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General discussion / Send me something to cheer me up!
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:00:03 PM »
Can someone post a nice picture of their figures to cheer me?

General discussion / oh dear...
« on: February 06, 2019, 10:46:55 PM »

I'm currently sat in A&E awaiting transfer to a ward. I appear to have contracted some killer bacterial infection that has floored me. I'm in need of 24-48 hours of I.V. antibiotics. My temperature peaked at 40.1  :-[

I think it might mean my trip south has been kiboshed.

General discussion / Money and the Wargames 'industry'
« on: January 21, 2019, 12:18:44 PM »
Typically wargames businesses are either part time affairs or one or two man/woman bands that won't be floating on the stock exchange any time soon.

I once heard that GW is something like twice the size of the whole of the rest of the tabletop market put together. Their recent financial results has tipped them into a billion pound industry by themselves.

I've always imagined that in the historical side of the hobby Warlord are the big player but even they are backed by money from ex GW management.

I do wonder how much money is floating around though for everyone else. At a typical show these days there seems to be less original content producers and more of the re-seller model of business. These companies all seem to be selling the same bits and pieces such as Flames of War or Warlord products like Black Powder or Bolt Action. MDF terrain is usually in there too. Of course this only goes to bolster the coffers of the big players.

Some traders of the traditional figure ranges such as Front Rank no longer do shows. Our own favourite Peter Pig have an understandably reduced show presence. Companies like Essex, Museum, Friekorps/QRF are seen less and less at shows. In fact I think QRF no longer attend.

The hobby seems to becoming more and more homogenous with 28mm plastics and MDF everywhere you look but only a handful of the larger companies making any money.

Having said that, I listened to a podcast the other day where Rich Clarke of the Too Fat Lardies was saying they turned over 250,000 last year and have sold 25,000 copies of their Chain of Command rules. They have recently reprinted another 3,000 copies. That seems incredible for a company that only produces rules.

I wonder where the business side of the hobby will be in another 10 years.

Pieces of Eight / Lovely video
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:31:56 PM »
Well done Martin. The new video about the pirate ship is great and I especially like the bit on painting advice. Very useful!

Longships- Wrath of the Vikings / Viking Raid game 14/12/18
« on: December 15, 2018, 01:52:31 AM »

Ade and I decided to play a raid game using ships for arrival for the first time. As is the way it took some head scratching to get back into the mechanics of the game but we soon rattled along. After some initial success routing Ade's best Saxon unit and finding some chickens and a small sack of loot things went downhill very fast for me.

This photo shows my unit of Vikings in the centre surrounded on all sides. It didnt end well.

In turn 6 (I extended the game to try and salvage something...) this was my only unit left. Surrounded again I had 4 dice against 12 or 14 from Are. With a cry of 'Give me 4 sixes!' that's exactly what I rolled! Didnt save me though.

Ade won 91 points to 21. A real pasting but we enjoyed ourselves and had a few laughs too so not a bad nights gaming.

General discussion / Gosh I feel old.
« on: December 14, 2018, 12:06:10 AM »
Whilst browsing the old Yahoo Group for any information on Wars of the Roses campaigns I came across my first ever post on there:

Sean Clark     Mar 31, 1999
This is my first mailing. Some good chat, but AK47 is not the only fruit!
Has anyone else out there thought of using AK47 to do Spanish Civil
War? Give it a go, just come up with slightley altered political charts.
Great fun! Also how about the Square Bashing series of rules? I
think they are the most innovative set of rules out there at the moment.
Ideal for an evenings entertainment. I've played the origianal and Lincolns
War, just building up a Roman army to smash some German Warbands into the
ground using Conquerers and Kings. Anyone else out there with experience of
these rules? Come on lets hear from you.
P.s. If there was an award for the most enthusiastic person in this hobby,
there surely could be only one winner. Well done Mr Goddard!
Power to the Pig, long live the Pig.

Now I bought my first Peter Pig figures in the early 90's from the old Derby show I think. But this was my first connection with the wider community. Not a lot changes!

General discussion / Miniature Wargames 428
« on: December 13, 2018, 01:04:16 PM »
Just purchased the December issue of Miniature Wargames. Blimey. I think my days of buying these magazines has passed.

There is a passing mention of the Peter Pig Western demo at SELWG which is described as nicely done with a thumbnail picture of some mounted Indians. But for the most part it's 28mm all the way. A scenery article is for 28mm trenches (Ok you could use the same technique scaled down for 15mm...) there s lots of fantasy and sci fi but again all in larger scales. There's an interesting sword fight article with rules included but illustrated with 54mm figures.

