Tuesday, 4 October 2022

2mm French Wars of Religion: Play-testing new rules

Posties Reject's scholar in residence, Richard, has been collecting 2mm miniatures for the French Wars of Religion since the beginning of the year. Painting two armies didn't take long and then he started work on creating a set of rules for the period. He unveiled them in the shed-o-war on Sunday for a play-test (or stress-test when the rejects are concerned!) to get our feedback and to work out any issues. Everyone involved loved the miniatures and enjoy the rules, but more importantly, Richard went home with a load of notes and things to consider for the next revision of the rules. I expect he will be posting more details on his blog My Wargaming Habit in due course so pop over and take a look there.

 In the meantime here are a few teaser pictures from the weekend. 

Small but perfectly formed. 

Nice neat lines... but not for long.

The green dice indicate Quality and the white dice Cohesion (which can go up or down during the game). 

The figures may be tiny but the level of concentration and thought that went into this game was huge. 

Before anyone asks, I won't say much more about the rules at this point. They aren't mine to unveil and besides, they aren't ready yet so everything we tested on Sunday is still up for revision. I expect Richard has lots to ponder in the months ahead. What I can say is that everyone involved enjoyed this first sneak peek and are no doubt looking forward to the next iteration of the rules, as am I. 

Sunday, 2 October 2022

Wargamer Etiquette

As a social wargamer, I have some general rules of good behaviour that can be summarised as my five rules of wargamer etiquette. Follow these and I believe you will have better games, become a better player and have a much better time. 

Friday, 30 September 2022

Basing the Wars of the Roses

My simple six-step approach to basing for 6mm figures. I will be using this approach for my upcoming Wars of the Roses project. Now that I know how I am going to do it I have a shopping list of materials to buy so I don't run out of the right colour of paint or the right type of turf halfway through the project. 

Look out for the 'deliberate' mistake a few minutes into the video 🤣 I decided to keep it in rather than refilm the segment because it's not the first time (and probably won't be the last ) I've named it wrong. Silly boy! 

Sunday, 25 September 2022

Are you a Hobby Hipster? or an Old Grognard?

Are you a Hobby Hipster? A painter and modeller that follows the latest trends and fashions, from contrast paints to 3D printing (and everything in between)? Or, like me, do you pick and choose those developments that suit your needs? 

Friday, 23 September 2022

Unboxing the Wars of the Roses

I have been hinting for a while now that I was considering the Wars of the Roses as a new period. In particular, I was drawn to the range of 6mm miniatures produced by Baccus and their Matched Pair army deal. A reassuringly heavy box of figures arrived a few days ago so I decided it would be good to share a look at what you get.

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Tirailleurs: Finished at last!

Well, it's taken long enough, but I have finally finished two units of Tirailleurs for my French Colonial project. They have sat on my desk - half painted - for weeks. I started these before my recent holiday and didn't get them completed before I left. And that break in the workflow made getting back to them all the harder. Their completion marks the end of my French Colonial project (for the time being at least) as I've now painted everything I originally set out to do. On paper at least, I now have enough points worth of troops to run some very very large games, or give myself plenty of choices when selecting units for solo adventures in the Operations Room. Now all that is left to do is play some more games with them! 

The term Tirailleur was originally used in the Napoleonic era to describe a type of light infantry. However, by the middle of the 19th Century, it was used to describe the indigenous infantry recruited in the French colonial territories. In North West Africa these were recruited from the Arab and Berber communities and became known as the Tirailleurs Algerien. Until the first world war, these troops wore distinctive Zouave-style uniforms of light blue with yellow braiding, white turbans, red fezzes and red sashes. During WWI they had Khaki uniforms but the traditional kit returned for a while (it was considered an aid to recruitment) and, in later years, for ceremonial occasions. 

I wanted to have some Tirailleurs available because they played such an important role in the French conquest of Algeria and Morocco. It was these native troops that would often be left to garrison and maintain order in newly acquired territories, under the command of French officers of course. 

In The Men Who Would Be Kings, these are Irregular Troops. Unlike the native troops in other nations' colonial armies, the Tirailleurs were issued with modern rifles and drilled more or less as regular troops. It's unclear from what I have read how well they were trained, but one source suggested they did not receive the same quality of gunnery practice as regular units. To reflect these two traits I have made both units Well-Armed so they have modern weapons with a range of 24" but one of the units has the Poor Shot modifier and only hit on a 6 instead of a 5+. 

Now all that remains is to get these guys onto the game table and see how they perform.