Work in Progress Wednesday

Here we are for another Wednesday and we start with Phil and a Quar force he has been assembling.

We follow that with Tony F and some loot tokens for Stargrave.

Next up and Charlotte has been busy putting together a building for an upcoming Project Z game.

This is going to represent the local supermarket.

And last for this week Marcus has been running more tests of his adaptation of the rules What a Tanker to a Sci-Fi setting.

See you next week.

Open Day 2024

Our 2024 Open Day is just over a month away and there has been lots of  progress on this years games. The Open Day is on the 22th June this year. We’re open to the public from 11am – 4pm on the day.

This is a great day to come and see the society in action and maybe throw some dice at one of the various games we will have on the day.

This year we have a good selection of games, which might just be the incentive you need to either get back into the hobby or to find a new home for your own armies and games.

We will have a game of Barons War complete with scratchbuilt castle.

There will be a game of Project Z for some post-apocalypse fun!

The Elephants will be on the rampage in a battle between Romans and Carthaginians

The Soviet/Afghan war will also be covered this year

Along with a big World War 2 battle somewhere in Europe

And last but not least the magical treefolk will be fighting their ancient enemy the rock warriors in an entirely scratchbuilt fantasy game.

Details of where the club meets and location of the Open Day can be found on our About the Society page.

Work in Progress Wednesday

It’s Wednesday and we have some new offerings from the members. We start with Eric and some Dreadball figures.

Next up Mark J has almost finished his Vietnam project with a School Building

And a Helicopter now mounted on a suitable base.

Now we have some more progress from Stephen on his castle

Andy has been ploughing on with his medieval Arabs, more light horse on the way.

And last but by no means least Charlotte has painted up a street gang, I’m assuming for an upcoming game of Project Z.

See you all next week.

Work in Progress Wednesday

It’s Wednesday again and we start with Mark J and more progress on his Vietnam era Patrol Boat.

That is swiftly followed by Andy and his Mexican Peons.

A change of genre now and Stephen has been in a fantasy mood with some Wizards and their apprentices.

And he’s painted up some undead warriors complete with skeleton dogs.

Lastly this week and Tony F has been busy painting up miniatures for an up coming Stargrave game. We start with some nasty looking critters.

Moving on we have a Robot Butler.

A Sabretooth Tiger.

And a destroyed robot.

That’s it for this week, see you next Wednesday.

The Tedious Invasion

Stephen reports on a one day SAGA Campaign

In the year AD1058 there was a Norse invasion of England. The Anglo Saxon Chronicle doesn’t have much to say about it, just ‘In this year came a pirate host from Norway; it is tedious to tell how it all happened.’

And that’s it.

So Eric and myself decided to refight this tedious invasion using Saga.

I created a matrix of games from The Book of Battles, the game moves on to the next fight depending on who wins each encounter. If you also fancy giving this a go then below is a copy of the matrix. You can work out what to do – who is attacking and defending should be apparent from the previous game and what works best to create a story.

Game Matrix

Eric had Vikings led by Sigvald Ironhand, and I had Anglo-Danes (the English) led by Edward Oswaldsson. We used Warlord Experience from The Book of Battles to have games with a bit of depth and also to help create a narrative flow.

Sigvald and his raiders

First game was Feasting & Pillaging. Three objectives were laid out (loot from the nearby church) with the Vikings trying to steal as much as they could and the English trying to take it away from them. We went with 6 points each. The English had three points of hearthguard, two points of warriors, and one of levy. The Vikings had two points of hearthguard, two of warriors, and two of levy.

Edward and his hearthguard

The English hearthguard massed on their right flank, with the levy and the warriors on the left intending to use some woods as cover. This was because the Vikings had put their bow-armed levy in the middle meaning that a lot of missile fire would meet anyone there. I think Sigvald was being a bit cautious to start with since his raiders didn’t make the most of their moves – coming forward only slowly. Meanwhile, Edward knew that speed was of the essence and so started double-timing his troops, huffing and puffing as they went, to try and secure the church valuables.

Vikings skulk behind the stones

The Vikings advanced through an area of standing stones (clearly this site had been of religious significance for centuries), which also slowed their advance. This allowed the English hearthguard to capture one of the objectives. However, in the centre the English warriors realised that if they were to stop the Vikings then they would have to expose themselves to some bowfire if they were to secure one of the objectives. So they made a dash for it! The bowfire came but no casualties were taken. The Vikings hadn’t been idle though. Their warriors came forward and they managed to capture the last of the objectives.

