Saturday, 21 July 2018

Great Italian wars 22 To the strongest

We had a go at an Italian wars battle using the draft Italian wars additions that Simon Miller has for his To the strongest rules.
I grided up my board,6"squares are the recommended size for 28mm figures (nice mix of imperial and metric there, okay 150mm squares then!)on a 6'0" X 4'0" board.
Unfortunately my units were too big to fit in that size,for this game we made them 12"square but I figure on making my grid 8"square in future,we were just seeing how the game worked and have a bit of fun this time out!
We set up with on the French side two units of gendarmes, two deep units of Swiss pike, one unit of poor French pike,two artillery pieces and two generals.
On the Imperial side we had two deep landsknecht pike units , two artillery pieces,Spanish knights a colunna and two generals.
There was a river that could be crossed as rough terrain except at the bridges and some woods dotted around,there was also a camp for both sides.
With the boxes being so big we were into the action immediately with Des's landsknecht block going over the bridge and into a tussle with a Swiss block,where they remained for most of the game tying up two swiss and on French pike block for most of the game,I like the activation process, you need to turn a 2 or better to go,simple but to continue using the unit you need to beat your previous card, it means you almost always get at least one go but if you're card is high you won't get many gos, it's a nice elegant system.
The French artillery shot at the colunna,which as an extra deep unit that can't be flanked with added close combat ability and a shot  seems a touch too strong to my mind but probably need a few games to find out. The French gendarmes on the left got across the bridge. The Imperial artillery took out a unit of gendarmes the French artillery took out the Spanish knights,I like the limited ammunition and the fact that the artillery can work but is temperamental and has limited ammunition. The second gendarme unit took out both artillery pieces and then the landsknecht pike block on the other side the colunna which had been trading shots with the French artillery eventually decided to cross the river wheel and assault the artillery piece,at the last possible moment the artillery came good and took out the Spanish.with only the last landsknecht pike block still holding up three other units we called it a day,it was a great fun game that I felt gave a pretty good period feel.

We didn't go in for heroes and I'm sure we got plenty wrong as it was our first go, leading the gendarmes was my prize for winning the rennaisance challenge with Curt in AHC 7 ,I'm prepping a prize for Sidney Roundwood who won the last one, more scenery coming along ( not really up to scratch in this report but getting there, the river banks and roads have at last been flocked!) Im mostly prepping figures at the moment but one thing I realised after looking at this report is that I needed more flags, order sent to Pete's flags, great service just arrived I'll be showing units off with their new flags soon!
All the best Iain

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Terrain 3 two bridges and a ruined chapel

More terrain and to start with another relatively elderly piece (probably 8years old), a ruined chapel. Mostly consisting of some GW gothic ruins (sans skulls!)with some plasticard slab sheet, balsa and bits and bobs including FS12 from the 1979 citadel fantasy specials,well half of it anyway.
We then have two plastic bridges,a rendra timber bridge and an Italeri/warlord stone bridge which I bought at Salute this year and have already painted!( frankly something of a record for me ,I bought the other bridge the year before which is more like it!)

Useful stuff and the bridges have already seen action, next up? More terrain,I need to try and drag it up to something like the standard of the figures as opposed to being poor second best!
All the best Iain

Friday, 15 June 2018

Terrain 2 A timber framed building

I have finally finished a timber framed building I've been working on for,oh about 10 years, probably been using it half finished for seven or eight years! It's scratch built from foamboard ,balsa and the roof is flooring underlay that I had spare.
The barn is based on a laser cut building I picked up in a pound shop and then clad with balsa. The windows are salvaged from the airfix control tower and the sets in the yard are red lentils!
It's a lowland English type of timber framing, good from the 15th century on , chimneys come in from the 15th century on although looking at mine I might add something to the top of them, I'm finishing off two more timber framed buildings so I could just tweak the chimney on this one.

I've shown some WOTR figures and livestock for scale and am now pretty happy with it,apart from the chimney!
This is a fantastic book if you're interested in timber framed buildings,it's loaded with illustrations and lots of details, really good for a small paperback (sorry couldn't change the orientation of the image on my phone!) Quite a useful piece, from the late 15th century on and even though it's lowland English,I'm happy to use it all over Europe! Next up more terrain, buildings, bridges and trees not sure in what order.
All the best Iain

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Great Italian wars 21 another artillery piece!

So here we have a non landsknecht artillery piece for the Italian wars, the crew are foundry from their conquistador range. The piece itself is a mix of a barrel from a Spanish ship model range(who's twin was used last year in the Marigano Curtgeld vignette) some wheels from a GW snotling pump wagon I'd acquired and the carriage come from a reinforcement box for an MG ?game, the plastic figures of which were designed by GW: a mounted general, three mounted knights ,ten longbow men, five crossbow men,five halberdiers and an artillery piece with two crew in chunky 25mm in GW empire dress.
Even though I wasn't really doing much apart from 40k at the time I picked them up,at £2 a box I bought both boxes,20 years later I'm finally using something from one of the boxes!
I'm planning on using the rest of the boxes at some point to add to my Italian wars forces.

Next post will probably be some terrain as I'm trying to finish stuff off and generally improve the look of all the scenic elements.
All the best Iain

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Venetian command Italian wars 20

Here is another Italian wars post, it's a pair of Perry figures a metal late mediaeval mounted commander based on Paolo Uccello's painting of the battle of San Romano in 1432,so not strictly kosher for the late 15th,early 16th but it's a lovely figure so I'm using him! The flag bearer is a plastic figure from the mercenaries set,a great kit,my favourite set to be honest and the flag is a blown up copy from the Perry box to bring it more into keeping with my other flags.

Well there we go, small post but they can't all have 108 figures in them and I'm pretty happy with them,I'm bashing together warlord landsknechts and perry mercenaries to give me a nice mixed pike block and I have some foundry and artizan landsknechts undercoated, even if I should be doing mounted crossbow men and jinets!
All the best

Sunday, 13 May 2018

A mix of gendarmes Italian wars 19

Here we have a unit of gendarmes that was started during the previous analogue challenge and have sat forlorn half finished for over a year. Well I've finally finished them!
 They're a right dog's dinner of a unit, two old glory, two Essex, a plastic Perry and three unknown eBay purchases.

I think they've turned out alright in the end and I'm happy to add them to the other five units of gendarmes I have . I'm prepping up four more units ,three Perry plastic and a steel fist I treated myself to at salute.
In the pipeline is some Italian wars command and another artillery piece or two and more landsknechts.
 I could still do with doing some mounted crossbow men and genitors/stradiots, I just keep going back to landsknechts, gendarmes and artillery pieces!
All the best Iain

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Never mind the Soviets here's my Swiss Kiel Italian wars 18

It's been over a month since my last post (should I be saying bless me father,it kind of sounds like that?) Anyway I've been plugging away with 108 old glory Italian wars Swiss and I've finally finished them. There hasn't been a drop in productivity since the challenge, it's just I decided to do too many in one go!
Really there are three units of 36pikes, but of course they can be combined into one big kiel.

These old glory figures were great fun to paint, a pack of armoured,a pack of unarmoured pike ,some command and some halberdiers that I've given pikes to.
I'm finishing up some gendarmes that were half finished at the end of the previous challenge and have watched everything else get painted, I've got an Italian wars gun crew, I just need to paint the gun(which I don't really need) The great thing is that these can be French, Swiss, Italian or indeed Scottish(Im tempted by Flodden to be honest, just need Highlanders/Irish) lot's of landsknechts primed and I picked up some steel fist gendarmes oh and more artillery, so no let up on the rennaisance front then.
All the best Iain