Saturday 25 January 2020 saw a large American War of Independence battle umpired by Noel at Rob’s War Room.
The previous night, eight players tested out the Shako-based rules, with Mal, Patrick, Juan, and Greg on the American side, and Brian, Simon, Rob and Doug on the British side. That game ended in Juan’s militia in full retreat to Doug’s advancing troops on the American right flank, while Rob threatened the American centre. The armies pulled back and more units were added ready for play the next morning.
Below are some pictures of a refight of the Battle of Eylau, which I put on at my house on Sunday 29 December 2019. Tim played Napoleon's French, while Phil played Bennigsen's Russians. We used my collection of 6mm figures from Heroics and Ros, and a version of my Coup de Grace rules.
I am still hopeful of being ready for next June. Terrain making has taken up a large part of my time. I have been making extra beach sections some with sea walls. These are are nearly complete. I am also re-painting by sea/ beach sections to match the new beach sections which will be complete by next week hopefully.
German Strongpoints are all planned and bunkers etc purchased (All Britannia / Defence in Depth) for each one. Cutting of foam has commenced although I have been wrestling over the depth of the trenches. In reality the figures should be unseen when in a trench unless they are on a firing step. I have gone for the visual war game look, so the figures are seen when they are placed in the trench. To complete the project I need to make 9 German Strongpoints. The largest will be 450mm by 1200mm (COD) which will be over 4 boards to allow for storage. A few more landing craft have been painted including a Landing Craft Rocket (Britannia) which will have a cameo role at the start of the game.
Wave 1 for the British has been completed the 13th / 18th Hussars have been painted and based which will be Wave 1 and part of Wave 5. Only another 12 waves to sort out for the Brits.
Sunday 29 September 2019 witnessed our refight of the Siege of San Sebastian (1813) at Rob's War Room. Phil was umpiring, and by consensus was considered to have outdone his own high standards with the terrain, which looked spectacular.
The town of San Sebastian was situated on a headland in Basque country, northern Spain. It was one of the last outposts of Napoleon's French, and a target for Wellington's army. The game replayed the second siege, which ended historically in a British victory.
Last night's club game saw the first trial of my new Thirty Years War rules, 'Tercio Viejo!'
I have been fascinated by this period for a long time: it combines a wealth of wargames possibilities with captivating personalities and contrasting tactical systems, but I lacked the figures to do it justice. The war always seemed a bit overwhelming from a wargames perspective, until I came up with the concept of the 'Universal Block System'.