Sunday, December 16, 2018

Boer War Black week

I always had interest in the Boer Wars.  These Wars ended up being the modern warfare.  Gone where the days men standing in line like the Napoleonic war and American Civil War. 

We are in the Middle (10th-17th Decemeber 1899) of what was called "A Black Week" for the British Army during the 2nd Boer War.
These three battles – Stormberg, Magersfontein and Colenso – shook late-Victorian Britain. The British Army suffered almost 3,000 casulaties.
Esteemed Historian Dr Spencer Jones of Wolverhampton University tells the story of Black Week - the battles, the generals and the mistakes.

Mounted Agincourt Knights by Perry Miniatures

Pre-orders are now being taken!
Mounted Agincourt Knights 1415-29
Designed by Alan Perry
The figures in this set represent European Knights from 1415-1429. Armour and clothing variants allow European cavalry (French, English, German, Italian etc.) to be built. Up to half the figures can be assembled to represent light horse; mounted sergeants or archers. There are many arm, torso and leg variants to allow a huge amount of individuality and poses to be achieved. Many of the arms have the weapons attached but others are without hands (which are attached to various weapons) to allow more flexibility for those who like to personalize their figures. There are some bodies with fixed left arms but most are with separate ones.
The bodies are split so you can introduce a bit of movement from the waist as the helmets of the period didn’t allow the head much side to side movement. Three heads on each frame have the visors sculpted on them in the locked-down position. The idea was to fit as many variations of the riders as possible on one frame. You will also be able to use arms from the present Agincourt box sets with these.
The lighter armoured figures can also represent earlier (1390’s) or poorer knights in padded aketons or juppe de wambesons.
The horses are Michaels’ WotRs horses. There was no need to remake these or make additional ones as the basic tack remained identical through most of the 15th century. Alan has made a couple of additional horse heads with earlier chanfrons (as these were a little different) and shorter crinet on the neck. Up to half the horses can be armoured.
There are armorial banners for French English and German knights inclued.
If you buy 3 boxed sets direct from us you will receive a free metal mounted commander.
You can pre-order now from our website, the boxed set will be released on the 7th Jan 2019. Please note the payment will be automatically taken when you put the order in.
Code AO 70
Price £20

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

LnL Heroes of Normandy

Lock and Load is a very nice game system to play many different eras of warfare.  I have a couple of the games.   The video will give one a very nice overview of the series.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

DIY groups for machining and computers

I just found out about a group called the village.   It is is an interesting concept where people get together to make things.  Another side of the learning process is running the real equipment.  This include milling machine, lathes, computer for programming part, 3d printer and laser cutter.   Currently the closest one to me is in Ferndale.   It is called i3 Detroit.   Looking like after the first of the year I'm going to looking into this DIY shop

i3 Detroit

Here what they say about the program.
Ever dream of a place where you could build and craft your heart’s desires?
A place to find other Do-It-Yourself-ers and get tips and advice?
A place where you could learn to use and have access to tools that would never fit into your garage or your budget?
That place exists, today. Welcome to i3Detroit.
Here at i3Detroit, we want to create and build, probably much like yourself. We’re not a profit-driven tool rental center, we’ve got a burning passion to create, tinker, hack and make, one that drives us to create the best possible community and space. Our members take pride in what we’ve built, and for good reason. We’ve got such a diverse range of things to create with here, and we’ve done it all as a highly-engaged volunteer community with a passion for things such as crafting, woodworking, metalworking, electronics, welding, programming, and digital fabrication!
Located near the heart of Ferndale, we’re close to many local events and an amazing community. If you’re curious about, or never heard of a Makerspace, then swing on by on a Friday evening (6:00 to 9:00 PM) to take a tour and get to know the membership!
Excited? Gotten this far? Come see us! You’ll find this is just the place you’ve been looking for!
See you soon!

They even had a miniature painting workshop;

Miniature Painting Class/Meetup 11/17/2017

Alec and Swit are offering a miniature painting workshop 7 – 10 pm November 17, 2017. Come learn how to paint cool gaming miniatures for games like D&D, Warhammer, or just make you favorite board game a little fancier.  The paint is non-toxic acrylic. It will stain clothes.
10 People Maximum.
 $5 material fee.
Paints, brushes, and pallets will be available. A few miniatures will be available for $3-5 or bring your own. You are welcome to bring your own kit but we’ll still ask for the material fee to cover permanent painting supplies for the i3Detroit classroom.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Warlords Cruel seas game

Before you throw down your money to buy this new game from warlords.  Here is their video showing the game play.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Pegasus Hobbies 1/72 Russian Buildings

