Sunday, 22 May 2016

A quick Edgehill visit

There's a really good, thought provoking article in the current issue of Miniature Wargames, regarding tactics in the English Civil Wars by Andy Copestake (of Old Glory UK fame). Over the years I have started and sold three Parliamentarian forces, 15mm Mikes Models, 6mm Baccus and 28mm Foundry but I've never completed one.

The period does continue to interest me, not only is Edgehill pretty close but Powick and Worcester are even closer. Perhaps in the future I'll try again. I'd meant to visit Edgehill for years and today we literally drove past so on the way home we stopped off for a pint at The Castle.

The Castle pub, is an eighteenth century folly with fabulous views over the battlefield in the fields below. Alas much of the battle site has been compromised by the MOD since it took ownership in 1940, perhaps in the future we might see access improved.

They have some great views, alas today's weather didn't help, the battle was fought between the villages of Edgehill and Kineton in the middle distance.

In the pub garden, there's a information board with Osprey artwork.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Sharp Practice 2 a first play though

I finally finished the first half of the Perry British Line Infantry box, I will pop up a photo of them all when the other half are finished, but here's a teaser.

I've picked up an artillery piece for the British and French along with some civilians from Front Rank. I've forgotten how nice their figures are, they don't do shows any more due to the costs, but they are well worth having a look at and all figures XAN be bought individually.

We decided to have a run through Sharp Practice 2 now we had our new rule books and cards. There is enough different to trip you up, so read carefully. The different role of the command cards adds some more chance for tactics. Here's a coils of in game shots, there is bound to be more games in the future as we have figures for the French Indian War, AWI and ACW in quantity within club members.

Liberty or Death

I recently subscribed to the new Wargames Illustrated Prime, basically an online subscription with access to all their back issues. I got an email saying I had won a prize, the massive Libery or Death box from Warlord Games.

The box is large and crammed with plastic sprues. Many of these were originally sold by Wargames Factory and now retooled by Warlord. As a starter box, it's great value as includes British Line, Hessians, Militia, Continentals, Artillery and Indians and three resin artillery positions. Also included, from 4ground is their MDF block house, a wagon and some zig zag fences.

Many of the figures have head variants, the British can be made as musketeers, grenadiers and lights. The Hessians can be musketeers, fusiliers and grenediers whilst 6 are jagers. Militia have both civilian dress and hunting shirts. Finally the Continentals can be made as line or lights.

In all this is a great box for Sharp Practice or Muskets and Tomahawks, as a starter for Black Powder it would provide a division for each side. For now I am concentrating my 28mm painting on my Napoleonics, but when these fight to the top of the painting pile I will paint those bits compatible with my French Indian Wars figures first.