The Random Ramblings Of A Wargamer And Painter (OHQ Painting Service) Of Associated Miniatures

Monday, 15 July 2019

Viva La Republica!

The forces of the Republic again inflicted another crushing defeat on the Nationalists earlier today here at OHQ.
An encounter game using Bolt Action rules with the following changes for the scenario -
All movement off road would be the normal 6", should a unit wish to run however it would add a D6 score to the 6".
Except on the road all units would count as in soft cover whilst units in a buildings footprint would count hard cover.
For the initial turns both of us would roll a D3, the total score of both would indicate that number of order dice to be randomly removed from the bag.
There was no turn limit except time, at which point the number of buildings occupied and units lost would be compared unless one side conceded earlier.
The Town
The game was very cat and mouse, both sides taking advantage of the available cover, however I was far too passive in my earlier advances, whilst Dave commanding the Republic forces forged forward dictating the fight from the outset. With losing three units from seven and only likely to be able to control two buildings by close of play I conceded the game to the Republic.
A photo montage from the game follows

This was the last game for July, due to holiday and family commitments there  will be a short hiatus until August.

Hasta La Vista!

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

First Squad

I have completed the first German squad for the Italian campaign project. All from the Perry plastic DAK box.
Three man MG team on the left, five man rifle team on the right.
The rifle team take cover.

All being well on Monday we will be off to sunny Spain for some more Spanish Civil War action.


Monday, 1 July 2019

Hell In The East

Having travelled back from a short break yesterday we did not want to big a game today, so I set up a small squad level Battlegroup rules game on my 4 x 4.
The Russians (Dave) would be holding a line roughly back from the centre of the table about 8 inches, the Germans (Me) would attack from the left.
The Germans pushed forward early towards the objective in the cornfield adjacent to the station with their Sdkfz222 armoured car. Meanwhile the main push would take place on the right taking advantage of the cover provided by the wood.
Having survived the attention of the Russian A/T rifle it fell victim to the deployed 45mm A/T gun deployed by the barn to the left of the cornfield.
The first two turns saw the advance into the wood while awaiting reserves to enter on turn three, this turned out to be one unit, the on table units now coming under intense area fire were getting pinned down. Turn five saw the chance of an appearance of the Luftwaffe, Herman's boys however were found wanting. The VVS in turn seven however were on the ball and proceeded to drop PTAB bombs on the unsuspecting infantry about to enter the cornfield.

Meanwhile the arrival of the German StugH kept Ivan busy on the left
The air attack triggers a Battle Counter draw, this left the Germans with another two points taking them over their battle rating, eek! Turn eight saw the unpredictability of war, the Russians took a battle counter to un-pin units and keep the pressure on the Germans, a 5! this took them over their Battle Rating, forcing a withdrawal. A let off for Hitler's lads, and a victory for yours truly at last!


Saturday, 29 June 2019

Age Of Arthur Additions

The latest base to make my units up to four bases, figures are Footsore with LBMS shield transfers.
The Additional Base

The Unit
Tootling up to Penrith from Carnforth for Phoenix in the morrow.


Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Have You Ever.....

Visited a town or village and seen a random building and not know what it is or was used for? Well a while ago Dave was doing buildings and a palazzo for the Italian Wars project and had a tower from Charlie Foxtrot Models, however it was a tad taller than he needed so left a section out. Colin kindly supplied a resin roof so that it could be utilised elsewhere, however eventually it did not fit in Dave’s build so he passed it on to me to use in my castle build, which as since been shelved. The building has been on the shelf for a while, I bought a lion head fountain from Iron Gate Scenery at the ROBIN show back in February and the other day was wondering how to use it in my next build when my eye caught the said building. So needing a break from figure painting I set to, Dave had already assembled it and had also rendered the walls, so all I had to do was add the fountain, prime, base and paint it, the base is as ever from Warbases and the cobblestones are Wills railway accessories.

What is it? Perhaps the fountain suggests a pump house, sending spring water to the population, I will leave you dear reader to decide.
I hope you like what I have done with the gift Dave, it can still adorn the castle courtyard should I ever get around to continuing with it too.


Sunday, 23 June 2019

Yes I Know, But No, But

I have all this Mediterranean terrain I need to utilise, with more to come when Pat 's Med book comes out in due course. So it's World War Two Italy here we come......
Perry plastic DAK, I picked up a box of the US infantry off Dave Thomas at Partizan, so standby.

Monday, 17 June 2019

More Dark Age Distractions

My endeavours to increase the figure count in my units continues, all the existing Gedricht now have four bases. Below is the latest unit addition.

Mean while Lancelot has been raising the first if the Romano British cavalry.
All Footsore Miniatures with LBMS shield transfers and Warbases bases.