End of the year

OK – so one New Year’s resolution is going to have to be to write this Blog more frequently!

Since the last entry in June, the wargaming front has been a bit quiet – so another resolution must be to PLAY MORE GAMES!

Back in August, I helped run a DBA tournament at the BHGS Britcon event in Manchester.  I put the fact that I came bottom down to me organising, umpiring and playing – a bit of a stretch on the multi-tasking front.

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The nest event I attended was a battleday with the Peter Pig Square Bashing rules in Daventry and organised by Simon Clarke.  Although I bought the rules a few years ago, I had never played them apart from the participation game at York when I was seduced into buying them.  Anyway, I am glad I did as I thought this was a brilliant game.

More pictures can be found on the RFCM forum at:

http://rulesforcommonman.uk/smf/index.php?topic=390.0

I am already looking forward to the next day in June and I have also asked for (and got) some Christmas 12mm Kallistra Late war Brits and Germans to play the game with.

My old mate and gaming partner Sean has introduced me to Art de la Guerre and that is also a game I will be playing more of.

My son James has been home for Christmas and New Year and so we got some assorted games in.

Firstly, a game of Irregular Wars by Nic Wright.  These are focused on various small actions  in the period of discovery and conquest in the age of discovery in 16th and 17th centuries.  We played an action from the conquest of Siberia with Cossacks against Koryaks – NE Asian headhunters.  Great fun!

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More details about Irregular Wars – Conflict at the World’s end here:

http://irregularwars.blogspot.co.uk/p/irregular-wars-conflict-at-worlds-end.html

Next game up was a chance to get out my long-neglected 15mm Crimean war figures to try out the Neil Thomas Simplicity in Practice rules.  Although vert simple – and in the old school tradition – they gave an entertaining game.  We used a scenario from Neil’s 19th Century Wargaming book – one of my favourite wargaming books.

And finally, a game of Lion Rampant.  We played the fugitive scenario – as it seemed to be over quite quickly with me locating and finding the fugitive before James’ hunters were anywhere close, we continued the game as the Bloodbath Scenario.

On the painting bench right now are a couple of DBA armies – Late Swiss and French Ordonnance in preparation for the Mercian Tournament in February, with the Italian Wars as the theme.   After that i will be getting on with my Kallistra Late WW1 Brits and Germans.

Hopefully there will be less of a gap bef0re the next Blog entry than there was since the last one!

 

 

 

DBA v3

So far, gaming in November has been very much about playing DBA v3!

Firstly, there was a good game of Big Battle DBA with Sean, my long suffering regular wargaming mate!

The game was set around the battle of Nicopolis in 1396 between the Ottomans and a combined Hungarian/Western Crusader army.

The orders of battle were based on the scenario by Ian F White with a few minor changes to cater for my miniatures collection.

The orders of battle were as follows:

Hungarian Right (12 elements): 1x3Kn (General – King Sigismund), 2x3Kn, 1x6Kn, 4x2LH, 2x4Cb, 1x4Sp, 1x2Ps. Appear 2nd bound

French Centre (12 elements): 1x3Kn (General – John of Nevers), 7x3Kn, 2x3Cv, 2x4Cb.  (50% demoralisation, must have highest pip score + move towards enemy directly)

Wallachian Left (12 elements): 1x3Cv (General – Prince Mircea), 4x2LH, 2x3Bw, 1x5Hd, 4x2Ps. Appear 2nd bound

Ottoman Right (9 elements): 1x3Cv (General – Tinnurtash), 5x3Cv, 3x2LH

Ottoman Centre (15 elements): 1x3Cv (General – Sultan Bayuzid), 3x3Cv, 3x2LH, 4x4Bw, 4x2Ps.

Serbian Left (12 elements): 1 x3Kn (General – Stephen Lazarevitch), 5x3Kn, 1x3Ax, 5x2Ps  Appear on third bound.

The overall result went as it did in history with an Ottoman victory.   The French got bogged down in the dry river bed against the Ottoman centre and the Hungarians fell victim to the Serbs coming in from the Ottoman left.  The Wallachians did well on the Hungarian left, demoralising and then routing  the Ottoman left, but then suffered a series of abysmal PIP rolls that stopped them from contributing further.

We really thought that the BBDBA game added an extra dimension to the game with the demoralisation to the different commands.

In hindsight, the terrain was probably too challenging for the Hungarians as the dry river bed was treated like bad going and as soon as they eventually got out of it, the Hungarians and their French/Burgundian allies were under punishing bowfire from the Janissaries!

Here are some pictures – figures are 12mm Kallistra.

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Above – Sean considers his options as the French/Burgundians rush heroically towards the enemy!
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Above, the Serbs attack on the left

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Above, the Household Sipahi wait to pounce!

On Sunday, 15 November, Patrick Dale organised a  DBA tournament at Great Bowden near Market Harborough- this was my first and great fun it was too.  16 participants, 5 games and a theme of feudal English and their enemies.  I took a North Welsh army with South Welsh allies.  I really liked the fast moves and +3 modifier for the 3Pk – a real incentive not to hang around and get stuck in!

I look forward to my next tournament!

 

Visit to Sheffield Triples 16 May 2015

Living as I do near Sheffield, this is an annual pilgrimage for me!

This year’s highlights were getting a drop-in game of DBA 3 being run as part of the Northern Cup,  courtesy of Paul Mugatroyd and watching my great friend and wargaming partner, Sean Pratt, take part in a re-fight of the Battle of Grandson being run by the medieval re-enactment society Knights in Battle.

The DBA game was between Northern Welsh and Anglo-Normans.  I played the Welsh and went down gloriously to a 4-0 defeat against Scott Russell, proving that perhaps charging my army of mostly 3 Pike across a river against mutually supporting spearmen was not the right approach.  I was a bit disappointed to discover that the 3 Pike did not really get any combat advantages on steep hills as I thought that was where they were meant to be strong!  A fun game nevertheless and, as a relative beginner,  helpful to play against an experienced, informative and patient opponent.  I hope to take fuller (and more successful) part next year.

While I was being hammered in DBA, Sean was busy proving that the Burgundians can defeat the Swiss.  The game used a slightly modified version of Neil Thomas’ Ancient and Medieval Warfare rules.  This was a big battle with 16 units per side rather than the usual 8 and also included a rule modification, whereby losers in a melee were pushed back.  This made the game more dynamic as sometimes the original rules can result in a bit of a static slogging match – possibly the only thing I would want to improve in what I otherwise think is a simple and elegant rule set that gives credible results.

The table looked absolutely superb with great scenery and 28mm figures.  Sean took these photos:

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The guys running the game were really helpful and interesting and well worth going to meet if you come across them at other shows!

As far as discarding cash at the trade stand is concerned, I picked up a pack of Donington Pecheneg Horse Archers and a couple of Asiatic wagons from Irregular with a view to creating a DBA Pecheneg Army to go with my Outpost Wargame Services Byzantine Army.

The next event for me is the Partizan Show at Newark on 31 May, when I hope to take part in a large To the Strongest game being put on by Simon Miller, the author of the rules.  Report to follow!