|"No, honestly - they're really worth a look."|
Honours of War downloads page
Simple Seven Years War thread
I hope they may be of interest. And still entirely free!
Merry Christmas everyone, and good gaming in 2019!
|"No, honestly - they're really worth a look."|
|OK, not a Kings of War battle, but you can't have a blog post without photos.|
This was a recent game using my own rules.
|Royalists to the right, Parliament to the left.|
In the foreground, Prince Rupert's Regiment of Foot leads out the Cirencester Trained Bands.
|Parliamentary cavalry in the foreground (4 figure regiments). Right to left, The Lord General's regt., Sir James Ramsey's regt., and I believe Lord Fielding's regt. The blue coated figures of Prince Rupert's regt. lead the Royalist counter-charge.|
|Overview of the action|
|Close up of Prince Rupert's Regiment of Foot.|
|The Queen's Lifeguard of Foot in red, supported by Sir Thomas Tyldesley's Regiment to their right.|
Royalists to a man.
|Parliamentary infantry - John Hampden's Regiment of Foot.|
|The infantry from the two previous photos get to grips.|
|The home team - Cirencester Trained Bands.|
|Colonel John Talbot's Regiment of foot, on the Royalist right flank.|
|This was Bruce's Battle of Britain game, featuring a scenario based on the Italian intervention in November 1940.|
I was lucky enough to play through the scenario against Bruce - a very clever and engrossing set of rules that Bruce has developed himself. It's not often I get the chance to play an air wargame. The planes are 1:600th scale - the standard of painting of such small models was outstanding.
|Here the British fighters get stuck in just off the Essex coast.|
|A very nice Honours of War game was put on by Steve and Paul,|
in particular featuring some lovely British units provided by Karl.
|The WW2 game was put on by Jon (on the left). Here Jon, along with my eldest son, |
pretend to be enjoying themselves for the camera.
|A second SYW game was put on by Willz. Everyone admired the wonderful Spencer Smiths (mostly the original plastics) which Willz had brought to life with his excellent painting skills. He was using the rules developed by U.S. wargamer Jim Purky, which made an interesting comparison with HoW.|
|Lovely figures, lovely scenery. What's not to like?|
|A big Napoleonic game was put on by Roy and Matthew - Talavera 1809.|
Roy and Chris in the photo.
|The lonely life of the show judge! Stuart makes his decisions.|
|And the winner is... Best Game went to the Talavera demo. Roy and Matthew receive their prizes and the Stuart Asquith trophy. Especial thanks to Steve for making the trophy - a very professional job.|
|Hmm... taking wargaming too seriously is bad for you. Jon looks heavenwards for inspiration, |
whilst Sam stresses over his next move. I played the pair of them in my final game. We called it a draw.
|Langfuhr aerodrome. A 6' x 5' table was in use. Bridge objective in background.|
|Turn 1. A timed Ju-87 strike severely damages the airport HQ buildings and destroys the Polish HQ.|
The parachute and glider landings are rather dispersed but broadly successful.
|Some of the German paras landed almost on top of the Polish dug-outs.|
Assaults on the Polish AA positions were determined and effective.
|The gliders on the LZ south of the bridge landed pretty well.|
|On the northern LZ, one glider miscalculated and hit the trees of a windbreak east of the LZ.|
All on board were lost.
|Turn 4. The first airlanding wave arrives. AA opposition was limited.|
|Turn 5 - second wave. |
On the left some motorised Polish infantry have arrived to reinforce the defenders.
They rake the airfield with effective fire.
|The bridge is in German hands. The flamethrowers of the assaulting engineers were put to good use.|
|Turn 7. Casualties on both sides were high, but on this turn the Poles reached their BP number and were defeated.|
It had been a close run thing, however, and the Germans were only a few points from their own BP.
|Maybe controlling the French was a mistake Roy.|
|Italians swarm into a village.|
|Human Wave 1 - overcoming a couple of unfortunate Renaults.|
|Human Wave 2 - the Italians advance. Lovely terrain mat from Tiny Games.|
|Set up from the Paphlagonian side. I didn't put too much effort into the terrain. |
Don't tell me - you noticed that already
|And from the Latium side. The Latium right wing, led by Tarquinius, I mentally labelled the 'novelty wing', |
formed as it was from just elephants and chariots.
|The fragility of 'poor' quality units was soon in evidence. A charge by a single unit of Paphlagonian light cavalry across and down the hill (personally led by Nicomedes) put the Latium mounted archers to flight, and the warband and other Latium light cavalry were quickly on their way as well. They didn't stop at the board edge!|
|The Latium left flank is now open for exploitation.|
|The Latium right flank rumbles forward - the tail of Tarquinius' horse is just seen between the elephants! Jon skilfully moved his cavalry aside and confronted the elephants with the Blue Shields phalanx. Long pointy things are certainly very handy in such an encounter. Aristodemus, in a very Alexander-like move, fought side by side with his phalangites.|
|The Na'Arun slingers put up a spirited defence to keep the Paphlagonian horse at bay. In the background, I try to do something with my heavy chariots. Looks a bit like a wild goose chase!|
|Fighting between the Blue Shields (supported by the Companion cavalry), and the King's Elephants (supported by the Zagora Archers), was intense and bloody. The much reduced Blue shields are seen here holding their ground, whilst eyeing with some trepidation the circling Latium heavy chariots. Three of the four King's Elephants are destroyed - but considering they were rated 'poor', the elephant's had done pretty well. The small ivory-coloured dice record arrows expended.|
|End game. After around 8 moves the Latium army had lost the equivalent of eight units and was defeated. The three regiments of the Kingdom Infantry are still fighting hard but are reduced in numbers and sorely pressed - they will surely crumble soon. As can be seen, the heroic and apparently tireless Aristodemus is now fighting with his cataphracts. At bottom right the remaining slingers would appear to be doomed in their fight with the Paphlagonian javelin men.|