Saturday, 30 September 2017

Lights, Camera, Action!

Time seems to have flown by since my last post here. I have managed to finish painting the 20 musketeers which complete Regiment of Foot number eight, another blue coat regiment, and also the 12 pikes for my planned 'King's Lifeguard'. In addition I have painted a couple of baggage wagons that will be useful for a planned scenario these are both Front Rank models but with Hinchliffe pre Napoleonic heavy draught horse code EH7  to bring the scale down slightly as the Front Rank models are 28mm scale, I think they look OK though.

It is now time to get a small game on the table, and I have decided how I want to approach this. I'm not great at writing up battle reports and tend to get bogged down in the detail and lose interest. What I plan for this blog is a more general narrative style, move by move and with decent quality images, something I have struggled with previously. However, I now have the loan of my youngest daughters Cannon E05 camera and soft boxes to improve the lighting.

Below you can see the wargame room set up for the opening battle, note the table size is 5' x 5' as it's about the most practical size I can fit up there, but it's a permanent hobby room and can be left set up out of harms way. I'll describe the set up and scenario in my next post, the old Osprey 'Naseby' book I used to carry  the newly completed Blue regiment and wagons upstairs and forgot to remove it for the pics, but somehow it's fitting as it was a big influence on this retro project.

The battle is going to be a smallish game with just 6 units per side and loosely based upon the game described in the Airfix ECW book. It will feature a Royalist advance column escorting gold coin, powder and match across the table to the relative safety of Effingham Hall. At a time determined by dice throws Roundhead forces will attempt to intercept the column and capture the wagons. This will be a test run through of the WRG rules that I have not played for about 30 years! I should add this is also inspired by my re watching of the entire series of 'By The Sword Divided' and I must say I enjoyed it even more than I remembered it before. You can find all episodes on YouTube from episode 1 'Gather Ye Rosebuds' through to the final episode of series 2 'Restoration'.

A few pics of the general set up.

Royalist entry point, near corner, you can see Effingham Hall in the distance. Roundheads will enter from the corner hill (by the radiator) and attempt to capture the wagons.

 
Latest regiment of foot, 12 pike, 20 muskets and 3 command.

Wagons by Front Rank, horses by Hinchliffe.

Retro Airfix buildings.

Effingham Hall, will the Royalists be able to get the coin and powder safely there?

The White Horse Inn.

Hinchliffe musketeers, a few wearing helmets but who cares!







10 comments:

  1. Great looking game, I look forward to reading more about it.
    Alan

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    1. Thank you Alan, hope to get started today.

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  2. Looks great, the airfix book is what got me interested in wargaming, I look forward to how it all works out and some musketeers with helmets is fine for early war surely? I know I have them in my Essex /warlord army!
    Best Iain

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    1. Hi Iain, I agree re helmets, I'm sure that any protection a musketeer could lay his hands on would be utilised, so a few open faced Morion type helmets seem right to me too, it's just that the purists these days, you know..........

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  3. A most interesting combination of figure scale and table size, looking good. I like your Dalpol sets. I have the house and the church - now following.

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    1. Cheers Norm, in a way I think the 5 x 5 table works better for me, gives more scope for entry points and deployment and helps prevent the inevitable cavalry v cavalry clash on the second move! I'm planning to use the 'One Hour Wargame' book scenarios played to WRG rules so this is a test game.

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  4. Wonderful figures, great looking game!

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  5. I am hopelessly envious, Lee. What a superb set up. Your new blues are brilliant too. I also have that Naseby book, which I used to pour over endlessly trying to work out how Gilder and co had painted the glorious regiments in the illustrations.

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    1. Apologies for the delay in your comment appearing Matt, it is much appreciated:) While I'm using lots of just a limited number of figure codes the fact that I can paint each unit a different colour makes up for it! I'm tempted to do Lord Brookes Purple coats next, even though I don't think they survived beyond the Edgehill campaign and the Storming of Brentford.

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