Vikings with the vestments

The English levy, hiding in the woods, were within striking distance of the Viking thieves. But they had a dilemma – they could stay where they were and loose their slings or they could rush out of the woods and charge the Vikings. If they were going to stop the Vikings then a flurry of sling bullets was unlikely to take them all out – clearly they were going to have to get stuck in!

Anglo-Dane levy make a charge

They made a valiant attempt. The Vikings took casualties but they also gave them out. The English levy lost this exchange and were pushed back. This gave the Vikings the chance to make off with the treasure. On the left Sigvald had moved his Vikings through the stones and saw Edward ordering his hearthguard to make off with the loot. Another unit of English hearthguard had moved to shield the laden hearthguard and took a round of bowfire on the chin. Ouch! Down went three hearthguard.

Go on lads, I’m right behind you

And that was it – game over. The English had managed to get two of the objectives off the table, whilst the Vikings were in control of just one. Victory points came out at 36 to the English and 32 to the Vikings. Edward gained 3 experience points and took the level 1 Exploration ability. Sigvald gained 2 experience points which wasn’t enough to gain any abilities.

So checking the game matrix we see that, with an Anglo-Dane win, we move on to the Ambush scenario. The Vikings, having only partial success with their raid on the church of St Hildaburga, are now trying to flee the scene. The English are going to see if they can cut them off, finish the job, and take back what’s been stolen (which includes some slaves!)

Viking slave traders

We had 4 points each in this game. The English took two points of hearthguard, one of warriors, and one of levy. The Vikings had one point of hearthguard, two points of warriors, and one point of levy. In this scenario all units start off-table and you have to choose when and where to bring them on. There are three units of baggage moving across the table and the aim is to capture the baggage.

The English went first and brought on about half their units. They came on roughly in the middle, the thought being that by the time they got to the road so would the baggage. Sigvald’s Vikings did similar. I then made my first mistake – I brought the rest of my units (mainly hearthguard) on at the far edge of the table. My thoughts were they could block the baggage if anything made its way through. Turned out this wouldn’t happen – both the Vikings and English would intercept the baggage in the middle, this meant I had put one of my units out of the game because they were too far away.

Viking hirdmen advancing

Eric had learnt something from the previous game – sometimes it pays to double move a unit and take the fatigue. Especially in the games we’d played so far, where speed and movement were important. So that’s what he did and soon took control of one of the baggage items. In the middle my levies stepped on to the road to block another of the baggage items. This is where I made another mistake. Because I decided to pull them back (still don’t know why) rather than leave them where they were so they could start peppering the Vikings with their slings. Thus taking another of my units out of the game!

Then something bad happened that was out of my control – I rolled my Saga dice and the result meant I would be unable to activate my warriors (sorry, can’t remember what symbol I needed). I had one of the helmets so went for the Activation Pool, rolled them, and…they all came up the same as well! This meant that I could not move the warriors who I intended to charge the Vikings carrying the baggage. I did move up the hearthguard and Edward though.

And on Eric’s turn he did what any man of honour would do – sent in Sigvald so we had a warlord versus warlord scrap!

Trial by combat

This did not go well. Sigvald had 12 combat dice and Edward was on 10. That’s even enough and with the warlord’s ability to turn hits into fatigue I expected us both to come out of this alive but with a few cuts.

But no.

Edward got two hits on Sigvald. But Sigvald got ten hits on Edward, of which eight went through!

That’s a dead warlord.

At the end of the game it was 21 Victory Points to the English and 34 to the Vikings. A convincing win. Edward gained 2 experience points and Sigvald gained 3 and took the level 1 Tenacity ability.

Seems quiet enough for the time being

So we move on to our last game – Guard The Loot.

The Vikings, having escaped the English ambush, are now nearly home and dry. All they need to do is get their plunder aboard the boats and off they go.

The rules of this scenario mean that each player places 3 objective markers. At the end of the game you get Victory Points based on how many you control – those placed by your opponent are worth more than ones placed by yourself.

We had 5 points each. The English (now led by Edward’s son, Gyrth Edwardson) had three points of hearthguard, one of warriors, and one of levy. The Vikings had two points of hearthguard, two of warriors, and one of levy.

I made a slight mistake in my deployment. There were six objectives on the table but I only had five units. This meant it would be impossible for me to control all six objectives, but if I’m honest, I reckon that would be hard to achieve anyway. So not that bad.

