Field of Glory II Ancients

In addition to Field of Glory II – Medieval I also purchased Field of Glory II Ancients (FoG II). In addition, I acquired all of the add-ons for other periods other than just the classical. My test battle for FoG II was between Greeks and Spartans – two very similar armies and a good way to test the system. In fact, when I buy new tabletop ancient rules, I always liked to test them with Greeks first.

The slideshow below shows the battle progress.

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As far as the game goes, it is very similar to FoG II Medieval and slipping between the two systems is fairly straightforward. There are many gamers worldwide playing FoG II so if you are in an opponent poor area, that is one of the advantages of FoG II from Slitherine. I acquired mine through my Steam account.

I have been having a lot of fun with both sets and have managed more wargames so far this year with FoG II than I had with all wargame rules last year!

Oh, and I did win as the Greek!


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Field of Glory II – Medieval

Being somewhat starved where I am for a regular wargame opponent, I do like to play the odd computer based wargame. Unfortunately my 6 year old i3 processor, 4GB of treacly slow memory was just not up to the recent game releases. I have a Steam account and have had a number of games on wish list and purchased them when the were released on the grounds that I would upgrade my laptop at some point of time.

I upgraded to an ASUS TUF, Ryzen 7 with currently 8GB of memory, a 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD and an Nvidia GEFORCE GTX Video Card (GPU). It runs those games I have been acquiring a treat.

Details of the battle you are about to fight along with victory conditions

Field of Glory was one game I enjoyed on the old laptop since their first release the Field of Glory Ancient games. Now don’t get me wrong, I do not like the Field of Glory (FoG) tabletop rules, I still prefer De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA) or Impetus for Ancients, however the computer based FoG rules have the advantage of not bothering me with how the rules actually work, or the calculations of melee results and such so I don’t need to think about what I don’t like in FoG, I can just get on and play the game on my laptop, working the tactics and let the machine do all the calculations.

The last release of Slitherine Software in the FoG franchise is Field of Glory II – Medieval. It is based, as its name suggests, in the Medieval period, a period of the French, Teutonic Knights, Russian boyars, Danes, Low Countries, Mongols and the like.

Mongol Cavalry, bow armed and picture shows the high seating position of Mongols on horseback

There are a number of pre-built scenarios of famous battles and the one I tested was, unsurprisingly, the battle of Kalka River where the Mongols took on several Rus’ principalities, including the Principality of Kiev, Principality of Galicia-Volhynia, Principality of Chernigov, Principality of Smolensk, and the Cumans

The Mongols were led by Jebe, and Subutai the Valiant, while the Rus were under the joint command of Mstislav the Bold, Mstislav III, Daniel of Galicia, Mstislav II Svyatoslavich, and Khan Koten.

Khan Koten is an interesting character, and from the Rus side, he is one of the few characters I can pronounce the name of. He was a Cuman-Kipchak khan and was active in the mid 13th Century. He forged the alliance between Cumans and Kiev Rus against the Mongols. After the defeat at Kalka River in 1238, he led 40,000 families to Hungary, became an ally to the Hungarian king, converted to Catholicism and then was assassinated by the the Hungarian nobility.

A high view of the battle area after deployment

The battle was fought on 31 May 1238 CE on the banks of the Kalka River, in present day Ukraine, near Donetsk Oblast.

The Mongols had invaded Central Asia (the modern day ‘stans) and defeated the Kwarezmian Empire. Jebe and Subutai asked permission from Chinggis Khaan to continue invading and conquering for a few more years prior to returning to the main army.

A closer view of the Mongols

Waiting for a response from the Great Khan they decided to invade Georgia. Approval arrived from Chinggis Khaan to keep invading so the pair set off through the Caucasus and defeated the Cumans (hence Koten’s requesting an alliance with the Rus).

Koten bolted to his son-in-law, Prince Mstislav the Bold of Galich. Mstislav formed an alliance with a number of other Mstislavs.

The combined Rus army defeated the Mongol rearguard at first. Yes, a rearguard as the Mongols were drawing the Rus into a battle at a location of their choosing by a feigned retreat. The Mongols stopped and deployed for battle on the banks of the Kalka River.

