Joy of Six 2021 – Roll a One Links to Youtube

This is a blogpost with a link to my Youtube video for the Joy of Six 2021 Event, 4th July 2021, from 10AM – 4PM GMT+1, if you read this before this time you can go to Baccus 6mm nd just sign-up through the invite (link here https://www.baccus6mm.com/news/29-06-2021/TheJoyofVirtualSix-thisSunday/ ). I will be taking questions about the game from 11.30 to 12.30. If you like the video, please link or perhaps even subscribe to the channel. I might be inspired to do some more.

The link to the organisation dicussed in the video can be found on this blog post Lund 1676 – Ordre de Bataille (OdB) and Ratings for Twilight of the Sun King (WIP) at Virtual Joy of Six 2021.

I will also do a presentation of the Charity Project where more than 50 painters signed up and we ended up with two small armies, it will start at 10.15 (GMT+1) and will include a presentation of the idea, how it worked, the background to the armies we built, pictures of each unit and some action photos.

Below is a link to the presentation, however it will not be made public until after the presentation (at 11.00 GMT+1 on 4th July 2021), so if you miss the presentation you can get it here after the event.

/Hope this is of some interest

Lund 1676 and the Charity Project at Virtual Joy of Six 2021 on 4th July

Follow this link to take you to the Baccus 6mm homepage with a link for signing you up on the discord server so that you can attend the Joy of Six event!

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I will be presenting my Lund 1676 game at the Joy of Six through a Video that will be released shortly before the event, there will be an opportunity to engage and to ask me questions between 11.30 and 12.30.

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Lund 1676

But before then I will also do a presentation of the Charity Project where more than 50 painters signed up and we ended up with two small armies, it will start at 10.15 (GMT+1) and will include a presentation of the idea, how it worked, the background to the armies we built, pictures of each unit and some action photos.


Hope you can make it,

Here is the high level programme of things going on,

Here are some of the videos already loaded up on the server, it is looking great.

Follow this link to take you to the Baccus 6mm homepage with a link for signing you up on the discord server so that you can attend the Joy of Six event!

Caesar Awards 2021 – Rolled a Six

As I have said before I started Rollaone.com as a thank you for all the contents that is being provided by so many people out there that has helped me over the years in getting inspired, learning techniques, finding out more about various periods and frankly getting a little bit of an escape from it all. I also did it to record the works I was doing for my 6mm in Saga project five years ago.

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The first picture appearing on the blog from this blogpost Saga in 6mm – Part 1

I mentioned in a previous blog that the good people at Little Wars TV had nominated this blog for their Caesar Awards 2021 as Wargame Blog of the year (see more details here).

Having spent a long Friday evening (and early Saturday morning) with mates online drinking and remembering the brilliant Mike Hobbs (more here), I was not sure whether I should watch the ceremony or not. However I did fall asleep during the evening and woke up an hour before the start of the award show, being broadcast on Sunday morning at 01.00 due to the time difference between the UK and the States. You can watch the show by using the link below. I really enjoyed the intro and the special song (a proper Broadway number) and of course the show itself. Then the first award given was the blog award and he did say Roll a One, didn’t he?.

Friends of the blog Too Fat Lardies got the award for best Podcast (in hard competition with other friends of the blog Gods own Scale and Battlegames) with their Oddcast, Alex at Storm of Steel Wargaming won the painting video awards and Sonic Sledgehammer Studios for his fantastic how I paint Republican Romans. Well done tot the Lardies, Alex, Sonic and all the other winners.

There was a lots of entries and I was chuffed not pull the shortest straw, or if you wish roll a one, this time.

Thanks to the Judges and the Little Wars TV Patreons!, and to Little Wars for all the good stuff they do for the hobby.

There is a lot of stuff produced for the historical wargaming hobbyist and this kind of acknowledgement is really important and encouraging, I hope not just for myself, but for others to perhaps consider starting a blog, recording a video and sharing it with others, or otherwise getting engaged in creating some content be it serious analytical stuff or light entertainment.

