Sunday, 26 October 2014

Sunday, Sunday is Here Again

Yes a quote from Blur to start the post, not a bad way to go, well maybe. This mornings offers is a start of my long waiting project for Donnybrook by the League of Augsburg and Warfare Miniature. Instead of using the wonderful background that is well presented in the book, I have opted to go for a wee bit earlier and do War of the Three Kingdoms or English Civil War. I do love the rules and I am planning of doing Donnybrook for the American War of Independence and/or Nappies too, mainly as it I fancy using some those Perry Miniatures. So back to ECW.

This is my first unit for this and it is a militia unit raised to fight for King or Parliament. I have thought about going down the root of painting named regiments and such but instead I think the best way is to have coloured regiments instead.

Now saying that this unit is actually based on a real regiment, John Bright's Regiment of Foote. John Bright's regiment was raised in Sheffield in 1643. Bright having previously raised and commanded a troop of cavalry. The Foot regiment would last beyond the restoration of Charles II.
Although not formally part of the New Model Army, Bright and his regiment were prestigious enough to warrant comment from the better known characters of the period. Piecing a history of the regiment together has proved difficult because of the length of service, and one fears, a coverup of the units actual movements at the restoration.

One main source stands out, "The memoirs of Captain John Hodgson" is a rip roaring blast through the Civil War in the North of England, but how long Hodgson was with the regiment is not clear.

The regiment has grey jackets and I have gone along with the idea of a unit on campaign or the fact the maybe the uniformed with the jackets and the rest of the uniform was the troopers own clothing. So I have grey, green, brown and russet trousers and there is a mixture of hats and even two troops is an actually uniform.

The unit of a mixture of equipment too, some with bandoliers, some with bandoliers with a leather cover over them to keep the charges nice and dry, in a "Hunting Style" and some with a pouch on a belt in what is called "Oxford Style". Going back to the bandoliers with the leather covers, this is quite strange as originally this was thought that only specialist troops had these but over the years people of been finding these is lots of museums up and down the country and have realised that these are a lot more common that thought. Personally I think it would of been as it is a very good way of keeping the power dry and actually just makes sense. Also some of the troops have short leather jerkins on, which I assume are more for warmth and protection for the elements than protection from pointy things, though it work I guess.

I have painted the "turn backs" blue and also did this on the ribbons of the trousers, some of the stockings and the bandoliers. This is to add colour to the figures as these are rather drab of neutral in tone but who actually knows if they actually back turnbacks in colours or they simply the sleeves rolled back to make it easier to fight and firing the musket.

I am also planning on using these figures for my Witchfinder General game by Dashing Dice Games, thanks there Michael over at 28mm Victorian Warfare for showing me the way as this is a great set of rules and recreates that Hammer House of Horror feel.

Anyway have a great weekend and see you soon.


Friday, 24 October 2014

Wargame Bloggers Quarterly Issue 2 is Coming

Issue Two is right around the corner folks!

In the way of a teaser I can tell you this issue will have articles on the following periods:

Interwar / VBCW
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Saturday, 18 October 2014

The War Comes to Leicestershire and Rutland


I have been doing a spot of thinking about the war in Leicestershire and Rutlandshire and this has led to thinking about the major players and characters involved in the conflict. Strangely though I have thought about this and have come from the Royalist forces angle first and I am not sure why. So I am planning to write up the Royalist characters, their background, motives and personality and then the Socialist characters. With this I will also add what has happened, whats going on and what the future will bring on the East Midland Front. But first of all here is the start and may I introduce the Duke of Rutland.

The Duke of Rutland, Lord Tredgast Strapleton-Mallet

Lord Tredgast Strapleton-Mallet, is the 10th Duke of Rutland, personal friend to King Edward VIII and loyal supporter of him and Mosley’s Government. The Duke is a member of the King’s Inner Circle after arranging secret meetings between The King and then Mrs Simpson just outside of Leicester at Ingarsby Hall, before the war started. The Duke is a member of the British Union of Fascists holding the rank of Staff Officer 4, District Inspecting Officer. He has personally raised his own company of BUF troopers, The Duke of Rutland’s Own BUF, which is semi-independent, but is part of the BUF Legion VI “Ironsides” and is part of Severn Valley and Midlands Division regional command. He is one of the more capable Royalist commanders in the East, mainly fighting around Leicester, trying up the Socialist forces in the city, but also he has held commands in East Anglian and Lincolnshire.