The Mongol right flank

The Rus rushed to attack the Mongols without waiting for the rest of the Rus Army to arrive. The Rus were defeated and Mstislav of Kiev was forced into a fortified camp. He held out for three days and surrendered in return for a promise of safe conduct for himself and his men. Remembering previous Mongol practices with cities in Central Asia, surrendering on the first day he may have had a chance however waiting for the third day, the result was inevitable and Mstislav of Kiev and the rest of the Rus with him were killed after surrendering and coming from the camp. Mstislav the Bold, however, escaped after the battle and the Mongols returned to Asia and Chinggis Khaan.

Battle about the be joined

The images above show the setup for the battle in FoG ii Medieval. I must admit that the AI works a lot better this time and there are degrees of difficulty to overcome. Victory conditions seem to be 40% casualties on your opponent and 25% more than you unless you get your opponent to 60% where it is all over then. Conversely of course, you could be the loser under the same conditions.

I’m really enjoying this and the battle setups are historic opponents in the Quick Battle selection, as well as a number of scenarios of famous battles. For those that want to take their favourite army out against anyone, that option is also there. I certainly will be playing more FoG II Medieval. My one gripe at the moment is that sometimes the zone-of-control rules are a little daft, but I am getting used to that and I guess it is a property of the geometry of the game.

I recommend it – come find me and let’s have at it!

The gallery below shows some of the different troops as well as the data about those troops that you can see in the game. As one would expect, the graphics are really quite neat neat now compared to the original FoG a lifetime ago.

Oh, one other gripe. Slitherine describe the rules author as the legendary Richard Bodley-Scott. I am not sure that he is quite legendary yet, certainly not compared to the likes of Featherstone, Bath, Wise, or even Rick Priestly of recent times! Do give these rules a try if your machine has the grunt, they are not that expensive through Steam.

Oh, and I did win as the Mongol!


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La Belle Alliance – MDF from Commission Figurines

The component parts of the La Belle Alliance model laid out

The Commission Figurines 6mm (1/300 scale) model of La Belle Alliance is a model of what was used as a French field hospital at the Battle of Waterloo. Later it was the meeting place of Wellington and Blucher following the rout of the French at that battle.

I am looking to record the build of this model, step-be-step(ish) as there are no instructions included with the model. This may assist those building and if it has, please leave a comment (preferably nice).

Dry fitting the various pieces, in this case, the long front wall and the first end piece

The model consists of 12 parts of laser cut 2mm thick MDF. The first image is of all the pieces laid out for pre-construction inspection. There are what appears to be 5 additional pierces there however these are the cuts from the model’s base. Laying the items out does make it easier to identify where each piece should go.

I was unsure of which glue to use as I had not worked with MDF before, leastwise not in construction, I have used a lot of MDF bases previously.

Asking around and researching/reading about glues, the two glues identified were any PVA (white glue) or Super Glue. The only PVA I have managed to find here is Elmer’s Glue-All multifunction glue. In Australia I would look to Selleys Aquadhere. Elmer’s I use when basing figures, however that glue was not the best previously when used for anything else and it has a 20 to 35 minute drying time. I would then need to clamp the pieces, and I have no means to do that currently. I opted to use Super Glue. The first task however was to dry fit the pieces to ensure that they were being placed in the correct place. I started with the long front wall.

The end and interior wall are added along with the back wall – again, this is just a dry fit – view is front wall however.

This wall can be seen in any modern photograph of Bistro La Belle Alliance taken from the main road. The kitchen annex on the right of this photo is also clear from the road (see image below).

The rest of the main walls were then fitted as well … no glue at this point in time.

According to J.B. Romberg who published an account of the locations around Brussels in 1820, “originally La Belle Alliance consisted of three houses, one of which was a tavern, that now bears the name, and two adjacent houses.

Some time before the Battle of Waterloo, the publican of the tavern died, and his widow married the occupier of Trimotion, the farm-house opposite; but losing him in a short time afterwards, she consoled herself by taking for her third husband a peasant who lived a house close by (now known as Decoster’s house); but here again death interrupted her happiness, when she once more embraced the married state it was to marry the new landlord tavern; from which time it obtained the title it now bears.” Reference: Environs of Brussels: La Belle Alliance.

By Author: William Mudford, engravers and artists: George Cruikshank, James Rouse, artist: C. C. Hamilton – The Battle of Waterloo: An Historical Account of the Campaign in the Netherlands London: Henry Colburn, 1817.

There were many engravings and sketches of La Belle Alliance taken around the time of the Battle of Waterloo or in the years that followed which gives an impression of how the building looked in the early 1800s.

