Friday, 23 September 2022

Roman Resurgence.

Continuing the return to the third century Roman collection I have finished the remaining casualty figures for morale/casualty markers.
The figures are A&A with a lone Foundry Casting Room Barbarian figure.
I have also completed the Roman camp bases I started quite a while ago.
The tent is the old Ian Weekly piece now produced in resin by Magister Millitum, the palisade is from First Corp.
All the bases are from Warbases, speaking of which I have assembled and painted their Roman raeda I purchased at Colours earlier in the month. It is now ready to join the five figures I am working on to form a little vignette/command base.
Staying in the realms of Rome next week's game here at OHQ will be a Roman v Goth bash, after our last outing here Dave mentioned that he liked Hail Caesar, as after playing a few games with Jon he had a better grasp of the game rules. So those will be the rules in use rather than our usual Neil Thomas set 
Until next time........

Sunday, 11 September 2022

There And Back Again

An unexpected journey, when Dave jokingly said "the football match is cancelled fancy taking me to Colours" I thought you know what, given the current uncertainty in things at the moment why not. It would also give our good wives the chance to catch up and take in some retail therapy too.
As Dave mentioned on his blog, Colours is more of a shoppers show, so we could partake of some retail therapy too.
So what did I buy?
First up a raeda for Emperor Baldinus from Warbases.
Inspired by the Adrianople game I bought these geese also from Warbases, pictured here with a Wargames Foundry late Roman civilian figure herding them along.
Great Escape Games had their buy five get sixth free offer of Gamers Grass still going so I stocked up on more.
Lastly I restocked on these 28mm picket posts from Tablescape.
Dave kindly presented me with this superb garden from The Last Valley as a thank you for helping with the Cold War Gone Hot project.
 On the way to picking up Dave and Sue I collected these Anyscale Models British OYD (3 of these), wrecked OYD and MWD truck from the sorting office for the 20mm 1940 project.
No game this week as we are away for a couple of days.


Friday, 9 September 2022

M36, Markers And A Massacre

First up the M36 for the late war US project, a UM Models kit not recommended unless you enjoy glueing on thirty plus individual bolts to the hull🙂
Next some casualty/morale markers for our ancients games, these were originally on 2mm pill bases which were a pain to pick up so I rarely used them during games. While I was digging out the next batch of Praetorian Guard to paint I spotted a bag with casualty figures which I thought was about time got painted. I had no pill bases in stock but did have some 40mm diameter , 3mm deep bases which fit and I found easier to pick up, so the joy of rebasing followed.
OUCH! those D6 come sharp.
Now on to the massacre, Dave came over for our weekly game earlier in the week. Real life matters meant a change of day and game so I threw down some terrain and figures for an early Saxon v Roman Britons game.
Now melee in Neil Thomas rules can drag on a bit despite our home rule adjustments, this day was an exception. The game was over by turn four! Bikka's Saxon horde ran rampant inflicting massive casualties which I was unable to save and reciprocate. I didn't even get chance to take photos, put it down to the shock and awe😮
This picture says it all really.

Until next time.....

Tuesday, 30 August 2022

Ready To Roll

Into the Reich, two more vehicles from the Rapid Fire Ready to Roll range.
For 1945 games and in preparation for the latest Battlegroup supplement.
First up a Sherman dozer.
Second a M8 armoured car with an AB Figures commander.
I also have a M36 tank destroyer ready for weathering, await delivery of washes from Flory Models, ordered last night and posted today!

Keep your eyes peeled for a report of the French and Indian Wars game played today on Dave's blog, Tales From GHQ.


Tuesday, 23 August 2022

A Rare Victory

 Another game here in OHQ, Dave came over for a Spanish Civil War outing using Bolt Action rules. As is customary Dave took command of the Republican force consisting of six anarchist militia units with the support of a unit of Assault Guards.

The Rebel force consisted of five units of Carlist Requettes who would be coming to aid the rebel Guardia holding the village against the oncoming Anarchist Militia column.

