells a Bavarian Notablein the pay of the American's

The remaining Continentals find themselves exposed and vulnerable despote the cornfield being unmapped. This shor shows tha calm before the storm. Will conscript units have the final hurrah?

Over on the British right the Grenadiers buckle under intense pressure whilst over on the right the Tories despatch a trained unit of Continentals!

Another Notable bites the dust - this time an Eastern European in the pay of the German Mercenaries

The British pull off a win, their superior firepower winning the day over a determined opponent. As a regular British Line unit breaks so too does an American Militia unit tipping the balance in favour of the British as American morale falters.