The image to the right, from C. C. Hamilton is one such artist (and the keen of eye will notice from the image there and the completed model at the bottom of this, that I managed to increase the height of the kitchen chimney). Oh well, I really don’t feel like correcting that small error … but I will discombobulate the first wargamer I have a game with who says, “that chimney’s too tall”.

After dry fitting, next the gluing

Next step, glue can be added, once the dry fitting has been performed and the location of the walls determined.

A few drops of Super Glue on the surfaces to be joined and the building started to come together.

There were some slight gaps here and there and as I have no real means of clamping things, finger pressure was applied for around 60 seconds or so to try and close them. Those little gaps I will try and take care of when I get around to painting, perhaps a scraping of Woodland Scenics Scenic Paste will do the trick.

Walls and Annex are glued, time for the roof

The main building and annex roof can now be added. The annex is straightforward. A few touches of Super Glue on the meeting surfaces to join to the walls, hold in place for 20 seconds, job done.

The main roof was then glued. This only goes on one way and a dry fit is worth the effort as one half of the roof slips under the other half, and both halves slip under the end and internal supporting walls. Dry fitting before gluing is also a good idea here as you can more easily see where to put the drops of glue.

Once the roof is in place and stuck, the kitchen chimney can be added, and now we have a nice building to toss onto the table for our 100 days battles – or any other Napoleonic or Seven Years War battle for that matter.

The finished building displayed on expensive rotating tool below. I will cover my painting efforts of this building in a future post. In the meantime, I am just happy to look at my handiwork, well mine and Commission Figurines work 🙂


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MDF Figures – New for Thomo

MDF Romans – fat fingers for size comparison

These have been around for a few years and have been seen at various shows around the UK. I have not seen them however except for the odd mention in the wargame press. I have been thinking of an American  Civil War project and decided that it would be in 6mm, given the lack of space I have here for wargaming in.

My preferred 6mm ACW figures would have been either Heroics and Ros, Rapier, Adler or Baccus 6mm. However H&R have had their figures off catalogue for some time now (expect for the WW2 and Modern Infantry) for a number of reasons and due to the plague, Baccus have been controlling the amount of customers they can service by having their online shipping cart, online for brief periods, and the periods away from my payday.

Enter Commission Figurines. I had heard them mentioned before and then one of the guys at the Virtual Wargames Club mentioned that he had seen some at a show so, as they make both MDF figures and buildings, and as I am always looking for a building or two, I thought I would try them out. Catalogue downloaded, read (about 3 minutes), reread, and then an order was typed up and emailed off. A reply came back with confirmation of supply, and a price. I confirmed I wanted to go ahead, PayPal invoice arrives and then after a few days (I guess while Walt “lasered” some bits of MDF) a package was dispatched to the Philippines. Fast forward about 6 weeks and a card from PhilPost was left at my gate, so I duly trundled off in trike to the Post Office to collect a light weight box with the following contents:

 

Quantity Code Description Price
1 6ENMix 6mm Entrenchments – Mixed £3.50
1 6WAT1  La Belle Alliance £3.50
1 6WAT2  La Haye Saint £5.00
1 6Fence  6mm Rail Fence Pack £4.00
1 BR1 Girder Bridge £10.00
1 6House  6mm House Pack £5.00
1 Infantry in Kepi, Blanket Roll, Marching £2.00
1 Infantry in Kepi, Firing Line (16 command figures, 56 infantrymen) £2.00
1 Cavalry in Kepi (12 strips of 3 figs) £2.00
1 Dismounted Cavalry (36 troopers firing line, 2 horse holders & 6 horses) £2.00
1 Artillery in Kepi (3 Rifled guns & 3 Smoothbore guns, 4 crews, 2 x 6 horse limbers, 2 officers) £2.00
1 Generals (6 poses in hat, same 6 poses in kepi) @ £2.00
1 Roman Allies/Auxiliaries £2.00
1 Heavy (Thracian) Cavalry £2.00
Total £47.00

I was very happy with the service, the speed of delivery given the current position of the of the world and the international movement of mail, goods and parcels.

Firstly the buildings. They are simply lovely and will look the business when assembled, painted and placed on the tabletop. The only really challenging part, well, really two challenging parts:

  1. I have not worked with MDF before so am considering glues and construction techniques
  2. There were no assembly instructions with the buildings. With La Belle Alliance and La Haye Sainte, not problem, but more of a challenge with the 6mm house pack

The figures themselves are nicely produced as well, and reminiscent of very small flats that were first used in wargames. I will need to learn a new painting technique for these but hey, a change is a good as a holiday. I am champing at the bit to start working of them (both buildings and figures) but am resisting starting while I think my way through the process, try some dry fits and work out glues (superglue, PVA, hot glue gun, etc).