There 're more photos of 6mm figures than 15mm. 10/12mm get two reviews. But it seems that 15mm is conspicuous by its absence.

I appreciate that the editor can only publish the articles he receives and take photographs of the games he sees at shows. But it feels as though 15mm is getting more and.more overlooked.

Hopefully the 15mil will redress the balance.

Bloody Barons / Has anyone played Kingmaker?
« on: December 12, 2018, 12:23:00 AM »
Found my old copy the other day. Can't ever remember playing it! I think I bought it off eBay intending to use it as a campaign system for Bloody Barons.

I've watched a couple of YouTube videos and it seems quite a an elegant game and eminently suitable to use Bloody Barons to fight the battles.

I suppose the only issue is you might end up playing the boardgame for a couple of hours before a fight ensues and not have time to play it that night.

Bloody Barons / Why do we not know about Towton?
« on: December 10, 2018, 05:05:00 PM »
With a new Bloody Barons being considered, my reading has turned towards the period and I am currently listening to 'The Hollow Crown' by Dan Jones (very good).

I'm also doing some research around Blore Heath which is 2 minutes drive from my house. This was where famously Margaret had a local blacksmith reverse the shoes on her horse to make good her escape. The anvil that was allegedly used is displayed in our local church yard in Mucklestone.

Towton has always fascinated me as a battle, mainly due to the huge numbers involved, something like 2% of the entire population of England at the time. Numbers vary from source to source, some claiming up to 28,000 were killed. I suspect this number was greatly exaggerated but it remains true that Towton was the largest battle ever to be fought on these shores. And yet no one outside of historians and wargamers no much if anything about it.

What follows is an old article from the Guardian by Martin Kettle discussing this point. Makes for interesting reading...

"For some years, until it grew too yellow and curled, I had a New Yorker cartoon taped to my fridge door. In the cartoon, a middle-aged man and a middle-aged woman are conversing at a cocktail party. The woman is asking: "One question. If this is the information age, how come nobody knows anything?"
In Britain, people of that generation make remarks of that kind quite a lot. In August, while the school system belches forth the latest A-Level and GCSE results, the usual suspects queue up to say the usual things from their respective viewpoints. The pupils say they are thrilled, the teachers that they are vindicated, education ministers that the system works, and the Daily Telegraph that civilisation is at an end. Amid this annual ritual you can be sure that someone will also say that, while kids today are schooled to pass exams, they lack the broad education and general knowledge that we, their parents, once enjoyed.

My instinct is that a bit of caution is in order before we regurgitate too readily the idea that we of the older generation know so much and our children know so little. I say this partly because I'm often struck by the amount my children know that I don't - and partly because, with the obvious exception of Nicole Kidman, we're none of us perfect anyway.

A group of us, all intelligent, well-educated and middle-aged, were sitting around the table just the other day when I mentioned a fact I am always surprised is so little-known. And guess what? None of the rest of the group knew anything about it either. This week I asked a few colleagues at random what this thing meant to them. Once again, I drew a blank.

So here is my question. What does the word Towton mean to you? If you have the answer, as lots of you will, I'm glad, because you should. Yet if you don't, you are in very good company. It nevertheless says something about us as a nation that you are far more likely not to know anything about Towton than to know instantly what it is.

And here is the answer. Towton is a village about 10 miles south-west of York. It owes what fame it has to the fact that it was once the scene of a battle. But this was not just any battle. At the battle of Towton, more English people were killed than on any other day ever. And by ever I mean - ever.

It is often said that the bloodiest day in our history was July 1 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, when 19,200 soldiers went over the top and were mown down by German guns. As a result, the Somme has become synonymous with the frightful, mindless slaughter of a whole generation of young British men. It traumatised the survivors so much that they barely spoke of it. But it hangs over our country still, nearly a century later. Merely to think of it can make one weep.

Yet Towton was bloodier than the Somme. When night fell on March 29 1461 - it was Palm Sunday, and much of the battle took place in a snowstorm - the Yorkist and Lancastrian dead numbered more than 20,000. It should be said that the figures are much disputed and rise to as many as 28,000 in some accounts, and there were countless wounded besides.

