Thursday, 30 January 2014

The Battle of East Langton, Leicestershire Campaign

As the fighting dies down around Leicester and Melton Mowbray a new are ignites in conflict in the South of Leicester the area between the Royalist town of Market Harborough and the Socialist town of Corby.

Market Harborough is the principle town in the south of Leicester with a tradition of fox hunting, cricket, rugby and keeping things rural. With the HQ of a Squadron of the Leicester Yeomanry this town stands as the base of operations of the Royalists in the area. Linked to the Duke of Rutland, being under his command area, the town has little love for Moseley and the BUF, but understands that needs must. The commander of the Royalist forces is John Leofric Stocks, DSO with his Second in Command being Charles Alfred Richard Coleman, Leicestershire and England Cricketer. Also in the town is the Earl of Rockingham, Sir Lewis Watson who is try to regain his home, Rockingham Castle, which has been taken over by the Socialist forces in Corby. Sir Watson has a small force of chaps that have come with him and a section of BUF which was supplied by the Duke of Rutland to aid him in retaking his family home.

Corby, on the other hand is a very new town, built on industry, Steel, with a large population of Scottish and Irish workers, the socialist fire was there with them and when the war started they declared themselves for the Socialist cause and joined the east Mids Socialist League, supplying the major socialist cities with steel and protected from attacks by the city of Leicester to the north and the socialist towns of Wellingborough and Northampton to the south, but still it makes to a prime target for the Royalists.

Now a Socialist patrol under the command of Branch Secretary: “Red” Roy Mackenzie, a thoroughly political entity through and through, quite happy to use the war as an excuse to further his political ambitions and increase his personal power, advances in the general area of East Langton, with following under his command: Branch Assistant: Tommy “Gun” Boyd, Mackenzies' left hand man, a local hard man, hired by “Red” for protection, Tommy carries the banner. Senior Steward: Stuart Caldwell, No.1 section, very popular with his men, and has a personal following amongst the rank and file membership, something that displeases “Red Mac”. Senior Steward: Danny McGrath, No. 2 section, made up of drivers and transport staff & determined to make a good account of themselves in the conflict. Junior Steward: John Collins, No.3 section, recruited from the clerical staff, given a bunch of pistols and very little training. Section Leader: Lenny “Lenin” Lewinski, No.4 Section, Lenny, a Polish émigré is an even more fervent socialist than “Red Mac” a true believer in the cause. First aider: Jimmy “Doc” Doohan, Jimmy was a Medical orderly during WW1; he has experienced what it’s like under fire and is willing to put his neck out to save others. Sniper Team: Fergie & Paul McShane, brother and sister from the "old country" who have come down to England for the sport, their kind of sport being poaching, currently “in the field” around the Langtons.

Opposing them is a Royalist Patrol from Market Harborough under the command of 2nd Lt "Paddy" Logan, MP. With him is The Harborough Auxiliaries, Lord Symingtons’ Volunteers, Harborough Grammar School Cadets and an old Austin Type 3 Armoured Car, named “The Cricketers”.

The Socialist forces being cut off from their transport home via the railway track, by the Royalist patrol decided to fight their way through the Royalists to get to their transport home. Meanwhile the Royalist forces deploy to engage the Socialists.

Lord Symingtons’ Volunteers deploy to check the Red horde

Senior Steward, Danny McGrath and No. 2 section drive into East Langton trying to drive through the Royalist barrier
The Corby Socialists under Branch Assistant: Tommy “Gun” Boyd advance on the Royalist positions
The Royalist barrier advancing into East Langton to stop the Red Wave

The Harborough Grammar School Cadets advanced to the edge of the village and opened fire on the Red truck causing it crash and forcing the troops inside to jump out of it. This made them targets for The Harborough Auxiliaries who poured fire into them too. In the meantime the Corby Socialists carried on their advance with sniper team of Fergie & Paul McShane running to the top of the hill to take up positions on its summit.

