Wednesday, 17 May 2017

AWI batrep - The Battle of Freeman's Farm 1777

Last Sunday the Rejects got together for an AWI battle. Postie told us all it was a reenactment of a famous battle, but didn't tell us what the name of the battle was until after the game had finished.
In fact we re-played the Battle of Freeman's Farm, Sept 19th 1777.

The initial set up.

The sides were, Surj, Lee and myself the Americans, while Richard and Ian played the Brits.
To win the game the American's had to destroy the British 1st brigade, in the above photo, centre open ground.

We were told we didn't have much time so had to attack quickly.
Which was a major problem as a lot of our attacking force were in the woods, which meant
 half move until clear.

Lee was on our left, his job was to hold the Brits for as long as possible.
BUT he only had light troops!!

The Brit 1st Brigade sitting in the open.

Me and Surj moved full move forward to close the gap.

Lee moved forward as well, to hopefully get a few pot-shots off at the British line.

In a rather surprising move the British 1st Brigade fell back towards the stream???

Surj began the struggle to get his troops out of the woods.

Richard's Jagers moved to the fence line and lost 2 figures for their trouble.

The Brits started to reorganize their front line. Me and Surj didn't like the look of 
what we were about to attack.

There's a lot of open ground over there??

Oops, my Militia fail a morale check and decide they want to stay in the cornfield!!!

On the left Lee's light troops are charged and decide to withdraw, but that gives Richard the 
chance to hop over the fence unopposed.

Our leader Surj decides we cannot attack the Brits in the centre, it would be suicide.
And he was probably right!

So he decided to push his troops over to the left to put pressure on Richard's advance.

Because the Brits fell back it gave them a better chance to bring up their 2 medium guns.
Which were placed in the frontline, if we advanced we would be cut to pieces.

Ian artillery turn and face the centre.

My artillery fired 4 times and missed each bleedin time!!!

Morgan's Riflemen v Combined Grenadiers
I don't fancy Lee's chances?

As Richard moved forward, Lee moved back.

Surj moved over to the left in a pointless move.

My Militia still won't move.
There was no way we could win now.

Ian moved forward on their left.

So I moved forward again

What's going on over here then??

Yay, my Militia hopped over the fence!

Whoop de doop!
We get reenforcments..........on the left, where we don't need them! Grr!
Back that's what you get when you play reenactment battles i suppose?

By now I'm losing the will to live........

With the Brits advancing I throw in the towel.
Surj wanted to carry on as we still had a chance to win?
Yeh 0,006% of a chance!

I think I can hear the kettle boiling?
I skulked off and made everyone a cuppa.
Lee told me the Brits got reinforcements turn up on my right flank.
Glad I didn't see them I might have thrown more than the towel in!!

And so to the victors.
Richard got the Best Reject award for his valiant advance.

While Ian got a Custard Cream to dunk in his tea!

Frustration is the word!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Salute 2017 - Bloggers Meet up

Numbers were down at the annual Bloggers meet up at Salute this year, but it was still great to
meet up with some old comrades for a quick chat.
Above we have from left to right
Legatus Hedlius, Alastair, Reject Dave, Postie, Mark, Young Padwan, BigLee, Simon Miller, Tamsin, Simon, Carl, Jez, Andy, Moi, Provost Marshal, Sir Michael Awdry, Al.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Salute Loot 2017

Finally got around to posting my Salute Loot!!
I didn't do half bad, my first purchase were 3 packs of torches from Midlam miniatures. One day they will be added to some figures, ready to set a village alight!!
I had a chat with Martin at Warbases, who showed me his new Roman range, some of the new buildings are quite something, check them out if you've any 28mm Romans. I bought 3 packs of animals to go with the ones I bought a few years ago, and 3 of the new Roman wagons, these will be added to my Donnybrook collection.
I collected a pack of Redoubt Woodland Indians from Col Bill and Belt Fed girl that I'd pre-ordered.
After having a chat with Barry & Toggy on the Warfare Minis stand I bought some mounted French Dragoons, now I already own some Dragoons from different manufacturers, but liked the models so thought why the heck not!
On impulse I also splashed the cash at Sally 4th's stand, buying "The Ancient Souk" market place, once again with Donnybrook in mind, Tangiers here I come again, or it would do just as well in England or Flanders. I also bought 2 packs of tents from Sally guessed it, Donnybrook again.
Now my actual plan for te show was to buy some more woodland Indians and have a search for some early Settlers/Militia types for Bacon's Rebellion, So I picked up a pack of figures from Reiver Castings, they may be a tad late but I think they'll do. which brings me on to my last 2 purchases.
Painted figures!!
I can't remember the last time I bought painted figures??

