Sunday 3 December 2023
Tuesday 28 November 2023
Posties Rejects got together at the weekend for some ACW action using Fire & Fury. I haven't played these rules since 2019 but we all picked things up quickly under Stuart's watchful gaze.
3rd Corp c/o McDowell
1st Division (c/o Hatch) 1st, 2nd, 4th & 6th Wisconson + Gun
2nd Corp c/o Jackson
|The initial setup. Artillery reserves would come on later in the game.|
|The Federal line was anchored on a ridge line|
|The Confederate players advance towards the Union positions|
|New player Dan turned a humble wood into a formidable redoubt|
|My Wisconsans watch the approaching rebels|
|Much of the fighting took place on the right flank.|
|The Rebels charge up the ridge in the first of several back and forth melees|
|Union troops are pushed back|
|On the right flank, the Pennsylvanians charge downhill, bayonets fixed in an attempt to disrupt the Confederate advance.|
|Extremely high rolls on both sides made the melee very exciting.|
|The Pennsylvanians are touched back up onto the ridge and hold their position|
|Meanwhile, Dan's New Yorkers fight bitterly for the woods.|
|Richard's Virginian's charge uphill and I roll a double one, but so does Richard. There's an immediate second turn of melee and I roll 11 but Richard rolls a 12 and I'm pushed back|
|But then the Union right flank crumples. Both sides are being worn down but the Union troops have the worst of it.|
Friday 17 November 2023
Sunday 12 November 2023
Saturday 11 November 2023
Sunday 5 November 2023
Tuesday 31 October 2023
Friday 27 October 2023
Posties Rejects will be at the new RE-Play event at the Royal Engineers Museum tomorrow. Our game has been chosen because there is a link with the Royal Engineers so please come along and see if you can find Captain Wynne and his men from No2 Company.
Confirmed Clubs running games at this event:
The following list is accurate at time of writing but I guess as this is a 'new' event it could be subject to some last minute changes.
- Shepway Wargames Club, Hauhausen '89, Cold War gone hot.
- Skirmish Wargames, The First LRDG 1916-1917, British Empire vs. Turks at a desert oasis.
- Medway Wargames Society, Gladiator arena, 2 tables (P), Star Wars Shatterpoint skirmish
- Tunbridge Wells Wargame Society, What a Tanker! WW2 tank skirmish
- Maidstone Wargames Society, Dogfight '69, El Salvador vs Honduras, "The Football War"
- Friday Night Fire Fight, Last Argument of Kings, large scale fantasy skirmish
- Fire When Ready UK, Star Wars Legion Grand Army game
- Posties Rejects, 6mm Zulu Wars, The Battle of Inyezane 1879
- Rainham Wargames Club, 1/600 American Civil War Ironclads
- Real Time Wargames, The Glittering River, Naval actions from the Russian Civil War, 1/600
- Milton Hundred Wargames Club, The Battle For Villers Bocage, Rapid Fire WW2
Confirmed Traders at this event:
Again correct at the time of writing. For such a small venue and new event this is a pretty good selection of traders. I have my shopping list prepared!
- The Pit Gaming Shop
- KR Multicase
- Sheppey Models
- Debris of War
- Brigade Models
- Cuirassier Books
Monday 23 October 2023
Sunday 15 October 2023
Friday 13 October 2023
Sunday 1 October 2023
Friday 29 September 2023
Sunday 24 September 2023
Sunday 17 September 2023
Sunday 10 September 2023
Sunday 3 September 2023
Wednesday 30 August 2023
Sunday 20 August 2023
Monday 7 August 2023
This brings me to the one single bone of contention in the rules for this game. Stuart is of course tweaking and refining his WWI rules with every game and following our last WWI game, he made a small change to the Melee rules that I think was probably a mistake. I would say that of course because myself and Steve found the change to our mutual disadvantage, but let me explain and maybe you can draw your own conclusions.
Melee is decided by a series of d10s. One for each base of figures still in play. Additional dice can be added for defending favorable ground, charging, etc. In addition, defenders usually hit on a lower dice roll than attackers so the 'favorable ground' bit is effectively applied twice. So for example, four attackers attack four defenders in a slit trench which is classed as light cover. The defender would get four d10s for troops, and +1d10 for favourable ground. The defender hits on a 6+. The attacker meanwhile gets four dice for troops, plus one for charging, but hits on an 8+. So in a straight fight, the defender in cover has an advantage. (There are other dice that can be added for trained or specialist troops but for the purposes of keeping this example simple, I'm leaving them out).
The wiley attacker will therefore bring as much firepower to bare on the defender before going into the attack. This may mean targeting the position with artillery or weakening the defender with rifle and machine gun fire before getting stuck in with Boyonets. In Fig 2 below, the defender has been whittled down before the attacker charges in. Now the defender only has three dice to the attacker's five, although the hit differential remains the same with the defender hitting on a 6+ and the attacker on an 8+.
So the attacker is incentivized to bring as much overwhelming manpower to bare as possible, to swamp the defenders and take the position. So in Fig 3 below both the attackers and defenders have taken casualties but now the attacker brings two companies to swamp the defenders. In this example, the defender gets 3 dice for figures and one for the softcover hitting on a 6+, while the defender gets 6 dice for troops plus one for charging, still hitting on an 8+. The attacker still has a hard job but by bringing lots of troops to the melee, and with a bit of luck on the dice, stands a chance at winning the melee and taking the position.
