This year Heston and Ealing Wargamers have largely been left to their own devices wargaming wise.
The Covid-19 pandemic from March onwards has seen our meetings at Northfields Community Centre cancelled, and no meaningful gaming taking place in person using real figures in a face-to-face way.
This pandemic has been a double-edged sword when it comes to wargaming. On the one hand, I was unemployed between March and mid-August, so had loads of time for painting and new projects. On the other hand, we have been constrained at the club as to the location of games and the number of players we have been able to get round the table. Consequently, I have not put on a game since February, and my armies are languishing in their 'Really Useful Boxes'.
Well, this series is getting a head of steam!
The thunder of hooves resounds as the Husaria charges home! As someone once said of the Polish winged hussars: 'We're here to kick ass and eat pierogi. And we're all out of pierogi'.
Here we have photos of my 28mm Eastern Renaissance armies, which have seen action on Fridays, and at two big games at Rob's war room (Relief of Vienna, and Battle for Zaporozhian Sich).
My Ottoman/Allied army consists of:
Janissaries - 3 units
Irregular foot - 5 units
Tartars - 3 units
Irregular horse (can also pass for Tartars) - 5 units
Dellis - 1 unit
Medium Turkish cavalry - 4 units
Armoured Spahis - 2 units
Artillery - 3 large guns + crews
This period is colourful, fun, fascinating and flexible. As indicated a few months ago, I have added more singly based characters for the skirmish/RPG version of this collection: 'Gangs of Rus'. Apart from these, I still have possibly hundreds more figures to paint (most purchased in bring and buys at Warfare shows in Reading).
Here are some images of the November Uprising 42mm project I've been working on since the start of 2019.
Facing what is essentially a Napoleonic Russian army in green uniforms, is the Polish army of the Uprising, largely in blue.
A Polish banner from the Uprising: "In the name of God, for our freedom and yours!"
Progress to date. I have now completed the self propelled Artillery Regiments of the 3rd Infantry division, 7th Field Regiment (9th, 16th and 17th/43rd Field Batteries), 33rd Field Regiment (101st, 109th and 113th/114th Field batteries) and 76th Field Regiment (302nd, 303rd and 354th Field Batteries). Each Field Regiment is represented by 3 batteries of two Priest models and HQ platoon of a Dorchester ACV and Humber Scout Car. Each Regiment has 3 FOO's, one in a Sherman, one in a Carrier and the third on foot.
I have painted 2 more ambulances - to ensure there is one per brigade. One is an M5 halftrack and the other a Austin K2 ambulances using AB figures to load it. I am pleased with the result of the latter. A few additional medics have been painted to give one set per infantry battalion or Commando unit and some AB Military Police to get those vehicles moving off the beach and question German prisoners... (More rules to be added for them). I have also painted up some infantry suppression markers for each side.
To finish I have debased the next infantry Brigade, the M10s from 20th AT regiment, and the Shermans and support vehicles for the Staffordshire Yeomanry. These will get a slight re-touch in painting, an ink wash highlights and be re-based. There are a few other items I am working on to enhance the look of the game (such as road signs) as when we get together to play it.