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Bloody Barons / Barons 22
« on: February 21, 2019, 11:39:00 AM »
A couple of very minor points spotted in 85. Tactics, page 49

Point 3 - Be prepared

Point 4 - Defender needs to come off his base zones

Point 11 - most valuable in a a fight

Longships- Wrath of the Vikings / LBM shield transfers
« on: January 19, 2019, 05:50:18 PM »
I like the Dark Ages, particularly the early post-Roman period, but I am now beginning to find I would like a go at the Viking era. I am seriously considering making this my 15mm project for 2019 using PP figures and rules. Doing a bit of research I had a look at the Little Big Man site to see if they did 15mm Viking and Saxon shields. They do, but not specifically for Peter Pig. They do them for about half a dozen other companies. Has anybody used these with the PP figures, and if so which are the most compatible with the PP shields?

Workbench and Suggestions / More heads
« on: January 18, 2019, 09:23:54 AM »
Great to see the newly added dismounted dragoons and prospective cuirassiers with plume and sash for the ECW. Any chance of some additional heads specifically for the cuirassiers, such as the burgonet with big cheek pieces, the barred visor or a helmet that looks almost like a face. the Osprey on ECW cavalry shows a nice variety of helmets.

General discussion / New painting room
« on: December 01, 2018, 03:08:18 PM »
Is it pompous calling it the studio? Anyway, after giving up my wargames room so that my son could have his own living room/mini music studio, and after much upheaval and moving of books, furniture, figures, paints and visits to the tip, I have turned my old study into a much reduced library, figure storage area and painting room. 15mm, 10mm, 6mm and 3mm on the painting table at the moment, with a determination to finish the lot before priming anything new. First the 3mm ACW for some Altar of Freedom games.

Workbench and Suggestions / Confederate Generals
« on: November 15, 2018, 10:14:30 AM »
The recent spate of Confederate Generals and personalities (just noticed the welcome addition of Mosby) is a much appreciated extension of the ACW figure range. For completeness in the western theatre (and early in the east) might I suggest Joe Johnston with his very distinctive goatee.

Square Bashing / 100 Days to Victory 0n the BBC
« on: October 23, 2018, 05:42:45 PM »
Came as an Email today from the BBC - drama documentary in two parts about the last 100 days of WWI (presumably focusing mainly on the Western Front. Aims to show how infantry, tanks, aircraft and artillery at last began to co-ordinate in the attack.The three stills from the programme look vert impressive. First part Thursday 25th October, 20:00 BBC2.

General discussion / Fiddling about with rules
« on: October 22, 2018, 04:42:24 PM »
I have a regular opponent who cannot resist the temptation of messing about with rules even after only one or two games. TBH he’s a bit big headed about his “ability to understand how a games mechanism works” and therefore how he can improve on it. I, on the other hand am a great proponent of the well-worn phrase “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” As a result I find the constant tinkering a bit bloody annoying. Anyone else come across this ‘problem.'

General discussion / Leman partial withdrawal
« on: October 07, 2018, 01:17:34 PM »
Nothing to worry about folks, but owing to a slight change in circumstances I am going to be spending most of the next 3 months reorganising and decorating my house, which will certainly slow down the painting and limit the number of games I can be involved in, so I probably won’t be posting many photos on the PP site before the religious festival where the majority focus on the material (I’m sure even the pagans saw it as a time for reflection). I intend to come back with a first look at my new wargaming home set-up, which should give me more elbow room than before. Meanwhile I’ll keep posting re. my activities with the Dayshift crew of the LWA.

After Action Reports / SB Turks v Russians
« on: October 05, 2018, 05:41:33 PM »
Introduced a Walter Schnaffs player to real Square Bashing. He ended up being the Russian defender, with a shed load of reservists. The Turkish attackers also had a load of reservists, so fun sure to ensue. We set the scenery as hilly and rough Caucasus terrain. We played three full turns on Wednesday, with the intention of finishing next Wednesday. There were some vicious clashes, with Russian reserves turning up with alarming regularity. The Turks, however, looked as though they could break through to the rear of the Russian area.

The figures belong to the Liverpool Wargames Club, and have been based for rules where individual figures are removed, thus giving us the half base. There are no casualty figures, so we used my GF9 explosions for morale markers. I think the figures are old Minifigs from the 1980s (in fact I believe the Russian infantry are actually Napoleonic).

Announcements and Shows / Colours 2018
« on: August 19, 2018, 11:42:07 AM »
Anyone going to Colours this year? I shall be attending with the Day Shift group from the LWA - we are the ones who meet up in the mornings, usually once a week, to play historical games only, in a very civilised atmosphere, i.e we play for fun and wash every day!  :D  At Colours we are putting on a 28mm participation game of Ronin (Osprey) with custom scenery built by one of the members. Anyone is welcome to come and have a game.

