Much going on here in GHQ at present, but all is put on hold for our regular game. The current offering is a run out for my expanded French and Indian War collection. We used 'Black Powder 2' as the rules driver, assisted by ideas from the 'Dark and Bloody Ground' supplement, modified of course by our own tinkering. The game portrays a British surprise raid into New France around the small settlement of Petit Raunslé. The surprise is turned on its head when the French get news of the impending raid from their scouts. But first up then a few atmospheric shots before we get down to the nitty gritty ~
David Bickley's Wargames Blog
Tuesday 30 August 2022
Monday 29 August 2022
I'm no modeller I know full well, despite belonging to that post war generation who regularly spent our precious pocket money on Airfix kits! Embarking on the current 15mm Cold War Gone Hot project in 15mm exposed me to the daunting task of assembling Main Battle Tanks and supporting armoured fighting vehicles from plastic kits, this due you might recall to Matt's challenge pre-pandemic. Of course you will have already got ahead of me when I say that it couldn't stop there!
First I decided I could not really avoid helicopter support for both sides: a Hind for the Soviets and a TOW-Lynx for the B.A.O.R. I assembled the kits from Battlefront and Phil has finished painting those, they just need the transfers sealing before you see them. Reading through the Battlegroup Northag rules I realised I could have air support in the game. Now really there's no need for any sort of representation on the table, the aircraft in question being so fast and high, but I'm a wargamer after all so I sourced kits, again from Battlefront: a Harrier VTOL Fighter-Bomber for the B.A.O.R. naturally; a SU-17 Fitter for the Soviets, slightly early for my 1983 setting but still in service.
Like many of the tanks and such these were originally available in resin one piece casts, with metal detail pieces of course, but now they are plastic kits. I admit I had found aspects of the vehicle kits tricky for the aged hands and eyes, but they were as nothing compared to these kits! Having seen the landing gear in several tiny parts (why when it's a wargames piece?) I opted to have both in their inflight mode. Still fiddly but I persevered and in the end I managed to get them done. That left their painting next, but for complex reasons Phil would not be able to fit them in to our deadline, so that fell on my shoulders. Spray undercoating them with my trusty regular Double Acrylic white was no problem, but unlike Phil I've no airbrushing kit so I had to manage by hand with my trusty sable brushes (from ABC Brushes, highly recommended). Anyhow, the finished aircraft, just don't look too closely ~
You will have immediately noticed that they lack their various identification markings! Phil will, I earnestly hope, apply same later this week after our regular game. (I fixed the aircraft temporarily to their flight stands with White Tack in order to take the photo by the by.) Another bone of contention, the pieces come with no instructions on assembly or deploying of the included rare earth magnets to hold them in place. I searched on-line and found a set, but they didn't match the parts included!!! Could you make it up? I doubt it, but I'm confident we will sort that out later in the week too.
Sunday 28 August 2022
Well now, I fully expect that every wargamer reading this has been there, done that, and got the T-shirt! Buying something either in person at a Wargames Show, or even at that rarity a Hobby Store, or perhaps of late more likely via the internet from eBay, Colonel Bill's or perhaps direct from the manufacturer. A purchase which you had no intention of making, not even a vague inkling that it was something you needed or wanted! So, having confessed my faults, here is the first of three such purchases I made on a whim at Partizan back in May. A Trent Miniatures Napoleon Bonaparte as a General, accompanied by the same manufacturer's Representative of the People, the latter which I painted with more of a military appearance as I already have a figure on horseback for that role.
I already have one mounted figure of the Corsican Monster, the Foundry offering of 'Napoleon crossing the Alps' which I received ready painted from Matt as a cherished Christmas gift. Had I any need of a second rendering? Of course not! Is my effort an improvement on Matt's? Don't be daft! But, none the less, here he is. Pointless and unneeded I'd think, but I have enjoyed painting the two figures and no doubt they will appear in a game at some future date! I'm currently working on the second of these impulse acquisitions, so keep a weather eye out for the second installment...
Thursday 25 August 2022
At last the stars aligned and Jon and I were able to meet in friendly conflict here in GHQ! That is to say his busy work schedule and my rather more relaxed retired life patterns found a window at last for a game. Jon has catholic wargames tastes and will happily play most games on offer here in GHQ, as will all the Irregulars naturally, but I know he likes big battle games the most. So, taking advantage of the terrain from last week's Early Renaissance game with suitable alterations, I laid out a French Revolutionary Wars game set in northern Italy where the Austrian general, von Bikleburger, was attempting to defend a road through a strategically important pass from General Le Blanc's Revolutionary French. As is the custom, an annotated photomontage to give a sense of the intense action. The rules in use of course, Black Powder 2 ~