Sunday, 7 May 2017

Yuan China Invades Hungary

The Hungarians Hand The Chinese Their Heads

Bob at Essex Warriors wanted another game of DBM today and told me he wanted to try out his Yuan Chinese again. I had fought them back in August 2015 at 500 AP. I decided that since I have not have much in the pay of tournament games recently I would reuse my Challenge army from 2016. The Later Hungarians are an interesting army and my list design isn't the usual version you see in tournament play. 

For the previous blogs on the Hungarians go to:
and also read up the blog on The Challenge 2016.

Peters army consisted of three commands totalling 64 E/ 59 EE/29.5 B
C1 25 E/21 EE/7 D [25% - 5.5 EE]
C2 21 E/ 21 EE/7 D [25% - 5.5 EE]
C3 18 E/ 17 EE/6 D [25% - 4.5 EE]

Set up was unusual in that we were both Cold Ag 2
Aggression rolls were 4+1+2=7 for me and 4+1+5 =10 meaning the battle was going to start at 5 pm with Peter as the invader. The difference of 3 in the Summer meant there was a strong wind which was blowing in the Chinese faces all game.

I tried to get a Waterway but failed meaning that my flanks were at risk so I elected to place a BUA on a 1.5 FE Hill, placed my baggage in the BUA surrounded by the TF I had purchased in the list to protect the baggage. This game me the option to place the BUA in the flank sector and protected that flank. I placed another two areas of boggy RGo. Peter Placed three Half Feature Gentle Hills.

The game proceeded at a reasonable pace and I managed to close up the table at the centre line and prevented Peter from exploiting his superior mobility and get round my flanks.

The first combat was a 6-1 when Peters blades destroyed my right flank warwagon much to my consternation. I threw my Szeklers in and quickly two two elements so had to reinforce them on the right flank to tie down his troops on that side. Pushing forward with my heavy infantry opposite his cavalry line and one of his two bow commands in the centre whilst I lined up the CinC with his knights opposite his other infantry command opposite his ordinary bowmen. 

His bowfire into the wind was totally ineffective and I closed in to attack with the Banderium and promptly bounced off. Stood there for another turn taking fire before going in again. This time I held firm but it would be another three bounds before I finally got the dice rolls to sweep away his bowmen. Nipping around the flanks I killed an odd auxilia that had become isolated meaning that this infantry command was only two elements away from breaking. 

Over on the far left Peter managed to ride down my fast light house from the left wing meaning I was forced to commit the sub-general to fill the hole. Thankfully despite being overlapped and hit in the rear his luck held and I slowly started to punch through the centre. Odd casualties elsewhere finally broke Peters left flank command meaning that I was two elements away from breaking his army. The Armati pulled a cavalry element from the saddle and the last element required to break the army happened when I got an odd auxilia.

All in all a fun game for me and the 10-0 DBM score over 11 pairs of bounds does not show how finely balanced the game was for most of the day. I had to work hard for my 30-2 BHGS win and it reminded me how much I like this army.

Here are the pictures I managed to take during the game. The final picture shows the CinC and Royal Banderium columned up ready to start its attack on the open flank of the second Yuan foot command which proved unnecessary as the army had already broken. I had also managed to filter the Szekler light horse to the rear of the Yuan position and was about to loot his baggage which would have also broken the army.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Early and Later Polish - Part 4

Polish Feudal & Medieval Part 4

Baggage and wagon fortifications.

The later Polish DBMM army list allows for the army to take 24 Temporary Fortifications based on their historic use of unhitched wagons. Most 15 mm scale wagons are far too large to fit on a standard DBx type 40mm wide base and are often very wide too. When I was building my Medieval German list a few years ago I needed 12 TF wagon elements and used the Irregular 10mm scale Hussite Warwagon code TC50 which normally comes with horses and crew. The wagon also comes with a separate side piece to represent the protective sheets of wood hung from the side of the wagon.  
Here is the picture of the unpainted wagon taken from Irregulars website.
See for their 10mm range. You will notice the side board glued to the wagon which I didnt use for the TF. A quick email to Ian at Irregular got me an order of another 12 wagons with sideboards but no crew or horses which being 10mm scale are of no use to me. I put the side boards to one side in my spares bag for use later on.