In addition, and whilst I have your attention there is an important thing you can do even if you do not want to produce content yourself, that actually plays in your favour, and that is to let the people who are behind wargaming video channels, blogs, Facebook accounts, etc know that you appreciate what they do – perhaps leave a comment, send them a like, or share the link to others, or follow the blog/channel or whatever it is called.

I have to admit that the small occasional comment from one of the Roll a One regulars or someone just passing by really cheers me up and keeps me and the blog going.

If you do not like what they do and you honestly think that you ought to tell them perhaps you could do it in a nice and constructive way or perhaps move on to something else. I very rarely feel upset having to read a short text or watched a video even if I did not like it, especially if it was free.

The passing of Mike Hobbs last week have really made me appreciate the positivism that someone like Mike spread and how he built bridges between different hobby islands and made it a better place. So whilst we can never be Mike, we can try to be like him – making it more inclusive and fun!

Anyway really humbled by this award, and I am more than sure Mike would have been proud of us too,

/ Take care

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Infamy! Infamy! Mutant 1984 basic forces done

In a recent blog I set out my idea on how I would use the excellent Too Fat Lardies rules in the Post-Apocalyptic era following the Pyri-Commonwealth Monster Hunters in their role of protecting the civilised parts of world against the marauding wild gangs and monsters in the forbidden zones. You can read more about it in an old blog here.

“Some of you may recall the Pyri-Commonwealth Monster Hunters I have been doing for my warped Mutant 1984 project (based on the first version/incarantion of the Swedish RPG, now known as Mutant Year Zero). Well my take on Infamy!, Infamy! will be to expand my Monster Hunters and detail their exploits in the early days of the Pyri-Commonwealth when they fought for the Emperor against feudal warlords, wild beasts and marauding mutant warbands in the forbidden zones – trying to re-build a lost civilisation.”

I have been working extensively on this project since that orginal post when I had two units of Pyri-Commonwealth Soldiers.

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Based on the Early Imperial Roman Legion Force in the Infamy! Infamy! Rulebook.

I am fielding this with 4 Groups of Monster Hunters (Legionaries) and 1 group of Auxiliary Archers. Will add some Auxiliary options in the next phase.

4 Monster Hunter Groups and One Group of Auxiliary Archers – a Musician and two Leaders (need to add another one) – sabot bases from Warbases.

Here some pictures of the individal units.

First Group of Monster Hunters – using Warlord Roman Legionary Sprues with some heads from Sally 4th’s critter range
Second Group of Monster Hunters – using Warlord Roman Legionary Sprues with a head from Sally 4th’s critter range. The female head from the kit box, not sure where it comes from.
Third Group of Monster Hunters – using Warlord Roman Legionary Sprues with a head from Sally 4th’s critter range. Bare heads from the kit box, I think the old man’s head is from the Oathmark Dwarves set.
Fourth Group of Monster Hunters – using Warlord Roman Legionary Sprues with heads from Sally 4th’s critter range. Blue head from the Kit box from a rebel saboteur model (Imperial Assault)
Auxiliary Archers from Warlord (Eastern Archers) with two heads from Sally 4th’s critter range.
The Management team, will nee another Junior Leader, note the Imperial Eagle of the Pyri- Commonwealth (YES, I forgot the Static Grass!)

The Laug Gang

This is a Marauding gang causing all kind of problems in the area, the are based on the Gaul list.=, with 2 Groups of Cavalry, one group of Elite Warriors, two groups of warriors and one group of tribal slingers.

The Laug force

In doing the cavalry groups I used Oathmark Wolfriders and then use all kind of things from the different sprues and the kit box. Basically buy some loose sprues and just mix it up (there are some WW2 helmets and more modern hat thrown in there for good measures, as well as the occassional animal head and additional limb). The same approach was used for the other Groups and they are a mixture of basic bodies, arms and heads. I wanted to create a non-uniform look apart for the elite warriors that I painted with a base Jade colour.

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First Group of Warriors
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The Elite Warriors!
The Management team are some old models from a different era, with some touch ups!

Next I will be working on some additional units and support options. Having fun!

/Omnium optimi! Hope that was of some interest!

