Saturday, 16 January 2021

Troops on Parade - 28mm WW1 Mesopotamia - Britain and Empire

This time of year we would normally be bigging it up large, as the kids would say and playing our traditional WW1 Mesopotamia. We are due to continue a series of games covering the attempts to relieve the Siege of Kut, next up was the Battle of the Wadi.

Unfortunately the Rona has done our legs again so no Xmas game this year. So with the table empty it was time for another Troops on Parade feature, this time with the Mesopotamia collection, it might be its only outing of the Year.

So whilst the hobby main stream bang on about big games being unachievable and how everyone wants to replay major battles in 10 minutes on a 2 ft square, Yarkshire Gamer draws the line in the sand as says no !

Don't look at a big battle and say "I can't do that, it will take too long", say "Wow, how impressive is that, I want to work really hard and achieve something similar !"

Start the fight back by watching this video,

Now that won't help the fight too much, but it will increase my views and subscribers 😀 

The rest of the post will be stills and ramblings from the video.

The Cavalry are relatively new to the collection, these Indian Cavalry are from Newline Designs which reminds we I need to order some more.

I just love the sight of buckets full of painted 28mm, it took me ten years to put these together and I'm damn proud of the collections I put together, I want to play big games with them on big tables that take days to do so and also include fish and chips !

I shout out to those big battle people who are left, in the attics and outbuildings of the nation, pressured to do an "army" thats smaller than most of your units. Stand tall, stand proud, stand in your local supermarket and shout "I like it BIG !"

And when you get back from the Magistrates Court, get em out on the table and game for hours.

Still with me, nice one - we should have seen off the micro gamers now 😎  above is the first brigade of troops, most units are 34 figures strong. A 2 fig HQ unit and 4 x 8 figure companies. 4 battalions here, Cheshire Battalion, RND, Gurkhas and a Sikh unit. The Yarkshire Tea box is one of my favourites.

The second brigade has Highlanders, Hindus, Ox Bucks and Sikhs. Most figs in the collection are Woodbine Design Company but I also have Minifigs, Empress, Great War, Aritizan and Newline.

The third Brigade features 3 Battalions of Anzac Troops with some Arab Irregulars lurking at the back.

The fourth Brigade is a work in progress with two Hindu units at the moment, I'm going to add a British Battalion with the new Empress Miniatures figs and an as yet undecided 4th unit, maybe more Gurkhas ? Prominent in this photo are two Signallers from Great War Miniatures, I love this set, full of character, a bit Western Front, but who cares when they are this good !

Some detail shots now, 2 x Sikh Battalions, note the British Officers.

The growing Cavalry force, my British Cavalry are early war Western Front figures with Woodbine Design head swaps, courtesy of my mate Harry, painted up by me, horses in oils on white undercoat and figures in  acrylic on black. An interesting challenge on a one piece casting 🤔 

Irregular Arab Cavalry from Artizan.

Centre of the picture are Woodbine Design Gurkhas with Lawrence of Arabia doing a photo bomb 💣 

The Royal Naval Detachment unit, love the caps and faces on these guys.

Who doesn't want to game with masses of troops  ?

We are so lucky as gamers today to have so many great looking figure ranges from so many different manufacturers. Each one of the figures in this picture is different and so many have their own little character.

Did I mention that there are Highlanders.

And guns !

So thats all folks, at least the collection saw the light of day this year. I will do a similar feature for the Turkish forces soon.

Friday, 8 January 2021

Italian Allied Legion Project Update 2

Just a quick update on the Italian Allied Legion Project as my first unit of "Heavy" Infantry are done.

32 figures, based on 60 x 60 bases, 8 to a base. Tightly packed in but that's how I like them 👍, 20 mm frontage for close order infantry looks like open order to me. Its seems to be the current basing convention, but if there's something we don't do here at Yarkshire Gamer then its conforming to the latest trend. If you can fit an extra couple of figures on a base, do it !

The LBMS Shield transfers look really good, I've done a bit of work on the edges and the gaps between the transfer and the metal edges so they blend in. I've done this by simply painting a bit of Army Painter Dark Tone on the area, leaving it a few seconds and then wiping off the excess with my finger.

The details and faces on the figures are great and really suit my painting style.

I've used a number of unarmoured figures in the unit to utilise the models available in the boxes. Although the 60 figures in a box is great when it comes to army building but when you need a few of one type. I certainly don't think that's unreasonable in the Hastati, some young pup who has just been promoted from the Velites waiting for his armour to arrive from Roman Amazon Prime 😉

I am already on with the second lot of Hastati which should be done next week.

I've laid out the project in empty bases and will photograph it as it grows and then do a little video from the photos at the end, above is after the first command stand was done.

