Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The Battle of Waterloo in 6mm

This post is supporting another blog- one that is most deserving of your time.

Jon Bleasdale runs a blog called Grymauch's Blo g. He is a 6mm gamer and at the moment he is running a multi part series as he plays through the Battle of Waterloo with his 6mm armies.

His table is fantastic and his AAR, which to date has reached part 4, is the most comprehensive I have come across. Not only is the effort to put such a game on notable, but the effort he puts in to recording and sharing his game with the rest of us is simply amazing.

I have included a link below for the post that he uses to introduce his game, giving a background as to how he has always wanted to do this battle properly.  His own links can be used to get the rest of his reports.

Grab a coffee and enjoy his work. It would be nice to see his blog widely followed as I am sure his hobby approach will inspire plenty of gamers.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Ligny - the full battle

Clash on the Ligny battlefield (1815)

This blog mainly concerns itself with wargaming in small spaces, due mainly to my own limitations on gaming space and the time that the space is actually available. A recent move has given me an opportunity for a separate but temporary playing area that is not subject to the demands on the family table and which allows for an all day game and even one that can drift into the following day.

As part of my restructuring plans for hobby time in 2018, I wanted to have some ‘wargame fest’ days during the year to use this space to get some bigger games in for a deeper level of play.

First up has been the rather splendid ‘Ligny 1815’ game from Hexasim, a two mapper, that with the historical scenario, we get three large corps on the Prussian side and three infantry plus three cavalry corps for the French.

I have already posted a detailed look at the system (see the Resource Section below), so this will just be an AAR  as at how the historical battle played out, plus some notes and observations.

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Street of Ligny 1815

The Streets of Ligny scenario, from the Ligny 1815 module.

This is volume III in Hexasim’s Eagles of France Series (designed by Walter Vejdovsky), with the first two volumes covering Waterloo and Austerlitz. The campaign games are two mappers, though Ligny has two interesting smaller scenarios that use a single map and they are fun to play in their own right, also serving as a good introduction to the game, or allowing players returning to the system to quickly reconsolidate their knowledge of the rules.

The Ligny 1815 addition to the series line-up brings an interesting battle and the prospect of fighting through built up areas is more significant than in the previous two titles. To emphasise this, the smallest scenario (half a map) shows an exploded view of the settlement of Ligny itself and gives the French four turns to attack into the town and eject the Prussian defenders from key locations.

This enlarged view of Ligny allows this particular map to have over-large hexes and the resulting tussle has all the ingredients of good visuals and low unit count to give a very playable and enjoyable game, which is short enough to allow the session to also include as much rule referencing as the gamer needs to get familiar with the system.

I think this is a brilliant system and the rest of this post is given over to a closer look at the system in general via a replay of this particular scenario.

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Sunday, 4 February 2018

York Wargame Show 2018

Vapnartak 2018

On Sunday 4th February, the UK show season in the north kicked off with Vapnartak, a well regarded wargame show, held at the Racecourse at York (north east UK). 

This post is just a brief personal perspective of the visit.

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Thursday, 1 February 2018

A gem of a book for Dark Ages

Many years ago, as a young teenager, I went with my parents into town and one of the stops was the book shop. I was just looking aimlessly at the indoor games section (chess and all that) to kill time, when by chance I came across a Don Featherstone title about wargaming.

The chance discovery was made, the book was bought and lifetime passion followed. It was a golden moment really.

Anyway, my mind was immediately thrown back to that time, when today I visited a book shop, not really looking for anything and I just browsed the military shelf .... which NEVER has wargaming material.

But ..... today and I really did have to do a double take, as I couldn't believe my luck, the book spine said The Wargamers Guide to DARK AGE BRITAIN by Marin Hackett and published by Amberley.

This has a publication date of 2013 and had completely passed me by.

With my 1066 project up and running, this just has to be the best running mate that chance could have brought me. 

At 284 pages, it has a wargame set of rules, information about the period and then each Dark Age battle is given 2 or 3 pages with a schematic diagram of the essential elements of terrain and troop deployment.

Here are some chapter headings;
Dark Age Warfare
Dark Age Armies
Britons Alone
The Saxon Kingdoms' Struggle for England
The Saxons Plateau and the Heathens Arrive
The Making of England
1066: The Year of Three Kings and Three Battles
Rebellion 1066 to 1070

Not only will there be a treasure trove for me to mine here, but I was conscious that my two Hastings armies were unlikely to get a lot of use outside of the 1066 time frame. However, by adding a Viking army, which I would want to do anyway at some point from Stamford Bridge 1066, the door opens on a wide variety of battles that the figures from the three armies could be deployed to, with just a small amount of proxy assistance.

Anyway a really enjoyable find.

First update post on the 1066 project LINK