Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Napoleonic 15.1.11 part1

Ahhhhh, what a day, WHAT A DAY!!!! It's been a long while since we last got a chance to have a game of Naps and today was just brilliant. DC and myself had talked last Saturday about having a 2nd battle of Polotsk 1812 type game with a joint Bavarian and French force attempting to hold back a superior Russian force.

I got in contact with Robert earlier in the week and he decided to join us for the day, so the 3 of us were all set. As the week went on we managed to pick up my brother David and then JP text me late last night to see if he and the D-man (travelling from the highlands) could join us.

D tried to fool us into thinking that he was taking his wife down to visit her sister but we all knew he was just looking for an excuse to get down to the club!

It turned out we had much less Bavarians between us than was 1st thought so it was pretty much a French and Russian stand up fight with my single Bavarian battalion getting their 1st outing along side the French (Answers on a postcard if you can guess what happened next?).

Des, JP and David P (my bro) were playing the evil French and the glorious Russian forces fighting for all that is good and just in the world were being played my Robert, DC (I think playing Russians for the 1st time) and myself.

So both camps disappeared to sort out a plan for the battle. Knowing that David and JP are very aggressive players (west of Scotland mentality) we decided to have the 12pdr battery facing right at them both with the bulk of the army in support.

True to form JP and David P went straight for the jugular with the main French force coming down the centre left and centre with Des also pressing myself hard with 2 large cuirassier regiments hoofing it towards my guns (shades of the light brigade at Balaclava?).

Our Russian artillery soon began to make it's presence felt taking a heavy toll of the advancing French columns.

Some of my Russian battalions glad to get out of their box for the day.

Our Russian heavy cavalry.

2 cuirassier regiments.

The mass French ranks as they prepared to advance.

I was out on the left with 2 Hussars regiments and an infantry brigade trying to pin down Desmondo. My 2 Hussar regiments forced D's young guard into square but through the woods his Bavarians and old guard kept coming. It would appear that Des is an aggressive player too!

The French cuirassiers ready to advance.

Des declared a charge on my horse battery and DC declared an opportunity charge with the the Russian cuirassiers to block them.

Like looking down the barrel of a gun the Russian cuirassiers eye up their French cuirassier enemy across the field.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Warhammer Fantasy 15.1.11

The Marshall announced last week that he thought it was about time he tried a Warhammer Fantasy battle again, just to see how the rules had changed over the years and the effect they would have on his Empire army.

I remembered him mentioning that he had played it a great deal when his son and heir was still a lad but I thought all the stuff was well gone.

So in comes JM with a really excellent looking Empire army (is that right?). I have always been a sucker for knights and crossbows etc and these are really cool.

Young Jonathan fielded his High Elves for the encounter and it would appear the years have not been kind to the Empire army.

Look at these, they are absolutely lovely.

It's always good to see what people have hidden away in their cupboards and lofts!

Even young Martin had a go. The Marshall pre-warned me that he didn't want to see that his lad was a much better player than him plastered over the club blog! (as if I would!). However what I will say is he is much jammier than his dad!!! Obviously he is still on that youthful crest of a wave when every other roll is a 6!

My favourite in the army. I have no idea who this guy is but he looks really cool. So the Marshall recons he would need a dragon and some other magical type things (not really sure as I have no idea on fantasy) for it to stand any chance against the armies doing the rounds at the moment.

So by my reckoning we now have 6 Fantasy Warhammer players around the club with a good few armies and at least 1 more getting put together. The Bugster and Jonathan have High Elves (and Jonathan has started Skaven?), Stuart has Daemons (and I think Tomb Skeleton type guys), JP has Vampire counts (and Chaos?) and the Marshall has these guys. I think the club also has an Ogre/Orc army? So quite a collection all in!

Lord of the Rings 15.1.11

Another Lord of the Rings by Martin and David this week

I am glad to say that Martin got out the sand and started to finish the edges of his movement trays. I am officially impressed!!!

I was so involved with our Napoleonic battle that I didn't take many pictures of the other battles in the room.

I think Martin won the day but I can't remember who was good and who was evil?