Photos of some of the received items below.


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Danish Brigade in Sweden

The Danish Brigade arrives in Helsingør, 5 May 1945
By Unknown author – http://alternate-timelines.proboards.com/thread/762/operation-danmark-save-denmark-1945, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53949936

I was cruising around the Internet the other day, using Mr Google* extensively, looking for something or other and in the usual way of things, I stumbled across something I was not looking for. This time it was the Danish Brigade. It started with me stumbling across the Danish Brigade in Sweden on Wikipedia, which discussed the formation of the Danish Brigade.

The Swedish Government (in either 1943 or 1944, I have not been able to find clear information on that, in English, Swedish or Danish) granted permission to form a Danish Corps in Sweden for action in Denmark, to relieve the country from German occupation. In the spring of 1945, Germany was reeling with the Soviets and allies pressing from the east and with the Allies pushing from the west. With that pressure, the Germans were redeploying divisions to both shore up the eastern and western fronts. It was felt the time was good for the Danish Corp to move firstly on Copenhagen and then eventually to liberate Denmark entirely.

When the Germans had overrun Denmark, many of the smaller naval vessels had escaped scuttling by making the run to neutral Sweden. They formed the basis of the Danish Flotilla.

Flotilla Leader, HDMS Havkatten in Copenhagen
By Unknown author – http://samlinger.natmus.dk/FHM/22287, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53949423

The Danish Flotilla was a collection of 13 of those smaller naval vessels.

Kommandørkaptajn F. H. Kjølsen had served as the naval attaché in Berlin previously and he later acted as the head of the Maritime Department to ensure that the flotilla would play a role in the return to Denmark of the Danish Corps.

Crews were retrained as the first priority for the Danish Flotilla, and a camp, Sofielund, was set up in Småland. It started operations in early February 1944. Three further camps were set up at Sätrabrunn and Hätunaholm near Stockholm, and Ronneby in Blekinge.

The naval crews received their final training at Sätrabrunn camp in the Spring of 1944.

In the meantime the land forces and volunteers were also being trained and armed in Sweden, presumably by a mix of Danish and Swedish officers and NCOs. Equipment was certainly provided by the Swedes.

Possible World War 2 variation. Never made it into combat but were ready for the liberation of Denmark so a good what-if scenario can come from here. A variation for D-Day 🙂

References:

Danish Brigade in Sweden – Wikipedia
Google Search for HDMS Havkatten
Naval Encyclopedia – details of Danish Fleet
Danish Corps Establishment in Sweden – Google Search
The prelude to April 9th by Commander Captain F.H. Kjølse in the Danish Archive (arkivdk – skrevet på dansk) – written in Danish
Advarslerne – in Danish but covering the period and preceding years

Note that the works in Danish is passed through Google Translate render reasonably well in English after translation.


* or Ms Google … he/she is one or the other

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2020 That’s a Wrap!

To borrow from a writer with more skill than I, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Actually, truth be told, there was bugger-all on the best side of things.

I felt that I had not really accomplished anything, wargames-wise, over 2020, however, looking back, I surprised myself somewhat with what I did manage. Listening to Devo singing Whip It seems very appropriate for post as well.

The Soviet/Russian modern naval fleet, ready to take on NATO

January started well in Manila with the Taal Volcano in the Tagaytay area deciding that it would remind the locals that it was still an active volcano. It is about 60kms or so from Makati City in Metro Manila (what could possibly go wrong) and it had an eruption which caused an ash fall over surrounding provinces as well as Metro Manila. It was impossible to buy a mask after a couple of days. They disappeared from drug store shelves faster than toilet paper in an Australian supermarket during a viral pandemic!

I finished the Soviet modern fleet in February 2020 (see left) with the application of the flight deck decals to the two Soviet carriers.

A quick varnish and they are ready for the modern naval warfare table top.  I will report on games that occur in the future.

In the meantime, I am looking at how I can use these vessels in some solo games.