The Harborough Grammar School Cadets and The Harborough Auxiliaries pour fire into the Reds
Senior Steward, Danny McGrath, No. 2 section fighting in the streets of East Langton

The Socialist Sniper Team of Fergie & Paul McShane race to the summit of the hill and come under fire

Senior Steward, Stuart Caldwell and No.1 section advance towards the Royalists

The Royalist line where the majority of the Corby Socialists where assault was quite weak and the Royalists started to move troops and the Armoured Car over to support Lord Symingtons’ Volunteers. Then shot rang out from the Socialists sniper and the Royalist commander, 2nd Lt "Paddy" Logan, MP, lay on the floor bleeding from a severe to the chest. This through the momentum to the Corby Socialists as they advanced toward the weakly defended part of the Royalist line. In the meantime The Harborough Grammar School Cadets finished off Senior Steward, Danny McGrath, No. 2 section as it made a dash for the railway line.

Lord Symingtons Volunteers valiantly trying to hold off the Red menace

Senior Steward, Danny McGrath, No. 2 section rushing to the railway line

The Harborough Grammar School Cadets finishing off the Reds

The Corby Socialists massing to attack the weaken Royalist line

The Socialist sniper team carried on its bloody work and finished out the Royalist command section and the Corby Socialists carried on pressing its assault on the Royalist line. The Royalists rushed troops under to the weaken line but would they get there in time?

The Reds sniper team carrying on its deadly work

Lord Symingtons’ Volunteers suffering badly from the attentions of the Corby Socialists

Senior Steward, Stuart Caldwell, No.1 section assaulting the Royalist positions

The Corby Socialists could see there transport getting ready to leave and they struck forward wiping out Lord Symingtons’ Volunteers in the process but at a cost too as the they dashed for the railway line a number of brother fell the to the bullets of the Royalists and especially the marksmanship ship of The Harborough Grammar School Cadets, who for their very first action proved that hard work, dedication and team work pay off and sent about twenty five Reds to their deaths to loss of none of them.

The Harborough Grammar School Cadets forming a firing line

The Harborough Auxiliaries tiring the close the gap

The Sniper Team ofFergie & Paul McShane, the Socialist Command of “Red” Roy Mackenzie and the medic, Jimmy “Doc” Doohan race together through the fields

Junior Steward, John Collins and No.3 section run to freedom and the railway line

“The Cricketeers” tries and fails to stop the Red tide rushing toward it

The Harborough Auxiliaries trying to stop the Red tide

 The Harborough Grammar School Cadets pouring fire into the flank of the Red Army

The Socialist Command fighting its way towards the railway transport

The Cricketer failing to shot the Socialist Command from escaping

The Royalist forces failing to stop the Reds from getting away

Again a very good game with Leics_Gamer using Bolt Action just a petty it ended in a draw.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Loki's Great Giveaway

Yes Loki has a great giveaway and I can highly recommend that you pop over and join in the fun too. Oh yes the address please PK as that would be of great help, well here it is Loki's Great Hall. I would also say stick around and enjoy his blog.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

On the Paint Table No.12

Well just spend 24hrs of annoying fusrating with Google Chrome and Norton Internet Secuity, try to get Chrome to recognise Norton and dealing with Googles online "Support", actually it is easy to to say "forget it" then actually deal with them. You fire off emails to there support teams and they turn aropund and say well its Norton thats the problem as we did an update that now means Norton doesn't work. Well "Hackers of the World Unite", so much for helping protect your personal data and the internet but rather lets open all the doors and invite everyone in. Still no further in sorting the problem out and I guess this will carry on for a while, so its back to IE, which I hate but at less it works and in turth if it wasnt for this blog I would not have anything to do with Google and its products. Anyway rant over.

So here is my first time doing this after looking at others and thought I might as well join in. I am still on my Victoriana, Empire of the Dead vibe finishing off a rather colourful chap in more than one way for my Gentlemens Club. As you can see there is more hedges being made as I actually need some of these for my game on Wednesday and there is also hidden in the background some Gyspies and a Caravan too, which I am hoping to have finished for a Big Game of VBCW that I am planning in February.

