Sunday, 27 November 2016

The Vikings are raiding again.

The other Friday night we got together for a little Viking raid.

The raiders disembarked along the coast and proceeded inland through the surrounding forest.

There were a number of Saxon woodsmen in the forest but all but one of them either ran off and hid or just plain didn't see  the several groups of angry Vikings looking for trouble.


Vikings making their way through the forest.



 Only one of the woodsmen decided to run towards the village and warn the locals of the raid.
 One of the Viking groups took a wrong turn and ended up in a swamp.
 With very little warning the Saxons did not have enough time to get their livestock away.
 The Saxons were caught in their homes but quickly poured out to meet the threat.
 The Saxons were seriously outnumbered and it wasn't long before they were being overrun.
 Finally the group of Vikings found their way out of the swamp and into the town to claim some of the spoils.

 What the Vikings didn't know was that this day was also "Tax Day" and that wagon in the middle of the road was worth more than all the rest of the available plunder.
The King's men fought well and managed to get away with the taxes collected. In this case a barrel of beer!

The Saxons lost their village and live stock but they did help to get the tax collector away safely.


The Saxons were later rewarded by their King.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Viking Longhouse

I had been wanting to make a Viking Longhouse for a far while now. Last month I finally made a start.

Once I had begun I found that the enthusiasm took over. In the end it took me just over  a week to make and paint.

Made from balsa wood sticks carved to shape and then glued over a MDF former. The roof is from a hairy material used by plumbers to lag hot water pipes.






Vikings ready to defend their longhouse.


Sunday, 13 November 2016

ECW Green coat Regiment.

Slowly getting back into some ECW gaming. This is a green regiment that I am adding to my Royalist army.
Painted a while ago but only finished off the basing over the weekend.








The figures are all Renegade and the flags are from GMB.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

La Belle Alliance

I have been out of the game for the past couple of weeks due to illness, no blogging, no painting! In fact not very much of anything, but now I am back.

I scored this resin model of La Belle Alliance a few weeks back at the local swap meet.

After a bit of cleaning up, a quick paint job and a bit of basing and we are good to go.





Painted and based within a week but I hadn't taken the photos so it had to wait until I was feeling better.

Now to go and start catching up on the blogs.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Viking raid.

Last Fridays game with the lads was a Dark Age raid on a neighbouring village. This was a practice game for the Southern Strategists game that is on tonight. We are using Lion Rampant rules with some miner changes.

A bunch of Vikings having raided a nearby village were on their return journey loaded with loot. The locals have mustered a force together and are waiting in ambush.

If the locals can prevent the raiders from crossing the river with their ill gotten gains they win.

The raiders leaving the town.



The locals start coming out of the trees to stop the raiding party.

The locals are trying to cut off the escape route.


The locals come in from both sides but the raiders are heading straight for home.


 In the end the raiders were a bit too strong for the locals and they managed to get away with the loot.

I will have to even up the numbers for tonight's game.


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Rescuing the King of Piedmont.

Our last Friday night game was set during the Italian wars of Independence. The King of Piedmont had been wounded in an earlier battle and was resting up in a small town when the Austrian army came calling.

Fortunately for the King, the French Imperial guard were on hand to defend the town while reinforcements were called.

 The King's carriage awaits him outside the town as the first reinforcements stream across the bridge.
 The Austrians advance around the flank and....
 .....through the centre.
The town with French Imperial Guard in and around the area.

 The first of many Austrian attacks on the town.
 The reinforcements meet the flank attack.
 Cavalry appear on the other flank but they also meet some stiff opposition.
 With the Austrians struggling to breakthrough on the flanks they concentrate their efforts on the centre.
 Another attack on the town results in the Austrians regrouping again.

 The defenders of the town hanging on until the King is fit to move.

 Yet another attack on the town.
 The Austrians have some success and eventually capture the town along with the King.
The French however were not ready to give up and charged back in again regaining the town. Although desperately low on defenders the French are able to hang on long enough for the Austrians to give up the fight.

Another wonderful game of Volley and Bayonet.

Thanks to Adrian for the troops and buildings and for running a successful game.