We’d set up with a river running across the table with a bridge in the middle. This was slightly on my side. Normally you roll for how passable the river is at the beginning of the game but we decided we’d roll for it when a unit reaches the river. We decided we’d roll separately for the river either side of the bridge.

Vikings secure control of the booze

Both the Vikings and English soon gained control of two objectives each. The Viking warriors found some crates in the woods and Sigvald and his hearthguard found some more near a hill. The English levies took control of some cargo beside the river but rather than cross to another piece of loot just the other side of the river they chose to stay where they were so they could shoot at any Vikings that tried to claim it. Edward and his hearthguard soon took control of some barrels. The fight was going to be for the remaining loot. I had placed one of the loot tokens on the bridge which, being on my side of the table, meant I should be able to grab it. However, due to the scores I knew I had to push it and gain as much loot as possible and, ideally, the ones Eric had placed (worth more Victory Points) if I was to win the day.

So what do we do now

I pushed a unit of hearthguard and warriors toward the bridge. The intention was that the hearthguard would cross over where they could make a grab for one of the other pieces of loot and the warriors would come up to control the loot on the bridge. With Edward controlling one piece of loot I decided the other unit of hearthguard would cross the river to ultimately attack the Vikings with the loot in the woods. I let Eric roll for the river. Impassable! Yup, a steep, slippery, bank and deep, fast-flowing, rapids made it impassable. So I made the decision to double-time them to the bridge where I could launch an attack on the Viking side of the river. Meanwhile Eric moved a unit of hearthguard to control the loot by the river. The English levies opened up with their slings but…nothing!

Here we go! Here we go!

Now things hotted up! The first unit of English hearthguard crossed the bridge and made for the Vikings in the woods. Eric did the brave thing and backed up. And the Viking levies opened up with their bows. I used the Shieldwall ability to raise armour to 6 and thought that would be enough to stop the arrows. But no – three casualties caused! I then moved the warriors on the bridge along the banks of the river (and behind a hill to protect them from any arrows) so I could contest control of the loot there. This meant Eric only had control of two loot tokens whilst I had control of three, and the possibility of taking control of a fourth. Would that be enough to win the day?

Give us back our barrels

On the last turn Eric decided to go for it. Realising the difficult position he was in it was clearly an all or nothing situation. He counter-attacked on the bridge, meaning the English lost control of the loot token there, and then he brought up a unit of hearthguard to charge the warriors who were threatening control of the loot by the river. In this fight it went the Viking way – no Viking losses but two dead English warriors. This meant the warriors had to withdraw and therefore the Vikings would regain control of that loot token.

And that was the end of the game. The Vikings had just managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat – they had three loot tokens worth 9 Victory Points and the English had control of just two loot tokens worth 6 Victory Points. A close one.

But final Victory points for the day came to 63 for the English and 75 for the Vikings. A narrow Viking win. They had got away with some loot but not as much as they could have.

Thus came to an end the tedious invasion of 1058.

Struggle for control of the bridge

WIP Wednesday May 1st

Jeremey is a bit under the weather this week, so WIP round up duties fall to me.

It’s been a fairly active week for Society members.

First up we have club chairman Mark’s continuing work on his 28mm Vietnam project. Above we have a Riverine Patrol Boat, still WIP, and below a finished ACAV and SEAL boat.

28mm Vietnam

For the opposition, Mark’s son has painted up some “Charlie”.


Staying in Vietnam, but going down to 15mm, we have some of Stephen’s work.

15mm ACAVs and M114

For a bit of relaxation after the rigours of salute, Tony took a stone elemental that Jeremey sculpted, he did a simple basecoat-wash-drybrush-drybrush again job on it then filled in the etched runes.

Stone Elemental

Charlotte has been working on some terrain bits (and models) for Project Z and other games. A couple of billboards

Entertainment in the Zombie Age
Your Country Needs You!

And some modular road sections (complete with dodgy council line painting and potholes).

Modular road (complete with dodgy council line painting and potholes).

Peter has been kit-bashing some more Victorian Sci Fi Martian Cloudships, first up the Long Range Assault Carrier, H.M.S. Whirlwind, intended to deploy Royal Marine and Redcoat landing parties.