I hope you all have a great day and happy painting.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Can You Ever Have Enough Hedges

I have recently noticed that I dont seem to have enough hedges, do we ever have enough hedges? So after making some hedges for the Partizan Game using green scourers and covering them in Noch leaves I thought that I need some more hedges but I wanted them to be more countryside hedges rather than the nice ones you find in a garden or park. So I went back to basics and got the green scourers and doubled the size to be twice as thick and teased the scourer to make it rough and ready. Then I simply painted it black and then dryish brushed in Vallejo Camo Green and then then Sunshine Yellow and I think the results are rather nice. I was thinking about putting leaves on it but actually I like the look without it. You can see in the background of some of the pictures the bare naked scourers await the painting process and hopefully you can see the teased effect. What do you think?

Sunday, 19 January 2014

The Club House

Here is one of those projects that you have burning in the background while doing other things and you do a bit, leave it, do a bit more, leave it, etc, etc. Please tell me I am not the only person that does this! Its the Renedra's wonderful ACW farmhouse but I think it will make a wonderful club house for the local cricket team. Now I have to admit first that the idea has bit borrowed from Michael Awdry at 28mm Victorian Warfare Blog and his The Pavilion for his zombie games.

Now this has taken a few weeks to complete in this drip/drab fashion but it has also given me time to think about how to do this and where I want things and once I have got the picket fence sorted and in place and the scoreboard worked out I was ready with the painting of it. I built up the white from a mid grey to white in layers using the wet brush technique which turned out rather neatly. The chimney I went for the terracotta colour but then washing a cream colour over it to get the mortar and then drybrushed more terracotta over the chimney again. I am pleased with the overall effect and now I just have to wait for Trick's and Sloppy Jalopy to caste up the cricketers and it will be complete.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Why Do I Play VBCW but Why Do You Play Your Game?

I was thinking about why I got into 1938 A Very British Civil War and what it actually means to me and I realised that it would be good to see why other people have got into this too. So I thought that a series of questions would be the best way to express this and it also might be of use to new players as way as old players alike. So here goes

Why do I like VBCW and Play the Period?

I was looking for a skirmish game has I was looking in getting back into wargaming after moving to Leicester and couldn’t find any clubs that didn’t play Warhammer/40K, Warmachine/Hordes or the number of other SciFi/Fantasy games that were out there. I used to play Flames of War and this this got me back into WW2 games and the games I played when I was a teenager but I didn’t like the tournament style games that were on the market, in fact after playing FoW for a number of years I really found that I wanted something that I could knock about with some friends was than building that killer army.

So I was listening to Meeples and Miniatures podcast cast and they was talking about A Very British Civil War and something inside of me clicked and I thought “Oh that sounds interesting” and I started to see what was out there. I original searched for the now 1st source book but found out that it was out of print and that was where my journey ended. Or it would have been if I didn’t notice that on TMP there stated that the second edition book as about to be released so I ordered it, being only a tenner I thought “What the Heck” and I found the book to be an very interesting read and I love the idea of a gentlemanly civil war.

After that I joined the GWP forum and joined in the discussions and I realised that this was the game I was looking for as it was ticking all the boxes, that being it was mainly played in 28mm, the figures sculpted by Paul Hick’s and sold be Musketeer Miniatures were amazing, the period feel was just right and most of all the players were really friendly and took on board your views and educated you if you didn’t know some part of the period.

Then I got more involved in it by becoming the illustrator for the books which led to my researching all manner of bit and pieces about the time and seeing where I could push it. My imagination was flowing with ideas and was busy collection random figures, painting them out but not actually playing the game, which I somehow didn’t mind as I was enjoying myself so much.

What Motivates Me?

I have to say that what motivates me the most is research. I became a collector of books of uniforms from the period, though I have to say I still don’t own the bible of WW2 British uniforms, British Army Uniforms and Insignias of World War Two by Brian L Davis, Tim Rose please correct me if there is another, even better research book, yet, and this started me into trying to correct a believable illustrations for the period.

This in its way started me into researching my local area and the history of it in the 1920s and 30s, and I was amazed at what I found. This started me thinking about my games that I wanted to play and my forces that I was going to use.

Still for me the one of the most enjoyable parts of VBCW is the research and I have to say it is something that I have stopped doing a bit recently and is something I need to get back to doing.

