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.