Now remember two other things while you absorb that. First, that while the population of Britain in 1916 was more than 40 million, that of England in 1461 was considerably less than 4 million, so the proportionate impact on the country must have been seismic. One in every hundred Englishmen died at Towton. Its impact must have been a bit like an English Hiroshima.

And, second, that, this being 1461, not a shot was fired. This was not industrial killing from a distance. Every Englishman who died at Towton was pierced by arrows, stabbed, bludgeoned or crushed by another Englishman. As a scene of hand-to-hand human brutality on a mass scale, Towton has absolutely no equal in our history. It was our very own day of wrath.

Towton is not a secret. It is in the books and on the maps. If you visit, there is a memorial. The same river which was so packed with corpses that men fled across them from one bank to the other still runs through it. If you study the Wars of the Roses, you learn it was a decisive Yorkist victory. If you go online you can discover some of the detective work done by the University of Bradford on mutilated skeletons exhumed from some of Towton's mass graves. And if you go to a performance of Henry VI Part 3, you will see that the national poet himself set potent scenes at Towton, where, in the thick of battle, a father finds he has killed his son and a son that he has killed his father, and where the watching and hapless Lancastrian king wishes himself among the dead - "For what is in this world but grief and woe?"

Yet, though not a secret, Towton is largely now forgotten. It carries none of the civic weight that Gettysburg does in America. Of course, Towton was all much longer ago, though more distant Hastings is still recalled well enough. Perhaps the dynastic cause in which Towton was fought is simply too obscure, though plenty of people today can recall roughly what the much later internecine battle at nearby Marston Moor was about.

Towton undoubtedly meant something to Shakespeare and his audiences. He uses it to warn against the great fear of all Tudors, the catastrophe of civil strife. We have no fear of civil war today. Such things belong to the past, where they did things differently. And yet ... Might something other than the fact that it all happened a long time ago partly explain our sustained expunging of Towton from the national memory?

Perhaps Towton is simply too brutal, too senseless and thus too traumatic to acknowledge today. I wonder whether Towton denial is even something we inherit in our DNA, an experience we do not want to confront because its intensity and slaughter do not fit with our island story, our national self-esteem and our enduring need for meaning and optimism. Yet when I think about the mindless killings of our own times, whether at home in the streets of Liverpool or abroad in the bombing of distant cities and villages, it seems clear that something of the savage spirit of Towton still lives on within us, even today - and that we should know about it.

General discussion / My blog
« on: December 10, 2018, 01:03:58 PM »
I'm not sure I've highlighted this before. My blog, 'Buckets of Dice' has been going for over 10 years now. It is my  Peter Pig hobby and some family stuff but has been sorely neglected for the last few years. This coincides with the birth of my daughter, Ava, who is now 8.

I do hope to continue it for the foreseeable future with a bit more content. It has been interesting and quite nostalgic to look back on games from years ago.

Anyway the link is beneath my name over to the left of this page (the globe symbol) but here is a direct link:


Take a look!

Pieces of Eight / Raid on Port St. George now also updated
« on: December 07, 2018, 08:40:24 AM »

The Raid on Port St George boxed set has now been updated to the new Land Raid game. Lovely little write up too! Very R.L. Stevenson 😃

Having already bought my Christmas box, this will have to wait for me. I'm being incredibly frugal for me and clearing the decks (pun not intended 😂🤣) of half finished projects. I'll add some pictures to my painting log and may even add a post to my long neglected blog detailing where I am and what I'm up to.

General discussion / Christmas treats
« on: December 05, 2018, 08:57:50 AM »
Thank you to Nigel and Mike in the workshop for not only turning around my order in super quick time but also for making some last minute additions for me.

Nothing nicer for a Wargamer than the thought of new figures on their way to you. It's a bit like waiting for  Christmas!

I have one or two bits coming  for my AWI meaning I'll be able to do any of the scenarios in the Washington's Army rule book. I've also bought the last 2 packs I needed to enable me to do all of the scenarios in Civil War Battles.

And as a little treat I've also ordered the new Dockside characters pack for the  Pieces of Eight land raid game. Along with the civilian packs available in the Washingtons Army range there is quite a selection of 18th century civilians for you to choose from.

Happy Wednesday and do try to get a game in or else paint at least 1 figure.


Interesting to see these two old sets of rules being played! Bought back some memories!

Piggy Days and Competitions / Weymouth Wargames Weekend report 2018
« on: December 03, 2018, 11:13:46 PM »
After a last minute shift change I was able to make the weekender. It was my 4th year attending what for me is the highlight of my gaming year. It was a record year for games played (11) and I can say it was probably my favorite of the 4 weekenders I have attended.

