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Monday, 24 January 2022

Holiday fun and games


 So I'm on holiday again with friends and family, roughing it in the depths of wild Cumbira with the only facilities available being a heated swimming pool, shops , cafes, restaurants and gift shops, all a good five minutes walk from our house (with meagre facililties - just central heating, sauna, steam room and giant-sized outdoor hot-tub),  en site bath roomse but we can handle all this inconvenience! 
Our time is spent availing ourselves of what facilites we can scavenge for and the tedious wait for Chinese and Indian food being delivered (there are other alternatives avavilable too) is alleviated by the few luxuries we have brougt with us - namely board games, card games and Rpgs. The photos on the right and below show the meagre choices, brought by just one of our number.

Here's a few photographs of games we've played so far (most I'd never played before, so typically, being old, with bad eyesight etc., I haven't won a single one yet (even the cooperative one - Flashpoint, though no photographs exist of this particular disaster as my character fell foul of the collapsing building.)
(Random comments as an extra bonus)
"Sushi Party" - a card game I couldn't get my head around!
"Not Alone", an Alien versus escping astronauts in a race , against the Alien, for the first time, I came within a whisker of winning this one !
"King of Tokyo", a monster bashing game of dice rolls and cards, I was one dice roll away from winning this but was beaten by my daughter (of course)
Love letters, a simple enough card game, played two, lost two and once more my daughter pipped me at the post in the second.
At this stage, it seemed that just as I was getting the hangh of these games, the game was quickly changed, my age and cunning strategy just wasn't working.
"7 Wonders", and easy to learn card based, building game
7 Wonders again, and once again I came fourth on points (out of the four playmg)

"Forbidden Desert", where the terrain is your only enemy !
Forbidden Desert is a card driven game without dice, but a very good game asnd difficult to win with four players I played twice with twomdifferent characters, but in the second game with cooperation to strategise our approach we managed to escape by the skin our teeth (at Novice level-  Ed.)
A beautiful and robust game, but very difficult imho.
"Castle Panic", well named, as hordes of goblins , orc and trolls attack the players' castle
Castle Panic's board in play.
 I didn't get to play "Castle Panic", as I had football to watch (Chelses v Spurs) and was excused boots, but it looked good, once more with excellent production values. (Photos taken at half-time -Ed.)
"Dungeon Mayhem", a simple, fun, card game - two played, two lost (of course).
I have a lot more games to look forward to losing but thats's it for now.

Thanks for taking the time to visit and of course your comments are always welcomed and appreciated
 

Monday, 17 January 2022

Old Photos

 Here are the remaining old photographs re-discovered by my better half. They show old armies that I no longer have, 20mm WW II, 20mm Napoleonic, 25mm English Civil War, 20mm ACW and part of my large collection of WW I aircraft, along with a couple of photographs of  54mm ACW figures that I still have and two photographs showing the late Peter Guilder's Waterloo set-up.
All these photgraphsdate from sometime in the earl 1970s.
ThePhotograph on the right shows a random Napoleonic game, using mostly Airfux figures - even back then I used underscaled buildings!
Here's the rest of the photographs:
Another shot of the battle above
An unpainted 20mm Minifig figure of Lord Picton is the only survivour of my Napoleonics that I have.
End of game shot of a WW II battle, some trres and the house in the bottom right are the only survivours of this collection.
Confederates attacking a Union held barn (I still have everything in this picture)
Three of my Jasta 6 aircraft
In the above photograph's reverse are listed, left to right, all the names of the pilots just visible. Our group had just about every available WW I aircraft produce by both Airfix and Revell.
An Airfix garage cobverted for use by my Jasta 6. 
Part of my very large 20mm ACW collection (all Airfix) - all long gone
My ECW Royalist army lined up for an Edgehill refight
Parliamentarians opposing the King at Edgehill (all Minifigs)
Parliamentarians attacking Royalist in the above battle...
...and the Royalist's reply - you can tell they're royalists- they have feathers, not lobster pots!
A demo game for a local church (Bonus colour photo - Ed.)
Proof my figures were painted, even back then.
Finally, one from one of the few wargames shows I was able to attend, at Hull, featured the huge Waterloo collection of the late, great Peter Guilder. I doubt I ever seen anything in all my years that has been so inspiring and the man himself was equally so.
The building is La Haye Saint
The mass of French cavalry was very impressive.
Thats it then, proof that I was a crap photographer back then too. All the photos were taken on my polaroid camera, which at the time was a very expensive undertaking and the colour photographs cost me more than half a week's wages (for eight), hence they're a rarity  for me.

That's it then for another week, next week I'll be on holiday in the far west (Cumbria), so may not get a blog report out, but I will endeavour to do so.

Thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully there was something of interest in yet another trip down my pernsonal lane of nostalgia and, as always, your comments are welcomed and truly appreciated.

