Thursday, 26 May 2016

Death Star over San Francisco

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Comment:  This is so well done :)
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Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage

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Comment:  I know this has been around for a while, but I just think its great :)
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Saturday, 21 May 2016

They Were Not Divided - War Film (1950)

A few nights back I watched the 1950 film, "They Were Not Divided".  Some good clips of Shermans scattered throughout it, a short sequence with an actual Tiger I  (0:51:30 to 52:40) and CCKW trucks at 0:16:08 and 1:30:18.
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Star Trek Beyond - Offical Trailer #2

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Comment:  Might be worth seeing :)
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How the Pentagon is Preparing for a Tank War With Russia

For those interested in modern warfare, this is an interesting read:  Link
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Friday, 20 May 2016

Gaslands Game At The Harrogate Wargames Club

I've been intrigued by game being played at the club this last month.  Called 'Gaslands' it is described as a 'game of post-apocalyptic vehicular mayhem'.



It very much owes it lineage to the old 80s game Car Wars, a copy of which I'm sure I still have buried somewhere in my loft.  In this case the came uses actual cars and terrain, of which you have to supply both.  James D invited me to join in a game, and the week before I was given a small car to customise.  After some debate I painted it grey and black and added a rotary cannon to the roof :)  I mean, why wouldn't you ?  :)
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Can't say anything about the rules mechanics as they are in play-test, and will be eventually published (by Osprey in 2017 I understand).

The game itself was a 6 player affair, of three teams (two players in each).  The winner was to be the first to have a member of the team navigate round the board passing between all 4 'gates'.  It's fair to say that getting through the first gate was a major challenge with vehicles spinning off all over the place, frantically dodging each other, some getting rammed, some looking to ram etc ! I narrowly escaped getting wiped out by a complete manic in a bus !

Once through the first gate we were allowed use any vehicle weaponry.  This was the time to deploy the cannon (it seemed wrong not too...), so I managed to damage Gavin M's car several times.  I was ahead of him for a while, but then he managed to just nip ahead.  Before I could get past him his team mate James D rammed me, and my car was wiped out, so allowing Gavin M and he to win.

Overall quite an entertaining game.

A few pictures from early in the game are below.
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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Picture Of The Week - No 58 - Buccaneer Aircraft

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Comment:  One of my favourite aircraft, the Blackburn Buccaneer.  For a short while I was involved with the support of the fleet in the mid 1980s and still retain a lot of affection for the type.  I photographed this particular example at the Newark Air Museum in Oct 2015.
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Royal Armouries Gaming Event (RAGE) - 100 Years War - Harfleur game

After the success of the Napoleonic Wargaming event last year at the Royal Armouries the Armouries decided to hold a Royal Armouries Gaming Event (RAGE), but this time focusing on the 100 Years War.  The trigger for this was to celebrate the arrival of the Battle Of Agincourt diorama that the Perry twins had constructed last year.  Initially it was on display in the Tower of London, but has now moved to it permanent residence in the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

John S suggested a 28mm game using the Lion Rampant rules for a battle recreating the Siege of Harfleur.  In our game the French sortie out to try and wreck the bombard and approaching seige tower.   John S constructed a fabulous castle and he and Gavin M did sterling work on painting figures up as well.  You can read more about his construction of the Harfleur Castle on his Blog (Link).

Over the two days of the event (23-24 Apr) our club ran a total of 14 participation games.  8 games played on the Saturday with something like a 5:3 split English wins to French.  6 on Sunday, all French wins!

Points were c. 45 per side.  Odd number but worked ultimately on what we had.

English had:
4 expert archers (longbows)
1 expert yeomen (melee armed archers)
2 Foot men-at-arms
2 bidowers (skirmishing bows)

French had:
1 mounted men-at-arms (mounted Knights and sergeants)
2 foot men at arms (foot Knights)
3 expert foot sergeants (foot sergeants doh!)
2 crossbow
1 bidowers (handgunners).  All targets were 2 armour when shot, but could not shoot if evaded.


Here's a selection of pictures of our participation game.
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Of the 10 games at the event, there was an outstanding looking display game of Agincourt - very inspiring :)   Here's some pics of it.
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Comment:  Amazing looking castle.  I'm reliably informed (by the owner Simon) that it is a Hudson and Allen model with heavy conversion work undertaken to add a wooden palisade, new top tower with gothic windows, brochette etc).
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Monday, 16 May 2016

Sharp Practice 2 At The Harrogate Wargames Club

Had a recent game the club using the Sharp Practice 2 rules.  Organised by John S this was our first bash using these Napoleonic Skirmish rules.  It was interesting to contrast these rules with the 'Eagle Rampant' (ER) version of Lion Rampant that I posted about back 8th April this year. Link.

In terms of ease of play and accessibility ER wins hands down, as SP2 is a far far more complex offering.  That said SP2 offers a deeper richer gaming experience for the more hard-core/enthusiastic Napoleonic gamer.

