More Compendium work…

Look! Progress 😀

On the good side, I’ve typset the weekend’s rules clarifications, but they’re highlit in ‘check this with Rich‘ blue (not to be confused with ‘get Rich to make his bloomin’ mind up about this‘ red) for now.

Also worked through the Magic section (from Rich’s Christmas Special 2015 article) and tightened up some wording (particularly ‘may’ to ‘will’ in various places). Note for those going ‘eww, magic in a historical wargame’, this isn’t what you think. In fact, let me quote the Editor’s (my) Note:

Before you dismiss this section based on the title as being irrelevant in the context of a historical wargame, I strongly recommend that you at least read Rich’s pre-amble. Magic, in the era we are playing in, is very definitely largely a matter of perception and belief, not necessarily actual supernatural or paranormal events. 

What the rules in this section attempt to codify is a framework in which you as a Lord can take advantage of the typical Dark Ages man or woman’s undoubted belief in things beyond the normal. 

As they say, ‘It’s all in the mind”.

If you’ve read Cornwell’s “Winter King” trilogy you should understand the effect the rules are working for.

On the downside, just restored another couple of tables that had come adrift from their page back to where they should be, and in doing so realised that in a very Anglo-centrically wrong way, the British Isles only appear to have weather on the mainland south of the Antonine Wall (in other words, the table never got expanded for Raiders!). One to fix next.

Trouble T’Mill

Lord John Byron’s Regiment of Horse

Sir John Byron was an ardent supporter of the king. he served as Sheriff of Notinghamshire in 1634, and MP from the same region in 1624 and 1628. he had no children, and upion his death in 1652, the title passed to his brother Richardf, who was the ancestor of the famous romantic poet, the 6th Lord Byron, “Mad, Bad, and dangerous to know!”

He commanded a troop of cavalry during the Bishop’s War, and raised the first regiment of Royalist cavalry in August 1642. His regiment fought at Edgehill in 1642. 
Byron and his regiment distinguished themselves at the battles of Roundway Down and 1st Newbury in 1643, Sir John commanding the cavalry wing in both battles. He was created a Baron by the King at the end of the year. 
In late 1643, he became Filed Marshal in charge of the Royalist forces in Cheshire, Lancashire, and North Wales, gaining the nickname “Bloody Bragadaccio”. He fought at Muiddlewich, Nantwich, Marston Moor,, and Montgomery. 

Blunders On The Danube

So, this happend….

Was asked by a friend to make him 3 metres of 28mm of ACW snake fence. Asked around and another friend wants 3 metres as well. I’ve held off doing comissions for a long time after my accident with the reasoning I want to get back to work. As that is looking to be very unlikely, I’m better off spending my time when the pain isn’t so bad doing stuff instead of sitting on my ass and add hobby money. I can work it when I want.

So, time for a factory line….

John Hampden’s Regiment of Horse

John Hampden was a key opposition leader in Parliament. He raised a regiment of green coated Foote, but evidently may also have raised a Troop of Horse, which I have raised to a Regiment!
The men chiefly came from his estates in Buckinghamshire. I have them mounted, far too uniformly, but in my usual toy soldier fashion, on Roan steeds. 
Hampden and his men fought at Edgehill and the siege of Reading. Hampden was mortally wounded in action in June of 1643. 
These are Old Glory 25/28 mm figures, “Cavalry in buffcoats and helmets, charging”, with an extra officer from the “High Command” set. That way I can get two small regiments of 6 each by using the 10 figures in the set, plus a couple of extra officers. 

Blunders On The Danube

On the Workbench: More 6mm Spanish units and 2mm arrives!

More Spanish units completed this week:
The Cadiz Line (left) and Aragon Light infantry. These are British supplied uniforms for later in the war so not suitable for Talavera. However, I will play fast and loose with a few units as I do not relish painting new Spanish armies as I progress through the Peninsular War.

The 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Cazadores de Antequera. Only one battalion was present at Talavera but being a large unit I will combine these two for the game. Also completed a battery of 6pdr Spanish artillery. 

More river sections completed including a couple of sections with trees attached. The 6mm figures gives some idea of scaling. 

The first pine trees supplied from China completed. I removed the plastic bases which made the trunk too large. They are not quite as dark as they appear in the photo and for the money they do a reasonable job. 

The first 2mm figures have arrived from Irregular Miniatures. And 6mm has been described as ‘micro’ scale! The 6mm Spanish base would beg to differ. I have ordered samples from across most of their range to establish what I felt would be most suitable. Next task is to paint a few up and see how they look.
I have had a look through the ‘Blucher’ rules and first impression is that I will probably stick with the earlier Grande Armee. The command and control system is not solo player friendly and it would need a good reworking to make it so. I can see how it would be fun to play during a 2 or 3 hour club night game but just a little too basic for me.  

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