Sunday 30 July 2023
Tuesday 18 July 2023
Sunday 16 July 2023
Wednesday 12 July 2023
Sunday 9 July 2023
Tuesday 4 July 2023
Sunday 2 July 2023
Sunday 25 June 2023
Sunday 18 June 2023
Monday 12 June 2023
Skirmish at Francis Bay - June 10th 1784
Smugglers on the Kentish Coast by Posties Rejects
“Smuggler.—A wretch who, in defiance of the laws, imports or exports goods without payment of the customs.” Dr. Johnson
Sunday 11 June 2023
Sunday 4 June 2023
Wednesday 31 May 2023
Printed Sources Wars of the Roses Flags (mentioned in this video):
Sunday 28 May 2023
Friday 26 May 2023
My order of battle stretches the size of the Battles way beyond the rules authors' design parameters, meaning my Battles will start the game with quite large Moral Values. I couldn't figure out the most elegant way of keeping track of Morale...until now.
These MDF Double Dial Counters from Foxtrot Charlie Models are exactly what I needed. There are 8 dials in a pack for just £10.75 so they were also a very economical solution to my requirements. The Dials come unassembled but were really easy to put together and can then be decorated as required. I decided to replicate the groundwork of my bases so they match my Wars of the Roses armies and blend in with the game mat I am using.
That's one more task off my to-do list and at a very reasonable price too. 👍👍👍
Monday 22 May 2023
Wednesday 17 May 2023
Tuesday 2 May 2023
The Order of Battle
Thursday 27 April 2023
When the Analogue Hobbies Challenge came to an end in mid-March I knew my painting mojo would drop off a cliff. I had a load of little administrative-type projects that had backed up and I had a few books that 'needed' to be read after the frantic effort of painting for three months. However, I also knew I was close to completing my Order of Battle for Bosworth - even though I added a few more units at the last minute. So I have been trying to get some painting done, despite all the distractions that inevitably compete for time. All of which is the long-winded way of saying, I have completed some new Yorkist companies for my Bosworth project!
First, we have the Retinue/Billmen and Archers of Sir William Catesby of Ashby St Legers. Catesby was a councilor to Richard III and Chancellor of the Exchequer. He was captured at the Battle of Bosworth and subsequently executed at Leicester three days later. This wasn't only about punishing Richard's supporters because Henry Tudor, now Henry VII, also confiscated Catesby's estates, including Ashby St Ledgers (although this was later restored to Sir William's eldest son George). Interestingly a descendent of the family, Robert Catesby, was central to the Gunpowder Plot some 120 years later.
Next, we have Sir Henry Grey, 7th Lord Grey of Codnor with his Retinue/Billmen and Archers. Sir Henry was initially a Lancastrian but switched allegiance to Edward IV. He maintained his loyalty under Richard III and even managed to retain royal favor with the new king Henry VII. Sir Henry is best known as Lord Deputy of Ireland, a role in which he was a notable failure. The most interesting fact I have found with regard to Grey is that he was keenly interested in alchemy, and obtained a licence from the King for the transmutation of metals, on the condition that he must inform the Crown if he succeeded in producing gold. Needless to say, he failed in that endeavor too.
I have also been working on some little side projects, namely buildings for this period. I have decided to represent towns, villages, and churches in 2mm so they are in keeping with the ground scale I have in mind. (A typical infantry base has 12 figures on it representing about 150 men, so a double base company is about 300 infantry.) If I used 6mm scale buildings a village would be just one or two houses and I wanted a village to look like a village with multiple buildings, hence my decision to use 2mm models. I have used some medieval buildings from Brigade Models but I also bought a different range from Irregular. Crucially I wanted a windmill to represent Dadlington Windmill which played a part in the retreat and rout of the Yorkist forces following their defeat.
Sunday 23 April 2023
Wednesday 19 April 2023
I'm going to be at Salute 50 on Saturday and, as usual, I will be loitering near the center of the hall at about 1pm for the 'traditional' Blogger meet-up. I thought I would widen the parameters a little this year to include those of you who also have a Vlog...ie a YouTube Channel. Salute is a busy show with thousands of visitors, so randomly bumping into people you know or follow online isn't a very efficient way to meet up, hence the time and the map below!
Normally people gather for half an hour to say hello, swap stories and brag about their show bargains! So if you get time between eagerly spending money or playing in the many participation games, pop along to the area indicated on the map at about 1pm for a quick chat.
Sunday 16 April 2023
Sunday 9 April 2023
Sunday 2 April 2023
Saturday 1 April 2023
|These Pike and Shot units look so good in 2mm.|
|After a short deployment phase the game begins|
|The Huguenot line facing toward the Catholic army|
|Manouver was difficult but not impossible with these rules. They key was timing it right. Next game we will all have a better idea of how to move more effectively.|
|The lines start to get close together.|
|However on the flank things aren't go to plan for either side (but its the Huguenot army that comes off worse)|
|Huguenot reinforcement begins to arrive but may be a little too late to change the outcome.|
|The final positions in what was a very enjoyable and challenging game.|