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

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Partizan 2018

Back from yet another splendid show, just when you think it can't get better it does. Lots of wonderful games on display or to participate in yet again this year, once again a big thank you to the organisers, traders and the folk who treat us to the many games on show. Too many games to take pictures of them all, below is a selection of the ones from periods that are of interest to me, there were lots more games equally worthy of a pic or two.
Dave Andrews and Aly Morrison's, La Gorgue Airfield 1918

 Earlswood Wargames Group, Stalingrad

League of Augsburg, War of the Grand Alliance

James Morris and Lenton Gamers, Crete 1941

Caliver Books, Setting the East Ablaze

Dave Imrie, Wars of the Roses

Alan and Michael Perry, AWI - Germantown

Gothenburg Gamers, Suez 1956
Very British Parlour Forum, Very British Civil War
Derby Wargames Society, Great Northern War

And finally - The Big Spend (not)

It will be hard to beat this one but looking forward to August nonetheless.


Monday, 30 April 2018

El Puente

Dave came over to OHQ for the last game before his admission for his op on Star Wars day.
I had decided on a Spanish Civil war action to get my latest building on the table, we used Bolt Action rules, with the addition of a random card draw dice, six cards were drawn prior to the game, one for each turn, two neutral, two favouring the Republic and two favouring the Rebels. Two order dice were taken out of the bag for each side for the game to add further friction, other SCW specific rules were added courtesy of suggestions by Jim Hale and RJH Scales lists grabbed off the now defunct Warlord Forum.
The scenario came from the Bolt Action book, Hold Until Relieved. The objective was a bridge, to win the side must have an infantry unit within six inches of the centre and no enemy within six inches.
The cards drawn were.....
Turn one. Siesta Manana - The turn ended after the next order dice was drawn. This favoured neither side this early in proceedings.
Turn Two. Republican Friction - A Republican order dice is removed for that turn, only a slight irritation at this time.
Turn Three. Siesta - The turn ended - this was to have a greater effect on the Rebels later in the game as it left the Legion squads without any movement towards the bridge.
Turn Four. Viva La Republica - Any Republican Squad could make an additional advance or run order but could not fire or assault. This enabled to the Republicans to get their mortar up and into action a turn earlier, although this was to have no effect on the outcome.
Turn Five -  Republican Confusion - A Republican unit could have a down order put on it, the Rebels could not capitalise on this as all the relevant units had already taken an action.
Turn Six - Nationalist Ammo Low - This is played on a unit and it must return to the baseline to re-supply, this put the Rebel MMG out of the game, although it would need a turn seven for it to have any effect, if at all.
There follows a pictorial narrative of the action..............................................
A Sleepy Idyll In Spain

Until Carlist Militia Deploy To Contest El Puente

Anarchist Militia Advance Upon El Puente 

Carlist Reinforcements Arrive

Followed Up With A Captured T26

The Republic Bring Up Their Hardware Together With Troops Of The International Brigade

Anarchists Seize El Puente, Where Are La Legion?

The Carlists Come Under Heavy Fire

The T26 Adds To The Firepower

The Republicans Are Going To Be Hard To Shift Now

The Armoured Car Is Set On Fire By A Lucky (extremely) Hit

The Legion Appear To Late, The Carlist Militia Are Shattered And They Cannot Reach The Bridge In Time
With hindsight I should have deployed the Legion on the opposite side, the side I deployed on offered them cover on the approach but this hindered their advance and the turn end card compounded the problem, the Carlist Militia just could not hold out that long, so the bridge was lost.
Well that is all from OHQ for a while now until Dave recovers enough to travel, I will of course post on my painting progress when it does progress that is.


Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Casa Blanca

Finally completed this fine piece from Charlie Foxtrot Models the walls of the courtyard are from Empress Miniatures, Colin does some rather fine pantile walls now but I had these in stock. The bases are bespoke ones from Warbases to fit .

This will feature in our SCW game on Monday.


Friday, 20 April 2018

Florentine Pike

Despite a busy painting schedule I have managed to finish my pike unit for the joint project with Dave.
The figures are a mix of Perry plastics and metals on one of our bespoke bases from Warbases.
To aid the basing and painting process they wear based in ranks with the texturing and painting done before progressing to the next.