Above with the Velites.

And with the current unit. Still a long way to go and with a March 21st deadline its going to be close.

Tuesday, 29 December 2020

28mm Republican Allied Italian Legion Sets Sail


This years project for the Analogue Hobbies Winter Paint Challenge is 1 to 20 Allied Italian Legion for the Punic Wars using 28mm Victrix figures. So that will be 32 Velites, 64 Hastati, 64 Principes, 32 Triarii, 24 Cavalry and 3 Command Bases.

Unfortunately 8 of the Velites have some how managed to desert in between them being prepped a month ago and paint time, search parties are out and the word decimation has been whispered in some plastic ears !

Here are all the bases for the project lined up ready to be filled with figures.

I really like the faces on the Victrix figures, they suit my painting style and are full of character. The figures are on 60 x 30 bases, 2 per base to reflect their skirmish role. I intend to use Mortem et Gloriam as a rule set but as with everything I do and in true Yarkshire Fashion I am basing them "how I bloody well like" and bending the rules to fit my basing.

24 figures is more than most armies these days, I sit and listen to a number of podcasts going on about how you can't have big games in 28mm and big units are unachievable etc etc, well Yarkshire Gamer disagrees and is fighting back 😀 

Also hot off the press is one of the three Command Bases I am planning, I'm going to do two, two figure bases and a 3 figure one.

These figures are from the Imperial Roman Victrix General set, I've just substituted some heads out of the Allied Legion box to Republicanise them a bit.

I've prepped all the shield transfers for the heavier Infantry so they are ready to go. I chose to do my Roman Legion with plain shields, but went for random decorated shield for my Italian Allied Legion, mostly for ease of tabletop recognition. I'm well aware of the lack of historical evidence for (or against) shield designs in this era so a educated decision has been made on their inclusion.

Update in a couple of weeks when some more are done.

Monday, 21 December 2020

December 2020 - Yarkshire Gamer Wargames Update

This months update video on the Utubes bring you up-to-date on the Yarkshire Gamer world just prior to the Vallejo Flow begins with the Analogue Hobbies Winter Paint Challenge, will I finish my 1:20 28mm Republican Roman Italian Allied Legion in 3 months ? Looking at them piled up on the desk with 200 shield transfers to do the answer is no ! But lets give it a go.

The new units featured this month are

Some 28mm 1st Corps Punic Cavalry, some 15mm WW2 German Infantry 

And some 28mm WW1 Indian Cavalry 

Some new Sweeney inspired Cops and Robbers mini Project vehicles

And one massive Castle !

Merry Christmas from Yarkshire Gamer, may Santa fill your sacks full of lovely toys !

Friday, 18 December 2020

WW1 Indian Cavalry for Mesopotamia


Those in the know will be aware of my deep dive into the  world of the obscure when it comes to my search for suitable figures for Cavalry for Mesopotamia and Palestine in WW1. With Brigade Games a very expensive postage charge away in the US my search has finally hit gold.

God knows how I found these, some random tinterwebnet search during a bout of insomnia probably. So these are from a Company called Newline Designs and they are hidden away deep in the depths of their website. I struggle to find them now and I've bought some in the past !

But if you can negotiate the minefield in the drive, beat the dogs and cheat the cold electronic eyes, make it past the shotguns in the hall, dial the combination to open the priest hole, you too might find these figures to by on the Newline Website.

Newline (to me anyway) are better known for their 20mm Napoleonic range, these Cavalry sit will a couple of packs of late colonial infantry all on their own. I bought and painted 6 of them a few months ago, liked how they looked and bought another 18 to make up a unit.

So if you are new to wargames and are more used to the modern skirmish style of gaming, this is what a proper unit looks like ! 24 figures is bigger than most armies these days 🤣

The figures come with metal Lances but they looked a bit small to me, I also prefer the steel wire pikes for strength and the sharp pointed ends deter anyone from picking them up in a hurry, so I cut down some 100mm pikes I had lying around. I also used a couple of sword hands I had lying around in my Crusades spares box for the officers.

I've not been able to find any pictures of these troops with lance pennants in Mesopotamia so I have left them off the models. Likewise I have left the rifles off the side of the saddle, I found that (with no pin and guide hole) the connection was very fragile and interfered with the position of the lance on a number of poses so I left them off. If it's going to break whilst I'm building it, it's definitely going to break when being moved around in game action.

So with Covid still around and us Northerners remaining in Tier 3 despite massively reduced infection rates there will be no Xmas Game this year for these guys to make their debut in. Things will be going very ancient here very shortly but I've seen that Newline are having a 25% sale in January, which could well mean another unit !