A very nice (Saroman?) painted by Martin not used in the battle.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Imperial Face Off 8.1.11

So we had a great turn out on Saturday for the 1st club day of 2011. We had 4 games on the go with 9 players and 3 guests (I was a guest as I had just received a massive box of figures in the post from a swap, Whaaahooo!!! and wanted to trawl through it). Anyway back to the Action.

Now this is 1 for the watching as Simon and Jonathan have both embarked on new 40K armies (Simon is collecting Salamanders and Jonathan is going for Space Wolves). So I am really looking forward to seeing their armies take shape.

It's good to see some more 40K action at the club. This is the 1st of Jonathan's wolves primed ready for painting. I think the space wolves are 1 of the coolest chapters but also have 1 of the trickiest paint schemes. Jonathan I wish you well young wolf warrior!

These are some mighting machines, I was standing a little too close and I swear I could feel the engine heat off them! Honest ;-)

Looks like the Salamanders are taking the fight to the wolves. Some terminators advance on Jonathan's Land Raider with covering fire from their own big beast.

And in they go ready for the kill.

Again I have no idea who won?

Lord of the Rings 8.1.11

Young David and Martin were a bit miffed that I hadn't shown enough of their games. I think they were planning to take me outside and sort me out?.

As they are both 17 now and tall lads I thought I better post some more pics to ease the tension. If you look down the links lads you will see I posted the battle report from before Christmas.

Unfortunately these are the only pictures that turned out clear enough to post (ha!). So here they are Martin's Riders of Rohan riding down my nephew David's ugly wuglies.

And the big fickt in the centre with the forces of good (if that is what they really are?) starting to get the upper hand.

Lads if you take the time to sand, PVA and paint your movement bases I will definitely take more photo's of your figures (even close ups). I was even thinking of taking your bases up the road David and putting them out of their misery. I could hear the bases crying out, please finish me off! Pleaasseeee!!!!

Dark Fantasy 8.1.11

Stuart and JP dusted down their armies (and spell book, you know sometimes I'm sitting at the club and I tune into the guys playing Fantasy and I think I'm on another planet!) and went for a game of Fantasy for the day. Sorry about the photo quality, I'll have to try and remember my settings all over again!

Another 1st showing for the club blog. JP brought his (chaos?) army out of mothballs and set out to defeat Stuarts Daemon masses.

Now these look something special. I do believe the evil figures for the Warhammer Fantasy armies are the coolest of them all.

Evil looking minotaur things.

I was a little cautious approaching this lady as she looks a lot like an ex-girlfriend of mine! (that's why the photo is out of focus) This is a new figure Stuart finished off for his daemon army.

Stuart your figure painting and army is looking the business!

From this picture you would think that JP's chaos army was beginning to get the better of Stuarts red devils but not so. In the end it was a victory for the army from hell. I believe this was JP's 1st foray into Fantasy for a good while.

Great to see Jamie D made it down to the club Saturday and looks to be catching the wargaming bug again.
Hope to see you down again soon Jamie!

ACW 8.1.11

Another cool looking 15mm ACW game on the go this week.

David P and DC played the Rebs and they were in attack.

John M was the Union awaiting the grey tide.

John's reserves waiting to enter the battle.

And here the come filled to the brim with moonshine.

DC's extended line edging through a wood.

And the Union artillery unlimbered and ready to rock.

Unfortunately John M's rolling wasn't taking the numbers off the Union ranks as he would have hoped.

The Union held their line doggedly.

However in the end the Rebels force was just too great and they took the field.

Lord of the Rings 12.10

1st post of the new year and some pictures I didn't get the chance to post last year.

Young Martin and David put on another excellent looking Lord of the Rings game using the latest Return of the King rule set.

Sorry I don't have the time for small stories at the moment so mostly I'll let the figures tell the story.

Rohan archers raining death down on the evil hordes.

Rohan riders holding the left flank.

Riding out to meet the approaching threat.

A big bad beastie that will need to be taken down before it kicks the s**t out of the Rohan foot soldiers.

Evil in numbers.

These look like mean sons of (well nothing really, sons of the earth maybe?). I still think they are very misunderstood bunch and are pretty kind hearted deep down!

The main fighting is in the centre.

I think the Riders of Rohan are getting the upper hand?

Boooooo!!! death to the evil hordes!!!!

And as usual I have no idea who won?