Modern Japanese naval vessels – 1/3000 scale model in plastic from Fujimi

March marched in and so did various levels of community quarantine. In Metro Manila we had an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) from the middle of the month. Really, ECQ is simply another way of saying lockdown and it was called by the government when there were about 200 active cases of the plague in the Philippines. Essentially everything was closed down except for food, medicine and export companies (BPO, BPS organisations) and work from home was the requirement for all staff.

I quickly built, painted and based some Japanese modern ships in 1/3000 scale. These are produced by Fujimi who produce World War 2 ships in the same scale. They are concentrating on Japanese vessels only and they can build into nice display pieces as Fujimi also makes naval dockyards to the same scale. I did paint ships these as part of an exercise to display the way I make sea bases which is a variation on the method described on the GHQ website (Making Ocean Hexes). My method is described in Sea Bases from March this year.

I did not do much on the wargaming side of things over the period March to June 2020 as much of my time was spent ensuring all our staff were OK working from home, resetting machines at the office when necessary (I lived about 400 metres from the office so that walk was possible during ECQ) and generally being tired of the whole damned thing (see Prisoner — Inmate No. 6) and other posts such as (Day 25 passing, 20 days to go (hopefully) and Day 49 passing, 13 days to go (hopefully)). Of course, the bloody ECQ ended up lasting around three months in Makati and even when it was lifted to a General Community Quarantine (GCQ) there still was not much you could do.

One bright spot in May however, and a lifeline to sanity was the discovery of and acceptance into the Virtual Wargames Club. This was a virtual meeting of gamers from around the world, with the main area of interest being Horse and Musket games in larger scales, however, the group was welcoming and my Saturday nights from around midnight Manila time were booked. I also became involved more virtually with a bunch of reprobates with a certain naval bent that met for the Sunday Bristol Breakfast. Two vastly different groups, with the WVC following a fairly well organized format and agenda whilst the SBB (which was around 2:30pm my time and dinner time for the Oz members so really only a breakfast for one) not having any structure and being more like the guys from the local club, sat at pub after a club meeting and talking as blokes do, with occasional interludes from “the author” to display where he was up to with his next book.

The complete set – Finns vs Soviets in the Winter Air War

Enter June, still in ECQ and a liquor ban had allegedly been applied in Makati City. I say allegedly as there were signs on all the liquor cabinets indicating a ban and as the delightful Hazel at the local convenience store was ringing up and packing my beer, I asked if there was a liquor band and she replied, “yes sir Ian, there is.” There were official liquor bans all over Metro Manila but Makati and one or two of the other cities did not have official bans.

June was also when I finished my Winter War collection of Finns in various fighter aircraft and Soviet bombers and fighters.

The final product – and two other variations on a sea base

Enter July and for the Virtual Wargames Club, after displaying some of my naval models, I was asked if I would do a presentation on preparing sea bases for the club. Rather than just describe the method, I actually added a couple of ships to the bases to add some interest. I selected some French pre-World War One cruisers as they have a lot of funnels and who doesn’t like funnels and tumblehomes on vessels from that era?

The process for that was dutifully prepared into a power-point presentation which can be viewed in Painting Sea Bases (and some ships). The ships selected were the Ernest Renan and Jules Michelet and I must admit, they came out very well.

The Saxon Shield Wall is arrayed

In July I also completed 6mm Anglo-Saxons for DBA — 701-1016 CE. These are part of my Dark Age project and came about from reading historical fiction based around Erik’s Saga.

It is a good looking army and I am debating with myself whether or not to paint one of the other armies from that Dark Ages set next.

The Middle Eastern Buildings making up Peshawar Town in 2mm

August was the completion of the town of Peshawar, as part of my Aeronef/Victorian Science Fiction project. The nominal scale of the Aeronefs is 1/1200 which means figures of around 2mm size.

I started some of those figures as well but the town can be seen in the Middle Eastern Village Complete – Peshawar Project, where the town is set in a dry north-west frontier area.

Nothing much happened then until Typhoon Ulysses decided to pay a visit in November. There had been a couple of named storms already passing over Luzon however Typhoon Ulysses was quite nasty and the eye-wall passed not far from here. Six or Seven hours of a roaring wind (and I understand the term “roaring wind” now and I’d had enough.

I had lost my painting mojo but it returned after the Typhoon and December arrived and I decided that I did at least want to complete phase 1 of my coastal project. I had painted enough German Attackers and merchant vessels, it was time to get some defenders prepared.

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I finished some Fairmile Motor Launches as well as Fairmile Ds. To those I added some Motor Gun Boats (MGBs) which whilst small, have the advantage of being both small, and fast!

