Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The Workbench

Just finished revamping the first unit of my ECW collection. Infantry are now on 40mm square basis.

I have also changed my basing style to a more classic look reminiscent of Peter Gilder using filler, sand and Humbrol Grass Green (number 80).

I might do a bit more highlighting on the earth groundwork and even stick the odd tuft on a base. However I feel a simpler basing style helps the figures stand out particular when compared to some of the modern basing which looks the Chelsea Flower show than a battlefield.

Marston Moor

I attended a training course in York last week. On the Friday, as the course had finished, I decided to drive home via Tockwith and stopped at Marston Moor.

Map on the monument shows the armies deployed.

Looking down the lane where Gorings Cavalry were deployed.

View towards where the Royalist Infantry would have been arrayed for battle,

The small stand of trees on the slight rise where the Roundheads deployed.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Seven Years War Campaign

In Sam Mustafa Might and Reason rules he has campaign rules using the board game 'Soldier Kings' by Avalanche Games. I have had a copy of this for a number of years and I thought it would be interesting to run a solo campaign using the game.

The game used area movement and can be played as European or worldwide conflicts including North America, the Caribbean, India and the Spice Islands.

This is the European Map.

I am going to kick off this campaign using  the Global Map and the "The World at War' set up. I am going to use the 2 player set up. This will see France and Austria, with Saxony as an Austrian minor ally, up against Prussia and Britain. 

My plans are to use the Board Game rules for Naval Combat as I don't have any ships. For land combat I will use different rules and figures.  

The figure collections I am thinking of using include:

40mm Prince August Imaginations
28mm SYW
28mm French and Indian Wars

I may also fight the odd game using my 28mm Great Northern War and 15mm Napoleonic collections.

For rules I have a wide choice of options including:

The War Game
Jim Purkeys SYW rules
Musket and Tomahawks
Might and Reason
Don Featherstone 1750 Newsletter rules
Beneath the Lily Banners
Lasalle if I do a Napoleonic game.

Whatever rules I use I will translate the campaign battles into tabletop battles and having fought a battle translate the loses back into board game and flip/remove armies as required.

I am going to set the game up over the next week and I hope to be able to fight the first battle in the coming weeks