Painting Guide 4 – Infantry

This is the fourth painting Guide supporting the 6mm Charity project that has now started (you can read more about it in a previous blog here). There will be a total of 4 painting guides, covering Horse, Dragoons, Foot and Artillery of the Baccus Wars of the Sun King Range. Here some links to the other ones.

Painting Guide 1 – Horse

Painting Guide 2 – Artillery

Painting Guide 3 – Dragoons

We will start this one at Step 5 – which is the painting stages (I highly recommend that you read Step 1 to 4 in the First painting guide as it covers some things that are important in preparing the miniatures and yourself for the challenge, a link is provided here).

It is fairly straightforward and it is my favourite type of unit.

Step 5 – the Painting (depending on how you access this you may just see one picture, but it is a slideshow with the steps)

/ Hope that was of some help, moving on updates on the project will focus on units as they get completed. In writing this I know that two painters have already completed their miniatures.

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Painting Guide 3 – 6mm Dragoons

This is the third painting Guide supporting the 6mm Charity project that has now started (you can read more about it in a previous blog here). There will be a total of 4 painting guides, covering Horse, Dragoons, Foot and Artillery of the Baccus Wars of the Sun King Range. Here some links to the other ones.

Painting Guide 1 – Horse

Painting Guide 2 – Artillery

We will start this one at Step 5 – which is the painting stages (I highly recommend that you read Step 1 to 4 in the First painting guide as it covers some things that are important in preparing the miniatures and yourself for the challenge, a link is provided here).

Starting with the Dragoons that is very similar to the Horse in Guide 1 (the main difference being a drummer instead on the trumpeter and the troopers are holding their muskets not the swords).

Step 5 – the Painting (depending on how you access this you may just see one picture, but it is a slideshow with the steps)

/ Hope that was of some interest, oh and by the way, here they are on their base.

and riding into battle…

Jump Off Points and Suppression Markers – for the 1943 Invasion

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The other day had a game of Chain of Command with a Swedish 1943 platoon fighting a German Infantry Platoon and I realised I had forgotten to do some Jump Off points – they are, as you may know, a key feature of the game.

 

In reality this could simply be a round marker with a symbol identifying whose marker it is. However, I prefer the opportunity to do something more and instead create a little bit of immersion.  For the Winter War set-up we have been using the following markers – I especially like the Finnish ones with the skies – they are just strips of plastic slightly bent – and the poles -some cut pieces of brass rod. The idea was that the Finnish ones symbolised the swift and agile Finnish force, vs the more desperate and hopeless Sovietic one.

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I also did some suppression/pin markers using some material from a filter trying to give the effect of flying debris from bullets hitting the terrain.

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I think they worked well and you can find the full collection here(link).

Back to 1943… To do the Jump-off points I decided that the Swedish markers would have a bicycle on it – symbolising the good old Swedish Airconditioned Person Carrier (APC).  I got the bikes from Peter Pig (link here). Other items came from a pack of German Stowage from Plastic Soldier Company (link here) and some Lorry Loads from QRF (link here). Some items came from the kit box (full of old crap) and I also cut a few helmets from a few spare figure to further Germanise the German jump-off points.

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After a little bit of sand, paint, grass and some tufts, the look really well and will blend in on your table.

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I have had the little ladder in my kit box as well as some barrels and the sacks of something for a long time, I do not recall where they are from.

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Using the same approach for the suppression / pinned markers, and using some brown material, dead branches from the garden and stones from the yard, we got the following collection.

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Flying debris!

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Simple and cheap! – and if you do not have Stowage and other small pieces handy (I have bought many of these sets over the years for tank projects) use some green stuff or even a little bit of blue tac (you can add some superglue to protect it, if it is a not to big chunk) to make some rough shapes and then paint, wash and detail – it will look good.

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Forces at the Battle of Lund 1676 (Scanian War) Part 5 – Swedish Infantry and putting flags on your units

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I have had a busy start of 2020 – not the kind of busy I would have wished for but that is how things are sometimes.  The lack of blog posts is as a direct consequence to this but I have decided to force myself to pick it up and perhaps publish something every second week as a minimum.