To be fair, I was quite busy over that last part of the year, supporting projects in the local time zone as well as Canada along with the regular day job. I was also in the process of moving from Makati City to my current home in Angeles City, a distance of some 95 road kilometres.

So, that was the year that was. What’s in store for the coming year? I hope, more painting time. I also have a long term project in mind that I want to start working on, especially while I am at home and with enough preliminary work done, I will be able to continue work on it should I be called out of the country.

Do have a Happy New Year and stay safe, be good, look after each other and wash your hands!


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A Crisis of Indecision … Again

I’ve finally completed the first batch of vessels and aircraft for my little coastal wars set. I will get around to posting photographs in a day or so. The crisis arrives as now I need to decide what to do next and I do have a lot in the lead pile. I was thinking of:

  • Finish off the coastal set as I have to paint:
    1. Italians
    2. More Germans
    3. More British
  • Do some other naval, such as:
    1. World War One
    2. Matapan Fleets
    3. Early World War 2 Germans and British
    4. My Spanish Civil War Fleets
    5. Argentinian and Brazilian World War One Fleets
    6. US World War One Fleet
    7. Soviet World War Two Fleet
    8. US and Japanese Pacific Fleets
    9. British Pacific Fleet
  • Finish my Moderns (Italians, Dutch, French)
  • Paint some 6mm figures such as:
    1. Classical Punic Wars (5 armies left to paint)
    2. Greeks (fousands of ’em)
    3. Dark Age Set (five armies left to paint there)
    4. Napoleonic Prussian
  • Victorian Science Fiction (Aeronefs and similar including 2mm ground forces)
  • Science Fiction
  • 6mm World War Two land forces including:
    1. Belgians
    2. French
    3. Early War Germans
    4. Late War British, American, Soviet or German
    5. Hungarians
    6. Finish the Japanese
  • World War 2 aerial – late war bombers and fighters
  • Modern Armies such as my Poles etc

Sigh – decisions, decisions. There are other items in the lead pile such as English Civil War, Dutch/Belgian and Polish Napoleonics, Napoleonic ships (1/2400 scale), and Ancient and Renaissance Galleys. I think I will need a burger and two beers to make this decision 🙂

Late note: I managed the burger and two beers, but am still undecided!

PHLPOST — Slingshot July/August Arrives

In one of those bizarre occurrences that has made 2020 a year of, well, bizarre occurrences, PHLPOST managed to deliver my July/August copy of Slingshot to the Makati Office last week, where they had delivered the September/October copy to my home in Angeles City the week before (see PHLPOST comes through — Slingshot Arrives).

To be fair, I guess the backlog being cleared is greater in Metro Manila that here in the province so maybe a bit slower. Still, the important thing is the read, and another cracking read it is.

Topics in it include:

  • Honour and Loss – Phil Sabin recounts his long and stimulating acquaintance with Patrick Waterson
  • Sumerian Military Camel Riders
  • What a Wheelie – Chariots anyone?
  • In the Lab with Legions – How does one model the triplex acies legion on the gaming table?.
  • Making 15mm Siena Military Companies
  • Refighting Cannae
  • Aquae Sextiae with DBA
  • plus the usual Guardroom, book and rules reviews and figure reviews

Just the thing to read on a cold winter’s night here where the temperature has plummeted to 24 degrees Celsius.

Lard Magazine 2020

Just in time for Christmas reading comes the Too Fat Lardies Annual. This is now an annual event and this year’s magazine consists of 180 pages of articles, photographs, suggestions, scenarios, complete campaigns, rules amendments, fresh periods to game, previews of future rule sets, build projects unveiled among other things – all grist for the mill for the wargamer.

While, as it would be expected, the magazine focusses on the rulesets and games of the Lardies, there is plenty in there for gamers of other rule sets and periods to amend, hack or use.

