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Good looking game – thanks
Good couple of AARs – thanks
If you need casualty markers I know a man ….
Ta – i wish Rodge would make more of them
I keep Shaun in a cupboard just to do masters and castings for me although I do let him out occasionally 🙂
He has an ebay shop Dreamholme Scenics
Guy I agree with your comments – it is a bit spread out but look on the positive side – plenty of exercise!
We came down from Gloucestershire and it’s a pretty straightforward run and the show is well sign-posted. I was surprised to find a queue to get in at 10:30
The French Indo China War was very impressive but I wouldn’t be surprised if they lost a few figures in that jungle. They must have cleaned out every aquarium shop within a 50 mile radius.
What I do like about the show are the traders there that you don’t see anywhere else, especially Gydran Miniatures who do some excellent 28mm Sci-fi figures and kit.
We’ll be there next year putting on a game ourselves
The Hyphenated Wars (seriously)
The Berkeley Vale club uses scenario books quite a lot as most of us don’t have time to write our own.
We do a lot of Colonial gaming. We use the Colonial Campaigns scenario books by Skirmish Campaigns as they allow us to throw a historical game together quickly. they are geared towards The Sword and the Flame but we convert them to use Bloody Big Battles.
We also use the historical scenarios from Bloody Big Battles both as they were intended and in different periods.09/11/2018 at 23:17 in reply to: QRF 15mm Chinese Civil War range – a blast from the past #103551
I always watch what QRF are doing
Your own ranges and the Freikorps range are, in general, pretty unique in 15mm
The new Carlist Wars range is tempting but I waiting for the French Foreign Legion to make an appearance as they will open up the possibility of doing 1830s Algeria
If you produce both, use all of your own product for illustration purposes.
I think that the period-specificity in our wargames is more dependent on our choice of scenarios, deployment of troops, hsitorical tactical doctrine used by the player on the tabletop, rather than on specific gaming mechanics
I am one of the people guilty of using Bloody Big Battles for purposes other than what it was intended for and I make no apologies.
To date we have used it for the Caesarian Roman invasion of Britain, Modern Africa, French Indian Wars skirmishes and squad-level Sci-Fi.
Admittedly I have changed certain rules for some of the periods. For Ancients I dropped the melee mechanism and used the firing mechanism instead. For Sci-Fi I generated a points system to create any type of weapon with regards to range and effect
The rules work for me for several reasons.
Firstly my memory isn’t what it used to be so using one set of rules really helps
Secondly although it is a simple set of rules but it works in all of the right places – command, manoeuvre and combat
Thirdly the troop attributes, eg passive, aggressive etc, allow for a wide range of troop types
Finally additional home-grown attributes can be added to cater for different periods eg armour
I have a generic “native” force using Irregular miniatures’ Alien Infantry – Not-Jawas – codes NSF11 & NSF12. there’s no way I’m painting throat sacs on them 🙂
Ta for both links – I think that I will buy a few of the Scotia lorries and have a go at hacking them
Do they do wheeled flat beds – I thought that they were all grav
Got a code pls?
If you’d said this a couple of months ago I would have had a list. however I’ve finished the project with one exception – flat bed trucks
I know you do the Bullfrog amphibious pick up truck but I’m looking for something bigger to put stuff such as a mortar + crew on board
Scotia-Grendel do a lovely truck but it has a cargo and I can’t be bothered to hack them around
The basing is a coat of Wilko Earthy Hue, play pit sand mixed with Javis granite stuck and finally 3 different shades of Busch foliage
@hammurabi70 good point. I’m not sure if there is a set. FWC & Gruntz work for me. I get the flavour of the period from the figures, the terrain and the scenario brief
@steelonsand – yes i’ve got a couple of those. However I would prefer these from Scotia if they just had flat beds.The GM T7010 is my favourite so I might just a file and smooth down the back
SF0086 – Ford XT 2000 Light Truck
SF0089 – GM T7010 2000 Medium Truck
SF0092 – Scammell T15010 2000 Heavy Truck
Rodge, Shaun and myself went down for the day.
It is a good show and the addition of wargames is a good idea.