Gosh, the last blogpost was on the 26th December, back in 2019 (If you still remember that year). Although I have been silent here I have actually made some significant progress on the hobby front – so there is a backlog of stuff to write about on the various projects. We will start with the current Big(ish) project – Lund 1676.

Swedish Infantry at Lund 1676

Today we turn back to the Scanian War and the Swedish Infantry that fought at Lund 1676. As for all my Scanian War models I have used the eminent book, Scanian War 1675-1679, Colours and Uniforms, by Lars-Eric Höglund (2002), as my primary source for colours and uniform details – it is not complete but covers most of the detail you may need.

Most of the Uniform detail in the book is straightforward, or in some cases not known, however the entry for the Gestrike-Hälsinge Tremänningar was interesting as it stated “1676: 19 men had yellow coats, 63 green, 50 gray, 53 brown, 38 musk-colored, 15 blue, in addition 2,240 alnar gray pjuk was issues to sew uniforms”. The reason for the different uniform is that this was not a standing regiment and had been raised because Sweden was at war – it is likely that they were issues with spares until they got their uniforms (possibly grey based on the information). So at Lund, late 1676, they may all have been dressed in fresh Uniforms, or maybe there was not time to get that sorted… Well since every other regiment will be in uniform uniforms I thought I go for the latter option.  I simply painted the 24 unit base in the same ratio as the different colours above – I think it looks smashing.

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Close up of some of the miniatures (all from the Baccus 6mm Sun King range – link here)

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We are rushing away… Sorry, the following infantry regiments were present at Lund.

No. Sqds/Btns Name of Regiment Type Commander Rank
3 battalion(s) Life Guard Pike Infantry Gyllenstierna Lt-Col
1 battalion Skaraborgs Regiment Pike Infantry Börstel Col
1 battalion Dalregiment Pike Infantry Kruse Col
1 battalion Västgöta-Dals Regiment Pike Infantry Mörner Col
1 battalion Helsinge Regiment Pike Infantry Ascheberg Lt-Col
1 battalion Närke-Värmlands Regiment Pike Infantry Tomson Lt-Col
1 battalion(s) Västerbottens Regiment Pike Infantry Ribbing Lt-Col
1 battalion Gästrike-Helsinge Tremänningar Pike Infantry Örnklo Col

Here some pictures of these…

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Flagging up your infantry

This is the method I use to attach the flags/standards to the unit.

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Cut out the flags, Baccus sells a sheet for the Scanian War (and many other conflicts), I then fold them around a toothpick (I do not want a sharp fold).

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Glue on the flags with superglue a little bit of glue on the front of the pole and then attach the flag carefully as shown (let it dry properly).

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Then add PVA glue mixed with water (say 70/30) ensure it is soaked without dripping.

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Get some flat but narrow tweezers out (remember careful hands)

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Shape the flags as you want them. It usually helps to have the straight first for a little while so the two sides attach to each other before you go to elaborate – but do not wait until it dries because it will go hard.

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Ready to join your unit and stiff when dry / Hope that was of some use!

 

 

 

Progress on the Poltava 1709 Project – Total Battle Village Tiles (TMT)

I needed a few more Villages for the Poltava table and bought some of Total Battle Miniature’s houses and scenic tiles (link to their webpage here).  I normally make my own tiles but thought I treat myself. I like the concept of a separate Village tile because it makes the village more defined than just placing some houses in a cluster on the battle mat. The tiles are made in a rubbery material and it is not recommended to use spray primers to paint them.   These small tiles costs about £4 each and works well with their very extensive range of houses, etc.

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Two of the Sets I bought

I painted the rubber bases with undiluted brown acrylic and then dry brushed them and added some static grass, flock and a few tufts.

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Tile without the buildings – the dimensions for the “holes” are aligned with Total Battle house dimensions.

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The three village tiles I made

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Works really good

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The visiting Dragoons are happy with the result (6mm Baccus)

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Salute 2019 by the slightly Older One

The Little One wrote a blog entry last time around about his day at Salute (you can find the link here) and I said I would do the same but have not repeated the stuff he already covered (like the games we played!).  A lot of people have read that one and engaged in making comments on the blog, twitter, Facebook and various wargaming forums. It is  really encouraging that the hobby is so welcoming and happy to see youngsters amongst it ranks, so thank you all from the Little One and I.