Why I play the Factions I Play?

I started with the idea that I was going to create a found based around the Archbishop of Canterbury’s personal body guard but I actually started doing some research in my local area and it wasn’t long before I started to create the Humberstone Militia, a Local Defence Force that was raised for the defence of the City of Leicester. This led to me finding out about the city of Leicester and using both local research and the information in the Gathering Storm book, I could see that the city was a Left Wing, Socialist city and I started to raise my troops for this.
Now I made a decision that the core of my forces would be civilians with units added to them to create the Socialist feel but also it meant that if I choice to do another faction I still could use these troops and use add the different units to make a different feel. Now that has actually led to doing more research in the County of Leicestershire and Rutland and the various peoples that inhabit it and now I have two forces, one for the Leicester Socialist Council, a part of the East Mids Socialist League, which includes Nottingham and Derby, and also an opposing faction of Loyalists led by the Duke of Rutland and his forces in the East and South of Leicestershire and the County of Rutland too.

This has led me to creating a background for both forces, which is always in development and I think has kept my interest in the game.

Where to Next?

I am lucky enough now to have a regular gaming partner in Leics_Gamer and we are happily playing our local campaigns around the Leicestershire area with the LSC and the Dukes force’s. We have finished a small mini campaign and have switched our attention to another part of the county. We are planning on doing some Big Games here in Leicester, linked with the small games that we have played and forward the storyline here.

Also developing on from the Partizan games I am looking to develop this in another direction but still having the two linked with each other.

So that’s my thoughts and motivations and what are yours? I love this period, even if at times it is hard, but that’s what makes it rewarding. I would like to see this game carry on for years to come, gaining new players and even popularity as I thing it is a jolly good, enjoyable little game.

Now its over to you chaps, why do you play the games you do, not just VBCW, though I hope some of you do.

Friday, 10 January 2014

The Battle of Tywford, the Leicester Campaign Carries on.

After the capture of Thorpe Satchville by the Leicester Socialist Council forces this lead to a bugle into the Duke of Rutlands lines and the Melton Command see this quickly sort to exploit this and Race to capture the village of Twyford with the aim of forcing the LSC to withdrawing from the area. So gathering his forces together and Melton commander raced forward with his crack troops causing the LSC to bring up reinforcements from the city.

The Dukes forces, already having the jump of the LSC forces race towards the village with the aim of capturing the Church in the centre of the village and use this as the cornerstone of their defence. The Dukes forces started to invest the village while the elite Miners from Coalville race forward in the vanguard of the LSC to try and take the church from the Melton boys but the Melton Lads where too quick and got to the church first and took up positions in there.

The Coalville Miners trying to take the Church from the Duke's men.

The Dukes Armoured Support advancing towards the village with the Melton Rangers in tow

The Duke's main force rushing to support their comrades in the Church

With a firefight starting with the Melton Assault troops in the church and the Coalville Miners the LSC support was slow in coming and the miners felt a little overwhelmed by the amount of attention that they were received but dug in taking advantage of the cover of the hedge while the home made tank, The Molly O'Grady, slowly made its way up the road toward the church with the aim to support of the miners. Thomas Paget with his chums of Humberstone Hall advanced toward the village covered by the tank with the aim of outflanking the Melton boys in the Church. In the meantime the Duke's forces hung onto the Church as more of the troops rushed to support them.

The Coalville Miners finding cover as the Melton Assault troops open fire on them

The Melton Assault troops defending the Church

The Molly O'Grady and the Humbersone Hall section advance to the village

The LSC and Melton sniper teams go to work firing at each other.

The Melton Armoured Car and Melton Rangers fire upon the LSC sniper team.

The Duke's Melton Militias rush to support they chums at the Church

Now the Coalville Miners advanced over the Church's hedges to find cover in the shadow of the Church as the fire from the Melton Assault troops was proving to be excessive and the LSC's Croydon Crusher arrived on the scene to pour supporting fire at the Church along was Molly O'Grady but still the Duke's lads held on in the Church. The Dukes troops carried on with there advance taking positions and pouring fire onto the LSC troops.

