After a major slow down (having children) I am aiming to "getback" into wargaming with a vengeance. The arrival of affordable plastic 28mm figs has spurred me on. Don't know if I will get to update this too often - but will try and it may encourage me to do more painting and - hopefully - gaming.
I play my games in my converted garage. Hence the title.
Nobles for Wars of the Roses
Here are some pictures of nobles for WOTR. All Perry; mostly from the plastic Men at Arms box with some metals. These are the guys with coats of arms on their surcoats (were they called that in the 15th century?).
Designs are hand painted for viewing at wargame distances.
Cortenay - Earl of Devon Devon
Henry Percy - Earl of Northumberland
John De Vere - Earl of Oxford
Stafford - Earl of Buckingham
James Butler - Earl of Whiltshire
Lord Grey of Ruthin
Richard Neville - Earl of Salisbury
Not sure I have all of those 100% accurate but it gives me some guys to hang my bills and bows around.
A week ago I bought a copy of "Soldiers of God" by Warwick Kinrade. This is my first solo game with the rules.
I selected two 150 point armies. The Crusaders had:
One 3 stand unit of holy order Knights
Two 2 stand units of Knights
Two 3 stand units of crossbows (2 units is not strictly legal but I don't have crusader archers yet)
Two 4 stand units of men at arms (foot)
One 2 stand unit of Turcopoles
The rules put these into 3 "battles"
The Saracens had:
Four 3 stand units of horse archers
Two 3 stand units of Ghulums
Two 4 stand units of Adath (militia spears)
Two 4 stand units of archers
One 2 stand unit of Arab Tribal Cavalry
Two mounted commanders and one on foot
Again in three "battles"
This was the deployment:
Note the cards, these drive the game.
Three cards are allocated to each side to denote their battle plan. These are allocated one per battle and they stay with that battle for the game.
As I was playing solo I selected the bat…
We have been playing L'art de la Guerre for a few months now. Having played a dozen or more 200 point “line em up and bash hell out of each other” games me and my mate Stuart had a go at a scenario last night. I found a Warmaster Ancients scenario for Dorylaeum (1097) in Battlegames Issue 32 (by Daniel Johnson) and adapted it to the figures that I had. Game was in 28mm Seljuks Vs Crusaders on 8X5 table. The Crusader Vanguard is attacked by a Seljuk horde. The foot are making a camp and then defending it. Other Crusaders are straggling into line. More Crusaders are making their way through difficult terrain (The Turks beleive it impassable). They will appear on the Turkish flank. End result; Phyrric victroy for the Crusaders. (In real battle they won but sustained more casulaties than the Turks). So, pretty close to historical. Highlights: Count Baldwin (Commanding the Stragglers) mowing down hordes of Turks in multiple impetuous charges. Bohemond being destroyed by the Turk Vanguard gen…