I have been busy with wargaming stuff and must have made a subconscious decision to paint rather than post as I have done plenty since finishing the Poles. I've painted and based up some rather good temporary earthworks and gun emplacements which will go well with anything from TYW to WWII games. And I've finished the French Napoleonic wagon from Perry's complete with petite cantinierre just for a bit of whimsy.
The last lot were a box of Perry's Desert Rats done up as a platoon of the famous 2/7th AIF for the Greece/Crete campaign - the start of my AIF force to go with my Fallschirmjaeger force - still waiting for someone to do some decent Gebirgsjaeger (mountain troops) to go with them. If desperate I may have to do up a box of Perry's wonderful DAK plastics as mountain-men (trouble is you need mostly Feldmutze peaked caps - and there aren't enough of them). I've included a few teaser pics as I will blog on both at length in a future post.
BUT - I digress!!! First cab off the blogging rank has to be the games just played at the Lanyon club last weekend. It was a good turnout with four cracking games played: an ancients (and I mean really ancient!) Sumarian game complete with donkey-powered chariots. These looked like the ones produced by Castaway Arts who make the best asses in the business (pun intended). Fortunately my mate Greg took some photos of it which he has kindly allowed me to post on this blog.
|I think you'll agree - that's some nice ass!|
Another game was a Saga(?) Dark Ages skirmish game devised by Greg: 'Save the Relic' (and no, it did not refer to any of those playing it!!!) It looked great with some really nice decorative pieces on the table including a farm replete with pigs and a yard full of Kiwi's delight (also known as sheep) and as well as the awesome-looking Holy Relic, even a fearsome-looking Druid with a mini-Stonehenge and virgin begging to be sacrificed (not!) This game looked like it had everything: 50 Shades of Dark (Ages) Grey!
|The actual Relic - Greg's photo of the Grey Band which is much better than mine!|
|The Druid on the hill with apprentice Virgin on hand|
|Mind the bacon! That big woman guarding them was too formidable for even the most ravenous warrior!|
|Warriors thinking about a quick sausage sizzle before battle!|
|The Highland regulars advancing against the eastern edge of the village soon come under fire from French tireurs|
|The American militia with hostage, Roger's Rangers and Indian friends stealthily try the same thing from the western end.|
|Greg's photo of Les Runaways French militia. Tres pretty. They very unsportingly hid in the trees and shot down Highland Grenadiers but our Indian allies opposite soon had their measure.|
|Those Indian chappies making damned fine use of their tradestore muskets.|
|The Highland Grenadiers continue their advance - all of Doug's magnificent collection are Galloping Major figures save for the Scots Light Infantry who are Perry's AWI.|
|The British stirred up a hornet's nest out of which erupted the French.|
Marins irregulars ready for a fight.
|Young Jack's Indian warband ambushed, got shot, ran away then came back again throughout the entire game, but successfully prevented the American militia from crossing the stream and enveloping the French flank.|
|The French regulars and militia unleashed some deadly volleys in reply. The Indians didn't dare come out of the woods opposite into the open - that was best left to the British regulars!|
|It was the Indians firing from the woods who did the most damage.|
|Paul's American militia gave up on trying to cross the stream, content to hold on and keep the Indians and French militia engaged AND their hostage in custody!|