Friday, 27 March 2015

Lion Rampant Host

I have finished the retinue of John de'Rainham: he's the handsome chap on the far back left of the pic.

It's a standard 24 point host with:
1. Mounted Men at Arms (back left with lance)
2. Mounted Sergeants (middle left)
3. Foot Men at Arms (front left)
4. Foot Sergeants (right rear with spears)
5. Crossbowmen (foot right)

The cavalry is made from a box of Veus Dult Mounted Sergeants for £20.

And the infantry from a box of Foot Sergeants which cost £35.

You get 48 minis in the infantry box so I still have 18 leftover.

I bought  Battle Flag shield transfers specially made for this range. These are expensive so I only got one sheet and created the other shield designs by painting and leftover transfers from various models.

Delineation of the hard plastic models is good and they respond well to a thin coat of Army Painter tinted varnish - as shown on the armour in this photo.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Æthelflæd, Lady of Mercia

Model by Belt Fed, painted by me.

Æthelflæd, Myrcna hlæfdige, was the eldest daughter of Alfred the Great, King of Wessex. She married a Mercian ealdorman and became the ruler of Mercia, Wales and York after winning a series of battles against the Vikings and Welsh.

One of Britain's great women rulers and warlords.

Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

Visitors to Crystal Palace probably remember the early reconstructions of dinosaurs now on display in the grounds.

Well now you can buy models for your VSF games from Antediluvian Miniatures for the princely sum of £25.

Oddly enough many dinosaur models are way out of date. It is impossible to get a 28mm mini of a modern reconstruction, such as the one below.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Godinstone Open day

Popped down to Godinstone for their charity open day. Unfortunately it was just a little to early for the full flowering of the daffs. The chalklands are rather exposed so spring is later here than on the coast.

Wild orchids were up. They do well on the nutrient poor chalk meadows of Kent.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Lion Rampant - First Game

The Continuing Saga of Shawn of Rochester and John de Rainham.

Swearing vengeance after his hammering at the peace conference, Shawn assembled his loyal vassals with the usual threats and bribes to launch a full blown chevauchée through John's lands.

Fortunately John received prior notice from his PAVE chain (Peasant and Villein Exhortatory system) and was ready with his full blown host.

Yep, we were ready to play Scenario 1 from Lion Rampant with Shaun as the attacker.

This is what the game looked like after five or six turns.

Shawn had considerable problems getting his host to advance while mine flatly refuse to move at all. I think it took about five turns for John de Rainham's assorted threats and bribes got the archers to advance while his cavalry stayed in a full blown sulk.

By about turn seven things hotted up. I persuaded my archers to fire on Shaun's spearmen who took to their heels - nah, nah, cowardly custards.

Meanwhile Shaun's mounted men at arms started a charge on my other archers in the woods. I marvelled at the horse's bravery as light infantry are at their best in woods.

Shaun's spearmen rallied but his mounted men at arms took a terrible pounding, the survivors fleeing clean off the battlefield. Encouraged, John's mounted men at arms and right flank knights deigned to advance.

Meanwhile an exasperated Shaun of Rochester lost his head and led his personal retinue in a charge on John de Rainham, who was still trying to persuade his own retinue to stop sulking and advance.

Alas, John's retinue promptly counter-charged (automatic response not needing a die roll) and poor Shaun got the worst of it. His retinue promptly fled the field, carrying Shaun with them, and John declared victory.


I don't know what to make of this. The game was completely controlled by the activation die rolls. I won the game by not managing to do anything. Admittedly there was some terrible die-rolling going on.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Bolt Action - Deep in the Jungle

I was horribly disorganised for a Pacific game of Bolt Action this week with Andy Singleton's American Marines in the Marquis pub. We had arranged 1000pts but I could only find half my army so I plonked down about 750 and Andy kindly let me be the defender.

Above my loyal troops are getting ready to die for the Emperor.

The battle raged and I killed Andy's howitzer with a single lucky mortar shell but things started to go wrong and my Ha Go took a 75mm armour piercing through the tinfoil masquerading as its frontal armour.I moved up to reclaim the initiative with a full Banzai charge.

And was met by a hail of fire which gunned down my entire left wing and all the suicide bombers on the right wing - who never got near the Sherman. I lost six units in a single turn.

Ah well, not to worry, eh?

Tuesday, 17 March 2015