For me Salute is about impressions and meeting people, In summary I felt Salute this year being spacious, having a lot variety in type of games being presented and we did have a good time – we always do.  There were games that could be played on a 2 by 2 mat and there were games on very large tables, some were very simple others were pieces of art, some were storyboards conveying the passion of a period, others were bland but functional. It reflects my gaming in a nutshell as for some projects I go absolutely mad and for other projects I just want to get it on the table and play – although I do have a LUDO set with a Green, Yellow, Red and Green “fire team” somewhere.

As always we wandered around and met a lot of nice new and old friends including Henry Hyde, Mike Whitaker, The Too Fat Lardies (Rich, Nick and Sidney), Simon T, Iain Fuller , Ken Eccentric!,  Dave Hickman, Neil and Josh Shuck, Peter & Dave and the other Wargames Collection Calculator crew, Mark Backhouse, Guy Bowers, Michael Leck and his Nordic Crew, the Berrys, the Space Vixen crew, Friends of General Haig, Dave Brown and then everyone I forgot as well.  I wanted to run into Big Lee but I failed, hi Lee!

Between the talking, playing a few games with the Little One, doing some limited shopping and picking up some pre-orders from Baccus (from their 6mm Great Northern War range) and Gripping Beast (the New Saga supplement and a few of the custom dice), I took a few pictures of things that interested me during the day.

I just thought I put a few of these pictures here, with a few comments where appropriate.  I hope this reflects a mixture of easily achievable as well as more inspirational long term projects.

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Lutzen 1632 (Friends of General Haig), Stunning set-up and you can find the story about this table on a very inspiration blog here.  It is one of the most famous Battles in Swedish history and would end up in a Victory but also the death of the Swedish King (Gustavus Adolphus).

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Windmills and Black Powder a winning combination. I really like the teddy fur mat with the roads incorporated.  I always wanted to do one but have not tried it yet – it would be fun to do a mat for some Kursk tank battles or something like that.

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The excellent Black River Debacle, by Ged Cronin. With the text taken from the handout The Governor has gone up the Black River (a tributary of the Red River) to inspect some warehouses. Meanwhile his wife, an amateur botanist who is quire headstrong, has wandered off looking for butterflies to improve her collection.
Soon it becomes apparent that the black flags have abducted the Governor’s wife.
The Black flags have done this to try and lure the French into an ambush as revenge for the loss of one of their commander’s, Liu Yung-Fu’s, favourite lieutenants.
Meanwhile the Black Flags have also taken a box of jewels from a Formosan merchant. The French have heard word of this. Also, the French have heard a rumour that the Black Flags have a giant ceremonial cannon that is inlaid with gold. Can this be true?”

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Some excellent detail on this table

 

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Everything just worked nicely together

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Inspiring stuff

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That looks superb!

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I think this was one of my favourites of the day in terms of visual impact.  There was so much detail to explore.

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Another nice scene from a modern game set in the Helmand province. I shows the amazing effect of some clutter that could easily be used for a range of periods.  In this particular case the vehicles narrow down the time stamp.

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World famous Henry Hyde taking some pictures of the beautify Ligny 1815 out on by Dave Brown using his General d’Armee rules.

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Ligny 1815 would become Napoleon’s last victory and his opponent was no other than the Prussian Field Marshal Prince Blucher.  Even I know the importance of the Prince’s arrival at Waterloo, so the bittersweetness of the Ligny loss did not last long.

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Now I know from friends who play Napoleonic games that General d’Armee is a fantastic rule set.  However with a fantastic table like this, who really cares.

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Marching columns…

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Stunning Jungle terrain on the Too Fat Lardies table who were doing a Malaya Big CoC (Chain of Command) battle.  I took these pictures before battle commenced – it looked peaceful and beautiful. That Buddha statue in the background is one of those details that sets the scene and gives that sense of location.

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You can find some inspiring stuff on the build of this at the Lardies webpage here.

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Excellent…

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The units all lined up to fight!

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Peterborough laid on a IABSM game at Omaha Beach. Looked really fun.

