Wednesday 29 May 2013

Thirty Years War Swedish Horse with slightly better photos....

I completed these 2 squadrons of Swedish horse a few weeks ago. Most of the figures have had some minor conversion from Warlord's basic plastic set.

I am in the process of basing up 12 more Croats, 12 Polish cossacks and 12 Hungarian light cavalry. 24 Polish Pancerni and 12 more Cossacks almost finished, and must get cracking with the final few command figures. The Poles were almost an 'accidental' project as I had been planning something else, of which more to follow..........

Friday 24 May 2013

Black tacky non-slip matting

I picked up some rolls of black non slip matting off Amazon, inspired by the coverings of my late Mother's tea trays. If it stopped teacups and plates of cake from sliding around then there is a fair chance it ought to work with figures in their storage boxes and stop them from sliding all over the place, and if it works I will be a big fan of all things black, rubbery and tacky ;o). £1.99 a roll I think.

A quick update and other things including Cossacks

Since rejoining the Durham club I have been able to take part in some really enjoyable games and last night was no exception. I've been slotted into a Seven Years War campaign and I found myself acting commander of the French facing a Hannoverian/Hessian army. Last week the French field army withdrew following a defeat by vastly superior Allied forces ( at least in dice throwing ability if not quite in numbers!); Dave (Jarvis) had a great plan that didn't survive contact with the enemy (heard that before somewhere?). The French were pursued and rather than risk being bottled up and possibly captured in a nearby fortress they took to the field again, slightly reinforced but also somewhat demoralised after their defeat. Anyway, we are half way through the battle, and after an interesting setup that saw the bulk of each army on their own left flanks with only light forces on the right we are slowly closing together, with the French right doing excellent work in holding up the Allied cavalry. No photos this week but I will see what I can do for the next post. Oh, using the Der Kreigkunst ruleset. Not my favourite as they're a bit too slow and clunky for my liking but they work and do add a definite level of frustration to the game.

I have also finished a unit of Cossacks (TAG figures) for my Polish mid-17th C army. Only got another 72 cavalry to go, plus generals and other bits, and they will be done!