Thursday 7 September 2017

Another unit. (Dark Ages)

I am of course talking about Dux Britaniarum where a unit starts as 6 figures. So yet a whole unit finished.  Why do I think this is strange when 12 figures could be 480 in Napoleonic wargames? I don't know.  NO whole army picks just yet. but one is planned but I still need to do 3 more units. (2 units of 6 and 1 unit of 4 Skirmishers). They have now all been purchased and indeed the next unit is already started.

I did not put them in the same order when taking the front and back photos but still I am sure you will forgive me. the colours are authentic, (Red Dyed with Madder (in real life) and Blue dyed with Brazil Wood (again in real life.) Most (BUT not all) colours could be dye in dark age Europe as long as you steer clear of PURPLE and dark colours. Also remember that paint and cloth dye are very different.

Well that is a quick post for today. More again soon. All the best Clint

Wednesday 6 September 2017

A totally bias Club AAR

At the club on Sunday 6 of us played a 28mm Zulu game. I was the Zulus with Richard in the centre and Jim on the far left. (I was on the right). Against us ws Tim and Colin, playing the British. We were using "The men who would be Kings" rules and all the terrain was supplied by Matt as were the British while Jim Supplied the Zulus.
Having learnt in the past that "tribal forces " need
to make the best use of any cover.
It was a little disturbing that Jim had nearly all the scrub
 over his side of the table. I had a few hills
 and Poor Richard had a large open area to cross.

I skjityed the hills as best I could.
JIM malingered at the back (If he ever gets a blog)
Then and only then can he have his say.

Richard had to cross open ground.
The results were well shall we say predictable.
Tim sent his cavalry (Lancers) and attacked one of my married units
the British Lancers won, but not decisively
But it was a win. Costly for both of us.

using every inch of cover, and being criticised by my own team for doing so
I advanced without taking many further casualties.
yes I took a few, but not very many from shooting.

Suddenly in a position to attack. Richards forces did
 manage to attack the defended barricade.
But he was beaten back with terrible casualties.

It was then I was able to launch my attack.
Instead of attacking Tim who had squared off against me. I
swerved and attacked Colin's troops in the rear.
I think all the other players were surprised.

Tim was of course happy that he was not attacked.
But sad at the same time as the
british line lost quite badly
Resulting in a huge hole in their centre.

I cannot claim it all my own way though.
Tim used carbine fire from horseback and almost wiped out my married unit.

My unmarried unit also lost it,s leader in the fight and was thus unwilling to motivate.
But the hole in the British line did allow the other Zulu players to
advance and exploit the situation.

Over all it was a Zulu victory and one dear I say I was fairly instrumental
in creating.

All players did loose a lot of troops.
(Strangely except Jim)
On both sides.
OK I was a little harsh on Jim in this write up. he was not really that bad.
But I did say I was going to write up a bias report against him. So consider that done.