The Coalville Miners finding cover by the Church

The LSC advance toward the Church slowly was the Molly O'Grady firing on the Melton Lads in the Church to little effect.

The LSC's Croydon Crusher arrives and fires on the Church too.

The Melton Militia advances while the Melton sniper fires of the LSC sniper.

An aerial view of the action around the Church

Now some more of the LSC reinforcements slowly made its way onto the table taking to take the Church and relieving the Miners who has been the subject and a lot of unwelcomed fire now for a while and this was starting to take it toll on them. The Melton Rangers where getting themselves into a position to bring the full might of their firepower upon the Miners and clear them from the Church once and for all. With the Melton sniper and armoured car adding to the firepower. The Miner soon from that the numbers of casualties where mounting and soon the where laying around dead or wounded and took no further part in the action. At this point it looked like the Melton forces where going to gain the advance and hold the Church.

The Molly O'Grady carried on pouring firing onto the church as the Humberstone Hall section tried to outflank the Church

The Melton Rangers advancing towards the Miners supported by the Melton Armoured Car

The Coalville Miners trying to hold on the ground they have gained.

The Humberstone Militia Village Section advance towards the Church

The second platoon of Melton Rangers rush to stop the outflanking move by the LSC

The Melton Militia move to outflank the Miners

The Melton Rangers finish off the Coalville Miners

More reinforcements for the LSC in the form of the Farmworkers Section of the Humberstone Militia finally make there way toward Church in support of the Village Section who had advanced to the hedges of the Church. Again this was supported by the Molly O'Grady after the loss of the LSC's Croydon Crusher to Melton fire. Now the Dukes forces advanced on the LSC forces in the centre in an attempt to crush them once but this had lost the support of the sniper who had finally been turned out by the LSC sniper. Still the Dukes forces on the other flank had stopped the advance of the Humberstone Hall section as it tried to make its way towards the Church. Still the advantage was with the Duke's men and they had a strong hold on the village.

The Humberstone Militia Farmworkers section find cover in a wheatfield while advancing toward the Church.

The first section of the Melton Rangers advance to find cover

The Humberstone Militia Village Section makes their way to the Churchyard hedges while coming under fire from the Melton Assault troops

The Humberstone Hall section are reduced in numbers from the fire of the Melton Rangers but still hold the flank of the Church

Now the Melton forces make their major push to force the LSC forces away from the Church. However the combined effects of the LSC force on the Melton Assault troops in the Church had cause them to keep their heads down, pinning them in the Church so much so that they were unable to return fire at the LSC forces. However with the Duke's forces flanking around the Church causing the LSC troops to be in great peril.

The Melton Militia flanking around the Church to fire upon the LSC forces gather in front of it.

The first section of the Melton Rangers suffer casualties from the sniper and the Farmworkers

The second section of the Melton Rangers firing at the Humberstone Hall troops

The Melton Assault troops in the Church pinned by fire from the LSC forces

The Village section and the Molly O'Grady pinning the Melton lads in the Church

The Molly O'Grady supporting the Village Section with fire into the Church.

Now the Melton Armoured Car broke into the field to open fire upon LSC's Village section that was in front of the Church causing casualties among them. With the rest of the Melton left flank on the move and bringing down fire onto the LSC village section it looked like the section was going to break but the Molly O'Grady advanced to support them and to threaten the flank of the Church and to block a move by the Melton Rangers and the Melton Greens. With no one in full control of the village both forces limped off the battlefield but the Melton forces could claim a minor victory as it still held the Church and the most of the village still but could not capitalise on the advance.

The Melton Armoured Car out flanks the Village section and cause casualties amongst them

The Humberstone Militia Village Section taking fire from the Duke's forces.

The Dukes forces on the left flank pouring fire onto the LSC Village section

The Melton Rangers and the Melton Greens checked by Molly O'Grady

Stalemate at the Church

The Melton's force finishing positions commanding the left flank

Now this brings an end to this front of the Leicester campaign with minor gains for the LSC, who now have an effective bridgehead to try and launch further attacks in the area around Melton a little later in the year. Now the action moves to the south of the County.

Map of the area fought over in the last few battles.

Close up of the are of the battles

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