Thursday, 25 June 2015

The Days of King Monmouth - A short booklet review

If you're a regular reader of my blog you may have noticed that I'm a tad partial to the period in history between the ECW and the WSS. So naturally I tend to look for and buy books on the period, I do own several other books on Monmouth's Rebellion and the Battle of Sedgemoor. So when I noticed a new booklet being published, "The Days of King Monmouth" by Ralph Mitchard. it was a no brainer, especially as it was a mere £6 plus postage!
The book runs out at 45 pages and has both colour and black & white illustrations. But what I like the most is the booklet is written as a day by day account, starting on the 1st June when Monmouth sailed to Judge Jeffreys Bloody Assizes.
There are books and booklets with more info in them of course, but for a wargamer, this is gold, with details on the Skirmish at Bridport, the rout of the Somerset Militia, the Skirmish at Ashill and at Keynsham Bridge, the Battle of Philips Norton and of course the Battle of Sedgemoor. The 6 week War is a perfect Skirmish period for any gamer, so if you're interested in the period my advice is buy it!

You can purchase the booklet direct from Ralph's site here or on ebay here

You can also visit Ralph blog Wars of Louis XIV

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Border Reivers, The Battle of the Cross - The Rejects at Broadside 2015

It was an early start on Sunday, but not as early as BigLee's, (click here for his report)
We all met round Posties house and  after a quick 35 minute drive down the A2, we arrived at Broadside!!!!

There were many traders already there, but we were one of the first games to set up

Lee looks very happy to be there!

Nearly ready....

Milton Hundred in their nice bright yellow tops, we could see you everywhere, 
but I guess that's the idea!

Postie looks a little stumped?? 

And we're off!

Walter Armstrong lights his beacon on the hill, to call for help from his fellow Scots.
But will any turn up and when?

This is a fictitious game set in the year 1590, somewhere in the Scottish Middle March.
Helen the young teenage daughter of Steven (Mad Dog) Stapleton (Surj) has sneaked away from the family home in England and crossed the border into Scotland, to be with her lover Robert (The Fearless), (Ray) son of Walter (Wally) Armstrong (BigLee). Since both families hate each other, Robert has pleaded with his Mother and Father to let Helen stay in the family home, this they reluctantly agreed to as they know it’s only a matter of time before the Stapleton’s arrive to claim their daughter back!
Thus the scene is set, can the Stapleton’s force their daughter to come home with Fire & Sword or can the Armstrong’s win the day by supporting their son and dishing out their own kind punishment to the English.

Defending the Bastille,  The Scots -  Armstrong’s Rejects BigLee & Ray
28 Foot (Not all on the table at the start)
8 Civilians
11 Horse
1 Dog

Attack Force, English – The Stapleton’s Rejects Surj & Smiffy (Who played a Mercenary Captain)

26 Foot
13 Horse
2 Dogs
6 Bundles of Faggots
1 Battering Ram

1 Pack Horse

Surj and Smiffy learned a few valuable lessons from our practice game.
Get in fast.
While myself and Lee decided to stay under cover and not advance.

We moved men inside the Bastille house straight away and didn't move a Horse forward.

"She's hiding in there, now how the hell are we gonna get her out"
Mad Dog screamed!

Mad Dog Stapleton led from the front, galloping fast to get his wayward daughter back!!

We were allowed to pick a sharpeshooter, we choose the chap in red behind the wall.
Lee then moved him into the Bastille, for more didn't work.


We were out of range, and unable to fire.

My Horse wait in anticipation

The villages carry on as if nothing is happening??


Smiffy leading from the front, decides he likes the look of the sheep?

Smiffies Mercenaries pass the Cross, the Scottish horse look to be outnumbered.

The English foot are running through the open ground.

Foot move 6 inches and add the throw of  a D4 to run.
While Horse move 8' and throw a D8 to run.

The first casualty of the day.

This figure and another 59 casualty figures were bought and painted by Postie in under a
 week from Hoka Hey Wargaming, check them out!!

At the end of the turn, we were very relived to receive some help, 
5 Horse from the neighboring village came to shed some English blood

We were unlucky, we kept missing the first turn, which meant we were on the
 back foot for most of the game.

Then in a just ridiculous turn, the dice gods deserted us and we lost all the Scots defending the
walls outside the House.
Smiffy and Surj needed to throw a 16 plus on a D20, which they managed with ease!

We fired back from inside the house and didn't hit a bloody thing!

 We loved Posties fire markers, made from Teddy Bear fur, wrapped around a pipe cleaner, then poked into the widows of the building.

Things didn't get any better for us, our newly arrived Horse were completely wiped out.
You can see what's left of them in the pic above, just above the red X.

The English had total control of the Battlefield, we'd lost every man outside of the Bastille House.
While they had only lost a mere 10 figures. Our reinforcement, just never arrived in time.
Much to Robert's sorrow Wally Armstrong raised the white flag and handed over Mad Dog's daughter.

And so ends...The Battle of the Cross

The Rejects
BigLee, Surj, Evil Postie, Dave, Little Oliver, Ray & Smiffy

We did have a part 2 
We restarted the game and  swapped sides, 
I'll maybe post a few pics of that game at a later date.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Broadside 2015 - The Games

Just a quick.......ok quite long run down of the games at this years, Broadside in Sittingbourne.
I'll leave most of the pics of our game for another day, but here's a couple.

My favorite game and a lot of others was the quite spectacular 
Shepway Wargames' "The Heart of Darkness"
The deconstruction of the Arab state in the Congo, 1892-94
Also the main pic above.

Just look at those trees!!
Well deserved winners of Game of the Show!

Crush the Kaiser - Testing a new WWI ruleset

East Street Games - Zombies

Gravesend Gamers Guild

Rainham Wargames Club - FIW

Friday Night Fire Fight - Hail Caesar  

Think this was Crawley Wargames Club??
Although I'm not keen on the Fantasy side of gaming, both myself and Reject Richard were very impressed with this game and its terrain!

Deal Wargames Club? - Saving Private Ryan
Cool looking 54mm game!

Medway Gaming Society - Batman

Loved the Bat signal, it did actually light up, like the Gotham scREAMLAND sign, but 
I couldn't wait around for the man himself to turn up.

The Society of Ancients - Troy
this game won the Best Painted figures award
Have a close look and you'll see why!!

SEEMS - Star Wars
This game had BigLee drooling down his T-Shirt!

Medway Wargames Club

Maidstone Wargames Club - James Bond
Sorry chaps there wasn't a lot going on when I took this pic

Skirmish Wargames - American Mexican Wars

Herne Bay Wargamers - Lion Rampant

Southend Wargames Club - Gunboat, Napoleonic Naval