I had painted up a Posse/Lawmen force to play a couple of Western games and I also took down my Anarchist Militia for a game of Bayonets and Ideology. I was also keen to play Pieces of Eight, both the sea and land raid game which I did, accounting for 7 of my 11 games! The rest were made up of 3 Western games and 1 SCW game.

This is an image from my first Western game on Friday night. Myself and Miles took on Martin and Mark who were using Plains Indians.

Another shot of the same game. I suspect Miles and I lost this game but I can't for the life of me remember the score. What I can say is for one days work painting and preparing my figures, I was really pleased with how they looked.

Also from Friday night on the table next to our Western game, Mike, Chris and Rob were playing through a playtest of the Pirates Land Raid game. I think they player either 3 or 4 games with the defenders winning all of them.

A Pieces of Eight sea battle with Les, Stewart (the organiser), Mike, Chris and Paul. One side is the Merchant fleet trying to make it from one corner to the opposite corner. The other side plays the Pirates trying to capture the Merchants. Although still in playtest, they feel 90% done with the victory point system to be tweaked with one or two other minor adjustments.

An image from my SCW game on Saturday morning. Rob and I took on Chris and Mike who were playing Assault Guards. A really excellent game ending in a narrow win to the Assaultos. They only managed to hold one objective by the game end but the Anarchists just couldn't get hold of any of the others. In the distance in the picture you can just see the bridge objective. The militia in the forefront made several attempts at assaulting along the gully which is dead ground in the rules. Chris held me off with his platoon but had suffered considerable losses. With one more turn I think we could have made it!

A close up of two fleets engaging. The two ships on the smaller bases are from Martin's collection. The other ships are from Les's collection. Very nice they are too.

For the first time, there were two none RFCM games played over the weekend. This is Stewart's Rorkes Drift game. I can't remember whether the buildings are Warlords or Redoubts but they are very nice. Stewart has painted loads of Zulus (not quite thousands) and all of the personalities were present for the Imperial forces. I spotted Michael Caine in a spot pf bother. I'm unsure of the outcome of the game. Interestingly the rules were home grown from Stewart's fevered imagination and based on squares.

I think this was Saturday afternoon. In the distance, Chris and Rob face off in a game of Washingtons Army. In the foreground is another playtest of Pirate ships with Martin and Simon taking on Miles and Les.

The first of two Western games on Saturday night. Myself and Mark as Posse playing against Rob and Miles using Plains Indians. We won this one but it was a slightly odd game. I chose to extend the game to a ninth turn and a final assault on the homestead in the middle distance paid off winning us the game. In our second game, we lost two out of five units in the first turn. 2 of the other units took a bit of a pasting and it was all too much for Mark who wondered off elsewhere. Martin jumped into his seat and the game ended up being an absolute stonker. My commander, Bad Bob, held on until the last turn when he fell in a cinematic death giving victory to the Indians 60 points to 46. Just goes to show with RFCM games, it's never over until it's over and never give in!

The second none RFCM game hosted by Mike. WW2 aerial combat using lots of these lovely little planes. I think they are from Tumbling Dice in the main. Interestingly, the homegrown rules written by Mike are also grid based. Mike has kindly forwarded me a copy of the rules to peruse. Lovely looking game.

Chris hosted a game of Bloody Barons for Paul on Sunday morning. One of my favourite RFCM games and I would have taken part  but was busy with Pirate  Ships.

I was surprised how few pictures I had actually taken. No pictures of the Pirate land raid games I played for instance. This is a cracking game that takes less than an hour to play and is fast and furious. I am tempted to build a custom board for this as it's played on a 3'x2' board.

Another year over. Hopefully the George hotel will still be available to host us again next year. If not I do hope we can secure another venue as the chance to play so many games with such a good crowd is a real pleasure. It's as much about the company and the camaraderie as playing toy soldiers. It's a great mix and long may it continue.

Thanks to Stewart for organising. Thanks to all my partners and opponents in all 11 games I played. And thanks to all attendees for making it such a memorable weekend.


Pieces of Eight / New Pirate fleets up on the website
« on: December 01, 2018, 12:12:40 AM »
Just noticed that ready made fleets for Captain Crimson and Captain Gorgeous are up on the website http://www.peterpig.co.uk/pirateships.html

Great write up for both!

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