A bit of a challenge to get the uniform details right and while they are supposed to be for the 1813 campaign, I think the figures are more representative of early times, possibly even mixing items from 1802, 1807 and 1811. Still, I am happy how they have turned out.
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Friday, January 29, 2021
Today we were able to bring five busy retired, semi retired and probably wannabe retired players together to play the boardgame Container.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
In my first and last League game for this season, my well seasoned Carthaginians failed to defeat Brendan's Romans in his first game of BI in two years. At least it was an enjoyable game.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Mike lent me this book to add a bit extra to the Holland'44 game we are playing. It is by Major General Frost (as he became) of Arnhem bridge fame, although the book covers his wartime career which included time in the Middle East, active service in Tunisia and Italy, before the battle for which he is famous.
I really enjoyed it once I got used to his style. I've noticed with a few books I've read by people actually involved in what they write about, rather than professional historians using first person sources, that they often have quite a challenging writing style. Sometimes this is sentence structure, other times it is use of terminology or slang. With this book it was just enough to make it interesting (as in you had to think about what you were reading), but also make it notable. We can't all be great writers, but we all have a story to tell. It is just that some people's stories are more interesting or relevant than others. Major General Frost's is very much in that latter category.
His time in the Middle East, specifically Iraq, was very interesting, although I did find it mighty peculiar the attention given to the hunt. The world has certainly changed and it is impossible to imagine the troops presently deployed to Iraq managing packs of hounds and taking off to hunt local wildlife. LOL I might be wrong, but I hope not.
He returned to England and joined the airborne. He makes frequent comments about what he perceives as the correct use of airborne forces (such as the seizure of Pegasus bridge on D-Day) rather than having them used a leg infantry (as what happened in Tunisia and Italy). The amount of planning required for an airdrop was significant and in some locations the front was too mobile to allow this to happen. Add in the weather and it would be a major challenge.
All in all an excellent read.
Monday, January 25, 2021
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Iran is finally conquered.
Vichy is installed, just about everywhere!
Japan has a major offensive in China that is not very successful.
Attention now turns to the Eastern Med.
Friday, January 22, 2021
There are a few centuries between these armies and it shows.
I was the attacker, but didn't contribute to any of the terrain placement. There is an impassable lake/swamp (that can be shot over - handy for those with artillery and muskets) and a wood. Oh, and a convenient table edge to snuggle up to.
Seeing how the enemy had deployed I tried for something different - an on table redeployment, to be achieved by marching up the right flank. I knew it was going to be a challenge as there is no "face to the left" command.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
I was fortunate to be gifted a Welsh DBA Army as a bonus to some recent purchases I had made from the estate of a recently deceased gamer (amongst many other interests and achievements that I know he had in life). While I had met him once or twice, I didn't really know him, but through some of his friends who I do know, I am very happy to have some of his figures in my collection.
While I like DBA, I haven't played for years and don't see myself playing again when I can play Basic Impetus to much the same effect. The figures were based on thin cardboard that had badly warped and so they needed rebasing and that was what I did. Very happy how they have come up and looking forward to using them in Tony's memory. They will be joining other Dark Age troops that I have, but haven't quiet got around to organising yet.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
EDIT: The title of the game is Red Star White Eagle.
Richard did warn me that this scenario favours the Poles.