The contents this year are:

  • FORCES OF THE 100 DAYS:  A guide to the troops of the campaign of Waterloo for Sharp Practice.
  • WACHT AM SAMBRE:  The Prussians take on the French Armee du Nord as they advance into Belgium
  • RESUPPLY HOUGOUMONT:  A scenario to accompany the 100 Days guide sees action. on the British right at Waterloo.
  • PUNCH UP AT PLANCENOIT:  A classic action to the East of La Belle Alliance sees the French attempt to stop the Prussian juggernaut.
  • MICRO MAP MAKING:  Sidney Roundwood is released from a high security institution to show us how he makes some stunning campaign maps
  • ALL THE KINGS MEN VERSUS DRACULA:  The Price of Darkness takes on the House of Stuart in a blood curdling scenario set in Whitby.  A creepy classic from the pen of David Hiscocks.
  • SOLO CHAIN OF COMMAND:  From the Welsh valleys comes an Artificial Intelligence called Bond.  Geoff Bond.
  • INCH HIGH ROVING EYE:  Mike Whittaker presents some technological insight for gaming IABSM over Zoom from a soldier’s eye viewpoint.
  • FILIBUSTERS!  Colin Murray introduces some Manifest Destiny for Sharp Practice from the 1840’s and 1850’s down Mexico Way…and a bit of Canada.
  • EX ADIPIS SUILLAE:  No thanks, I had one earlier! David Hunter presents an epic of the ancient world as he campaigns through Britannia in the 1st Century AD with Infamy, Infamy!
  • GLIDERS, CROSS THE MERSEY:  Kevin Pierce calls out the Home Guard as Fallschirmjäger land in Liverpool.
  • BOMBS AWAY:  It’s Squadron Leader Johnny Danger taking to the skies again as he offers some tips on bombing in Bag the Hun.
  • TO THE VOLGA!:  International YouTube Superstar, Alex Sotheran attacks into Stalingrad with some ideas for Solo IABSM during Lockdown
  • BETWEEN THE MOUNTAINS AND THE SEA:  Always one for a large Falx, Yorkshire’s own John Savage presents some 100% unofficial lists for Dacians in Infamy, Infamy!
  • HOME FRONT:  Who do you think you’re kidding Mr ‘Itler?  Britain prepares to stand alone and sticks two fingers up to the enemy across the Channel.  Yes, it is (of course!) 1940 and a bumper handbook for Britain’s Home Front and Chain of Command.
  • 24 HOURS FROM ROMFORD:  “This is not a drill…”  German landings in East Anglia threaten to wrong foot Britain’s high command, only the Home Guard stand between the capital and the rampaging Jerries.  A Pint-Size Campaign for Operation Sea Lion.
  • A LOOK AT ‘O’GROUP:  Sidney Roundwood interviews Housewife’s favourite Dave Brown about what we can expect from the forthcoming WWII Battalion size rules.
  • SMALL FOOTPRINT TERRAIN:  Oddcast host and wargaming Glitterati, Sidney, proves what they say about small footprints with this fabulous terrain building article.
  • SCRAMBLING FOR SUPPLIES:  Olve Kroknes straps on  on his skis as he heads for Narvik to refight a Chain of Command action in the (snow) shoes of his grandfather.
  • SHE WAS ONLY THE MAGISTRATE’S DAUGHTER…  An AWI scenario for Sharp Practice tells a heart rending tale of  woe.  Can our heroes escape to victory?

Well recommended and at only £5.50, great value for 180 colourful pages of wargaming content.

Available as a PDF at Lard Magazine 2020.

PHLPOST comes through — Slingshot Arrives

PHLPOST appears to be rebranding itself from the old to something newer. And given that I moved to Angeles City just over a month ago, and notified the Society of Ancients of my new address just over 2 months ago, it was a happy surprise today when  the September/October issue of Slingshot found its way across the front fence (we don’t really have a letterbox here).

Waiting for a break from the work day to settle in to a good read of this issue. Topics in it include”

  • Every Man’s Hand – a ruleset for historical medieval jousts – the real ones not the Hollywood type
  • Garamantes – a DBMM Army List fine-tuned
  • Going Back to Gaugamela – refighting that battle using l’Art de la Guerre
  • The Sound of Battle – a general’s ability to communicate through sound signals
  • An Armati List for Cyrus the Great
  • Counting the Enemy – how big was the Caledonian army at Mons Graupius?
  • Telamon in Anaheim – Battle of Telemon using DBA rules
  • T’angoed! – the T’ang military machine and a recreation in 15mm
  • Warfare in Antiquity – the King’s College conference from 2019
  • plus the usual Guardroom, book and rules reviews and figure reviews

Plenty of entertaining reading is this issue and kudos to the new look PHLPOST for tracking me down and delivering so quickly. With Slingshot in one hand and a single malt in the other I can well feel that the world is slowly returning to something like normal, at least here in the exotic East!