The Guardia prepare to stem the Republican advance on the left.

The Anarchist pour fire into the Guardia with little effect.

On the right the Anarchists exchange fire with the Requettes.

With all the cover sixes and sixes followed by six are the order of the day, today the dice gods favoured yours truly, pinning the Anarchist horde across the front.

The Anarchists are unable to shift the tenacious Guardia.

Meanwhile a unit of Requettes move round to cut off any flanking move. They held off any attempt at great cost.

Seeing an opportunity to turn the battle the strongest remaining Anarchist unit attempts to advance, but Dave managed to get two of the sixes that had been alluding him most of the game. This resulted in the unit panicking and running to the rear, this ended any threat to the Requettes who in the meantime had flanked the Anarchists on the right.

A rare win for the Rebels and me for that matter.

Until next time......


Thursday, 11 August 2022

Let It Snow

What do you do when it's 30 + outside, why paint a snowy back board for when you are using the winter mat. 
Geek Villain winter tracks fleece mat with my board in the distance. 

Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Something Old Something New

Continuing to aim to paint something out of my 20mm WWII bits and bobs over the year I dug out three of the AB Figures Soviet tank riders I have had for a considerable time and got them painted. They are glued to clear plastic to add and remove from the tank as required.
Below in situ on a Fabri die-cast T34/85 I re-painted a while ago.
Now the new, additions to the late WWII US Battlegroup, a sniper team and a FO team both from Simons Soldiers available in the UK from Wargaming Miniatures.
In the background you can see the new back board I have painted, not as good as the one Matt painted for our display games back in the day, but being on foam board a lot lighter for older sky holders like us.
Now something old but new, a while a go Matt sent his surplus 20mm WWII figures for me to make use of. A German motorcycle and crew, I have painted this up in anticipation of my "nothing for me in 23"project 😂
Can you guess what the not new project will be.

Until next time, TTFN and KBO

Friday, 5 August 2022

Something New For Nothing New

Recent additions to my nothing new in 22 American Battlegroup, a M7 and M16. Both vehicles are from Ready To Roll and the crews are AB Figures.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Conflict Returns To OHQ

After a short hiatus due to holidays and COVID games have returned at OHQ.
Dave popped over today for a squad level game using Battlegroup rules using my 28mm collection of late war British and Germans.

First blood to the German defenders.

The German MG42 opens fire before becoming pinned for most of the engagement.

Steiner's foot patrol hold off the British attack, which was somewhat un-coordinated, something to do with lack of orders.

The British head out for cover of the copse and use it as a base to pin that German flank.

Accurate German mortar fire slows the British advance on the other flank.

The British advance gathers momentum.

German reinforcements arrive.

They score an immediate hit on the probing British M5.

The platoon CO ponders his next move.

But no need the earlier in turn three British chit pull of the Endkampf chit, (an odd coincidence because Dave had only enquired in the previous turn if there were any chits that would adversely effect the Germans in the bag) which a D6 roll compelled the Germans to take two chits, this took the German Battle Rating down a third coupled with the loss of Steiner's patrol in turn seven took them over their total.

Despite reinforcement and holding the British on the town outskirts the Germans pull back conceding the village to the British.

I am currently making my battalions for the Triple Alliance project up to eighteen figures and painting up a M7 "Priest" and M16 Quad AA halftrack up for the 20mm American project.

Until next time................


Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Progress of Sorts

Here are the photos of the additions to the Medici and Triple Alliance collections I was unable to get Blogger to acknowledge that they existed in Google Photos. I have retaken them as the original ones on closer inspection were a tad out of focus.

First up the mercenary pike unit for the Medici
Next up a Paraguayan mounted officer for the War if the Triple Alliance.
and a mounted Brazilian officer
I am currently working on another Paraguayan battalion and completing the American squad for the late WWII collection in 20mm
No games until month though.