Army Tutorials & Gallery / WW1 Early German Painting Guide
« on: August 01, 2018, 08:28:05 PM »
After a bit of trial and error trying to find something that approximated my understanding of early war German field grey I came up with something that seems to work. These are my first 1914 German infantry. I tried a few feldmutze head swaps as well.

For the tunic I used an approx 4:1 mix of Americana Slate Grey and Vallejo Green Sky. For the trousers I used the slate grey on its own. I then applied a generous coat of Citadel Nuln Oil shade (wash) which tones down the green considerably and also darkens and shades the trousers. I applied the rest of the paints over this, giving the flesh a wash of Citadel Reikland Flesh Shade. Once dry I painted a coat of Vallejo Satin Varnish, then a coat of brown magic wash and finally a coat of Windsor and Newton acrylic matt varnish. the basing was done firstly with a layer of Windsor and Newton Modelling Paste, applied with a Games Workshop plastic spatula (really useful as it has a large end and a thinner end for getting into narrower gaps between the figures) which came as part of a three tool sculpting kit. Some sand and small grit was added to a few areas at this stage to represent stones. The whole base was then painted Crafter’s Choice Yellow Ochre, then given a wash of Citadel Seraphim Sepia Shade. The base was then dry brushed Vallejo Tan Yellow and the stones carefully dry brushed Vallejo Light Grey. Where some of the sepia wash had pooled I painted Vallejo gloss varnish to represent puddles. The bases were then edged using Miniature Paints Earth Brown.  Finally static grass and tufts were added using PVA glue.

Eye Candy / 1914 BEF
« on: May 16, 2018, 10:58:24 AM »
After languishing  in the lead mountain for several years I at last got around to painting up the BEF. There were several reasons for this, not least that I have been reading some pretty good books on the opening months of WWI, with plenty of scope for relatively small scale scenarios (e.g I am currently reading up on Nery, 01/09/14 or 09/01 for those across the pond). I was also struggling for a colour scheme. As far as I am aware no acrylic paint company produces a colour specifically for 1914 Tommies. However, I have recently come across Vallejo green brown and also green ochre. The green brown on its own is ideal for officers’ uniforms, and a little (approx. 3:1) of the green ochre makes a great colour for other ranks. I used Vallejo buff for the webbing and Vallejo German camo black brown for the shoes, having read that the men were issued with brown shoes which they then blacked. I finished the figures with Vallejo satin varnish mixed with a few drops of Army Painter soft tone ink wash, and when that was dry I applied a coat of sepia magic wash so the figures ended up protected and shaded.

Walter Schnaffs / Walter Schnaffs at Phalanx
« on: April 22, 2018, 07:23:57 PM »
I shall be running Walter Schnaffs as a participation game at Phalanx this year, under the aegis of Liverpool Wargames Association. My intention is to play it in the style of a Square Bashing Quick Game, so that participants can get stuck in. 40 points French defender v 60 points Prussian attacker.

Hammerin' Iron / Hammerin’ Iron used in diorama
« on: February 23, 2018, 12:07:38 PM »
In the Photos section of the Pendraken Forum there is a thread entitled Train and Plane Dioramas, featuring the many works of Carlos Briz (and it is pretty inspirational stuff as well). His latest offering features trains at the side of a river during the ACW. Both the Confederate and the Union diorama feature Peter Pig ships and the fort to enhance the riverside location. Well worth a look. He has also produced many WWI and II dioramas as well as some colonial and later C19th European wars subjects.

General discussion / Figure rebase
« on: January 07, 2018, 08:05:04 PM »
A couple of additional thoughts on using figures individually. I find that in most cases the bigger the battle the smaller the figures I tend to use. However, when it comes to small actions I do like to give my figures some room to manoeuvre, particularly in the post-1900 period.
Elsewhere I had mentioned that I had earmarked my Belgium 1914 collection of mostly PP figures for smaller actions using If The Lord Spares Us. Unfortunately these proved unworkable for me, but I have since discovered at least three other possibilities, i.e. Tin Soldiers in Action, Contemptible Little Armies and Crush the Kaiser - Home by Christmas. All three were conceived for use with 28mm figures, and very spectacular they are with matching scenery and a 12’x5'/6’ table. Three years ago I saw a 28mm section of the Mons battlefield at Derby- fantastic, but not in my wargames room. The obvious answer to me, to catch the magic of the individual figure, with all the additional paraphernalia of motor cars, radios, runners, the grumpy NCO, the haughty ADC and the company dog, was 15mm, particularly PP with the additional heads to provide even more variety and individuality.
I have had a practice rebase of some of my Belgian infantry onto round MDF using the 3,2,1 system mentioned in The Pikeman’s Lament and have come up with the following company, using the army tables from Crush the Kaiser - an officer, a NCO and three infantry on individual 15mm round bases, two pairs of infantry on 20mm round bases and one 25mm round base with three infantry on it. This makes a CtC company of officer, NCO and ten men. It looks pretty good too. However I am most likely to use the Contemptible Little Armies rules with this organisation on a 6x4 table.

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