Friday 30 October 2009


Last night at the club played a small WH40K game with my 2 nephews, quite enjoyable with the boys eventually achieving the objective. This is part of a mini campaign I am running and was their second success. Now I've got quite a few Orks and gretchins to paint up for a larger scale battle in the future. I already have enough vehicles and troops for the imperial guard.

Thursday 29 October 2009

Painting update

Just added a couple of photos of my Imperial forces. Currently concentrating on the Swabian and Franconian Circle troops.

On the left Franconian Cuirassiers Brandenberg Bayreuth, On the right the Swabian Cuirassiers Stauffenberg (figures are all Dixons)

On the left Franconain Dragoons - Bibra, The right Swabian Dragoons - Hohenzollern (figures by warrior miniatures)
The start of the Franconian Circle infantry, 3 battalions of the Markgraf von Brandenberg regiment and the combined regimental Grenadiers (these eventually became a stand alone battalion) (figures are a mix of Essex - grenadiers , warrior and dixons)

I've also purchased a number of 6mm buildingds to add to a couple that have been lying around the club for a few years. The intention is to base 2-3 buildings on each CD and use as villages for fighting the games on.

Monday 19 October 2009

Minden 1759

Sunday saw me involved in a refight of the battle of Minden, I didn't know too much about this battle except that it was an allied victory and the British infantry performing very well. This time I was determined it would go differently. I was given command of the French left flank which included their Saxon allies, Jon took the centre and Mike (C in C) took the French right. Our opponents were Harry with the allied right, Mick in the centre and Charlie (C in C) the left. To say the early stages were slightly difficult is an understatement. On our left the British and Hanovarian infantry did heavy damage to my first line of infantry who gamely hung in until the second line could reinforce them. These extra fresh troops began to tip this flank into my favour and forced the allies back. The French centre struggled to deploy and saw heavy casualties mount up especially among the grenadiers. Eventuually Jon formed up and began to push the allied centre back, even being able to send a full brigade of infantry to support my counter attack. The French right wing, predominatly cavalry was severley worsted by the allied horse in early exchanges and only the eventual arrival of infantry support turned the tide in their favour. All in all a great game with great opponents. The figures are from Mick's collection, the rules were a homemade set by Mick which facilitate fast play and were very effective. I've added some photos I managed to take of the battle.

Wednesday 14 October 2009

Weekend Ahead

Received an email from Mick detailing this weekend large multi player game. Its going to be the battle of Minden. Don't know much about this battle apart from French and Saxon allies against British, Prussians and other allies. So far I have been allotted to the French Command with Mike the CinC and me and Jon 2 of his divisional commanders (think I have the Saxons). Must admit really looking forward to it, will have to crash learn the rules as I play, though with movement on hexes it shouldn't be an issue. Will try to remember to take the camera and get some photos.

Tuesday 6 October 2009

Flames of War Americans

I took the inspiration for this force from one of my favourite War films - Kelly's Heroes. The force is based upon a US armoured rifle platoon. Since then I have added the Sherman's, M10's etc to give the force a bit more balance though it still lacks some artillery units possibly M8 Priests.
Sherman's (mix of 75's and 76's)

M10 tank Hunter platoon

Armoured recon platoon

M3 Half tracks inc dismounted machine guns

Armoured rifle company

The figures used are predominately Battlefront, though a few Skytrex models are mixed in, especially among the vehicles.

Flames of War Germans

Here is a couple of photos of my small German force. I still have a Fallschirmjaeger mortar platoon and some recoiless guns to be painted up. (another job for the future)

My Fallschirmjaeger platoon

German armour, Tigers, Panthers and PzIV's

Some Marder II's picked up off ebay

Most of these should be used in this Thursdays club game, supporting some of Jon's German armour and panzergrenadiers.

Friday 2 October 2009


Finally finished the last 2 battalions for my nephew, will be able to drop them off for him on Saturday. I have also managed to pick up some dragoons by irregular miniatures from ebay along with a load of Polish hussars (useful allies for the saxons). I'll have to get some horses for the dragoons from warrior miniatures and paint them up as Danish, giving my nephew enough for 2 squadrons.

The clubs latest battle fizzled out into a hard fought draw, with the French still struggling to get over the bridges. This coming we week we'll be having a change and playing some flames of War, need to dust down my American armoured infantry. It should see the debut of Toms Brit paratroopers if he manages to get the bases finished. I'll try and post some pics of my FOW units over the weekend.