Sunday, 30 June 2013

15mm Russo-Japanese - The Battle in the Pass & my new painting table!!


As some of you may have already read on Fran's blog earlier in the week, Postie put on a Russo-Japanese midweek game for me and Fran. It was a playtest of his new set of rules "The Tsar & Emperor", which are once again a mix of a few sets of rules and some of his own ideas. I must say it was great to see some of these figures out on the board at last. I painted nearly all of the figures on display during this game during my first entry into Curt's painting challenge the year before last, so its taken Postie quite a long time to get them on the tabletop!!!!
Once again apologies if I've missed any of your posts, I'll hopefully be back to normal soon???
At great expense I've equipped myself out with a new desk in my painting room, its not as big as I'd like but it'll just have to do at the moment. There's a Pic at the end of the post.

Anyway on with the game.......


We were both set up in road column and the aim of the game was to be in control of the
 two hills and the pass between the hills.


The 1st Japanese Cavalry 


Don't they look smart in their blue uniforms?


And here come Fran's Russians all dressed in white!



Two Japanese Artillery pieces and a Machine gun.


We haven't seen each other yet!



We'd both kinda made up our minds to charge our Cavalry forward at the first opportunity.


The Russian infantry column who were infact Siberian troops and were an inferior
 quality to their European counterparts. 


The Russian Cavalry preparing to charge.


Fran won the initiative and charged first, I decided to counter charge....



Things didn't go according to my plan, Fran threw well, I didn't. I was pushed back 
disordered and the next turn Fran charged again.


He was very dismayed when I was allowed to turn about and face his charge...


During the turn I moved up some infantry just incase I lost the Cavalry fight.


Which I did....again!!!
But Fran's next move was a voluntary move back with his Cavalry to move them 
out of my close firing range.


Fran started to move up one of the hills, it could only be climbed in the depression.


My machine guns makes it to the hill, while my infantry spread out and move towards the hill.


The battle unfolds.........


I started to fire long range with my artillery but couldn't hit a bloody thing!


Up the hill I go.


Fran continued along the defile on the hill, if he moved out of it he could be seen 
and become a target, so wisely he kept their heads down.


Fran's cavalry finally take a few casualties and flee the field. 


I tried to get into a  firing line on the hill and give fire.


My unit in the pass got shot up badly and soon fled.


Fran decided the time was right to move out of the defile, my machine
 gun and columns made him wish he didn't.


I think this hill is mine?


And there's where we had to stop the game. I had to go and pick up Brat No 3 & 4 from school. So the day was called a draw, there was still a hell of a lot of fight left in both sides. Not sure who would have one so I'll just say ME!


Contractual shitbag shot!

And finally my new painting table!!!


Peace and quiet at last...............


62 comments:

  1. All you need is a fridge and a couple of pillows in there and you need never leave!

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  2. A room with a view Ray. Good lighting?

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    1. A bit dim and the noise from the fan is pretty annoying.

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  3. Great looking game and your new painting room - well it's ummm, a model of efficiency - no wasted steps thee!

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  4. And they say we can't multitask... You have just poo pooed that suggestion. On another note, the game looks great. 15mm are they?

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    1. Yep they are 15mm, mostly Old glory and Irregular. And of course we can multitask, but only when we want too!

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  5. I'm sad to admit it, but that painting set up isn't that far removed from what I have to manage with . . . I have a slightly more comfortable, but less functional seating arrangement though.

    :O(

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    1. The seat could do with a little more padding.

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  6. So, does this mean that we can describe all your future painting jobbies as "crap" and "piss poor"? ;)

    As for the game, I think it was amazing that Fran managed to hold you to a draw when you consider all the disadvantages Postie dumped on him - just how much did you bung Postie for that? :)

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    1. Brilliant comment Tamsin, brilliant and fair!

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    2. I thought that was how you described my painting before I showed the pic Tamsin? As for the game, If only I'd have known any of the disadvantages I could have taken advantage of them.

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  7. My Man Divot has now been upgraded to a fine specimen of a modeler's lair.

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  8. I like that gaming enviroment! I plan (more on the wish department for now) doing such a place at the attic. Or I'll start considering your new method...

