Friday, 27 May 2016

British Naps for Sharp Practice 2 (3)

Eight more Perry British Naps.
Up to 32 now.
8 more regulars and six skirmishers and the basic force will be done.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Partizan Round Up

Here's a few other things that caught my eye at Partizan 2016

Simon Miller's To The Strongest game

The chaps seem to think this is a good rules-set (and Simon seems like a decent cove) so maybe it's a game I should give a try to later in the year (so many projects, so little time)

Perry's Lebanon game

The Perry twins and chums were playing a Bolt action game.

Clothes pegs Wargame

This was just reallyn charming and fun. All the soldiers were made from clothespegs, with the odd flat bit of MDF for horses and the like.

The Haul

So what did I buy?

  • A bumper bag of warbases, ummm, bases. Penny sized ones for Colonials and Naps.
  • Plenty of CDA paint to replace faltering Citadel stocks
  • Some tufts for Colonials (though I think they might be a bit green)
  • A big bag of Pathans from Old Glory
  • Naps and Sudan highlanders from Dave Thomas' Perry stand

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Carlist Wars at Partizan

I saw this game just before the show ended and thought it looked great.
Carlist Wars using Sharp Practice 2

Not the biggest game, but beautifully painted models and scenery.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The Men Who Would Be Kings at Partizan

The two Andys (Hawes and McTaggart) put on a very jolly looking NWF game at Partizan using Dan Mersey's forthcoming TMWWBK rules.

I only got time for a brief peek at the game and chat with Andy H, but it all looked great and I'm dead excited to try and get my forces finished in teem for the launch.
I particularly like the fort.

Details of Andy's TMWWBK games are over on his blog.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Steve Jones' AWI at Partizan

Over on the table next to us at Partizan Steve Jones was putting on another AWI spectacular.
Strawberry Hill I believe.
It all looked lovely and here are some pictures:

I've no real idea who won, what was going on or why or how, but it all looked great.
I want some of the men in pointy hats.
I expect there'll be a report over on Steve's blog very shortly

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Fort Vaux at Partizan

As I've mentioned in the past I am extremely fortunate and grateful that some of my more dedicated and talented wargaming chums keep inviting me to hinder help out with their games at shows.
This time it was James Morris who asked me if I fancied giving him a hand with his Fort Vaux participation game at Partizan 2016.
I was more than happy to say yes.
This is a game James has been working on for a good six months, having originally started talking about the project with Scrivs at Salute 2015.
It's based on the assault on Fort Vaux during the battle of Verdun in 1916, during which the French and Germans battled in narrow tunnels using flamethrowers and grenades in what must have been hellish conditions.
But enough of the preamble, here are all the eye candy

The whole set packs up into six large really useful boxes and then it's a game of James and the Giant Jigsaw to put it all together

When finished it all looks a bit like this.

The two side tunnels are where the Germans fought their way into the underground fort from two bunkers.

James always likes to include plenty of additional material to support the display and give reference for people to explore further.

The game is a kind of nightmarish dungeon crawl with some very simple rules enhanced by some tactical cards.
The Germans have four days, each of four turns, to get to the centre of the fort to win. And the French win by stopping them.

 Man les barricades, mes amis!

 Germans scrambling over the top of the fort by the 75mm gun emplacement

 A Poilu emerges to throw a grenade

 The Bosche advance

 Major Reynal takes charge of the defence...

 ...and is captured! Leading to surrender!

 Our first French winner of the day

 Attempting to summon help

On the roof the Germans take advantage of cracks to rain down flaming death!

We played plenty of splendid games, with about an even split bewteen French and German victories.
Lots of people stopped by to say very nice things, and it was surprising how many people had visited the real fort themselves.
No-one told us "the trees aren't right" or any other kind of nit-picky rivet counting.
So all in all a great day out.

One made even better by this:

The "Best in Show" award.
Richly deserved by James in my view.

And here is the man who did it all, holding his award and sporting a proper french moustache.

A great day out at a splendid show, one that actually felt enhanced by the move from Kelham Hall.