Sunday, 2 November 2014

6mm Normans finished

Got the 6mm Normans finished today.  It was a nice sunny day so I took some quick pictures.  

First the Norman infantry.   

Then the light archers and lesser cavalry.  

And the first batch of knights with William figure at the front. 

The next batch of knights with Saxon axemen in the background.  

And the remaining knights.  

Overall, not too bad.  I'll pass them on to their owner later this week for basing.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Arnhem game for 70th Anniversary

This year is the 70th anniversary of several WW2 battles.  We'd planned an Arnhem game for September but real life got in the way so we played last weekend.  

These are my shaky photos from the day.  For better photos and a report, please go over to,
This is the blog of Russ, the chap who put together all the terrain and the forces and designed the scenario.  All myself and Nick had to do was show up and play.  We rolled a dice and I was the British. 

This is the first attack by the Germans as seen from the British side. It's on the north east corner of the perimeter and saw 3 SS platoons attack the dug-in and concealed British platoon. 

Here's the corresponding view from the German side.  German pressure took it's toll on the paratroopers and though the Germans suffered many losses they eventually overwhelmed the British platoon.     

A turn or so later, Grabner shows up crossing the bridge and trying to progress down the ramp.  We didn't represent the bridge - just the ramp on the northern side.  Just to the left of this picture - behind the buildings - is the blue line of the river.  The anti-tank guns did sterling work here as shown by the smoke markers on the destoyed vehicles.  

A later turn with the anti-tank guns doing more damage on the ramp.  And to the left of the picture are more German reinforcements - platoons of Mark 3's and Mark 4's. Just in front of the grey building beside the ramp are the British mortars who also did good work. On the top floor of the building is the spotter who survived several attempts by Grabners platoons to hit him.       

This is a view from the ramp looking west.  This was the end of the game I think and by this time, I think Grabner's force had lost 4 platoons and lined up the 75mm guns to destroy the paratroopers.  Also in this picture are 3 Mark 3 tanks that tried to assault the building but bogged down and were eventually destroyed when close assaulted by paratroopers with gammon bombs.  Alas, at this point, the British in the middle house are down to Frost, a platoon commander and a piat team.  In the distance is a destroyed armoured car.        

This is a wider shot of the game end situation. The British have been cleared from the east side of the ramp. Testimony to the defence is the platoon of 5 destroyed Mark 4's.  Two were destroyed by the anti-tank gun and one bogged down vehicle destroyed by a close assault by the second in command. 

Also testiment to the defence are the 5 german SS stands on the slope leading to the ramp - I think this was all that was left of the 21 stands that started the attack from the north-east on turn one. 

Across the ramp are 4 tigers moving foward. They and the infantry had just cleared the second building from the right on the far side of the table and were moving towards the last pockets of the British defence.        

We finished at this point. A very narrow win for the British for holding on till this point, but win or lose it was a great game, played in a great spirit.  And much kudos to Nick who was playing only his second game of Flames of War and thanks to Russ for all the hard work to set this up.  

Finally, there were some scenario specific rules used here. Morale for the British, Germans calling in artillery and making it easier for troops to move and enter an empty building.      

This will definately be played again.  Probably next September for sure and hopefully before then, when other players will maybe get the chance to play. 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

6mm Normans

Just a small update of what's on the some of the painting trays.  I'm progressing with the 6mm Normans for a friend at the club.  This is the companion army to the Saxons I did a while ago. 

This is a wide shot of some of the cavalry.  My approach here is to use bright colours so they stand out when viewed across the table.  I put a bit of work into the horses with fetlocks, tails, manes and such, just because I want them to look like more than brown blobs.  

A shot of the infantry. Some shields were undercoated white so a top colour would stand out a bit more.  Just behind them are some light cavalry and behind that some Saxon axemen.    

A close up of some other cavalry. Some work still to be done, but I'm happy with the horses.  

Wider shots of more cavalry.  

As with the Saxons, my task is just to paint the figures. My friend will finish off the basing.  

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

28mm Polybian Romans finished - 2

And the remainder of the Polybian Romans. 

At this point, I almost want to break into song ...
    There's a pink one, and a blue one, and a green one and a yellow one.
    And they're all made out of ticky-tacky and they all look just the same (but not quite ...)

And so, the yellow legion. I never got around to getting velites for it.    

And the mixed colour legion. I started off wanting to make this all blue, but I wasn't sure, so I split the colours by the hastati, principes and triarii.  I reckoned I could use this as a legion of slaves or raw recruits.     

And Italian Allies.  A basic colour for each unit but with variations so the figures wouldn't appear so uniform.   

And the cavalry.  Gripping Beast figures again, but the 4 chaps at the front are on Essex horses. 

And that's them. Not too bad overall. 

28mm Polybian Romans finished - 1

Finally got the 28mm Polybian Romans finished.  Took a bit longer than anticipated, but now I'll see if I can sell them on t'bay and re-invest the proceeds. 

Start with the generals. These are the Gripping Beast Scipio set mounted on Essex horses with an Essex general in the background.  I couldn't decide what to put on the standard because I wasn't sure if SPQR was applicable to this period, so I left it blank.    

Gripping Beast foot command with another Essex general in the background.

And the legions - all wonderfully colour co-ordinated.  Gripping Beast legion with Essex velites.   

A closer picture of the officer.  I've always though this a really nice figure.  

And the white legion. As before, Gripping Beast legion with Essex velites.      

And the green legion. Same as above - Gripping Beast legion and Essex velites.  

There is a theme here.  It's something I've done with a few of my ancient armies. No prizes for spotting it, but very well done if you do.  

more mid-war german stuff

It's a bit like buses - no posts for ages, then 2 show up at once. 

These are pictures of another batch of mid-war germans I painted for a friend at the club.  The infantry came about by reducing his panzergrenadier platoon to 4 figures to the base instead of 5, with myself and others then contributing surplus figures. The result was an additional 6 stand panzergrenadier platoon plus command.  

The first picture is just before some final finishing work and the basing.  

Then a few pictures of the finished articles.  

For the AA vehicles, there was the option to mount the spotter and loader beside the gunner, but my friend chose to have them mounted separately on small bases.    

And some more shots of the objectives, because I think they turned out OK.     

The platoon put together from surplus figures.      

And some better pictures of the Marders and Recce.    

All in all, not too bad.