Grubby Tanks were flogging Injuns for £3.50 a pop, so I helped myself to the above, 3 Musket Indians and 3 Commanders. 

Hmm? 12 Handweapon chaps!

 and 12 more bowmen!!

And.......I ummed and erdd about these chaps, once again they're Redoubt figures, which I was 
looking at not 5 minutes before I bought these painted chaps. There were more but these 12 ECW musketeers and 1 leader will be the start of my American/Settler types!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Salute 2017 - The Pics (A Looong Post!)

Its Sunday night and my feet still hurt!
Yep I've got to admit it, it was bloody knackering walking around Salute all day!
Postie, Dave and myself left early, unlike last year I actually remembered the tickets this time!
So upon arrival to the Excel centre, me and Postie abandoned Dave to the Salute queue and if you've ever been to Salute you'll know the pain of the Salute queue!
Yes, that does mean we had a press pass once again. yee haw! So we got in nice and early around 8.30ish. After an hour of wandering around I called BigLee to see where he was. He wasn't best pleased when I told him we were already spending our hard earned dosh and had been for an hour or so. He called me a few names, none of which I can repeat here, but he did include a photo
see below!
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he he!

Anyway on with the SHOW!

Dalauppror - Fort Mosquito 1654
Sweden v Dutch Wars in the New World
Top marks go to Michael and Gang, this was my favorite game of the show!

Barry, Me and Postie
And just who is the little Gremlin over Posties shoulder?
Oh its Trevor!!!

Col Bill, giving it large!!!

 Warbases and Col Bill still setting up.

My first purchase of the day was at Midlam Miniatures
Some very nice lit torches......what the hells he talking about, I hear you say.
All will be explained another day.

The ddddreaded queue.....

Warlord - Inverlochy 1645

Still setting up.....

WI - Celebratory Deathmatch

Society of Ancients

Gatehouse Gamers - Encounter at Pearson's Farm ACW

Barry & Toggy looking all glam!

Herts Volunteers Gamers Club - Sword Beach 6th June 1944

Hornchurch Wargames Club - WotR

A bit blurry, but these ship were bloody awesome!!

£70 for this ship which I thought was a bargain

I had a chat with Graham & son from Crann Tara

Essex Warriors - 7YW Battle of Prague 1757

The Old Guard - Raab 1809

A beautiful castle for sale at Rendra.


2 Fat Lardies - Sharpe's Practice
Had a quick chat with Sidney Roundwood!

Bit blurry but..........


Peter Pig - Vietnam

Shattered Void

The Walking Dead

More 7TV

Crewe and Nantwich Wargames - Fall of Philippines Battle of Marong 1942



Scareb Miniature - Italy 1917-1918

Tunbridge Wells Wargames Society - Soviet counter-attack near Rogochev 1942

Wyre Forest Gamers - Battle of Kalisz 1706 

Pike & Shot Society - King Philips War 1675

Pedion Terrian - Operation Uranus WWII
Beautifully made terrain tiles!

Bexley Wargames - Jurassic Park 

Muskets & Tomahawks

Simon Miller - Raphia 217BC

 The Continental Wargames Society - Meet me at the Trocadero

Real Time Wargames - 

Learn to Paint the Army Painter way

Battle for Neustadt 6mm

The river that never was......

League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists - Carry on up the Volga, Russian Civil War

ACW - ??



Gripping Beast

Pirates - ??


                                              Von Jrinkenessen Chronicles - Italian Wars

North London Wargames Group - 

I found this reprobate fast asleep in a chair.
Of course I riffled through his bag and ate his sandwiches!

Bet they were hot!

Not at hot as him though! 

Ard Hamma Pinhail - 2nd Sino-Japanese War


Friday Night in Crawley - Palestro 1859 - Franco Prussian War

Love the town!

Fran woulda loved this one!
Oshiro Terrain - Shiro O Kogeki

??? -The Battle of Lodi Vecchio 1239

Kallistra - Battle of Cambrai 1917

And that's about it
hope I didn't bore you too much?
If anyone can fill in any of the club or game names I'd appreciate it?