My past post showed pictures of a WW2 era Russian village.   Here is your chance to build the village using Pegasus Hobbies Russian village buildings.  This series building had been around for many years.   Not many of us have seen these built.  Why because they are still in the box or hidden away in one's gaming pile of stuff.   Gary Beardaworth a member of the Battle Group face book page is the proud owner of these models shown below.  The buildings are Christmas present from his friend Simon.  The best part they come painted...  Plus the unassemblied builds are $9.00 to 11.00 USD

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Picture of Russian Village

These are picture taken in color of a small russian village.  These are great reference for someone that is playing a russian front game.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

ASL Scenario A The Guard Counter attack. Video

This video goes over the differences between Squad Leader and Advance Squad leader.  The video is the first of the series by David Garvin.  The scenario is a great solo one to play

Templar Knight Orders uniform guide

The main Catholic military orders of the monastic-knights -with a Knight Templar in the middle. In the medieval period the knights here identified as Malte are the Knights of Malta. Also as Hospitallers or Knight on Saint John of Jerusalem.

I hope this will help people in painting the Knights for Saga, or any other game using miniature knights

Monday, November 26, 2018

Coming soon this Winter from Zevzda

Looks like Zevzda is releasing a Panzer Mk IV this coming winter season.  From the pictures it looks pretty nice.  But a little late to the 15mm scene as the tank is pretty covered by other companies.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Perry Brother fight the 'Battle of Talavera

If you have been following the Perry Brothers latest releases.  You will know they put out new sets of Spanish Troops...   Enjoy the eye Candy of the Perry's great terrain and battle.

Here is what they said:
Talavera 1809
We had the pleasure of a visit from ‘Eclaireur’ (a man of mystery) and Dave Brown a man of rules, well with rules; he wrote General d’ Armee which we were going to use.
Eclaireur suggested that the southern half of the Battle of Talavera in 1809 would be an interesting encounter. Actually our ancestor fought with the 45th at Talavera, however his regiment would be just off table. It would be the first ‘blooding’ of Alan’s Spanish and some of his Confederation of the Rhine regiments. The Confederation regiments were built for other divisions rather than Sebastiani’s Corps, so some, although German, aren’t those at Talavera. Alan needed a couple of Kingdom of Holland battalions, a few more Confederation regiments and Spanish cavalry… and a bit more terrain (a predominant hill on the Allies line), so he was fairly busy two to three weeks before the game. It’s always good to have an incentive to paint figures and this was perfect.
Michael joined Eclaireur with the French/Germans and while Dave took the British. Alan couldn’t resist the colourful Spanish although he realized they may not stand….
We were using General d’ Armee published by Reisswitz Press.
The troops were deployed close to where they were in the original battle.
The Confederation of the Rhine, Dutch and pseudo Polish regiments pressed forward to kick things off, an additional French brigade and a brigade of dragoons were kept off board in reserve. Most of Eclaireur’s men were opposed to Alan’s Spanish while Michael’s troops opposed the tougher British brigades of Dave’s force.
The Allies began the firing with some long range shots causing a few casualties. As the ’French’ advanced two artillery batteries were deployed, one facing the hill redoubt the British artillery occupied and the other the Spanish. The French artillery fire was pretty effective (out gunning the British in the end and quickly driving off a Spanish regiment). British artillery fire wasn’t particularly impressive but the Spanish guns hardly missed a shot causing chaos in one Confederation of the Rhine brigades.
Dave began to send a British Brigade forward on the far left. To counter this, the additional French brigade arrived to bolster the pseudo Polish brigade. Around the same time Eclaireur deployed the dragoon brigade on the opposite flank in front of the city with their Horse battery. This battery was soon knocking chunks out of a Spanish regiment in the outskirts of Talavera, which in turn had to pull back into the city.
The Nassau brigade received a volley from a Spanish regiment stationed behind the stone wall in the centre which killed their brigadier and sent them reeling back a move.
Meanwhile on the hill the British artillery had to pull back out of action due to casualties and exhaustion. Their post was taken by a British regiment. Michael had tried to get his French and Poles to charge in on the Dave’s British but they weren’t playing ball and were getting pretty shot up in the process.
Alan decided he had to do something about the two batteries opposed to him. It was time for the Spanish cavalry. This was going to be risky. One unit of dragoons managed to get between both batteries but out of their arch of fire. If the Allies got the initiative next time they could charge a battery in the flank before being swamped by French Dragoons. The Allies did get the initiative so the Horse battery was ridden over. A French dragoon regiment crashed into them sending them back but was repulsed itself. The other dragoon regiment got involved with the rest of the Spanish cavalry and scattered them.
Dave had softened up the Michael’s French and now decided a charge would finish them off, however the British regiment got the willies as it was ordered to charge and retreated back through the supporting regiment! At the same turn Eclaireur poured some devastating volleys form his Nassau and Dutch into Alan’s Spanish behind the stone wall crippling the brigade and sending them back.
That was it the Allies had lost the area. 
It was a great game with the rules giving a great feel for the period, highly recommended!