Monday, 10 January 2022

Waterloo

 These photographs show my old wargems group's refight of "Waterloo" sometime in the early 1970s (1971 I suspect). The group went out and bought every box of Airfix Napoleonic French Artillery that could be found, specifically for the eight marching French Infantry! The figure were mostly mine, 20mm Airfix with a sprinling of metals, HInton Hunt and a very few Minifigs. The photograph on the right shows the Allies setting up on our 12' x 6' table with La haye sainte in the centre. All the builidngs were underscaled for the figures and scratchbuilt in cardboard by myself.
Here's the rest of the photographs:

The French centre with the 'Grand Battery' in the foreground
Reille's corps about to asssault Hougomont (hidden by treees)
The French bringing up yet more troops.
Huge numbers of French attacking Hougomont

D'Erlon's Corps moving to attack with Cavalry support

General view of the battle in full swing
The French attack around La Haye Saint

Another view of the above
The view of the centre from the British side
The French are repulsed (for now)
The French renew  their assault - successfully this time !
The French Old and Middle guard arrive.
The French had taken La Haye Saint in the centre, Reilled had destoryed his corps assaulting Hougomont, which the British had heavily reinforced, weakening their centre and the battle was over.
The game was played over three day's during the Xmas holidays and whilst I thik their are other photographs lost to time, I hope you get some idea of the battle and  yes, it was very enjoyable at the time.

Having not done anything hobby-wise over the last four weeks or so, nexrt week will probably see me posting old photographs of other armies I no longer have.

That's it then, once more for another week, thanks for taking the time to visit and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 3 January 2022

"War games on the kitchen table"

 I dug this newpaper cutting out of one of my boxes of old gaming memorabilia, spurred on by my dear wife's discovery of a pack of my photographs from the early 1970's.
That's 19 year old me on the right, not the mature 20  year old that the article implies.

The article is quite long and I'm unable to check whether or not it can be read in the clips below.
Many apologies if you can't read it !
Photoshopped version of a much younger me - not much different to my current profile pic?

The top picture is a photograph of the clipping and shows its real colour, whilst the remainder are photoshopped scans of the original, hence the unexplainable pink hue to them all. The author James Dolan borrowed my compy of HG Wells' "Little Wars", that was never returned - a small price to pay for imortality ? Also, we weren't slouched over a kitchen table !
 
As I'm currently not doing anything (other than this blog) that is hobby related, I'll be showing futher scans of the photogrpahs that my wife found in future posts (sorry). I'm also going to be doing a lot of catching up commenting on all the blogs I missed over the last few days. 

That's it then for this week, thanks, as ever, for taking the time to visit and of course your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 27 December 2021

Happy New Year

Normally I'd review the previous year's progress but as I finished so little in the last year it hardly seemed worthwhile! The fifty or so figures I have painted up this year have all been 54mms, which is just about all I'm capable of atm. 
My Christmas haul,  in hobby terms, as is usual, was very small, just a single book (as shown). It's a book about the campaigns of the British and Egyptian forces in the Sudan (just in case you're not familiar with the illustration on the cover). I'm looking forward to reading this at a leisurely pace, having only had a quick scan of its contents so far.
My hobby intentions for this year are limited to tidying up my wargames table and painting area, whilst trying to make some progress on my storage issues. If I can find things to post about, then I'll keep posting, but playing games doesn't seem very likely atm.
Christmas went a bit pear-shaped when we cancelled dinner at #2 son's house, due to Covid (of course) and consequently there was four less than the usual ten around our table !
I trust though that this year will be better for all of us, it can;t be any worse can it ?
 
So here's wishing a HAPPY NEW YEAR to all reading this and stay safe !

Monday, 20 December 2021

Merry Mithrasmas !

 Once more we go into the festival of the winter soltice, whether it be under the guise of celebrating Mithras, Yule, Saturnalia or Christmas, plus no doubt many others.
As I've been emptying my various drawers and boxes to present my old 7YW collection (which I've roughly calculated at over 2000 foot, about 1000 horse and 30 artillery pieces) I thought another photograph or two of my Prussian Pioneers around a snowy fir tree would fit the bill (and pad this post out a bit -Ed,).
Whilst reminising of my battles past I've also dug out my copy of Savoury's "His Britannic Majesty's Army in the Seven Years War", which although highly scholarly is also a damn good easy read. It still amazes me how the armies managed to manouevre, considering the conditions they served under, night marches in the poring rain and infantry havng to push and pull artillery through mud on almosy non-existent 'roads' .
My new 18th c. rules (more blattant padding -Ed)
I've also bought myself a copy of rules that weren't available when I did most of my 7YW games. I thought of it as an earlier Xmas present to myself. I used "Principles of War" for many years, using 6mm armies. The game is designed around division level actions but we used them for corps level games culminating in a huge action of five Prussina corps against three French ones in the Franco-Prussian war. The French corps are about twice the size of a Prussian on, but the Prussians still won ! It was played over a 24 foot by 6 foot tabe using rolling terrain and ocassionally having to move the tables too ! To the best of my knowledge, like our Minden game, no photographs of this battle remain.
I have though, found some very old photographs (from the early 70's) of my Napoleonics (now all gone) and other things I did then. These photos will be presented at some future time when they are scanned and photshopped !  
For my 7YW games I'd ammended the PoW  rules to fit the 7YW and my version is very close to the one shown.
 
Let me thank everyone who has visited this blog and an especial thank you to those that have commented on my efforts over the years I've been blogging.  
Here's hoping you have a very enjoyable break over the holiday period in these very trying times and stay safe and well.
Merry Chrstimas from all on the western front in the 18th century too!

  Thanks for taking the time to visit,  your comments, as always, are both welcomed and truly appreciated.
Merry Christmas !