Talking to a few of the exhibitors, there are quite a few IPMS shows and they seem keen to include a wargaming element to these shows
Do you have a date in mind?
The only ones I know of in 15mm are QRF.
Are you committed to 15mm?
Pendraken are releasing a Korean War range in 10mm. You can see the greens here
I might have the army lists knocking around somewhere
I threw the rules away many years ago along with all the other Newbury rulesets I had
I’ve got the old Raider Games booklet Crimean War Basics: Organisation & Uniforms. This covers Britain, france & Sardinia. There is also a Russian & Turkish booklet.
As the title says it is basic ie for uniform info there are 4 pages for the British, 2 for the French & 1 for Sardinia. However it does pack a lot of information into 44 pages
Edit: There is a copy here PaulMeekins.co.uk
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That looks very good
The Mura Miniatures buildings are excellent – I use them for my 10mm Russo-Japanese War wargames
Sadly not due to circumstances beyond my control
Have a good day
The table coverings are Mat O War
I think it is mat of war or something like that
The lads at the Grimsby club have several tables ranging from 15 to 20 feet long by 5 feet wide and they are all covered in this stuff
I’ll ask on the Cold War Commander site
The campaign is based on General Hacketts WW3 book plus a few other stories of a similar nature
The next series of battles is called Artic Strike and is based in Norway – these will take place in Slimbridge Gloucestershire sometime in March and Grimsby in September – defintely worth coming to
I found it to be an interesting read. It’s as good a set of theories as other books on the subject
The author has an eye for terrain and the book is geared towards that. I’ve been on a couple of walks to view areas he mentions and I can see his point..
The title is a bit of a misnomer – IMO it should be called Dark Age Dykes
Personally I’ll stick to Arthur: Roman Britain’s Last Champion by Beram Saklatvala
Colt Action worked well but I reckon these give a much better game and it’s all based around playing cards.
We did a North-West Frontier game using them this week so I’ll be doing a blog on that soon
There seems to be a lack of photos of Rank & File figures so always useful to see figures like this.
I’m really enjoying Norsemen on Netflix – a completely different take on the Vikings
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As well as the LADG comp the Berkeley Vale Wargaming club is also putting on a 10mm demo game of Magenta using Bloody Big Battles
Very good and I don’t have a problem with the troop substitutes
Nice one – we’ve only done 1st Bull Run from the ACW – we should do more
you should both come up to Grimsby on Sept 23/24 for the CWC Landjut Campaign – the 1989 Soviet Invasion of Denmark
Myself and Mark Fry are travelling up from Bristol / Stroud by train on the Friday and coming back Sunday evening
Various links to the campaign so far
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I’ve used Future War Commander for the 1859 Franco-Austrian War and for the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War
Think really, really, really low-tech armies
The rules worked fine although it is a bit of a grind with infantry-heavy armies as there is lots of dice rolling
Smiley Faces? Yes I do enjoy the odd rave now and again although it’s taking me longer and longer to recover from an all-nighter
And there’s me worrying about a man on a horse on the roof of the stable
Hopefully it’s given you some food for thought – a good rules engine should open up a world (or worlds) of possibilities
General Slade – my parents disapproved of the Beano, the Dandy and the Victor – I was brought up on Look and Lean and Ron Embleton’s amazing illustrations within those pages. That’s where my fascination with Mexican history began.
The Tudor Arms at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire would be a good venue – see Tudor Arms
This year we have had weekends for Cold War Commander, Future War Commander & LADG. I think that we are having a refight of Midway as well
There is a big skittle alley, good beer and food plus accommodation and it’s free. We can fit about a dozen 6×4 tables into the alley
I’ve been playing the Pax Arcs for 8 years now so time for a change
Something non-Human – maybe GW Eldar, Baccus Centuars or even Ogrethulu
No – at Chez Rodges – it will be appearing at the club soon
What Chris said
See half way down http://twomarshals.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/bloody-big-battles-bash-day-2016.html for pics of the Königgrätz refight
and if you are anywhere near Oxford this Saturday then coming along to the BBB Bash day to see it being refought (again!)
The topic heading brought back memories of Walking Holidays in North Wales. Impossible to get a pint on a Sunday.