HMS Whirlwind readies mixed Royal Marine and Redcoat landing parties

Also recently launched from the Martian shipyards are the smaller  ‘V’ Class of Cloudship, the Martian Torpedo Boat (or MTB):

‘V’ Class  Martian Torpedo Boat (or MTB) HMS Valiant, Victor and Vulcan

Andy has finally got some painting mojo back, and has been working on a Salute purchase, some more figures for his Mexican Adventure forces.

Additions to Andy’s Mexican forces. Purchased and painted in less than 2 weeks!

Finally Marcus has been working on some air support for his Mant (ant-man) Army for Xenos Rampant (or other Sci Fi games)

Marcus’ VTOL

That’s all for this week, hopefully Jeremey will be back in charge next week.

Work in Progress Wednesday

Just a few offerings this week, but we start with Mark J and progress on his Vietnam game which is due at the club in a few meetings time.

Above we have a small building ready for painting, a Loach helicopter and a Seal Team boat. While below Mark has made some elephant grass from artificial grass cuttings.

Stephen is up next with a glimpse of the Castle he is building for one of our open day games this year (more on that soon).

And finally for this week Eric has made more progress on his 15mm forces for a game of Xenos Rampant at the next meeting.

See you next week.

Wars of the Roses – Battle of Barnet – Battle Report

Battle number ten in our campaign took us to the all important battle of Barnet. One of the main features of the battle (apart from the treacherous Earl of Warwick) was the fog that plagued both sides on the day.  To represent this we rolled a 1D3 at the start with the result indicating the affect of the fog. The result was that all ranged weapons for the battle were reduced by 2 DU. This meant the longbows went from 5 DU to 3DU making any archery exchange very close indeed. We normally have a couple of guest commanders for our battles but this time it was just myself commanding the Yorkists and Stephen with his Lancastrians. But we stuck to the armies being divided up into two commands each.

Battle of Barnet
Both sides deployed in fairly typical fashion but the make up of the armies was quite different this time. For the Yorkists my main force was quite strong with men at arms, bills, longbows, mercenary pikemen and mounted men at arms. I had 16 units under this command. The remaining 8 units of the second command were mainly militia units of bills, longbows and some currours. I intentionally kept this command weak as a feint with the hope that the Lancastrians would still commit enough of their stronger units against it.

On the Lancastrian side Stephen did not bring any cavalry which surprised me, but did bring some guns and units of Irish Kerns. He brought a good mix of militia and retinue units, and a unit of Gallowglass (dismounted men at arms for game purposes). Stephen had brought twice as many command units as I had which would prove to be a problem for me and divided his commands evenly with 13 units in each.

Deployment was typical but I left some space in the middle to bring up some infantry should I need it later in the battle. Probably by accident but very similar to the last battle we had both placed our strongest flanks facing the enemies weakest.

With the fog causing problems both sides advanced their archers in the centre for a quick exchange of arrows. Despite using many bonus dice this didn’t really achieve much.

Along with my two generals I had brought a captain who would have the sole responsibility of commanding the mounted men at arms on the Yorkist right flank. I knew I wanted to get the cavalry moving and threatening the Lancastrian left flank as soon as I could, hoping the enemy could not ignore them.

In the centre and the Lancastrians suddenly changed everything with some superb archery, making a unit of Yorkist longbows the first casualties of the day. This led me to spur on my infantry in the centre to make good use of the road and fill the gap.

Out on the Yorkist left flank I needed to goad the Lancastrians into believing my weaker units were a threat and so I boldly moved up the Currours to attempt a similar manoeuvre to my men at arms over on the right. Knowing the threat the cavalry posed Stephen surprised me by using a few bonus dice to have his Kerns charge in, thus depriving my cavalry of their impact bonus. Even worse was to come when the Kerns managed to survive a melee against both units of Currours!

Seeing the disaster over on the left flank I resolved to make up for it with my mounted men at arms. The Lancastrians had moved up some archers, so I had to get the charge in. But again the Lancastrians held firm and the cavalry became bogged down.

To try and maintain pressure on the Lancastrian right I decided to move up my militia longbows but the exchange of arrows proved ineffective. This was then met with an advance from the Lancastrian longbows.

Back to the centre my bold move to fill the gap paid off with the billmen routing some of the troublesome archers. But the Lancastrians had brought up their men at arms ready to join the fight.

With the Yorkist left flank plan having failed and the same happening on the right, I decided to bring in extra support and managed to overwhelm the archers and again threaten the Lancastrian right.

