A wargaming and general update.

So what have I been up to since the last blog post?

 Market Garden campaign.

More US paratroops from GHQ , Adler and Irregular Miniatures have been painted.  The Irregular Miniatures chaps were in stock awaiting painting and must suffice as infill for the numbers needed for my next battle, but will be replaced by more identifiable models as and when I have time.  I have also been painting and dipping many new vehicles for the Guards Armoured Division, in preparation for the next campaign game in the queue.  They now await final detail and a flat varnish.

WW2 – the whole war.

I have both initial forces ready for 4th September 1939 – the Polish counterattack.  Terrain hexes are listed and need to be dug out of the stock, in preparation for the battle, when the Market Garden engagement is over.

Some potential reinforcements on the German side need to be based and (re)painted.

AWI/Revolutionary War 

I have prepared and printed the labels for counters to play the battle of Chatterton’s Hill using Richard Borg’s “Battle Cry” ACW  boards and adapted hex-based “Black Powder” rules.

ECW table-top for youngsters.

 Yesterday I play-tested and tweaked my 3rd edition rules for the card table and 20mm plastic soldier battle game that I designed for the under-12s in our cavalry re-enactment group, but which has since been embraced by the “grown-ups” too.

Over the August Bank Holiday we intend to run a “knock-out” competition.


I have a biscuit tin full of plastic 20mm board game figures based for “Black Powder” games.  I need to give them at least a basic paint job, probably in high gloss as “toy soldiers”.

Life in General.

Having failed to find out why Facebook no longer removes the “unread” markers from posts, I have closed my account and regained at least one hour each day for more useful purposes, including this blog.

I have also been to my local NHS practice (only took 6 weeks to secure an appointment) to discover from the X-ray results of two months ago that the degenerative bone disease that has previously taken both my hips (or something very similar) is now in my spine.  Next steps:  fill in a form (of course), then I may be allocated to an osteopath, a chyropracter or an accupuncturist for further mucking about with my body, according to the will of the NHS.

Meanwhile, on the wargaming front, sitting and painting is painful; standing and pushing models about is painful; sitting before a computer is painful.  So everything will be done in small doses.

And at the end of the month I intend to drive with a caravan from Hampshire to Northumberland and back (with an intemediate stay!). This will definitely be carried out in small doses!


Returning to Nijmegen

Our campaign has now entered the morning of the 18th September 1944.

The first engagement was a battalion level attack by US parachute troops against a battery of SP AA guns guarding a railway crossing to the north of a heavily wooded area.
The paras moved out before dawn but it was light before they neared the crossing.
Taking advantage of the woods, they first built improvised defences before opening up with rifles, machine guns and mortars from the south and west of the AA position.
The Germans did not even know of the existence of the enemy before they were completely wiped out.

As an exercise it was useful, but as a wargame I am not so sure. It took me ten days to prepare and 90 minutes to play, including a detailed turn-by-turn report.

And now we return to Nijmegen Bridge, where the Americans have moved up reinforcements overnight. Both sides have also recovered casualties and stragglers during the night phase.

I wish that I had taken some better overall photographs of the table when I last laid it out.Nijmegen
Trying to reconstruct it I first made the error of shifting the whole layout 250m to the west, and thereby the hex pattern is not quite as it was. Secondly I am unable to identify from this photograph several of the specific buildings used last time.

Many of the good Burghers of Nijmegen will be somewhat disoriented when they leave their front doors today to discover they now live in a different street!