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





Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Trial By Combat

Today we had another run out with our Neil Thomas, Ancient and Medieval - Dux Britaniarum rules hybrid for our new year campaign. It was a stand up fight to gain control of the much contested Edna's ford.
The modifications so far served us well and my new multi-basing did not hinder play, actually speeding up movement and cheaper than adding magnets to keep the damn figures in place in the trays.
The game looked to be going in the Saxons favour with the Force Morale of the British going down to one,while the Saxons stood at six. That was until Baldinus with no troops to influence in the fight, joined his hearthguard who were locked in combat with their Saxon counterparts and the Saxon leader, Penda Fudd.
Suddenly Penda was hors-de-combat and the Saxon Force Morale plummeted to two! It was all to late though, the Saxons enraged at the death of their leader wiped out another base of British who upon testing morale lost another base, the resulting Force Morale test saw the British Force Morale reduced to nil, forcing the remaining men to withdraw, so battered were the Saxons that they did not contest the withdrawal and were content to hold the ford and carry away their leaders body.
Some pictures of the action follow below -
Edna's Ford

The Britons Advance

The Saxons Advance

Battle is Joined

The Hearthguard of Baldinus

The Britons

The Saxons

We plan to be at Warfare on Sunday so next week we will be having another small game, a raid this time, for even now a new threat to the Britons looms in the form of Bicca se Gebraken, who has been waiting patiently for the opportunity to replace the fearsome Penda Fudd.

TTFN

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Dark Age Campaign Preparation

The plan this week was to play an Eastern Front game using Battlegroup rules, Dave has been a tad crook, so I thought we would play a small Dark Ages game to try out the new stats for the Saxon warriors, a kind gent on the Lion Rampant FB page shared.
Using the warrior stats last time was a disaster, wild charge and low armour value gave them little chance even with a 3+ attack value.
We will be using the campaign system from Dux Brittaniarum, and Lion Rampant for the fighting, although we will use the random movement and force morale from Dux B and leaders can move between units at greater risk as in our previous games.
Dave was well enough to pop over over so I set up an encounter game, being a clash between two raiding parties.
The revised stats worked better but while we were playing and having to look up things we were forgetting, we both thought why don't we use Neil Thomas rules has we know them well now, the game ground down to a draw, both sides unable to capitalise on each others weakness. This gave us time to mull over a few things we could change to use NT rules instead of Lion Rampant.
I have since made a few tweeks but nothing drastic, I have also incorporated the random dice movement and will also use the Dux B force morale.
I forgot to take any pics of the game, but they would just be like Mexican food the same figures but arranged differently :~)
In the meantime here is Penda Fudd and his bannerman re-based together with his campaign profile, I have decided to multi base the figures for the project, singles were not too bad when planning to use Dux B with six figure units, but twelve is just a pain, I was fed up with them falling off  the movement trays so they are being based for NT rules, but we will only have three bases per unit.

Penda Fudd
Age 21, tall and strong, son of a peasant, simple and thrifty 

The next game here will probably be a try out of Neil Thomas rules for the campaign, although games are a hit or miss affair in the run up to Christmas, I hope we will get the next game of Battlegroup in before the year end, which reminds me I must get more paint on Rawnstadt.

Progress so far, slow, very slow, but sure.


TTFN

Monday, 23 October 2017

Friday, 20 October 2017

USA

Back home after an enjoyable but hectic tour of the south, Atlanta, Chattanooga, Lynchburg, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Dallas.

Here are a few military related photos from the trip.

Lookout Mountain





New Orleans






 The Alamo



We stayed at The Menger Hotel, next to the Alamo mission, just off the lobby they had this rather nice display of artifacts from the American-Spanish war of 1898.
Accreditation letter reads -





Not sure if there will be a game next week, Dave is ill and I am jet lagged, so it may be just a visit.

TTFN


Monday, 25 September 2017

The Harvest Is Saved

The Lord was with us today for we thwarted the attempts of Penda Fudd and the Saxon invaders to burn the harvest we had toiled long for during the summer months.
We thought that our lone body of men left to guard the crop would be overrun but the advance of Penda's force was slow, being held up by the slow advance of his bowmen, if he had known how ineffectual they would be later, he would have left them behind I am sure.
We were unable to stop them reaching the haystack, but the Saxons were not very adept at creating fire, or the crop was damp, for they were unable to set it alight. So intent on burning were they that they did not realise that our bowmen were slowly whittling their number down until it was to late, when they did they then lost heart and retired. The Saxons were able to burn the cart that was full of hay, but were unable to reach the storehouses, being held at bay by our stalwart spear men. So brave and adept were they, that the hearth guard of the great Baldinus himself were not needed to send the Saxons scurrying back to their conquered lands.
We will eat well this winter and then take the fight back to the Saxons in the spring and with the good Lords help reclaim the land that is rightfully ours.
Dawn, The Guard Stand To

They Later Pull Back To Defend The Store

The Saxons Attempt To Burn The Stack

The Other Troops Head For The Cart

Baldinus Moves Up In Support

The Cart Burns, But The Saxon Attack On The Store Is Repulsed

Heroes Of The Hour, The Bowmen of Baldinus

We again used Lion Rampant with the same modifications from last game, but also added a rule that the Saxon Duguth, due to being more experienced and wise could, if they had to charge due to the Wild Charge rule, re-roll in an attempt not to.

The last post for a couple of weeks as I am away on holiday next week.

TTFN







Monday, 18 September 2017

Quinta Macedonica.

Finished these Footsore Miniatures late Romans for my Romano - Brits, I know that the legion were never stationed in Britain, but I like the shield design, let's just imagine that due to an administrative error some troops ended up being sent here, just when the rest of the legions were leaving.  :~)


Picked up this book in a charity shop for 50p, can't pass it up at that price can you?

I have only read the intro so far, it could be interesting.............................

TTFN

Monday, 11 September 2017

Saxons Triumphant

The forces of Penda Fudd continued their advance into the British territory of Powys today. We used Lion Rampant rules with the Dark Age modifications. We dispensed with the 3" proximity rule for friendly units and utilised the rule for leaders suggested in the UTube video by RossFigurePainting.

This allows the Leader to be an additional figure, that can also join other units within 12" at the end of his sides activations. The unit he has joined can re-roll any failed activation dice roll, to counter this advantage it also becomes easier for him to become a casualty. When a unit he is with receives casualties you roll two D6, if -
The unit has two casualties, a roll of 2 or 3 he is one of the casualties.
The unit has three casualties, a roll of 2,3 or 4 he is one of the casualties.
The unit has four casualties, a roll of 2,3,4 or 5 he is one of the casualties.
The unit has five casualties, a roll of 2,3,4,5 or 6 he is one of the casualties.
And so on

It was a hard fought action, the British archers failed to cause any real problems failing most activations whilst Dave's attack dice despite only needing a 3+ were similarly poor. The British were however eventually being worn down, the loss of their leader being the final straw, the remaining units retired from the field.





Figures are mainly Footsore with the odd Foundry and Gripping Beast figure for good measure.

TTFN