Sunday, 30 October 2022
Sunday, 23 October 2022
Thursday, 20 October 2022
Wednesday, 19 October 2022
Last week I posted a video slideshow of my recent trip to The Other Partizan at Newark Showground. I intended to follow this up with a quick post about the goodies I bought from the various traders...and promptly forgot all about it! Well, I have remembered now and I thought I would share a few pictures of my haul.
|These were all from the Lance & Longbow Society|
|The colour plates of the standards are excellent and will come in very handy when I start my project|
|Again, packed full of information and colour representations of the flags.|
My next challenge is reading all this new source material! I look forward to immersing myself in the period and felt especially inspired as there were at least five WoTR games at Partizan, all eye-watteringly beautiful.
Sunday, 16 October 2022
Saturday, 15 October 2022
Friday, 14 October 2022
All the pictures are from Jonathan and are used with his kind permission. I expect he took a few more reference pictures so keep an eye peeled for his own review of the game which will no doubt appear on his blog in due course. I had planned on taking a few pictures myself but the game was so intense and required so much attention the time shot past and I didn't take a single picture or screenshot! A testament I think to how good the game was.
"The Austrians, having planned to advance against the French and Sardinians to the west were surprised when the Allies jumped into action and stole a march on the Austrian Army. Having been caught off-balance, the Austrian 2nd Army primarily took up a defensive attitude around Solferino and San Cassiano. The Austrian 1st Army, with more maneuver room on the Medole Plain attempted to take the offensive. Even though the French were initially outnumbered on the plain, uncoordinated attacks by the Austrians allowed the French to fight the enemy to a standstill.The primary avenue of attack for the French was along the spine of the Solferino Heights. As the French 1st Corps attacked along the spline to the north (North Sector) and the French 4th Corp battled the Austrian 1st Army in the south (South Sector), MacMahon’s 2nd Corps remained idle, sandwiched between these to battles (Center Sector). If he turned north to aid in the attack against Solferino, he risked being flanked by the Austrian 1st Army in the South Sector. If he turned against the Austrian 1st Army to the south, he risked being attacked in the flank by the Austrian I Corps.Finally, about noon, with reinforcements arriving on the battlefield, MacMahon and the French 2nd Corps finally began moving off to engage the enemy at San Cassiano and Cavriana. MacMahon needed to engage the Austrians in the Center Sector so that I Corps could neither reinforce the battles raging on the Solferino Heights in the north nor the battles on the Medole Plain around Guidizzolo in the south.
The French goal in the Center Sector is to pin the Austrian I Corps and prevent it from reinforcing either North or South Sectors. Defeating this Corps in detail will strengthen the odds of taking the difficult heights to the north. Speed is of the essence!"
Thursday, 13 October 2022
Sunday, 9 October 2022
Tuesday, 4 October 2022
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.