Irregular Miniatures TC50 10 mm Scale Hussite Warwagons

The castings require very little cleaning up and once sorted out I hot glued them onto 40mm x 20mm MDF bases which I had already affixed magnetic sheeting underneath. Black undercoat to hide any bits I missed when painting then a very dark brown base coat, medium brown dry-brushed highlights and then finished off all the metal wheel rims in armour colour. Once it was all dry they were then black washed to emphasise the detail. The bases were then covered with Vallejo Earth Brown paste, edged in a brown contrast colour, clumps of static grass and spray varnished to finish. Very easy to do and whilst simply finished look ideal when placed next to 15mm scale figures.

Finished to use as 15 mm scale TF unhitched wagons

In Poland there is a company called QR Miniatures which I had not heard of until recently. See for their website which also includes English wording. They do a nice range of Early and Later Polish figures including warwagons. Unfortunately the warwagons are sold in sets of two each of a different design. Here is the picture taken from QR Miniatures website of their finished warwagons. The wagons are not particularly expensive and since they are not in common use in the UK quite distinctive looking. I order other troops which are in the to be painted pile and will be blogged in due course.

The left wagon is the unhitched version which comes modelled sunk into some earch and the wheels are moulded with a solid look behind them. For me I like mobile warwagon models so decided that these would be ideal to use as Polish Baggage elements. The side boards are separate pieces but being that they are not assembled it allows you to pick and choose which boards you attach to the wagons. I decided that since these are going to be baggage wagons I would used the discarded Irregular 1 0 mm scale sideboards instead of the sideboards supplied. A quick clean up, glueing to magnetised NDF bases and the attached the spare sideboards and I ended up with a fair representation of protective wagons that would have been deployed on the outside of a encampment at night. They were painted in exactly the same style as the TF wagons but I then affixed some home produced waterslide transfers on the side boards to make them stand out. I have the later option to create some crews on sabot bases to go inside the wagons should I wish to do this or fill them with baggage bits and pieces.

QR Miniatures Code PTM12 Unhitched Polish Warwagons with Irregular Sideboards 

Here is another picture showing the finished baggage elements being protected by the Wagenberg fortifications.

I will be finishing the other warwagons later on as I have some other things to before they are completed.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Early and Later Polish - Part 3

Polish Feudal & Medieval Part 3

Continuing on from my previous two posts here's the latest update on my 2017 army project.

As stated before the Polish army is broken into two lists but the lists are completely different in composition and since it starts at 935 AD the clothing and equipment styles change fundamentally during the 565 year list lifespans.

I have been accumulating the bare metal to build the army from start to finish taking into account the changes in equipment and armour styles.

Having lots of metal still left in Project Lead Mountain allowed me to produce some purpose made elements to represent the High Medieval Knights. Essex Miniatures castings are generally very reliable for this period and as luck would have it I had six similar riders left over which would be perfect for the Polish senior nobility. Four of them were shieldless figures so I filed the shield arm slightly flat and glued some spare Corvus Belli shields I have in the spares box to make them an almost perfect match to the central casting. The figures have been detached from their horses a long time ago so I have no idea of the specific figure codes or even which horses were supplied with the riders but I wanted them to have full barding. The Polish nobles have a limited choice of heraldry in this period and lots of people shared the same coat of arms as they belonged to the same Herb, [the Polish term for a Clan Family], red is very popular in Polish heraldry. I made some waterslide transfers of the Polish national eagle which I am using for members of the Royal Family. I have yet to finalise their flags and standards so these will be added to the command stands when I have finally completed the army.

The changes in equipment style means I will need to paint up two complete sets of spearmen for the Early Polish list.

I have settled on various figure makes for the army and am happy to mix and match ranges but not usually on the same bases. I purchased a large amount of Irregular Miniatures castings from the NR41 Polish/Russian/Prussian Spearmen. Unfortunately due to the way the range was designed only one casting comes with the rectangular shield suitable for the start of the list, the others are a round shield casting, a wooden almond shield and three different metal almond shields. I sorted out the castings and produced a battlegroup of ten elements of Irr Sp I using the rectangular shield. They look quite nice one cleaned up and painted. I have discarded the round shield castings into the spares box. The almond shielded castings will probably end up mixed together to provide some variety in the 1200 AD style toops and will mean the entire part of this army will use identical figures.