The Duke is a rather ambitious man, seeing his way to advance his social standing by standing loyal to the King and to the King’s Government. He is a rather capable commander, even though he has had little actually military experience, mainly gained from his command of the Rutlandshire Territorials and Yeomanry. He is a gifted leader, with good interpersonal skills and a likable personality, but he does suffer from a bit of vanity and he does like to socialise more than perform his civic duties. However, people do like him and he is perceived as being a man of the people and rather like the King.

A part of the Dukes success he small group of commanders that he has around him, in which he give them freedom to carry out The Royalists plans, though at times this does bring him into conflict with them but he has the good sense to never sack again of them.

His motto Deo et Regi Fidelis, Loyal to God and King, and happily uses the symbols, history and legend of Richard III to help unify and installed pride in his forces.



Sunday, 12 October 2014

I am Alive and Richard the Third for Mrs PK

Yes I am alive but at the moment I am going though some intense training for my new job and it has been leaving me a little knackered its evening. Also there are other things going on in the VBCW world but more on that later.

Well this weekend I though it was time to get the paint brushes and pots out and paint this wonderful figure from the Perry's of Richard the Third for my lovely wife, Mrs PK. I think she is going to bring it to work and put it on her computer, thank God I have another one to paint, lol.

It was a dream to paint and it is amazing the amount of detail there is on it. Also I was surprised to see that he actually looks like Richard the Third and is a wonderful kit. I am so pleased with the results and I am thinking of painting the other one now just for me.

The other thing that I have been doing is thinking about moving forward the timeline but for many different, good reasons these have had there difficulties, the 50s to close to the original VBCW, the 60s, 70s and 80s all to close for most of us to play so what about moving the timeline to the near future to 2038?

After decades of broken promises from the British Government at Whitehall the Scottish people have had enough of the lies and declare Independence in 2036. While the British Government is still reacting to this and trying to think what the next move will be the Welsh Assemble follows Scotland and declares Wales Independence too in January 2037.

The Government in England now is thrown into turmoil and the Government is forced into a General Election. However timing is not always the best and with all this doubt about the banking system goes into meltdown and effects all parts of society. This has a knock on effect and a world wide depression breaks out, causing many foreign Governments to look inwards to themselves. Soon left and right wing militias are fighting on the streets across the Un-united Kingdom with the Government powerless to do anything about it.

In June 2037 with the raise of the Right Wings parties and the failure of the Coalition Government to stop the fall out of the break up of the UK, Cornwall declared itself Independence from the English Government which forces the English Government into action and sends a Police force from the West Midlands into the area. This sparks the fire of rebellion in Cornwall and the West Country as a series of Guerilla campaigns start off. Initially the Guerilla campaign works but the hard pressed Police require help and the Army is called in and the Guerilla action ceases after a couple of bloody encounters. But as soon as the Police and Army reduce there present in the area a fresh wave of attacks break out and the country watches to what is going to happen next.

In November King Edward IX makes a speech trying to united the country in which he states that He will personally taking control of the Parliament and the Country with the aid from "friends". This cause an very strong outcry from the Church under a strong and militant Archbishop of Canterbury about the very fabric of the Constitution of the Country is being destroyed by this action and the King should rethink His position and gives a deadline of 1st January 2038 to comply. Meanwhile communities across the country start to "gate" themselves and hire private bodyguards to defend their properties and wealth and the streets in the cities are left to the para-military and local militias.

What do you think? Is it a winner?

Finally, Issue One of Wargame Bloggers Quarterly is nearing 2,000 downloads. Tell your friends and let's see if we can reach the magic 2K mark before we publish Issue Two in November!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Heavy Metal for the Duke

I bet some of you have wondered where I have disappeared too well I have been busy writing and rewriting rules for Went the Day Well. I have to say it has been a worth while project and it is nearing completion but I would like to see this does not mean I have written a 2nd Edition rules but rather added in some new rules and alternative rules for the game and hopefully the new additional rules will be in a book with scenarios and it will be released shortly.

Indeed the Duke of Rutland has invested in some serious hardware in the form of a Vickers Medium tanks, a Vickers MKVIb light tank and a Recce Carrier. I have painted these in the colours used at the start of the Second World War so I can use these both for my Early War BEF and for my VBCW forces.

I still have some more stuff that I need to add like a 3" mortar, a second section of infantry and some HQ extras. I have to say I am very pleased with the results of the armour.

Hopefully I should get around to posting again over the weekend and on Saturday I will be at Derby shopping and generally wondering around. So if you are there say Hi.

Also hopefully I will be receiving my copy of Mars Attacks the board game from Mantic games tomorrow or Saturday and when it arrives I will do my first unboxing.

Have a great time

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