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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Partizan and the Battle for Manor Farm

I had a great weekend at Partizan meeting up with some good friends and fellow bloggers. The number of games and the quality of them was amazing and there was even two Very British Civil War games there too.

Here are some photos from the day and a bit of a report. But firstly thanks for everyone for turning up and it was a good day gaming and lots of interest too including one of the Perrys having a butchers.

Firstly we tried out a new initiative phase and unit activation for the game, which on the whole worked well, if at times it was a little frustrating. Basically every player had a number of cards equally to the number of units they had and these cards had numbers on them. When that number was drawn from the deck, that unit would activate and perform all they actions, move and shoot, move, shoot and move, rush into hand to hand, etc. Also in the deck with two other cards, a Random Event Card and a Turn Over Card.

The Random Event Card means a Random Event is drawn by the player who last activated their unit and is played.

The Turn Over Card is just that, the turn ends. This is to represent the commander not being able to get messages through, sections trying to understand the orders given, simply not wanting to advance and come under fire, etc. This card acts as a randomiser and can mean that the players might not get to perform all the forces actions and the player as the command has to think about wish units will have the most effect.

They will be more on this soon. Now back to the battle.

The AL was holding Manor Farm and the surrounding area and supplies with the Royalists forces charged with gathering those supplies and bringing them back to their base. The Initial assault from the Royalist forces started will will the AL platoon charged with the protection of the farm taking heavy casualties after cutting down a Royalist section coming up the road in formation. The AL forces protecting the farm them came on the end of a combined assault and rifle fire with one section being cut to pieces from Royalists HMG fire, (9 out of 12 hits), but these AL troops can made of stern stuff and despite the heavy casualties being inflicted on them, two sections at or under half strength, they held their ground and slowed down assault of the Royalists.

The second AL forces guarding the right flank of the farm and the English Longhorn cattle faired must better. They took up positions in the fields and hedges and rained fire down on the Royalist forces attack them and the centre. But I have to report that they mortar team did use the local Morris Team as a marker for ranging in and shelling the Royalist left flank. Combined with the rifle sections firing at the BUF, together with the mortar fire, these BUF chaps where pinned down, (I have to say it was down to mainly the Unit Cards not coming out before the Turn Over Card).

The AL section protecting the farm withdrew to the farm and had a commanding position of he centre the Royalist right flank involved in the bitter hedgerow battle to gain control there and the left flank pinned at the windmill the battle turned in the AL favour forcing the Royalist forces to retreat with a couple of herds of cattle, some supplies from the windmill but failed to get the English Longhorn cattle and the Dukes car. But the BUF did manage to set fire to the windmill and thus stopped the AL forces from having a valuable resource. But the victory lay with the AL for holding the farm and most of the supplies.

All in all it was a great day and it was good to meet up with Loki from Loki's Great Hall and Simon Miller from BigRedBatCave. I also learned that you need to charge your batteries for your camera and check the blooming thing works before trying to take pictures as I lost over half of the picture I took this way, but some did come out.

So have a great week ahead.



Saturday, 6 September 2014

No On the Paint Table as I am off to Other Partizan

Yes indeed I am off to Other Partizan tomorrow, Sunday 7th and I am looking forward to it but it does mean that there is no On the paint Table this week. However you get the see the plan for tomorrow's game.

The Battle of Manor Farm

After the engagement at the cricket game the Duke of Rutland, Lord Tredgast Strapleton-Mallet, the 10th Duke, was angry with the loss of his, well the local Sub-Commander, Lt Col (Rtd) Denis Plantagenet Tollemache, of the Duke of Rutland’s Own BUF, Belvoir Command, now included in BUF Legion VI “Ironsides”, red Crossley car and had given orders to find this at all costs. Meanwhile Sub-Commander, Lt Col (Rtd) Denis Plantagenet Tollemache was also on the look out for his, well his wife's car, as home life has not been so sweet since.

At the same time with winter coming, the patrols and raids are being sent out to gather supply from the supporting area and beyond and hearing of a prize herd of English Longhorns will belonged to Lord Quenby had been stolen by Anglican League fellas operating in the local area and recently been discovered at Manor Farm near Launde Abbey. The Duke has decided to get these fine animals back and use them as a bargaining point with Lord Quenby, Major (Rtd) Shukburgh Ashby-De Lisle, VC, DSC, MC, making sure that Lord Quenby's troops stay loyal to the King's cause.

Meanwhile at Manor Farm a couple of platoons of Anglican League from Peterborough and Leicestershire are resting after spending a long two weeks training at Launde Abbey itself and being billeted at the farm are looking forward to a few days off.


Standard Platoon with two sections each with one support element. No AFVs or artillery as they would the supplies and cattle alive. A third section can be brought in after turn three.

The factions involved are:

The Duke of Rutlands Royalist and BUF forces
The Launde Abbey Anglican League forces


As winter is coming and all factions need to feed their armies and populace and keep them warm over the coming cold months, so to this end the Duke has sent out forces to raid the other factions resource centre and take back the supply/good to Belvoir Castle.

Also the Dukes force MUST retrieve the English Longhorn cattle.

If the Dukes forces discovery Sub-Commander, Lt Col (Rtd) Denis Plantagenet Tollemache, red Crossley Car they are to bring it back to every Sub-Commander, Lt Col (Rtd) Denis Plantagenet Tollemache if the unit is BUF or to Duke of Rutland, Lord Tredgast Strapleton-Mallet, the 10th Duke, it another Royalist unit.

The Anglican League mission is to stop the supplies fall into the enemies’ hands.

The Playing Area

We will be playing over a 8 foot by 6 foot table with Manor Farm being towards the centre of the table. The Anglican League will set up in and around the farm and its buildings with the Dukes Forces coming on from any of the side other sides.

Now today will be packing the farm, the animals, all the terrain, etc and packing the car for an early start. So if you are at the show please pop over and say hi and have a chat.

Have a great weekend



Monday, 1 September 2014

On the Paint Table, Sort Of

Yes indeed its on the Paint Table time again and this week most of the stuff paint table has been finished or nearly finished in time for Other Partizan next weekend on Sunday 7th September in Kelham Hall, Newark. If you are going please pop over and say hi.

Now as I have said most of this has been finished and it is battlefield clutter or as most people will call it farm yard animals. There are rabbits, donkeys, English Longhorn cattle, shire and clydedale horses, a couple of vans, pigs, chickens and all manner of other stuff too all by WarBases. But also there are actually and couple of things still to be finished or even started.

First up is the Celtic Cross and some baggages and barrels. The cross is by WarBases and is a rather lovely but of kit. I have painted it to feel like some with moss, ivy and other stuff grown or fallen onto it. I have gone for the neglected, overgrown, churchyard look and have made it a bit generic so it can fit into different periods, though I am using this on Sunday for the Anglican League.

Nest up is a half finished milk maid from Wargames Foundry, I think its 18th century civilians range and Mrs PK made me get it. Well I am using her for the farm wife, I know she is a bit old fashion but I rather dont care as I like her. I have gone for a generic customer colour look so, hopefully, she will fit in.

The rest of the table is basically stuff, well animals that I have finished or have nearly finished from English Longhorn cattle, there are a few herds of them in Leicestershire, English Stableback pigs, which were quite common in the 1930s, Doking chickens, Shire horses and vans to be drawn by them. Also there are a Red Deer Stag and Doe and a farmer sitting with his Bloodhound.

Well have a great week as I know I will have as I have some hills to create and a hand cart to paint as well as finishing off the milk maid.


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