 

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Hard work getting onto that beach! The table gave a nice sense of the battle field.  I went to Omaha beach a few years back and it left me with very strong emotions in just trying to imagine the hell of being there on 6th June 1944.

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Some games were presented just like the are out of the box – that works too.  I think this was Mantic Games Hellboy?

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Some coffee table sized games with enough immersion to draw you in.

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This terrain looked like something from my back garden – bloody brilliant!, the Game Arcworlde by Warplogue Miniatures.

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Crawley Wargames put on a Aztec game that looked really fun.

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Even a wooden fort, cocktail sticks and some patience!

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Warlord Showing off their two naval games – first Cruel Seas, and then…

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… the new age of Sail Game “Black Seas”,

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Naval Wargames Society put on a Stingray game that looked really fun, and like many other tables there were Children playing and having fun. There was a lot of Children at the show and I think this is a good thing.

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Wild in the Streets – Gang Fighting.  I bought their Death Metal team on a Kickstarter that is on its way.  Again fun on limited space.

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We watched the Burrow and Badgers game for a while.  I did not appreciate that it was playable on such a small table. It looked really fun. Wonderful models.

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Street Wars with Funky Skull Games, really liked the compact but effective terrain. Really nice.

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Red Alert by PSC games looked fun. I am resisting getting this one at the moment. I think it comes with the mat in the game? – I hope you can iron it?

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I think those ships would paint up really well.

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Another Command and Colors game especially for Jay Arnold.  This was a very inspirational table.

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This is how you play it!

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I did return to the Lutzen table at the latter part of the day

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Fighting was fierce!

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I seemed to be drawn to small city scapes? This being the Carnage City Chronicles Miniatures game.

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Really cool….

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A Seven Years wars table, the team was on break and the gentleman guarding it had no idea what it was about. Tricornes are enough for me to stop for a while.

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In doing some browsing on the net I think it was laid on by Rafael Fonseca & Friends
And was a Seven Years War battle, where the  French and Allied forces attack the Prussians.

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I do not know what is so special with Tricornes but the armies of this era, to sound a little bit younger than I am, really Rock!

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Flags and straight lines, warfare in a more civilized age!

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Battle of Bauge 1421 was put on by the Lance and Longbow Society

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Nice little scene

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The Warlords put on (at least) two cool tables, this one showing pilum against pike…

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…and a fabulous game on the moon…

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The background blur was – The Moon: 2039.  Play as US and Chinese forces in secret but deadly missions in the difficult, dusty, cratered terrain and in just one-sixth gravity.  But are there other forces in play…?

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More from the Pike and Pilum battle!

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Beautiful terrain from Oshiro. A Gothic horror game using the Fistful of Lead System, by Wiley Games.

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World Class terrain!

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Real Time Wargames always put on a nice show, this time some 10mm action on the North-West Frontier.

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Nice hills and the game was looked fun too!

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Boudicca vs Romans, Mancetter 61CE, To the Strongest Rules!

 

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That is a battle line of 6mm proportions (if that makes sense)

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But with 28mm detail if you look close enough (wonderful, effectful, I wish I had the time and patience to do that one day! – I will stick to my 6mm for now)

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It is always nice to see Michael Leck and crew.  He serve the Battle of Danholm 1807 using his new Rebels & Patriots rules that works as well in a Scandinavian themed setting as in North-America!

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I ended up chatting and with only two photos – I suggest you check Michaels blog Dalauppror (A good start is in the link here)

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Wings of War or Wings of Glory, this Looked fun!

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Bad Squiddo Games offered a little oasis to sit down and do some colouring. The War Peegs stuff looks fun and hopefully the rules will be out soon (you can see the vehicles on their website, here)

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Aughrim 1691 was a part of the Williamite Wars in Ireland 1688-1691 by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming.

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It was a fantastic looking table from a conflict I knew nothing about – now I know a little bit more.

 

I also have to say that the new WW2 Vehicle ranges from Baccus is something special and well worth a look and I think good value for money.

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We also got a little appearance on the Too Fat Lardies Oddcast, you can listen to it on youtube (link here).

Until next year, we Salute you!