In the game we played I was the clean-living god fearing British taking on the unworthy French dictator and his henchmen :)  Sadly one I lost due to being insufficiently aggressive with my Rifle Regt.  Great fun however  :)


Here's some pics of the game :)   Figures belong to both John S and Gavin M.
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Friday, 13 May 2016

Why HeroQuest Is So Great

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Comment:  Got this game, and this video made me smile :)
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Saturday, 7 May 2016

A Ferrari 250 GT TdF! An Aston Vulcan! Blackpool! Rain! - New Top Gear Teaser

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Comment:  The new Top Gear presenters are getting so much hate and negative vibes, I'm almost starting to feel sorry for them.  Fact is we won't know how it is until the series starts showing, so I'm now writing it off just yet...
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Battlefield 1 Official Reveal Trailer


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Comment:  My son Alex is getting all excited out this.  My observation was that Tank seemed to be going too fast ! LOL
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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

On board the aircraft carrier fighting IS - USS Harry S Truman

Over the past four months USS Harry S Truman has been sailing somewhere in the North Arabian Gulf launching wave after wave of attacks on so-called Islamic State (IS). Link to the BBC web site.
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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Space Hulk Deathwing First Gameplay Trailer

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Comment: This looks good !  :)
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Picture Of The Week - No 57 - Hellcat In Action

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Comment:  A good action photo of a WW2 American M18 'Hellcat' just after firing.  Lots of dust kicked up by the blast from the 76mm gun.
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Simba Superplay Castle

Following a link posted on one of the Facebook pages it seems that Debenhams (in the UK) are selling off cheap 'Simba Superplay Castles'. For only £21 delivered, I must confess I couldn't resist getting one :)
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Orc Warlord makes himself at home :)
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The keep.
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Currently in the process of painting one of the towers up. I'll post photos of my progress in due course. Currently intending on using it in both Lion and Dragon Rampant games.
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Mongol Horrors in Hungary 1241

In 1241 – 42 the Mongol invasions of Hungary caused widespread destruction.  Recently, a house filled with the charred remains of murdered victims plus a forgotten treasure reminds us of these horrors. Link to the Medieval Histories web site.
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Monday, 25 April 2016

Tank Posters

The tank encyclopedia has an excellent range of tank posters that are worth downloading. Link
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Bourne Legacy Ending Music

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Comment:  Re-watched the Bourne Lagacy last night with the family and loved the film ending cinematics and music enough to post here.  Music by Moby - Extreme Ways.
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Sunday, 24 April 2016

A Century Later, Relics Emerge From a War Frozen in Time

Retreating ice in the Alps sheds new light on high-altitude battle in World War I. Link
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Comment:  A fascinating article well worth a read.
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“Landwasters and Raven Feeders”: Official rules for Lion Rampant in the Dark Ages

Back in issue 331 (May 2015) of Wargames Illustrated magazine, Dan Mersey looked at how to raise a Warband (which seems a more suitable title for this period than the medieval ‘Retinue’; your Leader is restyled as your Warlord) for your preferred Dark Ages nation using the Lion Rampant rules, and added a list of Boasts more suited to the Dark Ages.
As that issue now seems almost impossible to find, Dan has added an article to his web site about it:  Link.
 
An intereting new feature and one that could be used be adapted to use in Dragon Rampant as well is:

New Upgrade: Holy Men & Banners

‘Holy Men & Banners’ special characters
  • Available to: Any unit except for Skirmishers or Villagers; units containing your Leader may not take this upgrade.
  • Cost: 1 point per unit.
  • Maximum of 1 special character per unit.
  • Special characters may not transfer between units.
  • Replace one ordinary model in the unit with a special character. This special character moves, fights, and acts in all ways like any other model in the unit.
  • Units with a special character gain +1 to all Courage tests (in the same way as, and in addition to, being within 12” of their Leader – see page 11 of the rulebook).
  • Test for the death of special characters in the same way as Leader Lucky Blows.
  • A player killing an opposing unit’s special character gains +1 Glory.

Raining Humvees! Military vehicles plummet in failed US airdrop drill

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Comment:  Opppsssss, someone's in for a bollocking over that !
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WWII Artillery Gun Used On Syrian Battlefield

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Footage of the ex-Wehrmacht 'leFH 18' in Syria, Shelling of the Shia town of Al-Fu'ah, Aug 30, 2015. The 10.5 cm leFH 18 was the standard divisional field howitzer used by the Wehrmacht during the Second World War.
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Comment:  Amazing that this is a) still serviceable enough to be used and b) that they have ammo for it (although it could have been rechambered I suppose).

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Yorkshire Military Vehicle Trust - 2016 'Crank Up'

Here in the UK, the Yorkshire Military Vehicle Trust (MVT) had its annual 'Crank Up' event in the middle of York on Sun 17th April.  Different location this year, down by the river in the Castle Gardens.

The weather gods smiled upon on our gathering and although it was cold, we had sun for much of the day.  My truck developed a miss-fire on the way, but a change of condenser sorted the snag out (thankfully).

Here's a few pictures of the event. Including motorcyles there were 80+ vehicles there. 5 CCKWs made it along.  Standout vehicle for me (apart from the the CCKWs of course) was a Humber 'Pig' with its 4.2 litre Rolls-Royce engine - I'd love to own one.

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Great vehicle this Humber Pig.
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View of the 4.2 litres (petrol) engine.
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Good view of the RPG screens.
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Dodge.
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Replica of a US Fast Attack vehicle.  Looks a lot better than it sounds ! LOL
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Landrover
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Hillman staff car.
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Hillman staff car interior.
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My friend Chris and jeep with my godson Gareth.
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Morris quad tractor.
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Reo, CCKW and Dodge.
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Reo
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Dodge.
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CCKW 353.
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CCKW 353.
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Stalwart.
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CCKW 353.
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Cliffords Tower
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A geese family, there were several around hissing at us if we went too close ! :)
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33 keeps came along.
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