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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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Roman villa unearthed 'by chance' in Wiltshire garden

An "elaborate" Roman villa has been unearthed by chance by a homeowner laying electric cables in his garden in Wiltshire.  Link to the BBC web site for more info.
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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Tank Chat - David Fletcher has returned to host the latest Tank Chat, on the Mark I tank.

The Museum's Mark I is the only surviving example of this, the first tank produced to go into battle.
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Remains of WW1 German ships found in Portsmouth

The remains of two First World War German destroyers have been found at the home of the British Navy in Portsmouth.

The ships were taken there after the Great War and left to rust in the mud and water, then forgotten.
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Saturday, 9 April 2016

Picture Of The Week - No 56 - T72



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Comment:   Some years back I got to have a quick look round this T72.  Compared with NATO tanks the interior is horrible.


'Turnaround' instructional video

Absolutely nothing to do with gaming, but in case you've missed it, a lot of interest has apparently been created by the 'Turnaround' instructional video, the full thing can be viewed at this link.

Myself I like the review that Ozzy Man has done of it :)

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Friday, 8 April 2016

EAGLE RAMPANT AT THE HARROGATE WARGAMES CLUB

In the Apr 2016 edition of Wargames Illustrated is an article about a Lion Rampant variant for the Napoleonic period, called 'Eagle Rampant'.  Although currently deep in the middle of our club 13 player Dragon Rampant 'Badlands' campaign, John S suggested we take a week off to try the conversion out; so last night after our club AGM we had an eight player game on our 8ft x 6ft club table.  Each player between 3 and 4 units, points varied but most had 12.  The Eagle variant is so similar to Lion Rampant and Dragon Rampant that those familiar will be right at home with the rules from the off. 

The clean living, god fearing Brits took on the filthy frog-leg eating French (perhaps you can guess which side I was on :) ).  The objective was a baggage train stuck on a bridge.  Both sides had to try and take control of the objective. 

I started south of the river (my unit was 2 units of Line Infantry (4pts each) and 2 Skirmish units (2 pts each) along with Theo S.  Facing off against us was John E.  To the north in a defensive posture were John S and Mick with more Brit Infantry and some Cavalry facing off against Simon A, Chris J and Gavin M.

From the off lots of desperate actions broke out all over the table as the two sides clashed !  John S was rapidly overwhelmed north of the Church and Chris J and Gavin then rolled into Mick M and gave him a battering.  Theo S's troops didn't do much for a while other then take a beating from French skirmish fire (poor initiative rolls), but then my Skirmishers and a line unit reinforced him.  John E after a valiant exchange was crushed and the axis of the battle changed.  Simon A troops took a beating off Theo's and mine Skirmishers and he was out,  Mick J's and Chris's last troops also fled.  The final shots were between Gavin Theo and myself as we fought around the baggage train.  In the end Theo and I managed to hold on, but it had been 'a damn close-run thing'  :)  

Myself, I felt the game went brilliantly and was well entertaining, provoking a large amount of good natured banter.  To my mind this is a good measure by which to judge how enjoyable a game has been on a club night :)  Well done to John S for setting up a well balanced game.  We'll certainly be playing Eagle Rampant again in the future :)

Anyway, here is a selection of photos from the game.  Great looking figures (I'm sure you'd agree) by John S, Theo S and Gavin M.
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Theo's troops face off against John E.
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Early in the game look North.
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John Es column Infanty.
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Theo's Infantry.
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Theo's Leader.
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Looking south.
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Things are starting to look grim for the Brits (on the left) as weight of numbers tells.
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Mick's Brits are under some pressure.
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Remains of Chris's cavalry and Gavins Infantry take on my Line Infanty (nearest unit) and Theo's (just in sight to the right) wading through the stream.
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