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  9. Bummer it had to end in a draw. That looked like a really good game.
    I like the portable table. Just don't drop any of the paints while you're in there.

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  10. :) Good luck with the painting...

    Greate AAR and very good looking game !

    Best regards Michael

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  11. The game looks really good Ray, shame you couldn't resolve it.

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    1. Postie did keep the game set up, just incase we could get out for another bash, but its not looking good!

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  12. Oh nooooooo. On the crapper. You are funny.

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    1. Its the only peace I get in the house!

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  13. seems to me you've played the game like it was a Napoleonic battle, not the way to win. Yet it is an amusing batrep. Now when you're paintjobs turn out crap you know where to leave them ;-) Not that they ever do mind you! I'm just talking poo now ;-P

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    1. You're totally right about the napoleonic tactics, that's exactly how the Russians fought at the time, while the Japanese had learned other peoples lessons and were more fluid.

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  14. Great looking game

    And you should patent that painting table idea :-)

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    1. Its has everything including 'paper tissues' and water for cleaning brushes !! Inspired I say

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  15. I have a very similar painting table.

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  16. Great looking game!

    And I'm sure you'll get many hours of enjoyment out of your new painting table. ;)

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  17. Nice one Ray. I always enjoy your game reports. With so few people in Posties shed it looks a lot lighter and brighter. All these big blokes dressed in black trying to look slim does make it look a lot smaller. And that is not saying anything about light bending as it goes round dense objects.

    Ahhh the new painting table, I like the wall paper! I am glad that I got my Honorary Reject model before I saw the table. It might have put me off!

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    1. It was quite roomy in the shed that day!!

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  18. Great pics, I really like this kind of battle...and nice new table too!
    Phil.

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  19. love the cavalry and Fran's shirt :)

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  20. I love the new painting table, I hope my misses doesnt see this as she will would me to do all my painting in the little room

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    1. I hope my mrs doesn't see it as well!!!

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  21. Unlike the great looking game..the painting table appears bog Standard.......................................

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  22. Very funny Ray that's a great painting table.

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    1. he he, I think some people actually believed it was my new table, he he!

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  23. Interesting batrep and nice miniatures. And intriguing period. I' m tempted by 10mm instead of 15mm.

    And fantastic new painting table... ;-)

    Marzio.

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  24. Nice roll up of a fantastic game. Should the painting table area have a sign with something like, "Please wash your hands before & after returning to work"? :) Dean

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  25. Great pics.
    oohhh and great paint shed, looks very relaxing...

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  26. I was wondering where those troops had gotten to. Great to see them all on the table. And you got me with the new painting table. Careful where you get the Superglue.

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  27. That was a great bat rep Ray. And your troops look excellent on the table too.

    Fran did say you spend a lot of time in the crapper, but this is taking things to a whole new level. The Hubby says he does his best thinking while on the can, so will your painting get even better than it already is?

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  28. nice painting place ! and you have water to clean the brushes !!
    Great !

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  29. Great looking game Ray! Ingenious!Your guaranteed not to be interrupted during your painting!

    Christopher

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  30. Good aar and does your new painting arrangement mean Fran can't the piss out of you ?

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  31. Another good report; that is a wonderful table and figures. And as you know, it's good to have a space of your own!

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  32. I wasn't expecting that, made me chuckle.
    Cheers,
    Pat.

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  33. A funny surprise your new painting table!
    And the game, really nice. You painted a lot of models, and they are very fine.

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  34. SOOO many pictures, such a good time though, it seems.

    Don't get too attached to that painting table!

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  35. At least now you can give a great swirling rinse your brushes.

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  36. At least you can easily flush any troops that are not turning out well.

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  37. I remember seeing BUSHELS of those miniatures in the last days of the 2nd Challenge! Great to see them again and used in 'anger', no less.

    That last image I found very moving... (whah, whah, whaaah...)

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  38. I don't know if you'll see this or not Ray, but I just wanted to stop by and let you know you are missed out here in bloggerland.

    I hope things are going okay for you and that they get better very soon.

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