Sunday, 28 December 2014

2014 Review and 2015 lead pile

Looking back, 2014 has been another challenging year for my hobby.

I love my job, but the very nature of the work has meant trying to balance time with the family and hobbies has been hard. Of my hobbies, Wargaming has been hit the hardest.

As we hit 2014, one of my key aims for the year (having hit 15st...) was to lose weight. In September this year( a month early) I hit my target weight of 13st 7lbs and now in December I've only 2lbs to lose to hit 13st. Trips to the gym to do cardiac work and cutting down my alcohol intake has left me fitter than I've been for some time, so much so that over the Summer I got back to playing Cricket for the first time in nearly four years.

So although Wargames has taken the brunt of the hobby void hit, in the bigger scheme of things I think that the weight loss and diversion of playing a sport I love with a passion has made a big difference in re-discovering the wargaming Mojo which I was beginning to lose this time last year.

Work wise, I start a Line shift pattern soon which allows me to plan my time outside of work far better and I've also been successful in gaining entry to the Student Paramedic Pathway starting in March 2015. Yes I will have my head in books in 2015, and I will be away from home on work based training and on Uni studies throughout the next three years, but at least another ambition will be ticked off.

So what did I actually achieve Wargames wise in 2014??

The Lead Pile remains dauntingly excessive. That said I have only added a sprinkling of figures to the pile this year in the form of 10mm Napoleonic Austrians and French.

My 28mm Pile consists of:
  • SAGA Irish and Scottish Warbands (untouched)
  • IHMN - Lord Currs Company and Scotland Yard (untouched)
  • Dead Mans Hand - Outlaws and Gunmen (untouched)
  • CoC/Bolt Action - US Forces
In recent weeks I have been slowly painting the US Forces for CoC in between 10mm Napoleonics

My 15mm Pile consists of:
  • AWI Figures (I have had lots of these for years and keep forgetting about them!)
My 10mm Pile consists of:
  • French and Austrian Napoleonics which I have made lots of progress with this year and am still working on at the moment
  • ECW/TYW for FOG R
  • SCW
  • Medievals including a castle and buildings (unfinished project)
  • Vikings
  • Post Romano British
Many of these forces I have had for some time. The main stumbling block is I got to the stage where I have neough painted miniatures for a game and therefore the other bits are window dressing which I just can't motivate myself to do!

I want to crack on with the Spanish Civil War figs but the lack of scenery I have (particularly buildings and the investment I will have to put in) keeps putting me off

My 6mm Pile consists of:
  • Zulu Wars for Principles of War
  • ACW for Longstreet
  • Landing Craft for WW2
These are just not floating my boat and my WW2 fix is coming from CoC and Bolt Action in 28mm

Games in 2014
Most of my gaming has been solo. Time has been an issue with no dedicated space and frankly too few of my favourite rule sets being easily adaptable for Solo Play...

I've managed three non-solo games this year. A BIG CoC (Ooohhh Matron!!) at a friends house which I won, A Classic Impetvs Romans V Gauls game which I won at mine, and my personal favourite - an eight player Hail Caesar Vikings V Saxons game on a 24ft table at the club which was an absolute blast. I also managed to win - not only with my individual force of Saxons but as a team. What made that particular victory even more splendid was smashing my opponents force into submission despite facing 2-3 odds.

One could say that as the remainder of my games were solo I have a 100% victory ratio in 2014...

other than those games listed I've played a plethora of rules this year including Warmaster Medieval, Battlegroup Kursk, FOG Naploleonics and Renaissance, By Fire and Sword and In her Majestys Name.

Chain of Command, Bolt Action and FOG Napleonics have been my staple

By Fire and Sword and In Her Majestys Name have both been real let downs, but I put a lot of this down to playing them solo which neither are intended for.

Looking Forward
In 2015 I am planning to keep my expenditure to Napoleonics; reinforcing my French and Austrians and possibly investing in some British and Allies to do 1815.

Rules wise I am looking forward to both Blucher and Battlegroup Blitzkrieg

Games Wise, i would love to do more Impetvs but other than medievals I dont have any ancient forces so may have to rely on club nights to play these rules.

I'm hoping to get more nights at the club, but with being away from home a lot this year and another busy Cricket Season looming I think this might still be a bit of a pipe dream.

Italian Brigade

An Italian Brigade for FoG N


Wednesday, 24 December 2014

French Hussars

A second light cavalry division of Hussars


Thursday, 18 December 2014

Austrian Reinforcements

A Grenadier Division, a Landwehr Division and Cavalry attachments


Sunday, 30 November 2014

Braunschweiger Hill

Follwing their success in the Grizneun Valley French forces under Roquefort pursue the retreating Austrian Army who turn to make a stand at Braunschweiger Hill.

The French face an uphill battle against a determined rearguard. the Big Cheese against the Big Banger....


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Grizneun Valley

Austrian forces attempt to force the Grizneun Valley somewhere on the Border.

Initial deployments.
The Austrians en masse heading for the French Line of Communication.
Are the Grognards spread too thin?

View from the church tower towards the Austrian Centre

Austrian Cuirassiers press forward

French Artillery opens fire

The French have found their range but the Austrian reply is off the mark

French Chasseurs mmove to meet the Cuirassier threat, hoping to delay the Austrian Advance

Recognising the Austrian weakness,
The French 1st Division breaks cover aiming to threatening the Austrian Flank

The Artillery duel continues. The Austrian Guns find their range

The Cuirassiers crest a small hill. The Chasseurs look vulnerable. 

The action on the Austrian right flank develops

Cuirassier Brigade meets Chasseur Brigade. Surely only one outcome?

After a brief clash, the Chasseurs are well and truly beaten back

The French 2nd Division squares slow the advance of the Cuirassier Brigade

The Chasseurs swept aside, the Austrian Advance Guard seek to turn the French right flank
and make a move for the line of commuincation in support of the Cuirassiers

The French 1st Division engage the Austrian Lines and immediately blunt their bold advance

The Austrian manage only desultory fire before fleeing broken under the French weight of fire


Similarly in the centre the austrian find it difficult going aginst the French artillery

Having swept away the Light Cavalry the Cuirassiers regain some semblance of order
and move to threaten the French Line of Command.

The French 1st Division have turned the Austrian right and
are rushing headlong for the rear of the Austrian Corps

The French centre is emboldened and moves out to meet the Austrian centre

Despite threatening the French Line of Command,
the Austrians have taken significant casulaties.
With the French moving around their rear they concede defeat.