In the centre the last of the Lancastrian archers had been destroyed but this left the billmen facing the elite of the Lancastrian army alone. Acting just as bold the Lancastrian men at arms soon got the better of the Yorkist billmen.

The centre was now becoming the main focus of the battle with both armies bolstering their ranks.

It was at this point the disaster on the Yorkist left had reached a turning point with the Irish Kerns managing to rout some of the currours.

This was added to with the Yorkist militia longbows being nearly destroyed. I had hoped my smaller left flank would have occupied the Lancastrians for longer. The units had played their role and held up the left flank of the Lancastrians, but with casualties being fairly even on both sides at this point I had to rethink my strategy.

Focusing back to the Yorkist right I was lucky enough to get some good activation rolls and went on the offensive with my surviving longbow units.

The centre then became a bloody ground, the Lancastrian men at arms faired poorly and were defeated by the Yorkist billmen, but the Lancastrian Gallowglasses made up for it with a valiant defence, even after I managed to support the bills with some spearmen. I also decided it was now or never to get my mercenary pikemen into the fight.

With further success on the Yorkist right the mounted men at arms charged through the Lancastrian guns and onto some waiting billmen. The Yorkist archers also managed to destroy the last of the opposing archers pushing the Lancastrians to their first morale check.

Spurred on by the Lancastrians dropping morale I pushed more billmen forward, although the loss of the second unit of currours and militia longbows on the Yorkist left flank put my army close to the first morale check.

But the battle continued and the Lancastrian Gallowglasses still held firm making for a nervous time. But in the Yorkist favour was that the Lancastrian right flank was too far away to get involved in the battle in the centre.

The following turn was the last with yet another disappointing show from the Lancastrian men at arms who were dispatched but the pikemen for no loss to themselves. And the Gallowglasses finally fell pushing the Lancastrians to their breaking point.

And so the Battle of Barnet ended with a Yorkist victory, to make the day worse the Lancastrians also lost the Earl of Essex and the Duke of Exeter.
Time to reassemble the armies and march to Tewkesbury.

Yorkist Loses
2 Units of Currours (8 points)
4 Units of Longbows (12 points)
2 Units of Militia Longbows (6 points)
1 Unit of Billmen (4 points)
Total loses 30 points (Army break point 47)

Lancastrian Loses
2 Units of Dismounted Men at Arms (8 points)
3 Units of Billmen (12 points)
4 Units of Longbows (12 points)
2 Units of Militia Longbows (6 points)
1 Unit Gallowglass (4 points)
1 Unit Guns (2 points)
1 Unit Irish Kerns (3 points)
Total loses 47 points (Army break point 45)

Yorkist Victory

Work in Progress Wednesday

How is it already April? Although the weather doesn’t feel like spring the members have been busy again.

We start with Peter M and soaring above us is another Space: 1889 cloudship, this one is the Imperial German LuftSchiffe the ‘Valkyrie’, recently seen at the Salute 51 wargames show.

Speaking of shows Phil had a very small addition to the society show game Summer of 77, in the form of a freshly printer bridge for the railway station. We’ll have to see if someone got a picture of the finished one on the game.

Next up and I’ve been doing some work on my Wars of the Roses army. I realised my spearmen units were more often fielded as the heavy infantry version so I rebased them to fit with my other heavy infantry units.

And I’ve started on a command base to represent Richard III as our campaign is just one more battle away from Bosworth. The king and retinue are from Peter Pig.

Returning to Vietnam and Stephen has painted up a US Marine company before moving on to the Viet Cong troops.

And last but not least for this week Marcus has made some more progress on his sci-fi terrain pieces.

That’s it for this week, we’ll see you next Wednesday.

Work in Progress Wednesday

It’s Wednesday again and some of the members are getting into their stride when it comes to progress on their projects.

We start above with some 3D printed terrain from Marcus. These pieces will be making their way to a game of Stargrave soon.

Next up and Peter M has been busy again scratchbuilding some more Space: 1889 cloudships.

These are US warships ‘Wasp’ and ‘Hornet’.

While here we have the Austro-Hungarian ‘Radetsky’ from a few angles.

Word on the street says these any many other cloudships are heading for the Salute wargaming show this Saturday (13th April).

Next up and we have more Vietnam stuff from Mark J and Felix. Firstly some US Marines.

An M113.

And a film crew ready to report on events, or possibly needing to be rescued!

And last for this week Eric has started on some 15mm Brigade infantry for our first look at Xenos Rampant.

See you next Wednesday.