Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Twist of fate 

Recently my life took a twist that changed drastically due to ill health. Add a pandemic and I was running out of time. I started buying all the packs from Heroics and Ross ranges which I had never ventured into.
MARLBURIAN ; CRUSADES ; DARK AGES ; RENAISSANCE ; BYZANTINE the lot . One of each just to have. Then I was watching on YouTube a pastels tutorial and was intrigued. An online order for a boxed set of unison pastels art paper and pencils. Now all I had to do is start but what. In this limited timespan I had to maximize its value in the sense of appreciation. 
       The YouTube tutorial was about portraits and the rough jagged edge seemed forgiving enough to encourage me to try. Here are all that I managed to do. Regretfully my arms were getting heavier and time was over but it was worthwhile and satisfying.

                                                                      My toddler son

                                                                      Valletta project 




                                                                       my assistant             


Les Gavroches



brother in law


3 Pjazza Palma





Sunday, 8 August 2021

Medina de Rio Seco

 Medina de Rio Seco 6mm

Browsing through similar threads reminded me of my own scenario some years ago so I thought I should share.

Scale 6mm

Rules Age of Eagles

Figures Heroics and Ros

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Fuentes de onoro

Don Julien Sanchez Spanish Lancers 

British Deployment

Conroux's Div advancing across the Don Casa river east of Fuentes 

Crauford's Light Div diverted to counteract 

The main attack on the British rightby Loison's VI Corps

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Juno WW2 Rommel scenario

With the 75th anniversary of D-Day nearing on I took out my Max Hastings Overlord for more inspiration I enbarked on trying an invasion type scenario.
        I have long been a ww2 wargamer since early seventies.Actually ww2 was the only era that interested me. Warlord and victor comics Look and learn ,Readers digest ,World of Wonder ,any literature on ww2 was consumed.
It all started with Gavin Operation Warboard borrowed from the local library and since we eventually had to return my cousin typed two copies .Mine was the back copy with red print.Bound with a sewing machine which I still have somewhere  
    All this was in 20mm until I got my first 1/300 Heroics and a copy of WRG 1925-1950 rules in 1981.
Then went through WRG 2nd edition ,Newbury Cambrai to Sinai ,B R Taylor Firefly,Command and Decision and Clash of Armor by Clash of Arms.Then interest shifted to ACW and Napoleonic but that’s another story.
Recently I came across Kampfgruppe  Commander which was a 2nd edition of Clash of Armour which I had really liked its initiative system. I played  a couple of games but realized I was no longer in minute detail ,spotting ranges and barrage templates.
  That’s until Rommel.Sam Mustafa WW2 Game.It puts you in a commander role where combined arms is the key. And at 1 sqr Km/6inch there’s plenty of room for great battles.

Juno is the Canadian beach in operation Overlord.I have never played an invasion scenario as it was never easy te recreat a balance betwwen a machine gun in a pillbox a men trying to wade ashore under fire. With Rommel the allied first two brigades land jam packed with no exit in the 1st tactical  phase .Unless an exit is opened by the end of turn 1 some remaining units of the first wave  will have nowhere to land due to stacking and will be shattered.So all 10 ops points will have to go to invoking subsequent tactical phases.3 defending squares were concentrated on and by the 3rd tac phase an exit was opened .
The allies cannot afford using offensive tactics but must push hard bt invoking as mant tactical moves as possible at all costs . Casualties is the price to pay.The defender receives reinforcments by the 21st panzer Division which counter attacked aggresivly. we still have to conclude and will update accordingly. I am including some photos taken during the game kindly taken by Mike .

First wave going in

must be turn 6 with 21st panzer coming in

Stugs and Marders of the 352 inf Div

depleted allied 7th Brigade

from the defender's rear

allied out numbered but fight on

red marker tipped