Irregular HR41 Polish Spearmen with rectangular shields 

Next up are some more Irregular Miniatures castings but at Ian's suggestion I used the V12 Rus Spearmen castings They all have the same rectangular shield but come in a variety of poses. They were painted in traditional Polish clothing for the period of browns, blue and green. I am very pleased the the end result for the ten Irr Sp I elements.

Irregular V12 Rus Spearmen painted as Polish spearmen

Last up are some Minifigs Z338 castings. These are described as Polish Heavy Infantry, Spear, Square Shield. I have enough castings to create 20 elements but to be honest compared to the other two ranges the figures are showing their age but since I have the metal I shall have to paint them all. They are vey easy to paint up and the pose whilst limited does have a look of realism about it.

Minifigs Z338 Polish Heavy Infantry, Spear, Square Shield 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

MDF Gaming Aids

Recently Discovered Another MDF Gaming Aid Company

Being the inveterate wargamer I tend to go online and if I see something of interest click on the link. No its not always porn :-) 

Anyway over the weekend I was on Facebook when I found a link totally at random for a company I have never heard of before called Beadspoke Designs The company is run by a man called James Claypole who responded to my email enquiry very promptly and much to my surprise despite ordering a personalised item in addition to a generic off the peg product informed me that the order was in the post on Monday and had arrived to me on Tuesday. Under 48 hours from order to arrival was excellent service.

I had a browse through the product range and whilst not much of it was of interest to me there were two items that jumped out as being very useful. His website is split into three parts, one deals with his business part, another with 3D models and the third part hobby accessories.

The first item I saw was a Compass Rose. It comes fully assembled and is 100 mm in diameter. The wind direction arrow is held in place by a green plastic pig that is quite firmly pushed into the hole in the backing plate and the arrow freely rotates. for £3-50 its well worth buying and has multiple uses.

The second item I saw was a turn counter. The website didnt mention that it required assembly and it didn't come with any instructions. The assembled counter is 60mm wide and 30 mm high and about 7mm deep. There are eight pieces in all that will require careful cutting out of the template with a sharp knife. The base plate is pre-marked with the positions that the four spacers must be glued onto. I used boatbuilders superglue and carefully placed the two dots which act as axles for the dials and then glued in the two triangles and held then on place with pegs for about two minutes until the bottom glue coating had set. Once its set you just pop on the dials remembering to make sure they are the right way round and on the correct sides so the numbers line up at the centre the right way up. Anothe quick application of superglue and carefully dropping to top onto the spacers and reusing the clothes pegs resulted in a small and perfectly functionally turn counter that runs from 0 to 99. Only time will tell how durable it is but that will be most likely because the glue I used has failed rather than anything else.

All in all I spent £5-50 including personalisation and this included free delivery. 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Salute 2017 - Some Pictures

Salute 2017 - Excel London

I attended Salute this year for the first time since 2015 to assist the Naval Wargames Society with their 1919 Russian Civil War Interventionist participation game. Simon and the crew were there in attendance with me attempting to assist by answering questions, help run the games and pack up at the end of the day. It was quite a busy day and money was spent buying toys and paints by all!

Simon used the excellent PT Dockyard models from the USA for the game. There isnt a UK stockist but if riverine actions are your thing these vessels are a must buy.

I took the opportunity to walk round and take some pictures of any game that was connected to water based warfare and here are the pictures I took on the day.

Dalauppor put on a Swedish - Dutch North American Colonial game. 

Hysterical Games put on a landing craft assault game

Oshiro Model Terrain put on a spectacular looking Shogunate waterborne siege game

The Continental Wars Society put on an 1823 Franco-Spanish War game set in Cadiz.

Freebooters Kickstarter game set in a swamp.

Jersey Pirates Falklands War game

Fleet Action - steampunk style game launching their new rules.

RAF Wargaming Association Pirate Treasure Hunt game